ALCO – Wizard Melissa Enters a Foreign Land


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ALCO Stores Shopping Trip Today I ventured out to a different town to try my luck at a store I NEVER shop at, as I heard that they were "Coupon Friendly". ALCO is a general merchandise store that focuses on the small towns of America.  They boast competitive prices and friendly service from days gone by!!   I had a bunch of coupons in my purse from the "after Christmas Clearance" sales but didn't have my binder :(.   I saw the below ad prior to going (like 10 minutes prior) and the PUFF's … [Read more...]

CVS Gift Card Deals Shopping Trip


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Jessica's CVS Shopping Trip Finally got a chance to go check out the Gift Card deals at CVS this week on my shopping trip. I love that my store is always well stocked. I don't even have to tell them that I am paying with separate transactions, they already know. This was done in 2 separate transactions. While I could have lowered my OOP by splitting them up more, I chose not to since I was in a hurry. Total before coupons: $121.88, Total OOP: $41.41 + $17.99 ECB's left! Shopping Trip - … [Read more...]

Albertsons (Colorado) Shopping Trip 1/4/11


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My Albertsons Trip As I skimmed through the new Albertsons ad this morning, my Wizards wand pointed to a great deal on Old Spice body wash. I jumped for joy when I realized I could get 4 bottles of Old Spice body wash for FREE! I headed to the store with my mom (10% senior discount today) and we snagged some great deals on other items I wasn't planning on picking up. No matter who I take to the store, either my mom or my nephew and niece, I always end up spending more money than I had planned. … [Read more...]

Adding to the Stockpile! New Year’s Shopping Trip!


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Adding to the Stockpile Happy New Year! Today was grocery/add to the stockpile day in the Carothers' house! With the Holidays and Jon being out of town a lot in the month of December, we haven't had a shopping day in several weeks.  We sure made up for it today!  We spent the morning printing and clipping coupons and doing match ups for Safeway.  Around here Safeway is King! We always find the best prices and are able to double our coupons and use them along side the store coupons for … [Read more...]

Jessica’s Under $10 Target Shopping Trip


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If you want to know how to save money at Target and use some coupons that are getting ready to expire, take a look at what all I got for under $10 out of pocket! I took my son to Target last night so he could use some of his Christmas money. While there, I found some good deals on TGI Fridays meals and dryer sheets. Here's how you can save money at Target, just like I did! Total value before coupons $28.79, paid only $8.80 OOP! Here's what I bought and what coupons I used. 4 TGI Fridays … [Read more...]

Publix Shopping Trip, I Saved $160.71


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My Publix Shopping Trip Lucky for me that these items on sale this week for my Publix shopping trip. I was very low or completely out of some items and I've been patiently waiting for a good deal on them. I was unpleasantly surprised to see that prices have gone up. Yet again. The Emerald nuts alone went up in price by $1.50 EACH! Yikes! Total bill  $245.51 ... Paid $84.80 ... Saved $160.71 Ziploc baggies were 1/2 off Wet Ones, straws and cinnamon were not on sale Everything else in … [Read more...]

Christmas Clearance – Jessica’s Trip to Walmart


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My Christmas Clearance Trip I finally got a chance to go check out Walmart's After Christmas Clearance items. I was not expecting to find many items since I went 4 days after Christmas. I was surprised to find everything on my list, plus a couple of surprise Money Makers! Total Retail $106.59 (before 50% discount), paid only $17.04 OOP! Here's what I bought and what coupons I used: AXE Gift Set - $5  Used $3/1 AXE Gift Set coupon from (RP 12/11) Total: $2.00 3 Colgate Kids Sets - … [Read more...]

Christmas Clearance Stock-Up Trip


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Christmas Clearance Trip Want to know how I stock-up on essentials like Ziploc bags, foil, and paper towels? Look no further, I have the answer here! I had a busy morning yesterday, starting at 4:30 am at Walmart! Sure, I am a little nuts for sitting in my car in the freezing cold so early in the a.m. outside of Walmart, but it was well worth it when you see the items I stocked up on at a fantastic Christmas clearance price! After double checking my Clearance Coupons post, I knew I was … [Read more...]

Lauren’s Walmart After Christmas Clearance Trip


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Lauren's Christmas Clearance I decided to make a run to Walmart this morning for Christmas clearance and was really surprised that it wasn't busier! I bought several of these gift sets then saw Wizard Tere's post on Facebook about the the Ziploc bags and turned around and went back in for more! Haha. Here's what I bought: 3 Gilette gift sets $5 each used (3) $2/1 Gillette Fusion skin care or shave prep from 11/27 P&G 2 "The Best in Beauty" gift sets, $7.50 each used (2) $1/1 … [Read more...]

Melissa’s Magical Clearance Score!!


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My Magical Clearance Finds 5 Gillette Fusion Gift Sets, 6 Axe Gift Sets, 6 Hershey Pot Of Gold Sets, 6 Rocher sets, 4 Glade Candles, 2 Skittles Tubes, 2 Life Savers Tubes, 2 Tootsie Roll tubes, 2 Starburst Tubes, 6 Ghiradelli Bags, 4 Colgate Kids sets, 6 Glimmer Body Wash. Oh Wiz Kidz!  I have to tell you, first off, that this morning I had not clipped any coupons for about 3 weeks, due to the craziness of the holidays.  I was not going to do this, but as I was reading all of your comments … [Read more...]

Safeway Shopping Trip = FREE Cupcake Mix!


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My Awesome Safeway Trip Thanks to Wizard Jessica for her awesome, I was able to score some goodies at a low price! Safeway Shopping Trip 12/21/2011:  Betty Crocker Fun da-Middles = $0.99 Used $0.75/1 Fun Da-Middles Cupcake Mix (GM 11/13/11) =FREE after doubles! Mahatma Yellow Rice = $1 Used $0.50/1 Mahatma Rice (SS 9/11) = FREE after doubles! POM Wonderful Pomegranate Arils = $2 Used $1/1 Pom Wonderful Product (SS 12/04/11) = $1.00 each Triscuits = BOGO @ … [Read more...]

Safeway – See the great deals I got today!


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Today's Safeway Trip I scored some great deals at Safeway today! I was able to save $117.79 and only paid $52.94! This included a $33 ham, that was on sale for $1.79 lb. Here are the details on the best Safeway deals. Cuties Clementines 5lb box - $3.97 Use $1/1 Cuties Box from (SS 12/04/11) Final Price: $2.97 Spiral Sliced Whole or Half Ham - $1.79 lb. Kings Hawaiian Round Bread - $3.50 Use $1/1 King’s Hawaiian Product from (RP 12/11/11) Final Price: $2.50 Betty Crocker … [Read more...]

Kmart *Hot* DOUBLES 12/16 ~ Shopping Scenarios


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Kmart Doubles Kmart DOUBLES 12/16/2011 ONLY Doubles up to and including $2 = $4 off!!! Please see the Kmart doubles match-up post here for a LONG list of items at a great price! This doubling event is a national deal, but some stores may not be participating. It’s best to call your individual store and ask them if they are doubling. If they say they are NOT doubling, it might be in your best interest to stop in the store and try a transaction for yourself since staff sometimes isn’t … [Read more...]

Target – See the Great Deals I Found Today!


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Great Deals at Target There were some great deals today at Target! I got all of this for $20.40 OOP! Plus, I have (2) $5 Target Gift Cards left.  Here are the Steals and Freebies I was able to score. The Aveeno Baby Gift Sets are priced at $4.49 each at Target! (Regular price $9.99) Curel Ultra Healing Lotions 6oz. $2.99 Buy 2, Receive $5.00 Gift Card Use (2) $1.00/1 Curel Moisturizer from (SS 12/4) Pay $3.98, Receive $5.00 Gift Card Final Price: Free + $1.02 Moneymaker!! Playtex … [Read more...]

Cub Foods – A Wizard Performs Coupon Magic


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Shopping Trips at Cub Foods & Walgreens OH What a shopping haul today!!! This fantastic stockup was performed at Walgreens and Cub Foods!!!  Cub Foods has some GREAT coupons in their ad this week! 2/$4.00 Kraft Cheese, $0.99 Ragu Pasta Sauce, $0.99 Betty Crocker Potatoes! Check them out!! At Cub, I used NOTHING MORE than STORE and Manufacturer Coupons! Remember that CUB FOOD accepts expired coupons up to 90 days past their expiration date, so I had some HOT coupons for Kraft Cheese … [Read more...]

Jewels Shopping Trip #2 – 99.8% Savings


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Jewels Shopping The week of Black Friday, Jewels was running a promotion where if you bought $100 in Gift Cards, you'd receive a $20 Catalina towards your next grocery purchase. This is trip #2 and we were able to get some OK prices on cereal. Here's what we got. 10 Boxes Chex Cereal Reg. $3.69 ea. Sale $1.88 ea. used 5 $1/2 Chex cereal (GM 11/13) $1.33 ea. 4 Jewel Carrots Reg. $1.49 Sale BOGO 2 Cole Garlic Bread. Reg.$3.97 ea. Sale BOGO Retail $51.18 Savings $51.08 OOP … [Read more...]

Grocery Trip – 1st In the Month of November


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Grocery Trip The good news is my stockpile is such that I don't have to go to make a grocery trip very often. The bad news is I don't get to shop as much as I would like too and I do so enjoy shopping. It wasn't that long ago that I thought I had to chase every deal every week then it hit me. I don't. Seriously, how many tubes of toothpaste or bottles of body wash does my home really need and how much more would I save if I stopped chasing deals? To be honest with you, I cannot remember … [Read more...]

CVS – Cyndi’s Shopping Trip- 56% Savings + $10 Gift Card


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Cyndi's CVS Trip We are running extremely low on dishwasher tabs and bath tissue so I decided to take advantage of the gift card promotion.  My plan was to get a $10 gift card and use this to cover my OOP for Black Friday.  Well they threw a kink in my plan and didn't have any CVS cards so I went with a Shell gas card. Here is what I got and the price breakdown.. (6) Finish Powerball Tabs- Regular $6.29 Sale $2.99 (4) Cottonelle 4 pack- Regular $4.59 Sale $2.99 (1) Vitamin Water- … [Read more...]

Krogers 62.5% Savings Trip


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Wayne's Krogers Shopping Trip There is a really hot deal going on over at Krogers with the Huggies slip-on and wipes promotion. Thanks to Wizard Tere for the heads up. Click here to see the details. 4 Separate Transactions; 2 diapers and 1 butt wipes, all at Krogers 8 Huggies Slip-on's $9.39 ea. $3/1 Huggies Slip-On diaper coupons from 10/23 SS 4-64 ct Huggies wipes $1.94 ea. Received 1-$5 & 1-$3 Catalina per transaction. The first Transaction cost me $14.72 and … [Read more...]

Jewel Osco 61% Savings


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Jewel Osco Trip Some time ago Jewel Osco partnered up with Visa, to run a Gift Card Promotion. The Details were, for every $100 in gift cards you purchased, you would receive a Catalina for a $10 Jewel Gift Card. I bought $700 in Gift cards And received $70 worth of play money. See the post here. Today the girls and I ventured out to see what we could get. I picked up 1 $10 gift card to help with the shopping trip. Here's my shopping list. 4 Hillshire Farms Polish Sausage $4.00ea. I … [Read more...]

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