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Saving Star Friday Freebie ~ C&H Brown Sugar, 1 Pound


SavingStar has a new Friday Freebie.  You only have until Sunday, 3/1 to buy this offer and submit for your rebate.

Saving Star Friday Freebie ~ C&H or Domino Brown Sugar, 1 pound box
FREE SavingStar eCoupon (future savings, exp. 3/1)
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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Bashas’ Arizona Grocery Deals & Coupon Match Ups ~ 2/25/15 – 3/3/15

Click the green plus signs to generate personalized shopping lists.

Bashas’ Race To Savings Event.   Enter for a chance to win $2,500 in groceries.   Just look for the tag in store.   See stores for details.

Deals with Coupons Matched:

Colgate Toothpaste (4.6)   $1.00
$0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste 02/22/2015 SS Insert (exp 3/7/15) (worth $1)
Final price:  FREE

Campbell’s Soup (10.5-11.5 oz)   99¢
$0.40/4 Campbell’s Condensed Chicken Noodle, Tomato or Cream of Mushroom Soup 02/08/2015 SS Insert (exp 4/5/15) (worth 80¢)
$0.50/5 Campbell’s Condensed Soup 01/11/2015 SS Insert (exp 3/31/15) (worth $1)
$0.40/3 Campbell’s Condensed Soup 02/08/2015 SS Insert (exp 4/5/15) (worth 80¢)
$0.50/4 Campbell’s Healthy Request Soup 02/08/2015 SS Insert (exp 4/5/15) (worth $1, if included)
$1/2 printable (Healthy Request, if included)
$1/5 printable
Final price:  As low as 49¢ each when you buy 2 if healthy requests are included

 Birdseye Steamfresh Vegetables (10.8 oz)   99¢
$1/2 printable
Final price:  49¢ each when you buy 2

Kikkoman Panko Bread Crumbs (8 oz)   $1.50 (thru 3/29)
$0.55/1 Kikkoman Product 02/01/2015 SS Insert (exp 4/30/15) (worth $1)
$0.55/1 Kikkoman Panko Bread Crumbs Box 12/07/2014 SS Insert (exp 3/31/15) (Do Not Double)
$0.55/1 Smartsource (worth $1)
Final price:  50¢

 Dole Pineapple (20 oz)   99¢
$0.50/2 Dole Canned Fruit 02/01/2015 SS Insert (exp 4/30/15) (limit 4, worth $1)
$0.50/2 printable (worth $1)
Final price:  50¢ each when you buy 2

Kleenex Tissue (70 or 85 ct )   99¢
$0.50/3 off Kleenex Boxes or (1) Bundle Pack 02/08/2015 SS Insert (exp 3/7/15) (worth $1)
$0.75/3 printable (or share with friends and get $1/3, Ultra Soft or Lotion ONLY, worth $1, if included)
Final price:  66¢ each when you buy 3

Nabisco Cookies or Crackers (3.5-15.1 oz)   $1.88 (Triscuits, Wheat Thins, Ritz and Chip Ahoy! shown)
$0.75/2 Oreo Cookies 02/01/2015 SS Insert (exp 3/21/15) (worth $1, if included)
$0.75/2 Honey Maid Grahams, Go Bites or Grahamfuls 01/25/2015 SS Insert (exp 3/14/15) (worth $1, if included)
$0.75/2 Nabsico Cookies or Crackers 01/18/2015 SS Insert (exp 2/28/15) (Do Not Double)
Final price:  As low as $1.38 each when you buy 2, depending on what is included

Mott’s Juice (6 pack, 8 oz or 64 oz)   $2.49
$1/1 Mott’s Juice or Sauce 01/11/2015 SS Insert (exp 2/28/15)
Final price:  $1.49

 Rice Krispie Treats (8 ct )   $2.00 (thru 3/10)
$1/2 printable
Final price:  $1.50 each when you buy 2

 Pagoda Egg Rolls (12.27 oz)   $2.50
$1/1 Pagoda Snack Product 01/25/2015 SS Insert (exp 4/4/15)
$1/1 Pagoda Snack Product 01/25/2015 SS Insert (exp 3/7/15)
Final price:  $1.50

Farmer John Bacon (12 oz)   $3.00
$2/2 in ad coupon
Final price:  $2.00 each when you buy 2

 Breyer’s Gelato Indulgances   $3.99 (thru 4/5)
$1/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  $2.99

  Deals without Coupons:

Yellow Onions 49¢ / lb

Small Hass Avocados 50¢

Cucumbers 50¢

Green Bell Peppers 50¢

Golden Ripe Pineapple 77¢ / lb

Iceberg Lettuce 99¢

Celery 99¢

Sanderson Farms Chicken Drumsticks, Thighs or Leg Quarters 99¢ / lb (limit 4)

Farmland Whole Pork Loin (Bone-in) 99¢ / lb (limit 1, get a FREE 5lb bag of russet potatoes with purchase)

Roma Tomatoes 99¢ / lb

Russet Potatoes (5lb bag) 99¢ (limit 4)

Food Club Pretzels (10 oz) 99¢

Kool-Aid Bursts (6pk, 6.75 oz) 99¢

Flav-R-Pac or Birdseye Frozen Vegetables (10-16 oz) 99¢

Bashas’ Sandwich Bread (20 oz) $1.29

Strawberries 15 oz. or Red Raspberries or Blackberries 6 oz $1.50 (limit 4)

Farmland Assorted Pork Chops (reg. or value pack) $1.99 / lb

Bashas’ Eggs (18 ct, Extra Large) $1.99 (limit 1 w/in ad coupon and additional $10 purchase, Friday, Saturday and Sunday ONLY)

Bashas’ Drinking Water (24 pk, 500 ml) $1.99 (limit 2)

Wild Pacific Cod Fillet $2.99 / lb (Friday, Saturday and Sunday ONLY)

Fresh Atlantic Salmon Fillets or Dressed Rainbow Trout $4.88 / lb (Friday, Saturday and Sunday ONLY)

Previous Week’s Deals:

Mahatma Yellow Saffron Long Grain Rice and Spanish Rice  (5 oz)   99¢  (thru 3/22/15)  (Thanks, Evelyn!)
$0.50/1 Mahatma or Water Maid Rice 01/25/2015 RP Insert (exp 4/30/15) (worth 99¢)
Final price:  FREE

Kikkoman Seasoning Mix (1oz)   $1.39 (reg price )
$0.55/1 Kikkoman Product 02/01/2015 SS Insert (exp 4/30/15) (worth $1)
Final price:  39¢

Puffs Tissue Cube   $1.00 (thru 3/10 ??)
$0.25/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link, worth 50¢)
Final price:  50¢





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How Does Saving Star Work? ~ Changes Coming October


I just wanted to remind everyone that changes are coming to Saving Star, starting October 1st, 2014.  There are two major parts to their change.

  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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Facebook Problems? ~ Get Bargain Believer to Show Up in Your Feed!


I’ve received quite a few emails recently, asking how to get Facebook updates from Bargain Believer to show up in your news feed.

The very best way seems to “like,” comment, and share posts regularly.  The people that do that say they see all the updates.  As a bonus, Facebook shows the posts with the most love, more often.  So, we love all of you that interact with our page!  It helps those who want to get the updates, but choose to remain quiet.

If you are opposed to that, hover over “liked” and make sure “following” is checked.  You have hope, but it doesn’t seem like much.  Most likely, you’ve already done that and nothing has changed.  :(

Lastly, you can check to “get notifications,”  which is an option under the “like” button.  Some love get notifications, some don’t.  Try it for awhile and see what you think.  You can always uncheck it later.

If Facebook won’t show you the love, there are other ways to follow.

Email - One email per day, usually around 3pm — good way to quickly look & see what you missed



You could give one of those a shot or just stalk the website page each day.

Anyone have any other insight about getting your “liked” pages to show up?


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Bashas’ Personal Thank You ~ Register & Get a Free Dozen Eggs

bashasWe haven’t posted this since March, so it’s time for a reminder . . .  :)

Go here to register for a Bashas’ Personal Thank You account and get a free dozen eggs!  The offer will be loaded to you card and the amount will come off, the next time you purchase eggs.  Note:  It sounds like it will be there, from how it’s written after you register, but you may need to sign in an “activate” the coupon, to get it loaded to your card.

Update:  They did not come off for Arnold on 9/5.  He got the Hickman’s which the UPC is coded for.  Watch your receipt and go to customer service if you need to.  (Thanks, Arnold!)

You’ll need your 12 digit Bashas’ card number.

Here’s more info about it:

  • Enjoy FREE one dozen eggs as a special Thank You from us. They will be added automatically to your Bashas’ Thank You Card
  • Receive your Personal Thank You page by email every Wednesday morning
  • View unique collection of special offers and digital coupons created especially for you
  • Browse extraordinary in-store specials not featured in our regular weekly circular


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Homeschool Convention Handout ~ Helpful Notes for Everyone!

bargain_believer_logo   So many ways to save!
Super Simple & Beyond . . .

This is the outline I used when I spoke at the homeschohol convention on Saturday, July 12th.  I’ve added links for things I can take you right to, for full information.  It should be helpful for everyone, not just people who attended the convention … hopefully!

You will be amazed how much you can save on everyday essentials and family fun!

I’ve received emails saying people have been able to quit part-time jobs, can donate extra money & other resources, have money for vacations or other fun, etc.  The savings can be BIG!!

Show up

  • Museums (many free days)
  • National Parks (free weekends)
  • Special days (National “whatever” days, store anniversaries, etc.)
  • Ask! (teacher discount?, coupons?, lowest price?)

Minimal planning

Spend $$ Up Front

  • Memberships
  • Pogo Pass ($39.98, code BARGAIN)
  • Gift card perks (gas, extra value)
  • Bulk foods (Zaycon Foods)


  • Call about monthly bills (cell phone, cable, home phone, insurance, etc)
    Republic Wireless – cell phone option
  • Buy & sell used (Craigslist, garage sales, etc.)
  • Meal plan around sales (especially meat!)

Click (Online, Apps, Mobile)


Use Sunday Inserts & Printable Coupons


Possibly the most difficult

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Make Shopping List from Mobile Device ~ You Can! (Hopefully!)


My husband recently informed me that you can make a personalized shopping list from most mobile devices, using the handy dandy green plus signs on Bargain Believer shopping lists.  (I know that some newer devices don’t have problems.)  I told him, “Nope, tried it.”  I discovered there is a slight glitch on my phone, so that’s why I didn’t know.  (I’ll explain below.)  Did you know this!?!  I’m so excited and can’t believe I didn’t know about it.

First of all, if you don’t use the green plus signs, you’re missing out.  The items are listed by price on the sale lists, but when you click on what you want, it will categorize for you — and a whole lot more than that!  You can watch this video for more details or just click around and figure it all out.

You will need to turn off the mobile view.   The green plus signs will appear and you can click away!  A new window will pop up and you’ll have to go back and forth between them.  For Gina (iphone) and my husband (Android) that’s all they had to do.

For me (iphone), nothing appears on the list after clicking the first green plus sign.  It pulls up an empty list.  I have to click back on the store’s deal list and then back to the shopping list that opened.  It magically appears and kicks it in gear for the future green plus signs I click.

This is still not ideal.  We have bigger and better plans and my husband is working on it, but this is better than nothing.  I will be using my mobile sometimes, but will still prefer using my laptop to make lists.  Using a mobile is a slower process since you have to go back and forth between windows.

All mobiles seem to have their own issues and the plus signs weren’t really designed for mobile devices.  So, this may not work for everyone.  But, give it a shot!

Some of you have probably been doing this “forever.”  But, I’m hoping it will be news for some of you — like it was for me!!  :)


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Arizona Coupon Blog (Beyond Just Coupons!) ~ Helpful Links & Info for Newcomers

Links for You . . .

If you’re new, welcome!  If you’re not, please pass this along to those who you want to help save BIG!  :)

If you ever have questions, you can comment below a post, send us and email (juli@bargainbeliever.com or gina@bargainbeliever.om), or leave a comment on the Bargain Believer Facebook page!

In addition to highlighting super discounts for places in Arizona and nationals deals, Bargain Believer covers . . .

We do the lists each week, before the new sales even start.  We also add deals that aren’t in the ad, later in the week.  Be sure to keep checking back.

You can either scroll through the website (www.BargainBeliever.com) or click the name of the store you want to shop at, on the top of the website.  That will get you the deals you want.

Make sure you click the GREEN PLUS SIGN to make your personalized shopping list!!  I like to call them “magical.”  They will categorize all your items to make your shopping easier.  You click what you want and it goes on your list.  It will categorize everything and give you other great options for making your organizing and shopping more simple.

Here’s a  video explaining the shopping list function (aka “Magical Green Plus Signs!)  Try it, you’ll like it!  :)

The other links will help you get to some of the important information.  Also, don’t forget that there is a Facebook page!  We post additional offers over there, mostly Facebook only deals and ones we think will be gone very quickly.  You can also ask questions over there.   Plus, it’s just more interactive and I love seeing your little faces and interacting with you.   :)

Here are some links for you (in no particular order) . . .

Arizona Republic Newspaper, $12 for 3 months — home delivery on Sundays & Wednesdays, cancel at end if you don’t want to pay full price

Saving Star — future savings, 100% cash back on one item every Friday, & weekly “Healthy Offer”

Checkout 51Ibotta, Shopmium — mobile apps that give you money back for certain items

Safeway JustforU – explains everything you need to know

Organizing coupons — list of categories, etc.

Pogo Pass — annual pass for family fun around the Valley — a serious good deal!!

Zaycon Foods  — for buying bulk meats, especially boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Birthday freebie list  — over 100, sign up so freebies roll in soon!

Store policies — print out policies for store you shop at

Here are some other general links to help jog your memory.

If you want the daily emails, sign up here.  (Make sure you click on the confirmation email that you’ll receive.)

Facebook or Twitter — great way to stay connected, if you’re on there a lot

If I missed something important or you have a question, just leave a comment below.  Thanks! ~ Juli


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Are We Going to Charge for Bargain Believer? No! ~ How Can You Support Us?


I’ve been asked if I will charge a fee for the upgrades/app my husband is working on.  No!  Unless there is a reason our income drops, we can afford to keep going the way we are.  Thankfully, my husband works for dinner (when I make it!) and doesn’t expect more.  :)

I pay four people to help with this site:  Gina, Susan, Cherie, Karen.   Let me assure you that none of them are getting rich and they all deserve more for what they do!  When there’s “extra,” I make money.  When there’s not, I don’t.  Thankfully, overall I do.  I have additional ideas for improvements, but they all take time.  Since I don’t have more of that precious commodity, it would mean hiring additional people to help.  I’m always afraid to take that leap since my income goes up and down and I’m not willing to lose money by running this website.  But, up to this point, it’s always worked out.

I’ve also been asked what you can do to thank us or help support the site.  First of all, by asking that or telling us how the site has helped you . . . you’ve brought a smile to my face and probably the other gals.  Thank you!  Beyond that, my basic answer is . . . . use this site and tell others about it, if you find value in it!

Something even more tangible that you can do is bookmark the Coupons.com page on the site:

Whenever you print coupons from there (or any direct link we give), I get paid.  When you type in Coupons.com and go to their site, I don’t.  From time to time, I get paid for other links I give you, but that is one of the main ways I make money and we can continue to make the site free.

Another consistent source of income is from Google ads, as you probably know.  When you see something of interest and click on it (or just come to the site), they pay me a small amount.  It adds up!

So, please use the links we provide!  Many won’t bring me any revenue, but some do.  I try very hard not to post things just because I’ll get paid for them.  In fact, I just had a IM conversation with Susan a couple days ago, hesitating to post something because it made me money.  When I make money, I often give it extra thought — just to make sure that’s not what is motivating me to publish it.  I don’t want this site to become like so many out there . . . selling you one “bargain” after another just to make a buck or two.   I’m very firm on this.

Again, this link is a great one to bookmark and use . . . it has a value to you and to all of us who work behind the scenes.  Thank you!
http://www.bargainbeliever.com/blog/coupons-com-printables/   It’s also on the top menu bar, if that’s easier.

Thank for being here and trusting us to bring you deals we find value in!

~ Juli

P.S.  My husband is slowly working on the upgrades, but there is not a target date.  It just gets a couple hours here and there, as he can find time.  The biggest change (that will probably roll out first) will be for you to be able to move from device to device, being able to work on or pull up your completed lists.  I’m very excited and can’t wait to use it myself!


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Input, Please? ~ Bargain Believer App & Upgrades Coming!


Long story short . . . My husband and I are going to be kid-less this weekend.  We were going to get away, but decided to stay home and work on Bargain Believer upgrades.  Don’t worry, we’ll throw in a movie or two and dinners out, also.  I decided I’m not cooking and will pretend we’re on vacation!   Do you think dinners out are tax deductible, as a business expense?   :)

What functionality do you want an app for Bargain Believer or the website to have, that it doesn’t already?  And/or, what do you love and not want to lose?  (I doubt there will be much disappearing, but some tweaking.  Additionally, it would help me clarify what is of the most value to you.)

Dream big!  My husband is an amazing programmer and most of the “crazy” ideas I’ve given him, he hasn’t thrown out.  :)  In fact, he’s said, “Well, why not have it do more?”  Amazing stuff . . . but some are way in the future since they’re . .  well, crazy good and crazy time consuming!  :)

The list we have is very long, but I don’t want to be missing anything simple or complex that you might be thinking of.  I won’t respond to each suggestion, but I promise to read them all and consider them.  I hope to add to the list and/or make my vision more clear, knowing that you want what we’ve already thought of.

Please comment below or over on the Bargain Believer Facebook page.

By the way . . . this will take hours and hours and hours, so I can’t promise when there will be any visible changes or anything tangible.  We might roll a few things out slowly — not sure yet!

Thanks so much for your input!!  It will really help us.  ~ Juli


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