Friday, March 19, 2010

Win a $5.00 Save A Lot voucher

Save A Lot is giving away $5.00 vouchers!  To be eligible visit, become a Smart Shopper member and leave an honest review for any product then return to the comment thread on their Facebook page leaving your Smart Shopper username and the name of the product you reviewed.

Winners will be announced over the next 10 days at random. Giveaway ends March 26, 2010 at 12:00 AM CST.

Visit their Facebook page here

CVS Weekly Deals - 3/21/10 - 3/27/10

Ok so I just didn't get around to posting CVS deals this week.  I just wasn't too thrilled with it so instead I'm really early getting NEXT week's deals posted.  The Diaper deal is a great one so get your coupons ready but be prepared to ask for rain checks on this one!  New to CVS?  Visit CVS 101 to learn the basics of shopping at CVS.

$8.97 Pampers Diapers, earn $3.00 ECB
Limit 2
$1.50/1 2/7/10 P&G
Final Cost:  $4.47 each

$1.97 Frosted Mini-Wheats or Raisin Bran Cereal
$1.50/2 printable here
Final Cost:  $1.22 each

$4.99 Filipo Berio Olive Oil
$1.00 printable here
Final Cost:  $3.99

Buy $10.00 CoverGirl Products, earn $3.00 ECB
Limit 1
$2.50/2 CoverGirl products 2/7/10 P&G
Final Cost:  Varies

2/$12.00 Olay Body Wash, earn $5.00 wyb 2
$1.00/1 3/7/10 P&G
Final Cost:  $2.50 each after coupons and ECB

$.99 Ivory Soap
$.25 3/7/10 P&G
Final Cost:  $.74 each!

Buy $20.00 of Select L'oreal Products, earn $5.00 ECB
Limit 1
$5.99 Everstrong Shampoo/Conditioner
$5.99 L'oreal Go 360 clean
$14.99 L'oreal Skin Genesis, Advanced Revitalift Deep Set Wrinkle Repair, Age Perfect Pro-Calcium

$2.00/1 Everstrong Shampoo or Conditioner 2/21/10 RP
$1.00/1 Go 360 Clean printable here
$3.00/2 Skin Care Products 1/22/10 RP

Deal Suggestion:
Buy 2 Everstrong products
Buy 2 Go 360 Clean
(2) $2.00/1 Everstrong coupons
(1) $3.00/2 Skincare products coupon
Final Cost:  $2.00 each after coupons and ECB!

2/$6.00 Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler, earn $1.00 ECB wyb 2
Limit 1
$1.00/1 3/7/10 RP
Final Cost:  $1.50 each

$3.99 Glide Floss, earn $2.00 ECB
$.75/1 2/7/10 P&G
Final Cost:  $1.24 each

$3.99 Colgate Total Advanced Enamel or Sensitive Toothbrush, earn $3.99 ECB
Limit 1
$1.00 Colgate Sensitive printable here
$1.00 Total Advanced Enamel 3/7/10 SS
Final Cost:  $1.00 MONEY MAKER

$.96 Dawn Dish Liquid
Limit 6
$.25/1 3/7/10 P&G
Final Cost:  $.71 each!
Note:  If Dawn Hand Renewal is included use $.50/1 from the 3/7/10 P&G and make them $.46 each!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

St. Patrick's Day - Buzzed Driving

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, and it's not the luck of the Irish that will keep the roads safe. It's planning now for a safe and sober way home.

Are you headed out with friends after work this Wednesday to celebrate the holiday? No? Well when you and your family are on the road headed to choir practice, a t-ball game or coming home from school, you may be sharing the road with those returning from a fun St. Patrick's Day event. It's time to spread the word about the dangers of buzzed driving and to remind people that Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving, and the best way to stay safe is to plan ahead.

Let's remind everyone about the importance of remembering to:

  • Designate a sober driver before you leave for your event.
  • Be ready to take alternate transportation such as a bus or taxi. Have the phone number of a taxi service stored in your phone before you leave for the party.
Even if you will not be celebrating this St. Patrick's Day, keep in mind that in 2008, 1,179 people in other vehicles were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. And for those who don't plan on over-indulging, a buzzed driving crash looks the same as a drunk driving crash.

Global Influence is working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Ad Council as they continue their efforts with the "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving" PSA campaign. Buzzed drivers drink and drive, but do not consider themselves a hazard on the roadway because they have had "only a few" drinks. The campaign hope to educate people that consuming even a few drinks can impair driving and that "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving"

We need your help in keeping the roads safe for everyone this St. Patrick's Day by spreading the word that buzzed driving IS drunk driving.

To learn more about the impact buzzed driving can have on a life, please watch this important video about the financial and personal repercussions of getting a DUI.

Remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. Plan ahead and ask your loved ones to do the same. For more invormation, visit Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, March 15, 2010

National Napping Day and Protect-A-Bed Giveaway!

Today is National Napping Day! Isn't it wonderful that we have a day celebrating naps? I love naps. I don't get one every day but when I do I thoroughly enjoy it. A twenty minute nap just does wonders. I wake up refreshed and energized for the rest of the day. Napping Day is officially held the Monday after daylight savings time begins when we all lose an hour of blissful sleep.

History has produced a legion of nappers among them Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Edison and Lord Byron who following a brief slumber produced great works.

Many studies tout the benefits of napping from enhanced memory and learning, to improving work performance and increasing mental acuity and overall health. So today we're celebrating the benefits of napping and those who take them.

Your napping place needs to be free of allergens and dust mites otherwise waking up from a nap with the sniffles is counterproductive. Research shows that 10% of the general public and 90% of those who suffer from allergic asthma have an allergy to dust mites. Dust mites can wreak havoc on our napping by taking up residence in our pillows and mattresses. As many as two MILLION dust mites can thrive in an unprotected mattress. Mattresses can also harbor dust and pet dander.

Every mattress needs to be protected from allergens, stains, liquids and dust mites. Protect-A-Bed mattress covers provide this protection while keeping your mattress clean and promoting better hygeine.

So enjoy the day with a nap! Embrace your inner Da Vinci. Let your bed be your canvas and let that canvas be provided by Protect-A-Bed.

Protect-A-Bed will be hosting a twitter contest today only. Follow @protectabed and share the strangest or funniest place you've ever napped using the hashtag #nappingday. You could win a set of Premium Pillow Covers.

PLUS - In honor of Napping Day I'm giving away a Queen size Protect-A-Bed Premium Mattress Cover, a $79.99 value! The Premium Mattress Cover:
  • Guaranteed to moderate temperature and enhance sleeping comfort
  • Waterproof yet air vapor porous - acting the same way as human skin
  • Effective in preventing bacteria and dust mites from breeding in your pillow and mattress (a major cause of asthma, eczema and rhinitis)
  • Protects mattresses from stains (accidental spills, perspiration, bodily fluids)
  • Expandable skirt ensures mattress protector fits any depth of mattress (8" to 20")
You can earn up to four (4) entries. To enter, do one of the following and then post a comment below letting me know.

1. Follow my blog
2. Tweet about this giveaway
3. Share this giveaway on Facebook
4. Follow my posts

This contest is open to U.S. residents only. Deadline to enter is Friday, March 19, 2010 at 12:00 PM EST. Good luck!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Coupon Do's and Don'ts

If you've been following this blog series you now have a stockpile of coupons and they are neatly organized into a system that works for you. Before you grab your coupons and head for the door take a few minutes to consider coupon ethics and some coupon do's and don'ts.

Do not photocopy coupons
It is illegal. Why you ask? There are a couple of reasons, first it's copyright infringement. The manufacturer is entitled to control the number of coupons distributed in order to calculate the cost of offering them to the public. If you ever redeem an illegal coupon while using a shopper's card it will be fairly easy to trace the illegal use back to you so don't risk it.

Do not expect overage
Overage means your coupon face value exceeds the cost of the product and you get the overage as a credit toward other purchases in your transaction. Coupon policies vary from store to store and even within a store based on the cashier and management on duty. It is not routine for you to get overage when using coupons, many systems will cause the coupon to "beep" to alert the cashier who upon review will likely reduce the value of the coupon to the purchase price of the product.

Don't get angry if one of your coupons is questioned
It will eventually happen; you will get challenged on the use of a coupon. Stay calm. If you have it refer to your copy of the store's coupon policy. Correct the cashier politely if you are using the coupon appropriately. Ask for the Manager when necessary but still be prepared that ultimately it is up to the store's personnel whether or not they will accept the coupon. You won't win every discussion so be prepared to ask them to hand back your coupon and remove the item from your total if you are unable to convince them to honor the coupon. Responding as politely as you can will make it easier for you to shop the same store again in the future.

Do eliminate your store/brand loyalty
To maximize your savings you have to be willing to purchase the product based on price, not brand. If you just can't give up a certain product then you will have to be extra diligent in watching for the best deal on it and then buy enough to last you 6-9 months.

Do complete several smaller transaction to maximize out of pocket cost
It will also mean that you purchase items from a number of stores based on their sale items. You can expect to conduct several small transactions at a variety of stores in order to meet your grocery and toiletry needs at the lowest cost.

Do learn the store’s coupon policy
You may want to shop with a copy of the store's coupon policy in your coupon binder or a folder. If you are using coupons ethically then problems will arise because of the cashier's lack of knowledge about the policy.

Do dedicate time on a weekly basis to clipping and organizing your coupons
An hour or so a week to clip, file and/or remove expired coupons from your filing system will save you time in the store later. There's nothing worse than getting to the checkout line and the cashier has to give you back an expired coupon. You don't save the money you expected to and quite frankly it's embarrassing.

Do plan your trip in advance
This is especially helpful when you have several small trips to make. Work from your list and have the coupons for those products ready to go. You'll get in and out of the store with your purchases much more quickly.

Do be considerate of others in line
If you are going to conduct multiple transactions or have a fistful of coupons to use in one transaction think about those waiting in line behind you. Step to the back of the line if you are planning multiple transactions. If you have a considerable amount of coupons to use in just one transaction consider allowing someone to move ahead of you in line or letting those behind you know that you have a lot of coupons and if they are in a hurry they may want to move to another line.

Do not use coupons unethically
Knowingly using an expired coupon, fraudulent coupon or using a coupon for an item it's not intended for is unethical. Just because a coupon doesn't beep when it's used doesn't mean that it's OK to use it. Sure you may get a great deal, you may get something for free, but in the process you've jeopardized coupon use for the rest of us who are ethical coupon users and you may get a cashier in trouble or worse cost them their job. I don't think anybody wants that on their conscience just to save a few cents.

Last Minute Kroger Triples - 3/11/10 - 3/14-10

OK so this one got past me. A friend told me that our Kroger was tripling coupons up to $.50 again until Sunday, March 14. I ran out with my coupons and this is what I was able to get on short notice:

$1.00 Dial Gold 2 pack
$.35/1 3/7/10 RP
Final Cost: Free!

$2.00 Gogurt
$.80/2 via cellfire
$.35/1 2/7/10 GM
Final Cost: $.55 each wyb 2

$3.49 Gorton's Fish Sticks
$.40/1 2/21/10 SS
Final Cost: $2.29

$2.09 Chocolate Cheerios
$.75/1 via cellfire
$.50/1 2/21/10 SS
Final Cost: Free!

$2.29 Coffee-Mate Creamer
$.50/1 2/7/10 RP
Final Cost: $.79 each!

$1.99 Birds Eye Frozen Vegetables
$.35/1 2/28/10 SS
Final Cost: $.94 each!

3/$4.00 Progresso Soups
$.50/2 2/7/10 GM
Final Cost: $.58 each!


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