Saturday, October 31, 2009

Have a big freezer? HOT Breyer's deal at Jewel (ENDS TODAY)

Hey, so if you live near Jewel and you have lots of freezer space there's a GREAT deal on Ice Cream. Through TODAY October 31st - Breyer's Ice Cream is Buy one get TWO free. They are priced at $6.69 each. But they are also part of a catalina promotion going on right now (that I don't have all the details on since it just started yesterday and hasn't been advertised yet) but if you buy 6 of them (Pay for 2 and get 4 free) - you spend $13.38 and get back $15 in catalina coupons. If you buy 9 of them (Pay for 3 get 6 free) - you spend just over $20 and get $30 back in catalina coupons (since this deal stacks atleast twice) - $10 moneymaker!!

If you don't know what a catalina coupon is, its a coupon that prints off at the end of your order that you can use like cash on your next visit! Once you buy your first set, you can take those cats and use them to buy more ice cream, pay nothing and get another set of cats (what we couponers call "rolling") or you can use them to buy other groceries that you would have otherwise bought (minus things prohibited by law like liquor, stamps and cigarettes).

NOTE: The way these catalina ("cat") deals work is that they are advertised that a customer spends a certain amount to get the catalinas. For example the ad might say spend $30 on General Mills products and get $15 back in catalinas. However the way the computers are programmed, it calculates the $30 based on the pre-preferred card price. So it does not take into consideration the store giving you the 2 free discounts. So the register thinks you have bought $6.69 X 6 or $40.14 which is why the cat prints.

It is very important to note sometimes they don't print...for a variety of reasons...the machine is down, catalina is offline, your store price varies by a few pennies etc. You should never argue with customer service to get the cats if you work deals using the non-sale price (because they will always tell you that it doesn't work that way and you need to spend the amount after the sale price - even though that is not true). If you can figure out what you did all means ask customer service if you can return and rebuy adding another item to tip you over the amount needed.

When I get the details of this current promotion I will do a better write up to explain how it works...but since this one ends today, I wanted to let you guys know about it (and honestly I think all of my readers are seasoned on catalina deals)! Even if you can't get out today for some free ice cream...looks like this may be a promising deal coming in the next week or so!

Thanks to my friend Megan for the heads up!

Luvs Diaper Coupons

Visit and sign into your account (or join the Luvs network if you haven't already!) Visit the profile update page and click on the box on the right hand side for 2 $2.50 coupons and save your profile! If you like Luv's diapers, be sure to join since they have offered $5 coupons in the past.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Get 2 free passes to Disney's Princess and the Frog

If you live in or near Atlanta (12/5), Chicago (12/5), Dallas (12/5), Los Angeles (11/21), or New York (11/21). Go here to print a pass for 2 tickets to see a special preview of Disney's Princess and the Frog. Quantities are limited!

Old Navy Stuff and Save starts today!

They've upped the ante - Use your Old Navy, Gap or Banana Republic card and get 30% off your entire purchase! Plus the FIRST 50 Stuff and Save Customers at EACH Old Navy today October 30th get 50% off plus a free exclusive tote when you use your Old Navy Card.

I also read on Couponing to Disney that Friday and Saturday all Halloween Costumes will be just $2!! And if you don't have an Old Navy card you can use the 15% off coupon here!

Order online and use the code ONSTUFF30 and get free shipping on orders $75+!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Free Red Gold Reusable Tote Bag

Available only in IL, KS, MI, MN, MO, OH, OK and WI. Fill out the form here for a free Red Gold Reusable Tote Bag.

Try Me Free Rebate - Nature Valley Granola Bars

Click here to print a Try Me Free Rebate form (up to $3.39) for Nature Valley Dark Chocolate and Nut Granola bars. Purchase must be made between 9/1/09 - 1/15/10.

Einstein Bros Bagels - Free Bagel Friday

Tomorrow October 30, 2009 is a free bagel Friday at Einstein Bros. Bagels. Just print of this coupon and bring to any Einstein Bros. Bagel shop before 11 am for your free bagel. Limit one coupon per Friday per person.

50% off Payless Coupon

Oprah is offering her viewers a coupon for 50% off your ENTIRE purchase at Payless ShoeSource. Go here to get your coupon!

This offer is only good through close of business on Friday October 30, 2009.

Borders - 40% off one item

Borders rewards members can use the coupon here for 40% off the list price of one item good through 11/2. Online code is BRE1129H.

Chipotle Free Burrito on Halloween


Do you love Chipotle enough to dress up like a burrito? If you do, you'll score yourself a free one!

Go to any participating Chipotle on October 31st (10/31/09) after 6 pm dressed as a burrito, burrito bowl, taco or salad and get a free burrito! Be sure to call ahead first to make sure your local store is participating.

Halloween Treat for Macy's Customers 10/31


Be one of the first 100 customers at Macy's when the doors open on Halloween and get a $10 treat to spend! Costume Contest in the kids department and face painting at the makeup counter!

Details here! Or to find a location near you click here.

Free $15 Gift from


Sign up
here to get a $15 photo credit at You can use it to make a custom photo gift or just print pictures for yourself. Quantities are limited!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Looking for Last Minute Candy?

I had a friend ask me about candy deals this week for Halloween so I dug up some info for her. I didn't buy any candy this year as I am handing out fruit snacks and fruit by the foot that I got for pennies during a Jewel catalina deal a little while back. But here's what I found in the way of current candy deals if you still need to pick some up for Halloween.

Toys R Us seems to be your best bet...All Halloween Candy is 40% off -

Mars Variety Candies Sale Price: $1.74
use (9/27 RP) Save $1.00/2 or (10/11 RP) Save $1.00/2
Final Price: $1.24 each (must buy at least 2 bags)

Hershey's Variety Candies Sale Price: $1.74
use (10/18 RP) Save B3G1 Free coupon
Final Price: $1.31 each (must buy 4 bags)

Reese's Variety Candies Sale Price: $1.74
use (8/23 SS) Save $0.55/1
Final Price: $1.19 each

If you don't have any coupons...
Jewel has a deal going until 10/31 that when you buy a $15 iTunes gift card you get a free bag of candy up to $5. If you were planning on buying iTunes gift cards for Christmas anyway, this might be the time to get them and you can score your Halloween Candy for Free. You need to buy the candy at the same time as the gift card, and its only one free bag for $15+ iTunes you would need to buy each card/candy combination separate to get multiple free bags!

And, if you have a Discover card - use it to pay! The current 5% cashback promotion is for purchases at grocery stores!! (Make sure you sign up online before you make your purchase to get your bonus)!

My Coke Rewards - 3 Free points for watching "V" preview

Get 3 FREE My Coke Rewards points for watching a preview of the new tv show "V" here! Once you've watched it, log out and then log back into your account and it should be credited!

Offer good through 11/3/09!

And don't forget - today is DOUBLE POINTS for Diet Coke codes! (UPDATE: I just entered caffeine free diet coke codes at they worked too!)

Free PowerBar Gel Blasts Sample


Sign up here for a free sample of PowerBar Gel Blasts

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Target - Holiday Glade Candle Deal

Now through 12/26/09, receive a $5 Target Gift Card when you buy 5 Glade Holiday Scented Items at $2.50/ea. This deal includes Bayberry, Gingerbread, Apple Cinnamon, Peppermint, Holly, and Vanilla scented products. These might make great teacher or hostess gifts for the holidays!

These candles are found on an endcap, not in the regular air freshener aisle. It may or may not be marked with a sign, but you can confirm by scanning an item at a price scanner and you will see $5 gift card offer on the right when the price comes up.

- Buy 5 Glade Scented Oil Tins @ $2.50/ea ($12.50)
- Buy 5 Glade Scented Oil Refills @ $2.50/ea ($12.50)
- Use 5 $1.50/1 coupon (found inside candle tins) (less $7.50)
- Use 5 B1G1 Free Refill when you buy a Holder coupon (found in blinkie machines at the grocery store)
Pay $5 out of pocket, get $10 in Target Gift Cards!

To make this an even sweeter deal, get $5 back via the SC Johnson rebate when you buy 3 participating products - and you are allowed to send this rebate in 3 times per household!

Also, receive a free music download with any Glade Special Edition Holiday Purchase

My Coke Rewards - Double Points 10/28

Are you a member of My Coke Rewards?

On Wednesday October 28th, you will get double points for any regular Diet Coke codes.

(UPDATE: I just entered caffeine free diet coke codes at they worked too!)

Taco Bell - Free Black Jack Taco on Halloween

Taco Bell is offering a Free Black Jack Taco on Halloween between the hours of 6pm and Midnight. Details here.

Victoria Secret FREE Pink Panty

Join or sign in here and receive a printable coupon for a FREE PINK brand cotton panty plus $10 off a bra. New members also receive a Free $5 Limited Edition Tshirt with any PINK purchase!

Coupon valid until November 9th, must bring a valid ID to redeem. No purchase required to redeem for your free panty.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Baby Einstein Recall/Refund

Disney is recalling any/all Baby Einstein DVDs and giving consumers a refund of $15.99 each (limit 4). According to the article here, they are recalling them because recent research suggests they are ineffective in their goal. Here are the details:

To participate, you must have purchased a DVD between June 5, 2004 and September 4, 2009.

If you are not satisfied with the DVD you purchased during the period mentioned above, for a limited time beginning on September 4, 2009 and ending on March 4, 2010, you may exchange it for one of the following:

  • One (1) Book of your choice
  • One (1) music CD of your choice - Or -
  • One (1) coupon for 25% off the purchase of one Little Einsteins™ product. Redeemable with promotion code only at
  • Refund of the current retail value of the DVD ($15.99).

Submissions must be postmarked by March 4, 2010.

Return Form and Full Details HERE.

Thanks Couponing to Disney!

It Pays to Eat Pasta Sweepstakes

The New World Pasta family of brands presents IT PAYS TO EAT PASTA Sweepstakes.

Enter here!

A total of $50,000 worth of groceries will be given away:
  • 8 Grand Prizes - free groceries for a year ($5,200 ea)
  • 42 First Place - mini grocery shopping spree ($200 ea)
Ends 10/30/09 - only a few more days to enter. You can enter once a day!

Free Kashi TLC Granola Bar Sample

Get a free sample of Kashi TLC Granola Bar here! (Click on the banner link)

Sample will arrive in 4-6 weeks.

Kraft/Nabisco $55 Savings Coupon Booklet

Sign up here to receive a free Nabisco coupon booklet containing $15 in coupons and 2 different $20 mail in rebates.

Coupons include:
$1/2 Nabisco cookies or crackers
$1/1 Nabisco multi-packs
$1/2 Planters products
$1/1 Planters NUTrition product
$20 MIR wyb 10 Nabisco cookies, 5 CapriSun and 5 Easy Mac Cups

New Huggies Codes - Enjoy the Ride

Are you collecting Huggies codes for their Enjoy the Ride Rewards Program? When you register at you can enter codes and get points. Spend your points on rewards or playing instant win games. Right now they have games to win a free package of diapers, music downloads, or $25 Starbucks gift card.

I haven't won anything in awhile, but when they first introduced this game I won 2 $25 Visa cards.

Here are some recent codes (also look for codes on diaper and wipe packs if you have any kiddos in diapers)




BCXSF DDGFC GXPGB (2 pts, expires 11/20)


If you are new to Enjoy the Ride Rewards, you can also earn points by answering polls and watching videos under the Earn Points tab.

Thanks to Freebies 4 Mom!

Free KFC Grilled Chicken TODAY 10/26

Kentucky Fried Chicken is going to try giving away free chicken again today Monday October 26, 2009. One piece of grilled chicken per person.

More details here

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Places you should sign up for

Here are some of my favorite sites that you should sign up for! By signing up you will get to try free products, get free coupons or earn points to cash in for free gift cards!!

Houseparty -
Sign up to host parties for new products to share with your family and friends. Recent houseparties I've been chosen for - Clorox Green Works, Lunchables, Arm & Hammer Essentials Cleaners.

Earn swagbucks just by using their search engine. Redeem swagbucks for free gift cards!

Bzzagent is a word of mouth marketing company, they offer you campaigns and when you get accepted they send you free products and samples/coupons to share with other people. When you share them you log on to their site and right little reports about what you said, what they said etc. When they read your reports you get Mypoints as your reward...which you can redeem for giftcards!! Its a win win win situation!

Most recent campaigns I've done were for Soft Soap Nutra Serum Bathwash, Florida's Natural OJ, Scrubbing Bubbles Action Scrubber, Science Diet Natures Best Dog Food, Teddy Grahams Trail Mix, Taco Bell Fresco Menu items....but I've also gotten some great stuff like a Logitech Universal Remote (worth $250), a Sonicare electric Toothbrush (worth $95), $75 in BP gas gift cards, so some are small and some are big!!

Vocalpoint -
This is also a word of mouth marketing place, but they just send you random coupons when they feel like it and you don't have to right the reports. The most recent coupons I've gotten were for Rice Krispies, Kashi brand cereal/crackers and Special K cereal/bars. There is usually one freebie and then others to share with friends. They do ask people to log on and talk on their discussion boards but its not a requirement.

Another word of mouth marketing company...don't have to write reports but they do send you surveys and previously I have received a free coupon for Ore Rida Steam and Mash potatoes, coupons to share with friends and a free potato masher...this week I just signed up to participate in a Sensodyne Toothpaste campaign.

This is General Mills new group - I've received coupons for free yogurt, Progresso Broth and a few others.

General Mills 2 - Mills Advisory Panel -
This was the original General Mills group -- they send you surveys and you get points that you can turn into gift cards.

This is a moms panel for Quaker Oats. In the past I have received a box full of goodies from them that included full size box of Chewy Granola Bars, 2 mini bags of Granola bites, 2 Simple Harvest granola bars, 2 single serve Life Cereal and a Kids Care wristband. Its just a moms panel, you don't need to do anything but you get great free stuff!

CVS Advisor panel -
Join this panel and they will send you surveys (the ones I've gotten have all been about CVS advertising) have to register your extra care card and you are paid in Extra Care Bucks when you complete surveys (they are usually $10 a survey which can buy you a few gallons of milk or a pack of diapers ;) )!

Join this panel to taste test Kraft products. No reports to write but they will send you follow up surveys...I've gotten coupons for Free Digiorno Flatbread sammys, Jello Pudding, Velveeta Shells and Cheese, and a few others.

To blog or not to blog

I've been toying with the idea of starting a blog for a long time now. If you know me well you know that one of the things I most dislike in life is WRITING. Yep, its true. I hate writing...I am a horrible speller (couldn't live without spell check)...I am horribly embarrassed when someone corrects my grammar (it has happened)...and sometimes I can hardly put together a sentence. Math has always been my better subject...which is probably why I LURVE coupons so much. I get to use my math skills to keep my brain working (somehow motherhood sucked the intelligence out of my brain). So now that I've put that out on the table...forgive me if what I write isn't spelled right, isn't properly composed, or simply does not make ANY sense!

I am here..and WRITING a blog about coupons, deals and bargains. I hope that you will find it useful. I likely will not cover EVERY deal that is out there (and there are a lot)...just the ones that I will either do for myself or I think are too good to pass up even if I'm not doing them. And more often than not, the deal was probably posted somewhere else first (I don't come up with these deals on my own) you'll see a credit line to where ever I read it from.

Thanks for stopping by and humoring this little experiment in motherhood distraction.