This is what you can get for $5.83

I post a lot about the deals that I get, but I thought it would help if I posted a picture because, as they say, “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” If you’re wondering if couponing is really worth it, it is.

I got all of this at Randalls and Target. I don’t usually shop at Randalls, but I got a coupon in the mail offering me a $30 gift card to fill a new or transferred prescription and $10 off a $50 purchase.

Here’s the breakdown for Randalls:

6 boxes of cereal

2 bottles of Tide

1 bag of Fresh Express lettuce

2 bags of string cheese

1 bag of grapes

1 bag of celery

1 roast

Used $10/50 Randalls coupon, used $1 off Tide in store coupon, used .50 Tide manufacturer’s coupon (which doubled), used $1 off Tide manufacturer’s coupon (from a home mailer), used 3 Kellogg’s $1 off printables, used 1 free Cheerio’s coupon, used 1 free Post cereals coupon, used $1 Quaker cereal coupon, used $1 Fresh Express bagged salad coupon (from a tear pad). It also took off an instant $5 for the cereals. I used the $30 Randalls gift card for filling a prescription and paid $5.30 out of pocket.


5 boxes cereal

6 pouches Star Kist tuna

2 bags Green Giant carrots

2 jars Prego

1 gallon milk

1 GG Valley Fresh Steamers frozen vegetables

Used: 5 $1/1 Kelloggs coupons, 2 $1/1 Target Green Giant carrots coupons, 6 $1/1 StarKist tuna coupons, 1 .75/2 Prego manufacturer’s coupon, 1 $1/2 Prego Target coupon, $1/1 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers coupon. Milk was free with the purchase of 5 cereals. Used $5 Target gift card from the Lilaguide deal and paid .53 out of pocket.

I also have a $5 catalina to use toward the purchase of a gift card at Randalls for buying the 2 Tide.

Mail call

I’ve posted about several “freebies” recently, so I just thought I’d share the things I’ve gotten in the mail so far this week so you can see that this stuff really does work:

*$10 in Target gift cards from Lila Guide. The details are here:

*A Procter and Gamble book with tons of great coupons that have late expiration dates!

*A package from Psst with a box of Chex Mix turtle bars and several coupons for $1.50/1 (which I’m guessing will make these free or very close to free if I watch the sale ads):
(see link above)

*A package from Bzz Agent with my latest BzzKit for Smucker’s Uncrustables:

*A package from Quaker with a full size box of Quaker protein granola bars (peanut butter and chocolate – MMMMM!), two sample size boxes of Life cinnamon cereal, some Quaker Simple Harvest granola bars, and several coupons!

*A $10 check from (post to come!)

Get $10 in FREE Target gift cards

If you’re like me, you can always find a way to use a Target gift card! A few months ago, I joined a site called because they were offering a $5 Target gift card for writing reviews about places in your area. They are still offering this promotion, so if you haven’t signed up on their site already or written your reviews, you can find out how to do that here:

They now have a new promotion. If you sign up on the site and create a “group” and five other people join your group before September 15th, you will get a $5 Target gift card.

Here are the details of the promotion:

Start a free online parenting group on any parent-related topic or location that interests you, and as a thank you we will send you a $5 Target gift card!*

Perhaps you love to cook and want to share ideas for recipes (“start a group called Family Cooking”), or maybe you want to start a playgroup in your neighborhood (“Central Park Playgroup”).

If you get 5 members to join your group by September 15th, we will send you a bonus $5! (Use the “invite a friend” feature in your group to email your friends to join!)

Here’s how:

1) Log in to – make sure your address is in your profile!

2) Click on the “Groups” tab or click here: and create a group on the topic or location of your choice

3) Email your username & group name to so we can track it

Thanks for your continued support,

The Team

*Rules: Promotion ends September 15, 2008. Members must be real parents with unique, valid email addresses. Reward applies to 1 group per person.

Feel free to post a link to your group in the comments here so that others can join!
If you’d like to join MY group, (please do!) you can find it here: