Thursday, May 5, 2011

Fru-Gal Update May 5

Is your local grocery store the best place to go for food? We are very fortunate that our city offers many different types of stores to get everything we need to survive. If you need milk, over the counter medications or personal care items, drugstores like Walgreens, CVS or RiteAid can offer surprisingly good deals. Many of these pharmacies offer some great deals on food to get you into the store hoping you are going to buy some higher priced products. This week at Walgreens get salt for 50 cents, Butterball Chicken broth for 50 cents and olives for 99 cents. Go to RiteAid where you can pick up Raisin Bran cereal, Pop-Tarts and Rice Krispies snacks for just $1.99. CVS has Sun Chips on sale for $3 each buy two bags and use $2 Sunday paper coupon making the final price $2 each. Next are the Supercenters like Walmart and Target these stores will match sale prices and accept coupons. Warehouse Clubs like Sam’s Club sell everything from meat to mattresses. You do need to purchase an annual membership and you cannot use coupons at these stores. In warehouse clubs remember that even if you eventually use the large amount of products you just bought you may not have the storage space to accommodate the product. The shopping experience in these big box stores can be very unfriendly and uncomfortable. I tend to spend much of my time just locating the products. We now have discount grocers like Aldi that sell private label products instead of brand names, but in many cases prices can be lower than a regular supermarket. These stores do not accept coupons, you need to bag your own groceries, bring your own bags and don’t forget to bring a quarter to get a shopping cart. What is the best way for you to save money while shopping? I use coupons when shopping so going to a warehouse club isn’t going to give me the best deal. Kroger doubles any coupon up to 50 cents everyday making my coupons worth even more. Target lets you use a store coupon along with a manufacturer coupon helping you save double the amount on an item. Walmart’s new coupon policy even gives you back money if your coupon is a higher amount than the product purchase price. Keep all your options open when shopping. Maybe step into a new store to see what other deals are available. Remember to check your prices and compare for the best deals.

Don’t forget about Mother’s Day. Giving from your heart is more precious than how much the present costs. Do something special for Mom on her day. Make her a special basket full of goodies along with designing personalized coupons for Mom at DLTK’s printable.

Rite Aid- Duracell batteries 10pk for $8.99 unadvertised sale $2.49 (I did it yesterday and it worked)

Rite Aid- Calgon $2.99 get $2 in UPs reward use $1 printable coupon
making this free - The coupon for some reason didn't work right but it is for the right product and the cashier put it in manually for me

Kroger freebies- 5/1 Sunday paper $1 Safeguard soap coupon on sale for $1 - $1 Ivory Bath Wash coupon on sale for $1

Basket suggestions from RiteAid:

· Buy two Revlon Emery Boards 2 packs for $1.25 each and receive $4 in UPs rewards to use on next purchase.

· Use $4 UPs reward to purchase two bottles of Pantene Shampoo or Conditioners and $3 coupon from 5/1 Sunday paper making the final price FREE.

· Purchase Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiant Skin for $9.99 use $2 coupon from 5/1 Sunday paper and receive $5 UPs reward making final price $2.99.

· Use $5 UPs reward from previous transaction to buy Revlon foundation for $9.99 and you will be able to send in for $2 mail-in-rebate along with receiving $5 UPs reward.

· Use new $5 UPs reward to purchase Covergirl Cosmetics for 40% off and use with $2.50 coupon or $1 coupon from 5/1 Sunday paper.

· Purchase three Profoot Foot Care participating products for $15. Send in for $10 mail-in-rebate and look for $1 peelie on product along with receiving $2 UPs rewards making the final price FREE.

· Don’t forget to get the box of Whitman’s sampler for $4.88 with the UPs reward you still have making this a great deal.

· Ivory Soap is on sale for 99 cents at CVS use $1 coupon from 5/1 Sunday paper making it FREE.

· Load digital coupon for free Magnum Ice Cream 3-pack on your Kroger card.

Save $10 off $25 purchase at Yankee Candle Store with coupon.

Share your love of Cottonelle Fresh Flushable Tubs by sending one to your Mom.

Receive a free Classic Photo Book when you buy one at Picaboo just enter promotional code BGFMAY at checkout.

Send a free ecard to your Mother today and Smart Balance will donate one dollar to WomenHeart, to support women living with heart disease.

Until May 8th purchase an egift card from P.F. Chang’s and they will donate 10% off the price to help empower women and girls in the fight against global poverty.

The Cancer Society wants to inspire Mothers to make their own health a priority by making May 12 “Choose You” Day, a day to commit to a healthier lifestyle. Register your goals and track your progress.

Buy any HP Poster and get one of equal or lesser value free at Walmart coupon.

Looking for beauty products for Mom? Ultra Beauty on Nicholasville Road has a great Mother’s Day sale this week. Receive a free cover-up ($40 value) with any fragrance purchase of $30 or more. Look at their flyer to see all the free gifts available with qualifying purchases.

Join The Redbox Text Club now and get a free rental every first Monday of the month.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is holding their annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic today at the Third Street Fire Station from 6pm to 9pm. Vaccinations will cost just $3. Call (859) 231-9791 for more information.

The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky located on Alumni Drive will observe National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 6 by offering 2 free guided tours of its gardens, one at 10 am and the other at 2pm. No pre-registration just show up to learn something about Lexington’s public garden.

Join Living Arts and Science Center located at 362 N. Main St. and the Cincinnati Zoo tonight from 6pm to 8pm for a special Wings of Wonder, Live Bird Show. The Cincinnati Zoo will bring a variety of amazing birds such as black-footed penguin, eagle, and hawk. Call (859) 252-5222 for more information.

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