May 30, 2011

Follow My Husband As He Becomes An Extreme Couponer

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Since I just gave birth via c-section to our 3rd daughter my husband is going to be doing the shopping this week! 
First I must start off by saying "THANK YOU MARK!! YOU ARE THE BEST".

We thought this would be a great opportunity to do a DAILY POST on Coupon basics! So follow along with Mark as he learns to use coupons and SAVE BIG! This is really awesome for me as I forget how confusing couponing is when you first start out! So if you are new or know someone who is new, please pass these posts onto them!! And post a question you have! Even experienced couponers may learn something and if nothing else I promise you he will entertain you ;0) For example look at this photo he was hamming it up just a bit putting on his most unexcited face as possible!


TODAY'S TOPIC:

WALGREENS

Personally I admit I started him off at the pharmacy that gives me the most PROBLEMS on accepting coupons and printing rewards! 
First ALWAYS HAVE TWO NEED TO BUY SOON LISTS YOU ARE ALWAYS WORKING ON
FOR HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS
FOR GROCERIES

2nd When you are brand new to couponing take one store at a time.
First read my Walgreens 101 post.
  • Get your Ad out and see if any of the items on your list are on sale, and circle them
  • Look at my Weekly Walgreens match-up and see if you can find any deals on those items and other items you may want to purchase.
  • Search my coupon database and see if there are other coupons out there for items in sales ads or items you need and you would normally purchase at Walgreens. 
  • Make a list of what you are planning to buy, complete with prices and what you expect to pay out of pocket at the end. Here is what the list looked like I made for my husband and put in his folder along with a copy of the Walgreens Store Policy (always have this with you) and the store ad so he could make sure he was getting the correct items.

2 Transactions
First transaction:

1) Ritz Crackerfuls 
Price $1.99 (Sun & Mon only)
Coupon: $1.00/1 (I got from the Smart Source Insert on 4/17)
Quantity: Buy 2 Use 2 Coupons
Pay: $2.00 (plus tax)
RECEIVE $2.00 Register Rewards will print off with your receipt

Now hand them the other products and do your 2nd Transaction

Second Transaction
1)Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner
this has been on our need list for a while
Price: $1.99
Coupon: $.75/1
Quantity: Buy 1
Pay: $1.24

2)Skinny Cow
Price, $2/$5.00
Coupon: NO COUPON (I don't have the All You one)
Quantity: Buy one Clusters and 1 Heavenly Crisp Bars
3) Renyold's Wrap (Sunday and Monday Only)
this has been on our need list for a while
Price, $1.99
Quantity: Buy 2 Use 2 coupons
Pay: $2.48

4)Act II Popcorn (his fave)
Price, $.25 each deal of the week
Coupon : NO COUPON
Quantity: Buy 4
Pay: $1.00


Total Cost: $9.72
hand them your $2.00 register reward
Final out of pocket: $7.72 plus tax expect to pay around $8.50

Now was I having him get $1,000 worth of grocery for $3.22? No but this is still extreme for someone who would pay full price with no coupons! So be proud of saving and don't have the goal of getting everything for FREE! You can get good deals without even using coupons!! If it is an item you use and the price is right, go for it!!

How did he do?
Many of you will relate to this. He went to the store a mile from our house and they did not have the Ritz, so he went to 2nd store that also did not have the Ritz, so he went, oh yes he did, to a 3rd store which still did not have the Ritz. So he came back to the first store gave up on getting the Ritz and discovered that the advertized Skinny Cow product in a package was not on the shelf (he checked at another store too) but rather individual Skinny Cow packages on sale for $.79 each which would not have equaled 6 for $2.50 like the advertized deal so he didn't get them and was frustrated that they told him this was all they ever had. 
He had no problem getting the popcorn, or the toilet cleaner, and he found the Renoyld's wrap and headed out feeling exhausted from going to 3 different stores (and one twice) to come away with only 3 of the 5 items he sent out to get. 

I tell him he did great but could I see his receipt knowing my sweet husband after going to that many stores did not check the receipt. Go ahead and guess what I discovered yup! He was overcharged! He was charged $2.79 for each of the Renoyld's wraps instead of $1.99. So he went charging out of the house with his receipt and products (not my handy-dandy list) and came back happy and said "They were great they said that has been happening all day and they refunded me $3.93. Oh dear, I say, knowing there is no way he will be entering a Walgreens for the 6th time. I show him that they gave him back far too much that he should have only received $1.60 back. He felt bad but was in no mood to go back.

What lessons did he say he learned from this first shopping experience:
  • First if it is a 2 day sale go the day of the sale as early as possible to get the deals.
  • If you don't find the deal, don't go chasing it, chances are it will be sold out at the other stores too unless you are near another Walgreens don't go chasing the deal as you are wasting gas and your frustrations will begin to build, you can't get every deal and that is o.k.
  • ALWAYS LOOK AT YOUR RECEIPT BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE STORE (or in the car before you leave the parking lot)

DID YOU FIND THIS HELPFUL??? Please give feedback!! And write questions you have about Walgreens, as this was really a super simple scenario, we will work our way up to more complex Wlagreens transactions later ;0) Tune in tomorrow when he goes to KROGER!!!

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Michael's Coupons In Paper

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While we had no coupon inserts we did have another good week for Michaels coupons.  Grab the ad in your Sunday newspaper for the following coupons:


-20% Off Entire Purchase Including Sale Items.  This coupon is good all day Monday only. 

-40% Off Any One Regular Price Item.  This offer is good Monday, May 30th-Saturday, June 4th.


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Target Weekly Ad 5/29-6/04

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Print a copy of Target's Official Coupon Policy to take with you in case you experience any trouble at your store. This doesn't happen to me often at our local stores, but others have run into problems with using coupons at Target.

*Get a FREE cookie for the kids while you shop in the bakery

-You can stack a Target Coupon (must have Target Coupon written on the top) and a Manufacture coupon for big savings!

While you can only use one Manufactor's coupon per item I do list every Manufacotr's coupon available currently that way you have options! 

-Remember to bring your reusable tote! Target is paying $0.05 for every reusable tote bag that you use at checkout!

Thanks My SLC Mommy for writing up this week's Match-up! 
 This Week's Sales:
Kraft Cheese 6-8 oz block or shredded $2.29
Target Printable Coupon Save $1.00/2
Final:$1.79

Pepsi, 7 Up and Select others 12 pk: 3/$10.00
(3/6 SS) Save $.75/1 (exp 5/31)
Final: $2.58

Pepsi 7 UP and Select other 1 Liter:4/$5.00
(3/6 SS) Save $.55/1(exp 5/31)
Final: $.70

OFF! Family Care Smooth & Dry insect Repellent:$4.49
(5/22 SS) Save $.75/1 or $1.00/2
Final:  $3.99 or $3.74

Special Offer
$5 Target Gift Card wyb Raid Barrier and Refill


Raid Max Bug Barrier 30 oz: $8.00
(5/8 SS) Save $3.00/1

Raid Max Refill $4/50
(5/8 SS) Save $1.00/1
Johnson & Johnson Select Baby Toiletries 2/$10
(4/17 SS) Save $.50/1
Final: $4.00

Huggies Wipes in Jeans Design (Special Purchase) $3.99
(5/15 SS) Save $.50/1
Final: $1.49


Special Offer
$5 Target Gift Card wyb Two Pampers Big Packs or Huggies Big Packs Listed

Pampers:$19.99
(5/1 PG) Save $1.50/1 or $2.50/1

Huggies: $19.99

(5/15 SS) Save $2.00/1
Printable Coupon save $2.00/1
Pritnable Coupon save  $1.50/1
Stack with Target Coupon Save $2.00/1
Desitin 2 oz: 2/$6.00
(4/17 SS) Save $.75/1
Final: $2.00 or $2.25

Cottonelle:$5.49
Printable Coupon Save $.50/1
Final: $4.99

Trident 3 pk Gum:2/$5.00
Target Printable Coupon Save $1.00/2
Final: $2.00

Axe Deodorant 2.7 or 3 oz: $3.49
(5/22 RP) Save B1G1 Free Axe Body Spray wyb Axe Deodorant
Final: Varies

Special Offer
$5 Target Gift Card wyb any 2 items Listed

Bounce 6 month Dryer Bar: $7.99
(5/22 RP) Save $.75/1

Downy 105 or 120 Load Liquid or 240 Count Dryer Sheets:$7.99
(5/1 PG) Save $.50/1, $.25/1 or $.20/1
Stack with (5/22 RP) Save $1.00/1

Tide 100 oz Liquid or or 63 or 80 Load Powder:$11.99
(5/1 PG) Save $.35/1
Stack with Target Coupon (5/8 SS) Save $.75/1
Stack with Target Coupon (5/22 RP) Save $.75/1

Puffs Facial Tissue 8 pk 56 ct cubes or 6 pk 124 ct Boxes: $8.99
(5/1 PG) B1G1 Free Puffs to Go wyb Puffs Facial Tissues

Bounty Giant-Roll Paper Towel 12 pk:$14.99
(5/1 PG) Save $1.00/1
(5/1 PG) Save $.25/1
(5/1 PG) Save $1.00/2

Swiffer WetJet Starter Kit:$18.99
(5/1 PG) Save $2.00/1

Charmin 18pk Double or 9pk Mega roll Bath Tissue:$9.99

(5/1 PG) Save $1.00/2 or $.25/1
Special Offer
$5 Target Gift Card wyb 2 Pet Items Listed

Pedigree Dog Food 10 lb:$11.99
(5/1 PG) Save $2.00/1
Printable Coupon Save $3.00/3

Arm & Hammer Cat Litter 28 lb.:$9.99
Printable Coupon Save $1.00/1

Iams Cat Food 6.8 lb:$11.99

(4/17 RP) Save $1.00/1
Stack with Target Coupon (5/1 PG) Save $1.00/1

Iams Dog Food 8lb:$1.75

(4/17 RP) Save $1.00/1
Stack with Target Coupon (5/1 PG) Save $1.00/1

Friskies 16 lb Cat Food:$10.99
(3/27 SS) Save $1.00/1

Milk Bone Dog Treats 7 lb:$9.99
(5/22 RP) Save $1.50/2

Prilosec OTC 42 ct: $24.89
(5/1 Target PG) Save $3.00/1
Final: $21.89

Claritin 30 24 Hour :$17.99
(5/15 SS) Save $5.00/1
(5/15 SS) Save $2.00/1
All  You May $2.00/1
Final: $12.99, $15.00 or $13.99

Flintstone Gummy Vitamins:$4.00
(3/20 SS) Save $1.00/1
Final: $3.00/1

UP&UP Kids Gummy Multi Vitamin:$4.00
Target Printable Coupon Save $1.00/1
Final: $3.00/1

Listerine Mouthwash 1/5 Liter:$5.99
(2/27 SS) Save $1.00/1
(2/27 SS) Save $.50/1
(4/17 SS) Save $.50/1
(4/17 SS) Save $1.00/1
Final: $5.49 or $4.99

Up&UP Mouth Wash:$2.99
Target Printable Coupon Save $.50/1
Final: $2.49

Stay Free Super Maxi Pads 24 ct:$2.79
(3/27 RP) Save $1.00/1
(5/8 SS) Save $1.00/1
Final: $1.79

Digital Prints 4x6:$.10
Target Printable Coupon Save $2.00 off 20 Prints
Final: Varies

Pyrex 12 Pc Bake and Store Set:Unknown
(4/10 SS) Save $1.00/1
Final: Unknown

Speed Stick Deodorant:$1.99
(5/22 SS) Save $.75/1
Final: $1.24 or $1.49

Sensodyne 4 oz:$4.49
(5/15 RP) Save $1.00/1
Final: $3.49

Right Guard Deodorant:$2.49
(5/1 RP) B1G1 Dry Idea or Right Guard Product
Stack with Target Printable Coupon save $1.00/1

Poise 42 ct:$11.99
(5/15 SS) Save $1.00/1. $1.50/2
Final: Varies

Mitchum Deodorant: $1.99
(5/8 SS) Save $1.00/1
Final: $.99

Mach 3 Disposable Razors 3 ct: $6.49
(5/1 PG) Save $4.00/2
Final: $4.49

Special Offer
$5 Target Card wyb 2 Sun Care Items Listed

Banana Boat Sunscreen Lotion 8 oz:$6.49
(5/22 SS) Save $1.00/1
(5/22 RP) Save $1.00/1
June All You Save $1.00/1
Woolite Fabric Wash $11.99
(5/1 SS) Save $3.00/1
Printable Coupon Save $1.00/1
Final: $10.99 or $8.99

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Baskin Robbins BOGO Coupon FOR MILITARY

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In honor of Memorial Day, head on over to the Baskin Robbins Facebook page to print a coupon good for Buy 1 Cone and Get 1 Free (excludes Soft Serve and Waffle cones) valid for military personnel only. This coupon expires on June 3rd and is available for all active, reserve, and retired military personnel. Limit one coupon per customer per visit. My hubby definitely deserves some icecream for all his shopping efforts!!

Thanks Hip 2 Save!



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Blogging With A Baby

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Just in case you missed it, our household has been enlarged by 2 feet ;0). Tabitha and I came home from the hospital on Saturday and we are doing well! She is a great baby (so far ;0). So amazing to watch her sleep, a new baby is really inspirational, makes me want to be a better person which includes using my time very wisely. I am a part of an awesome network of blogs known as My City Mommy. These women are awesome and have been posting for me these last 5 days and I can continue to rely on them for great deals. I also am ready to slowly jump back in, don't worry BABY is # 1 priority, so please e-mail, leave ?'s in my chat box on my facebook wall and know when I respond I have the time to respond you are not taking time away from my precious bundle when you ask me questions. I have a system, a timer set only an hour a day right now, and when that time is up, I will answer e-mails do postings etc. the next day.

After all we still have items we need, shopping that has to be done, so I am still looking for deals, and the best part is my husband has the week off, our 2 older kids are at the grandparents house so we are in great shape! My sweet husband has agreed to learn couponing and this will be super helpful to all you NEWBIES out there! Every day I will do ONE POST, featuring my husband and his coupon adventures and will cover all the basic topics of Coupons, so follow him step by step and learn from his successes and perhaps a few mistakes, I promised him I won't be too hard on him ;0) I get e-mails daily from newbies who have seen the Extreme Couponing show and they want to save $$ too but have no idea where to start, well stay tuned we are going to show you step by step how to really save!

First I recommend that you subscribe to my site.

What does this mean? It is free, you must put your e--mail address in the here,  and then confirm the e-mail you will receive in your inbox. You will receive only ONE e-mail a day (around 3:00 p.m.) from me that will list all the posts I have put up (normally 10-20 a day but here for a while much less, thanks for understanding). You can unsubscribe at any time.

Second Like me on facebook. All my post feed into my facebook fan page and reader's can post deals they have found I also will put up links to facebook freebies that will go fast that I will not post on since they will be gone so quickly.


THIRD, if you find what I do on Memphis Mommy to be helpful, please SHARE my site with your friends and family and write me! I love hearing from readers, it is so encouraging!!! The more followers I have (subscribers and likes on facebook) the more companies offer me giveaways, I have some great ones to offer this week, so stay tuned!! I currently have 2,783 likes on facebook and would love to hit 3,000 likes very soon, but I need your help! So please spread the word!


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Memorial Day Restaurant Deals

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Please let me know if you know of any other eating out deals for Memorial Day. Take your favorite service member out for a meal!



Fazoli's is offering a FREE Spaghetti to military service men and women with the purchase of a drink! Must be in military uniform or present military ID to be eligible. This offer is valid through Monday, May 30.
Thanks My Military Mommy for sharing this info.


Firebirds would like to sincerely thank all the active duty military and veterans this Memorial Day. On Monday, May 30th show us your form of Military ID. When you buy one entree, get one for free!

For serving our great country, we'd like to serve you!



For everything that you do, we want to THANK YOU. Please join us on Memorial Day for lunch or dinner. Enjoy the flavor of Firebirds and let us take care of you!



Accepted forms of ID include:
U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card
U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card
Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
Photograph of you in uniform
Wear your uniform
Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW)
DD214


Complimentary entree must be of equal or lesser value. Dine in only. Not redeemable for cash or change. Offer valid from 11am-10pm on Monday, May 30th, 2011. Cannot be combined with any other offer. 




Thanks Awesome reader Dawn for e-mailing this one to me. 


This offer seems to be availlable to anyone! We recently went to Texas de Brazil and LOVED IT! This is a FABULOUS DEAL!! 
Please Note:
They do have kids eat free 6 and under and up to age 12 eat half price but normally that cannot be combined with coupons and offers to call ahead if you are taking the kids.

I would strongly recommend signing up for their e-newsletter as they send me coupons CONSTANTLY. This place is SUPER expensive so you definitely want to reserve it for a special night with a coupon/deal in hand ;0) Click here to go to their web-site.
Texas de Brazil will be open for lunch on Memorial Day! Stop by and enjoy our 50-item gourmet salad area and lunch selection of meats for $21.99 per person with guest's choice of dessert INCLUDED! Offer also available for dinner hours of operation.
Complimentary Dessert!
Special Lunch hours are from 11 am to 2 pm. Please print and present this offer to server. Valid up to 8 guests. Reservations Recommended.



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Like Ronzoni Pasta on Facebook Print $1.00/1

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I know many of you must have a pantry full of Ronzoni pasta from the FREE Kroger deal we have gotten TWICE now with their Mega sale! Just in case you didn't get your Free pasta, there is an opportunity to print $1.00/1 Ronzoni pasta coupon this coupon doesn't expire till 6/24 so maybe there will be another sale if not you will still get a great deal!
Go to the Ronzoni Facebook page, “like” them, then click on the “Garden Delight Summer Sweepstakes” tab to vote for your favorite Ronzoni Garden Delight pasta salad for a chance to win the grand prize of $2,500 or one of ten $100 prizes given away each week!  The first time you like them you get to print a $1.00/1 Ronzoni Garden Delight coupon!

Stay Tuned I will be hosting a giveaway for a Ronzoni Tote on June 5th!



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