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Local Arizona Groups for Saving Money & Sharing Deals ~ Join Your Area on Facebook

We have started some local Facebook groups, hoping to help save you even more!

East Valley

West Valley

North Valley

If you live, work, or play in any of these areas, request to join!

Facebook “groups” are different from regular Facebook “pages” because anyone can post and the group will see it (much more than if you post on a “page”).  The posts also show up in your feed more than a “page” does.

This will not be a repetition of what is shared on our larger Facebook Page.  (Join that, if you haven’t!  We share extras there, that don’t appear in the daily email or website.)  These new groups will focus will be on local deals.

One of the main reasons I started this website was because I was finding a bunch of super bargains.  I wanted to help people, by telling them about them.  If you feel the same way … like it’s hard to walk away from a great bargain discovery without sharing, please help contribute!  Snap a pick of a clearance deal or sale that’s too amazing to pass up.  Share posts from local businesses when they have a free/cheap day or special event.  Snap a pic of a sign in a restaurant that shows a super special.  Whatever deal you love, someone else also might!

If your area isn’t listed and you’d like to help by being an admin for the group, let me know.  We can start groups in different areas, if there are people interested.  I just can’t contribute in a huge way, since I’m not shopping in every area in the state.  I’d feel better if there was someone who felt some ownership over the group and wanted to see it succeed.

Mostly, the admins just make sure everyone stays nice and spam stays out of the group.  It’s great if admins can post what they find and get things going, but the fate of the group is really up to all the members.  If everyone contributes, it becomes a great resource for everyone.  Email me if you’re interested in helping in another area:  juli@bargainbleiever.com  (Note:  This is not a paid position.)

Hope this will be a great local resource for everyone!


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Bashas’ Arizona Grocery Deals & Coupon Match Ups ~ 2/21/18 – 2/27/18

Great deals this week: Maruchan noodles 17¢, Yoplait 29¢ and New York Strip steak $3.97/lb.

♥ ♥ = We love this deal!  We doubt it will go much lower than this.  Stock up!
♥  = This is a great deal.  If you use this product, get it.

Click the green plus signs to generate personalized shopping lists.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday Only Sale:

Gatorade Drink or Chews or Propel Water 67¢ (limit 12, FRI – SUN only)

♥ ♥ CoffeeMate Creamer (32 oz) $1.88 (FRI – SUN only)

♥ ♥ Ground Beef, 85% Lean (value pack) $2.69/lb (limit 2, FRI – SUN only)

Folgers Coffee (24-30 oz) $6.77 (limit 4, FRI – SUN only)

Blue Moon, Shock Top or Samuel Adams (12 pack) $12.99 (FRI – SUN only)

Deals with Coupons Matched:

♥ ♥ Chobani Yogurt Snack, Greek Yogurt, Greek Yogurt Drink or Smooth
FREE Chobani Yogurt Snack, Greek Yogurt, Greek Yogurt Drink or Smooth 02/11/2018 SS Insert (exp 3/4/18)
Final price:  FREE

♥ ♥ Maruchan Bowls or Yakisoba Noodles   50¢
$1/3 Maruchan Bowls 01/21/2018 SS Insert (exp 3/31/18)
$1/3 Maruchan Yakisoba 01/21/2018 SS Insert (exp 3/31/18)
Final price:  17¢ each when you buy 3

♥ ♥ Yoplait Yogurt Cups (4-6 oz)   39¢ (limit 10)
$1/10 Yoplait Yogurt Cups 01/14/2018 SS Insert (exp 3/10/18)
Final price:  29¢ each when you buy 10

♥ ♥ Campbell’s Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup (10 oz)   69¢ (limit 6)
40¢/4 Campbell’s Condensed Soups 01/07/2018 SS Insert (exp 3/7/18) (worth 80¢)
Final price:  49¢ each when you buy 4

♥ ♥ Sprout Organic Baby Food (pouch)   $1.00
B1G1 printable (register; other coupons available)
Final price:  50¢ each when you buy 2

♥ ♥ Michelina’s Entrees   88¢
$1/5 printable
Final price:  68¢ each when you buy 5

♥ ♥ Barilla Pasta (16 oz)   99¢
$1/4 Barilla Blue Box Pasta 02/11/2018 RP Insert (exp 4/8/18) (not in AZ Republic, may get in mail)
Final price:  74¢ each when you buy 4

Nabisco Triscuits, Wheat Thins or Ritz Crackers (3-13 oz)   $1.99
75¢/2 Nabisco Cookie or Cracker Products 02/11/2018 SS Insert (exp 3/24/18) (worth $1)
75¢/2 Nabisco Cookie or Cracker Product 01/14/2018 SS Insert (exp 2/24/18) (worth $1)
Final price:  $1.49

♥ ♥ Bashas’ Water (32 pack, 500 ml bottles)   $2.99
$1/1 Basha’s digital (limit 1)
Final price:  $1.99

Best Foods Mayonnaise (20-30 oz or 15 oz organic)   $2.99
$1/1 Best Foods Mayonnaise 01/28/2018 RP Insert (exp 2/25/18) (not in AZ Republic, may get in mail)
Final price:  $1.99

Post Cereal  (Honey Bunches, Pebbles, Raisin Bran, Grape Nuts or Great Grains; large sizes, 13-20 oz) $2.50
$1/2 printable (Great Grains)

$1/2 printable (Honey Bunches)
$1/2 printable (Pebbles)
Final price:  $2.00 each when you buy 2

Innovasian Meals   $3.99
$1.50/1 Innovasian Cuisine Item 01/21/2018 SS Insert (exp 3/15/18)
$2.50/2 Innovasian Cuisine Items 01/21/2018 SS Insert (exp 3/15/18)
$1.25/1 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$2/2 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
Final price:  As low as $2.49

Blue Bunny Ice Cream or Novelties   $3.50
75¢/1 printable  (worth $1)
Final price:  $2.50

Deals without Coupons:

Buy 5 select items, get a bonus item free (thru 5/8; see ad/store for more details)

Bashas’ Job Fair on 2/27 from 10 AM to 4 PM (at Rio Salado College Northern, 1715 W. Northern Ave.)

♥ ♥ Red, Gold, Orange or Green Bell Peppers 33¢

♥ ♥ Paws Dog Food (5 oz can) 44¢

♥ ♥ North Pride Canned Veggies 50¢

♥ ♥ Iceberg Lettuce 50¢

♥ ♥ Cucumbers 50¢

♥ ♥ Whole Carrots (1 pound bag) 50¢

Fuji or Braeburn Apples 77¢/lb

Cara Cara Oranges or Minneola Tangelos 77¢/lb

AZ Tea, Vitaminwater or Smartwater 88¢

Bar S Meat Franks or Bologna (12 oz) 88¢

7Up, Pepsi or Mtn Dew (2 liters) 88¢

Kind or Power Crunch Bars 88¢

Kool Aid Bursts (6 pack) 88¢

Hunt’s Pasta Sauce (24 oz) 88¢

Van Camp’s Pork and Beans or Chef Boyardee Pasta 88¢

Taco Bell Refried Beans, Taco Sauce or Taco & Fajita Seasoning 88¢

Cauliflower 99¢/lb

Broccoli 99¢/lb

♥ ♥ Brussel Sprouts 99¢/lb

Sweet or Red Onions 99¢/lb

Organic Avocados 99¢

Sanderson Farms Chicken (drumsticks, thighs or leg quarters, value pack) 99¢/lb

Petite Crusty Bread or Crusty Baguette (8 oz) 99¢

San Pelligrino, Perrier Water or Tampico Fruit Drinks (750 ml/25 oz/128 oz) $1.25

Farmer John Pork Sausage Links (8 oz) $1.25

Calidad Tortilla Chips (11-12 oz) $1.49

♥ ♥ Boneless Pork Chops (sirloin cut, value pack) $1.67/lb (limit 2)

Fritos, Cheetos or Food Club Potato Chips $1.99

Quaker Rice Cakes (6 oz) $1.99

Hot House Tomatoes on the Vine $1.99/lb

Red or Green Seedless Grapes $1.99/lb

Bashas’ Cottage Cheese or Sour Cream (24 oz) $1.99

Bagged Russet Potatoes (5 pound bag) $2.00

Organic Mini Sweet Peppers (16 oz) $2.50

Blackberries, Blueberries or Strawberries (6 oz/6 oz/16 oz) $2.50 (if Driscoll’s brand, coupons available, more info here)

Dole Salad Kits (10-14 oz) $2.50

♥ ♥ New York Strip Steak (bone-in, value pack) $3.97/lb (limit 2)

Pepsi or Mtn Dew Soda (24 packs) $4.99 (limit 2)


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+ need Bashas’ Thank You card to get savings (free grocery shopping card)
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+ does not double coupons that say “Do not double”
+ load digital coupons here
+ some digital offers are “Personal Thank You Offers” and only good for you; others are for everyone
+ digital coupons are one-time use, for one offer, unless otherwise stated
+ can use a paper or digital manufacturer’s coupon (will state on coupon) with another digital coupon, if it isn’t a manufacturer’s offer
+ accepts the higher value manufacturer’s coupon (digital or paper), not both
+ abbreviations we use listed here
+ Multiple manufacturers’ coupons may be listed, but you can only use one for each product purchased.
+ All listed coupons, without printable links, come from Sunday newspaper inserts.
+ Exclusive deal for the Arizona Republic here… $1/week!  (Wed. & Sun. delivery)


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How to see Bargain Believer posts on Facebook . . .

I often get comments or emails from people that are frustrated with Facebook.  They’ve “liked” the Bargain Believer page, but they don’t see the posts in their feed, or rarely.  I agree, totally frustrating!

To fix this & see Bargain Believer updates consistently when you are on Facebook . . .

  1.  Make sure you’re “following” the Bargain Believer page and haven’t just “liked” it.
  2.   From here, you want to hover over the “Following” button and choose “See first.”  (See above)

If you want to seal the deal, make sure you’re commenting, liking, and sharing posts often.  When you do that, Facebook knows it’s a favorite and you won’t miss much, if anything.

As a back up, make sure you’ve signed up for daily emails here.  You can quickly look over the list each day and make sure you caught what you wanted to.  For me, emails are a good reminder to follow up on something I was going to scroll back to look at or do in “just a minute” and forgot.  Tell me I’m not the only one, please!  :)

Hope this gets you set to see what you want on Facebook!

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Coupon Organizing Ideas ~ Create System CHEAP!

To update my ancient coupon envelopes,
I recently bought this set on Amazon.
It motivated me to update a page I created long ago,
explaining how I set up my system.
Go here here to get full details.

Hopefully, it will help motivate some to start using coupons and help others get more organized.  Without good organization, you will give up couponing … almost guaranteed.

This small investment in money and time will turn into a huge return in savings!  Go here for pictures and full descriptions.

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Emails, Facebook, Twitter! ~ Follow Us!

Go here to get our daily emails.  Yes, they come everyday, usually around 2pm.  They’re not for the weak or those annoyed by getting an email every single day.  :)  The emails give links to all the posts we did, in the previous 24 hours.

Make sure you click on the confirmation email!!  So many miss this step.  I’m guessing it’s because it goes to spam sometimes, so be sure to check there if you don’t see it.

Facebook is where we’re most active.  We post extras over there all the time, especially more localized deals or offers that will probably disappear quickly.  As an added bonus, you can learn tidbits from others who contribute or ask questions over there.

If you hover over “Following” and choose “See First,” Facebook will show Bargain Believer posts first, so you don’t miss anything or see it too late … or never.  If you don’t, there’s a good chance you’ll miss a lot.  The more you like, comment, and share posts; the more Facebook believes you actually want to see the posts.  Stay active, please!  It also keeps us motivated, knowing there are people who are actually out there.  :)

Sometimes, we wait to post on Facebook, so there’s a greater chance it will actually be shown in your feed.  (Facebook doesn’t seem to like us posting things right in a row.)  If you’re waiting on something, you can always hop over to www.BargainBeliever.com and see if it’s already there.  Sometimes, we’re backed up, especially on Mondays & Tuesdays, when we do a lot of ad match ups.

Honestly, Twitter just gets the automatic feeds from the website.  If you’re a Twitter follower, everything will be there.  It will just show the post title and have a link.  There won’t be extra commentary or interaction there.

If you don’t know what this is, it’s probably not for you.  :)  You can get feeds in different ways, but here’s a link, if you want to set it up this way.

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Updates Coming & Our New Adventure (Input Wanted!)


I’d love some input from you, for improving Bargain Believer!

Background first … my husband’s last day of work, as a software engineer, is this Wednesday.  It was his choice to leave and he isn’t looking for another job.  He wants to pursue some entrepreneurial & programming dreams he’s had for awhile.  For those curious, we’ve taken out a home equity loan to sustain us, after our savings is used up.  The current thought is to give it two years and see what happens.

I’m planning on starting another website called FuninAZ.  (I’m not sure when it will all come together, but I have set up a Facebook here & Instagram here & Twitter here . . .  if you want to be ready to see content as it’s created.)

I’m hoping to help people like you, as well as local businesses, while figuring out how to make a profit.  We’ll see how it all works, since I’m not a marketing master or business expert.  I “accidentally” started Bargain Believer and have never really focused on making it profitable enough to significantly contribute to my family’s income.  I have just been happy if I make enough to pay those who help me.  This will all be new to me!

My husband is going to help me get that set up and going, between projects he needs to work on.  But, before all this, my husband said he’d take a week to improve Bargain Believer!

I have a huge list of things!  Some of our dreams are pretty big, for what the functionality could be.  But, I want to hear from you … what would you like to see here?  Dream big and/or think of little things that annoy you.  You can also tell us what you love, so we don’t make that disappear!

I can’t promise anything, but a week of solid programming time can accomplish a lot.  Right now, I’m mostly focusing on usability and function, but I can add content type issues to the list, too.

You can leave the comment below, or over on Facebook here.

I’m looking forward to our new adventure and (hopefully!) making things better for you along the way!  ~ Juli

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Arizona Republic Discount Code (DBLOG) ~ $1 per week for Sun. & Wed. Delivery

I’m so excited about the offer The Arizona Republic has, exclusively for Bargain Believer followers!  We’re going back to the good old days … $1 per week!

Get the Sunday & Wednesday papers delivered for $4.33* per month, which is about $1 per week.  You can sign up here or call 602-444-1000 and mention code DBLOG.

Even better news … this is not an offer than ends and then you end up getting charged full price. (The fine print says it can, but they assured me it won’t, unless they notify you first.  Most subscriptions automatically change your autopay to a higher amount.  They said this won’t.)

The same pricing will continue, until you cancel your paper!  This is unheard of, in recent times.  Recent offers have lasted 3, 6, or 12 months and then you ended up paying full price and/or having to remember to call and cancel.

That means full sets of coupons on Sunday and no running to the store to get a paper!  Sometimes stores get smaller packets of coupons or are missing an insert.  You may even get a little bonus every once in awhile, with a coupon insert thrown in a Wednesday paper.  It doesn’t happen often, but there’s been a nice surprise in there every once in awhile.

* Added notes:  You have to be a new subscriber to get this offer, 30 days or more since you got the paper delivered.  Tax brings the total to $4.64 per month.  The fine print says you’ll be charged for the Thanksgiving paper (can call to cancel, if not wanted) and $1 (four times) for four premium editions.  Print edition is not available in all areas, so if you live in a more remote area, you may want to call, to make sure you’re not going to end up with only the digital version.

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Why? Help! ~ Note from Juli


There are times I wonder what I’m doing, running this website.  Not only do I feel inadequate sometimes, but my life is full … of the good stuff, the bad stuff, and the busy stuff.  Yes, I make some money by doing this, but I could make more if I used my time and energy to invest in something else.  But, it’s not about money.  My husband makes enough money to keep us happy.  So, I always come back to:  Why do I want to add stress to my life?

There are three reasons I can’t escape, no matter how hard I try to convince myself that I’d prefer extra time in my life, to pursue other things . . .

  1.  All of you ~ especially those who email your story, comment, share posts, tag a friend on Facebook, etc.  By doing that, you’re telling me you value what we’re doing.  You become “real” and not just a click on my stat page.  I can quit on clicks, but it’s hard to quit on people who find value in what we’re doing.  Some of you have even shared how much you saved and what it has led to . . . . amazing stories that have made me shed a couple tears, the good kind.  It’s hard to walk away from impacted lives.
  2. Gina ~ super duper assistant who does most everything and makes me wonder what I do sometimes, but something sucks up my time!?!?  I stumbled on this email Gina sent me awhile back, prompting me to do this post.  Seriously, how can I not press on, when I doubt myself?!?“… Our vacations simply would not happen if it weren’t for you and the job you’ve given me.  There wouldn’t be extra money for that, and I love making those memories with my kids and taking them new places and exposing them to new experiences. I love that I can be here every day with my kids when they get home from school.  I love that I can take care of them when they are sick and still work.  I’m grateful that when company comes or my best friend, I can work around my work and enjoy life and them. So, thank you, thank you, thank you.  I truly thank you. You are a blessing to me and my family.
  3.  Me! ~ I really like interacting with you and I gain something from that.  It’s not a one-way thing.  I love bargains and keeping them to myself isn’t as fun.  I love having an outlet, when time and ambition line up at the same time.  :)

More honesty … my income has been decreasing, mostly due to reduced Google ad revenue and coupon printing revenue.  I wonder how long I’ll be able to sustain everything.  It would sadden me, but if I ever began to lose money, it would be clear that it would be time to stop.  That’s where you come in!

I’ve shared this before, but for those who are new, here’s what you can do to help…

  • Use the links we provide vs going directly to a coupon site or buying something we share online.  The majority don’t pay, but some do.  They aren’t huge amounts (many as low as $0.02), but they add up when everyone is using them.
    You can bookmark this for printing from Coupons.com:
  •  I love Amazon and I’m sure you do, too!  When making an Amazon purchase, use the search box on the top left of the website.  If you start there (no matter what you search for), whatever you end up buying will track and I receive a payment.  If you prefer bookmarking it, going through this link will also get me credit.
  • Visit the website often.  Google ads count visitors and the more the merrier.  When you click on the ads, I receive more, but I TRULY only want you to click if interested.  I don’t think it’s fair for advertisers to pay unless you’re really interested.  But, Google matches ads pretty well, so if something comes up that you already searched for and plan to buy or you want more information, please click from there.
  • Tell people about the website … groups or individuals, publicly or privately.  I love seeing people tag their friends on Facebook.  I know you like what you see and value it enough to share it!

As Gina said, “So, thank you, thank you, thank you.  I truly thank you.  You are a blessing to me and my family.”  You really are!  Sure, we work hard, but we get the benefit of knowing that what we invest in isn’t meaningless.   My heart is full, though my days are sometimes sparse in time.  THANK YOU!  ~ Juli

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Don’t See Facebook Updates? ~ Fix It Now!

Many of you say that a lot of posts don’t show up in your Facebook feed.

A couple ways to fix that . . .

  1.  After “liking” the Bargain Believer Facebook page.  Hover over “Following” at the top of the page and make sure “See First” is checked.
  2. Comment and “like” posts often.  This is almost a guarantee (added to above directions) that you’ll see everything.

If you’re not a Facebook fan, there’s a daily email, Twitter, or an RSS feed you can follow.

If all else fails, check the website each day.  Not many days go by without us updating something.


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Please Read This . . . from Juli


I would really appreciate it if you tell others about the Bargain Believer website or Facebook page or daily emails.

The valuable “telling” comes when you specifically track down your friends and tell them they’re missing out because __________.

You fill in the blank with why you’re here.  Hopefully, there’s something we’ve helped you with and you believe someone else can benefit.  Helping people stretch their dollars and realize they may need less than they think to thrive, has been my goal since the day I started.

I didn’t mean to start a business, but realized I could send you to a print a coupon without getting paid or send you to the same one and get paid.  Hmmmm … pay me!  I say I accidentally started a business, but have to purposely pay taxes now.  True story.

This is work.  In reality, I don’t need a job.  I’m spoiled since my husband makes enough to maintain a lifestyle we’re comfortable living, without any income from me.  I often ponder if this website is worth the stress, but then I remember a heartwarming email or comment I received or a new one rolls in at just the right time, to encourage me.  So many of you are counting on me to help you save.  (Insert tears here … really, they’re flowing.  I get emotional about this.)   Sometimes, having this website can overwhelm me, and I want all the responsibility to disappear.  Other times, I can’t imagine life without it, in a good sort of way.   Some of you (most all, really!) have been amazingly supportive over the past 6 1/2 years.

Beyond me, Gina (my amazing helper!) and others along the way, have counted on extra income by helping me.  The reality is, Gina does waaaaay more than I do, for day to day things around here.  Sometimes, I wonder what I even do!  Just keeping up with emails and doing misc. stuff still can consume me, somehow.  But, when I think of quitting, I also think of her … she’s also poured her time/love into this site and the income really helps her family.

This isn’t a doom and gloom post.  I’m not planning on quitting next month, just processing some thoughts “aloud” and asking for your help, in taking some financial worries away.  The truth is that I can’t lose money, especially while also investing so much time in it.  It just doesn’t make sense.  (For the record, I’ve almost always made money.  I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me!  I’ve just seen revenue drop considerably, over time, even while slowly growing in numbers.  Things are just changing.)

Besides telling your friends, family, and strangers about Bargain Believer, here are a few other specific ways you can help (that aren’t too tortuous, hopefully!)  :)

  • Print your coupons from here — Bookmark it, please!
    There is also a link on the top menu bar on the website.
  • If you do any Amazon shopping, start with our search box on the top left of the page.
    After that, navigate however you want on their site, snagging all the great deals they have!
  • Use any links we provide in posts.
    Some pay us when you buy/print something, others just for clicking.
  • Visit the website often!
    You’re helping in a small way, since you’re viewing Google ads.
    You’re also “telling” Google you love us and they should let our page show up when people search for certain things.

Some of you have been doing this for years.  THANK YOU!  For those of you who had no clue you could help in these ways or any of our back story … now you do.  :)  Thank you for reading all this!


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