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Bargain finds - couponing, sales, etc.

    • 216 posts
    June 22, 2014 10:34 PM PDT

    Didn't seem like we had a thread going for good deals, so I thought I'd start one up!

    I thought I was done shopping for the week, but realized DH was about to be out of almond milk for his morning cereal so I decided to take some time to look at the deals at Target before heading over.  If you go to and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page, there is a link to coupons you can print out.  You can also get mobile coupons via text message to your phone and if you have a smartphone, you can get an app called Cartwheel where they let you load percentage discounts on items you use.  Target lets you use 1 Target coupon, 1 manufacturer coupon, and then Cartwheel discount on top of that.

    I like going to the website to get the coupon match ups, if you like using Sunday paper or online manufacturer coupons.

    Today my best deals were:

    - Rolaids liquid antacid was on clearance for $2.98 and I had a $3 coupon, so that was FREE!

    - 6-pack of Snickers ice cream bars for $3.84, but I used a $1.50 Target coupon and $1.50 manufacturer coupon so that was $.84!

    - 2 half-gallons of Silk almond milk.  $3.64 each, but had $1 Target coupon and $1 manufacturer coupon for $1.64 each.

    - I got Target brand baby petroleum jelly, baby lotion, baby powder, and diaper cream for about $1 each using a $2 off 2 coupon and 5% Cartwheel discount.  The items were all full to large size too, so it was a great deal.

    - GE reveal lightbulbs are $2.79 each, but I used a $2 Target coupon plus 20% Cartwheel discount, so $.63.  (This is actually higher than what I paid last week when they were on sale - I've gotten them as low as $.18 each!)

    - Target brand nicotine gum (220 pieces) were on sale for $37.99.  I use a $2.50 Target coupon plus 5% Cartwheel and got it for $33.71 total.  My father uses nicotine gum but it is so expensive that he can't always afford it.  So we always get them for him for birthdays and holidays.  (In fact I just paid $65 for a box of 200 Kirkland brand gums at Costco for Father's day just last week, and that's still considered a good deal compared to paying full price for Nicorette!)  I may go back and stock up on another box or two and save it for Christmas and his birthday.

    - Coke 2 liters were $1.25 each, but I had a $1 off 2 Target coupon, making them just $.75 each.

    - Needed to get a Bar Mitzvah card, but the ONLY one they had was $4!  (And it was the second store I'd gone to look!)  Luckily, I had a $2 off 2 greeting cards Target coupon, so I threw a birthday card in my cart and ended up getting 2 cards for $4 instead of just 1, so that took the sting out of it.

    All told, I spent about $69 today, with $37 in savings using coupons and discounts. Considering half my total was for my father's nicotine gum and that I needed a few full price items, I think I did really well.  


  • June 23, 2014 10:50 AM PDT

    we buy Kraft Mac&cheese in a 5 package  there a coupon for Caprisun $2.00 off went to the store and got 4 5 packages had coupons for them $2.00 I had a couple more coupons on the caprisun so i got 6 boxes of the drinks and saved 2.00  on each mac and cheese  $11.52   not bad at all  got free  pilsbury cinnamon rolls with  coupans     on yoplait 16 package were on sales i had 3 coupons for $3.00 off and the we on sale for 3.98  so I paid .89 for each  Katie came to me she had $1.00 of each package of Birdeye products we got 23 packages of assorted vegtables for free    

    • 120 posts
    June 24, 2014 1:39 AM PDT

    Gayla, where do you get your coupons?

  • June 24, 2014 12:31 PM PDT

    i buy alot of ebay from the west coast , alot from the manufacting company  and because I get alot of product to try they always have coupons and I get 4 different papers on sunday. 


    I usually spend $10.00 and get my money back triple   even as close as the midwest in the bigger cities coupons are higher

    • 120 posts
    June 25, 2014 11:32 PM PDT

    Gayla, how do you get the products to try?

    Did you get the stamp?

  • June 26, 2014 10:28 PM PDT

    no the stamps


    because i teach cooking and I won cooking awards  your name gets out there I give an honest opiinon and I get alot of things to try  my favorites is when we get new mixes to try i use some in some new way i make some new and the they will buy it ..I done this for year I won cake ,cookie , bread ... they pay will  DH laughed he thinks  it funny  but it he doesnt laugh when the checks get  large am working on a couple things Chistmas  I have a great cookie idea i am woriking  on



    • 184 posts
    June 29, 2014 12:43 PM PDT
    I did not know you can now print coupons from the Dollar General web site. They especially have some good ones ($1.50) this week for Tide detergent, Pampers, Gain, and some other PG products. This may be old news, but I don't shop there a lot.
    • 71 posts
    June 29, 2014 1:21 PM PDT

    Went to Kroger a couple days ago, and got three tubes of Colgate toothpaste free. On sale, plus an extra fifty cents off as part of a 'buy 6 items, get $3 off' deal, plus coupons. Technically they paid me a penny each to take them out of the store. Did the same with two boxes of pasta; they ended up being 49 cents each and I had a $1 off 2 coupon, making them better than free. Also got 4 boxes of Cheerios for 99 cents a box as part of the same 'buy 6' deal and coupons. 

    • 216 posts
    June 29, 2014 5:04 PM PDT

    Today I went to Target and got:

    - 2 boxes of Snickers ice cream bars for $.84 each (the last of these coupons I've got!)  Original price $3.84.

    - A 2-piece maternity swimsuit for $25.  Original price $45.

    - A large bottle of baby lotion and baby diaper cream for $2.34 total.  Original price $4.48.

    - 2-pack of Nuk pacifiers $2.75.  Original price $3.49.

    - 18oz package of deli ham for $2.46.  Original price $3.59.

    - 2 packages of Hormel Natural Choice flame seared deli meat for $1.76 each  Original price was $4.49 each!

    - 1lb of Driscoll strawberries for $1.29.  Usually go for $2.50 each, but on sale for $1.79 this week.

    - 1 GE Reveal lightbulb for $.63.  Original price $2.79.

    - 1 bottle of peroxide based contact solution for $2.49.  Original price $6.49.

    - 1 large bottle of hydrogen peroxide FREE!  Original price $.97.


    Total was $45.93, but used $10.79 store credit I had.  

    Out of pocket for today was $35.14!

    This post was edited by mrsobrien at June 29, 2014 5:05 PM PDT
    • 97 posts
    June 30, 2014 6:38 PM PDT

    ocassionally, I get some manufacturer's and store coupons from Kroger based on my purchase history with my kroger plus card. the last pack of coupons from them , i had a coupon good for a free package of Hebrew National hotdogs, $3 off produce, when i spent $10 on produce, a free package of kroger brand  frozen veggies, $2 off off two di giorno frozen pizzas, $1 off a carton of  private selection ice cream, $2 off cottonelle toilet paper 12pk. or more.  i waited till most items were on sale, except for the free items, ;)

    I also download a lot of their digital coupons onto my card. Kroger doesnt double coupons anymore, but I know Giant Eagle does. however, i don't shop there. 

    Also, if you load the double fuel points coupon onto you card, when you shop at kroger stores, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, you earn double fuel points. 

    generally, I spend less than $200/month at Kroger, but sometimes, Tony and I will stop in to pick up a few things, usually snacks, and and i always use my card, for instance, we had to pick up my prescriptuons on Saturday, we picked up, some bananas, a few frozen pizzas, and a pint of ice cream, spent $32 total, but earned 64 fuel points,; saved him .20/gallon when we filled up. he was stoked that he only $3.33 /gallon for gas. 

    cant wait til they run their 4x fuel points on gift cards. 

    • 97 posts
    June 30, 2014 8:44 PM PDT

    I just ordered a few gifts from bath and body works. i paid between $3-5 each for full size bottles of shoer gels and body lotions.  the fragrance selection isnt great for the deeply discounted  items, but still, good deals to be had, plus you get $1 shipping on orders of $25 and up. 

    just thought I'd share. 

  • July 1, 2014 1:37 AM PDT


    went to the in town went into the office and the principle took me to the book sale she said people don't just come to a school i brought sever books and was  surprized to find a craft book on small crochet animalsmy dh enjoys making went by got her and gave her the book she was thrilled

    • 184 posts
    July 1, 2014 7:57 AM PDT
    Eyrehead...Thanks for the headsup on Bath and Body works. I might go by the store in our mall and see if they are having a sale there, too.
    • 97 posts
    July 1, 2014 4:19 PM PDT

    Luckee, I think some of the sales were online only, but I'm sure their buy 2 get one free sale is also in stores, but wouldn't hurt to check it out. 



    • 216 posts
    July 8, 2014 11:14 PM PDT

    Did the Target diaper deal today!

    Target has a $20 off $100 in baby related purchases coupon this week.  That includes food, formula, diapers, toiletries, wipes, and just about anything else you might need.  

    Target is also running a deal on the super packs of diapers for Luvs, Pampers, and Huggies (the ones that have about 80-100 diapers in each box).  They are $24.99 per box, but you get a $10 gift card back when you buy 2 boxes.

    I found $1.50 off coupons for the Pampers I wanted online (I hear the newspaper ones were double that) and stacked 4 coupons on top of the deal.

    I was short of the $100 since the diapers were $24.99, so I got 2 bottles of baby lotion ($1.45 each) plus a $2 of 2 Target brand baby product coupon (making 2 huge bottles just $.90 total).

    The long and the short of it was that I got 4 big boxes of diapers and 2 bottles of lotion for a total of $80, including tax, and then got $20 in gift cards back.  Then we went right back inside and did the deal again with DH running through the line this time.  

    The second time we spent $60, using the $20 gift cards from the first transaction.  

    As soon as DH was done, he handed me the second batch of $20 gift cards and I used them to buy 2 boxes of Target brand baby wipes (on top of which I used a 5% Cartwheel discount), for a total of $7 out of pocket.

    So we spent a total of about $150 and came home with 716 Pampers in various sizes and about 1500 baby wipes, plus the 2 bottles of baby lotion and a small package of wipes we used as fillers to hit the $100 threshold.  That should last us a good long while!  

    I was told by my mom friends that size 3 is really where you want to stock up, but everyone apparently had the same idea because they were clean out except for 2 boxes!  I snagged those, but may go back and do the deal again later in the week or exchange the smaller sizes I have.  I definitely want to get what we can while we've got 2 full paychecks!



    • 216 posts
    July 12, 2014 9:27 PM PDT

    Did the Target diaper deal one more time before it expired.  Was able to get 4 boxes of Pampers stacked with 4 $1.50 manufacturer coupons, a $2 off Target coupon, and the $20 off $100 coupon for $78 plus $20 in giftcards.

    I turned around and used the $20 giftcard to get 9 pouches of baby food, 3 maternity tops, and a nursing tank.  5 of the baby foods were Target brand, which were $.80 each, but I got $1 off when I purchased 5.  I got 4 organic baby food pouches, which were priced at $1.34 each, but 1 of those were my filler to get to $100 for the diaper deal.  For the remaining 3, I had a BOGO free coupon plus a $1 off Target coupon, so I ended up getting those for less than $.50 each!  I had a $5 off $25 coupon for the 3 maternity shirts, and the nursing tank was just a good deal at 50% off.  All told, I got everything for $27.

    In the end, we spent a little over $100, but for the price of the diapers we basically got all the baby food and clothing free!

  • July 13, 2014 11:01 AM PDT

    Friendly ice cream  2$5 had  $1.00 off each think we got 6 or 7  
    DBIL loves Brawny paper towels  $6.48 had a coupon for$ 3.00 3.48 for the towel
    florger ccan coffee  $6.98   coupon $3.00
    borden cheese 2.28   $.200
    pespiehad coupon  that would expire today  by a 24 pack get a 24 pack free
    green giant speciality corn  10/10 between Em and I we had 20 $.50 which the doubled which made the corn free katie loves the white shoepeg and I use the
    Mexican corn a lot  
    captain crunch  2 / $5  had 2 coupons on for 2.00of each .
    cheerios   2/$5.00 had $3.00 off 1 so we got 4  box  free 
    pamper refill wipes for $5.98 had $3.00 on each brought  4 everyone uses them in the car
     newtons bogo had a dollar on each so the they were $2.44

    got salmon burgers bogo   we got a case from the butcher he gave us 10% off on case