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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter Rite Aid Transaction 8/29 - 9/4/10

If you're new to playing The Drugstore Game, these transactions should help you get started. If you don't understand the transactions, read my Drugstore Game Primer, Common Sense with Money's FAQ, and my explanation of How to Play The Drugstore Game at Rite Aid.

You'll find a list of this week's Rite Aid deals here.

1 Bufferin, $6.99
1 Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, $3.99
1 Nivea Lip Care, $2.99
1 Art Skills Poster Lights, $3.59
1 DynaPep, $3.99
1 Nivea for Men Bodywash, $3
1 Gain Dish Soap, $0.89

- $5 off $25 purchase Rite Aid Video Values or RedPlum coupon
- $3/1 Bufferin 130ct product 7/11 SS
- $2/1 Boudreaux’s Product, any 4/11 SS
- $3/1 Boudreaux's Butt Paste Video Values coupon
- $1/1 Nivea Lip Care from September All You
- $1/1 Nivea For Men Body Wash 7/25 RP
- $1/1 Gain Dish Liquid 8/29 P&G

Pay: $9.44 + tax
Receive: $6 SCR for Bufferin, $1 +UP and $1.99 SCR for Nivea Lip, $3.59 SCR for Poster Lights, $3.99 SCR for DynaPep, and $2 +UP for Nivea Bodywash

Total profit before tax: $9.13

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The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter CVS Transactions 8/29 - 9/4/10

If you're new to playing The Drugstore Game, these transactions should help you get started. If you don't understand the transactions, read my Drugstore Game Primer, Common Sense with Money's FAQ, and my explanation of How to Play The Drugstore Game at CVS.

You'll find a list of this week's CVS deals here. In these transactions, I assume that you do not have any ECBs to start with.

Transaction #1: (through today only)
1 Philips in ear headphones – $6.99

Pay: $6.99 + tax
Receive: $6.99 ECB

Transaction #2:
2 Glide Clinical Protection floss, Clinical Gum Protection Toothpaste, or Complete Rinse - $3.47
1 Listerine Total Care Zero - $3.97
1 filler, e.g., Paper Mate pens - 99 cents

- 2 x $1/1 Crest Glide Floss or Crest Mouthwash from 8/29 P&G or $1/1 Crest Toothpaste from 8/1 P&G (regional; SoCal got 75 cents/1)
- $2/1 Listerine Zero Mouthwash printable
- $6.99 ECB from previous transaction

Pay: 91 cents + tax
Receive: $5 ECB for Glide/Crest and $1 ECB for Listerine


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Morning Coffee: Amazon Back to School Grocery Sale

Amazon has grocery dealsfor back to school season, including beverages, snacks, etc. On mainstream items, you can probably get a better deal using a coupon during a sale at your local grocery store, but Amazon's sale includes specialty items that are harder to find bargains on, like gluten-free baking mixes and organic snack foods. For example, Amazon has 6 boxes of EnviroKidz Organic Cheetah Crispy Rice Berry Barsfor just $15.69 and Annie's Homegrown Bunny Friends Grahamsfor just $13.67 with Subscribe & Save. Those are better than sale prices I've seen at the grocery store, and you can cancel Subscribe & Save any time after your order ships by going to "Manage Subscribe & Save Items" on the "Your Account" page. There are other specialty foods included in the sale, so if you have a favorite, definitely take a look. Disclosure: I'm an Amazon affiliate, so any purchase you make after entering Amazon through a link on Chief Family Officer supports this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you!

Also at Amazon, their Lightning Dealstoday will reportedly all be Wii-related, and I'm hoping the one at noon EDT is a great deal on Toy Story Mania!

The first 30,000 Facebook likers of Energizer can get a free pack of rechargeable batteries.

Here are some Walgreens scenarios from one A Full Cup user. She started with no RRs, did 23 transactions, and spent less than $11 (plus less than $12 tax) on a ton of stuff.

Just Bento shares a nifty idea: cucumber ribbons. These would be great for kids, if only I could get mine to eat some cucumber.

Freebies 4 Mom explains how to get a free picture book recording of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Common Sense with Money explains how to get free or cheap Stayfree and Carefree products at Target.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Winner: Pillsbury Sugar-Free Products

Thank you to everyone who entered the Pillsbury Sugar-Free Products giveaway. Congratulations to the lucky random winner:

Michele P. (micael*****@msn.com)

Michele, I've emailed you and you have 24 hours to respond with your address.

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The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter Walgreens Transactions 8/29 - 9/4/10

If you're new to playing The Drugstore Game, these transactions should help you get started. If you don't understand the transactions, read my Drugstore Game Primer, Common Sense with Money's FAQ, and my explanation of How to Play The Drugstore Game at Walgreens. You can find a list of this week's Walgreens deals here.

Transaction #1:
1 Carmex Lip Balm, $2

Pay: $2 + tax
Receive: $2 RR


Transaction #2:
1 Breath Right Nasal Strips (10 ct.), $4
1 filler, e.g., 2-pocket folder, 20 cents with in-ad coupon

- $1.50/1 Breathe Right Product from 4/11 RP
- $2 RR from previous transaction

Pay: 70 cents + tax
Receive: $4 RR


Transaction #3:
1 Walgreens Perfect Tampons (8 ct.), $1.99
1 Colgate Total Toothpaste, $2.99
1 filler, e.g., 2-pocket folder, 20 cents with in-ad coupon

- $1/1 Colgate Total Toothpaste, Fall Diabetes and You Walgreens Magazine (By Pharmacy)
- $4 RR from previous transaction

Pay: 18 cents + tax
Receive: $2 RR for W Tampons and $2 RR for Colgate


Transaction #4:
2 Soft Soap Body Wash or Irish Spring Body Wash, 2/$7
2 fillers, e.g., 2-pocket folder, 20 cents with in-ad coupon

- 2 x $1/1 Softsoap Body Wash from Sept. All You
- 2 x $2 RR from previous transaction

Pay: $1 + tax
Receive: $5 RR

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LA Times teacher database released


I'll probably have more on this later, but for locals, I just wanted to provide a link to the LA Times' value-added teacher ratings. You can search by teacher or school, and some of the data appears incomplete - for example, the most recent data for a teacher at our local school was from 2006. The database only includes LAUSD teachers for grades 3 through 5.

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Morning Coffee: Hot new coupons at Red Plum

RedplumRed Plum added some great new coupons over the weekend, including some that were in the weekend inserts, like $1/3 Pop Tarts and $1/1 Nutella. They also have some non-insert coupons, like $1/2 Quaker Life cereal (which my kids love) and $1/2 Cap'n Crunch cereal. Links via Logical Media

Get a free sample of Kashi TLC Cereal Bar Ripe Strawberry, TLC Chewy Granola Bar Trail Mix, or TLC Crackers Original 7 Grain. (Via Freebies 4 Mom.)

Moms Need to Know has this week's Staples deals, including a moneymaker on Hammermill copy paper. It just blows my mind that it's possible to make money on something I once paid $4 for and considered a good deal.

Facebook "likers" of Downy can get a printable coupon for $1/1 any Downy Liquid.

MyPointsYou can print Coupons.com and SmartSource coupons through MyPoints, where you can redeem points for free gift cards. Right now, there's a SmartSource coupon for $1/1 Lunchables Combinations with Water - I just printed mine and they expire 11/21. When I was at Ralphs yesterday, I noticed that the Lunchables Combinations are 2/$7, and that there is a Catalina deal for $2 off your next purchase when you buy two. So, if you buy two and use two $1/1 coupons, then you'll pay $5 and get a $2 Catalina back, making each Lunchable Combinations just $1.50. Not bad for a complete, ready-to-go meal! Learn more about MyPoints here. Links via MySavings.com

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Rite Aid this week: 8/29 - 9/4/10

You can find a full roundup of this week's deals at Moms Need to Know (thanks, Mindi!). I've listed the deals that I think are the best for playing The Drugstore Game this week (starter scenarios to come later), as well as the prices that are rock-bottom in my price book.

Art Skills Poster Lights, $3.59
Get a $3.59 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1

Final price: FREE after SCR
**also counts towards $10 +UP Reward when you buy $30 School Supplies**

Art Skills Poster & Craft paint, 4 for $5
Get a $4 Single Check Rebate when you buy 4

Final price: $0.25 each after SCR
**also counts towards $10 +UP Reward when you buy $30 School Supplies **

DynaPep, $3.99
Get a $3.99 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1 (SCR #14)

Final price: FREE after SCR

Nivea Lip Care, $2.99
Get a $1.99 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1
Get a $1 +UP Reward when you buy 1

$1/1 Nivea Lip Care 8/21/2010 All You Sep 2010 (exp 10/31/2010)
Final price: FREE + $1 overage after coupon, +UPR and SCR

Bufferin, $6.99
Get a $6 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1

$3/1 Bufferin 130ct product 7/11/2010 SS Insert (exp 8/28/2010)
Final price: FREE + $2.01 overage after coupon and SCR

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, $3.99
$2/1 Boudreaux’s Product, any 4/11/2010 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
$1/1 Boudreaux’s Butt Paste 8/29/2010 SS Insert (exp 11/30/2010)
STACK WITH
$3/1 Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Sept Video Values coupon
Final price: as low as FREE + $1 overage after both coupons

Nivea for Men Bodywash, $3
Get a $2 +UP Reward when you buy 1

$1/1 Nivea For Men Body Wash 7/25/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/25/2010)
Final price: FREE after coupon and +UPR

Get a $15 +UP Reward when you buy $50 participating P&G products (Double Dip products)

Crest, OralB, and Scope Products (select varieties), $2.69
Get a $1 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1

B1G1 Oral-B Manual Toothbrush 8/15/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
$1/1 Oral-B Stages or Crest Toothbrush 8/1/2010 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$0.50/1 Oral-B Stages Zooth or Crest Kids 8/1/2010 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$1/1 Crest Toothpaste 4 oz+ 8/1/2010 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$1/1 Crest Toothpaste 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
$1/2 Crest Toothpaste 8/1/2010 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
STACK WITH
$1/1 Oral-B Toothbrush 8/1/2010 Rite Aid Clip + Save Booklet (exp 12/31/2010)
$1/1 Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste, excludes 0.85 oz 8/1/2010 Rite Aid Clip + Save Booklet (exp 12/31/2010)
Final price: as low as FREE + $1 overage after coupons and SCR

Gain Dish Soap, $0.89
$1/1 Gain Dish Liquid 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
Final price: FREE after coupon

Crest Rinse (440 ml to 1L), toothpaste (twin pack) or Oral-B Pulsar toothbrush, $4.99
Get a $2 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1

$1/1 Oral B Toothbrushes 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
$1/1 or $1/2 Oral-B Toothbrushes 8/1/2010 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$0.75/1 Oral B Toothbrushes 8/1/2010 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$2/1 Crest Mouthwash 946 ml+ 8/1/2010 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$1/1 Crest Mouthwash 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
$1/1 Crest Toothpaste 4 oz+ 8/1/2010 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste 4 oz+ 8/1/2010 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$1/1 Crest Toothpaste 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
Final price: as low as $0.99 after coupon and SCR

Always Maxi Pads or Tampax tampons (select varieties, excludes Pearl), $2.99
Get a $1 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1

$1/1 Always Pad or Cleansing Cloth 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
$1/1 Always Products 8/1/2010 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$1/1 Tampax Tampons 18 ct+ 8/1/2010 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$1/1 Tampax Tampons 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
Final price: $0.99 after coupon and SCR

Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, 24/7, Pro or Stain Guard Deodorant, $2
Get a $1 +UP Reward when you buy 2

$0.75/1 Lady Speed Stick Deodorant printable
STACK WITH
$1/1 Speed Stick Deodorant August Rite Aid Video Values (if you still have it)
Final price: as low as $0.25 after both coupons and +UP Reward!

Colgate Toothpaste or max White Toothbrush, $1.50
Get a $1 +UP Reward when you buy 2

$0.75/1 Colgate Max White Max Fresh Product, any
$0.75/1 Colgate Toothpaste 8/29/2010 SS Insert (exp 9/18/2010)
$0.40/1 Colgate Adult or Kids Manual Toothbrush 8/29/2010 SS Insert (exp 9/18/2010)
$0.75/1 Colgate Total 8/21/2010 All You Sep 2010 (exp 10/31/2010)
Final price: as low as $0.25 after coupon and +UPR

Listerine Mouthwash (500 ml), $3.99
Get a $1 +UP Reward when you buy 1

$1/1 Listerine Products
$1/1 Listerine or Reach Product 8/1/2010 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
$1/1 Listerine Total Mouthwash 4/11/2010 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
$1/1 Listerine Products 3/7/2010 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
$0.50/1 Listerine or Reach Products 8/1/2010 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
STACK WITH
$1/1 Listerine Sept Video Values printable
Final price: as low as $0.99 after coupons and +UPR

Pantene Restore Beautiful Lengths, $4
Get a $2 +UP Reward when you buy 1

$2/1 Pantene Restore Beautiful Lengths Product 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
Final price: FREE after coupon and +UPR

Pampers Jumbo Pack and Training Pants, $8.99
Get $2 +UP Rewards when you buy 1

B1G1 FREE Pampers Wipes WYB Diapers 8/1/2010 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$1.50/1 Pampers Diapers 8/1/2010 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$1/1 Pampers Diapers or Easy Ups 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
$1.50/1 Pampers Extra Protection Diapers 8/1/2010 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
Final price: as low as $5.49 + FREE wipes after coupons and +UPR

Afrin Nasal Spray, $5.99
Get a $2 +UP Reward when you buy 1

$1/1 Afrin 12 Hour Nasal Spray, any
Final price: $2.99 after coupon and +UPR

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CVS this week: 8/29 - 9/4/10

You can find a full roundup of this week's CVS deals at Bargain Briana (thanks, Briana!). I've listed the deals that I think are the best for playing The Drugstore Game this week (starter scenarios to come later), as well as the prices that are rock-bottom in my price book.

Philips in ear headphones – $6.99
Earn $6.99 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: FREE
**Valid only Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday

CVS/Pharmacy Nail Polish Remover or Cotton Balls – $2.99
Earn $1 Extra Bucks (Limit 3)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $1.99

CVS/Pharmacy Low Dose Aspirin (240 ct) – $4.99
Earn $1 Extra Bucks (Limit 3)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $3.99

CVS/Pharmacy Extra Strength Relief Pack (100 ct.) – $4.99
Earn $1 Extra Bucks (Limit 3)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $3.99

CVS/Pharmacy Ibuprofen Twin Pack (100 ct.) – $4.99
Earn $1 Extra Bucks (Limit 3)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $3.99

Purex Ultra Concentrate – $3.99
Earn $2 Extra Bucks (Limit 3)
$0.35/1 Purex Ultra Concentrate Liquid Laundry Detergent 8/15/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/11/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $1.64

Glade Relaxing Moments Twin Pack – $4.99
Earn $1 Extra Bucks (Limit 3)
$1/1 Glade Premium Room Spray 8/29/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/25/2010)
$1/1 Glade Premium Room Spray 8/21/2010 All You Sep 2010 (exp 12/31/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $2.99

CVS/Pharmacy Wet Wipes Twin Pack – $5.98
Earn $2 Extra Bucks (Limit 3)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $3.98

Windex or Fantastik Twin Pack – $6.99
Earn $2 Extra Bucks (Limit 3)
$1/2 Windex Glass Cleaners 8/1/2010 SS Insert (exp 9/12/2010)
$0.55/1 Fantastik All Purpose Cleaner 8/1/2010 SS Insert (exp 9/12/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: as low as $4.44

Caliber Spiral Notebook 5 pk., Composition Notebook, or Filler Paper 3 pk. – $4.99
Earn $2 Extra Bucks (Limit 3)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $2.99
Valid from 8/22 – 9/18/10

Paper Mate WriteBros Pens 10 pk. – $0.99

Nature Made Cholest Off (60 ct.), Flaxseed Oil (100 ct.), or Fish Oil (60-100 ct.) – $7.99
Earn $4 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
$1/1 Nature Made Fish Oil
$3/1 Nature Made CholestOff
Final Price after Extra Bucks: as low as $0.99


Crest or Oral B Pro Health Products – $3.97
Glide Clinical Protection floss, Clinical Gum Protection Toothpaste, or Complete Rinse
Earn $2.50 Extra Bucks (Limit 2)
$1/1 Crest Glide Floss 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
$1/1 Crest Mouthwash 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
$1/1 Crest Toothpaste 4 oz+ 8/1/2010 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $0.47

Listerine or Reach – $3.97
Total Care Zero, Advanced Artic Mint, Reach Toothbrush (2 pk), or Total Care Floss
Earn $1 Extra Bucks (Limit 2)
$2/1 Listerine Zero Mouthwash
$3/3 Listerine or Reach 4/11/2010 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
$1/1 Listerine or Reach Product 8/1/2010 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
$1/1 Listerine Products 3/7/2010 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
$1/1 Listerine Total Mouthwash 4/11/2010 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
$1/1 Listerine Total Care Mouthwash 8/1/2010 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: as low as FREE

Oral B Toothbrushes
Pulsar or Manual Toothbrush (1 pk.)
prices starting at $2.99
Spend $10, Get $5 Extra Bucks (Limit 2)
B1G1 Oral-B Manual Toothbrush 8/15/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
$1/1 Oral B Toothbrushes 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
$1/1 or $1/2 Oral-B Toothbrushes 8/1/2010 P&G Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: Varies

Gillette, Secret, or Old Spice Clinical Strength – $7.49
Earn $1 Extra Bucks (Limit 2)
$4/1 Gillette Clinical Strength Deodorant 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: as low as $2.49

Conair Appliance
prices starting at $7.99
Earn $5 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: as low as $2.99

HP Inkjet Print Cartridges
Prices starting at $12.99
Save $10 wyb 2
Final Price: as low as $12.99 for two!

Sunsweet Regular or Bite Size Prunes (18 oz.) – $2.50
$1/1 Sunsweet PlumSmart or PlumSmart Light
Final Price: $1.50

Quaker Oats Instant – $2.50
$1/1 Quaker Instant 8/29/2010 RP Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
Final Price: $1.50

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Walgreens this week: 8/29 - 9/4/10

You can find a full roundup of this week's deals at Common Sense with Money (thanks, Mercedes!). I've listed the deals that I think are the best for playing The Drugstore Game this week (starter scenarios to come later), as well as the prices that are rock-bottom in my price book.

I have to admit, I haven't been to Walgreens in several weeks but I'm excited to see quite a few free items this week :)

Breath Right Nasal Strips (10 ct.), $4; Buy 1, Get $4 in Register Rewards
Use $1.50/1 Breathe Right Product, exp. 10-31-10 (RP 04/11/10)
FREE + $1.50 Money Maker after Coupon & RR

Carmex Lip Balm, $2; Buy 1, Get $2 in Register Rewards
FREE after Register Rewards

Irwin Naturals Healthy Skins Hair + Nails Supplements, $10; Buy 1, Get $10 in Register Rewards
FREE after Register Rewards

Walgreens Perfect Tampons (8 ct.), $2; Buy 1, Get $2 in Register Rewards
FREE after Register Rewards

Colgate Total Toothpaste, $2.99; Buy 1, Get $2 in Register Rewards
Use $1/1 Colgate Total Toothpaste, Fall Diabetes and You Walgreens Magazine (By Pharmacy)
FREE after Coupon and RR

Soft Soap Body Wash or Irish Spring Body Wash, 2/$7; Buy 2, Get $5 in Register Rewards
Use $1/1 Softsoap Body Wash, exp. 10-1-10 ALL YOU Sept ‘10
Use $0.75/1 Softsoap SPA Radiant Body Wash printable
As low as FREE after coupons and RR

Bayer Aspirin, $1.50 with In Ad Coupon
Use $1/1 Bayer Aspirin printable or
Use $1/1 Bayer Aspirin, exp. 9-30-10 (RP 06/27/10) or
Use $1/1 Bayer Aspirin or Heart Health Advantage, exp. 10-31 (RP 8/1/10)
Pay $0.50 each after coupon

Nabisco Oreo, Ritz, or Chips Ahoy! Snack Packs, $0.79
Use $1/2 Nabisco Printable Coupon
Pay $0.29 each after coupon

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Morning Coffee: More Ralphs deals

Organic Deals & Coupons has some organic match ups at Ralphs.

Next Friday (9/3), Whole Foods will have grass-fed ground beef at $3.99/lb. I don't see anything about a limit, which means I'll be there early and quite possibly will be buying 10+ pounds :) (Via Coupon Geek.)

Growing Up Gabel shares a recipe for homemade cheese puffs as a healthy alternative to Goldfish.

If there are any August Rite Aid Video Values coupons you want, be sure to watch the video today - the coupon will be printable and valid through most of September, but tomorrow, September's videos will become available. There's a $1/1 Coke 12-pack Video Values coupon that goes well with the 3/$9.99 sale that started yesterday here in California and starts Monday everywhere else.

Get a printable coupon for B1G1 free Butterfinger Snackerz via Facebook.

The 4.5 oz containers of Emerald nuts are still on sale for $1 at CVS this week, so they're free after the $1/1 coupon from the 8/15 RP.

All Financial Matters asks a good question: How much do you share about your family's finances while teaching your kids about managing finances?


Banner via Escalate Media Affiliate Network

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Friday, August 27, 2010

One recall yesterday: Magnetic maze boards

If you think you have the following item(s), click through to the CPSC press release for more details:

Magnetic Maze Boards Recalled by Lakeshore Learning Materials Due to Choking, Intestinal and Aspiration Hazards - Click through for additional photos.


Stay on top of recalls by signing up for recall notifications by email at the CPSC web site.

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Review & Giveaway: Joe's Crab Shack

I'd never heard of Joe's Crab Shack before the folks there asked me if I wanted to try their food. They sent me a $25 gift card and the boys and I headed down to the one in Redondo Beach. That location is right on the water, with a fabulous outdoor seating area that has a view of the ocean. There's also a beach park just down the street, so you can relax on the sand before or after your meal.

Joe's Crab Shack has a great kid's menu - in addition to standard kid fare like mac & cheese and chicken tenders, they also have shrimp (grilled or popcorn) and fish sticks (which looked freshly battered and fried). If you have a really adventurous child, they might go for the snow crab or even the steampot (snow crab, shrimp and sausage). The kids' food got a thumbs up from both boys.

There are many reasonably-priced items on the adult menu (the crab cake sliders sounded particularly delicious), but I have to admit to a little sticker shock at the price of the "specialty" items like the crab buckets and steampots. Maybe I just haven't been eating out enough, but most were well over $20 each. Despite the cost, I figured that I might as well get the full experience, and ordered crab legs. And there was a lot of food, enough for a large man and way too much for me. The crab was delicious, though I found the steamed potato to be overly mushy.

I loved the little touches, like the trash bucket built into the table for discarded shells. The roll of paper towels in lieu of napkins may be a little, er, rustic, but it is utterly practical. And I always appreciate places that provide crayons and activity place mats for the kids.

Joe's Crab Shack is in that weird category of not being fine dining by any means, but being too expensive for a quick and casual dinner. If you like seafood, and especially if you like getting your hands dirty while eating it (which I definitely do), I highly recommend it as an "affordable splurge."

The folks at Joe's Crab Shack want to make it more affordable for two lucky CFO readers, who will each win a $25 Joe's Crab Shack gift card.

To enter, visit Joe's Crab Shack and tell me which location you would go to in the form below. This entry is mandatory and must be completed before the additional entries below. (If you're having trouble, you can go directly to the published form.)

For a second entry, subscribe to CFO via RSS or email and fill out the form again to let me know you've done so. You'll get the latest on CFO delivered right to your favorite feed aggregator or inbox. If you're already a subscriber, just fill out the form to let me know (and thanks!).

For a third entry, follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Then fill out the form to let me know you've done so (include the link to your update).

For a fourth entry, blog about the giveaway on your own blog. Then let me know about it by filling out the form again with the link to your post.

You can enter up to four times (one for each type), and you must complete the form once per entry. Only one entry of each type per email address will be counted. I'll select the winners using Random.org and announce them here on CFO as well as contact them by email. Winners must respond within 24 hours, otherwise their prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends at 9:00 p.m. PDT on September 3, 2010, and is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!


Disclosure: Joe's Crab Shack provided me with a gift card for this review. All opinions are my own. Read the full CFO disclosure policy for more information.

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Morning Coffee: Happy Mega Swag Bucks Day!

Search & WinSwag Bucks is by far my favorite way to earn free money, so I love Fridays, when there's an increased chance of winning big Swag Bucks. Plus, get a daily Swag Buck by taking the Daily Poll, and another daily Swag Buck for using their toolbar. Disclosure: If you join Swag Bucks using my referral link, I'll get bonus Swag Bucks, so thank you if you do!

Coupons Inc.There are more new coupons at Coupons.com, including $1/1 Dropps laundry detergent, $1/1 People's Country Special Magazine, and $1/1 DiGiorno Deep Dish Pizza. Links via Logical Media

Get a free downloadof Digital Scrapbook Artist software at Amazon ($49.99 value). You can choose to download it immediately or to download it later.

Wow! Walgreens finally came out with an official coupon policy yesterday. You may want to keep it with your coupons so you can whip it out if you come up against a difficult cashier or manager.

And, you can get a sneak peek at next week's Walgreens ad.

Get a printable coupon for Buy One, Get One Free 10 oz. Kikkoman product (Smart Source coupon that prints directly when you click the link). (Via Coupon Geek.)

Get a sneak peek at next week's Staples ad, which features 1-cent glue and pens.

Keep an eye out for an email from Shutterfly - I got one yesterday with a free photo book offer. It's the kind of code that only works with accounts that get the email, and I wish I knew how they decide who gets what email - in the past, I've haven't gotten emails with great offers like this one. My offer expires 9/1. (The code is 8PBA91, if you want to give it a try.)

Upromise has added Rite Aid's Wellness+ card to their list of store loyalty cards that you can connect to your Upromise account. That means you can use Upromise e-coupons at Rite Aid - the value of the coupon will be added to your Upromise account rather than deducted from your purchase total.

Walmart prices vary by region, but one A Full Cup user reports that you may be able to find Keebler snack pack crackers for 50 cents. They'll be free after the $1/2 Keebler Sandwich Crackers 8 ct or larger coupon from the 8/1 RP.


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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Two recall yesterday: Bottle Warmers & Hammocks

If you think you have the following item(s), click through to the CPSC press release for more details:

Williams-Sonoma Recalls Baby Bottle Warmers Due to Burn Hazard


Baby Hammocks Recalled by MamaLittleHelper Due to Suffocation Hazard - Click through for an additional photo.


Stay on top of recalls by signing up for recall notifications by email at the CPSC web site.

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Morning Coffee: New coupons at Cellfire & Coupons.com

There are new coupons up at Cellfire.com. Load them onto your shopper's card so you don't forget them :) Links via Escalate Media Affiliate Network

Coupons Inc.There are also new coupons at Coupons.com, including $1/2 Oscar Mayer hot dogs and $2/1 Hormel Party Tray. Links via Logical Media

Right now, you can get a two-year subscription for the price of one year to selected magazines at Amazon.Among the magazines included in the deal are Seventeen ($10), Forbes ($29.99), Parenting ($9.97), and Working Mother ($9.97). Disclosure: I'm an Amazon affiliate, so any purchase you make after entering Amazon through a link on Chief Family Officer supports this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you!

Download 16 iTunes songs for free courtesy of Spin Magazine.

Facebook likers of Ball Park Franks can get a printable coupon for $2/1 any Ball Park hot dogs.

Tia's Saving Cents has this week's SoCal and Nevada Albertons match ups.

Get a free sample of or printable coupon for Aveeno Nourish+.

Facebook likers of Veet can get a printable coupon $3/1 Veet product. (Via Free Snatcher.)

Get a printable coupon for $1.50/1 Glade Automatic Spray Refill.

Get a printable coupon for $1/2 Hefty One Zip Bags. (Via Coupon Geek.)

An A Full Cup user has managed to get media attention to a common coupon issue at Target, where the register deducts less than the face value of the coupon. The TV station even did a follow up story to report that Target hadn't fixed the problem after saying they would. Common Sense with Money explains that what happens is Target's register is programmed to adjust the value of a coupon down if it would give overage, i.e., more than the value of the item purchased, but that it is making the adjustment to coupons that require the purchase of more than one item. So for example if you are using a $1/2 coupon on two items that cost 75 cents each, the register will adjust the coupon to deduct only 75 cents (the cost of one item) instead of the full $1. Keep an eye on your receipt, and since complaining to Target apparently doesn't work, you may want to contact your state's attorney general. The Minnesota Attorney General, at least, is aware of the issue and wants to hear from customers who've had this experience at Target.


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Midday Coffee

Colgate SmileTalkJoin Colgate SmileTalk and get access to over $8 in coupons. Links via MySavings.com

Christian Clippers has this week's Stater Bros. deals.

The drugstores are competing for the chance to administer your flu shot this year. Rite Aid is offering $100 in coupons and 25 Wellness+ points to card holders. They charge $24.99 for a shot. CVS is offering a 10% off savings pass through October 31. They don't say how much a shot costs. I imagine Walgreens will be offering some kind of incentive soon.

Get a printable coupon for $1 off Children's Advil.

Facebook likers of Walgreens can get a free photo book today (pay $2.99 shipping).

Get a coupon by mail for $3/1 Olay moisturizer. You'll have to fill out a survey to complete your request (must answer all questions).

Get 25 free points at Pampers Gifts to Grow with the following codes: CAREFORNEWBORNS (10 points), GTGCOUPONPOINTS (10 points), and GTG5FREEPTS0810 (5 points).


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Ralphs: 8/25 - 8/31/10

Note: This summary of deals is based on the ad I get in Los Angeles, where Ralphs stores double coupons up to $1 (one like coupon per transaction). I don't list all of the deals, only the good ones. If I missed any, please let us all know in the comments. You'll need a Ralphs Rewards card to get most of these deals, so I use the Rewards card price in this post and assume you have your card scanned with each transaction. In addition to the coupons listed, you can also add electronic coupons to your Ralphs Rewards card at these sites: Shortcuts.com, Cellfire.com, Softcoin and Upromise. I don't print every coupon listed, so please verify amounts and quantities listed. If you give Ralphs your email address, they may also send you emails with e-coupons that are exclusive to your card. And if you bring reuseable bags, Ralphs will give you 5 Rewards points for each bag used (though you may need to remind the cashier).

The Mega sale is over, but there are still some good buys this week. One deal is Buy 4 Lean Cuisine Entrees at 4/$10 and get a free Lean Cuisine Market Creations.

Coupon Deals
Avocados 50 cents each
$1/2 or $1.50/4 printable (no longer available)
Pay: ss low as FREE

Nabisco Snack Crackers $1.88
75 cents/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers from 8/8 SS
$1/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers printable
Pay: $1.38 each wyb 2

Hostess Snack Cakes $1.99
45 cents/1 Hostess Snacks printable (email required)
Pay: $1.09

General Mills cereal $1.98, selected varieties and sizes (Cocoa Puffs, Cheerios and Trix pictured)
$1/2 General Mills Cereals any two cereals listed from 7/18 SS (exp 8/28) or 8/22 SS
$1/3 General Mills Cereals any three listed from 8/8 GM
$1.50/2 General Mills Big G Kids Cereal printable
$1/2 General Mills Cereals listed printable
75 cents/1 Multigrain Cheerios printable here or here
55 cents/1 Cocoa Puffs printable here or here
Pay: as low as 98 cents

Chef Boyardee Pasta $1
35 cents/3 Chef Boyardee microwave pasta or can from 8/15 SS
Pay: 77 cents each wyb 3

Arm & Hammer Liquid Detergent $2.99
$1/2 Arm & Hammer Laundry products any from 7/18 SS
$1/2 Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent printable (registration required)
Pay: $2.49

Jimmy Sausage or Bacon $3.49
$1/1 Jimmy Dean product printable via Facebook
Pay: $2.49

Bic Cristal Pens $1
$1/2 Bic Stationery Product printable
$1/2 Bic Stationery Product from 8/1 SS
Pay: 50 cents each wyb 2
Note: Other school supplies are also $1

Better Oats Revolution! Oatmeal $1
B1G1 free printable via Facebook
Pay: 50 cents each wyb 2

Country Crock Spread $1
40 cents/1 Shedd's Country Crock Product printable (FF or IE)
40 cents/1 Country Crock Spread printable
Pay: 20 cents

Palmolive Liquid Dish Detergent $1
25 cents/1 printable
Pay: 50 cents

Renuzit Adjustables $1
55 cents/3 Renuzit Adjustables Air Freshener $.55 Off 1 Multipack or 3 Singles from 7/25 or 8/15 RP
Pay: 67 cents each wyb 3

Michelina's Entree $1
$1/5 printable
Final price: 80 cents each when you buy 5

Dole Salad Blends
75 cents/1 printable
Pay: $1.50

Horizon Organic Milk 1/2 gal. $3.50
$1/3 Horizon products (excluding single serves) from 8/8 SS
Pay: $3.17 each wyb 3

Stonyfield Farm Organic Yogurt Cups 69 cents
50 cents/3 Stonyfield Organic Yogurt 6 oz cups printable (registration required)
Pay: 35 cents each wyb 3

Other Deals
Fresh Foster Farms Chicken 50% off

Beef Backribs $1.69/lb

Pork Spareribs $1.99/lb

Private Selection Italian Sausage $2.99/lb

Pork Picnic Roast $1.49/lb

Tomatoes on the Vine 88 cents/lb

Yellow Peaches $99 cents/lb

Bartlett Pears 99 cents/lb

Black Seedless Grapes $1.99/lb

Honeydew or Orange Flesh Melons 79 cents/lb

Sweet Yellow Onions $1.50/lb

Organic Plumbs $2/lb

Organic Nectarines $2/lb

Ralphs Milk 1/2 gal. $1.50

Dreyer's or Private Selection Ice Cream 2/$5 (must buy 2)

2-liter Coke, Diet Coke or Coke Zero 88 cents

2-liter 7-Up or Diet 7-Up 4/$3 (must buy 4)

Oscar Mayer Lunchables 99 cents

Gatorade or Propel Fitness Water 88 cents

Ralphs Orange Juice or Simply Lemonade $1.99

Ralphs Peanut Butter $1

Van de Kamp's English Muffins $1

Kraft Mac & Cheese Dinner $1

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish $1

Tropicana Drinks $1

Streit's Noodles $1

Gold's Horseradish $1

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter Rite Aid Transaction 8/22 - 8/28/10

If you're new to playing The Drugstore Game, these transactions should help you get started. If you don't understand the transactions, read my Drugstore Game Primer, Common Sense with Money's FAQ, and my explanation of How to Play The Drugstore Game at Rite Aid.

You'll find a list of this week's Rite Aid deals here.

1 Chestal Honey Cough Syrup, $7.99
1 Salonpas Pain Relief Patch, $5.49
1 Cramp 911 or Stopain Pain Reliever, $6.99
1 Tone Body Wash, $2.99
1 Listerine, $3.99

- $5 off $25 purchase coupon from Rite Aid Video Values
- $1.50/1 Chestal Children’s Product 1/24/2010 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2011)
- $1/1 Tone Body Wash (IE) or Printable (FF)
- $2/1 Listerine Zero

Pay: $17.45 + tax
Receive: $7 SCR for Chestal, $5.49 SCR for Salonpas, $6.99 SCR for Cramp 911 or Stopain, $2 SCR for Tone, $2 +UP for Listerine
Submit for: $2 Salonpas mail in rebate
Total profit: $8.03

The out of pocket expense on this transaction is high if you don't have any +UP rewards from previous weeks to use, but there are a lot of free-after-SCR products this week that will result in profit when combined with the $5/$25 coupon.

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Morning Coffee: Free Museum Day is September 25

The annual Free Museum Day is September 25 this year. Click through to see what museums in your area are participating. My family has gone the last couple of years to the Skirball Cultural Center, because Free Museum Day includes (or at least, it has) admission to the Noah's Ark exhibit.

Common Sense with Money reports that the limit on the Crest deal at CVS is actually 10, not the 2 listed on the ad.

Get printable coupons for Goya products. (Via Moms Need to Know.)

Freebies 4 Mom reports that you can get a free photo book from Walgreens tomorrow (8/25), though you'll have to pay $2.99 shipping.

Growing Up Gabel shares a recipe for Tomato Bisque Soup.

Get a free sample of Hottie Biscotti.

Get a free download of a 9-song country sampler from People magazine.

Facebook "likers" of Musselman's can get a printable coupon for $1/1 4 or 6-pack of applesauce.

Life as Mom shares a few practical tips on starting kindergarten, courtesy of JessieLeigh.

And finally, a quick reminder about MyPoints, the portal through which I try to print coupons, because I can earn free gift cards - you can learn more about the site here.
MyPoints
Links via MySavings.com

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Monday, August 23, 2010

The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter Walgreens Transactions 8/22 - 8/28/10

If you're new to playing The Drugstore Game, these transactions should help you get started. If you don't understand the transactions, read my Drugstore Game Primer, Common Sense with Money's FAQ, and my explanation of How to Play The Drugstore Game at Walgreens.

Transaction #1:
2 Kellogg's cereal 2/$5
1 Listerine Zero $2.99

- $1.50/2 Kellogg’s Froot Loops, Apple Jacks or Corn Pops printable
- $2/1 Listerine Zero printable
- $1/1 from Walgreens August IVC Coupon Book

Pay: $3.49 + tax
Receive: $2 RR for Kellogg's


Transaction #2:
3 Crest 3D toothpaste 3/$9
1 filler, e.g., memo pad 17 cents with in-ad coupon

- 3 x $1/1 Crest Toothpaste 4 oz+ from 8/1 P&G (regional; you may have 75 cents/1)
- $2 RR from previous transaction

Pay: $4.17 + tax
Receive: $4 RR

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Morning Coffee: Hot new coupons

Coupons Inc.Coupons.com has new printable coupons, including $1/2 Ziploc bags, 75 cents/1 Dole salads, and 55 cents/1 Frigo Cheese Heads. You can use the $1/2 Bic Stationery products coupon to get 2 free packages of Bic Brite Liner Highlighters, which are on sale at Staples for 50 cents each this week (although I have had coupons rejected at Staples, so YMMV). Links via Logical Media

Right now, anyone can sign up for a free VIP membership with Zappos through August 24. They have a great selection of shoes and tremendous customer service, and VIP membership gives you free overnight shipping. Their prices aren't necessarily the lowest, and I haven't been able to find a cash back portal to use with them, but I've bought my last three or four pairs of running shoes from them.

Common Sense with Money reports that there are new printable coupons for Unilever brands (like Skippy and Ragu) at Target.

All Financial Matters explains what a 401(k) or IRA hardship withdrawal is, and reports that more are being made. I believe it, since my friend said she and her husband, who lost his job a few months ago, took money out of their 401(k). JLP also explains the difference between a hardship withdrawal and a 401(k) loan, which I found helpful.

Freebies 4 Mom explains how to get a full rebate on a Dryel Starter Kit and Refill when you purchase your items at Walmart.

Get a printable coupon for a free LORAC mini lip gloss or eye primer when you get a free Express Service Makeover at Sephora inside JC Penny. Expires 9/22. (Via Freebies 4 Mom.)

The printable coupons at Betty Crocker include 75 cents/1 Muir Glen product.

Get a printable coupon for $1/2 Dixie plates (registration required). These are on sale B1G1 free this week at Walgreens.


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Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter CVS Transactions 8/22 - 8/28/10

If you're new to playing The Drugstore Game, these transactions should help you get started. If you don't understand the transactions, read my Drugstore Game Primer, Common Sense with Money's FAQ, and my explanation of How to Play The Drugstore Game at CVS.

You'll find a list of this week's CVS deals here. In these transactions, I assume that you do not have any ECBs to start with.

Transaction #1:
1 Crest ProHealth Toothpaste $3.49

- $1/1 Crest Toothpaste from 8/1 P&G

Pay: $2.49 + tax
Receive: $2.50 ECB


Transaction #2:
1 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor $9.97

- $4/1 Gillette Fusion Razor from 8/1 P&G
- $2.50 ECB from previous transaction

Pay: $3.47 + tax
Receive: $5 ECB


Transaction #3:
1 Blink Gel Tears $7.99

- $1/1 Blink Tears from 8/15 RP
- $5 ECB from previous transaction

Pay: $1.99 + tax
Receive: $7.99 ECB

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