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Friday, June 22, 2012

Weekly Roundup #24 & 25 - June 13-30

This past week I bought a lot of great stuff that I don't have time to list here and I paid very little for it, because between Super Doubles at Harris Teeter and the profits I made from gift cards at Giant, I spent almost nothing out of pocket. I did have an initial investment of $54.95 for the first gift card, so combined with my expenses in Week #22 ($71.18) and Week #23 ($85.53), I'm going to call my total expenses for the month of June $211.66. A tad over my $200 goal, but my freezer is stuffed and I have some catalinas and gift card balances left to use yet.

Jeff with Vice President Biden during his visit to Irbil, Iraq

Next week I will not be shopping from my grocery budget. My husband returned home today after a year long assignment in Iraq and we will be vacationing until July 19th.

I will try to pop in now and then to check on the blog, but I will not have constant internet access or ability to verify deals until I get back, so I hope to see all you wonderful readers again when I return!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Harris Teeter Super Doubles Update

Check your eVic offers! I found two FREE items in mine this morning:

Kraft Sizzling Salad Kit

Kraft Sizzling Salad Kit - Regular $3.99
Garland Jack's BBQ Sauce - Regular $2.49

If you got a Buy One, Get One Free offer instead, look for $1.00 Peelies on the Salad Sizzling Kit that will make two free with your ZVR! There are also $1.00 off 2 Garland Jack's BBQ coupons out there, but I don't know the source.

Here are some more great deals that you can get at during the Super Doubles Event at Harris Teeter this week:

Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce - $2.49
Buy 2 for $4.98 and get back a Catalina for $2.00 on your next order - use two $1.00 coupons that you can print HERE for a $1.02 money maker!

Texas Pete Hot Sauce (6 oz) - 79 cents
FREE with the coupon for 40 cents in the 5/6 Smart Source insert.

Alka Seltzer Plus Allergy Tablets (48 ct) - $3.49
FREE with the $2.00 coupon from the 6/6 Red Plum insert.

Smithfield Ground Pork - $3.99 a pound
FREE with the $2.00 coupon in the 6/10 Smart Source insert

Crystal Light - $2.00
FREE with the $2.00 coupon that you can print HERE.

Smart Balance Milk - $3.00
FREE with the $1.50 coupon from the 6/3 Smart Source insert.

Smart Balance Spreadable Butter - $1.29
FREE with the $1.00 coupon in the 5/15 Smart Source insert.

KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce - $1.00
FREE with the coupon for $1.00 off 2 from the 5/13 Smart Source insert.

Simply Potatoes Frozen Bagged Products (20 oz) - $1.19
19 cents when you buy 2 and use the coupon for $1.00 off two in the 6/3 Red Plum insert.

Hanover Baked Beans - $1.25
25 cents when you buy 2 and used the $1.00 off two coupon that you can print HERE.

Bounty Napkins - $2.35
35 cents with the $1.00 home mailer coupon from Vocalpoint

Front Porch Ice Cream (Pint) - $2.49 ($4.99 BOGO free)
49 cents when you use the $1.00 coupon from the 6/10 Red Plum.

Alouette Spreadable Cheese - $2.50 
(Cheddar in the Dairy section & Italian Herb in the Deli section)
50 cents when you use the $1.00 coupon from the 3/18 Smart Source.

Post Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles - $2.00
50 cents each when you buy 4 and use two of the coupons that you can print HERE to save $1.00/2, then get back a $3.00 catalina.

Bounty Paper Towels - $2.55
55 cents with the $1.00 home mailer coupon from Vocalpoint

Simply Potatoes Products (24 oz) - $1.64
64 cents when you buy 2 and use the coupon for $1.00 off two in the 6/3 Red Plum insert.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Walgreens Deals This Week and Next

Walgreens logo

You can pick up some cheap breakfast at Wags this week. Eggs are on sale for 99 cents a dozen. Butterball Turkey Bacon (6 oz) is also on sale for 99 cents this week. This is already a great price, but if you have the June issue of All You magazine, you will find a coupon on page 47 to save $1.00 on 2 packs that will make them 49 cents each!

Butterball Turkey Bacon

Suave Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner (15 oz.) - $1.00 each
Suave Naturals Shampoo and Conidtioner

You get a $2.00 RR when you buy two in one transaction. Pay $2.00, get your shampoo, get back $2.00! This RR is rolling in some parts of the country.

Harris Teeter logo

You can take your $2.00 RR to Harris Teeter Super Doubles this week and use it to pay for $4.00 in groceries!

The $2.00 RR when you buy 2 Suave Shampoos or Conditioners deal will continue next week as well.

Other freebies next week - June 24-30, 2012 - are:
Bayer AdvancedBayer Advanced Aspirin - $4.00
FREE when you use the $3.00 coupon in the upcoming 6/24 Smart Source insert and get back a $1.00 RR

ProClearz Antifungal Pen

Pro Clearz Anti-Fungal Pen - $4.99
FREE when you send off for the $4.99 Mail In Rebate with the form found in the Walgreens Savings Booklet

You will want to print a coupon now to save $1.00 off Mitchum deodorant HERE, as it won't last long. Print twice and save for this deal at Wags that starts on July 1st:

Mitchum deodorant
Mitchum or Lady Mitchum Antiperspirant/Deodorant
(1.5-2.7 oz) -  2 for $6.00  
FREE when you use two $1.00 coupon and pay $4.00 out of pocket and get back a $4.00 RR!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Harris Teeter Super Doubles - 6/20-6/26

Harris Teeter logo

Harris Teeter Super Double coupons begins on Wednesday, June 20th. They will double 20 coupons per day. You can use more coupons but they will not double. You may not use more than two identical coupons printed from the internet, or more than three identical coupons from other sources, per day. For the first time in my memory, Harris Teeter is going to double $2.00 coupons! 

Here is my list of Freebies:

Wanchai Ferry Frozen Entree - Kung Pao Chicken - $4.22
$1.98 Money maker when you combine these 3 coupons:
Manufacturer's coupon for $1.60 that you can print HERE
e-VIC coupon for $1.50 that you can load to your card HERE
Saving Star coupon for $1.50 that you can load HERE

8th Continent Soymilk, 64 oz, $2.97 (if sale continues)
FREE when you use the $2.00 coupon that you can print HERE

Aveeno Skin Relief Bath Treatment - $3.99
FREE with the $2.00 coupon for Aveeno Hair Care or Body Wash Product from the 6/3 Smart Source.

Benadryl Itch Relief Stick - $3.59
FREE with the $2.00 coupon for Benadryl Topical from the 6/19/11 Red Plum insert.

Chinet Plates (15 ct.) - $1.84
FREE with the $1.00 coupon in the 6/24 Smart Source or the coupon for $1.00 that you can get when you register HERE or HERE.

Clorox 2 Stain Pen 4 Color - $2.99
FREE with the $1.50 coupon that you can print HERE.

Deer Park Water (6pk) -  $1.00
FREE when you buy 2 and use the coupon for $1.00 off 2 in the 6/3 Red Plum insert.
This was a regional coupon that was not in the Washington Post insert.

Energizer Watch Battery - $1.99
FREE with the coupon for $1.00 or $1.25 from the 5/6 Smart Source insert.

French Spicy Brown Mustard (12 oz) - $1.00
FREE with the coupon for 50 cents found on the bottle

Glade Decor Scents Holder - $3.49
FREE with the $2.00 coupon that you can print HERE.

King's Hawaiian Rolls ( 4-pack) - $1.49
FREE with the $1.00 coupon for King's Hawaiian Buns or Rolls from the June ALL YOU magazine.

Mt. Olive Sweet Relish (16 oz) - $1.09
FREE with the 55 cent tearpad coupon or the coupon for $1.00 from the 6/24 Smart Source insert.

Nuetrogena Bar Soap - 2.99
FREE with $1.50 tearpad coupon or manufacturer's coupon that was in the Rite Aid flyer a few weeks ago.

Neutrogena Make Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes (7 ct) - $2.50
FREE with the $1.50 coupon in the 5/6 Smart Source insert.
This was a regional coupon that was not in the Washington Post insert.

Odwalla Juice (12 oz) $2.00 (if sale continues)
FREE with the $1.00 coupon that you can print HERE

Poise Liners - $3.79
FREE with the $2.00 coupon that you can print HERE.

Pringles Super Stacks (6.73 oz) - $1.89
FREE with the coupon for $1.00 from the 5/20 Red Plum insert.

Smart Balance Buttery Spread (15 oz) - $1.75
FREE with the coupon for $1.60 that you can print HERE.

Think Thin Crunch Bar - $1.67 (if sale continues)
FREE with the $1.00 coupon that you can print HERE.
Trop50 Lemonade or Pure Leaf Sweet Tea 59 oz - $2.00
FREE with the $1.00 coupon that you can print HERE

Veet Wax Strips - $3.49 (if sale continues)
FREE with the $2.00 coupon that you can print HERE

Weber Grill Creations Seasoning - $1.99 (if sale continues)
FREE with the $1.00 coupon from the 6/17 Smart Source insert.

Weber Marinade Mix - 99 cents (if sale continues)
FREE with the coupon for $1.00 off 2 packets from the 6/17 Smart Source insert.

Happy Shopping!!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

My Coke Rewards Bonus Points

My Coke Rewards

If you participate in the My Coke Rewards program, you can earn 10 Bonus Points per day between now and July 31, 2012! All you have to do is enter two codes from a 20 oz, 2 liter or 12-pack purchase, then enter the Bonus Code:  Coke2012.

Not only will you receive 10 extra points, but you will also win a free entry into MCR's "Coca-Cola 8-Pack of Athletes" Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes gives you a chance win a $50 Visa gift card, a coupon for a free 12-pack of Coca-Cola, or a free digital music download. You can read all the details HERE.

Coca Cola 8-pack of Athletes sweepstakes

Did you know that anyone age 13 or older can have a MCR rewards account? In our household we have 3 accounts: one for me, one for my husband, and one for my teenage son. If you don't already have an account and would like to earn 50 points for signing up, send me an email, and I will send you a referral link.  

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Best Drugstore Deals - June 16-22, 2012

Rite Aid pharmacy logo

Colgate Max Fresh Toothpaste (6 oz) -  $2.99
Colgate Max Fresh toothpasteFREE when you use the coupon for $1.00 off any 2 tubes of Colgate toothpaste from either the 6/3 or 6/13 Smart Source insert, then get back 2 UP rewards for $2.50 each. Up reward limit is 3 per Wellness card.

Compound W wart freeze offCompound W Freezing Wart Removers - $10.99
FREE when you use the $1.00 coupon that you can print HERE (zip code 90210), then submit for SCR #9 to get back $10.00. 
(SCR is good only on purchases made between 6/17-6/23/12--limit 1).

Act II Microwave Popcorn

 Act II Microwave Popcorn
(3 count) - $1.00
FREE when you buy 4 for $4.00 and get back two UP Rewards for $2.00 each. This is a Monthly UP reward and is not listed in the ad.

Lysol Dual Action (35 ct) Wipes
Pay $5.00 for two canisters.
Use the coupon for 50 cents off two that you can print HERE 
Use two of the $1.00 coupon on the Children's Miracle Network charity balloons.
Pay $2.50 out of pocket
Get back a $1.00 UP when you buy two (limit 2).
Submit for the Try Me Free Rebate that was in the 6/17 Smart Source insert to get back $2.50!

CVS Pharmacy logo

Tom's of Maine Toothpaste or Deodorant - $3.19
Toms of Maine toothpasteThe antiperspirant is a money maker when you use the $2.50 coupon from the 6/17 Smart Source insert, then get back an ECB for $1.00.

The toothpaste and/or deodorant is 19 cents when you use the $1.00 coupon from the 6/17 Smart Source insert, then get back an ECB for $1.00. The ECB limit is 2 per Extra Care card.

Electro Nyte Rehydration Shot

Electro Nyte Rehydration Shot (2 pk) - $4.79
FREE when you get back an ECB for $4.79 (limit 1).


Transfer a prescription to your local Walgreens and you will get a FREE $25 Walgreens Gift Card!

Go HERE and log in or register for an account. Then enter your prescription information to print your coupon. Present the coupon to the cashier when you pick up your prescription and they will give you the $25 gift card. This offer is valid now through 8/22/12. Limit one card per transaction.

The fine print:
This offer is not available to those who currently or have been a beneficiary of a federal healthcare program, such as Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part B, Medicaid, TRICARE or the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program within the past 6 months.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Best Giant Deals - June 15-21, 2012

This week at Giant the awesome promotion continues to earn a $10.00 catalina for your next purchase when you spend $50.00 on a gift card!

Visa and Mastercard gift cards
My gift card "collection"

Here is what I did last week:
  • I bought a Visa gift card for $50.00 plus the $4.95 activation fee. My total expense was $54.95 and I and received a $10.00 catalina coupon.
  • I bought another Visa gift card for $54.95 minus the $10.00 catalina. I used the first gift card to pay $44.95, leaving a balance of $5.05 on that card, and I received another $10.00 catalina.
  • I repeated the transaction, giving me a gift card balance of $10.10 (plus the $50.00 on gift card #3 and the $10 catalina).
  • I repeated, raising my gift card balances to $15.15.
  • I repeated, raising my gift card balances to $20.20
  • I did it again, resulting in a balance of $25.25
  • And again with balance of $30.30.
  • I repeated 4 more times so that my total gift card balances ended up being $101.50 and I still have a $10.00 catalina.
So, for an initial investment of $54.95 (plus some time running to the store) I ended up with a profit of $56.55!!


Gold Peak Tea

Gold Peak Tea - $1.00
FREE with the 50 cent coupon that you can print HERE doubled

McIlhenny Tabasco Sauce - $1.00
FREE with the coupon that you can print HERE doubled

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Magnum Ice Cream - $3.50
Buy 2 and get $2.00 off instantly
Use two of the coupons that you can print HERE for $2.00 off one multi-pack of Magnum ice cream bars. You have to "like" them, then click on Other. I was able to print twice.
Pay $1.00 and get back a catalina coupon for $2.00 on your next order!

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Puffs Singles Tissues - $1.25
Gain Dish Liquid - $1.99
Get 200 bonus points when you buy 6
3 Puffs Singles 
3 Gain Dish Liquids
Total = $9.72
Use the coupon for 25 cents off 3 Puff Singles from the 5/13 or 6/3 P&G insert and 3 coupons for 50 cents off Gain from the 5/13 P&G insert to take $3.50 when doubled off your bill. 
Pay $6.22 and save $5.00 on gas if your tank holds 25 gallons
Note: If you got a P&G gift set at Rite Aid last week, there is a coupon inside for 75 cents off one Puffs tissue that will make it free!

Giant Canned Tomatoes (28 oz) - 88 cents
Get 200 bonus points when you buy 6
Pay $5.28 for 6 and save $5.00 on gas if your tank holds 25 gallons 

----------------------------------Rebate Forms -----------------------------------------

Be on the lookout for these No Alcohol Purchase Required forms that I found at Giant this week:

Bota Box No Beer Purchase Required Rebate Form Save $3.00 Deli Item
Save $3.00 when you buy any Deli Item from Bota Box for National Picnic Month. This offer expires 8/31/12.

HandCraft Rebate Form No Wine Purchase Required Save $3.00 on Pizza
Save $3.00 on your choice of Pizza from HandCraft Wines. This offer expires on 1/15/13.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Free Smoothie at Tropical Smoothie Café - Friday, June 15, 2012

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Every year, on the third Friday in June, Tropical Smoothie Café celebrates its own national holiday - National Flip Flop Day!
This year National Flip Flop Day will be held on Friday, June 15th. Customers who come by between 2:00 and 7:00 pm wearing flip flops will receive a FREE 24oz. Jetty Punch Smoothie. Tropical Smoothie Café locations in Loudoun County, Virginia include Sterling, Ashburn, Leesburg, and Purcellville. You can find all the locations that are participating HERE.

flip flops

What started as a day to thank customers for their loyalty to Tropical Smoothie Café has turned into a mission to raise money for Camp Sunshine. Camp Sunshine is the only retreat in the nation to address the effects of a life threatening illness on every member of the immediate family – the ill child, the parents and the siblings.
You can learn more about Camp Sunshine HERE.

Camp Sunshine

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Weekly Roundup #23 - June 6-12, 2012

This week I stocked up on dairy items from Giant, and produce at the grand opening of the new Harris Teeter. I also used the coupon for $5.00 off a $25.00 purchase at Food Lion to buy marked down pre-seasoned pork. The butcher actually thanked me for my purchase. He said that if they had not been sold by closing time, he would have had to throw them in the trash!

Smart Balance Milk, 1/2 Gallon - 11
Simply Orange Juice - 1
Florida Natural Orange Juice - 1
Minute Maid Lemonade - 1
marked down meat filet of pork from food lion
Marked Down Filet of Pork
Gevalia Coffee - 1 
Quaker Instant Oatmeal - 1
Luna Bars - 10
Orbit Gum - 1
Good N Natural Bars - 8
Nature's Own Bread - 1
Krave Cereal - 1
Capn Crunch Cereal - 1
Iceberg Lettuce - 1
Cucumber - 1
Green Onions - 1
Bunch Carrots - 1
Green Bell Pepper - 1
Bunch Celery - 1
Red Bell Pepper - 1
Grape Tomatoes - 1
SeaPak Tilapia - 4
Chi-chi's Salsa - 2
Newman's Own Salsa - 1
Seasoned Pork Filets - 10
Campbell's Select Soup - 4
Wanchai Ferry Kung Pao Chicken - 1
Breakstone Doubles Cottage Cheese - 4
Kraft Mac N Cheese - 2
Jello-O Refrigerated Desserts - 4
Trix Yogurt 4-pks - 3
Stoneyfield Yogurt - 5
Breyers Blast Ice Cream - 2
Yosicles - 2
Giant Hershey Chocolate Bar - 1
Chocolate Covered Cherry - 1

Rite Aid Glucose Tablets - 2
Nature Made Vitamins - 4 
Health & Beauty
Suave Bodywash - 4
Gillette Proglide Razor - 1
Gillette Proglide Refill - 1
Schick Hydro Razor - 4
Gillette Venus Razor - 9
Gillette Venus Refills - 1
Olay Pore Scrub - 3
Olay Cleansing Cloths - 2
Olay Cleanser - 2
Olay Moisturizer - 5
Olay Toner - 3
P&G Gift Set - 4

Rite Single Check Rebate #11 - $4.00

Giant - $24.36
Harris Teeter - $17.79
Food Lion - $19.89
Rite Aid - $21.48
Total - $83.53

I was $33.53 over budget this week, mainly due to my meat purchase at Food Lion. All the P&G gift sets that I got at Rite Aid were free due to my other purchases, and each one included a free subscription to Self Magazine. The first four blog readers who email me with a request will get one!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Harris Teeter Super Doubles - 6/20-6/26

Harris Teeter will be hosting another Super Doubles event the week of June 20-26, 2012!

Super Doubles is when Harris Teeter will allow you to double any coupon with a face value up to $1.98. You may use 3 identical coupons per shopping trip, except for internet printable (IP) coupons, which are limited to 2 identical ones. Harris Teeter will double a maximum of 20 coupons per day, although you can use more than that at face value.

Here are my tips to prepare for Super Doubles:
- Load all the of e-VIC coupons to your card now! You never know which items may come out to be free in a few weeks.
- Set aside high value coupons ($1.00, $1.25, $1.50, and $1.75) that may result in super cheap or free items.
- I prepare a binder just for my Super Doubles shopping. Although you can only use a few of each coupon per day, you can visit once a day during the week, so I put as many multiples as I can of each coupon in my baseball card slots. My binder also includes the Harris Teeter coupon policy and my shopping list.

Harris Teeter coupon binder
My Harris Teeter Binder

Recyclebank used to have a coupon good for $10.00 off a $50.00 shopping trip at Harris Teeter, but I was not able to find it recently. There is a coupon for $1.00 off two cans of Bumble Bee tuna available. This coupon normally costs 100 points at Recyclebank, but is currently "on sale" for 50 points. It may turn out to be a good deal at Super Doubles.

Stay tuned for my list of Super Doubles Freebies as we get closer to the date!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Best Drugstore Deals, June 10-16, 2012

Rite Aid logo

Do It Yourself Home Improvement Gift Card - $50.00
Get $10 UP Reward (Limit 2)

Do It Yourself Home Improvement Gift CardThe Home Improvement gift card is actually a prepaid Discover card that is only recognized at home improvement stores. It can be used at the Home Depot, Sears, Ace, True Value, Restoration Hardware, and the Tractor Supply store as well as hundreds of other locations listed HERE. You can even use it at Lowe's to purchase gas cards or other gift cards! These cards don't expire until 2020.

Tampax Radiant TamponsTampax Radiant - $3.99
FREE when you use the $2.00 coupon found inside the package and get back a $2.00 UP reward (Limit 2)

Revlon Lip, Nail and Beauty Tools - Buy One Get One 50% off
Get a $3.00 UP Reward when you buy 3 (Limit 2) 
Revlon emery boardsBuy 6 Emery Boards - 3 at $1.25 each and 3 at 63 cents each
Pay $5.63 and get back $6.00 in UPs! 
Then, submit for SCR #33  to get $1.50 when you spend $5.00 for a $1.94 money maker!

Revlon eyelash curlerOr you can get a Revlon Eyelash Curler for $3.99 plus 5 Emery Boards for $5.01. 
Pay $8.99 minus the Video Value coupon for $2.00 off the eyelash curler.
Owe $6.99 and get back $6.00 in UPs and $1.50 SCR for a 51 cent money maker!


CVS logo

OneTouch UltraMini Blood Glucose Monitoring System 
Onetouch UltraMini Blood Glucose Monitoring System - $9.99
FREE when you use the coupon for $10.00 in the 4/29 Red Plum

Visine Tears (.5-1oz), Visine A, Totality (.5oz) Original, A.C., Advanced (1oz ) or Wipes (30ct) - $5.49

VisineFREE if you have the $1.50 coupon from the CVS kiosk, plus $2.00 manufacturer's coupon after $2.00 ECB (Limit 1).
Coupons can be found in the 3/11 Red Plum, 5/15 Smart Source, as Tearpads at Rite Aid or CVS, or you can print HERE.


Nivea for Men After Shave Splash - $3.50
FREE when you use two of the coupons that you can print HERE for $2.50 off, then receive $2.00 RR when you spend $7.00 on Nivea for Men.