Monday, December 31, 2012

Frugal Forum December 31, 2012

Many stores have reward programs that give you bonuses when you shop. If you are planning on buying anything in a store that has a reward program sign up for it. You will be amazed how many surprises that they will send you in your email. Let’s start with CVS. If you are a beginner drugstore shopper this is the best store to start with. CVS has rewards that are called extracare bucks which you get on specific items using your extracare card that you can sign up for at the register. Check out their flyer for items giving you extracare bucks when you purchase them. For example: Oral-B Pulsar toothpaste on sale for $5.99 receive $2 extracare bucks plus you can use your 75 cents Sunday paper coupon making the final price $3.24 after extracare bucks. Your extracare bucks will print out at the end of the register tape while each one has an expiration date CVS will still accept them after that date. This is why I say it is a good store to start with so you do not lose any of your rewards while you are learning how it works. When you enter CVS make sure you scan your extracare card at the red kiosk located right in front of the store. When you do this it will give you bonus store coupons many times making items free. One tip is scan your card twice or at least until the kiosks says you have no more coupons. When you get home go to and register your extracare card online. This is an additional way to get coupons and savings sent to your email. Become a wellness member at RiteAid to start getting UPs rewards on specific products. Sign up with a cashier then activate your card online to receive access to coupons that can be loaded right on your card. Your +UPs rewards are loading on your card so when you make a purchase the +UPs rewards will automatically come off your total. Being a wellness member can also get your additional benefits like 10% off shopping pass, free magazines, 20% off the entire store for a year plus many more. Check out to see point system for your wellness rewards. Walgreens has a card called Balance rewards. Just ask your cashier for a card and activate it online. If you have a AARP card you can link your memberships and use your AARP membership card to receive rewards. AARP members receive 5,000 points when they spend $25 in a single purchase. You can redeem your points when you acquire 5,000 points which equal $5 or you can accumulate them for additional savings. You can earn points by buying certain products that offer a point value or even filling a prescription at Walgreens will give you 500 points using your card. Points expire 36 months from the day you earn them, but they expire sooner if you don’t have any account activity for 6 months. Walgreens also offers a program called Walk with Walgreens giving you 10 points for every mile your walk when you join that program. Through 2/14, whenever you spend at least $30 on participating beauty products in-store at Walgreens (using your Balance Rewards card), you’ll be able to score a FREE sample box filled with beauty products AND coupons! After making a qualifying purchase, you’ll get a printout at checkout with a PIN code. All of these programs can be monitored online making sure that your points don’t expire before you use them.

Here are a few more reward programs I would recommend to join:

Victoria Secrets Pink Nation: Right now join to receive coupon for free pink panty ($10.50 value) with any pink purchase.

JCP Rewards: Sign up with your email and register your jcp credit card or up to three credit/debit to earn reward points that can add up to $10 jcp reward.

BigLots Buzz Club Rewards: Even though they do not accept coupons Big Lots can save you money. Sign up for their reward card and get access to VIP shopping discounts, store coupons, and much more.

Dick’s Sporting Goods: Sign up for a SCORE card to earn points when purchasing sporting gear. You will receive $10 for every 300 points accumulated. You get 1 point for each $1 purchased. You also will receive coupons exclusive to members.

Help Deploy 1,000,000 Slim Jims to the troops. Just write a message of encouragement to the troops and they will send them your note plus a Slim Jim.

Text the word Pandora to the number 727272 on your cell phone to receive a code good for a FREE DVD rental at Redbox kiosks. Code expires 1/8/12

Buy any Glade Expressions Product at Kroger  between 12/31/12 and 1/27/13 and save $1.00 on a future order with catalina.

CVS Deals:

Spend $30 on participating P&G items to receive $10 extrabucks reward.

One scenario-

Buy Dawn soap 99 cents use 25 cents Sunday coupon, buy two Pantene shampoo or conditioners for $7 use $3 Sunday paper coupon, buy Tide detergent $5.44 use $1.50 Sunday paper coupon, buy two Gillette body wash $7 use $1 Sunday paper coupon and buy two Head and Shoulder shampoo $10 use $2 Sunday paper coupon pay $22.68 receive $10 extracare bucks making all eight items only $1.59 each after extracare bucks.

Spend $10 receive $5 extracare bucks when you purchase Crest Rinse, Crest toothpaste or Glide Floss match with $1.50 Crest rinse Sunday paper coupon and 50 cents Crest toothpaste Sunday paper coupon.

Buy any Crest 3D White Intensive Professional Effects whitening strips receive $10 extracare bucks plus send in for $10 mail in rebate located in Sunday paper coupon inserts.

Rite Aid Deals:

Purchase two Pantene shampoo or conditioner for $7 use $3 Sunday paper coupon receive $2 +UPs rewards.

Vicks Nature Fusion $6.99 use $1.50 Sunday paper coupon receive $1 +UPs rewards

Buy two Secret Expressions for $8 use $2 Sunday paper coupon receive $2 +UPs rewards

Durcacell Coppertop Batteries $12.97 use $1 in store flyer coupon plus 75 cents Sunday paper coupon receive $2 +UPs rewards

Earn up to $50 in +UPs reward when you purchase products with dollar sign icon throughout the store now through January 26th. Check out website for more details.

Walgreens Deals:

Olay Smooth Finish Facial and Select skin care products $22.99 use $3 Sunday paper coupon and receive 3,000 wellness points ($3 value)

Purchase two Aussie or Herbal Essence shampoo and conditioner for $5 use $1 Sunday paper coupon and receive 1,000 wellness points ($1 value)

Clairol Nice ‘N Easy Foam Hair Color $7.99 use $2 Sunday paper coupon and receive 1,000 wellness points ($1 value)

Fru-Gal Tip:

Many of your coupons are going to expire January 31, 2012. Now is the time to go through your coupon binder and clean it out. Start the new year with a binder all ready to save.









Thursday, December 27, 2012

Frugal Forum December 27,2012

Staples is now offering a free reusable bag and everything you can get in it you get 15% off. Print off coupon and check out exclusions. I used it for ink

Buy one Purex crystals get one free

Buy two DIgiorno Pizzas get one free coupon

Claires is having a 85% off winter outerwear sale- plus buy one get one free items

Bath and Body Works having a big sale with items up to 75% off use promotional code F128114 to take $10 off $30 order or BIGSALE20 to take 20% off your order if you do not want to order $30

$2 coupon for Nivea Renewal lotion- I think you can use this for the

Receive a Mizani custom blend deep conditioning treatment with any salon service of $45 or more ($15 value) at JCPenney salon. Offer good until January 31.

Print out high value Right Guard coupons look under personal care
$2 off any two right guard total defense 5 or xtreme deodorant products
$2 off two right guard body wash
$2 off two dry idea roll-on or gel products
plus many more
Lots of P&G items on sale at CVS and RiteAid starting this Sunday

Check out they now have gift sets marked 50% off

Get 25 free 4x6 prints at RIteAid just add to your card and enter promotional code EPRNT at checkout then pickup at store to get for free.

Free samples of Centrum Flavor Burst

Free sample of quit smoking aid tea

Free Soft Scrub Cleaner at CVS
$1 Manufacturer coupon
$1 Savings Star coupon

If you haven’t signed up for Saving Star yet do it. What the program does is lets you load coupons on your Kroger card, CVS card or RiteAid card then when you use the coupon it will place the dollar amount in your account. When you reach $5 you get a gift certificate or put the money in a paypal account.

Free 16x20 wall portrait at Sears Photo Studio

High value $1.50 coupon for Gevalia Coffee on their facebook page

Don’t forget Kohl’s is having a 20% off deal when you enter promotional code NEWYEAR20 at checkout.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Frugal Forum December 24, 2012

I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday. Enjoy the day. The Fru-Gal

Let’s make 2013 your year to save. Couponing doesn’t have to be a chore trust me it is fun to save money. It does take some effort from you but if you have some insider knowledge it may make it easier. The Lexington Coupon Club associated with the Fayette County Extension Service would love to have the opportunity to help you with your saving journey. Come to a coupon forum on Monday, January 7th, 6:30pm at Fayette County Extension office, 1140 Red Mile Place and ask us all the questions you want about couponing. Knowing the lingo is a start.

Blinkies: These are those coupons that are dispersed from electronic machines located on the shelves at the supermarket.

Catalinas: Coupons that print out of a machine at the checkout register separate from your register receipt. These are manufacturer coupons that can be used at any store or they can be dollar savings toward your next shopping trip.

Peelies: Many products have coupons attached right to the product that you just peel off and give to the cashier for savings.

Doubling: Get twice the coupon’s face value deducted from the price of the item. Check your store’s coupon policy on doubling. Kroger will double any coupon up to 50 cents. Meijers doubles two identical coupons up to 50 cents.

Stacking: Using multiple coupons per item. CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens, Target allows you to use a store coupon plus a manufacturer coupon for the same item.

Tear Pads: Notepads of coupons that hang off grocery shelves. Remember you don’t need to use these coupons right away grab a couple and save for a sale.

If you didn’t know about the above coupons come on Monday to learn more about couponing.

Send free $10 eGift Cards from Your friends and family can redeem them online to enjoy a meal at a participating restaurant.

If you are traveling this holiday season RadRoadTrips is offering a free printable Christmas Road Trip Activity Book.

Get a free one year premium Mountain Sports Club membership benefits include discounted lift tickets, special two for one life ticket coupons, travel discounts plus much more.

Everyone who donates blood at one of the four Kentucky Blood Centers through January 4 will receive two movie passes to an area cinema. Call 800-775-2522 or visit for more information or to schedule a donation.

Just text Pandora to 727272 to score a one-time use Redbox code good for a FREE 1-day movie rental, valid through 1/8/13. Just enter your exclusive code at any Redbox kiosk.

Like Shutterfly on their facebook page to receive two free 8x10 prints you do need to pay for shipping

Home Depot has a 5qt Digital Programmable slow cooker for $9.95 just enter item number 400192


Retail Coupons:

20% off your entire purchase at Famous Footwear valid until December 25.

$6 off any full service oil change coupon at Valvoline

Buy one medium candle at Yankee Candle get another one free coupon

Even though there is no coupons this week here is some helpful holiday deals on some great stocking stuffers:

CVS Deals: 2-day sale December 23 and December 24 only

Crest Toothpaste $1.99 receive $1 extracare bucks
Buy one get one free Phillips Earbuds
Buy one get one free Russell Stover or Whitman’s sampler box chocolates
Hershey’s Holiday assorted candy three for $9 receive $2 extracare bucks

Watch a short video to receive a high value coupon at CVS for holiday candy

RiteAid Deals:

Buy two bags of M&Ms 8oz snack mix for $6 use two $1 coupons from 12/9 Sunday paper plus receive $2 in +UPs rewards                                                                                                                                                           Buy two Glad 4oz. candles for $5.98 use $1.50 12/2 Sunday paper coupon plus receive $2 in +UPs rewards                                                                                                                                                                         Kerri Lotion 15 oz. $5.99 use $5 in store flyer coupon  plus print out $2 coupon making it free

 Planter products on sale buy one get one free plus use $1 12/2 Sunday paper coupon                                 Purchase $30 worth of Gillette qualifying products in flyer and receive $10 +UPs rewards plus use $5 11/4 Sunday paper coupon                                                                                                                                     Buy $30 worth of Oral-B Rechargeable and Battery Operated Toothbrushes or refill heads receive $10 in +UPs rewards match up with $15 mail in rebate at or $1 12/9 Sunday paper coupon                          Buy $20 worth of Nivea products receive $10 in +UPs rewards                                                                            Buy $15 worth of Physician Formula cosmetics and receive $10 in +UPs rewards

Walgreens Deals:                                                                                                                                                          Purchase KY Yours + Mine for $15.99 use in store $5 coupon plus $2 12/9 Sunday paper coupon

Frugal Tip:

If you are worried about having too many +UPs rewards, extracare bucks or wellness points don’t do all your deal on one day. Go back to the store and use the rewards you have stored up to purchase your next deal that gives you more rewards. This way you start to use their money not your own.



Saturday, December 22, 2012

Frugal Friends December 22, 2012

Today get a free 5x7 photo at Walgreens with promotional code FREE5x7 at checkout.

Today only get 15% off your purchase at Walgreen’s Friends and Family Event

$5 off $30 grocery purchase at Target coupon

Purchase two Aveeno products and mail in receipt for a $5 Target gift card rebate

Get 50% off large pizzas at Papa Johns when you order online and use coupon code MLB50. You have to enter the code before you put the order in.

Text the following codes to 727272 on your cell phone for a free redbox game rental code  These codes expire Dec 31.

$2 off any JOSE OLE item 16oz or larger coupon on their facebook page

Free Hills Science DIet dog treats

Log in to your Disney Movie Rewards account to add new code 25DOCBMR2123 for 15 points.

Two free 8x10 prints from Shutterfly as a gift for a million facebook fans. Just click on get your gift code.

Imaginarium My Corner Wooden Dollhouse was $99.99 now $35.99 at Toys R Us

Even better you will score a free 75 piece Imagainarium Wooden Block Set with your Imaginarium purchase of $30 or more. This block set should be automatically added to your cart when you add the dollhouse.

TruActivewear TruBra Seamless Bra was $55 now $12 free shipping

Dairy Queen Blizzard Maker was $29.99 now $6.79 at Amazon

Squinkie Minnie Mouse Large Dispenser was $24.99 now $7.99 at Amazon

SODIAL- Multi Vintage Colorful Crystal Peacock bracelet now $1.15 at Amazon

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Frugal Forum December 20, 2012

Rite Aid Deal:
Physicians Formula Fake Out Mascara has peelie one the product for mail in rebate try me free.RIght now they are on sale for buy one get one free making both free with mail in rebate.

remember I told you the other day about the gift set deals buy one get one 50% plus receive $5 in +UPS rewards. Here how to make the deal even sweeter. Print out two $2 coupons for Love’s Baby Soft they have gift sets for $6.99 making it $10.49 use two coupons pay just $6.49 get $5 +UPs rewards making both just $1.49

Buy three Pretty Women glue on nail products that are 75% off (only certain designs) making them $1.49 then send in for your Rite Aid Single Check $6 Rebate (can be found next to sales flyers) becomes a moneymaker

Free Poise Hourglass Sample Kit

Free tickets to Parental Guidance movie screening -

MD Sports 24” Table Top AIr Hockey table for just $5 from Walmart

DeLonghi BAR32 Retro 15 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker for $99,95 plus get $20 mail in rebate making final price just $79.95 regularly $210.00 at Amazon

Ocean 11,12, 13 Blu-Ray on sale at Amazon for $9.99 was $39.96

Head over to to print a manufacturer coupon for buy one get one free Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream coupon

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Frugal Forum December 18, 2012

Check out your mailbox today- I received a coupon for free napkins at Kroger they were in an advertisement.

Rite Aid Deal next Sunday.

Glade Sense and Spray Kit $2.99
print out two $2 coupon at
Get $2 +UPs reward when you buy two
making final price free
this deal doesn’t start until December 21.

CVS Deal:
Free trial size of Clean and Clear Shampoo coupon at CVS

High value $3 coupon for Bic Mark It

All day friday on December 21st shakes are half price at Sonic

$5 off RC Baja Street Runner, USMC Defense Tower or Kawaski Radio Control ATV coupon at RIte AId

Save $10 on a $20 FedEx Express shipment coupons

This is what their facebook page says:
Are you a last minute shopper? Ship with FedEx Express by 12/22 and you can still get it there by Christmas. And our gift to you is $10 off a $20 FedEx Express® shipment. Print your coupon and bring it to a FedEx retail location.

Check out Victoria Secret right now you can get a beautiful $10 Sequin Clutch bag plus lip gloss with any purchase just enter promotional code SEQUIN10 at checkout. You should be able to purchase a travel size hand gel to get the clutch promotion.

Surprise offer from Bath and Body Works
could be up to 40% off your order coupon