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By Karen Burchill GoErie.com staff blogger
I am a mother of two young boys, working full-time and commuting 72 miles round-trip to work. Food and gas expenses continue to rise. Join me on my shopping makeover as I journey to save my budget one coupon at a time. Learn from my ups and downs and offer me insight into the world of couponing from the eyes of a time-crunched, bargain-loving mom.
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Posted: January 19th, 2012

I scored some great deals during a quick trip to the Rite Aid at 18th and Liberty during my lunch today.

I purchased 2 sticks of Degree for Men deodorant, 2 tubes of Tom’s of Maine All Natural Toothpaste, 3 packs of Trident gum and 100 sq. feet of Christmas wrapping paper for just over $7! That’s some real savings. The toothpaste alone would have been over $7 without my coupons and UP Rewards.

Visit www.couponmom.com to see what other deals you can find at Rite Aid, and other drugstore chains, this week.

Happy savings to you!

Posted: January 16th, 2012

This week’s freebies and hot deals!

RP = Red Plum  SS= Smart Source   GM= General Mills   PG= Proctor & Gamble

CVS
American Greetings Cards – 3 for FREE after $3 Extra Bucks Rewards
Brita Classic Pitcher  – $4.01 profit after $5 Extra Bucks Rewards, $10 mail in rebate and $4 off coupon in 1/15 SS

Kmart
Brita Pitcher – FREE after $10 mail in rebate and $4 off coupon in 1/15 SS

Rite Aid
Theraflu Packets 6ct or Caplets 24ct – $.33 after $5 UP rewards on 3 and 3 $3 off coupons from 12/4 SS
Mentos UP2U Gum – FREE after $1 off coupon in 1/1 SS

Target
Market Pantry Boxed Mac &  Cheese – FREE after printable Target coupon
Oral B Floss – FREE after $1 off coupon in 1/1 PG
Bic Grip Pens – FREE after $1 off coupon in 1/8 SS
Dannon Activia Yogurt 4pk – $.04 after printable Target coupon and 2 $1 off coupons from 1/15 SS

Walgreens
ThermaCare Heat Wrap – FREE after $2.49 Register Rewards
Estroven PM – FREE after $10 Register Rewards
South Beach Diet Bars – Free after $5.99 Register Rewards
Abrexin Weight Loss Supplement – FREE after $10 Register Rewards
Brita Pitcher – $.99 after $10 mail in rebate and $4 off coupon in 1/15 SS

Walmart
Scotch Brite bathroom sponge – FREE after printable coupon
Oral B Floss – FREE after $1 off coupon in 1/1 PG
KY Brand Jelly – FREE after $3 off coupon in 1/8 SS
Bic Stationary Crystal Pens – FREE after $1 off coupon in 1/8 SS
Schick Disposable Razors for women – FREE after $2 off coupon in 1/8 SS
Cortaid – $.27 after $3 off coupon in 1/8 SS
Brita Classic Pitcher – $5.03 profit after $10 mail in rebate and $4 off coupon in 1/15 SS!!

Happy savings!

Posted: January 11th, 2012

Here are this week’s Extreme drugstore deals.

SS = Smart Source   PG=Proctor & Gamble  RP=Red Plum

CVS
CVS Vitamin D, 100ct – FREE after $3.49 Extra Bucks Reward
Mars Chocolate Singles – FREE after $.75 Extra Bucks Reward
Kodak Archive DVD – FREE after $4.99 Extra Bucks Reward

Kmart
Reach Dental Floss – FREE after $1 off printable coupon when used on Saturday (Super Double Coupon promo day)

Rite Aid
ThermaCare Heatwraps – FREE after $3 UP Rewards
Bic Writing Instruments – FREE after $1 off coupon in 1/8 SS and $3 UP Rewards when you purchase 2

Target
Reach Dental Floss – FREE after $1 off printable coupon
Market Pantry Boxed Mac & Cheese – FREE with printable Target coupon
Oral B Floss – FREE after $1 off coupon in 1/1 PG
Bic Grip Pens – FREE after $1 off coupon in 1/8 SS

Walgreens
Omega Smart Kids Fish Oil – FREE after $10 Register Rewards
Syntha 6 Meal Bar – FREE after $1.89 Register Rewards
Colgate 360 Clean Toothbrush – $.25 after $.75 coupon in 1/1 SS and $4 Register Rewards when you buy 2
Colgate Total Toothpaste – $.25 after $.75 coupon in 1/1 SS and $4 Register Rewards when you buy 2

Walmart
Scotch Brite Bathroom Sponge – FREE after printable coupon
Reach Dental Floss – FREE after $1 off printable coupon
Schick Disposable Razor womens 12 ct – FREE after $2 off coupon in 12/4 SS
Oral B Floss – FREE after $1 off coupon in 1/1 PG
Bic Stationary Crystal Pens – FREE after $1 off coupon in 1/8 SS
Cortaid – $.27 after $3 off coupon in 1/8 SS
KY Brand Jelly 2 oz – FREE after $3 off coupon in 1/8 SS

(SOURCE: www.couponmom.com)

Happy shopping!

Posted: January 9th, 2012

Are you an Erie County Farms shopper?

Truth be told, I used to fear the place. I heard stories of items being stolen from carts and near-riots at the cheese counter. Doesn’t sound like my ideal shopping experience. But I also heard about the great produce, deli selection and meats at hard to beat prices. Now that’s tough to resist.

I’ve been shopping at Erie County Farms for five years now and it’s a monthly trip that I try not to miss. They’re open only 3 weeks each month on Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm so it can get crowded. Really crowded. I try to visit on the second or third week of the month and hope for the best. I also fax my deli order in hopes to avoid the long lines at the deli meat and cheese counter. Downside to this is not being able to see the vast selection they have to offer that particular week or sampling my choices before making a purchase. But if you’re on a tight time schedule, it’s worth it.

The no hormone, no antibiotic chicken is fantastic. As is the rotisserie chickens (BBQ is my favorite). I also rarely leave without a selection of baby swiss cheese. This week they have Alpine Lace Muenster cheese for $2.69/lb., fresh blackberries for $.99/tub and a 5 lb. bag of red potatoes for $1.99.

You can check out the weekly specials on Mondays in the Erie Times-News or view the most recent ad online at www.goerie.com/eriecountyfarms.

Happy shopping!

Posted in: Weekly savings
Posted: January 3rd, 2012

If you resolve to spend less money on groceries in 2012, I suggest you check out the new Valu King in the West Erie Plaza. My recent shopping trip was my first Valu King experience and will certainly not be my last.

The philosophy behind the low prices at Valu King seems to be similar to Aldi’s. No fancy shelving, elaborate store signs or excessive advertising equals lower prices for us, the shoppers. Unlike Aldi, they take coupons. They don’t double them but they do offer several name brand products with manufacturer coupons available. They also don’t charge a $.25 deposit for your cart and provide a shopping cart drop-off area in the parking lot (a feature I love when I’m shopping with young children). Like Aldi, they do charge for bags ($.05 each) so bringing your own is recommended. To me this saves a lot of unnecessary waste and something I wish more stores would do.

I was pleasantly surprised at the selection of products available, especially for produce. And nearly all the produce I bought was from the U.S. and looked fresh. I was also surprised to see a Deli in the store.

On to the prices. Below is a list of the items I bought and what I paid for them. See the savings for yourself!

Bananas:  $.32/lb
Green Leaf Lettuce:  $.99/lb
Cucumbers:  2/$1.00
2 lb bag of Lemons (6 medium sized lemons): $2.49
3 lb bag of Golden Delicious Apples: $2.29
4 lb bag of Navel Oranges: $3.49
Planters Peanuts, 16oz jar: $3.29
Valu Time Rice Cakes: $1.39
Valu Time Quick Oats: $1.79
Valu Time Butter: $1.89
Valu Time Colby Jack Cheese, 8oz block: $1.99
Riverside Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast: $2.99/lb
American Cheese, sliced: $2.99/lb
Roman Meal Whole Wheat Bread $1.88/loaf
Roman Meal 12 Grain Bread $1.88/loaf
Shearer’s Kettle Potato Chips: $1.99

Total Cost: $32.87

One final thing to note. Valu King accepts cash, credit cards and debit cards but no checks so shop prepared. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Click here to view this week’s Hot Deals at both Erie Valu King locations.

Happy shopping!

Posted in: Weekly savings
Posted: December 14th, 2011

With Christmas less than 2 weeks away, extreme deals seem to be hitting us from every direction. I have to admit, with all the other bargains I’ve been spying I was a little disappointed by this week’s Drugstore Deals list. Here’s where you can save on groceries this week.

SS = Smart Source   PG=Proctor & Gamble   RP=Red Plum

CVS
Combos, 7oz – FREE after $2 Extra Bucks
Mentos UP2U Gum – FREE after coupon in 10/9 SS

Target
Eucerin Calming Creme, 1oz – FREE after printable Target coupon
Purina Friskies Party Mix Cat Treats – FREE after coupon in 12/4 SS and printable Target coupon

Walgreens
Peeps – FREE after in ad coupon and printable coupon
SalonPas Pain Patch – FREE after $1 Register Rewards
Goody Mini Claw Clips or Bobby Slides – FREE after $2 Register Rewards
DenTek Floss Products – $.24 after $2 Register Rewards

Walmart
KY Brand Jelly – FREE after printable coupon

Happy savings!

Posted: November 15th, 2011

From shampoos to toothpaste to lotions, there are a lot of freebies offered around town this week!

RP = Red Plum    SS = Smart Source     PG=Proctor & Gamble (monthly)

Rite Aid:
Culturelle Probiotic or Digestive Aid – FREE after $15 UP rewards
Wrigleys Big Red, Juicy Fruit, Orbit or Double Mint Gum – FREE after $1 UP reward
Estroven Max Strength – FREE after $15 UP rewards
LA Looks – FREE after $2 UP rewards and coupon in 10/9 RP
Crest Whitening Plus Scope Outlast Toothpaste – FREE after $2.99 single check rebate. EARN $1 with coupon in 10/30 PG

Target:
Hungry Jack Pancake Mix – FREE after printable Target coupon
Curel Ultra Healing Lotion – Get 2 FREE after 2 coupons in 10/9 SS and $5 Target gift card with purchase of 2
Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Brand Travel First Aid Kit – FREE after coupon in 11/6 SS

Walgreens:
Neoteric Diabetic Shampoo & Scalp Care – FREE after $5.99 mail in rebate. EARN $1 with coupon in Walgreens Fall Diabetes & You magazine
Azo Maximum Strength Itch Relief – FREE with $4.99 Register Rewards
Sharps Disposable Needle Container – FREE after $4.99 mail in rebate
Estroven Maximum Strength – FREE after $9.99 Register Rewards
Prevacid 24hr – FREE after mail in rebate and $4 coupon in November Coupon Book (expires 11/18)
Carmex Healing Lotion – FREE after coupon in 10/30 RP

Walmart:
Reach Floss – FREE after coupon in 4/17 SS
Prevacid 24hr – FREE after mail in rebate found in circular and $4 coupon in 9/18 SS (expires 11/18)
Dr Pepper Ten 2 liter – coupon for FREE bottle in 10/9 SS
Schick Disposable Razor Women Twin blade – FREE after coupon in 10/9 SS
Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Brand Travel First Aid Kit – FREE after coupon in 11/6 SS

Stock up on these savings and happy shopping!

Posted: November 9th, 2011

Despite the recent warm temps and sunny skies, winter weather season is upon us. A search of local stores uncovered several winter items on sale this week that will be making it to my medicine cabinet. Best of all, many of them are free! Here’s where you can save big this week:

RP = Red Plum   SS = Smart Source   PG Proctor & Gamble

Rite Aid:
Ester C Supplements – $.50 after $2 UP rewards, coupon from 11/6 RP and a Nov. video values coupon from Riteaid.com
Keri Lotion – Earn $1! after $6 UP rewards and coupon in 10/16 SS
Boogie Wipes, 30ct – $.49 after $2 single check rebate, $1 UP reward and coupon from 11/6 SS
Lysol Healthy Touch Hand Soap Kit – $1.99 after $5 UP rewards and coupon from 11/6 SS

Walgreens:
Blistex Revive & Restore Lip Care – FREE after $1.99 Register Rewards
Healthifeet Foot Cream – FREE after $10 mail-in-rebate found in Nov. Coupon Book
Carmex Healing Lotion, trial size – FREE after $1 printable coupon

Walmart:
Bengay Ultra Strength (needed after setting up your tree and hanging the lights) – $.98 after coupon in 9/11 SS
Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Brand Travel First Aid Kit – FREE after coupon in 11/6 SS

Stay safe and germ-free this season! Happy savings!
Karen.

 

Posted: November 2nd, 2011

Here’s a list of freebie, or close to free, items for the week!

CVS
Bausch & Lomb Renu solution or Sooth Eye Drops – &.99 after $4 Estra Bucks and $4 off coupon in 10/9 SS

Rite Aid
Mentos UP2U Gum – FREE with $1 off coupon in 10/9 SS
Bufferin – FREE after $6 single check rebate and coupon in 10/16 SS

Target
Hungry Jack Pancake Mix – FREE after printable Target coupon
Tide, trial size – FREE after coupon in 10/30 PG

Walgreens
Sharps Disposable Needle Container – FREE after $4.99 Mail in Rebate
Ricola Dual Action Drops – 2 FREE after $2 Register Rewards and Buy 1 Get 1 coupon in 10/2 SS
Carmex Healing Lotion – FREE after coupon in 10/30 RP

Walmart
Prevacid 24hr – FREE after coupon in 9/18 SS and $15 mail in rebate
Dr. Pepper 2 liter – FREE after coupon in 10/9 SS

Happy shopping!

Posted: September 27th, 2011

Pick up all of these freebies at the stores this week!

RP = Red Plum  PG = Proctor & Gamble  SS= Smart Source

CVS
Bausch & Lomb Renu Sensitive – FREE after $7 extra bucks and printable coupon.
Excedrin Extra Strength or Migraine – FREE after $.99 extra bucks
ThermaCAre Lower Back and Hip Heat Wrap – FREE after $3.79 extra bucks

Kmart
Crave Cat Treats – FREE with coupon in 9/18 RP

Rite Aid
GUM PerioBalance Lozenges or NightGuard – FREE after $20 UP rewards and printable coupon
Crest Pro Health toothpaste – FREE $2.69 UP rewards. Earn $1 with $1 off coupon in 8/28 PG (coupon expires 9/30)
Oral B 3D white toothbrush – FREE after $2.69 UP rewards
Similasan Computer Eye Drops and Dry Eye Relief – FREE after $6 UP rewards and coupon in 9/11 SS

Target
Sally Hansen Nail Clippers – FREE printable Target coupon
Nivea body wash – FREE after coupon in 7/31 RP and printable Target coupon
Crave Cat Treats – FREE with coupon in 9/18 RP

Walgreens
Walgreen pads – FREE after $2 register rewards
Remington King of Shaves razor – FREE after $4.99 register rewards
Bausch & Lomb Renu Sensitive – FREE after $5 register rewards and printable coupon.
Zarbees Nighttime Cough & Sleep Drink – FREE after $5.99 register rewards
Colgate Optic White toothpaste – FREE after $6 register rewards and coupon in 9/11 SS
Mentos Up 2 U gum – FREE after In ad coupon and coupon in 9/11 SS
Balance Bar – FREE after $1.59 register rewards
Schick Quatro Razor or Refills – FREE after $5 register rewards and coupon in 9/25 SS

Walmart
Reach Floss – FREE after coupon in 4/17 SS
Cascade, 3ct – FREE after coupon in 8/28 PG
Febreze Noticeables Warmer – FREE after coupon in 8/28 PG
Crave Cat Treats – FREE after coupon in 9/18 RP
Prevacid 24hr, 28ct – FREE after coupon in 9/18 SS and rebate found in circular

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