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Sunday, March 14, 2010

"Peelies" - "Mulitples" - Clarification!!!

Okay, okay...we want to clarify a couple of things from the Chattanooga Times Free Press article that ran today.  We only got peelies from the products we were actually purchasing.  We didn't get them from anything that stayed on the shelf.  Our point is that many times peelies are only on certain varieties of a particular product and can be easily missed if the shopper isn't looking for them.  The other clarification is on getting "multiples of coupons..." We always mean that to be 2 or 3 coupons. No more!  Our goal is always to be ethical and fair.  The couponing community is growing and we always want to work together.

Anytime we do a project like this, we are putting ourselves "out there" and open for misinterpretations.  We were not permitted to read the article before it ran.  The rest of the story will run on Wednesday.  Thanks so much for all your support and prayers!

Target Deals: 3/14 - 3/20

I'm glad I waited till tonight to post this ad, otherwise I would've been updating all day with Kerry's last minute finds!  Here are the best deals I see at Target - but of course, I'll probably be adding a few more midway through this week!

Kelloggs Gift Card Deal:

Buy any (4) Kelloggs Items @ 4/$10 ~ Get $5 Target Gift Card
Includes: Frosted Mini Wheats, Pop-Tarts, & select others

Buy (4) Frosted Mini Wheats @ $8
Use (2) $1.50/2 PRINT or PRINT
(Pay $7 ~ Get $5 Gift Card!)

Buy (2) Pop-Tarts + (2) Frosted Miniwheats @ $9
Use $1/2 Pop-Tarts PRINT (Stack w/any MFR Q as well!) + $1.50/2 MiniWheats
Use $5 Target Gift Card from previous deal
(Pay $2.50 ~ Get $5 Gift Card!)
Like paying $4.50 total for 6 boxes of cereal & 2 boxes of poptarts!

Other Deals:

Airwick I-Motion $6
Use $5/1 from 3/7 SS
Stack with $1/1 Target Q PRINT
(makes it FREE!)

Oral B Stages Toothpaste $1.49
Use $1/1 Target Q PRINT
Stack with 50¢/1 from 2/7 P&G
(makes it FREE!)

Kids Bandaids $1.89
Use $1/1 Target Q PRINT
Stack with $1/1 from 1/3, 3/14 RP *Regional
(makes it FREE)

Dial Nutriskin Hand Soap
Use $1/1 Target Q PRINT
Stack with 35¢/1 from 3/7 RP
(makes it 2¢!)

Oscar Meyer Lunchables $1
Use 75¢/1 PRINT
(makes it 25¢ ea!)

Degree Girls or Men Deodorant $2.34
Use $3/2 PRINT
(makes it 84¢ ea)

Huggies Jumbo Packs $8.50
Use $2/1 PRINT *ZIp 63366
Stack with $1.50/1 Target Q PRINT
(makes it $5 per pack!)

- Thanks to Kerry over at TotallyTarget for all the deals and timely updates!!

Target FREE Photo Book + 50 Prints

Sue at SaveTheCoupons just sent me a great deal to share!

1) First, go become a member of KodakGallery, HERE (a free online photo storage/sharing site)  You will score 50 FREE 4x6 Prints just for registering!

2) After registering,go HERE and sign in to create your 5 x 5.7 Pocket Photo Book (exp. 2/21)

3) Use Code: TGTFREEBOOK at checkout to make your photo book FREE! (S&H is $1.99)

NOTE: You can also get a $10 Shutterfly Credit by going HERE

Rite-Aid Deals: 3/14 - 3/20

This is an okay week at Rite-Aid - a few free and cheap items, but I managed to eek out a super-easy scenario to get you 12 Double Rolls of Toilet Paper, Visine, and 2 deodorants for only 97¢ (no rebates involved!)  *See my idea at bottom.
  • Get Rite-Aid Video Values Coupons HERE - earn 20 pts. and get a $5/$20 Printable!
  • Print a $3/$15 Rite-Aid Coupon HERE and a $5/$25 Coupon HERE.  
  • You should use these BEFORE any other coupons, when your total is highest.  This is A-OK and even addressed in the Rite-Aid Corporate Coupon Policy HERE (Take a copy with you just in case!)
  • Although Rite-Aid in-ad coupons SAY Manufacturer coupons, they're NOT!!  The barcode is a store barcode, and will stack just fine with other coupons.
Best SCR Deals:

Almay (Foundation, Powder, Concealer, Blush) Makeup BOGO
Submit $5 SCR #7 wyb 2 (Limit 1 for the month of March)
Use (2) $2/1 from 2/7 SS
(makes it FREE + $3 Moneymaker!)

Best Coupon Deals:

Visine $5.99 & up
Use $3/1 In-Ad Q
Stack w/ $3/1 from March All*You
(makes it FREE or cheap)

Right Guard Extreme BOGO $3.99
Use $2/2 PRINT
Stack with $2/1 Video Values Q
(makes 2 FREE!)

Hershey Bagged Easter candy $1.99
Use $2/3 PRINT
(makes it $1.33 wyb 3)

Viva Paper Towels 8-pk $5.99
Use $1/1 PRINT
(makes it $4.99)

Cottonelle Bath Tissue 12 Double Rolls $5.99
Use $1/1 PRINT
Stack with $1/1 Video Values Q
(makes it $3.99, or 33¢ per double-roll) *Not Bad!

Visine @ $5.99
(2) RightGuard @ $3.99
Cottonelle @ $5.99
Total = $15.97 + tax

$3 Visine Q + $3 In-Ad Visine Q
$2/2 RightGuard Q + $2/1 Right Guard Video Values Q
$1 Cottonelle Q + $1 Cottonelle Video Values Q
Total = 97¢ + tax!

*If you decide you need paper towels more, just substitute them for the TP & you'll end up paying $1.97 OOP instead!

A Mommy Moment!

I hope Kasey won't kill me for posting this, but she just sent me this picture from a pool party where she is with her kids (right now!).  I just laughed - here's the message she wrote:

"A moms gotta do what a moms gotta do - even if it means jumping in the pool with your clothes on when your baby swims out too far."

FREE Dave Ramsey Classes!

This morning, Debbie wrote in her Simplify Sundays post about how much Dave Ramsey's class helped turn their finances around.  What great timing then for this - Dave Ramsey is offering a FREE class during the week of April 5th in several areas teaching his steps to "get out of debt, build wealth, and save for the future"!  The website says this is a no-strings attached free class, a gift to the community during this tough economy.

Go HERE to sign up for this opportunity, seats will fill up fast - so don't wait too long!

- Thanks, PinkCouponCafe!

Simplify Sundays: 3/14 (Don't Wait for the Money Van!)

Debbie McCuiston, self-proclaimed "Queen of Clutter-Free", does a segment for us each Sunday on simplifying our lives, getting rid of "clutter", and focusing on what's important.  We're really excited about this new segment - and hope you are too!  Take it away Debbie....

This may  be the hardest article I write but I want to share from my heart about how the clutter of debt can take over our lives and steal our joy. 
This weekend was the dreaded BUDGET discussion at our house. I know, many of you cringe when the budget word is spoken. Up until a few years ago we did too. My sweet husband and I rarely had a "strong discussion" about many things but the budget talk could get ugly.  We had a lot of clutter in our finances.  As the oldest daughter I was raised to be in charge of things and taught to make decisions and take the lead.  I married the youngest son (that would be the baby child of the family) who was raised to be a southern gentleman (I really like that about him), and this was an OK mix at first. I took up where his mom and sister left off, and he let me take the reins and leadership in all things. 
The clutter we both brought to the marriage did not raise it's ugly head until after the 1st baby (a son) arrived and then almost 3 years later we were blessed with a sweet baby girl. Who would have thought that only 2 children could make your "budget" spin completely out of control?  My idea of a budget was to buy what you wanted and/or needed, then pay bills with the rest. And my husband, being the gentleman that he was and the smart man that he is, never fussed much. Every once in a while he might ask how the money was going and I would assure him I had it under control. To tell you the truth - I didn't have anything under control. It was spinning quickly downhill... But my kids looked good at any activity they were in. We ate out alot. And made the trip to Florida several times a year (my family lives in Fla so it was a cheap vacation) but the clothes to go and the sights to see weighed heavy on the budget. So being the typical American family, we continued our lifestyle thanks to the wonderful world of charge cards. 
This is where many people start to acquire the clutter also known as BILLS. On the surface, the paper clutter alone is enough to take over the kitchen table to the point we set in front of the TV to have family meals. If you are like many families and are in over your head, most of the bills lay on the table unopened. I guess we hope the good fairies are going to come in the night and take them all to a place far, far away.  Reality is - they are always there every morning and every night. I, like many of you, made it a matter of prayer ALOT!  I never was quite sure why God didn't send the money van to our house or why He didn't give me a rich uncle to make all my money problems go away. He kept insisting I get our finances in order (I thought I was when I cleared the kitchen table off!). I heard many a sermon on tithing and teaching your children by example. One day I guess I realized what I was really teaching my children when my daughter "needed" something and I had to say I couldn't afford it now- she sweetly replied, yes you can mommy you still have checks. Oh my! That shocked me a bit into reality, but not enough to clear the money monster clutter from our life. 
It wasn't until I quit my teaching job of 21 years to homeschool my daughter through high-school. I know without a shadow of a doubt that it was the best thing to do for my daughter and God has blessed us more than we could imagine. She is my best friend now. At the time all my husband could say was "someone will die" because we are too much alike (sorry sweet daughter) and we almost hated each other at the time. But God brought us home to teach us to love each other and along the way He taught me how to clean up the mess I had made of our finances. You see, the real problem wasn't that we went from two incomes to one income overnight. The problem was pride and the attitude that I could handle it all - but I had God as a back up plan. Into the first year of homeschooling, we needed to decide if we were going to file bankruptcy or keeping fighting a losing battle a little longer. This is where God took me so I would completely understand I needed Him in all things. He didn't need me to give over a part of it or ask His advice, I had to completely let it go. 
The first step was to swallow my pride and tell my husband the truth. You don't realize how big a pill that pride is, until you have to swallow it. Now don't think that this is where God sent the money van or the good little fairies to make all our problems go away. No--He sent the answer in the form of a class that was being taught at our church called "Financial Peace University" by Dave Ramsey.  A friend started the class on a Sunday evening and by Tuesday I had read ahead and had redone our budget and had letters written to those we owed to rework a payment plan. The class is the path that God chose to lead us out of the debt that held us in bondage. 
We are now free of the clutter of debt. It took us several years to get to this point. No it doesn't happen over night. Lessons aren't learned overnight. It's the putting one foot in front of the other day after day, paycheck by paycheck. It's a lesson in trusting Christ is ALL things. It's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but isn't that what faith is- following Christ without knowing where He is leading. We have been debt free for almost 3 years. We've had many opportunities to share the lessons we have learned along the way. We've been able to look back and see the path that God laid out for us to get us to see the blessing along the way. It is amazing how God can take the bad choices we make and turn them around to bless others through the lessons He patiently teaches us. 
If you are trapped in the bondage of debt and are overwhelmed by the clutter that comes with living a lie, do not wait for the money van. It's time to ask the Lord to show you the way out and trust Him to do it. Don't believe the world's lie that we need to keep up with others to be somebody. Find your identity in a relationship with the Creator of the universe, not in what you have. Look for a class at a church near you, if one isn't available call and ask if they have a financial counselor that could help you. Don't go another day living a lie!!! 
If you have any questions please contact me at

Kroger Highlights: 3/14 - 3/20

This week's Kroger ad is courtesy of PinkCouponCafe - thanks for the great list Robin!

As part of the March to Savings Promotion, Kroger is giving an instant $4 savings at checkout when you purchase 8 participating products.  Highlights of these items are included below with an asterisk * to indicate that this item is part of the promotion.  The price of these items marked, reflects the .50 cent per item discount given when 8 mix and match items are purchased. 

Don't forget to play the March to Savings instant win game
I won a king size Reese's Cup Candy bar yesterday!

Here are a few Catalina Deals you may find running this week:

Crystal Light Canisters or On the Go Boxes
Buy 3-Get $2; Buy 4 -Get $3; Buy 5 or more Get $4 OYNO

Oscer Mayer Hot DogsBuy 2 - Get $2 OYNO

California Pizza Kitchen Pizza
Buy 2 - get $1; Buy 3 - Get $2; Buy 4 or more - Get $4 OYNO


Fresh Split Chicken Breasts - .99 /lb
Boneless Pork Loin - $1.99/lb
Carolina Pride - Selected Varieties - B1G1 FREE
Deli Rotisserie Chicken - $3.49
Florida Strawberries - $1.98 (Sun-Tues only)

Grocery Deals
Birdseye Frozen Vegetables - $1.68 *
Use $1/4 PRINT
(Makes it $1.43 each wyb 4)

Ore-Ida Potatoes (19-32 oz) - $2.29*
Use $1/2 from February All You Magazine

(Makes it $1.79 each)

Classico Pasta Sauce - $1.49 each*
Use $1/2 PRINT
(Makes it .99 cents each)

Kellogg's Cereal - $2.27 *
Use $1.50/2 Kellogg's Mini Wheats PRINT or
Use $1.50/2 Kellogg's PRINT
Use $1/2 Fruit Loops from 3/7 RP
(Final Varies)

Ken's Salad Dressing - $1.49*
Use $1/2 from 3/7 SS
(Makes it .99 cents each)

International Delight Creamer or Land o'Lakes Half & Half - $1.99*
Use .55/1 PRINT or from 3/7 SS
(Makes it $1.44)

Sara Lee Cakes or Pies - $2.99*
Use $1/1 PRINT
(Makes it $1.99)

Planter's Peanuts - $1.99*
Use $1/2 from 1/24 SS or 3/7 SS
(Makes it $1.49 each wyb 2)

Ronzoni Pasta (select varieties) - .79 cents*
Use $1/2 Smart or Healthy Harvest PRINT (if included in the sale)
(Makes it .29 cents each wyb 2)

Pop Secret - $1.99*
Use .50/1 from 1/31 SS or .50/2 from 2/21 RP)
(Makes it .99 cents with the SS coupon)

Del Monte Tomatoes - .49 cents*
Use $1/4 PRINT
(Makes it .24 cents each wyb 4)

Bumble Bee Tuna Pouch - .49 cents *
Use $1/2 from 2/21 SS
(Makes it FREE) or
Use $1/5 PRINT
(Makes it .29 cents each)

Kraft Natural Cheese (selected varietes) or Sargento Shredded Cheese - .99 cents*
Use .40/2  Sargento from 1/31 SS
(Makes it .59 cents each wyb 2 Sargento)

Annie's Mac & Cheese - .49 cents*
Coca-Cola Products - 2 litre - .79 cents*
Powerade Sports Drinks - .49 cents*
Lean Cuisine or Stouffer's Frozen Entrees - $1.77*
Digiorno or California Pizza Kitchen Pizzas - $3.97*


Brawny Paper Towels (6-8 rolls) - $5.49*
Use .50/1 from 3/14 RP
(Makes it $4.49)

- Thanks to PinkCouponCafe!!

Time 2 $ave - In the News

It still cracks us up when we are asked to be a part of a TV segment or newspaper article.  We started couponing because of our own families financial distress - we never dreamed it would be a tool that God would use to give hope to so many people.   

Two Area Coupon Queens Reign Over Grocery Stores
Sunday March 14th Edition of The Chattanooga Times Free Press or HERE 
Watch the Video Enormous Savings through Coupons HERE

TIME 2 $AVE - We'll be a part of!!
We are so excited to be a part of a group of moms, just like us, who are looking to help their families in any way that they can.  Thank all of you for your continued support and encouragment!! 

Starting Wednesday - see the Life [taste] section for questions and answers from TIME 2 $ave coupon-clipping experts Kasey Trenum and Kelly Thompson. Also check out for a growing archive of information on coupon clipping tips and a link to the Time2Save Web site.

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