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Monday, January 31, 2011

Safeway deals this week

I have not had a chance to go thru all my coupons from yesterday's Sunday paper yet, but since I needed to go to the post office and Safeway is on my way, I decided to head in to score some of these great deals.
 Nature Valley Granola Bars $1.77, limit 6
w/ in ad store coupon
use $0.75/2 coupon from 1/2 GM insert OR
use $1/2 printable
Final Price: $1.27

Betty Crocker Fuit Snacks $0.99, limit 6
w/ in ad store coupon
use $0.50/2 coupon from 1/2 GM insert or printable
Final Price: $0.74 each

Skippy Peanut Butter $1.49, limit 4
w/ in ad store coupon
use $1/1 coupon from Safeway's Joy of Savings Coupon Book
Final Price: $0.49
(stock up price)

Activa or Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt  $1.88
use $1/1 coupon from 1/9 or 1/30 SS insert
Final Price: $0.88 each

Refresh 2 liter Soda $.79 each when you buy 4
use $1/4 coupon from Safeway's Joy of Savings Coupon Book
Final Price:   $.54 each

Lucerne String Cheese (12 pack)  $2.99 with in ad coupon limit 4

I also picked up some other things, like eggs and potatoes...  I ended up spending $38.89 and saving $40.58 (51%) I love LOVE love it when I save more than I spend.

In other News, tomorrow marks the 1st day of our spending freeze and people have been asking if I stocked up in order to prepare- the short answer is no, but I will cover that and give you a peak into my pantry in a bit.

stay tuned...


Save Big on, + Discount code!

There are some great Free and cheap deals at right now, and orders over $25 ship next day for Free too!

Old Spice
Body Wash, After Hours-1.7oz - buy 2, click box for coupon and they will be $0.69  each!

All  Revlon Beauty tool at Buy one get one free!

Face Cleansing Bar-3.5 oz  $1.89 when you click the coupon box and save $1.50

K-Y products are buy one get one 50% off

Clean & Clear
Daily Pore Oil Free Cleanser-5.5 oz $2.99 when you click the coupon box and save $2.00

Oral B Anti-Microbial, Battery Powered tooth brushes, buy one get one free- so $3.67 each when you buy 2


 Buy $25 worth of Product (this is $25 BEFORE coupons!) and get FREE next day shipping - AND to make it even sweeter- use coupon code KIMB1269 and get 15% off your whole order!





Wednesday, January 26, 2011

February spending freeze is a go.

I am excited (and maybe a bit nuts) to declare that next month will be a spending freeze for the Middle Mama household.  What does this mean?  Glad you asked...  It means aside from our regular monthly bills, we are limiting our spending to $100.  That's right, 1 Big Ben and that is it, when it is gone, it's gone.  That means the combined total of gas, groceries, entertainment, eating out, diapers, shopping etc, cannot be more than $100. 

This is a 1st for us, but we are excited for the challenge (and the savings).   How did I come up with $100, not $150 or $200...  I really just picked it, no rhyme or reason.  My goal in this challenge is to see how little we can spend over the course of a month.  It will take some changes, and alot of creativity, something hubby and I are ready to take on. 

About us- ours is a family of 5, Hubs and I and 3 sons, ages 10, 5 and 3.  The littlest is still in diapers, our 5 year old is not is school yet, and our 10 year old is not in sports but will be trying out for the school musical in Feb.  Hubs is currently unemployed, and I run a small business from home.

Why February?  Because hubs is unemployed, we are needing to tighten our belts even tighter.  Also, we are thinking this may become an annual challenge, and Feb is the shortest month. :)  And finally, because Feb is also the month with the least amount of birthday's and family gatherings so we can try and drive less. (it take about $55 to fill our minivan).

To make it easier to track less tempting to spend, on Feb 1st we will be putting the debit cards away and  taking out $100 cash.

Want to join me?  There is strength in numbers, why not challenge your family to a spending freeze.  Think about how much you think you could trim your spending to, and set a goal a little lower (it is supposed to be a challenge after all).  Blog, or journal about it, or just follow along here and share your progress in the comments. 

Not ready to take the plunge?  I encourage you to follow along anyways, maybe share a few tips, and learn a few at the same time.  Lord knows nearly everyone needs to save money these days.  

So I want to know, have you ever had a spending freeze before?  Will you be joining us next month?  Comments are welcome :)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Walgreens Free and Money makers!

These deals will start Sunday, January 23rd.
Buy $20 in participating products get $5 RR
Buy $30 in participating products get $10 RR
See page 11 of ad for other participating products

Maalox on sale $5.09 (price may vary, account for 25% off if your price is different)
Buy 6
Use (6) $5/1 coupons from 1/9 SS insert
Pay $.54, get $10 RR
FREE plus $9.46 overage after RR

Omega Smart Fish Oil on sale $10
Buy 1, get $10 RR
Pay $8, get $10 RR
FREE plus $2 overage after RR

Chex Mix on sale $1.33
Buy 5, get $3.50 RR  (Sunday only)
Buy 6
Use (6) $1/1 coupons from Safeway Football coupon book
Use $.99/3 coupon from Walgreens January  coupon book (at front of store)
Pay $0, get $3.50 RR (Sunday only)
FREE plus $3.50 overage on 1/23

Colgate  Pro Clinical Toothpast on sale $3.49
Buy 1, get $2.50 RR
Use $1/1 coupon from 1/2 SS insert
Pay $$2.49, get $2.50 RR
FREE after coupon & RR  

I will tell you that I have only been couponing since August 2009, and within a month I was to the point that I will only get toothpaste if it is free (or a moneymaker).  I have enough stockpiled that I got free or very cheap that I can wait for free toothpaste now, and I share it with other families as well.  It is not uncommon for friends and family to come visit and I send them home with with body wash or toothpaste.  I love to share the couponing love :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

$1.99 Zantac at Target

Zantac 150, 24 tablets $6.99 (through 1/29)
go here to get a  $5.00/1 coupon
Final Price: $1.99

I so need this deal right now too, and the cool mint version pictured above is my favorite.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Albertsons – Quaker oatmeal as low as $0.30 cents each (starts Friday)

Just a heads up that there will be a GREAT deal on Quaker Oatmeal starting this Friday at Albertsons.  There is a catalina coupon that will start printing this Friday, which will make their Quaker oatmeal only $0.30 a box!

Here’s how:
Transaction 1

Buy 5 Quaker Instant Oatmeal $2.50 
use (5) $1.00 off from 1/2 RedPlum
Receive $3.00 instant Albertsons Discount for buy 5
Total OOP: $4.50, get back a $3.00 Catalina
Final Price: $0.30 each!

Transaction 2

                Buy 5 Quaker Instant Oatmeal $2.50 
                use (5) $1.00 off from 1/2 RedPlum  
                Receive $3.00 instant Albertsons Discount for buy 5
                use $3 Catalina from previous transaction
               Total OOP: $1.50, get back a $3.00 Catalina

When you are done- you will have paid $6.00 out of pocket and still have $3.00 off your next purchase.  Sweet!

Catalina info:
Purchase any Quaker Oatmeal Products between 1/21-2/18 receive up to $3 on your next purchase:
buy 3, receive $1 OYNO
buy 4, receive $2 OYNO
buy 5, receive $3 OYNO



Thursday, January 13, 2011

Target Toy Clearance

We went out this evening, in what was my 1st trip out of the house all year.  (I have been really sick, but am thankfully better now).  First stop was Target, for the toy sale, they have a bunch of toys (and clothes and shoes) on sale for 75% off!
 Now, most stores made the markdowns today, and there were hardcore shoppers that knew about it and were there when door opened.  However, since this was a want and not a need, I went later, sure I might have missed a few deals, but there was plenty left.  In fact, if you have not gone, I suggest making a stop tomorrow (Friday) if you can.  Some of the deals we saw-

Disney Cars sets (6 cars) Christmas themed- were $30, now $7 ( we picked these up for next Christmas)
Disney Cars sets (6-7 cars) normally $20, now $4
Loads of Legos 50% off, we saw tons of Ben Ten themed ones normally $14, now $7
Musical guitar normally $10, now $2.50
Star Wars action figures normally $7, now $1.40
and there were kids' play tents, board games, and some baby dolls as well.

Sorry no pictures, don't want to ruin the surprise for some family or friends that might be getting some of the things we bought :)  but I can say we spent about $30 on $120 worth of toys.

Do you plan, or have you already hit the Target clearance sale?