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CVS Deals ~ 7/5/14 – 7/11/14 ~ Preview

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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.

Click the green plus signs to generate personalized shopping lists.

Propel Electrolyte Water (25.4 oz)   $1.25
$1.25 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
Final price:  FREE (after ECB factored in)

Lipton Sparkling Ice Tea or Gatorade (12 oz / 20 oz)   2 / $2.00
$2.00 ECB when you buy 2 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
Final price:  2 for  FREE (after ECB factored in)

Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste (4 oz)   $3.00
$2.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 2, What are ECB?)
$1/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link, print 2)
$0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste 06/28/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/11/15)
Final price:  2 for FREE (after ECB factored in)

7 Up, 2 Liter   99¢ (limit 4)
$0.30/1 when you scan your CVS card at the coupon center (red machine at front of store, limit 1)
Final price:  69¢

Honest Tea, Smartwater or Vitaminwater (16.9 / 700ml / 20 oz)   4 / $5.00
$2.00 ECB when you buy 4 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
Final price:  75¢ each when you buy 4 (after ECB factored in)

Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore Tuna (5 oz) 99¢ (limit 8)

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Xtra Laundry Detergent (34 loads, liquid)   $1.49 (limit 4)
$1 off (1) 144 oz+ or (2) 75 oz or smaller Xtra Liquid Detergent, Nice ‘N Fluffy Fabric Softener or Sureshot Laundry Detergent Paks 05/10/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/10/15)
Final price:  99¢ each when you buy 2

General Mills Cereal  (8.9-12.2 oz, Orig. Cheerios shown)   $1.88
$1/2 General Mills Big G Cereal 6/28/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/8/15)
$0.50/1 Cheerios Original Cereal 06/07/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/18/15)
$1/2 Coupons.com (Cinn Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.50/1  Coupons.com (Orig Cheerios,, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.75/1  Coupons.com (Golden Grahams, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.75/1  Coupons.com (Star Wars, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/2 printable (Cheerios)
$0.50/1 printable (Cinnamon Toast Crunch)
$0.75/1 Betty Crocker (Honey Nut Cheerios, register)
$0.75/1 Tablespoon (Honey Nut Cheerios, register)
$0.75/1 Pillsbury (Honey Nut Cheerios, register)
$0.75/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Star Wars, future savings) 
$0.50/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Orig Cheerios, future savings) 
$0.75/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Golden Grahams, future savings)
$0.50/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Cinnamon Toast Crunch, future savings)
$0.50/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Fiber One Bars, future savings) 
Final price:  As low as $1.13 (or possible future savings)

Goldfish Crackers (excludes Puffs)   3 / $5.00
$3.00 ECB when you spend $10.00 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
Final price:  $1.16 each when you buy 6 (after ECB factored in)

Kellogg’s Cereal (8.7-13.7 oz, Raisin Bran shown)   $1.88
Larger boxes, 12.5-18 oz are $2.50 (mini wheats shown)
$1/3 Kellogg’s Cereals, exp. 7/12/15 (RP 05/31/15 R)
$0.50/1 printable (Frosted Flakes, others available to print)
$1/3 printable
Final price:  As low as $1.38

Wet N Wild Max Volume Plus Mascara   $3.99
$2.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
Final price:  $1.99 (after ECB factored in) (Some areas got a $1/1 coupon in 6/21 SS, but we did not here in AZ.)

Skittles or Starburst Candy (14 oz bag)   $2.50
$1/2 Skittles, Starburst, or Life Savers Gummies Bags 06/07/2015 RP Insert (exp 9/5/15)
Final price:  $2.00 each when you buy 2

Gallon Milk   $3.29
$1.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 2, What are ECB?)
Final price:  $2.29 (after ECB factored in)

Select CVS Vitamins Buy One / Get One Free

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Spend $30 on select P&G products, get $10 ECB.  You can mix and match any of the products.  You need to be at $30 BEFORE you hand over your coupons.  There are more items included in this sale.  I listed the best in the ad.  See ad/store for more details.

** Dawn Dish Soap (9 oz)   99¢
$10.00 ECB when you spend $30 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$0.30/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.25/1 Dawn 07/05/2015 P&G Insert (exp 8/2/15) (future, if we get it)
Final price:  As low as 69¢ (Spend $30, get $10 ECB)

** Puffs Facial Tissue (48-56 count)   99¢
$10.00 ECB when you spend $30 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$0.25/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link) 
$0.25/1 Puffs or Charmin Product 07/05/2015 P&G Insert (exp 8/2/15) (future, if we get it)
Final price:  74¢ (Spend $30, get $10 ECB)

** Pantene Shampoo, Condtioner or Styler   $4.00
$10.00 ECB when you spend $30 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$5/3 Pantene Products 07/05/2015 P&G Insert (exp 8/2/15) (future, if we get it)
$3/2 Pantene Products 07/05/2015 P&G Insert (exp 8/2/15) (future, if we get it)
$1.50/1 Pantene Styler or Treatment 07/05/2015 P&G Insert (exp 8/2/15) (future, if we get it)
$2/1 Pantene Styler or Treatment Product 06/14/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/31/15)
$4/2 Pantene Products 06/14/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/31/15)
Final price:  As low as $2.00 (Spend $30, get $10 ECB)

** Tide Detergent (19-32 loads)   $4.94
$10.00 ECB when you spend $30 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$3/3 Tide Detergent or Downy Products 07/05/2015 P&G Insert (exp 8/2/15) (future, if we get it)
$1/1 Tide Detergent 07/05/2015 P&G Insert (exp 8/2/15) (future, if we get it)
$0.75/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  As low as $3.94  (Spend $30, get $10 ECB)

** Pampers Diapers   $8.99
$10.00 ECB when you spend $30 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$2/1 Coupons.com (Easy Ups, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$2/2 Coupons.com (Cruisers AND wipes, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$2/2 Coupons.com (Swaddlers AND wipes, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1.50/1 Coupons.com (Under Jams, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$3 off Pampers Diapers or Pants 07/05/2015 P&G Insert (exp 8/2/15) (2 bags or 1 box, future, if we get it)
$0.50/1 Pampers Wipes 07/05/2015 P&G Insert (exp 8/2/15) (future, if we get it)
$2/1 Pampers Splashers Swim Pants 07/05/2015 P&G Insert (exp 8/2/15) (future, if we get it, if included)
Final price:  As low as $6.99 (Spend $30, get $10 ECB)

** Charmin Ultra Soft or Ultra Strong Bath Tissue (16 double rolls)   $9.99
$10.00 ECB when you spend $30 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$0.50/1 Coupons.com (Ultra soft or strong, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/2 Charmin, 12 Double Roll or 6 Mega Roll or larger 7/5/2015 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/15) (future, if we get it)
Final price:  As low as $9.49 (Spend $30, get $10 ECB)

** Bounty Paper Towels (12 rolls)   $9.99
$10.00 ECB when you spend $30 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$0.25/1 Bounty 7/5/2015 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/15) (future, if we get it)  W
$0.25/1 Coupons.com (Basic, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link) 
$0.25/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  $9.74 (Spend $30, get $10 ECB)

There are different ways to work this deal.  Here are a few examples:

If you need diapers:
Buy 3 Pampers = $26.97
Buy 2 Dawn = $1.98
Buy 1 Puffs = 99¢
Total before coupons is $29.94 (ECB will print if you are a few cents short)
Use one $2/1 Easy Up coupons and the $3/2 from Sunday’s insert.  Use two $0.30/1 Dawn printables and one $0.25/1 Puffs
Your total at the register will be $24.09 + tax and you’ll get back $10 ECB
It’s like paying $14.09 for three packs of Pampers, 2 Dawn and 1 Puffs!

If you need toilet paper:
Buy three Charmin = $29.97
Use $1/2 coupon and one $0.50/1 printable coupon
Pay $28.47 at the register, get back $10 ECB
Like paying $18.47 for all three packs, or only $6.15 each!

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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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CVS Deals ~ 6/28/15 – 7/4/15

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

Click the green plus signs to generate personalized shopping lists.

Gold Emblem Abound Baked Rice Crips, Thins, Edamame, Light Popcorn or Wheat Crackers (3.5-8.8 oz)   $1.99
$1.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$1/1 printable
Final price:  FREE (after ECB factored in)

Colgate 360 Toothbrush (1 count)   $2.99
$2.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$1/1 Colgate 360 or Floss-Tip Manual Toothbrush 06/14/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/4/15)
$0.50/1 Colgate 360 or Slim Soft Manual Toothbrush 06/28/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/18/15)
Final price:  FREE (after ECB factored in)

Colgate Total or Max Fresh Toothpaste (5.8-6 oz)   $3.49
$2.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 2, What are ECB?)
$1/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link) NEW
$0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste 06/28/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/11/15)
Final price:  As low as 49¢ (after ECB factored in)

Pepsi, 2 Liter   99¢ (limit 4)
$0.24/1 Pepsi, 2 Liter when you scan your CVS card at the coupon center (red machine at front of store, limit 1)
Final price:  75¢

Ajax Dish Liquid (12.6 oz) 88¢ (limit 8)
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Renuzit Adjustable Cones 88¢ (just 66¢ each when you buy 4 using new coupon)
B3G1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link) NEW
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Suave Body Wash or Body Lotion (10-18 oz)   Buy One / Get One Free ($2.77 online)
$0.50/1 Suave Body Wash Product 06/21/2015 RP Insert (exp 7/19/15)
$0.50/1 Redplum (Body Wash)
Final price:  89¢ each when you buy 2 (can use coupon on free item)

Colgate Total Mouthwash (500 ml)   $3.99
$1.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 2, What are ECB?)
$1/1 Colgate Mouthwash or Mouth Rinse 06/14/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/11/15)
$2/1 Colgate Mouthwash or Mouth Rinse 06/28/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/25/15)
$1/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  As low as 99¢ (after ECB factored in)

CVS Toothbrushes (3 pack)   $2.99
$2.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 2, What are ECB?)
Final price:  99¢ (33¢ per toothbrush!) (after ECB factored in)

Total Home Facial Tissue (70-160 count) 99¢
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Revlon Nail Polish   $3.99 (limit 2)
$3/1 Revlon Nail Polish 6/28/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/11/2015)  NEW
Final price:  As low as 99¢

Right Guard Body Wash, Dry Idea or Right Guard Deodorant   $3.00
$2.00 ECB when you buy 2 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$2/2 Right Guard Body Wash 06/28/2015 RP Insert (exp 7/26/15)
$2/2 Right Guard Antiperspirant Deodorant Products 06/28/2015 RP Insert (exp 7/26/15)
$2/2 Dry Idea Antiperspirant Deodorant Products 06/28/2015 RP Insert (exp 7/26/15)
$1/2 Facebook (Right Guard)
Final price:  $1.00 each when you buy 2 (after ECB factored in)

Pringles Full Size Cans   $1.33
$1/4 Pringles Full Size Cans 05/17/2015 RP Insert (exp 6/28/15)
$1/3 Pringles Full Size Cans 06/28/2015 RP Insert (exp 8/9/15)  NEW
Final price:  As low as $1.00 each when you buy 3

Ziploc Bags, 14-90 count or Hefty Slider Bags, 13-35 count   $3.00
$2.00 ECB when you buy 2 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$1/2 Coupons.com (Ziploc, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$5/$30 SavingStar eCoupon (Ziploc, future savings)
$0.50/1 Hefty Slider Bags, 12+ count 6/28/2015 RP Insert (exp 8/31/15) (future, if we get it)
$2/3 Hefty Slider Bags, 12+ count 6/28/2015 RP Insert (exp 8/31/15) (future, if we get it)
$1/2 Hefty Slider Bags 05/03/2015 RP Insert (exp 6/30/15)
$1/2 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/2 printable
Final price:  $1.50 each when you buy 2 (or possible future savings) (after ECB factored in)

Purex Laundry Detergent (24-33 loads, liquid) $1.97 (limit 6)
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Schick Disposable Razors (3-12 count)   $5.99
$4/1 Schick Disposable Razor Pack 06/28/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/25/15)
$3/1 Schick Men’s Disposable Pack 06/14/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/26/15)
$2/1 Schick Quattro For Women, Quattro Titanium or Intuition Razor or Refill 06/21/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/18/15)
$3/1 Schick Hydro Disposable Razor 05/17/2015 SS Insert (exp 6/28/15)
$3/1 Schick Hydro Razor 05/17/2015 SS Insert (exp 6/28/15)
Buy Razor, Get Shave Gel Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$2/1 Coupons.com (Schick Intuition, use zip 85225 if not in yours)
Final price:  As low as $1.99 + on way to 2 FREE MOVIE TICKETS here
Buy any two of these for tickets:
Hydro Base Razor (2ct)
Hydro Sensitive Razor (2ct)
Hydro Base Refill (4ct)
Hydro Sensitive Refill (4ct)
Hydro Disposable – (3ct)
Quattro Titanium Razor (2ct)
Quattro Titanium Refill (4ct)
Xtreme3 Refresh (4ct)
Xtreme3 Sensitive (4ct)
Xtreme3 Ultimate (4ct)
Xtreme3 Refresh (8ct)
Xtreme3 Sensitive (8ct)
Edge Sensitive Twin Pack (Bonus +20%)
Edge Moist Twin Pack (Bonus +20%)
Quattro Disposables Smooth (3ct +1)
Quattro Disposables Sensitive (3ct +1)

Herbal Essences or Aussie Shampoo or Conditioner   2 / $7.00
$1.00 ECB when you buy 2 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$2/2 Coupons.com (Herbal Essences, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/1 Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Shampoo, Conditioner or Styling 05/17/2015 SS Insert (exp 6/30/15) (if included)
$1/2 Herbal Essences Shampoo, Conditioner or Styling Product 05/10/2015 RP Insert (exp 6/30/15)
$2/2 Aussie Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler 05/17/2015 SS Insert (exp 6/30/15)
$2/2 Aussie Women’s or Kid’s Shampoo, Conditioner or Styling Products 06/07/2015 RP Insert (exp 7/31/15)
Final price:  $2.00 each when you buy 2 (after ECB factored in)

Kellogg’s Cereals (9-18 oz, Frosted Mini Wheats and Special K shown)   $2.50 (limit 6)
$1/2 select Kellogg’s Cereal 6/28/2015 RP Insert (exp 8/9/2015)
$1/3 Kellogg’s Cereals 05/31/2015 RP Insert (exp 7/12/15)
$0.50/1 printable (Frosted Flakes, others available to print)
Final price:  $2.00

Nabisco Oreo Cookies  $3.00
$0.75/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers 6/28/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/8/15)
Final price:  $2.62 each when you buy 2

General Mills Cereal (big boxes, 18-26.8 oz, Honey Nut shown)   $3.50
$0.50/1 Cheerios Original Cereal 06/07/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/18/15)
$0.50/1 Coupons.com (Cinn. Toast Crunch, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.50/1 Coupons.com (Lucky Charms, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/2 Coupons.com (any, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/1 Coupons.com (Protein Cheerios, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/2 printable (Cheerios)
$0.50/1 printable (Cinnamon Toast Crunch)
$0.50/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Cinnamon Toast Crunch, future savings)
$1/2 SavingStar eCoupon (Cheerios, future savings)
$0.50/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Lucky Charms, future savings)
$0.75/1 Betty Crocker (Honey Nut Cheerios, register)
$0.75/1 Tablespoon (Honey Nut Cheerios, register)
$0.75/1 Pillsbury (Honey Nut Cheerios, register)
Final price:  As low as $2.75

Starburst, Skittles or Swedish Fish (12 oz)   $2.50 (There are more items included in this ECB deal, I listed the best in the ad.)
Trident or Mentos Unwrapped Bottle Gum, Buy One / Get One 50% Off
Trident or Stride Gum $1.00, Select Candy Bars (Snickers and Reese’s shown), Buy One / Get Second for 25¢
$3.00 ECB when you spend $15.00 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
B1G1 Facebook (Snickers, register)
$1/2 Trident Unwrapped Bottles 06/14/2015 SS Insert (exp 7/25/15)
$1/2 Skittles, Starburst, or Life Savers Gummies Bags 06/07/2015 RP Insert (exp 9/5/15)
Final price:  Varies (after ECB factored in)

Charmin Bath Tissue (12 roll Basic or 9 roll Ultra Strong or Ultra Soft)   $5.99
$0.75/1 Coupons.com (Ultra soft or strong, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.50/1 Coupons.com (Basic, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.25/1 Charmin Product 05/31/2015 P&G Insert (exp 6/30/15)
Final price:  As low as $5.24

CVS Vitamins Buy One / Get One Free

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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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Is Couponing Worth It?

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I was asked (after hearing Safeway will probably be accepting coupons at face value in AZ soon, more here) …

Is couponing worth it?

If you want the short answer … yes, for me.

If you want the long answer, grab your coffee (maybe it’s a smoothie this time of year?) and snuggle up to your computer or mobile, as I share my thoughts.

When, I say “couponing,” I mean using paper coupons (printable, from Sunday paper, & misc. coupons that may show up) or digital coupons you can load directly to your shopping cards.

I only use coupons for products I will use or have a specific purpose for (donating, giving to friends, etc).  I’m not a true “extreme couponer.”  I’ve only seen a couple of the TLC shows, but I’m nothing like what I’ve seen.  I like to call myself an “intentional couponer.”  I use them wisely and save a bunch of money!  I don’t need a trailer to get my groceries home and one bottle of mustard will usually last us until it expires, around my house.

For me, couponing will still be worth it, even if coupons are taken at face value.  (Keep in mind that most of the country can only redeem coupons at face value and many do it.)  There is still money to be saved.

I’m a firm believer that pennies add up to quarters, add up to dollars, add up to $20, etc.  I’ll even still bend down to pick up a penny.  The bonus is a little bit of exercise, if nothing else.  :)

On the other hand, I also value my time.  If I’m finding that saving $3 is taking me an hour, I won’t do it.  My time is worth more than $3/hour.  On the other hand, if it takes me an hour to get ready to go to the grocery store (or an extra hour to run somewhere else & look at ads, etc.) and I end up saving $30 (random number for example) … totally worth my time.  I should say … usually!  There are weeks when I don’t have an hour to spare to save $30, as much as I want to.  I value my sanity more than thirty bucks.

As much as I love the savings and the financial freedom it helps bring to my family, it’s not for everyone.  I have different time, priorities, and needs than you do.  Don’t blindly use coupons, without counting the cost.  There are costs.  I would never deny that!

  • Time — What “wages” are acceptable to you?  Remember, it’s tax-free “income.”
  • Space — How will you store surplus?  Do you have room or need to stick with basics?
  • Sanity — Does the extra clutter (coupons or treasures you get) drive you nuts?
  • Need — Do you need to do it to make ends meet?
  • Want — Do you enjoy using the savings for something else that makes the effort worthwhile?
  • Respect — Does your spouse value the fact that you do it or does it drive him/her nuts?
  • Cost — How much are you spending on newspapers, ink, paper, buying coupons, gas, whatever?

Take a serious inventory of the above list.  Ponder it and calculate it.  If you feel it’s more of a burden, stop — unless you feel it’s a necessity!  (Well, I don’t see how you can resist clicking and loading a few digital coupons.)  :)  Yes, I know I run a coupon website.  Well, I don’t fully see it that way.  I run a money saving website, that often involves coupons, but there’s much more!

Whatever you end up doing with your coupon usage, I hope you stick around Bargain Believer.  We’ll always share deals that have coupons, but we go beyond that.  We want you to have fun with your family, without spending a bunch.  We’ll point you to those deals and other bargains we just can’t seem to keep to ourselves.  As long as there are businesses competing, there will always be bargains out there and we’ll help you find them!  We may even tempt the non-coupon users out there to click and load a digital coupon or even print a coupon every once in awhile.  The coupon/non-coupon line can be crossed at any time.  :)

I was going to share some other ways to save, but I’m afraid you’re falling asleep now.  And, I’m out of time.  Stay tuned … more on saving (beyond coupons) soon!

What do you think?

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If you don’t get the Bargain Believer emails, you may want them.  You will receive one email between 3pm & 5pm, usually around 3pm.  (No, I’m not sitting at my computer at that exact time every single day.  They’re automatic and I never know the precise time they’ll go out.) :)

They will show you everything that was listed since the previous email went out.  It’s an easy way to glance over what was posted that day and make sure you didn’t miss anything.   Fair warning:  You’ll be bugged everyday around 3pm, but you can unsubscribe at anytime.   :)

If you’ve ever signed up to get the daily emails and you’re not getting them, you probably didn’t verify your email.  There is a significant number of people on the email list that haven’t.  Sign up again at this link and make sure to go to your email and click on the link.  It should come right away.

Of course, you can also follow other ways . . . Facebook gets a little extra love sometimes, with quickly disappearing deals, reminders, and just more interaction.  If you use Facebook, it’s another great way to follow.

Make sure “follow” is checked after you have “liked” Bargain Believer (beside the “liked” button).  Even better, hover over the “liked” button and check “get notifications.”  When you’re on Facebook, a little box will pop up when we post something and it will also be listed under your “notifications” tab on top.  As always, the best way to not miss anything is to comment or “like” posts on the Bargain Believer Facebook page …. often!

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Stay Active on Facebook or You’re Missing Out!

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Are a Facebook user, who likes to see all the updates from pages you have “liked,” like the Bargain Believer page?  (I think that sentence had too may “likes” in it!)

Ughhh . . . it’s so frustrating when I don’t see things I want to.  I feel like when I “like” a page, I’m telling Facebook I want to see their updates.  If I don’t want to see them, I’ll “unlike” them.  Facebook sees it differently.  :(

You need to get/stay active to see what you want on the Bargain Believer Facebook page!  We posts extra deals on Facebook from time to time.  You’ll want to see them, even if you get the email or stalk the website.

When you “like,” share, or comment … you are telling Facebook that you value the page and want to see posts.  You are also making it a more popular post, which will increase the likelihood that those who aren’t as active, will see the post.  Pretty please … like or comment on posts when you think they’re beneficial!

If you are active for awhile and you’re still not seeing everything, don’t forget … you can get daily emails.  Note:  You will not get them until you click on the confirmation email that you receive.  You will get an email almost every single day.  I realize that’s not for everyone.  If it annoys you enough, you can unsubscribe at any time.  We promise not to spam you, once you unsubscribe.  Well, we’ll never “spam” you, but you’ll get that one email each day.  :)

If all else fails … we have a website!  Check it often.  :)

Thanks for being here and giving us an outlet to share the deals we find.  We like finding bargains and it’s much more fun to share them!

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How Does Saving Star Work? ~ Changes Coming October

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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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Homeschool Convention Handout ~ Helpful Notes for Everyone!

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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)

Change

  • 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)

Shop

Use Sunday Inserts & Printable Coupons

Drugstores

Possibly the most difficult

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

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

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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:
http://www.bargainbeliever.com/blog/coupons-com-printables/

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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Checkout 51 ~ New Way to Save (similar to ibotta)

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Have you checked out Checkout 51?  It’s a new way to save money, very similar to Ibotta.

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 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!

I love that this works at Albertsons since they always have great milk deals (ibotta doesn’t work there yet).  Milk will be on sale at Albertsons for $1.87 starting tomorrow.  Checkout 51 has an offer for $1 back on a gallon of milk.  That’s like paying on 87¢ after you factor in your future cashback!

If both Checkout 51 and Ibotta have the same offer, let’s say for milk, you can do both offers with the same receipt.  Just remember ibotta doesn’t work at some stores.  So, for the milk, it might be better to price match at Walmart and go from there.

So, go here to sign up and start saving today!

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