Sunday Coupon Preview ~ 3 Coming on 10/26

If you like to peek ahead to see what coupons you should expect on Sunday, go to Sunday Coupon Preview and check it out.  It looks like we should be getting three inserts this Sunday . . . Smart Source (SS), Red Plum (RP) and Proctor & Gamble (P&G). Remember, coupons are sometimes regional, so there aren’t any guarantees what we’ll get.  However, they are usually pretty close and give you a good idea what to expect. az_republic_3_for_1 If you don’t get the Sunday coupons, you can get the Sunday and Wednesday Arizona Republic delivered for only $12 for 3 months, if you haven’t been a subscriber in the past 30 days.   I have verified that this is the best rate they currently have available.  You pay for one month, get two for free.  That works out to approximately $1 per week!  The key is that you need to cancel in three months, if you decide not to continue at full price, since it’s an autopay offer.  I’ve often called to cancel a promotional rate and they’ve extended it, but no guarantees on that.

Did you know you could a free 6 month subscription?  They sometimes have coupon inserts in them.  Head over here and sign up.  You’ll probably have to do a survey or two, but it won’t take more than 10 minutes or so of your time.  Then, you can get select the Wall Street Journal as your reward.  It also sometimes has inserts mid-week.  It’s always a nice surprise.

My favorite that we should get on Sunday are:

Speed Stick Lady, Teen or Men’s   $1.00 (thru 10/28)   AT FRY’S
$1/2 Speed Stick Lady 10/26/2014 SS Insert (exp 11/15/14) (future, if we get it)
$1/2 Speed Stick Mens 10/26/2014 SS Insert (exp 11/16/14) (future, if we get it)
Final price:  50¢ each when you buy 2

Speed Stick Gear Deodorant   $3.99   AT CVS
$1.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$2/1 Speed Stick Gear or Body Spray 10/26/2014 SS Insert (exp 11/16/14) (future, if we get it)
B1G1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  As low as 99¢ (after ECB factored in)

Softsoap Body Wash (15-18 oz)   $2.99   AT CVS
$1.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$1/1 Softsoap Body Wash 10/26/2014 SS Insert (exp 11/15/14) (future, if we get it)
Final price:  99¢ (after ECB factored in)

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Bashas’ ~ Halloween Party in Store Saturday, Oct. 25th

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Head to Bashas’ on Saturday, October 25th, from 10am – 2pm for a Halloween party.

Here’s what it will include:

  • Trick-or-Treating in the store
  • Free cookies & apple cider
  • $3 to decorate taffy apple
  • $5 to decorate 8″ single layer cake

This was on the Bashas’ Facebook page a few days ago, so it should be at all locations.

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Walgreens Deals ~ 10/26/14 – 11/1/14 ~ Preview

Preview . . . . Preview . . . . Preview . . . Preview . . . . Preview . . . . Sale starts Sunday!

Final price is after you calculate future savings with Register Rewards (RR) — read rules!

Click the green plus signs to generate personalized shopping lists.

In-ad coupon on p. 16 or digital: Earn 50 points per $1 spent on Health & Wellness products / 100 points per $1 when you buy the Well At Walgreens brand thru 11/1/14

This will include all healthcare & wellness items such as: allergy, antacid, diet pills and supplements, eye care, feminine health, sleep aids, etc. Click here to view the items included and excluded. Points cannot be earned where store credit or redemption dollars are used or on certain items (i.e. current Balance Rewards Points). Click the green plus sign to add it to your list.

Buy Two / Get Third Free on hair care, first aid, skin care, and more (thru 11/1)

**You cannot use a coupon on the third item. Here are the details listed next to the hair care:
Card required for promotional pricing. Third item free must be of equal or lesser price. Excludes LOOK boutique and select premium brands, men’s hair color and grooming products. Promo is not valid across categories. Mix & match offer is only valid for products within the specific category listed. Sale pricing not available for all stores and only while supplies last. Rain checks are not available. Right reserved to limit all quantities on all items.

Deals that also make good filler items if you have too many RR since no manufacturer’s coupon needed:

Hunt’s Tomato Sauce or Van Camp’s Pork & Beans (8 oz / 15 oz) 33¢ (limit 3 w/ ad coupon on p. 3 or digital)

Russell Stover Halloween Candy (1 o 1.25 oz) 39¢

Fancy Feat Cat Food (3 oz cans) 50¢ (limit 10 w/ ad coupon on p. 2 or digital)

Sunny Smile Paper Towel or Big Roll Bath Tissue (single roll) 2 / $1.00 or 69¢ each (limit 10)

Nice! Sparkling Water (17 oz) 50¢ (limit 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 4 or digital)

Mushrooms or Nice! Mandarin Oranges (4 oz / 11 oz) 69¢ (limit 3 w/ ad coupon on p. 2 or digital)

Swanson Chicken Broth or Campbell’s Chicken or Tomato Soup 79¢ (limit 3 w/ ad coupon on p. 3 or digital)

Kraft Mac & Cheese or Easy Mac or Velveeta Cups 89¢

Brach’s Autumn Candy (4.2 or 5 oz) 89¢

Dean’s French Onion Dip (8 oz) 99¢

Palmolive Dish Liquid (10 oz) 99¢

Nice! Sandwich or Snack Bags, Freezer or Storage Bags, Fold & Close Bags (50 pk / 15-25 pk / 150 pk) 99¢

Glow Sticks 99¢

7UP, A&W, Sunkist, Canada Dry, Hawaiian Punch (2L) $1.00 (limit 3)

Xtra Liquid Laundry Detergent (30 loads) $1.49

Pumpkins (10 – 14 lbs) 2 / $8.00 or $4.99 each

 

Colgate Toothpaste (3.5 – 6 oz, select varieties)   $3.50
$3.00 RR when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are RR?)
$1/1 Coupons.com (gone, use if printed)
$0.75/1 printable (Enamel or Total)
$0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste 10/26/2014 (SS Insert) (exp 11/8/14)
Final price:  50¢ MONEYMAKER (after RR factored in)

Colgate Total Advanced Mouthwash or 360 Clean, Max White or Fresh or Slim Soft toothbrush (16.9 oz / single)   2 / $6.00 or $3.29 each
$3.00 RR when you buy 2 (limit 1, What are RR?)
$0.75/1 printable (Mouthwash)
Final price:  75¢ each when you buy 2 (after RR factored in)

L’Oreal Advanced Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styler (12.6 oz / select stylers)   2 / $7.98 or $4.49 each
$1/1 Walgreens monthly store digital (quick find = “Monthly Saving Book” or in booklet at front of store, use w/ coupon below, future, if we get it)
$3/2 L’Oreal Advanced Shampoo, Conditioner, Treatment, Hairstyle 10/26/2014 RP Insert (exp 11/22/14)
Final price:  $1.49 each when you buy 2

Lipton Tea Bags or K-Cups (22 to 100 pack or 26.1 oz / 12 pack)   $2.99 / $5.99
$1/1 Coupons.com (Black Tea Carton, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$2/1 Coupons.com (K-Cups, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/1 printable (Black Tea Carton)
Final price:  As low as $1.99

Capri Sun (10 pack)   2 / $4.00 or $2.49 each
2,000 points when you buy 2 (What are Pts?)
Final price:  $2.00 each when you buy 2 plus 2,000 points

Pantene Shampoo/Conditioner or Styling Product (12.6 or 16.9 oz)   2 / $8.00 or $4.49 each
5,000 points when you spend $20.00 (What are Pts?)
$1/1 Coupons.com (Styling, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/1 Coupons.com (Shampoo/Conditioner, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$2/2 Coupons.com (Shampoo/Conditioner, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
FREE Pantene Conditioner or Styler wyb Pantene Shampoo 10/26/2014 P&G Insert (exp 11/9/14) (future, if we get it)
$2/1 Pantene Styler or Treatment 10/26/2014 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/14) (future, if we get it)
$5/3 Pantene Product 09/28/2014 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/14)
$3/2 Pantene Product 09/14/2014 SS Insert (exp 10/31/14)
$2/1 Pantene Styler or Treatment 09/14/2014 SS Insert (exp 10/31/14)
$2/2 Pantene Products 09/28/2014 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/14)
$2/1 Pantene Styler or Treatment Product 09/28/2014 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/14)
Final price:  As low as $2.00 each when you buy 2 plus possible 5,000 points

Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee (12 oz)   $5.99
$1.50/1 Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee 09/28/2014 RP Insert (exp 10/26/14)
Final price:  $4.49

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+ Remember, final price is after you calculate future savings with Register Rewards (RR).
+ Learn more about “points” and Walgreens Balance Rewards.

+ View your local Walgreen’s ad I don’t highlight all deals,  just what I think are the best.
+ You can use a Walgreens coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon for the same item.
+ Most locations give military 15% off regular items and 20% off Walgreens brands every Tuesday, some restrictions.
+ Multiple manufacturers’ coupons are listed, but you can only use one for each product purchased

+ Coupon policy here.
+ If you want to know what abbreviations mean, go HERE.
+ Coupons listed without a link are from previous coupon inserts in the AZ Republic.
+ Get coupons in the Arizona Republic for $1 per week (3 months, then cancel or pay full) HERE!  (Wed. & Sun. delivery)

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Saving Star Friday Freebie ~ Cadbury Screme Egg

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SavingStar has a new Friday Freebie for one Cadbury Screme Egg .  You only have until Sunday, 10/26 to buy this offer.

Saving Star Friday Freebie ~ Cadbury Screme Egg
FREE SavingStar eCoupon (future savings, exp. 10/26)
Final price:  FREE after full rebate, cash out when hit $5 (see note below for changes to Saving Star)

UPDATE:  As of October 1, Saving Star has made some changes.  If you shop at Bashas’, Albertsons or CVS, you will still use your loyalty or Upromise card to get the savings.  If you shop at Fry’s, Safeway, Walmart, Target, Kmart, Costco, Sams Club, Walgreens, Dollar General, Family Dollar and Winco, you need to sign up and then download their mobile app.  You will need to take a picture of your receipt with and submit it for the savings.

If you don’t know what it is, full details are here.

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FREE Quaker Protein Instant Oatmeal at Fry’s w/ Printable Coupon

quaker_protein(Thanks for the pic, Nicol!)

Nicol found us a freebie at Fry’s.  Hooray!  Freebies at Fry’s are more rare, now that they stopped raising the value of our coupons.  :(

Quaker Protein Instant Oatmeal   $2.00 (thru at least 10/28, will update ending date) (Thanks, Nicol!)   NEW
$2/1 printable (click on picture, don’t worry about state, zip, etc.)
Final price:  FREE

See the full Fry’s list here.

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CVS Deals ~ 10/26/14 – 11/1/14 ~ Preview

Preview . . . . Preview . . . . Preview . . . Preview . . . . Preview . . . . Sale starts Sunday!

Final price is after you calculate future savings with Extra Care Bucks (ECB).

This is just a preview that I do listing what coupons databases say will be in the paper and they aren’t always 100% correct.  I usually make needed adjustments by late Sunday afternoon, so it’s best to come back to look over the final list if you shop later in the week.

Scan your CVS Card at the Coupon Center (red machine at front of store) for a $4/$12 purchase of any cosmetics.

Click the green plus signs to generate personalized shopping lists.

Pepsi, 2 Liter or Kickstart, 16 oz   99¢ (limit 4)
$0.24/1 when you scan your CVS card at the coupon center (red machine at front of store, limit 1)
Final price:  74¢

Bumble Bee Chink White Tuna in Water (5 oz) 88¢ (limit 12)
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Speed Stick Gear Deodorant   $3.99
$1.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$2/1 Speed Stick Gear or Body Spray 10/26/2014 SS Insert (exp 11/16/14) (future, if we get it)
B1G1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  As low as 99¢ (after ECB factored in)

Renu Fresh or Sensitive Solution (12 oz)   $7.99
$5.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$2/1 printable
Final price:  99¢ (after ECB factored in)

Softsoap Body Wash (15-18 oz)   $2.99
$1.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$1/1 Softsoap Body Wash 10/26/2014 SS Insert (exp 11/15/14) (future, if we get it)
Final price:  99¢ (after ECB factored in)

Band Aid Decorative (20-25 count)   $3.49 (Ad shows Princess and Frozen bandages! FUN!)
$2.50 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
Final price:  99¢ (after ECB factored in)

Nivea Lip Care   2 / $5.00
$3/2 Nivea Lip Care 10/26/2014 RP Insert (exp 11/9/14) (future, if we get it)
Final price:  $1.00 each when you buy 2

Twizzlers, Mars, Neslte or Hershey’s Candy (fun and snack size bags)  $1.88
$1.50/3 Twizzlers or Jolly Rancher Snack Size Bags 10/19/2014 SS Insert (exp 10/31/14)
$1.60/2 Coupons.com (Twizzler, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1.50/3 Mars Fun Size Bags 09/14/2014 RP Insert (exp 10/31/14)
$1.50/3 Mars Fun Size Bags 10/05/2014 RP Insert (exp 10/31/14)
$1/2 Starburst, Skittles, Life Savers Fun Size Bags 09/14/2014 RP Insert (exp 10/31/14)
$1/2 Smartsource (Mars)
$1/2 Coupons.com (Mars, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/2 Nestle Halloween Candy Fun Size Bag 10/12/2014 RP Insert (exp 10/31/14)
$1.50/3 Hershey’s Reese’s, Kit Kat, Hershey’s, York, Almond Joy, Mounds, Payday, Milk Duds or Whoppers Snack Size Bags 10/19/2014 SS Insert (exp 10/31/14)
$1.10/2 Coupons.com (Hershey’s, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/1 Snap Groupon app (future savings, cash out when you hit $20)
Final price:  As low as $1.08 each when you buy 2 + possible Snap cash back

General Mills Cereal (10.6-14.1 oz)   $2.33  (Honey Nut and Orig. Cheerios shown)
$1.00 ECB when you buy 3 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$1/3 General Mills Cereal 10/26/2014 SS Insert (exp 12/6/14) (future, if we get it)
$1/2 General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Honey Nut Cheerios 09/21/2014 SS Insert (exp 11/1/14)
$0.50/1 Cheerios Original Cereal 09/28/2014 SS Insert (exp 11/8/14)
$1/2 General Mills Big G Cereals 09/21/2014 SS Insert (exp 11/1/14)
$1/3 Coupons.com (use zip 85225 if not in yours)
$0.50/1 Coupons.com (Lucky Charms, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.50/1 Coupons.com (Cheerios, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.75/1 Coupons.com (Cocoa Puffs, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.75/1 Coupons.com (Kix, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link, if included)
$0.50/1 printable (Lucky Charms)
$0.50/1 printable (Cheerios)
$0.75/1 printable (Cocoa Puffs)
$0.50/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Lucky Charms, future savings)
$0.50/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Cheerios, future savings)
$0.75/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Kix, future savings)
Final price:  As low as $1.25 each when you buy 3 (after ECB factored in) (or possible future savings)

Just the Basics Water, 24 pack $2.22 (limit 3)
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CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara  $7.50
$2.00 ECB when you buy 2 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$4/$12 ANY cosmetics purchase when you scan your CVS card at the coupon center (red machine at front of store, use w/ coupons below)
$3/2 CoverGirl Eye Product 10/26/2014 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/14) (future, if we get it)
$1/1 CoverGirl Product 10/26/2014 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/14) (future, if we get it)
$2.50/1 CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara 10/12/2014 RP Insert (exp 11/30/14)
$1.50/1 Coupons.com (Lash Blast Mascara, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.50/1 Coupons.com (any, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  As low as $2.50 each when you buy 2 (after ECB factored in) (using one $2.50/1 insert coupon and one $1.50/1 printable coupon, even less if you have two $2.50/1 coupons)

L’Oreal Advanced Hair Care   $4.00
$3/2 L’Oreal Advanced Shampoo, Conditioner, Treatment, Hairstyle 10/26/2014 RP Insert (exp 11/22/14) (future, if we get it)
Final price:  $2.50 each when you buy 2
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Just The Basics Laundry Detergent (64 loads) $2.97

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Spend $25 on the following products, get $5 ECB.  Mix and match.  You need to be at $25 before your coupons.  There are more items included in this promotion.  I listed the best in the ad.  See ad/store for more details.

** Puffs Facial Tissue (48-96 count)   99¢
$5.00 ECB when you spend $25.00 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$1.50/3 Bounty, Charmin, or Puffs Product 10/12/2014 RP Insert (exp 11/30/14)
$0.75/2 Bounty, Charmin, or Puffs Product 10/12/2014 RP Insert (exp 11/30/14)
$0.25/1 Bounty, Charmin, or Puffs Product 10/12/2014 RP Insert (exp 11/30/14)
$1.50/3 Bounty, Charmin, or Puffs Product 10/26/2014 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/14) (future, if we get it)
$0.75/2 Bounty, Charmin, or Puffs Product 10/26/2014 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/14) (future, if we get it)
$0.25/1 Bounty, Charmin, or Puffs Product 10/26/2014 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/14) (future, if we get it)
Final price:  As low as 49¢ each when you buy 3 (Spend $25, get $5 ECB)

** Dawn Dishwashing Soap  (9 oz oz)  99¢
$5.00 ECB when you spend $25.00 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$0.25/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  74¢ (Spend $25, get $5 ECB)

** Tide Detergent (19-32 loads)   $5.94
$5.00 ECB when you spend $25.00 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$2/1 Tide Detergent 10/26/2014 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/14)
$3/2 Tide Detergent, Tide Boost, Tide To Go, Downy or Bounce 10/26/2014 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/14)
$2/1 Tide Detergent 09/28/2014 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/14)
$1/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  $3.94  (Spend $25, get $5 ECB)

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+ Remember, final price is after you calculate future savings with Extra Care Bucks (ECB).
+ View your local CVS ad I don’t highlight all deals,  just what I think are the best.
+ Multiple manufacturers’ coupons are listed, but you can only use one for each product purchased
+ If you want to know what abbreviations mean, go HERE.
+ Coupons listed without a link are from previous coupon inserts in the AZ Republic.
+ Get coupons in the Arizona Republic for $1 per week (3 months, then cancel or pay full) HERE!  (Wed. & Sun. delivery) _______________________________________________________________________________
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Free Redbox Rental Today

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Head over to Redbox to get a free dvd movie rental today, Thursday, 10/23.

Use promo code:  UNM8BB66

I tested it online and it worked.

I’m not sure if it will work directly at a kiosk or if it’s only online reservations.
If you find out either way, please let us know.

We’ve also heard you can use these codes up to five times on a credit card that you’ve used before and three times if it’s a new credit card.
You just need to check out separately for each one.
You can give that a try, if you want a movie marathon!

(Thanks, Free Stuff Times!)

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Additional Ways to Save With Snap, Checkout 51, Ibotta, Shopmium and Saving Star

snap

Snap is the newest phone app that you can use and get future cash back.  It’s similar to all the other money saving apps.  

  • Snap will work at any store.
  • Cash out once you reach $20 in savings.  You’ll get a check.
  • Sometimes, they will even let you get multiples of one item and get multiple savings.  The limit is listed on the offer.
  • Will work on smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.
  • Offers can disappear at any time when they reach their max.

Head to Snap to download the app or you can read more about it in their FAQ section here.

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Every Thursday, we have new Checkout 51 offers.

Are you using Checkout 51?  Here’s all the info about this program.

There are new offers every Thursday. From what I can tell, the first 3 or 4 offers are the same for everyone. After that, they may vary slightly depending upon if you redeemed an offer, etc.  Remember on the produce offers, you don’t have a minimum to buy. You can buy 1 apple or 1 banana and get the money back.

What I like about Checkout 51 is it’s good at any store. I wish they had more offers though and were more consistent. Susan got an offer for strawberries last week. I didn’t. If you don’t redeem an offer it will sometimes carry over from week to week, but there is really no way of knowing if an offer will expire Wed. night or not. I’ve had All Detergent on mine for going on a month now. That’s good and maybe not so good. If I redeemed the All, would I have maybe gotten the strawberry offer? Maybe. Maybe not. It’s still a great way to save. You can also combine this with offers on ibotta or Shompium. They are different programs.

Here’s what they say about their program:

Checkout 51 is the easiest way to save money on the brands you love! We’re currently saving over half a million Americans and Canadians money every day and have much larger plans for expansion!

All our members have to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. Browse the offers that are updated every Thursday
  2. Buy the products from any store
  3. Take a photo of your receipt to redeem your deal
  4. Get cash back!

It works on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. You don’t have to have a portable device though. You can use it with your computer and you just need to take a picture of your receipt with a camera. (Thanks, Cherie!) You have to reach $20 in savings to get payout, and they will mail a check to you. If you are a new member, the first receipt over $20 that you scan in will earn you $2 back!

So, go here to sign up and start saving today!
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ibottaIf you haven’t tried ibotta yet, you really should give it a shot. If you are loving it like we are, they just added several new offers. They also offer bonuses sometimes, like redeem the milk offer and 2 others and get an extra 50¢.

Here’s how ibotta works:

Take a look at the offers on ibotta and do the simple tasks to earn the full reward money.

When you get home, just clicked on the deals you want to redeem. The app will prompt you to take a picture of the receipt and then go to the products and scan the barcodes. Done! You’ll get a confirmation email saying it was accepted, in much less then the 24 hours they say. Money in your pocket! Easy!

If you have an iphone or android you MUST sign up for this! This is an exciting new way to save. It’s on top of coupon and sale savings!

Here’s the summary of the program:

You can download the app ibotta for your android or iphone. It also works on ipad2 and 3, I believe.

You can use it as stores like Fry’s, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, etc. (Albertsons is not included yet).

So, what is it?

Then:

  • Choose your offers before you shop or even in the store
  • Take a picture your receipt
  • Scan the UPC code of select products, with your phone
  • Once you hit $5, you can request a Paypal payment or donate to a school

Deals can vary slightly but most are the same.
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shopmium

If you like Checkout 51 and Ibotta, you may want to try Shopmium. It’s a new way to save on top of sales and coupons.

It works like this:

  • Choose an offer in the list and find it in your regular store. They list stores that have it, but any store that has a computer generated receipt works (which is pretty much everywhere now a days.)
  • Buy the product and keep your receipt.
  • Ask for your refund by scanning the barcode and take a picture of your receipt.
  • Receive your refund via paypal or bank transfer or give to charity!

That’s it. Some perks of Shopmium is that you don’t have a minimum cash out value. I just redeemed two offers and they went straight to my paypal account! I love that I don’t have a $5 or $20 minimum to payout. If I don’t like it or don’t like the offers they have, I’ve lost nothing.

It works on iPhones or Android devices.

If you’d be kind enough to enter Juli’s referral code, she’ll get $2 per new user when you redeem your first offer! You’ll also get an offer for a free Lindt Chocolate Bar when you use her referral code. Win/win! This is a small way that Juli get’s paid, so that she can pay the rest of us to keep this blog going! We’d all appreciate it.

Download the app on your phone here.
Please use referral code: GCCGAUVL

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Saving Star has made some changes recently and they are now more like the other programs above.

  1.   The savings at Fry’s will no longer be automatic.  You will need to scan your receipt to get the credit into your account, starting 10/1/14.
    Register and then you can submit receipts/UPC images online or through their app.  You will also need the product’s barcode.

And, there are a bunch of retailers added, that will take scanned receipts.

  1.   The Arizona stores that participate are Fry’s, Safeway, Bashas, Food City, Albertsons, Walgreens, CVS, Target, Kmart, Dollar General, Family Dollar, WinCo, Costco, & Sam’s Club.  There’s a complete list here.

Here’s the general information, if you haven’t used Saving Star before.

With SavingStar, you can save eCoupons to your grocery store loyalty cards or to your Saving Star account and get credited when you swipe your card at checkout or when you submit your receipt online or through their app.  The savings doesn’t come off at the register, it gets credited to your SavingStar account, within a week or two.  (Their official time is 2 – 22 days. )  If you scan your receipt, you have until three days after the offer expires.  You can request your payment via Paypal, bank deposit, or gift card when you reach $5.

The only “automatic” stores in Arizona are CVS and Bashas’.  You will enter the store’s loyalty card number once and savings will trigger whenever you use your card and buy the specified products.

There is a “Healthy Offer of the Week.”  Every Tuesday a new coupon is available to load for fresh produce.

They also have one item each Friday that you’ll get 100% cash back!  You have through Sunday to make your purchase.

The Arizona stores that participate are Fry’s, Safeway, Bashas, Albertsons, Walgreens, CVS, Target, Kmart, Dollar General, Family Dollar, WinCo, Costco, & Sam’s Club.

Before the receipt scanning was needed, I just loaded everything and considered anything I received a bonus.  Now, it will take more effort and planning.  It will be easiest to head to CVS or Bashas’ for the Friday freebie, if that’s convenient and you need other items there.

Saving Star savings is not meant to be combined with paper coupons.  Here’s their official statement on that:

SavingStar eCoupons will work whether or not you combine them with other services’ coupons, but they are not intended to be used this way.  Generally, manufacturers state that it is against their policies for shoppers to redeem more than one manufacturer’s coupon for the same purchase.  Using in-store coupons in combination with SavingStar eCoupons is not a problem.  In the future, we may implement mechanisms to limit the combination of SavingStar eCoupons with other manufacturer coupons.

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Lower Cell Phone Bill & Other Monthly Expenses ~ Possibly Just Ask! (Juli’s Cox Success Story!) :)

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I haven’t posted this for awhile.  My success this morning prompted me to do it again.  Here’s my story, if you have time to read it . .    :)

My husband has started working from home a lot.  This morning, he asked if I could call and bump our internet speed up.  I took that as a challenge to increase our speed AND pay less.  :)

I called Cox and told them I was shopping around and wanted to know the lowest rates they could offer.   I said that I felt like I was paying too much and it wasn’t very fast.  They acted like they couldn’t work with me since we don’t have cable (or want it).  Bottom line, I could bump up my speed but it would cost me $5 more per month.  I told them I was still shopping around.  Part of me was thinking $5 wasn’t bad, but I also felt like the guy wasn’t fully engaged or caring about digging deeper for rates.

I hung up and called the same number again, right away.  I gave the next guy the same spiel.  It was a short call and I’m paying just about $2 less each month, instead of paying $5 more.  That’s not a huge savings, but I’ll take an extra $7 in my pocket each month.

Gina had some significant positive results when she called around recently.  I highly recommend you do the same.

Here’s what I’ve posted before.  I’m just going to copy it . . .

Call all the places where you pay a monthly service.  Tell them you are trying to lower your monthly bills and that you’re calling around to get rates.  Tell them you want the lowest price they can give you, so you can do a comparison.  You’ll be surprised that you may get it lowered!

Beyond that, a favorite of mine is Republic WirelessTheir 3G plan that has unlimited everything is only $25 per month!!  I can’t believe what people pay for cell service.  It blows my mind.  (Their fine print says if you use more than 5GB of data in a month, they’ll slow you down.  They’ll also “forgive” you once every 6 months.”)

My husband uses their $10 per month plan and loves it.  He has unlimited calls and texting.  For that plan, you won’t have 3G, but you can connect to any wireless network.  The best part is that you can switch to the 3G (or any plan) and get a pro-rated rate, whenever you need it.   That’s true with any of their plans.  I know the $10 plan isn’t for everyone, but it also may be just what someone is looking for.  You can see their various plans by clicking “plans” on the top menu bar at this link.

Currently, I use Virgin Mobile, but I really can’t recommend them, due to several customer service issues I’ve had with them over the past two years or so.  But, they have similar pricing.  Be prepared to pay for your monetary savings in time on the phone and frustration, though.  :(

Both require you to purchase the phone, but don’t have any contracts.  (I will probably switch to Republic sometime, but I can’t rationalize paying for a new phone when mine is fairly new and works fine for what I need.)

Most of you are probably under contract now, but tuck the information away for the future.  I’ll try to remember to remind you from time to time.  :)

Note:  There are similar plans the above out there, but thee are the ones we have the most have experience with.

And . . . don’t forget to call your other monthly service providers . . . insurance, TV, home phone, internet, cell phone, energy provider (SRP or APS), newspaper, gym membership, and ??  You’ll know what they are — the ones that kill you to keep paying more than you like . . . every single month!

Note:  Kelly, reminded me . . . ask APS or SRP if you think you might qualify for a discount, due to low income.  It’s worth asking and seeing if you qualify! (Thanks, Kelly!)

Note:  As I finished this post, it hit me that I might be able to become an affiliate with Republic Wireless.  I looked and they have a program.  I just wanted you to know that I will receive a commission if you sign up with my link, but that was not my original intent in sharing this information.  I’m still amazed that I can share so many deals that I think are awesome — and get paid!  Thanks for using my links.  It helps support everyone who works hard on this site.  It’s the only way I can keep all this going — too much work for me to do alone!  Your support is appreciated!

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$1 Donation for 5 Jr. Frosty Coupons ~ Wendy’s

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Check your local Wendy’s for these treat books.  You can give them out for Halloween or keep them for yourself.

You’ll pay $1, which is donated to an adoption program they support.  In return, you’ll get five Jr. Frosty coupons.

The coupons will be good from 11/1/14 – 2/1/15.

Has anyone seen the treat books at McDonald’s this year?  I haven’t, but they might be out there.

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