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Saving on Prescription Eyewear

Published October 17, 2012 by gweledydd

Let’s face it: medical costs are on the rise and they aren’t going to get better any time soon.  Those who need prescription eyewear can spend upwards of $100.00 a year on contacts or glasses AFTER insurance deductibles.  Instead of going blind to save some change, consider these alternatives.

My personal favorite way to save money on eyewear is to purchase your glasses and contacts online.  Coastal.com offers designer glasses, name brand contacts, and prescription lenses at an incredibly low cost.  On top of these savings, they run deals periodically for free glasses or contacts.  They also will participate with insurance companies to reimburse you for the cost!!!

Be sure to check out this HOT website and redeem their great deal for fall.  Receive a FREE pair of glasses with standard lenses until October 31, 2012 with the coupon code FBDEAL.  My husband got his glasses from them and they have held up great, were shipped fast, and the quality can’t be beat.  We spent $20.00 for shipping, thinner lenses, scratch proof coating, and the frames.  My glasses cost over $150.00 with those options at the optometrist!

If you’re like my husband and prefer contacts over glasses, then 1-800-CONTACTS is your new best friend.  This company has a ton of name brand lenses at an affordable price, participate with insurance, AND is a UPromise Partner which means you’ll get 5% back on every purchase you make!  If you haven’t signed up for UPromise yet, then check out my previous post to start saving.

 

If you have any other tips to help save money on prescription eyewear costs, please let me know!

Kroger Deals 10/14/12 – 10/20/12

Published October 17, 2012 by gweledydd

It’s another Cart Buster event at Kroger, so get ready for some great deals!  This promotion usually runs about two weeks, and more deals are added during the second week.  There are a TON of free or almost free items this week.  Here are the best deals for this week.

Buy 5 participating items, Save $5.00 on a future visit (Catalina Deal)

Old El Paso Taco Shells, Tortillas, or Refried Beans – $1.25
– $0.60/3 Old El Paso Products (SS 9/09)
= $0.05 after Catalina

Betty Crocker Brownie Mix – $2.50
– $0.75/2 Betty Crocker Ready to Spread frosting, Supreme brownie mix, etc. (SS 10/07)
= $1.13 each after CAT

Betty Crocker SuperMoist Cake Mix – $1.25
= $0.25 each after CAT

Pillsbury Toaster Strudels – $2.00
– $0.35/1 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel, Scrambles Pastries, or Pancakes (SS 9/09)
– $0.75/3 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel (SavingStar)
= $0.05 WYB 3 after CAT

Hamburger Helper – $1.50
– $0.75/3 Betty Crocker Hamburger helper (SS 9/09 or SS 10/07)
= $0.25 after CAT

Totino’s Party Pizza – $1.25
– $1.00/5 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza (Printable)
– $1.00/5 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza (SavingStar)

Betty Crocker Mac & Cheese or Potatoes – $1.00
– $0.50/2 Betty Crocker boxed potatoes (SS 9/09 or SS 10/07)
= FREE after CAT

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks – $2.00
– $0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes, fruit by the foot, etc. (SS 10/07)
= $0.50 each after CAT

Chex Mix or Bugles – $2.00
– $0.50/2 Chex Mix (SS 9/09 or SS 10/07)
– $0.50/2 General Mills Bugles, Chex Mix, etc. (SS 9/23)
= $0.50 each after CAT

Betty Crocker Muffin Mixes – $2.70 – $3.00
– $0.50/1 Betty Crocker box muffin (SS 9/09)
= $0.70 – $1.00 after CAT

Betty Crocker Cookie Mix – $2.50
– $0.50/1 Betty Crocker cookie mix (printable)
– $0.60/1 Betty Crocker cookie mix (SavingStar)
= FREE after CAT

Non-CAT Savings

Wonderful Pistachios – $3.00
– $0.50/1 Wonderful Pistachios (SS 10/14)
= $2.00

Ore-Ida Potatoes – $2.50
– $1.00/2 Ore-Ida Frozen Potato Items (SS 10/14)
= $2.00 each

Totino’s Pizza Rolls or Stuffers – $2.99
– $0.35/1 Totino’s Rolls (SS 9/09 or SS 10/07)
= $2.29

Campbell’s Chunky or 100% Natural Soup – $1.25
– $0.50/2 Campbell’s 100% Natural Soup Cans (SS 9/16 or SS 10/14)
– $0.50/2 Campbell’s Chunky or Chilli (SS 9/09)
= $0.75 each

Hormel Chili with Beans – $1.25
– $1.00/2 Hormel Chili (SS 9/09)
= $0.75 each

Kroger Pasta – $1.00
– FREE (2) Store Brand Pastas WYB 3 Ragu Pasta Sauces (Kroger ECoupon)
= FREE

Crest Toothpaste or Oral-B Vacity Defense Toothbrush – $1.00
– $0.50/1 Crest toothpaste (PG 9/30)
= FREE

Old Spice or Secret Deodorant – $1.99
– $1.00/1 Secret Outlast (PG 9/30)
= $0.99

To see more deals, please visit Southern Savers.

Beginner’s Guide to Coupons Handbook

Published September 30, 2012 by gweledydd

I have compiled all of my earlier Beginner posts in a handy-dandy notebook that you can print off and add to your coupon binders!!  This will be added to the beginner’s handbook page.  Feel free to give me any feedback on what you think should be included or what would make couponing a bit easier for you.  Download your copy by clicking on the link below!!!

 

Beginner’s Handbook to Couponing

Manager’s Special – Is It Worth It?

Published September 30, 2012 by gweledydd

Manager’s Specials have a bad rap.  Most people believe that Manager’s Specials are placed on items because they are about to expire or because there is something wrong with the product.  While it may be true that some items may be about to expire, the idea that the product is sub-par or defective is completely wrong.  Stores can’t sell spoiled merchandise.  Period.  Never feel afraid or ashamed of getting a manager’s special deal because the fact is these deals can help save you a ton of money!

First let’s talk about expiration dates.  While some products on Manager’s Special do have expiration dates, the majority of these products can be used past this date.  There are two different kinds of expiration dates:

Use By – This type of expiration date is cut and dry; do not use product after this date unless it has been frozen.

Best By – This type of expiration date is a general guideline.  You can use the product after the date, just keep in mind it may not be as effective (such as household cleaners) or tasty (like stale potato chips).  Most products have this type of expiration date.

One of the biggest budget-breakers on most peoples’ lists is meat.  Meat is very expensive, and usually there aren’t coupons on fresh meat available.  Manager’s Specials are a great way to combat the price.  As long as the meat doesn’t smell or look bad, you are good to go.  Some meat will have expiration dates on it.  Remember, most expiration dates are just a guideline..  If the expiration date is approaching, freeze it.  This will keep the product fresh for much longer than if you were to simply refrigerate it.

Manager’s Specials can also be combined with coupons for a super deal!!

Scenario: Kroger has ordered too many Suave products and needs to clear out the shelves before the new inventory arrives.  The Manager decides to place them on special for $0.75 each.  There is a coupon out for $0.35/1 Suave Product that will double.  The coupon CAN BE USED on the Manager’s Special products to make each item $0.05 each!!!

Keep in mind you can also use Catalina deals (ex: $10.00 off next purchase) to help reduce your grocery bill.  Manager’s Specials can also be combined with Catalinas.

Be sure to ask your local store manager what day markdowns are done.  Most Wal-Marts mark down their products on Sundays or Thursdays, and most Krogers mark down their products on Tuesdays.  Checking with your local store manager is the best way to ensure that you get there in time to find those great Manager’s Special deals!!

CVS Deals 9/30/12 – 10/6/12

Published September 30, 2012 by gweledydd

This is a GREAT week for CVS deals!  I have already done my runs for the week since Mike and I are going on vacation this weekend and I ended up doing much better than I anticipated!  The ad says limit of 1 $10.00 ECB reward per card, but the registers are allowing you to get the reward two times on the same card, so you can earn $20.00 per card!  Here are the best deals for this week.  If you’d like to see the whole ad, click here.

Also make sure to register to earn double points on your Extra Care Card.  Swipe your card at the coupon machine to get the reward.

P&G – Spend $30.00 on Participating Products, Get $10.00 in ECB

Bounty 6 pk – $4.88
– $1.00/1 Bounty Coupon (Ebay)
– $0.25/1 Bounty Towels (PG 9/30)
= $3.88 – $4.63

Dawn Dish Detergent – $0.96
– $0.50/1 Dawn Product (PG 8/26)
– $1.00/2 Dawn Product (PG 8/26)
– $0.75/1 Dawn Hand Renewal, Power Clean, Bleach Alternative or Oxi (PG 8/26)
= $0.21 – $0.46

Charmin – $5.88
– $0.25/1 Charmin Product (PG 9/30)
= $5.63

Tide – $5.94
– $0.51/1 Tide Detergent (SS 9/09)
– $1.00/1 Tide Detergent (PG 9/30)
= $4.94 – $5.44

Pantene Pro-V Shampoo and Conditioner – 2/$8.00
– B1 Shampoo G1 Conditioner FREE [Note: Can use on 2 in 1 products] (SS 9/16)
– $1.00/2 Pantene Product (PG 9/30)
– $1.00/2 Pantene Product (PG 8/26)
= $2.00 – $3.50 each

Puffs Tissues – $0.99
– $0.25/1 Puffs Item (PG 9/30)
= $0.74

Cascade – $4.99
– $1.00/1 Cascade Product (PG 8/26)
= $3.99

Gain – $5.94
– $1.00/1 Gain Detergent or Fabric Softener
– $2.00/2 Gain Detergent or Fabric Softener (RP 9/16)
= $4.94 each

Scenario:
Buy 4 Pantene Pro-V Shampoo/Conditioner, 8 Dawn Detergent, and 2 Tide = $35.72
– 2 x B1G1 Pantene Coupons = $27.72
– 1 x $1.00/2 Pantene Coupon = $26.72
– 4 x $1.00/2 Dawn Detergent = $22.72
– 2 x $1.00/1 Tide Detergent = $20.72

= $20.72 OOP and get $10.00 in ECB back!!
= $10.72 after factoring in future savings; a 70% savings!

Kroger Deals 9/30/12 – 10/6/12

Published September 30, 2012 by gweledydd

Here are the best deals for Kroger this week.  There’s no Mega Event this week, but there is a Procter & Gamble event that lets you save $2.00 WYB 2 participating products.

Jell-O Pudding or Gelatin – $2.00
– $1.00/2 Jell-O Refrigerated Snacks (SS 9/16)
– $0.80/2 Jell-O Refrigerated Snacks (SS 9/16)
– $1.00/1 Jell-O Refrigerated Snacks (SS 9/16)
= $1.00 – $1.60 each

Yoplait Yogurt – $0.50
– $0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups (SS 9/09)
– $0.50/8 Yoplait Yogurt Cups (SS 9/09)
= $0.36 – $0.38 each

Campbell’s Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup – $0.75
– $0.40/4 Campbell’s Condensed Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soups (SS 9/09)
– $0.40/3 Campbell’s Condensed Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soups (SS 9/16)
= $0.48 – $0.55 each

P&G Deals – Buy 2, Get $2.00 at Register
(Price listed is after savings)

Downy Fabric Softener – $3.99
– $1.00/1 Downy Product (PG 9/30)
= $2.99

Tide Pods – $3.99
– $0.50/1 tide Pods (RP 9/16)
= $2.99

Tide Liquid or Powder Laundry Detergent – $4.99
– $0.50/1 Tide Detergent (SS 9/09)
– $1.00/1 Tide Detergent (PG 9/30)
= $3.99

Downy Unstoppables – $3.99
– $1.00/1 Downy Product (PG 9/30)
= $2.99

Best CVS Deals 9/23/12 – 9/29/12

Published September 25, 2012 by gweledydd

There are a couple of good deals this week.  I will only be posting the best ones which are free or almost free.  This is a great week to stock up on glade products.  I personally love this time of year because my favorite glade refills are super cheap!

 

Spend $12.00 in select household products, get $4.00 in ECB

 

Glade Scented Oil Refill 2 pk – $4.00
– $1.00/1 Scented oil Refill (SS 9/23/12)
= $3.00

Glade Spray – $0.99

Glade Candles – 2/$6.00
– $1.50/2 Glade Jar or Scented Oil Candles (SS 9/23/12)
= 2 for $4.50 ; $2.25 each

Windex Glass Spray – 2/$6.00
– $1.00/2 Windex Glass Spray (SS 9/23/12)
= 2 for $5.00; $2.50  each

Scrubbing Bubbles Fantastik – 2/$6.00
– $0.75/1 Scrubbing Bubbles all Purpose cleaner with Fantastik (SS 8/26/12. 9/23/12)
– $1.00/1 Scrubbing Bubbles all Purpose cleaner with Fantastik (SS 8/26/12)
= $4.00 – $5.50 ; $2.00 – $2.25 each

Scrubbing Bubbles Cleaner – 2/$6.00
– $2.00/2 Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner (SS 9/23/12)
= $4.00 ; $2.00 each

Scenario:

Buy 2 Scrubbing Bubbles Cleaner and 2 Glade Refills = $14.00
Use 1 $2.00/2 Scrubbing bubbles coupon and 2 $1.00/1 Glade refill coupon
= $10.00 OOP PLUS get $4.00 ECB
= $6.00 or $1.50 each!

 

Spend $10.00 on Nivea lotion or body wash, Get $3.00 in ECB

 

Nivea lotion (assorted varieties) – $6.00
– $2.00/1 Nivea Women’s Body Lotion (Printable)
= $4.00

 

Spend $15.00 on Aussie, Pantene, Herbal Essences, or Head & Shoulders products, Get $5.00 in ECB

 

**Note: This deal is good for MULTIPLE uses!!!  The ad says limit one per card, but I have earned this FOUR times on the same card AND haven’t reached the limit.**

Participating Products – $5.99
– FREE Pantene Condition WYB Shampoo (SS 9/16/12)
– $1.00/2 Pantene Product (P&G 8/26/12)
– $1.00/1 Head & Shoulders Hair Care item (PG 9/2/12, RP 9/16/12)
– FREE Herbal Essences Condition or Styler WYB Shampoo (SS 9/16/12)
– $3.00/2 Herbal Essences or Aussie Product (RP 8/5/12)
= Price Varies

Scenario:
Buy 2 Herbal Essences Shampoo and 2 Herbal Essences Conditioner = $23.96
– 2 x FREE Herbal Essences Conditioner WYB Shampoo (SS 9/16/12) = $11.98
– $3.00/2 Herbal Essences Product = $8.98
= $8.98 OOP PLUS get $5.00 ECB back
= $3.98 or $0.99 each!!!

 

Spend $30.00 on baby products, Get $10.00 in ECB

 

Huggies Jumbo Packs – 2/$19.00
– $2.00/1 Huggies Little Movers Slip-on Diapers (SS 9/16/12)
– $1.50/1 Huggies Little Movers Slip-on Diapers (SS 9/16/12)
– $1.00/1 Huggies Diapers (SS 9/16/12)
= $15.00 – $17.00

Scenario:
Buy 4 Huggies Little Movers Slip-on Diapers = $38.00
Use 4 $2.00/1 Huggies coupons = $30.00
= $30.00 OOP PLUS get $10.00 in ECB back
= $20.00 or $5.00 each!  GREAT DEAL!

 

Spend $15.00 on Dove Products, get $5.00 in ECB
**Note – This is very similar to the Herbal Essences, Head & Shoulders, etc. deal except it is its OWN ECB deal.  This means you can get $5.00 from BOTH Herbal Essences AND Dove.**

Select Dove Products – $5.99
– $1.00/1 Hair Conditioner (printable)
= $4.99

Stayfree Pads (Select Varieties) B1G1 Free [Reg. Price = $7.49]
**Note – The Stayfree I found on sale for B1G1 was the Super Maxi Pads.  They were the super big pack with an extra 12 in them, which made the total count 60 in a bag.  Also please remember CVS allows you to use coupons for BOTH items on a B1G1 Deal.  So you can use two coupons since you are purchasing two products.**
– $2.00/1 Stayfree Product (SS 8/26/12)
= $5.49

Scenario:
Buy 4 Stayfree Pads = $14.98 [after B1G1 discount]
– 4 x $2.00/1 Stayfree Product coupons = $6.98
= $6.98 OOP; $1.75 each!!!!