Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Kroger's Mega Sale

A brand new Kroger mega-sale?! Ohhh the joy!! The excitement! The full pantry!!! I love Kroger. I really, really do. I went the other day (and will be going back, believe me!) for the new buy 10, get $5 off sale. Here's some of the things I bought (prices are before discount- the discount takes off .50 per item- FP [final price] is after coupon and discount):

3 Philly cream cheese $1.49 each (used $1.25/3 coupon) FP-$1.72/3
1 I Can't Believe it's Not Butter Sticks $1.91 (used $1 coupon) FP .41
4 Propel waters .99 each (used $1/4 coupon) FP .96/4
6 Kraft shredded cheese 1.99 each (used 3 $1/2 coupons) FP- $5.94/6
1 Frank's Hot Sauce 1.69 (used .50 coupon, doubled) FP- .19
3 Finish (Electrosol) detergent $3.49 each (used 3 $2.50 coupons) FP-$1.47/3
1 Nature's Valley Nut Clusters $2.69 (used $1 coupon and $1 Cellfire coupon) FP .19
1 I Can't Believe it's Not Butter 2 tub set 1.99 (used .50 coupon, doubled) FP .49
1 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel $1.99 (used 1.00 coupon) FP .49
1 Kraft Miracle Whip $1.99 (no coupon, but I needed it before my kids attacked me) FP $1.49
2 Green Giant Steamers $1.99 each (used 2 .40 coupons that doubled) FP .69 each
1 Rotel tomatoes 1.00 (used .30 coupon, doubled) FP .10 overage
2 French's Mustard (one honey mustard, one regular)- $1.69 each (used 2 .50 coupons, doubled) FP .19 each
1 Hormel Chili Master Chili $1.34 (used .50 coupon, doubled) FP .16 overage
1 I Can't Believe it's Not Butter spray $1.89 (used .50 coupon, doubled) FP .39
1 Wheat Thin's Cracker $2.20 (used $1 coupon) .70

I also found (not in mega sale)
packages of Hillshire Farm Deli meat in one flavor (turkey) marked down to .59 each. They were almost out of date, but they can be frozen.

Some of the CoverGirl make up is on closeout (packages are changing in a lot of them) for just over $3 (and some under $3) and I still have several $3/1 coupons

In the end, with the other things I bought, I saved 70% My total was $34.71, including tax, and I bought toilet paper, 2 CG cosmetics, the deli meat (3), 1 12 pack Kroger drinks, 1 Kroger American cheese, 1 Sour cream, 2 Kroger OJ's, 1 pack tortillas, 2 Kroger breads, 2 bags cat food, and 1 Soft soap ensembles refill (closeout for $2.47, and there was a $2 coupon on it)

I am pretty darn satisfied!!!

Check here for Kraft coupons, most are included in the sale. (Thanks to

Click here for a SCJohnson rebate!!!


I'm going to try to hit Kroger again tomorrow after I go to Walmart. Wish me luck. They're calling for snow and the stores will be packed. Snow=mass panic in KY. :)
Have a great shopping day!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

What does being thrifty get you?

Well, it got me a new house!!! We have made saving money on our essentials a way of life, and now I am able to afford a house long before I thought we would. I'm excited!! I'm NERVOUS, but excited. I have to tell you, shopping the way I do has really paid off for me and my family.

So, I didn't do a lot of shopping this week because we have been running around looking at houses, but I did hit Walmart. I got my Seapak shrimp poppers for .58, using the $1 peelies.
I also got Mahatma yellow rice for .26, using a .50 coupon.
Christmas was 90% off and though there wasn't a lot left, I was able to get snow blankets for my Christmas village for .30 each. I have always been to cheap to buy them and have been using white sheets for years. I also bought some light clips to hang lights outside. My husband never would hang them before, claiming no one would see them way out here in the boondocks, but now I will be living in town, so I will be wanting my lights.

Print some Dove coupons here. (the link to the left) has a $5 Hasbro Game Night coupon. If you have trouble finding it, like I did at first, click on Toys and Games on the left side of the page.

Remember if you are a Target shopper to go to Target's website and print your Target coupons. You can match them with manufacturers coupons.

Get a $1 coupon for Pert Plus here. Then, purchase Pert Plus for Men and send in for the rebate here. You just got paid for buying shampoo!

Have Oil of Olay coupons??? How about some rebates for those? Try here, here, and here.

Grab yourself a free sample of Cream of Wheat.

Join Snapfish as a new customer (you can use a new email if you have previously joined) and get a $10 credit AND 30 free prints! The $10 credit is only good for about 5 days, so you need to use it right away.

Print your coupon for 20% off at Big Lots!

Coupons for Soft Scrub cleanser are here, here, here and here.

Deal coming at Walgreens!!!!
Starting the 24th, buy a Oil of Olay Quench Lotion for $7.99 Use the $2 coupon from the last P&G insert or the $3 coupon from Redbook's January issue. Get a FREE In-shower body lotion with that purchase. Use the rebate form above!!

Bic Razors are also BOGOF, and there are BOGOF coupons out. If your store will allow the full amount, you get 2 free!

Coffeemate creamer will be BOGOF at $2.49. Use 2 of the $1 printables to get 2 for .50! (send a word of encouragement for the coupon)

There is a RR deal..$10 wyb $20 worth of participating products, including Pepsi, Doritos, Tostidos, Tostido salsa, or Stacy's Pita Chips. Check here and here for a coupon on Stacy's.

Check for some Huggies coupons. Buy $25 and get $5 in RR-

This weekend, there is supposed to be $1.50 on Sure deodorant coupons (remember, coupons are regional) and if you get it, use it with the Sure 2/$3 in the coupon book in the front of the store to get free Sure.

Check your inserts for additional RR opportunities. If I find one to be particularly awesome, I'll let you know! :)

Have a great shopping day, you guys!!!

Try Taster's Choice here.

General Mills

As I mentioned before, General Mills, through MyBlogSpark, sent me some VIP coupons for General Mills cereals. The reason they did this was to promote the fact that they are further reducing sugar in cereal marketed to our children. They have been reducing the sugar for a while, but now it is being reduced to single digit grams per serving! AND they are increasing more key nutrients, including calcium, Vitamin D, and whole grains.

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and kids who eat cereal in the mornings are consuming more fiber, and less fat and cholesterol daily.

You can get more information from General Mills here, and get a coupon for $1 off here, also provided to you from General Mills through MyBlog Spark.

I am all for things that get my kids to eat healthier. They love Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Trix, and I know that they are eating something good for them! Enjoy your coupon and have a great shopping day!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Free veggies, yogurt, and a heck of a deal at Walgreens!

Well, I'm just thrilled with Walgreens. The things on the Johnson & Johnson rebate were supposed to be BOGO 50% off. At some stores (including mine!) they are ringing BOGOF! Of course, I didn't even realize this until I left there the other day!

I bought:

1 Nice and Easy Perfect 10 (on clearance for $3.19)
2 ROC cleansers $9.99 each (used 2 $3 off coupons)
2 6oz Lubriderm lotions $3.99 each (used 2 $2 off coupons)
2 Aveeno 2.5oz lotions $2.99 each (used 2 $2 coupons)
1 Balsam color (on clearance for $1.29)
1 Colgate Max Fresh $2.99 (used $1 coupon, generates $2 RR)
2 6x9 Scotch mailers $1.19 each

I also used a $2 RR to pay.
My OOP was $13.43 (including tax), I will get $10 back from the rebate and got back a $2 RR, for a grand total of $1.43!!!

I went back the next day and got a Thermacare heat wrap on sale for $2.49, used a $1 coupon (You can print it from their website, or I found some peelies, too).
I also got another Perfect 10 and paid with the RR and cash, got back $2.50 in RR for the heat wrap.

I have been told by several people that if you can find the clearance Tresseme for $1.29 each and buy 3, you will get the $5 RR. My store was out. :(

Birdseye steamfresh is on sale at Kroger for $1. There were .50 coupons in the paper (some regions only got .35 coupons), so once they doubled....FREE VEGGIES!! My store only takes 3 like coupons at a time. I've been there 3 times this week.

Also, there was also a coupon for OIKOS greek yogurt (it's in the deli/organic) section for $1 off a couple of weeks ago and they are also on sale at Kroger for $1!

I also found in the meat mark downs a variety had 3 steaks, some stew meat, and a HUGE roast for $9.88!!! We have grilled out, had beef stew, and the roast is in the freezer for a later date.


I didn't do too much at Walmart this week because I was buying things for my son's birthday, but I did pick up several Kotex pantyliners for $1 each and used $2/2 coupons.

I also bought 3 packs of popcorn shrimp (seapak) using the $1 peelies

Several toys are still on clearance!


According to The Coupon Junkie, Old Navy is having an additional 50% off clearance. There is also a link to a $10/$50 coupon on her blog.


Cellfire coupons have reset! Load yours now!


Print to get a free full sized body scrub at Victoria's Secret with a purchase


Have a great shopping day!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Just a few goodies

Lookie here!!! A coupon for a FREE fresco taco at Taco Bell. I looooooooove Taco Bell. It's good for 7 days after you print it.

Print the $2 Theraflu coupon at (link to the left) and then go and print it at Smartsource. There is an upcoming deal at Walgreens next week, I hear.

Here is a $2 Purina coupon for you...I love these!

Get a free Dr Pepper at Arby's with a sandwich purchase.

Have a great shopping day!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Snow day!!

It's a snow day in Kentucky....which means that yesterday the store was NUTS!!! I went to Walmart and Kroger and I am pretty sure everyone in town was at one of the 2.

I didn't get too much at Walmart. My sister was with me and she's not a shopper. :( I did pick up some popcorn shrimp (Seapak) for .58 each using the $1 peelies. I also got Special K cereal using the BOGOF coupon they had up on the site a few weeks ago. $3 for 2 was the final price.

Kroger was crazy. Every register was open, and with a line. A LONG line.
I got a large free box of Cheerios using one of the coupons that General Mills sent me through MyBlogSpark.

Glade candle tins were marked down to $1.74 (from Christmas, I guess) and I had coupons to get a free pack of refills wyb 1. They were $3!!! So, for $1.74 I could get a candle with tin and pack of refills. AWESOME!

Kroger's Everyday Living fabric softener in one scent was on closeout for $1.91

Suave for Kids in Orange was on closeout for $1.41 and I had a .25 coupon, making it .91

I also picked up on some Ronzoni Smart Taste pasta for $1.50 each and had coupons for $1/2


Here is a free sample of Slim Fast's Peanut Butter Crunch Time Snack Bar. You do not have to be a Sam's club member.

Check out for some really great coupons, including a high value Sudafed coupon!! You can click on the link to the left to get there.

Buy 2 of the .99 Chips Ahoy at Walgreens and get a $2 RR, making them free after RR

Also free: Glade 2 oz candles. Use a $3/2 coupon (which can be found in Smartsource from November or in the Dec issue of All You), get a $2 RR and they will be free after RR

Don't forget to check Walmart, Target, etc for clearance Christmas!! Most places are 75% off by now, making decorating next year much more affordable.

I am almost ready for ANOTHER Amazon gift certificate from Swagbucks. If you haven't signed up, you can make them your default search engine and win Swagbucks randomly from searching, which you can trade for gift certificates or prizes. I trade mine for Amazon GC's, and have earned quite a bit so far. Check them out!


If you have any questions about getting started in couponing (for my new people) you can check out my first few blog posts. You will find quite a bit of information there and if you have any questions, feel free to email me at


I was also asked if I make a menu plan. Yes and no. There are certain things we have every week or 2, so I guess that's planned. As far as getting sales ads and making menus, sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. The reason why is, I keep a stockpile. If something is on sale for a fantastic price, I buy several. For this reason, I can pretty much choose what I want to eat from day to day. I know there is extra of this or that it my pantry or freezer.

I also make freezer meals some. If I am going to make a cassrole or lasagna or something similar, it's just as easy to make 2 as it is 1. Freeze the second one, and you have a meal for a future night.

A great book to get you started is Don't Panic, Dinner's in the Freezer! There is even a follow up! There are some fantastic recipes in those books, and they aren't a once a month cooking type of thing, which is too overwhelming for me. They are more like recipes that you can eat one tonight and freeze the extras. It multiplies everything for you and even tells you the best way to go about freezing them.

I also make large batches of mashed potatoes, etc and freeze them in freezer bags. You can freeze them flat and it will leave a lot more room in your freezer.


I hope you have a great shopping day!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!!!

Here's to a great 2010!!!

We have been super busy in the dimestretcher household. Things are finally starting to slow down and get back to normal...I hope. :) I wish you all a very and blessed Happy New Year.

Be SURE this weekend to get extra papers. This is going to be a HUGE coupon weekend!! The first one in January is usually the biggest coupon weekend of the year!!!

Walmart has been running Christmas items 50% off. I am scouting out what I want when it goes to 75%! They even have lots of toys on clearance. I got the Playskool Dance Cam for my niece to set back for was normally $49.96, they had it marked to $24 something, and I had a $10 coupon from when had them. They may still be there, I haven't checked yet. $14 and change for a $50 toy!! They had lots cheap, so take a look.

Kroger is running a promo to spend $25 in certain P&G products and get $5 off your order. If you work it right, this could be a good promo. The list of participating ones is at the store. Not all P&G products are in on it this time. CoverGirl is, and I still have lots of $3 coupons from the Max Factor products. (RIP, Max Factor)

MyBlogSpark sent me some coupons for FREE cereal from General Mills. They are reducing sugar in cereal marketed to kids. AND they are offering YOU a coupon! Here is the information they sent. (Sorry if you are getting this twice. I upgraded to Windows 7 and for some reason can't paste. I am working on it.) Here is a link to your coupon.

I am going to work on learning what I'm doing with Windows 7 and I will see you all tomorrow! Have a great shopping day!