More free Buddies soap?

Go here to print a coupon for $3/3 Johnson's products. It makes them free plus overage at almost everywhere with the exception of CVS. Yea!


Target *items that create overage*

Here is a picture of some of the items from my trip to Target today. Beware if you buy the eye drops...someone mixed a full size in with them and I accidently bought it! But, somehow my cat litter didn't get rung up? So, I don't think I'll be returning the drops...

1 Johnson's buddies soap $.97- $1/1 mailer =FREE +$.03 overage

2 Nestle Goodstart(small can) $6.29ea-2 ($11.00/1 home mailer checks)=FREE+$9.42overage

2 TS Tide $.97-2 $1/1 any Tide(P&G 11/30)=FREE +$.06overage

1 Dove TS conditioner(no shampoo:() $.97-$1.50/1 target q=FREE+$.53 overage

1 Ziploc produce bag $2.79-FREE up to $3.50(entered as $3)=FREE +$.21 overage

1 full size :( Bausch & Lomb eye drops $8.94-$2/1=$6.94

6 TS eye drops $.99- 6 $2/1=FREE+$6.06 overage

2 Pampers value boxes+wipes $29.99- $1.50/1=$28.49ea

1 Scoop Away cat litter $10.89(didn't get rung in?)

-$5gift card from last week...

Retail:$105.00 My Total: $44.71 Recieved $10 gift card

1 multipack Yoplait $4.19

1 Sara lee bread $2

-gift card

Retail:$6.19 My Total:FREE

*This means if I had just purchased diapers the cost is....almost $.17 per diaper.Not great, but better than$.23 and it's like all the other stuff was free:)

Ziploc Coupon $3 off!

Here is a coupon that will come in handy! Click here to access a $3/1 Ziploc Big Bags coupon. This combined with a sale could potentially mean free Ziploc! Also, after Christmas I'm sure the holida prints will be on clearance.


Best Buy Rewards

To answer Traci's question, the Best Buy Rewards program is a free store program that tracks your spending. When you purchase 2 ink cartridges or 1 multipack of ink, you can get a pack of printer paper up to $10 for free. This works well for me, because my Kodak ink is actually less at Best Buy and I can get nice printer paper for free. Hope this helps!


HomeMade Simple Coupon Book

There is another HomeMade Simple Coupon Book up for grabs! The past 2 times I've signed up for this there was a coupon in the back for FREE Cascade Dishwasher Rinse. The coupons generally come in pretty handy too:)

Go HERE to sign up for yours!


Why I coupon

Obviously I am not the first person to ever use a coupon, but I am certainly turning into an addict.I decided I needed to do this because I was TIRED OF WALMART. I HATE the place. I will still go there occasionally because:

A) It is close to my apartment and
B) only IF I have a coupon that can not be doubled and it makes the product so inexpensive that I can not resist.

Anyways, Ben(my dear hubby) was nice enough to support my move to Dillons(Kroger) who doubles coupons up to .50,like HarterHouse and Price Cutter. However, they also use a shopper card that you can DOWNLOAD Proctor and Gamble coupons onto. Sometimes, this makes the items when they go on sale FREE. The stinky part is that in Missouri you still have to pay sales tax on grocery/houshold items, but hey that's only about $0.20 usually for a bag of items. I will admit that in June when I started, I spent the same amount of money I had been using at Walmart and just getting more groceries for my dollar...it was mainly extra snack food too cause Ben was with me. But, I have done drastically better since then, especially after dicovering the joys of the ExtraBucksCare Program at CVS Pharmacy. If you have not discovered this goldmine you NEED to go to this website http://www.iheartcvs.com and read Erica's tips for starting out. The first time you go, you will spend $20-$30...(unless you can find a MM deal) try to make it items that generate large amounts of ExtraBucks and I promise you will NEVER have to spend money there again! Just keep using your extrabucks to buy more products that generate extrabucks. You can also combine manufacturers coupons with store coupons and your extrabucks for HUGE savings! You can also combine manufacturers coupons with target coupons too and gain free items.Couponing tips by "experts" that I frowned upon and learned...they were right.

1)CLIP-CLIP-CLIP! The Sunday paper, and magazines, have inserts and ads for that week. Clip all and save all. You NEVER know when you can stack coupons and what you can eventually get for free or even make money back on..like at CVS.You could do something I do also, I head to McDs in the morning and buy one paper(it's less than the machine to buy it at McDs) and then sit in lobby and get the inserts from the lobby papers. This is great for getting multiple items free. Or some look in recycling bins...but I haven't gone there yet.

2)Use a shopper card! You can download coupons from sites like...P&GEsaverhttp://www.softcoin.com/Sites/PG_eSAVER/Page/HomePage/RedPlumhttp://www.redplum.com/and http://Shortcuts.com

3)Print coupons! Use sites like coupons.com,eversave.com,ppgazzette.com,pronto.com, OR for a list of linkshttp://printable-coupons.blogspot.com/

4)Contact Companies! Customer feedback is largely appreciated, 1/2 of all companies will send you FREE item coupons or ones that can be doubled for free items if you simply compliment them about how much you love their product and it's the only kind you use. Just e-mail them and you'll be suprised!

5)Get involved in rewards programs! VocalPoint is a customer review board and you can test products before they hit the shelves and get TONS of coupons for yummy products. Also, mypoints.com is another good one. You can actually earn points for gift cards by redeeming coupons printed through them. I almost have enough points for a $10 gift card and I have used the site for a week!bzzagent.com allows people to test items and create "bzz" about their clients- sign up and put that I recommended you!When you get free items that you use frequently.

6)STOCK UP! I discovered a coupon for PertPlus 2-in1 shampoo that was $3 and now have 2 bottles of it. My favorite item I've stock piled is Johnson and Johnson's buddy bar soap, I now have 12 bars of soap that Tristan uses and paid zip for it.

7) Join companies mailing lists!Join snail mail and e-mail lists because unless it is a recipe e-mail lists the companies usually only send ones that include links to print off coupons and snail mail coupons are usually better because the experation dates are later.

8) Peelies, Tearpads, and Sample stations.When you're at the grocery store(an actual grocery store usually, not Wal-Mart) check boxes and items for peelies and tearpad coupons. These are generally good because when the store runs a special your coupon will work to your advantage. For instance, I've aqquired multiple "$1 off GM Cereal" which can be combined with my other coupons for "A FREE box of GM Cereal up to $4.04 when you buy 2 boxes"...I know stores run specials all of the time on cereals so I'm expecting free boxes when they go on sale again.In June Target ran a promo that if you bought 4 boxes of GM cereal you could get a $10 gift card and CVS I think ran an Extrabucks promotion with this too. In these instances there is potential to make overage toward the rest of your purchases or simply pay tax only.

9)Correct order! There is an order to maxamize your savings. At CVS you must use coupons that are i.e. $4/20 BEFORE your manufacturer and other store coupons, otherwise you'll pay more, and then use your extrabucks to pay for the total like cash.

10) Patience and smiles! Some cashiers are not aware of the stores coupon/ad policies. They don't know that if you are getting your items for free(let's say that's all your purchasing) that the items have to be entered as a coupon for the exact amount as the coupon as to not owe you any money. They are also usually unaware that at Dillons anyways, if a product does not ring up at the advertised price on the shelf or in the stores weekly ad the item is FREE. If you want to avoid waiting in line just print out the stores coupon policy or have a manager write it out for you to show the cashiers. Always smile and apologize to the customers behind you for being a pain, and if it is easier go to the customer service desk after checking out and have them fix your total there...it's worth it in the long run for you to save. The people behind you and the cashier don't pay your bills.


Hickory Creek Farms, KS

Last weekend the lil' ones and I went with my in-laws and friends to visit Hickory Creek Farms . We made the 2 hr. drive there to visit family friend who own the farm and also visit their old house and church they used to pastor. Hickory Creek Farms is the cutest pumpkin patch! I highly recommend going if you live anywhere within a couple hours. There is plenty to do! We brought a picnic lunch and the kids have many activities. When we were there a little girl was having a birthday party, which gave me the idea to do that for Tristan when he is older. Anyways, visit the site (and the farm!) and browse pictures of the place below :) Happy pumpkin picking! *I also got really excited because they have Cinderella pumkins, which I'd never seen before.


More Free food? Join Today!

Click here to join Kraft First Taste. This new program allows you to try new products from Kraft foods. Enjoy!


Another Pssst...General Mills campaign

Macaroni grill boxed pasta meals is the campaign my hubby just recieved. We got an entire boxed meal(add chicken) in the mail in addition to 10 $1.25/1 coupons.
Here's the link for $1/1 boxed dinner


Psst...General Mills

First off, you need to join Pssst...General Mills panel by clicking here. The panels fill quickly, so I suggest doing it before you read further.

As a panel member they will email you and mail you about new products. Currently the items they are promoting are


They will not only send you a printable link for friends and family, but mail you an information packet. My packet for pizza crust had 10 $1.10/1 coupons for friends and family and a Free pizza crust coupon for myself. The best part is these don't expire until March 2009!
If you click the above links they are coupons for $1.10/1 pizza crust and $1/1 flaky twists.
The suggested retail prices are ? and 2.99 for 8 flaky twists...try to save your coupons until closer towards the expiration date, because the product will have been out longer and you will probably find it on rollback or sale by then.
Enjoy snacking!

Mailing lists and benefits

What did you get in the mail this week? It always suprises me what I recieve because I don't remember half of the coupons/samples I sign up for. I was pleasently suprised the past two weeks when I recieved tons of coupons and samples! Here's what I can remember:

Free 2.2oz bag of IAMS Premium Protections cat food
3 coupons for Free bag of cat litter click here
*1 coupon for 2 Free cans/pouches of Purina cat food up to 3.69
*1 coupon for $2/1 any bag Purina cat food
*I was having trouble printing the $4 off a bag of Purina cat food coupon(here) and so I emailed them asking for it to be mailed...didn't get $4 off, but that's okay because the site got fixed and my mailbox has fun stuff!
Mr.Clean Magic Eraser and Cascade dishwashing tabs:
coupon for .50/1 magic eraser and 1.50 off Cascade tabs
Pampers EasyUps sample, Diego color sheet, Diego potty training trophy, Diego and Dora stickers, plus 2 $2/1EasyUps coupons and $1/1 training wipes
ToysRUs coupon booklet with 15%off any item
Kashi chocolate chip cookie! click here then register and play the Steal the Cookie game
1 Rachel Ray magazine(found a free issue card lying on the floor at Target)
1 Parent Magazine (free 2 yr. subscription offer no longer available)
1 Sunsilk shampoo,conditioner,and styler sample with $1/1 coupons
10 $1.10/1 Pillsbury Pizza Crust coupons from Psst...General Mills
1 Free Pillsbury Pizza Crust from Psst...General Mills

*I'll post about Psst...General Mills seperatly, but if you want to be a tester you need to sign up fast.

I also just joined Quaker Moms Care, I found the link thanks to Moneysavingmom.com and I guess every so often they send packages with snacks and coupons. You don't have to do anything after you sign up either.


Product Testing/Coupons/Rewards for using coupons

I've been asked a few times where I get my coupons from. The most common place is the Sunday Paper. I have learned that it is best to hang on to EVERY coupon until it expires because the best deals(even MMs) come right around then. I also print them online from coupons.com, smartsource.com, and maufacturers web sites. But, my favorite coupons come from the manufacturer or VocalPoint. Vocalpoint is a company hired to promote new products for large corporations. The last campaign I recieved was for Kellogg's new line of products and it came with a packet of $1off coupons and a BOGO coupon. Also, I'm a buzzagent for bzzagent.com. This is a group like vocalpoint only you get campaigns to test based on how much you particiapate on the website...since I'm a newbie my offers do not come as often. The best place so far though is mypoints.com. If you print coupons.com coupons through this site and then redeem them you earn points toward gift cards! I love getting rewards for saving and the best part is they email you too and if you simply click on them, you'll earn even more points. It only takes a couple months to earn a free gift card without spending any money! If you shop online, you'll be rewarded even more. Just click on the merchant from mypoints.com and you'll earn points based on how much you spend and will sometimes recieve special discounts or free items. WOO!


Vyrl Mkt.,Inc.

Please do NOT use any internet coupons issued by Vyrl Mkt,Inc. Vyrl Mkt. assured customers that they were legitimate coupons issued during a test launch of their coupon application called "Check it Out" on the social networking site, Facebook. Now the company is claiming that their system was hacked and someone distruibuted coupons that were to be run by manufacturers, but had not been done yet. The company is facing potential law suits, not only from manufacturers, but the coupon-clipper community as well. The class action law suit filed by coupon clippers is available (although I'm NOT posting the link here) to sign up for if you feel that it is necessary to send a message that clippers do not want to be taken advantage of or destroy relationships with companies. The goal is to stop this from happening again, not to gain financial profit. Again, please do NOT use those coupons. Thanks and let's chat about happy coupon trips!