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CVS Deals ~ 8/30/15 – 9/5/15 ~ Preview

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

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.

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

Click the green plus signs to generate personalized shopping lists.

Gatorade, 20 oz or Lipton Sparkling Ice Tea, 12 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 Optic White, Max, Total or 2in1 Toothpaste   $3.00
$2/1 when you scan your CVS card at the red machine (limit 1, use w/ coupon below)
$1/1 Colgate Total, Optic White, Enamel Health or Max Fresh 08/30/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/12/15) (future, if we get it)
$0.75/1 printable (Optic White)
Final price:  FREE

Zzzquil Product   $6.00
$1/1 Zzzquil Product 08/30/2015 P&G Insert (exp 9/26/15)
$1/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$5.00 mail in rebate (available Sunday)
Final price:  FREE after mail in rebate

Paper Mate Mechanical Pencils (5 count)   69¢
$0.55/1 Paper Mate Mechanical Pencils 07/26/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/20/15)
Final price:  14¢

Caliber School Glue (5 oz)   99¢
50¢ ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
Final price:  49¢ (after ECB factored in)

Dawn Dish Soap (9 oz)   99¢ (limit 8)
$0.25/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.25/1 printable (register)
Final price:  74¢

Puffs Tissue (48-56 count)   99¢ (limit 8)
$0.25/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.25/1 printable (register)
Final price:  74¢

General Mills Cereal (8.9 – 13 oz, Cheerios shown)  $2.00
$1.00 ECB when you buy 2 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$0.50/1 Honey Nut Cheerios or Cheerios 07/12/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/22/15)
$1/3 General Mills Big G Cereals 08/02/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/13/15)
$0.50/1 Coupons.com (Honey Nut, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.75/1 Coupons.com (Trix, if included, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.75/1 Coupons.com (Cocoa Puffs, if included, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/1 Coupons.com (Chex Cluster, if included, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.75/1 printable (Orig. Cheerios, register, others available to print)
$1/2 printable (select)
$0.50/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Honey Nut, future savings) 
Final price:  As low as 75¢ each when you buy 2 (or possible future savings)

Home Care Paper Towels (single roll)   $1.29
$0.50/1 when you scan your CVS card at the red machine (limit 1)
Final price:  79¢

Bumble Bee Chunk White Albacore Tuna (5 oz, in water) 88¢

Pepsi, 2 Liters $1.00 (must buy 2, limit 2)

Softsoap or Irish Spring Soap   $2.00
$2.00 ECB when you buy 2 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
Final price:  $1.00 each when you buy 2 (after ECB factored in)

Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts or Rice Krispies Treats   $2.00
$1/3 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts 07/26/2015 RP Insert (exp 9/6/15
$0.75/2 Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats 08/02/2015 RP Insert (exp 9/13/15)

$0.40/1 printable (register)
$1/2 printable (register)
Final price:  As low as $1.60

Bausch & Lomb Peroxi Clear (12 oz)   $7.99
$2.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$4/1 Peroxiclear 08/30/2015 SS Insert (exp 10/3/15) (future, if we get it)
$4/1 Peroxiclear 08/09/2015 SS Insert (exp 10/3/15)
$2/1 Peroxiclear Item 08/09/2015 SS Insert (exp 10/3/15)
$2/1 Peroxiclear 07/12/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/30/15)
Final price:  $1.99 (after ECB factored in)

Just the Basics Water (24 pack) $2.44 (limit 3)

Bic Disposable Razors (Soleil and Hybrid 3 shown)   $6.88
$2.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$2/1 Bic Soleil Disposable Razor Pack 08/30/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/27/15) (future, if we get it)
$2/1 Bic Disposable Razor Pack 08/30/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/27/15) (future, if we get it)
$2/1 printable
Final price:  $2.88 (after ECB factored in)

Tide Detergent (19-32 loads)   $5.94 (Downy and Bounce included in ECB deal for $6.99)
$3.00 ECB when you spend $12.00 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$1/1 when you scan your CVS card at the coupon center (limit 1, use w/ coupon below)
$3/3 Tide Detergents or Downy Products 08/30/2015 P&G Insert (exp 9/26/15) (future, if we get it)
$1/1 Tide Detergent 08/30/2015 P&G Insert (exp 9/26/15) (future, if we get it)
$0.50/1 Downy Products 08/30/2015 P&G Insert (exp 9/26/15) (future, if we get it)

$0.75/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  As low as $3.61 each when you buy 3 Tide (after ECB factored in)

Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color   $6.99
$2/1 Clairol Hair Color 08/16/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/12/15)
$2/1 Clairol Natural Instincts Cream Keratina Hair Color 08/09/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/5/15) (if included)
$3/1 Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color 08/30/2015 P&G Insert (exp 9/13/15) (future, if we get it)
$2/1 Clairol Hair Color 08/09/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/5/15)
$5/2 Clairol Hair Color 08/16/2015 SS Insert (exp 8/30/15)
$1.50/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1.50/1 printable
Final price:  As low as $3.99

Excedrin Products (24-200 count)
$10.00 ECB when you spend $20.00 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$4/1 Excedrin Product 08/30/2015 SS Insert (exp 10/17/15) (future, if we get it)
$2/1 Excedrin Product 08/30/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/12/15) (future, if we get it)
$1/1 printable
Final price:  Varies (after ECB factored in)

CVS Diapers or Training Pants   $7.99
$3.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
Final price:  $4.99 (after ECB factored in)

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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 ~ 8/23/15 – 8/29/15

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

Click the green plus signs to generate personalized shopping lists.

Caliber Tape (1 ct)   $1.49
$1.10 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
Final price:  39¢ (after ECB factored in)

Purina Friskies Wet Cat Food Cans (5.5 oz)   Buy 8 / Get 4 Free (75¢ online)
$0.75/6 Purina Friskies Wet Cat Food Cans 05/03/2015 RP Insert (exp 8/30/15)
$1/24 Purina Friskies Wet Cat Food 07/26/2015 RP Insert (exp 9/30/15)
$1/24 Redplum
Final price:  48¢ each when you buy 12

Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna (5 oz)   88¢

Ajax Dish Liquid or Renuzit Air Fresheners (12.6 oz / 7 oz)   88¢ (limit 10)

Assorted Checkout Single Candy   88¢ (limit 10)

select Suave   2 / $3.75
$2.00 ECB when you spend 6 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$0.50/1 Redplum (Body Wash)
$0.75/1 Suave Body Wash Product 08/23/2015 RP Insert (exp 9/20/15) 
Final price:  94¢ each when you buy 4 (after ECB factored in)

Mars Chocolate Fun Size or Nestle Snack Size (6 ct)   99¢

select Colgate Toothbrushes, or Crest Fresh & White or Aim Toothpaste (single / 2.9 oz / 6 oz)   99¢

Sharpie Accent Highlighter or Back to School Glue Sticks (4 pk / 6 pk)   $1.99
$1.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
Final price:  99¢ (after ECB factored in)

Powerade, Gold Peak Iced Tea or Honest Tea (32 oz / 18.5 oz / 16.9 oz)   99¢

Hershey’s, Twizzlers, or Brookside (King Size / 5 oz / 1.4-2 oz)   2 / $3.00
$1/2 when you scan your CVS card at the coupon center (red machine at front of store, limit 1)
Final price:  $1.00 each when you buy 2

all Speed Stick, GEAR, or Lady Antiperspirant/Deodorant   2 / $4.00 (limit 4)
B1G1 Speed Stick Lady Antiperspirant/Deodorant 08/23/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/12/15) 
B1G1 Speed Stick Gear Antiperspirant/Deodorant or Body Spray 08/23/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/12/15) 
Final price:  $1.00 each when you buy 2

Pepsi (2 L)   2 / $2.00 (limit 2)

Larabar or Clif Bar (singles)   3 / $3.99
$0.75/3 printable (Larabar, register)
$0.75/3 printable (Larabar, register)
$0.75/3 printable (Larabar, register)
$0.75/3 printable (Larabar, register)
$0.75/3 printable (Larabar, register)
Final price:  $1.08 each when you buy 3

Gold Emblem Bagged Candy (3.25-11 oz)   2 / $2.50

Purex (13.5 – 50 oz)   $1.99 (limit 6)

One Dozen Eggs   $1.99

Lay’s Chips or Doritos   2 / $5.00 (limit 4)

Gold Emblem Abount Nut Pouches or Pistachios, or Zone Perfect Bars (8 – 16 oz / 5 ct)   2 / $10.00
$5.00 ECB when you spend 20 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
Final price:  $3.75 each when you buy 4 (after ECB factored in)

select Gold Emblem Nuts   2 / $10.00
$5.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
Final price:  $3.75 each when you buy 4 (after ECB factored in)

Playtex select Tampons, Pads or Liners   $7.99
$3.00 ECB when you buy 1 (limit 1, What are ECB?)
$1/1 printable (Sport or Gentle Glide, register)
$1/1 Playtex Sport Tampons, Pads, Liners or Combo Packs 08/23/2015 SS Insert (exp 10/3/15) 
$1/1 Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons 08/23/2015 SS Insert (exp 10/3/15)
Final price:  $3.99 (after ECB factored in)

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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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New Month = New Printable Coupons

It’s the first, which means we woke up to lots of new printable coupons.

We got all the grocery lists updated with the current coupons, so be sure to check those out too:

Go here for the full Fry’s list.
Go here for the full Safeway list.
Go here for the full Abertsons list.
Go here for the full Bashas list.

Just click on any of the pictures below and the coupon will be “clipped” for you and ready to print.


$0.50 off (1) pepper sauce from TABASCO brand
$1.00 off 2 Gerber or Graduates Yogurt Blends
$2.00 off 1 Aleve-D product
$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Meals or Sides
$2.00 off Sundown Naturals Adult Gummy Product
$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Puffs
$0.50 off 1 HORMEL NATURAL CHOICE Deli Meat
$2.00 off 1 Aleve 40ct or larger
$0.75 off 1 Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage
$1.50 off ONE Always Discreet Incontinence Liner
$1.50 off ONE Always Discreet Incontinence Pad
$1.50 off Always Discreet Incontinence Underwear
$2.00 off ONE bottle of Flonase Allergy Relief
$3.00 off 2 Vicks DayQuil, NyQuil, Severe products
$1.00 off 1 Vicks DayQuil, NyQuil, Severe product
$10.00 off (2) Zantac Maximum Strength
$5.00 off (1) Dulcolax 50 ct or 100 ct
$0.25 off ONE Dawn Product
$0.50 off any (1) Color Scents scented trash bags
$1.00 off Disney, Marvel, Star Wars Gummy Vitamin
$1.00 off (2) Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Products
$0.50 off (1) Clorox Liquid Bleach
$0.50 off (1) Clorox Clean Up Spray
$0.50 off (1) Clorox Manual Toilet Bowl Cleaner
$3.00 off ONE Tide PODS 31ct or larger
$0.35 off ONE Charmin Ultra Soft or Strong
$0.25 off ONE Charmin Basic 4ct or larger
$2.00 off any 1 Quilted Northern and bath tissue
$1.00 off any 1 Quilted Northern and bath tissue
$1.50 off any up&up baby diaper boxes
$0.50 off (2) Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks
$0.50 off ONE BOX Fiber One™ Chewy Bars
$0.50 off 1 box Fiber One Cheesecake Bars
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Cruisers Diapers
$1.00 off any 2 Kettle Brand items 4oz or larger
$0.75 off Food Should Taste Good products
$1.00 off Totino's Blasted Rolls
$0.50 off any TWO Chex Mix™, Bugles or Goardetto's
$0.75 off ONE box of Nature Valley™ Bars
$0.75 off 3 Larabar,Uber, Alt bars, RENOLA Pouches
$0.55 off two Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce
$2.50 off 1 multipack of BOOST Nutritional Drink
$1.00 off any one HORMEL ALWAYS TENDER Meats
$0.50 off any Old El Paso Refried Beans
$1.00 off THREE Old El Paso™ products
$0.50 off TWO Betty Crocker™ Suddenly Salad™ Pasta
$1.00 off any Glad Food Protection Item
$0.60 off THREE CUPS Liberte Mediterranee yogurt
$1.00 off TEN CUPS any variety Yoplait Yogurt
$0.75 off TWO any flavor Yoplait Kids Yogurt
$0.50 off (1) Honey Nut Cheerios cereal
$1.00 off 2 General Mills Big G Cereals
$0.75 off one box Cocoa Puffs cereal
$1.00 off ONE box Chex™ Clusters™ cereal
$0.75 off ONE BOX Trix cereal
$0.50 off Pillsbury Toaster Pastries or Pancakes
$1.00 off ONE Nature Valley™ Toasted Oats Muesli
$1.50 off 1 Hefty Trash Bags
$1.00 off 1 Seattle's Best Coffee K-cup packs
$1.00 off 1 Seattle's Best Coffee bag
$1.00 off any 2 KRAFT String Cheese or Twists
$1.10 off 2 Horizon Mac and Cheese
$1.10 off 2 Horizon snack time favorites
$1.00 off two PLANTERS Products
$1.00 off 2 JELL-O Ready-to-Eat Gelatin or Pudding
$2.00 off (1) SheaMoisture Bath & Body product
$2.00 off (1) SheaMoisture Hair product
$1.00 off 1 Horizon Single Serve
$0.55 off 1 bag Meow Mix Irresistibles Cat Treats

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Get Facebook Page Updates to Show Up in Feed (New Way!)

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I just found a new (at least to me!) setting for pages you follow on Facebook.  One of the most common questions we get is how to see all Bargain Believer posts in your Facebook feed.  It’s frustrating when you want to see something and Facebook just doesn’t show it to you.

We know that commenting, sharing, and “liking” posts helps.  But, it looks like we may have a new option.  Hope this really works!!

Some deals go quickly, so it’s a great way to follow us, if you’re on Facebook a lot.  Plus, we post some added information or have a Facebook-only giveaway from time to time.

Assuming you want to see everything we post  . . .

Supposedly, Bargain Believer posts will show up at the top of your feed.  Give it a try and let us know what happens.

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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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Verify Email Subscriptions! ~ Great Way to Follow (Also Facebook, Twitter, or RSS Feed)

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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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