January 31, 2010

Target, Glad Force Flex Deal

target frugal mom blogger  columbus ohioUPDATE—Correction, they were $8.49 before the 1.00 store coupon. After the coupon, $6.94 for 84. This is still an excellent price and they only go up a penny each making them .08 cents each!  Thanks Robin. 

I was going to post this with the stockpiling deals, but I decided that some of you might be running to Target tomorrow.  I wanted you to know about this great deal that Robin, a terrific reader, found for us.  I’ll be making a trip to Target this week for some other things, and I’ll be sure to snag this deal while there:

I went to target today. In the add there is glad force flex 84 ct. garbage bags for 9.99 in the bulk section but, in the grocery section, there is the same one except the handles are different. They are reduced to 7.49. There are .55 cents off instantly on some of them and if you have the flip, clip and save coupon mailer book (target mailer) it has a 1.00 off coupon making them 5.94. That is .07 cents each....a real steal!! Robin

Winter Wonderland





The snow was too crunchy for snow angels.




See how far the bamboo is leaning down?


Bamboo covered in ice


Snow on the potting shed


We won’t be eating out on the deck today!


The trees are glowing—sunshine on the ice.

Weekly Coupon Match-ups

Target Match-ups are now added.  Click the following links to access the match-ups.

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TomatoEarth Fare deals for 1/27-2/23

Co-op Advantage Stores/Three Rivers Market Feb Match-ups

Happy Shopping!

Walgreens Photo 40% off

40% OFF EVERY print, card, poster, book calendar, gift, mug..thru Saturday Get coupon code

40% OFF your entire photo order Enter code SMILE40 at checkout thru Saturday, February 6*

Click the photo for your coupon code and more details. 

Tip of the day

Save your leftover newspapers.
  • They are good for helping you start a fire.
  • We use them to wash our car windows.
  • I just learned a tip that they are good to line your refrigerator drawers to help easily remove any debris and keep the moisture down.
  • I like to wrap children's presents in the funny papers.
  • They make good packing material.

What do you use your leftover newspapers for?

A Happy Thought

CIMG1249 “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”

―Joseph Addison

January 30, 2010

Free Old Spice Razor

Join the Old Spice® Shaving Crew and receive new product news, promotion announcements and more! When you sign up, they’ll send you a free Old Spice Razor.  Thanks Money Saving Maine-iac!

Earth Fare Deals 1/27-2/23

Food inflation © Tetra Images/Corbis Frugally Farming Family has posted the Earth Fare deals for 1/27-2/23.  Happy Shopping!

End of month report--January

We budget $350 each month.  This includes all groceries, paper products, cleaning supplies, toiletries, medicines/herbals, and hygiene items (razors, deodorant, etc).  Included from now on in our grocery budget will be newspapers.

In January we spent $328.93—We were $21.07 under budget.   There is $43.38 which we haven’t actually spent in the $336.43 amount.  We ordered a case of Sweetwater Valley Farm cheese with a friend and will purchase half of that case.  Since we ordered it before the end of the month, I’m using that amount for the cheese.  With that money we bought $623.20 worth of items.  If I’m doing my math correctly, we had a savings of 52.78%. (This percentage isn’t as good as I normally do, but I was also much more focused on planning for the coupon fair rather than working the moneymaker deals like I normally would have been).

What did we buy with that money?

I purchased 7 newspapers.

Free items—3 ecotrin, 2 quench ($12 MIR) lotions, puffs tissues, 5 free electrosol, 11 free oikos organic yogurts,5 boxes Marcal tissues, thermacare, toothpaste, 2 Gatorade, frozen blueberries, 7 rotel, 4 salsas, and 2 pert plus for men

Bartered for two dozen eggs from a friend of mine who owns chickens

Some of the items listed above  and below were donated to our church food pantry/outreach programs.

What did we stock up on?

  • The main item that we stocked up on was cheese, and because we ordered mid month, we still haven’t received that order. 
  • We needed rice, and I bought 9 lbs of white rice and 2 lbs of brown.

Other purchases

  • $14.50 for locally grown using organic measures pastured milk.
  •  At Kroger—bread, 2 mega rolls of charmin, black eyed peas, chips, organic carrots, organic ff milk, vegetable oil, 10 lbs of bread flour (I was going to make sourdough bread, but I let the starter die when we went on a trip.  I’ll use this on other breads instead.), potato flakes, sour cream, parmesan cheese, marshmallows, frozen spinach, eggs, bananas, organic beef, organic salad, dawn dishwashing detergent, cucumbers, sodas, poptarts, cheese, ranch dressing, 4 cornbread mixes, organic apples, crackers, Kashi cereal, 2 bratwurst, hot dogs, 2 mustards
  • At Walgreens—I bought 2 of the coffee creamers anticipating the coffee service at the coupon fair, 2 gatorades, honey, cascade, swiffer dusters, Kraft singles, Oscar Mayer lunchmeat, 2 sugar free candies (for my dad), 4 (24 pack) aquafina water for our water storage, bacon, kotex, kleenex, bread, animal crackers
  • Ingles—organic apples, organic potatoes, whole wheat hot dog buns, and 2 liter sodas (I never made it to the triple coupon week because of the snow.  Oh well!)
  • At Three Rivers Market— organic spinach salad, organic carrots, organic onions, 6 organic lemons
  • From Frontier co-op—Stash earl grey tea, Stash orange spice tea, Emergen-c, Tom's of Maine silly strawberry toothpaste, 3 vitamin bottles for our daughter, 3 organic ranch dip mixes Simply Organic brand
  • Earth Fare—1 organic mango (needed a purchase to get the free blueberries) We so enjoyed this mango!

So, what could you glean from this post to help with your budget and shopping? 

  • Last month, I analyzed our spending and realized we had not bought as many organic items as we normally would have. Therefore this month, I tried to pick up a few more of those items. Keeping a list of what we buy and how much we purchase helps for an analysis of trends. 
  • Having home canned and preserved items in the freezer helps to keep our costs down in the winter.  We’ve been enjoying canned peaches and pears, homemade strawberry jam and pickles, and frozen blueberries and strawberries. 
  • The onions, herbs, and few other things in the garden have kept our costs down.  I used the last of the storage onions for Christmas dinner so I was pleased to see the sale on the organic version at Three Rivers Market this month.  Knowing how much we preserved and how soon we ran out of the items helps me to plan for this next season’s garden. 
  • When you get busy, you might not coupon as much.  When you aren’t couponing, you can still use money saving strategies to help with the budget.  BS01178_1Looking for loss leaders and mark downs, comparing prices, watching for sales, barter when you can, go in on bulk purchases with friends—all of those tools will help keep your spending down.

I hope this post helps some of you in your grocery shopping, budgeting and meal planning.  

Free Sample of Redken

Thanks to Hip2Save for this free sample!

Go here and register to score a FREE sample of the new Redken Style Connection. You’ll even get to choose between 3 different styling products!

CNN article on couponing

My hubby thought you all might like this article on CNN about couponing.  Y’all, we’re the “in crowd”!  (As if we didn’t already know that!)

A little light reading

Have a good weekend!

Reminder—Coupon Fair Rescheduled

It is a winter wonderland outside my window, and I thought it a good idea to remind everyone that we’ve rescheduled the coupon fair.

Our reschedule date is Saturday, February 27th from 9am-12n.  Almost all of the booth representatives are still planning on being present for the fair, so you’re still in for a treat on the reschedule date.  Please mark your calendars and plan on attending the fair on the 27th.  We look forward to seeing you then!  Please contact me at couponingincriticaltimes@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Tip of the day

Today’s tip of the day comes from Mary Hunt of Debt Proof Living (my husband calls her the female Dave Ramsey).  Go here to read more.

UPDATE--Well, bummer!  The tip from yesterday didn’t show up on the link.  She was talking about the two ways to bring down your debt—reducing spending and increasing your income.  I encourage you to check out her website and see what she offers there.

January 29, 2010

Co-op Advantage Stores/Three Rivers Market February Sale and Match-ups


UPDATE—I’ve updated the list of coupons below. New coupons have an asterisk beside them.

imageI’m posting this a bit early.  Our local co-op, Three Rivers Market allows customers to shop the stores in the last 3 days of the month and shop both the current and upcoming month’s sales. 

I don’t usually post the coupons until the first of the month because printable coupon sites refresh their coupons at that time.  Last month, I posted early and it seemed to be popular among readers.  The benefit is that you can go on and print coupons that might not be available after the first of the month.  Please let me know if you catch any that I haven’t updated or find any new coupons I haven’t mentioned. 

There are Co-op Advantage Stores located in 12 states with 44 stores. Our local Co-op Advantage store is Three Rivers Market (or TRM as I often abbreviate it). If you are outside of the Knoxville area, go to this link and look on the last page to see if there is a store located near you.

PrintThree Rivers Market is a cooperatively-owned natural foods grocery store serving the Knoxville community and all of East Tennessee. They offer many certified organic foods, as well as fresh produce and offerings from our many local growers and producers. You'll find more than 200 herbs and spices, a large bulk buying section, freshly prepared deli foods, as well as refrigerated, frozen, and packaged groceries.

Their sales ad is good all through February.   Please post any additional deals you find in the comments section.

Also note that Cascadian Farm has information on the sales flyer about how you can enter for a chance to win a trip to Cascadian Farm when you buy 5 Cascadian Farms or Muir Glen products.

Bulk Buys--

Organic Thompson Raisins $2.29/lb Great price!
Organic Red Lentils $2.69/lb Good price

Other deals--

Cascadian Farm Frozen Fruit $3.49
Organic Cereal $2.99
Organic Granola Bars $3.79
Organic Fruit Spread $2.99
$1/1 Coupon
Pacific Non-Dairy Beverage $1.99 Go here for a $1/1 or $1/2 coupon
Go here for a $1/2 coupon *
Go here for a $1/2 coupon *
Kashi Heart to Heart Cereal $2.99 $2 coupon in with recent free sample mailer
If you are a new member you can get a $1.50 coupon.
Peelies found on some boxes*
$1/2  in Earth Fare Winter Savings Coupon Book

Annie’s Mac and Cheese 99cts Go here for a 50ct/1 coupon
If you signed up for your Annie’s calendar before the deadline, it contains a coupon for these
Spectrum Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil $9.99

Essentials Flaxseed Oil $14.99
Go here for a Hain Celestial Group Coupon $2/3 and  sign up for a free cooking class here No longer available
Go here for $3/3 coupon No longer available
Go here for a $3 Spectrum Coupon*

Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Organic Bread $3.29

Go to this link to sign up for a newsletter, which says they will send you coupons

Go here for a $1/1 printable*

Co-op Advantage Savings Coupon75cts off*

75ct/1  in Earth Fare Winter Savings Coupon Book
Maranatha Organic Peanut Butter $4.29 Go here to sign up for their newsletter and receive up to $3 in coupons
Go here for a Hain Celestial Group Coupon $2/3 and  sign up for a free cooking class here
here for $3/3 coupon No longer available
$1/1 Coupon in Mambo Sprouts book *
Barbara’s Bakery Fig Bars $2.99 (NOTE—these things are FANTASTIC and highly addictive!!  LOVE them!)

Go here to sign up for newsletter and receive special offers, discounts, and maybe coupons.

Imagine Organic Soup $3.29 Go here for printable coupon
Go here for $3/3 coupon
Go here for a Hain Celestial Group Coupon $2/3 and  sign up for a free cooking class here  No longer available
$0.75/2 Coupon in Mambo Sprouts book *
Lakewood Organic Pomegranate Juice $2.99 One reader contacted the company and they sent coupons to her. 
Choice Organic Tea $2.49 (their orange spice tea is really fantastic!) There have been BOGO coupons in past issues of Organic Gardening magazine.  (I’ve used mine and can’t remember when they expire).
RW Knudsen Organic Very Veggie Juice $2.79 Go here for printable coupons

Go here for a $1/1 printable*

$1/1 Coupon in Mambo Sprouts book *

$1/1  in Earth Fare Winter Savings Coupon Book
Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes $1.99
Pasta Sauce $2.99
$1/2 NO longer available (hope you were able to print it earlier in the month)

Co-op Advantage Savings Coupon$1 off*

$1/2  in Earth Fare Winter Savings Coupon Book (off tomatoes)* 
Kettle Potato Chips $1.99 Go here for printable coupon
$1/1 coupon in 1/3/10 SS

Go here for a $1/2 printable*

$1/1  in Earth Fare Winter Savings Coupon Book
Terra Chips $2.49 Go here for a $1/1 coupon
Go here for a $1/1 coupon*
Go here for a $1/1 coupon *
50ct/1  in Earth Fare Winter Savings Coupon Book
Organic Valley Milk $3.49

Soy Milk $2.99
Go here for coupons
$2/2 hang tag coupons (expire 1/31/10)
Go here for a $1/1 coupon*
$1/2 Coupon in Mambo Sprouts book *
Brown Cow Plain Yogurt $2.49 (32 oz) Go here for printable coupons
Yves Deli Slices $1.99 Go here for $3/3 coupon
Go here for a Hain Celestial Group Coupon $2/3 and  sign up for a free cooking class here  No longer available

Look for peelies on some products*
Seventh Generation Diapers $10.99 Go here for printable coupons
Go here for $1/1 printable
$2/2 Coupon in Mambo Sprouts book *
Newman’s Own Organics Mints $5/3
Newman’s O’s $3.49
Go here for 50ct off coupon
BioKleen laundry detergent $12.99 Go here for a 75cts/1 coupon*

Co-op Advantage Savings Coupon$1.50 off*

$!/1  in Earth Fare Winter Savings Coupon Book *

Free Sample of Kind Bars 2/5—Mark your calendars

almondcashew Try KIND bars for free at Starbucks on February 5th!

On February 5th. Starbucks will sample KIND bars at all of their 7,000 stores across the country! Drop in to try one of the two delicious flavors selling at your local Starbucks: Fruit & Nut Delight and Cranberry Almond+Antioxidants. Click HERE to find a Starbucks near you

Thanks Frugally Farming Family!

The Knoxville Coupon Fair Rescheduled

I just spoke with my friend Julya Johnson (meteorologist/weather guru). She said that the weather will definitely be bad. Both she and my husband who works in Campbell County said that it is already snowing there and starting to lay on the roads. Unfortunately we’ll be rescheduling the coupon fair.

Our reschedule date is Saturday, February 27th from 9am-12n. Almost all of the booth representatives are still planning on being present for the fair, so you’re still in for a treat on the reschedule date. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending the fair on the 27th. We look forward to seeing you then! Please contact me at couponingincriticaltimes@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Denny’s Endless Pancakes and Fries 2/10

Thanks to Who Said Nothing in Life is Free???? for the following info:

Denny’s will provide free refills to any order of French fries or pancakes at participating locations nationwide. In addition to the Free Original Grand Slam® giveaway and the sweepstakes, Denny’s is distinguishing itself from its competitors with a limited time generous offer starting February 10th that takes refills beyond beverages and gives more everyday value to customers.
You can read other promotions they will be offering

Restaurant.com $25 gift certs for $2!


Thanks to my friends Allison and Coupon Mommie for the heads up on this deal.  In the past, the Knoxville area hasn’t had too many deals on Restaurant.com.  That has changed!  There are certificates for LaCosta, Sangria, and many others! 

Use code BONUS and get a $25 gift certificate for only $2!  Offer ends January 31st.

Need help during the checkout process?  Use coupon code: BONUS 

Here is a list of steps to show how simple the process is when you’re maneuvering on their website.

  • Click on the button for Restaurants.com
  • Enter your zip code or select your city or state and click GO
  • Find a Restaurant and select the quantity of certificates you want and click Add to Cart
  • At this point you should see your shopping cart with all the certificates listed
  • Type in your special discount code in the box at the top and click Apply
  • Your certification total should drop and you can click Proceed to Checkout
  • Simple as that!

Free Sample of Ensure

Click the link to request your coupon for a free 8 oz Ensure shake.  After you sign up, you will have the option to either print the coupon right away or have the company mail it to you. Sine more and more stores are refusing to accept Internet Printables for FREE items, I highly recommend that you pick the mail option!  Thanks Southern Savers!

Pillsbury $10 Coupon Booklet


Pillsbury has a new $10 coupon booklet for those that are new to the Pillsbury email newsletters.  If you already receive this newsletter, sign up another e-mail address or someone else in your household so that you can receive the coupons.  Thanks Southern Savers!

Chili’s Free Chips and Queso

When you sign up for Chili’s e-club you get a free chips and queso in your inbox within 48 hours.  Yum!  Thanks BeCentsAble!

Staples 15% off

Staples - that was easy.

15% OFF  your in-store purchase, excluding all computers.*

Valid in store only

*Offer expires 1/30/10. Valid in Staples U.S. stores only. Limit one per customer, nontransferable. May not be combined with any other coupon. Coupon must be surrendered. No copies/facsimiles. No cash/credit back. Not valid on any desktop or laptop computers, netbooks, promotional products, Bose products, Apple products, gift cards, phone cards, postage stamps, prior purchases or Staples Industrial purchases. Coupon value does not include tax.

Go here to print your coupon

Bath & Body Works 20% off


Go here to print your coupon.

Tip of the day

Look around the store.

  • I needed Gatorade and was shopping at Walgreens.  I looked where the Gatorade is stocked by the sodas, and it was $1.99 per container.  I looked in the refrigerated drink section and there were some on clearance for $1 each.
  • At Kroger, some of the organic milks are stored in the organic/health foods section.  Some are stored in with the other milks.  Do a price comparison.  Look for marked down milks in both sections.
  • Often stores will put certain items on the end caps or in the “sale” section or aisle.  This does not necessarily mean that they are the best prices.  Instead, look on the aisles where the other brands of the same item are stored to price compare. 

Hershey’s Wrapper Reward Program

I love free—free chocolate might be at the top of the list.  Thanks to Coupon Cravings for this freebie info:

Send in a candy wrapper from your favorite Reese’s, York, Almond Joy or Hershey’s Special Dark candy bar along with this completed mail-in form to get a coupon by mail for a free bag of Pieces (candy in a crunchy shell) from Hershey’s as part of their Wrapper Reward Program. Hurry, offer expires 2/10 and requests must be received by 2/17. Yummy!

January 28, 2010

Possible freebie at Qdoba


Thanks to The Thrifty Mommy who has the scoop on this deal:

That's right....Qdoba Mexican Grill is giving out 250,000 FREE food coupons now through 2/22/2010, or while supplies last. Try your luck here.

You have a chance to win one of the following coupons:

-Free Craft 2 Order (a.k.a Combo Meal) with a beverage purchase

-Free Craft 2 Order with an entree purchase

-Free drink with Craft 2 Order purchase

-50% off your next Craft 2 Order purchase

Not everyone is a winner, but if you are lucky enough to win, your coupon is valid for 48 hours after you print it.

Not a winner today? Try your luck again tomorrow, and everyday until the coupons run out or 2/22 is the date on the calendar!!

I’m not going to try the site until tomorrow since I’ve heard that it is pretty bogged down right now.  Good luck!  I hope you win something!

Honest Tea Coupon

As y’all know, I’m pretty darn Southern.  I like tea, and I don’t like to pay for tea from the store.  One of the exceptions is to get a special treat at Three Rivers Market with our daughter every now and again.  We whiz in and pick up a macaroon and a jar of Honest Tea.  YUM!  I was happy to see that Thrifty Mama reports the coupons have been reset, making our special treat even sweeter!

The Honest Tea Coupons that I posted about previously have reset HERE! You can print two copies of each coupon.
There is also a $1.00 off any (2) Honest Tea Whole Foods coupon in the 2010 calendar that you can stack with one of these coupons (if your store allows stacking).

  • .50 off (1) Honest Tea/Ade
  • .75 off (1) Honest Tea 64 oz
  • .75 off (1) Honest Kids 8 pk

Thanks, Crystal!

Freebie at Pei Wei

Thanks to Coupon Cravings for the heads up on this freebie:

Stop by Pei Wei on Friday (1/29) and receive a voucher for a FREE order of Caramel Chicken. This voucher must be redeemed between 2/1 and 2/7, and you must purchase an entrée in order to redeem the voucher for the free Caramel Chicken.

Glucerna $3/3 Coupon

Glucerna(R) Products

Glucerna is offering a $3/3 coupon on their website, good on any of their products.  Enjoy!

Are you local? Want a fun freebie activity for tonight?

Thanks to Coupon Katie for this local freebie info!!

Looking for something to do this evening? Why not support the Lady Vols baskestball team and Second Harvest Food Bank?

Students and fans will have the opportunity to help those less fortunate by donating canned goods to Second Harvest Food Bank on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Lady Vols v. Auburn game. Fans get in the game free when they bring two or more non-perishable goods to Thompson-Boling Arena.

Last season, UT fans and student-athletes helped raise 4,300 pounds of food for the SEC’s Together We “CAN” Food Drive. To encourage fan participation, the admission to Thursday’s game will be based on donations.

You can check out all the details here.

The Knoxville Coupon Fair—Still Scheduled for this Saturday (for now)

The fair is still scheduled for this Saturday 1/30/10 as of now.

We are keeping a close eye on the weather and looking at reschedule dates. If there is a change of date due to the weather, I’ll post the information on my blog, the church website, and we’ll get the information on the church telephone answering machine (865-688-1000). Please pray that the weather doesn’t turn out to be too bad and that the roads are clear. We are so much looking forward to this event!

If you’d like to see my post answering some of the questions about the fair, go here.

The Knoxville Coupon Fair is presented by Faith United Methodist Church. Attendance is free and child care is provided. Local couponers and other money saving resources will host booths, answer all of your couponing questions, and provide information and education.

Browse booths, trade your extra coupons and freebies, hone your couponing skills, and learn all you need to know about saving your family money.

Where—Faith United Methodist Church, 1120 Dry Gap Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918 Go to www.faithseekers.org for directions and more information on the church

When—Saturday, January 30th from 9am-12n

Booths to watch for—Gabrielle of Couponing in Critical Times, Katie of Coupon Katie, Jennifer of Coupon Mommie, Melissa of Frugalissa Finds, Hannah of Frugally Farming Family, Jennifer of Living on More for Less, Isha of Knoxville Mamabelle, Angel Food Ministries, East TN Rewards, Knoxmoms, Kroger of Fountain City, Regions Bank, Three Rivers Market and more!

For more information, contact Gabrielle at Couponingincriticaltimes@gmail.com or phone the church at 865-688-1000.

We hope to see you there!!

Free Scholastic book from Pampers

We love free in our household, especially free books. I’m beginning to think that our daughter will grow up thinking that everything we get is free.  Hmmm, I’m not sure that is a terrible thing… I digress. 

I was happy to see this post from Common Sense with Money about a free book available through Pampers and Scholastic.  Since we have some of these in our stockpile of gifts, I’ll be sure to sign up for the mail in offer.

If you haven’t yet signed your children up for the Imagination Library, check out my post here for more details.

Coupon Preview 1/31

UPDATE--It looks like there will be TWO circulars for this week’s Sunday paper after all.  I must have read the post incorrectly last night.  Check out Southern Savers for the full list

Click the link to view the full preview for 1/31/10. There is a Red Plum circular scheduled for this weekend’s paper.  In spite of it being a short list of coupons, there are some good ones included.  

Free Avery Label Pad

Sign up for a free Avery Label Pad here courtesy of Box Tops 4 Education.  With all of my prep for The Knoxville Coupon Fair I wish I would have had these on hand!  I’ll look forward to using them in our home office when they arrive.  Thanks Money Saving Mom!

Cheerios Coupons

New Cherios Coupons are available
$5 off MultiGrain Cheerios
$4 off Cheerios
$1 off and a $1/2 Honey Nut Cheerios.

Thanks BeCentsAble!

Shutterfly 40% off of your entire order

Something Sweet For All Your Valentines - Take 40% Off Your Entire Order

Click on the box above to access the link to Shutterfly.

Promo code: FORTY.  Offer ends February 2

  FREE SHIPPING** Enter promo code: SHIP30 

* Offer valid for one–time redemption per member per household. Enter promo code FORTY at checkout to save 40% on top of any sale prices that may apply. Prices in red shown above reflect this additional discount. Offer ends February 2, 2010.
** Free standard shipping applies to orders of $30 or more shipped within the U.S. only. Enter code SHIP30 at checkout. Offer ends February 2, 2010.
These offers may be combined. Simply enter promo codes, one–at–a–time, at checkout.