Monthly Archives: January 2012

My Unilever Promo Trip- $3.85 for 15 items!

 I paid only $3.85 for all of this food! Pictured: 3 Ragu Pasta Sauces, 2 Wishbone Salad Dressings, 1 Daisy Sour Cream, 2 Lipton Onion Soups, 1 Vlassic Pickles jar, 1 Lipton Iced Tea, 1 Tub of I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter, 4 Knorr Pasta Sides



Have you done the Unilever Promo at Harris Teeter, yet? It’s a great opportunity to score some awesome deals. I’ve been wanting to do it all week, but had to wait until Sunday (yesterday) because the coupons that I needed to complete the promo were in yesterday’s Sunday paper.


Basically if you buy $15 worth of Unilever products, you will receive a $5 credit onto your bill. Easy enough, huh?


Even better is that you can use paper coupons PLUS electronic coupons to help bring down the total. So in the end, as long as your PRE-coupon total is $15, you can apply your coupons after that and still receive the $5 discount.


I ended up getting all of the items for only $3.85 (including tax) and I also bought a few extra items that weren’t part of the promo (like those pickles my husband has been telling me to get for days now). 

A couple of the electronic coupons that I was counting on to lower my total did not come off my bill. For example, the Lipton Tea had an electronic coupon that didn’t come off that would have saved me $.60. Also, my Knorr Sides had an electronic coupon, too. That’s always a bummer but I didn’t feel like pressing the matter with customer service. There comes a point where you just look ridiculous if you complain when your total bill for all those items is $3.85!

If you want to do the promo, be sure to use the Unilever coupons from Sunday’s Raleigh paper. Combine them with any electronic coupons that you have from Harris Teeter’s EVIC email program. Match the paper coupons with the electronic and you’re good to go! Best items to buy for this promo:

Wishbone Dressing ($2.00 on sale, plus digital and paper coupons)
I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter ($1.59 on sale plus digital and paper coupons)
Ragu Pasta Sauce ($1.39 on sale, plus digital and paper coupons)
Knorr Pasta Sides ($1.00 on sale, plus digital and paper coupons)
Lipton Onion Soup Mix ($1.59 on sale, plus paper coupons plus $1.50 for sour cream coupon sitting on the display if you buy two)



Click here for a full list of all the items that qualify for this promo. I suggest printing this out so you have it in the store. Also, print or write down or use your Harris Teeter App so you will remember which items you have electronic coupons for, because sometimes it’s easy to forget. 

You have until Tuesday night to take advantage!

Star News vs. News and Observer

Well, I hope you have your scissors ready because it’s going to be one of THOSE mornings!


Both the Raleigh and the Wilmington newspapers contained four inserts for me- 1 Proctor and Gamble, 1 Smart Source, and 2 Red Plum, inserts. The Proctor and Gamble inserts are both the same. At first glance, the Wilmington inserts definitely felt thinner than the Raleigh inserts, especially the Red Plums. Let’s take a closer look.


The Wilmington Smart Source has coupons for: Everybody’s Nuts Pistachios, Vlassic Pickles, Texas Toast Croutons, Revlon, RidX, Efferdent, Kraft Homestyle Mac n Cheese, Smithfield Bacon, Nexium, Heinz, Air Wick, and Eggland’s Best Eggs, plus ChuckECheese. 


The Raleigh Smart Source has coupons for all of the above minus the Nexium and Vlassic Pickles. It also had additional coupons: El Monterrery Snacks, Biz, Blue Diamond Nuts, Marzetti Dressings and Dips, Kleenex Hand Towels, Dannon Yogurt, Totinos Pizza, Pizza Rolls and Pizza Stuffers, Pillsbury, Chex Mix, Fiber One, Spot Shot, 2000 Flushes, Prevacid, Carpet Fresh, and X14 Stain Eliminator for Mold and Mildew, Speed Stick, Irish Springs, Palmolive, Softsoaps, Colgate, Colgate Toothbrushes, Dole Fruit Cups, Bayer, Revlon, Land O Lakes Deli Cheese, Kraft Mac n Cheese, Opti Free, Genteal, I Caps, Planters Peanuts, Hebrew National, Alka Seltzer, Mira Lax, Qnol and Scotch-Brite Wipes. There was also a neat Colgate rebate, too.


Clearly the Raleigh Smart Source wins as far as sheer number of coupons.


On to the Red Plum. Both papers had two Red Plum inserts. Let’s look at each one.


Wilmington Red Plum number one had coupons for: Hardees, Cooked Perfect Meatballs, Riceworks, Furmanos Tomatoes, and lots of ads!


Raleigh Red Plum number one had coupons for: I Can’t Beleive it’s not butter, Lipton, Hellman’s Wishbone, Ragu, Bertolli Frozen Meals, Dove, Caress, QTips, Dove Deoderants, Dove Soaps and Body Wash, Degree Deoderants, Vaseline, Knorr Rice Sides, Lipton Recipe Secrets, Lipton Cup o Soup, Hillshire Farm, Smoked Sausage, M&Ms, Cheeze-Its, Goodlife Cat Treats, Furmanos, Pedigree Dog Treats, Estracell Sponges and Brillo Pads, Cooked Perfect Meatballs, Vitamins, Tums, Porcelana, Riceworks, and Hardees.


The Raleigh Red Plum #1 is the winner again!


Finally, let’s look at the second Red Plum.


The Wilmington Red Plum #2 has coupons for: Marcal Paper Towels, Napkins or Bath Tissue, Digiorno, Loreal, and Cici’s Pizza.


The Raleigh Red Plum #2 has coupons for: Fancy Feast, Purina, Tidy Cats, Whisker Lickins, Mighty Dog, Tiny Bonz, Purina, Chef Michaels for Pets, Digiornos, CoffeeMate Natural Bliss, Stouffers Lasagne, Carnation, Boost, Loreal, Minute Rice, Dole Pineapple Cans, Kettle Brand Chips, Emerald Nuts, Pop Secret Products, Centrum, Advil, Robistussin, Dimetapp, Thermacare, plus a $10 Rebate on those Pfizer products, Marcal Paper Products, Pringles, Eucerin, and Cicis Pizza.


Again, the Raleigh paper wins for most coupons.


So, obviously, if you can get a Raleigh paper today, it will be well worth your while! So many awesome coupons are available, for pets and people!

Delly’s Deals Weekly Radio Show Notes

Thank you to our sponsors, Memories of a Child, I Am Salon and Day Spa and Medical Simplicity. Be Sure to click their links above and “like” them on Facebook, as they are all wonderful local businesses to support!

This week our main topic was “Is Couponing Unhealthy?” I shared my views on the matter and also shared some health-related couponing tips.


Specialty stores like The Fresh Market in Mayfaire have events such as $2.99 Tuesdays (all January) where you can get a gallon of hormone free milk, antibiotic-free chicken breast and


Get up to $200 from Harris Teeter for switching your prescriptions to them. For details, click here.


Buy your medicines on sale BEFORE you get sick. That way, you don’t have to shop when you are feeling bad and end up overpaying. The drug store chains have some amazing deals on medicines if you plan ahead, use their flyer and take advantage of their offers.


Don’t forget your Sunday paper tomorrow morning. It’s supposed to be loaded with great coupons!


There is a Unilever Promo going on at Harris Teeter. See the flyer for details but if you buy $15 worth of select Unilever products, you get $5 off your bill. This could really add up, especially since there will be matching coupons in tomorrow’s paper.


Harris Teeter’s Saturday special today is excellent! Get 50 oz Tide for only $4.47. Use a $2 off paper coupon from the Sunday paper on January 1st and you may also have the Harris Teeter EVIC coupon for $2 off. This makes the Tide only $1.47! Not even Sams Club can come close to beating that price!

Harris Teeter Deals
Food Lion Deals
Lowes Foods Deals

Awesome Walgreens Deal on Tylenol Cold Medicine, Sudafed for Kids and $.50 Triaminic

I got all of the above medicine (plus lotion and candy) for essentially $5.38 plus tax!!!

Today at Walgreens I got all of the above and only paid $10.38 plus tax for 6 name-brand cold medicines, lotion and a piece of candy. Even better is that after I finished paying, I got back a $5 Register Reward that I can use on a future purchase at Walgreens. That reward can be redeemed at Harris Teeter, too!


Counting the $5 reward, it was like I paid $5.38 plus tax for all of that. For the record, I bought 2 bottles of Tylenol Cold and Flu Warming Relief, 1 bottle of Triaminic Cold and Cough Syrup for Kids, and 3 packages of 14-count Triaminic Thin Strips for Kids Night Time Cold and Cough. Note that I could also have purchased the Triaminic Pain and Fever Reducer but they were out. Not a problem, though, because I am already stocked up on that from the last sale a few weeks ago.


So how did I do it? I used coupons on everything, firstly. Some of the coupons came from the Sunday paper and others came right from the drug shelf at Walgreens itself. There are $2 off one Triaminic coupons sitting on the shelf in Walgreens near the products, so that was easy!

Walgreens is offering a special where you get a $5 Register Reward for buying 2 Triaminic Children’s Medicines or 2 Tylenol Cold Medicines. There is no limit to how many times you can do this, as long as you don’t buy the same medicines in a row. If you do, a new Register Reward won’t print.


The medicines are on sale for 2 for $10. I bought two kids Triaminic medicines and used two coupons, each for $2 off, so my out of pocket was $6 plus tax. After I paid, I got back $5 in Register Rewards!


I then paid (in a second transaction) for the two bottles of Tylenol. They were 2 for $10. I had one $2 off coupon from the Sunday paper and one $1 off coupon that I had printed online (use my database above to search if you need some coupons). After my coupons, the total was down to $7. I bought a small piece of candy for $.39 because I wanted to use the $5 Regsiter Reward that I had just earned from the Triaminic. At Walgreens, you have to have at least one item for every coupon, so since I had two manufacturer coupons plus a register reward, I needed to buy a small filler item. After coupons and the Register Reward,  my out of pocket total came to $2 plus tax! I paid, and received another Register Reward for $5!


I then did my third and final transaction. I bought two more Triaminic medicines just like the first transaction, 2 for $10, and used the 2 $2 off coupons.  I redeemed my $5 Register Reward from the Tylenol and paid a total of $10-$4 in coupons-$5 in Register Rewards= $1.00. I also bought some lotion for my purse for $.99. Total was 1.99 plus tax AND I got back a $5 Register Reward!


A couple of notes- I nor anyone in my family is sick right now. But, when we do get sick we will certainly be prepared! I always say you should buy medicines before you get sick because getting a good deal will be the last thing on your mind if you are sick and looking for medicine in the drugstore.


Also, be sure to check the expiration dates. I stocked up on Traiminic Kids Pain and Fever reducer a few weeks ago that unfortunately expire in May. Everything I bought today, however, doesn’t expire until mid-2013.


One final note- the store brand equivalents of these same medicines would have cost me $5.49 each, for a grand total of $32.94 plus tax! Consider that I paid less than $5 plus tax for name brands. Just another example of how it pays to use coupons!

Harris Teeter Prescription Transfer- Earn up to $200!

Free money doesn’t come around too often, but Harris Teeter’s prescription transfer program is about as close to free money as you’re going to get!


In a press release from last week, Harris Teeter spelled out the terms of their prescription transfer bonus. When customers who have not previously had a prescription with Harris Teeter transfer their prescriptions, they will earn $20 in free grocery credit onto their VIC card. Customers can earn up to 10 free credits, totaling up to $200! You have until April 3rd to take advantage.

People have been taking advantage, too. Read what Donna N. from the Delly’s Deals Facebook page had to say about earning her bonus:

I went Sunday and transferred 8 prescriptions for a credit of $160.00. Will get $40 more on 2 refills. Pharmacist super nice.


I am thankful that I don’t have a single prescription to fill, but I know many of you do. Not only will you earn the amazing bonus that Harris Teeter is offering if you switch your prescriptions to them, but you will have access to Harris Teeter’s stellar customer service. I’ve heard people talk about how friendly and helpful the pharmacists are and how there is very little waiting. In fact, Harris Teeter has a 15-minute prescription guarantee.


In addition, Harris Teeter has programs such as the Generic Prescriptions Savings Club with 30 day supplies as little as $3.99 and 90 day supplies as little as $9.99. They also mentioned FREE Diabetic Drugs and FREE Antibiotics.


With all these benefits- the great prices, friendly service and the $20 bonus, I don’t know why anyone would have their prescriptions filled elsewhere!

Star News vs. News and Observer

This week there were two inserts in both newspapers for me. I had a Red Plum and a Smart Source in each paper. At first glance, the Wilmington Star News inserts feel thinner; let’s take a look and see which actually had more coupons.


The Wilmington Red Plum had coupons for: Loreal Paris eye products, Loreal Paris hair styling products, shampoo, and treatments, and Loreal Paris Skincare, Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls, Superpretzels, Renuzit Adjustables, and LandOfrost wrap kits or sub sandwich kits.


The Raleigh Red Plum had all of the above PLUS Whiskas cat food, Uncle Ben’s products, Soft Scrub, Right Guard, Dry Idea Sticks Deoderant, Pupperoni, ERASE Face Lift, Milo’s Kitchen Dog Treats, a ton of vitamin and supplement coupons, Special K Bars, Newman’s Own Salad Dressing, Salsa and Pizza, Vanity Fair Napkins and some Target-specific coupons for Charmin, Bounty, Bounty Basic. 


The Raleigh Red Plum is the clear winner!


The Wilmington Smart Source insert had coupons for: Reynold’s Wrap Pam Liner, Luden’s Cough Drops, Kibble Select, People Magazine, Chock Full o Nuts, Blistex, French’s Mustards, Pepsi, Lays Dips and Chips, ershey’s and Reece’s Candies, Johnsonville Sausages, Reynold’s Wrap Foil, Reynold’s Slow Cooker Liners, and the Olive Garden.


The Raleigh Smart Source had coupons for all of the above except the Luden’s Cough Drops, Kibble Select, Blistex.


The Raleigh Smart Source ALSO had coupons for the following products that were not included in the Wilmington paper:

Kraft Dressings, Zone Perfect Bar or Multipack, Betty Crocker Cake Mix and Frosting, Cheerios, Yoplait Yogurt, Yoplait Greek Yogurt, Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals, Pace Picante Sauce, Nathan’s Fries, Potatoe Pancakes and Onion Rings, Swanson Canned Chicken, Orville Reddenbacher’s Popcorn, Hunts Canned Tomatoes, Game Ball Icecream Cake, Franks Red Hot Sauce, Red Baron, Tony’s or Freschetta Pizzas, White Castle Burgers, Sargento Cheese, A1 Steak Sauce, Mt. Olive Pickles, Tyson Anytizers, Bissell Carpet Cleaning Powder or Foam, Bissel Stomp and Go Pads, Theraflu Products, Triaminic, Fleishchmann’s Yeast, Budweiser Sauce, Real California Cheese, Finish Products, French’s Worceshire Sauce, Neosporin Essentials, Oscar Meyer Carving Board or Cold Cuts, Lunchables with Fruit, Velveeta Cheese, Heluva Good Dips, Whonu Nutrition Rich Cookies, and Soothie Eye Products.



Well, the obvious conclusion for this week is to get the Raleigh News and Observer newspaper if you can get your hands on it! It DEFINITELY has more coupons this week!

Delly’s Deals Weekly Radio Show Notes

Thank you to our sponsors, I Am Salon and Day Spa, Memories of a Child Children and Maternity Retail Shop, and Medical Simplicity. Please take a look at and support these local businesses, as they help make the radio show possible!

This week on the Delly’s Deals Radio Show, I shared my weekly deals and we are talking about budgeting.


I totally blew my weekly budget last week because there were so many deals! But I’m still under my monthly budget, so that’s okay. My budget is $75 per person per month, so since I have five people in my family, that’s a budget of $375 per month. for me (honestly, I round it up to $400). Budgets can change, according to life changes (for instance, I had two in diapers last year, so my budget was a bit higher). If your kids are growing and eating more, you may need to adjust your budget a bit. What’s important is that you choose one that fits your family’s needs and stick to it, using cash if possible.


Contest:
How much do you think I paid for all these groceries this past week at Harris Teeter? 

Call in to the show at 332-6390 between 10-11 a.m. today to guess and win. This week we’re giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to Memories of a Child!


Check out the weekly grocery store deals and make your printable list:


Harris Teeter
Food Lion
Lowes Foods


Don’t miss out on Food Lion’s Private Label Sale. You get $.25 off four every Food Lion brand item you buy, minimum of four. This could really add up, especially if you focus on the cheaper private label items like biscuits, cat food, single bottled waters, etc. I have heard that the cat food is $.10 per can after the private label discount.


Here are a couple of fun retail/restaurant deals going on this week/weekend:


FREE Bath and Body Works Lotion (New Scent- Pink Chiffon)
$10 off $40 at Pier One
All You Magazine Subscription for only $1 an Issue (has $100+ coupons in it, so well worth it)
Free Subway Breakfast the last week of January\
Dollar General $5 off $25 purchase 

Have a great weekend, everyone and I will see you here tomorrow for the weekly newspaper and coupon review!

Realistic Couponing

  My daughter, posing with all our groceries on January 16th, 2012

Sometimes people get so caught up in “Extreme” couponing that they become disappointed with “normal” couponing. Normally, a person can expect to save around 50% on their groceries if they combine store sales and promos with coupons. That is a reasonable expectation and is nothing to be ashamed of! If you budgeted $6000 a year for your groceries and only spent $3000, that would certainly be an accomplishment!


In this post, I want to share a realistic couponing photo with you. I felt that maybe my website photo gallery was part of the problem, since I show some of my best trips. My photo gallery has pictures of extraordinary trips that I’ve done, perhaps during Super Doubles or Triples Week or maybe I just caught a crazy sale or promo. But since trips like what you see in my photo gallery don’t come around all the time, I thought I should include a photo from a normal shopping week. This was done during a regular week at Harris Teeter. I bought on sale, as usual, and applied coupons to most of my items.


How much do you think I spent? Call in to the radio show at 332-6390 between 10-11 a.m. to take a guess and win!

UPDATE- I paid $42.53 for everything and that actually includes over $2 in tax!

Pictured: 2 Boxes of Hefty Trash Bags (45 count), 2 Coffemate Creamers, Stayfree Maxis, 3 Boxes of Snackwells 100 calorie snacks (Yogurt Pretzels and Caramel Popcorn), 2 Colgate Cavity Protection Toothpastes, 2 Colgate Toothbrushes, 4 Bananas, 4 Packs of Ortega Taco Seasoning, 1 Harris Teeter Brand Applesauce, 4-pack of Activia Yogurt Black Cherry, Sara Lee Iron Kids Bread, 2 Smart Balance Peanut Butter jars, 2 Blocks of Kraft Cheese, 4 Boxes of Kelloggs Crunchy Nut Cereal, 2 Big Palmolive Soft Hands Dish Detergent, 8 Big Cans of Pillsbury Biscuits, 2 packs of StarKist Tuna Salad, 2 64-ounce Old Orchard Organic Apple Juice (Total of 42 items)

Retail Coupons

Going shopping this weekend? Need clothes, housewares, or items for your home and garden?


Deals can be found out there on those items, as well. One of my tips is to use the same rules that apply to grocery shopping- wait for a sale and apply coupons to the sale if possible. 


I also love places like Rack Room Shoes, where I can get B1G1 half off everyday and they also combine that with coupons, too.


There are websites out there to help you find retail coupons. One of my favorites is Your Retail Helper. This is such a neat site and easy to use. Click on the top left where it says “Retail Round Up/Printable Coupons” and she will post a list of all the coupons that you can print out that are from retail establishments and believe me, they are not skimpy! I saw coupons from Old Navy, Children’s Place, GAP, JC Penny, Lane Bryant, Office Depot, Ulta, and Victoria’s Secret to name a few. It doesn’t hurt to go there before you shop and just check and see what’s available. You can print out a coupon quickly before you shop!


Also, one thing I know you can do is search EBAY for coupons. Some people find this controversial, but I personally don’t. EBAY is quick to pull illegal items off their site and if the manufacturers didn’t want the coupons there, they’d demand that EBAY remove them. For example, you can search EBAY for Lowes coupons or home depot coupons for 10% off your purchase. Here’s a search I did for Lowes Home Improvement coupons. It pulled up many coupons that can be bought for around $3-$4 and then emailed to you for printing. If you are doing a big purchase, for example, hundreds of dollars for some improvements, this would be money well spent! By they way, Home Depot will take Lowes Home Improvement coupons, too.


Finally, there are toy coupons out there and lots of them! Click here to access my free printable coupons.When the coupons come up, look on the left again and click “Toys and Games,” and you can print off all the coupons for toys and games. Toys can be so expensive, so using the coupons can really add up.


Don’t overpay for retail! There are resources out there to help you save!

Free Subway Breakfast

I posted this earlier on my Delly’s Deals Facebook page, but I thought I would post it again here to make sure everyone saw.


Have you tried Subway’s new breakfast sandwiches? If not, you will have your chance coming up the last week of January/first of February. A promo that started at Subways in the northern part of the country is coming here. 

The entire week of January 30th, Subway will be giving away a free breakfast sandwich and coffee if you R.S.V.P. online with your preferred day, time and which local Subway location you would like to drop by.


It may be true that there’s no such thing as a free lunch but perhaps there is such a thing as free breakfast! Don’t miss out!


R.S.V.P. here!