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Friday, September 30, 2011

Energizer $3.00 Coupon

 Act quick on this coupon!  Click on the link below to go to the Energizer Bunny Facebook page
to save on 1 package of Energizer Max AA-8 or AAA-8 batteries.



Sorry...offer ended.



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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Craftsy Free Patterns

Brrr...it is cool and windy outside today!  Perfect day for cleaning the cottage, where I quilt, scrapbook, sew, and create cards.  It is been such a crazy summer, so I haven't spent much time in my cottage...bummer.  Hopefully, the fall season will allow me the pleasure of my hobbies.  Today is the day I tackle cleaning and organizing.  Wish me luck!!!

For those of you who are ready to start working on fall projects, http://www.craftsy.com/ is a site with "for sale" and "free" patterns.  Here's the steps to finding the quilting patterns. After you log on, click on Projects, Quilting, and Patterns. Next, select the pattern category that interests you.  Scroll down to see the 172 free patterns that are currently available.  You can also link to their blog at http://blog.craftsy.com/.  I just read an excellent article called, "Why Can't All Patterns Be Free?"  Hope you enjoy this site.




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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Seventh Generation Coupons



According to their web site, "Seventh Generation is the nation’s leading brand of household and personal care products that help protect human health and the environment."  I have purchased 7th Generation products at the Whole Foods Coop in Duluth, Minnesota.  Currently the Seventh Generation web site is offering a $ .50 off coupon for any laundry product.



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Baby Steps to Couponing: Organization

Busy day for couponing!!!  I usually save about 45% on groceries and personal care items.  Yes, in the beginning the process is time consuming, but it gets easier after practicing the techniques and getting organized.  My suggestion is to pick one store to familiarize yourself with the process.  Couponing at Walgreens takes the most practice and planning, so I would wait until you are more comfortable with cashing in on coupons.

Begin couponing by purchasing the necessary supplies.  What should you purchase?  There are many tips and suggestions on-line.  Here is what I would suggest:

1.  Find a binder for organizing coupons.  I really like the Case It Binder that has two sets of D-rings.  The binders are available at WalMart, but so far I have only found them when the school supplies are being stocked.  The binders sold out very quickly at the local WalMart.  Some bloggers have stated the binders are on clearance in their towns.
Case It Baseball Card Sheet Protector

2.  Next, it is time to purchase page protectors.  I like the top loading 3 pocket, baseball card, and full-sheet protectors.

3 Pocket Top Loading Page Protectors.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Birds Eye Veggie Coupons



Link to Birds Eye on Facebook and click "Like."  Next, play the game, "Veggie Powered Plate."  After playing the game, you will be able to print a $1.00 coupon off any 2 Birds Eye or Birds Eye Steamfresh variety of frozen vegetables.  Click on the back arrow and refresh the page to print another coupon.


If you shop at Gordy's County Market (Sept. 25 to Oct. 3) a package of 12 oz. veggies are 10 / $10.00.  If you use two of $1.00 coupons (maximum number to print on one computer), the final cost for 10 bags will be $8.00 or $.80 a bag. A total of five, $1.00 off if you buy 2, product coupons, could be used for this offer...if you have coupons from other resources.)


Update:  Look in today's (Sept. 25, 2011) Sunday paper (Smart Source) there is a $.50 off coupon for one package!!!  See if your neighbors are throwing out their coupons, because you could use 10 coupons...final cost $.40 per bag.  The coupon states, "One coupon per purchase."  That means you can use one coupon for each bag of veggies that you buy.  What a deal!!!



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Sites for Free Quilting Patterns

Today the weather is cloudy, cool, and damp.  I had the best intention of cleaning my quilting space, but I ended up having fun checking out web sites with free patterns!  The distraction started when the mail came with a pamphlet from, In The Beginning Fabrics.  Thought I would share a couple of the web sites...what are your favorite free pattern web sites?







Scroll down until you see black scissors, which indicate there is a free pattern using the fabric.



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Friday, September 23, 2011

Coupons Matching Weekly Sales


Note:  Since the post was created on September 23, 2011, the sales are over. Usually sales run on a 3 month cycle, so I am leaving the posts on the Tranquillity Cottage Web Page. The coupons may be available again at a later date.

Good morning!  It is a typical fall and cool day in Wisconsin....good day for shopping.  As I was making out my grocery list, I thought I would share some of the coupon match-ups.  I will be shopping at Market Place, but the manufacturer coupons are good at any store.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Marketplace Foods:


Marie Callender's Pot Pies (Sale 2 / $5.00)
Marie Callenders Coupons



Kellogg's Eggo Waffles or Pancakes (Sale 2.29)
Kelloggs's Coupons




Kellogg's Cereal (Selected Varieties $1.99 for 11.5-25.5 oz.)
Use above Kellogg's Coupons Link
Tropicana Orange Juice (Sale $2.99)
$1.00 off in the September 2011 issue of All You Magazine, available at Walmart.


Nestle Tool House Morsels (Sale $1.99...limit 3)  Very Best Baking Coupons
 





Minute Maid 10 ct. Juice Boxes (Sale 2 / $4.00)
$1.00 Manufactures Coupon in the Cub Foods Booklet









Village Grown Organic Frozen Vegetables (Sale $1.99 for a 10 oz. bag)








Land O Lakes 1/2 Gallon Milk (Save BOGO)
Land O Lakes ~ No coupons for milk, but check for other available coupons.













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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Free Re-nu Sensitive Solution




Starting Sunday, September 25th until October 1st, Walgreens is having a sale on a 12 oz.Bausch & Lomb Re-nu Sensitive Multi-Purpose Solution.  The price is $6.99 with a Register Rewards of $5.00.  The RR coupon is good, the next time you shop at Walgreens, towards any purchase.  (Check the expiration date of the RR, so that you use the coupon before it expires.)  Also, use the $2.00 Re-nu coupon.  It is on the Re-nu web site, located at the lower right hand corner of the web page.  Make sure you select the sensitive solution. Note:  the final cost of the solution will be a refund of one cent.  Since Walgreens doesn't allow overage, the clerk may have to ring the coupon up as $1.99.


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Monday, September 19, 2011

RITZ Crackerfuls Coupons


Here's a technique for saving money on RITZ Crackerfuls:
  • Purchase 2 boxes of Crackerfuls at Walgreens for $5.00...they are having a sale. 
  • Use the $1.00 off Walgreen's coupon on page 12 from the September 2011 Savings Book. You do not need to clip the coupon, just show the coupon to the clerk for scanning.
  • Cub Foods has a "Pack to Go Back" flyer with coupons.  In the flyer there is a manufacturer's coupon to save $1.00 on 2 RITZ Crackerfuls.
  • The final cost will be $1.50 per box.
  • Sometimes Walgreen's prices are higher than other stores, so I usually do my homework to make sure I am getting the best deal.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Rainy Days are Good for Finding Coupons



What to do on a rainy day?  Time to replenish my coupon binder!!!  This weekend I was busy shopping and using my coupons, so I thought today would be an excellent time to search out more coupons on the Internet.  

Remember the coupons will be good for one month from the printed date.  Some sites may run out of coupons, so don't delay in printing the coupons that you need.  Also, most sites will let you print two duplicate coupons per month. Remember that it is illegal to copy coupons...most coupons have a watermark that will not scan on copied coupons.

To save the most money, use the coupons when an item is on sale.  I like to wait until there is a store coupon, so that I can stack a manufacture's coupon...sale, store coupon, manufacture's coupon equals a good deal!!! 

Web Sites with Coupons:
 Marketplace Foods has Nestle Toll House Morsels (limit 3) on sale for $1.99.  You will be able to use the $.50 off coupon from this site to make the sale a better deal! There are other coupons available:
Save a $1.00 on one Cream of Wheat or Cream of Rice hot Cereal (11 oz. or more.)
    The link will bring you to the Land O Lakes web page.  Go to "Offers" located on the banner and sign up for the Simple Rewards Club.  I was able to print 2 copies of the following coupons: Alpine Lace Deli Cheese ($1.00), eggs ($.75), cinnamon sugar butter spread ($.75) and margarine ($.40). 

    Try their natural juices.  To get a coupon link onto the tab.

    Interested in organic foods?  The following coupons are available from this link: milk ($.50), yogurt ($.50), soy creamer ($.50), and half & half ($.50).

    You will need to register for this site, but it has a $1.00 coupon off the body wash.

    Coupons come and go from this site.  The good coupons go very quickly!!!  Remember you will only be able to print each coupon once or twice, so make sure that your printer is ready. If you only print one coupon, many times there is colored advertising that fills the page.  Therefore, I try to select at least 3 coupons.

    FYI: I will use the zip code 90210, because there are more coupons available for this site. Right now there is a $1.50 coupon for Smucker's Jelly at the 90210 zip code. 

    This web site offers "Your Buck" offers for local grocery stores and coupons.


    Facebook Page Links:  
    You will need to "Like" the page in order to
    receive coupons or information.


      Hope you become a member of this site!


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      Saturday, September 17, 2011

      Free Kindle Book

      What a deal!  Amazon.com is offering a free Kindle book called, "The Everything Soup, Stew, and Chili Cookbook."  If you don't have a Kindle....don't worry.  Amazon provides a free Kindle upload for a PC!

      Free Kindle Book: "The Everything Soup, Stew, and Chili Cookbook"

      TIP:  Double check the price before you make a purchase.  Sometimes the free offer may only last a few hours.

      (Thanks couponing.101 for the info.)


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      Sunday, September 11, 2011

      Thoughts


      Remembering the events of 9/11 with much sadness
      in my heart...sympathy goes out to all the 
      families and individuals affected by the tragedies.


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      Thursday, September 8, 2011

      Printable Internet Coupons and Web Sites

      FYI...I am a rookie at couponing, but I would like to share the learning curve with you!!!  There is an art to saving money with coupons.  Feel free to comment and share tips, because I can use all kinds of help with my new adventure in saving money!

      At the end of this note, I have listed some of the coupon sites that I use.  Through trial and error I have learned that many coupon web sites use the same resources listed below.  It is exciting to think I have found a new resource for coupons, only to learn the "new site" has downloaded the same coupons.

      Most web sites will allow you to print at least two coupons per computer.  As soon as I see a coupon that I want, I print it. 

      Usually I try to print at least three different coupons per page or if I print only one coupon, the company places advertising to fill up the piece of paper.  Since I print in color the advertising uses up too much ink.  Some coupon clippers print in grayscale...I haven't tried that yet, because I a afraid the clerks with think the Internet coupons were copied.  It is illegal to copy coupons.

      Legitimate Internet coupons state they are manufacturer's coupons and they will have a scanning code, bar code (each coupon will have its own number), and address for the store to redeem coupons.

      Also, some stores do not accept Internet coupons.  In the Sawyer County area, Marketplace Foods (Hayward and Rice Lake) is one of the stores.  At the same time, Gordy's County Market, Walmart, Walgreens, Target, and Family Dollar accept Internet coupons.  If I am going to use an Internet coupon, I go to the stores web site and print a copy of their policy.  This is handy information if you are at a store and the clerk is unfamiliar with the policy.

      Here are the coupon sites I use:

      Coupons.com

      Red Plum

      Smart Source

      Coupon Network
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