CVS ad (week of 8/10-8/16)

Next week is kind of a slow week for CVS, but there are a few decent deals:

Alavert/Alavert D will be $5.99 and you get $3 in ECBs back. There is a $4 printable coupon (see the link below), so it will be like you are making $1 in ECBs. The limit is one per household.
Here’s the link for the coupon:

Buy 2 Lamisil or Lamisilk (foot cream, powder, gel, spray, or pump), get $10 ECB
It says that prices start at $7.59. There were $3 off Lamisilk and $4 off Lamisil coupons in the paper a few weeks ago, which means that if you use two coupons, you will be making $.

Spend $25 in baby products, get $5 ECB back:
Huggies diapers are $8.99
Huggies wipes are 2/$5
(Other items are: Johnson’s baby products – $2.99, Playskool toys – $7.99, umbrella stroller – $9.99, CVS cotton swabs – 2/$3, Enfamil – $23.99)

You have probably noticed that the prices of diapers have gone up A LOT (around $10.49/bag for Huggies/Pampers and most stores) lately, so this is a great price on diapers even without the ECBs. The Enfamil is also a great deal if you need formula and have formula checks! Buy the Enfamil, some CVS cotton swabs (or Huggies wipes), use a $2/10, and your formula checks, and you come out nicely.

You do not have to buy all $25 in products in one transaction. You can split them up. If you are doing different ECB deals, you can also do multiple transactions and use the ECBs earned from one deal to spend on the next deal so you are not spending as much out of pocket. (Of course, I have 5 CVS stores within 10 minutes of my house, so it’s no big deal to do multiple transactions!)

They are also having a deal on candy – spend $10, get $5 ECB. I won’t be doing this one because I sure don’t need more candy, but it’s not a bad deal, especially if you have any of the $1.50/1 Dove chocolate coupons that were in the paper a few months ago (which you would of course want to combine with the $2/10).

There is also this deal: Spend $15 on Energizer batteries, get a $5 ECB (I won’t be doing this because I have a ton of batteries, already). If you have the $1/1 coupons that were in the paper recently and used a $2 off coupon, it wouldn’t be too bad. If you don’t have the coupons, you can probably still order some on eBay or through a coupon clipping service. You’d need to buy 6 packages to make this work, and you’d still end up paying about $5 out of pocket, which isn’t bad if you need batteries.

Kroger this week (8/6-8/12)

In our area (which is considered the “Texas/Louisiana” region), the Kroger ad runs from 8/6-8/12. If you are in another area, there are probably some similarities, but things may not match up 100%. When in doubt, you can check the forum for your area on
It also includes Kroger “chain” stores such as Frys, King Soopers, and Dillons, and Smiths. If you don’t have a Kroger chain store in your area, you can find the grocery stores in your area here:

These are just some of the deals I saw. This is not the entire ad. You can view the ad online. By the end of the day, there will probably be coupon match ups with more specific information up on, too!

*Tyson or Pilgrims Pride boneless chicken breast or chicken breast tenders – BOGO freethey run this sale about once a month, and I like to stock up when they do because I usually have coupons to go with it – there were Tyson coupons in the paper a few weeks ago and there have also been “tear pads” in stores. There were Pilgrims Pride coupons in the paper awhile back also. Remember that you can use TWO coupons on BOGO free items. I usually get two packages of chicken breasts for about $3.99 using the coupons. If you don’t have the coupons this time around, it may not be the best time to stock up….just start keeping an eye out for them for next time! Remember if you are doing a BOGO to pick two packages of chicken that are almost the same price so you get the most for your money. The cheaper package always comes off as the “free” one.

*Blue Bell ice cream – $3.99 – print your $1/1 coupons on You just have to sign up on their site, and once you log in, you will see a link that says “Special Offers” or “coupons” or something to that effect. They have new coupons every month.

*Crest toothpaste – 10/$10there were coupons in this week’s inserts for .75/1 and $1/2, which makes cheap toothpaste

*Pillsbury Crescent rolls or cinnamon rolls – 10/$10 – There were coupons for the crescent rolls in the 7/13 inserts and there are also printable coupons online for both types at (check, too, because a lot of times they have coupons, as well)

*Pringles – 10/$10 – You can load a .50/1 coupon onto your shopper card at:

*Angel Soft bath tissue – $5.99 – there are .50/1 coupons for this which will double making it $4.99

*General Mills Cheerios – $2.69 – There are printable coupons on and and here:
(There will be MUCH better deals on cereal, especially with school starting, but if you need cereal, it’s not a bad deal)

*Pop Tarts/Fruit Snacks – $1.80 There were $1/2 coupons in this week’s inserts and there were also fruit snacks coupons. The Pop Tarts are actually cheaper at CVS ($1.79/each) and you can use the $2/10 to make them even cheaper. There was a mail in rebate in Sunday’s paper for $10 when you buy 10 Kellogg’s products in one transaction

*Weight Watchers Smart ones – 6/$10 and 5/$10 – If you are a member of WW, you probably have tons of these. If not, here are some links to print coupons:
(When you print “Bricks” coupons, you should be able to print 2 – just press the back button on your browser until it starts printing again)

*Pantene shampoo/conditioner – 2/$11 there were coupons for $1/2 in this week’s inserts (not the best deal, but again…if you need shampoo)

Colgate toothpaste – 2/$4 there were coupons in the paper two weeks ago and you can also print the coupons here:

*Nature Made vitamins – BOGO free – you can print coupons here: (remember to use 2!)

*Electrasol dish detergent – $2.89 – there were coupons for $2.25/1 in the paper a few weeks back (these are actually cheaper at Target – $2.69)

No coupons, but still decent deals:

Kroger hot dog/hamburger buns – 10/$10
*Kroger shredded cheese – 3/$5
*Barilla pasta – 4/$5 (their no-cook lasagne noodles are AWESOME!)
*White seedless grapes – 97 cents/pound
*Yellow squash or zucchini – 4 pounds for $5
*Bartlett pears – 4/$5

Walmart & All You Magazine

This is basically a repost from our family blog, but not everyone who visits this blog visits that blog, and I thought this was worth sharing:

About a year ago, I discovered a magazine called “All You.” It is only sold at Walmart, and it is $1.77. I personally hate Walmart (I can’t stand the crowds, the lack of cashiers, or how dirty it usually is, and I usually get much better deals at many other places, but that’s just a personal thing), so I ended up getting a subscription, which was $10/year. Anyway, the magazine is mainly filled with coupons which is why I get it.

The past few months have been pretty disappointing, but the newest issue has some really great coupons.The ones I was most excited about are:

Crystal Light FREE WYB (when you buy) 3 kraft, nabisco, or oscar mayer products
KRAFT salad dressing (same wording as crystal light)
KRAFT singles (same wording as crystal light)
NABISCO wheat thins (same wording as crystal light)
Oscar Mayer hot dogs (same wording as crystal light)

Kool Aid is a “Kraft” product. If you buy 3 Kool Aid packets (which are .10-.20 around here), you can get the free item listed on the coupon. So, for $4.77 (the cost of the magazine plus the 15 packets of Kool Aid), you can get Crystal Light, Kraft Salad dressing, Kraft cheese slices, Nabisco wheat thins, and Oscar Mayer hot dogs. Also, check the free up to value amounts. I always get the largest sizes I can (for the wheat thins, it ends up being the family size box).Also, if you happen to shop at Kroger and pay attention to the monthly totals that go toward your .10 off fuel discount, they look at your total BEFORE coupons.I guess this is only a “deal” of course, if your family thrives on processed and packaged foods which I guess I should be embarrassed to say that mine does?…..

If you decide to get this magazine, make sure you are buying the most recent issue. I will try to post a picture of the cover later today. If you look in the back, there is a page that lists all of the coupons.

Gymboree’s Back to School sale

I admit it….I’m hooked on Gymboree. That might seem a bit like an oxymoron since I also claim to love bargains. I know where you’re coming from. I visit a lot of mom-related message boards and for years, I’ve seen the posts about Gymboree, but I basically ignored them because I thought it was way too expensive. Then, when a regular store and an outlet store opened within minutes of my house, I decided to check it out, and I was hooked….it has become an addiction.

Here’s my secret ~ I only buy stuff when it’s on sale, dirt cheap, and then the next year, I sell it! Gymboree clothing has great resale value and because I bought it so inexpensively to begin with, I pretty much get back what I paid for it (and in a few cases, I’ve made more).

Anyway – they are having their Back to School sale right now, which means that their stuff is heavily discounted (up to 60% on brand new lines depending on what you buy).

Items that are normally priced $24.50-44.50 are $20.

Items that are normally priced $19.50-22.50 are $15.

Items that are normally priced $12.50-16.50 are $10.

Socks are 6 pairs for $10.

Currently, they are also offering an additional 20% off of all of their clearance merchandise.

There is a coupon for 20% off your entire purchase in this month’s edition of Parenting magazine.

Combine the sales and the 20% off coupon (I also get an additional 5% because I have a Gymboree Visa), and you can get some really cute kids’ clothes (that also holds up really well) for really cheap!

I forgot to add that these prices are for the regular store, not the outlet. You can’t use coupons at the outlet, either.

Shopping at CVS just got better!

CVS sometimes release coupons that can be used to get a $ off when you spend a certain amount. These coupons used to be a LOT more common, but unfortunately, people were abusing them, so they are pretty rare now. When they do come out, CVS fans like to celebrate because it means we can save even more (and sometimes make money, too!).

There is an online version of this magazine, and on page 30, there is a coupon for $2 off a $10 purchase at CVS. Here’s the link:

If you’re just getting started and wanted to earn Extra Care bucks for the least amount out of pocket, here are a few scenarios:

Scenario #1: (if you don’t have yesterday’s paper)
Print up the coupons for 2 Colgate toothpaste here:

Print up the coupon for Advil here:

Print your $2/10 from the link above.

Buy 2 Colgate toothpaste (check the ad to make sure you are buying the right ones) and 1 Children’s Advil (the monthly deal also works on the infant drops). You will spend $5.77, but get $9.79 back in ECBs.

Scenario #2: (if you have at least one copy of yesterday’s paper)
Buy 2 Cover Girl face products (they range in price for $5.79-9.99….the more expensive, the better because you want to get to your $10 total!….also remember you want both products to be the same price basically or they will deduct the cheaper once twice)

Buy 2 Colgate toothpastes (use the links above to print coupons)

Buy 1 Oral B toothbrush (use the $1 off coupon from yesterday’s paper)

You will spend $2.47, but you will get back $5.50 in ECBs

Scenario #3: (also if you have at least 1 copy of yesterday’s paper)
Buy a Gillette Fusion razor (remember to check for the gift packs with the shave gel!)

Buy a small item (in couponing lingo, we refer to these as “fillers”) like a candy bar to get you over the $10 total

Use your $2/10 CVS coupon and your $4 Gillette coupon from yesterday’s paper. Spend $4.49 and get $3 back. (This isn’t the best deal but if you need a razor, it’s an inexpensive way to do it)

Here are a few other deals I missed in my first post:

*Kleenex are BOGO free this week. If you buy 6 boxes and use 2 of the .50/3 coupons that were in yesterday’s paper, you end up getting them for about .60/box.

*Pert Plus shampoo is BOGO free this week. There were $2 off coupons in yesterday’s paper. CVS will let you use two coupons (one for each item) when you are doing a BOGO free offer, so if you use buy 2 bottles of shampoo and use two of the $2 coupons, you get free shampoo.

*Sure deodorant is BOGO free and there was a BOGO free coupon a few week’s ago. If you have this coupon, you get the deodorant free.

There was also a mail in rebate form in yesterday’s paper for $5 on school supplies when you buy $5 in Pert/Sure products, so if you buy the deodorant/Shampoo and then $5 in school supplies (there are lots of good deals on school supplies this week including several BOGO offers), you could potentially get free shampoo, deodorant, and school supplies. The Bic White out is BOGO, so you could print out 2 coupons for .50/1 which would make it pretty cheap:

*Chex Mix is 2/$3. There is a printable coupon (see below) for $1/1, so you can get Chex mix for .50.