Bath and Body Works Sale- Get up to $14 product FREE!

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I don’t post many retail sales here, but I thought I’d share a deal that Bath and Body Works sent to me this morning.

Through September 3rd, they are having a sale. When you spend $10 in store or online, you get to choose an item up to $14 value for FREE.

I see they have some new fall-themed soaps and candles such as Jack o Lantern, Sweet Creamy Pumpkin and Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin. My favorite season of the year is fall, so I’m a real sucker for anything that smells or looks like fall :)

To get the $14 gift use the following codes:

In-store- Print the coupon or show them the code on your phone: 6716

Online– Enter the Code: FREEFALL50

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Happy FALL!

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Saved 75% on Groceries with theKraft Promo!


 I paid a total of 14.69 plus tax for all of the above groceries! Note- all name brand!
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I finally had a chance to do the Kraft promo on Tuesday. By doing so, I saved 75% on my groceries! For those who are unfamiliar, Kraft is running a promo where you earn money back simply by purchasing certain items. Click here to see a full list of the items. Although most of us associate Kraft with cheese, there is a wide variety of products that will qualify, such as Oscar Meyer hotdogs, salad dressing, and lunch meat, so be sure to review the list. This promo will work at Harris Teeter and Lowes Foods; Food Lion in Raleigh was included on the list, but I personally did the promo at Harris Teeter.

Kraft Promo Details:
 If you buy 3-5 of the products, you will earn a Catalina coupon back for $2 off your total purchase.

If you buy 6-9 of the products, you will earn a Catalina coupon back for $5 off your total purchase.

If you buy 10+ of the products, you will earn a Catalina coupon back for $10 off your total purchase.

I was going for the full $10 off, but made a mistake about one of the items that qualified so I ended up just buying 6 items. I may go back and do the promo a second time. Below is how it worked out for me:

First I bought this:

 Before coupons and sales, total was $21.56. AFTER coupons and sales, I paid $9.89 plus tax AND received $5 back for doing the Kraft promo.

My total was $9.89 plus tax for all of the above. Most of the items were on sale, I had coupons AND they counted towards the promo. I received a $5 Catalina coupon at the register after I paid.

Coupons Used:

2 Kraft Singles Cheese, 16 count- $1.00 off 1 from Harris Teeter home mailer and $1.00 off 2 from Coupon center on my website (see left, although I think they may have run out)

2 packs of Oscar Meyer Hotdogs- $1.00 off 2 from Coupon center on my website (see left). The hotdogs were already B1G1 free so after my coupon they were $1.32 per pack.

Lunchable- $1.00 off 1 coupon from Harris Teeter home mailer

Oscar Meyer Selects Roast Beef- $4.99- used $1.00 off coupon from Harris Teeter home mailer

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The total for those items would have been $21.56 but I only paid $9.89 plus tax so I felt good about that. The Deli Meat was expensive (close to $6 regularly) but I had a coupon. The cheese was also on sale but I had both a Harris Teeter coupon that they mailed me and a manufacturer’s coupon that I used on the cheese. I ended up paying about $.67 per pack of 16.

I then bought the following items, used coupons and also used the $5 Catalina coupon that I earned from the first items that I bought:

I paid $4.80 plus tax for all of the above! 
Pictured: 2 cans of Hunts Diced Tomatoes, 2 Cans of Bush’s Baked Beans, 2 Bags of Birds Eye Frozen Vegetables, Polly-O-Twist String Cheese, Cooked Perfect Homestyle Meatballs

Coupons Used:

Bush’s Baked Beans- $1.00 off 2 from Coupon center on my website (see left)

Hunts Tomatoes- $.75 off two digital coupon from Harris Teeter EVIC email

Birds Eye Frozen Veggies- $.50 off 1 coupons from here

Polly o Twist String Cheese- no coupon

Cooked Perfect Meatballs- $1.00 off 1 coupon from Sunday paper, meatballs ended up being $1.87 per pack, a great deal!

$5.00 off total purchase coupon from Kraft items that I purchased in first transaction
The total was $4.80 plus tax for everything! How awesome is that?

In the end I paid $14.69 plus tax for both photos worth of groceries, and I feel that I got some great items. 

A couple of tips- double check and print the list here and take it to the store so that you know exactly which items qualify. Also, pull coupons to match the promo because then you will save even more and still earn the money back. Finally, ask the cashier if their Catalina machine is on and if it has been printing coupons. Sure enough, I asked, and my cashier said “Actually mine hasn’t been printing.” She checked it and it turns out that the paper was jammed. So all customers before me had been missing out on their Catalina coupons and I would have, too had she not fixed it. So glad I asked!

I may try this promo again- you can do it as many times as you wish, only once per transaction, though.

Let me know how it works out for you! You have through September 15th to do the promo. I did it at Harris Teeter but some Kraft cheeses are on sale this week at Lowes Foods, so you may want to try it there, too!

FREE Stayfree Pads at CVS and Walgreens!


Once again, Stayfree has stepped up to the plate with a $2 coupon that makes maxi pads free at two drug stores, CVS and Walgreens.

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In this past Sunday’s Raleigh Smart Source newspaper coupon insert (August 25th), there were $2 off coupons for Stayfree maxi pads. At CVS, all Stayfree Maxi pads are only $2 through Saturday night. Use the coupon and you pay nothing for them (only tax)!

At Walgreens, the deal is a little less generous. The 14 ct. Stayfree Overnight pads are $1.99. Use the $2 coupon on those particular pads and they will be free.

One problem I had at Walgreens is that because the coupon is more than the price of the pads, the cash register would not accept them. We had to call a manger who adjusted the price of the pads to $2 so that the coupon would work. Also, the price rang up wrong for the pads in the first place, so I had to show them the ad with the correct price. 

Due to the hassles at Walgreens, I suggest you just go to CVS to get the free pads.  The transaction is much easier there.

Also, if either store is out, be sure to get a rain check. Because this is a simple transaction that doesn’t involve Extrabucks or Register Rewards, you should be able to still use the coupon next week if you have a rain check.

I wish I had known years and years ago that with couponing, maxi pads can either be free or very cheap!

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Two Days Left to get Bonus Lowes Foods Fuel Rewards!

 Click the ad above to see which items you can buy to earn money off your gas!

With gas spiraling out of control (and projected to go higher due to Hurricane Issac), I am giving the Lowes Foods bonus gas rewards program a serious look. I’ve done it before and it was SUPER easy. Last time I saved $.25 per gallon; this time I want to save $.50 or more per gallon!

It’s simple- buy certain items and you earn money off your gas. Even better is that you can use coupons on the items you buy, too, so that in the end you pay less for the items AND still earn the bonus fuel rewards.

The fuel rewards show up on your receipt, stating how much you have accumulated. When you are ready, go to any Hess/Wilco gas station and first insert your Lowes Foods card. The pump will automatically adjust, showing the discounted amount that you will pay. 

For the past two weeks, Lowes has been running a special gas rewards bonus program with TWO full pages of items that you can buy to save additional money off your gas. Click here to see the full ads listing the items that you can buy and how much you will earn by doing so.

I start by searching for any items that I would actually want to purchase. Next, I use my coupon database to search for any matching coupons. For example, one of the items listed is Iams Dry Dog or Cat Food. If you buy one, you get $.10 off per gallon. I used my database and it said there is a coupon for $1 off Iams Dog or Cat food in the July P&G coupon insert. So, I would buy the dog or cat food, redeem the $1 coupon AND earn the $.10 off per gallon. This is great if in fact you actually need dog or cat food.

Another example is the deal at the top where you buy any two select General Mills Cereals and earn $.10 off per gallon. Let’s say you buy Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. There are coupons for both of those cereals available right here on my website (see coupon center on the left). Using the coupons would save an additional $2.00 off for the cereal AND you’d earn the fuel rewards. 

Finally, there are even some items such as Lowes Foods sour cream that you can buy to earn fuel rewards. See the second page- buy any four Lowes Foods brand sour cream, chunk cheese, butter, cottage cheese or non dairy creamer to earn $.10 off per gallon. These are great items to keep on hand as staples for making a variety of recipes. 

My biggest tip is to be sure to buy the correct quantity and product size. For instance, I notice that you have to buy the bigger box of Toaster Strudels to earn the reward, versus the smaller box. So for each product, read the fine print.

You have through Tuesday night to get in and grab these deals- let me know how much you earn off your gas!

Star News vs News and Observer


Good morning! Well, technically it’s the first of the month (since the first will fall before next Sunday). That means one thing- lots of coupons!

Today both the Wilmington Star News and the Raleigh News and Observer had all three major coupon insert packets- a Red Plum, a Smart Source and the monthly Proctor and Gamble.

Proctor and Gamble is the same regardless of which paper you buy, so let’s compare the Red Plum and Smart Source inserts.

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Smart Source InsertRaleigh Newspaper Only- Black; Both Papers- Blue Wilmington Only- Red

Planters NUTrition Energy Mix Peanut Butter, Systane, ICAPS Eye Vitamin and Mineral Product, Dole Fruit Bowls, Dole Gels or Dole Parfaits, Dole Parfaits or Fruit Crisps, Fiber One, Yoplait Simplait, Fiber One, Yoplait Fruplait, Pace, New York Brand Frozen Product, Nathan’s Frozen Fries or Onion Rings, Checkers Famous Fries, Maruchan, Arbys Curly Fries, Waggin Trail Dog Treats, Danimals Crunchers 4 pack, Hershey’s Syrups or Toppings, Mighty Dog Meals, Zegerid, Hormel Premium Chicken Breast, Purina Be Happy Cat Food and Dog Food, Wholly Salsa, Wholly Guacamole, Chiquita Bites, Alouette Cheeses, Chavrie Products, Mt. Olive Pickles, Peppers or Relish, House-Autry Sauces, Planters NUT-rition, Kraft Homestyle, Johnsonville Burgers, Scrubbing Bubbles, Fantastik, Sargento Natural Sliced Cheese, Sargento Natural Cheese Snack, Olive Garden Coupons, Ghirardelli Bag or Bar, Pyrex Glass Bakeware, Prepware or Storage, Kaboom products (3 different coupons), Brookwood Farm BBQ products, White Castle Burgers, Dole All Natural Fruit Jars, Chock Ful o Nuts, Dole Real Fruit Bites, Mrs. Cubbinson’s Salad Toppings, Stayfree Product, Carefree Product, OB Tampon, Glade Products (8 different coupons), Colgate Toothpaste, Damp Rid, Kerasal Nail fungal Treatment, Claritin (3 different coupons), Ball or Kerr Lids, Ball or Kerr Case of Jars, Chuck E Cheese, Smithfield Bacon or Lunchmeat, Smithfield Marinated Loin or Ham Product, BIC Flame Disk, BIC Multi-Purpose Lighter, Kersasal Nail Fungal Renewal Treatment

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Red Plum Insert

Honeybaked Ham Store coupons, Target Coupons for Tide, Downy, Downy Unstoppables, Mars Candy Bags, Tic Tac, Kibbles n Bits, Milo’s Kitchen Dog Treats, Loreal Paris Skincare, Loreal Paris Shades of Preference, Dove Men Antipersperant, Marcal Small Steps, Temptations Cat Treats, Advil, Thermacare, Centrum, Robitussin, Dimetapp, Chap STick, Preparation H, Jimmy Dean Products, Jimmy Dean Snack Size Sandwich, Sorrento Stringsters String Cheese, Krave, Frosted Mini Wheats, Pop Tarts, Keebler Club Crackers, Rhodes Warm n Serv Rolls, Zatarain’s Mixes, Zatarain’s Frozen Entrees, Butterball Turkey Dinner Sausage, Poligrip, Dermasilk, Tums, Tums Freshers, Kings Hawaiian 12-pack Dinner Rolls, Kings Hawaiian Sub Rolls, Sandwich Buns, Hotdog Buns, or Mini Sub Rolls, Subway Coupons

Overall, Raleigh had more coupons and a better selection, however, I found it interesting that Wilmington Smart Source had a few random coupons that were not in the Raleigh paper, such as Smithfield Bacon or Lunchmeat and Marinated Loin or Ham.  

The Red Plum insert was definitely better for Raleigh, as the Wilmington Red Plum was loaded with ads. 

Until next week!

Lance Cracker 8 pack Just $.67 today only!

 Print this coupon to make the Lance 8 pack crackers only $.67 
today during Harris Teeter’s Saturday special!

How many times have you stopped by a vending machine and purchased one of those packs of Lance crackers for $.75 or more? 

Well, today only at Harris Teeter you can get an entire 8-pack for only $67! That’s 8.3 cents per packet. When I see deals like this, I go ahead and get them, especially because they make good, quick little snacks for myself or my children and keep us away from those vending machines that can really eat through a budget.

This is how the deal works- it’s simple. The 8 pack Lance Crackers are on Saturday special for only $1.77. That’s already a good deal but if you use a coupon it’s even better. Here is a coupon that you can print for $.55 off one pack. The coupon will double to $1.10 off, since Harris Teeter doubles coupons under $1.00 every day of the week. $1.77-$1.10= $.67!

The great news is that you can print the coupon two times and get two 8 packs at that price.

Drop by Harris Teeter today to get this deal because it is a Saturday special only! One note- if you miss it today, the crackers are still on sale the rest of the week through Tuesday night for $2.50. If you use the coupon with that price they will be $1.40. That’s certainly not as good as the $.67 today, but if you consider that it makes each individual pack of crackers only 17.5 cents, that’s still much better than paying for them at a vending machine!

$.34 Eggs This Week at Harris Teeter!


Print this coupon to get a dozen Davidson’s Eggs for only $.34 at Harris Teeter this week!

One of the comments that I get about couponing is that there are never coupons for healthy products. This is simply not true. While I agree that there are many coupons for products that are unhealthy, if you like healthy items, those are available to you as well. One tip I give is to contact the manufacturer directly if you want a coupon for a particular product. Often, they can send you some in the mail or via email.

Another tip is to just buy more whole foods when they go on sale, versus processed or boxed foods. Whole foods go on sale, too and whole foods tend to be healthier than processed foods.

One of the items on my list for this week are eggs. I like to boil eggs and keep them ready in my fridge for an easy breakfast or to add to a salad. This week, Davidson’s Eggs are B1G1 free at Harris Teeter. There is also a $.75 coupon available for you here that you can print two copies of and get two dozens. When you buy a dozen for 1.85 and use the coupon, it doubles to $1.50 off, making the dozen eggs only $.34! So, you could get two dozen eggs for only $.68! What an amazing deal!

These are great eggs, by the way. According to the Davidson’s Eggs website their eggs are pasteurized and come from antibiotic-free, hormone free, vegetarian fed hens. Davidson’s Eggs claim that many eggs are not pasteurized, thus making them susceptible to cross contamination and risk of salmonella poisoning.

Other healthy items that are on my list and on sale this week:

Green or Red Seedless Grapes- $.97 per pound (great price)!
Boneless Chicken Breast Small Pack- B1G1 Free
Fresh Tilapia Fillets- $5.99/pound
Harris Teeter Gallon of Milk- $2.97/gallon
Snow Crab Clusters- $5.77/pound (I can’t eat shellfish but I hear this is a good price)

Even if you don’t have a Harris Teeter grocery store in your area, I assure you that your store, too, runs deals on healthy items. Simply buy them and stock up as best you can when they are on sale. Apply coupons when you can, as in the case of the Davidson’s Eggs, and watch your grocery bill plummet!

Star News vs. News and Observer


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Smart Source InsertRaleigh Newspaper Only- Black; Both Papers- Blue Wilmington Only- Red

Kraft Natural Shredded or Sliced Cheese with Mozzarella, Hamburger Helper, Progresso Recipe Starters Cooking Sauce, Yoplait Greek Yogurt, Pioneer Gravy Mixes, Pioneer Meatloaf Mixes, Lunchables Lunch Combinations with Smoothie, California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Hormel Country Crock Side Dish, Hormel Refrigerated Entree, Hormel Compleats, Hormel Compleats Kids, Activia Breakfast Blend 4- pack, Post Pebbles Cereals or Treats, Hidden Valley for Everything Topping and Dip, Tyson Stuffed Mii Bread Bowls, Breakfast Bowls or Mini Chicken Sandwiches, Target Coupons for Hot Wheels or Matchbox Toys, Tyson Anytizers Snacks, French’s French Fried Onions, Palermos Pizza, Kraft Mayo, Kraft BBQ Sauce, Kraft Sizzling Salads Dinner Kit, Promised Land Milk, Honey Bunches of Oats, Dole Frozen Fruit Single Serve Cups, Woolite, Finish Quantam, Finish Powerball Tabs or Gelpacs, Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaners, Lysol Bathroom Wipes, Lysol Power and Free Multi-Surface Cleaner Triggers, Hershey Milk Chocolate, Hershey Simple Pleasures, Tyson Frozen Chicken Nuggets Bag, Ore-Ida Products, Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Hascro Scrabble Game, PET Ice Cream or Frozen Novelty, Reynolds Wrap Foil, Blue Bones Natural Dental Chews, Febreze Freshness Carpet Cleaning Products, Arm and Hammer Spinbrush, Arm and Hammer Sonic Battery-powered toothbrush, Orajel toothpaste, Arm and Hammer Tooth Tunes product, John Freida Frizz Ease products, One a Day Vitamin, Opti-Free Pure Moist Contact Lens Solution, Clear Care Cleaning and Disinfecting Solution, Longhorn Steakhouse, OxiClean Products, ACT Anticavity Mouthwash, Mitchum, Zaditor, Genteal, Land o Lakes Deli Cheese, Goody’s, BC Powder, Snapware, Schick Hydro 3 Blade Razor, Schick Hydro Shave Gel, Kerasal Foot Products

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Red Plum Insert

Turkey Hill SunBrew Iced, Land O Frost Lunch Meat, Purex Detergent, One Renuzit, One Renuzit Fresh Accents Air Freshener, Right Guard Total Defense Anti-Persperant or Deoderant, Right Guard Total Defense Body Wash, Dial for Men or Tone Body Washes, Dial Liquid or Foaming Hand Soap or Bar, Soft Scrub, Brawny Paper Towels, L.A. Looks Products, Gillette Mach 3 Razor, Pringles, Pringles Snack Sticks, Pringles Fat Free Cans, Tennessee Pride Breakfast Sandwiches, Tennessee Pride Mini Hot Dogs, Benadryl, Zyrtec, Shadybrook Farms Turkey Products, Sundown Vitamins, Beggin Strips, Marvel Vitamins, Minute Steamers, Newman’s Own Complete Skillet Meals, Perdue Refrigerated Chicken, Cicis Pizza

I thought the selection of coupons was excellent today! As always, Raleigh had more coupons and a better selection. Until next week!

$.10 Mars Candy Bars at Harris Teeter


I don’t mean to encourage the consumption of mass amounts of candy bars but if you’re going to eat candy bars (or any other junk food, for that matter), you may as well get a good deal on it!

This week at Harris Teeter you can get $.10 Mars candy bars. This sale is a continuation of a sale that I saw last week. Mars Candy Bars (Snickers, M&Ms, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Twix) are on sale for B1G1 free. Original price is $1.19, so this week they are .60 each. Not a bad price.

In addition to the sale, I found coupons at the Mayfaire Harris Teeter (near the front registers). There was a huge M&M/Mars display that had coupons attached to it. The coupons were for $.50 off 2. Since Harris Teeter doubles coupons every day (coupons that are $1.00 or less), the $.50 doubles to $1.00 off 2. That makes two candy bars only $.20 for two ($.10 a piece)!

Just thought I’d share. Truthfully, this is the time of year to stock up on snack package type foods. I mean things like small bags of chips, cookies, graham crackers, snack crackers, cereal bars, juice boxes, gummies- anything you could imagine a child taking to school in their lunchbox. Many of those items are on sale right now and I’m seeing many matching coupons. I am also seeing many sales and coupons for peanut butter and jelly.

I suggest having a snack box or bin or bag in your home. I keep mine in my closet so the kids cannot access it freely. They can choose one a day during their afternoon snack. I agree that it is tempting to have snacks in the house, especially when they are easily accessible. For that reason, if you know you have issues of self-control, I do not suggest stocking up big time on these items. There is just too much temptation.

However, if you can consume these items in moderation, this is the time of year to get some great deals on these items and maybe even have a little stockpile for yourself or for your child to use throughout the school year!

Making Money Buying Feminine Products this Week!


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I think it’s about time to add feminine products to my list of things that I can pretty much count on getting for free. Not only that, but this week there were three examples of when buying the products and using coupons actually made money!

This week at Harris Teeter (through Tuesday night), the Tampax Pearl Tampons and Always Infinity Pads were money makers. That means that the total amount of coupons redeemed was more than the cost. Normally this doesn’t work but Harris Teeter allows the use of a paper coupon (for example, printed online or from the Sunday paper) along with a Harris Teeter online EVIC coupon (in your e-mail), even if you’re only buying one item.

The Always Infinity have been out of stock everytime I check in the store, but I was able to find the Tampax Pearl for $4.49. In the August Proctor and Gamble insert there were $2 off coupons. This week is Super Doubles so the coupon doubled to $4 off, making the total cost $.49. Honestly, I would have bought them at that price anyways but then I realized that there was also a $2 off Harris Teeter EVIC coupon as well for the Tampax Pearl! I clicked it and that came off, too, making my total $1.51 in the positive. I love it! That $1.51 was applied to the rest of my order, so it was like I got something else in the store for free.

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That deal works the same way with the Always Infinity Pads, so hopefully they will re-stock before Super Doubles ends tomorrow.

Finally, Stayfree Pads are money makers at Rite Aid this week. They are on sale for $3 and there was a $2 off coupon in the July Sunday paper, I believe on July 22nd and 29th. That brings the cost down to $1, which is great but it still gets better!

Rite Aid is offering a promo this week where you get $2 in +UP rewards if you buy Stayfree pads. So, counting the +UP rewards, I come out $1 in the positive after paying! I can use those +UP rewards to spend on anything else in the store. They are like Rite Aid Cash.

So, how many of you ladies used to be bitter about having to pay for feminine products? No need to be bitter anymore- they can actually MAKE you money!