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Things are slowing down in the world of snowboard blogging, which means I have time to waste, and what better way to waste it than saving money! I spent last weekend going through the circulars which have been, much to Jared’s dismay, stacking up at the house as well as getting rid of all the coupons that expired during my two-month couponing hiatus. The result was the above pile of junk, which luckily Jared was wise enough to capture.

Today though, I made a list and headed off to Fred Meyer, which happens to not only still give you plastic bags, but be extremely close to the new office. Along with having a new office comes plenty of storage space and a need for stuff to fill our kitchenette. Really, the perfect recipe. Unfortunately, Fred Meyer not only doesn’t give you the fun percentages of savings, and I’m also a bit rusty, so not sure I did that great. I spent $44.22 and got:

4 boxes of Nutrigrain bars (Regular $3.89, on sale $2.29- .30 for buying 10 select products= $2.49 each)

2 Jars Planters Peanuts (Regular ?, On Sale 3.79 – .30 for buying 10 – 1.50 off two = $2.74 each)

1 Degree Deodorant (Regular ?, one sale 1.99 – .30 for buying 10 – 1 e coupon = $.69)

1 40pk Hefty Trash Bags (regular ?, on sale 6.99- .30 for buying 10 – $1 coupon = $5.69)

2 jars Ragu sauce (Regular ?, on sale $1.79-.30 for buying 10 – $1/2 coupon = $.99 each)

2 Foster Farms Ground Turkey (Regular $4.99, On sale $3.99 – $1 & $2 coupon = $2.50 each)

2 Seattle’s Best Coffee (Regular $6.99 – $1 in store coupon = $5.99 — I had $1.50 coupons, but managed to lose them inbetween the office and the register) oops.

For doing the buy 10 deal, I got back another $2 Catalina, which i put towards Jared’s diet soda addiction. All in all, not a terrible trip, but certainly not my best work.

 

I’m back east for a week, which is exciting for the couponer in me because there are CVS’s everywhere. For whatever reason, we don’t have CVS in Portland, and so I am forced to miss out on the deals there week after week. But on a stop for gas somewhere in Southern New Hampshire, I found myself sitting next to a CVS that was just begging me to come in.

With some quick internet research on my phone I found a couple money-making deals that seemed worth doing, but much like I haven’t been blogging, I haven’t really been keeping up on my clipping and organizing, so I was missing most of the necessary coupons. I did, however, see a deal for what were basically free candy canes, and who doesn’t like free candy, so I went in to see if I could pull it off.

Basically for $1.27, you got a box of candy canes, and received a $1.27 extra bucks reward, making them free. Except, I had to get a CVS card, and when she rang in my order, the extra bucks didn’t print. Because it was a new card she couldn’t just issue them after the fact so, long story short, the manager came over and handed me $1.27 cash. Which I’d say is a wicked good deal.

I might try out Price Chopper or Hannaford while I’m here and stock up my parents on a bunch of crap they don’t really need. Or I might just enjoy my candy canes and call it good.

 

It was the beginning of the month recently (actually less recently than when I first intended to post this, but whatever) which means — $10 off $75 coupon at Safeway! Since it’s obviously easier to score deals on crap like Hamburger Helper than food you actually eat, I always do my biggest trip during the week this is valid.

By buying things we actually needed even though they weren’t the BEST DEAL (cat food, cat litter, etc) my percentage was thrown off a bit, but I still managed to save 47% and pay $84.50 for $158 worth of stuff.

Here are a few of my best deals:

2 Jars of Prego sauce (regular price $2.29, on sale $1.69- $.50/2 MFG coupon = Paid $1.44 each)

Swanson Vegetable stock (regular price $3.99, on sale $3 – $25 store coupon – $1 mfg coupon= Paid $1.75)

1 8ct Mission Tortillas (Regular price $3.29, on sale $2.19 – $1 store coupon = paid $1.19)

Azuymaya Tofu (regular price $1.99, on sale 2/$3 – $.55 coupon = paid $.95)

Freebreeze Air Effects (Regular price $3.79, free with purchase of Duracell batteries = paid FREE)

2 Liter Dr. Pepper 10 (Regular price $2.99, on sale $1.67 – One free coupon up to $1.99 + deposit= Paid $.05)

3 16 oz Pom Wonderful Lite drinks (Regular price $2.49, on sale $1.99 or buy three for $1.49 each – 3 $1 off coupons = paid .$49 each)

I also used a Safeway doubler to save $2 more, plus got $1 for buying two jars of Barilla to use on my next order. Since apparently this blog is “inspiring others” just a heads up most of the Safeway coupons I used are in a coupon book (which came with last weeks circular) that is valid through Thanksgiving.

Sidenote: When I got home, i was tagged on Facebook that friends in Colorado had saved 58% and been paid $.01 each to take organic lemonade out of the store, making me feel less proud of my deals. However, I am going to try and make Sarah guest blog from now on.

 

 

 

 

 

This couponing thing makes dealing with getting your period way easier. Tampons are expensive, and it’s clearly all part of society’s plan to keep us bitches barefoot and pregnant. But ever since I’ve discovered couponing, I’ve paid next to nothing for the pleasure of bleeding every month, and that, my friends, is great! So screw you glass ceiling, society and all that junk, I am woman, hear me roar!

Ok, but seriously, I saved 60% at Safeway last night. I got:

2 Boxes of Kotex Tampons (Regular price $6.98, on sale 2/$5 – $1.50/2 coupon – Safeway doubler ($.50) = Paid $3.00, plus got $2 cat for next time!)

1 Smart Balance Peanut Butter (Regular price $.540, on sale $2.50 – $.75 coupon – $.50 doubler = Paid $1.25)

1 Bag on spinach. ($1.29, not on sale, but needed for dinner)

Paid $5.54 for $13.76 worth of stuff, plus got $2 back.

 

I wake up ridiculously early this time of year. It’s not that I don’t like sleep. I really, really do, it’s just that 7 am rolls around and my brain starts going and well, Saturday or not, I’m up! Since everyone else in the world prefers to sleep in on the weekends, I figured I might as well take advantage and go do some couponing. Plus, Safeway actually had some good deals on stuff I want/use this week.

I did two transactions and spent a total of $25.87, with a total savings of $36.03 or 71%. Here’s what I got:

Transaction 1

4 Packages Ore-Ida easy fries (On sale $1.50, buy 4 receive a $3 Catalina, Paid $6, got $3 back)

Transaction 2

2 Packages Forster Farms Ground Turkey (Regular price $5.99, on sale BOGO – $1 MFG coupon = Paid $2.50 each)

2 Big Bottles Star Olive Oil (Regular price $9.99, on sale BOGO = Paid $4.99 each)

2 Packages Crave Cat Treats (Regular price $1.59 – 2 Free up to $1.59 coupons = FREE)

2 Packages Pistachios (Regular price $5.99 – on sale BOGO – $1 MFG coupon = $2.50 each)

1 Package Italian Sausage (Regular price $3.79, on sale $3.49)

2 Almond Breeze Almond Milk ($2.49 – 2 $1 off coupons = Paid $1.49 each, got back $.75 catalina.)

- $3 from previous order – $2 Safeway doubler = Paid $19.8, plus I have $.75 to use next time.

The olive oil alone is worth more than that, so I’m gonna say this one was a win!

Our TP supplies were getting low, so imagine my joy when I heard about this deal going on a Walgreens! Buy two 12-packs of Cottonelle Ultra and get $3 back. I stopped by this morning to do it because it’s Friday, and I wake up ridiculously early, and really, why not. We also needed body wash, so I figured I could use the $3 to go towards that. I did two transactions and here’s the breakdown:

Transaction #1:

2 12-Packs of Cottonelle. (Regular price $5 each- $1 Walgreens coupon – (1) $.75 off MFG coupon — I had two, but using both would have required a filler item= Paid $7.25, got back $3 RR)

Transaction #2:

2 Soft Soap Body Washes (Regular price $4.99 – $2 Walgreens coupon – $3 register reward = paid $3)

The nice young man at the cash register was really excited about my wallet, distracting me slightly, and after I left I realized I forgot to give him my Rewards Card, which would have made that Body wash a WAY better deal (it was on sale 2 for $4) but sometimes, shit happens. Good thing I have lots of toilet paper now.

Traveling, working, all these things make it hard to score deals. I was bummed I wasn’t able to take advantage of Safeway’s $10 off $75 coupon this month (also b.s., it used to be $10 off $50) and thought I was gonna miss out on a good Dove deal at Albertsons as well due to my trip to Chicago. But then, Nick Lipton needed to return some DVDs and we needed beer so we headed on over to the local Jewel-Osco. I grabbed the circular and lo and behold, it was the same sales as Albertsons! I never leave home without my coupons, so I was set. Then, as an extra bonus, I picked up the instore extra savings booklet and whaddaya know, there was a $3 off a 30 pack of PBR coupon in there (as well as other booze coupons.) This fact alone made me want to move to Chicago, but I settled for doing two transactions instead.

Transaction #1

1 each Dove Shampoo and Conditioner (On sale $5 each – buy one get one free coupon = paid $5)

1 6 pack dove hand soap (On sale $6.79 -$1.50 coupon = paid $5.29)

With tax paid $11.82 (tax is bullshit BTW) and got back a $5 catalina.

Transaction #2

1 30 pack PBR (on sale $12.99- $3 store coupon = paid $9.99)

1 pack Shaun White Stride Gum. (Unnecessary impulse purchase)

-$5 catalina

with tax and deposit paid $8.33

In total I paid $20.15 for $35.87 worth of stuff. Nick Lipton was not entirely impressed (it did take awhile) and said I need a new hobby, but he can suck it.

“In a world where people can’t pay their damn grocery bills, you figured out how to get paid to write about a hobby you started as a joke” — Nick Lipton.

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I really went wild on my Friday night. I had a prescription to pick up and thought, this would be a great opportunity to score some deals while I am there! I also have been slacking and my coupon collection is bursting out its accordion file because I haven’t been using them fast enough.

I sort of hate the Walgreens on 39th and Holgate for actual shopping (it’s small, cramped and usually cleaned out) I figured I’d cross my fingers and hope for the best. To my surprise, everything I wanted was in stock, and although the deals weren’t quite as sweet as they would have been if we got Register Rewards in Portland instead of stupid points, I did alright. I saved a total of $16.37, paying $12.48 out of pocket and got:

2 18 packs of Playtex Tampons (Regular $5.25, On sale $4 – 1 $1 mfg coupon and 1 $2 MFG coupon = $2.75 each)

1 Ricola Cough Drops (Regular $2.29, on sale $1.29 – $.75 MFG coupon – $.50 Wags coupon = $.04)

2 Packages Chex Mix (Regular $3.19, on sale $.99 – $.50/2 MFG coupon = $.75 each)

1 8 pack Energizer Max Batteries (Regular $8.99, on sale $5.99 – $1 MFG coupon = $4.99)

1 Travel size Eucerin Lotion ($.99, filler item so I could use two coupons on the cough drops)

Not bad for spur of the moment, and since it’s apparently raining today, looks like I have nothing better to do than score more deals. Also, special shout out to the Dude Barn for scoring a 13-week free subscription to the Oregonian and letting me pillage their coupons yesterday!

I needed some Bacon bits for a recipe I was making, which required a trip to the store, so I figured, while I was there, might as well score some free stuff. Everything I got started with B, hence my super clever title, and here’s the break down. For a total of $2.12, or 68% savings, I got:

2 tubs of Gold and Soft Margarine (Regular price $2.98, on sale $2.58 – 2 $.50/1 MFG coupons – 2 Safeway doubles = $.58 for both, plus I got $.75 back so I MADE $.17 — I already gave one of these away since I really didn’t need FOUR tubs of butter, but I couldn’t resist.)

1 Can of Old El Paso Refried Beans (Regular price 1.39, on sale $1 – $.50 MFG coupon – safeway double= FREE)

Bacon Bits = Regular 2.29. Not on sale. No coupons.

- $.75 from my last butter purchase = I paid less than I would have just buying the bacon bits. Win.