Reduce your Grocery Budget this Fall

Looking to significantly reduce your grocery budget this fall? I have a series of 31 Grocery Savings Strategies videos that will help you do just that. Most don’t involve coupons, and they’re all short and sweet. Maybe you’ve tried some things in the past, but the habits haven’t stuck? Let me encourage you! I am recommitting to my grocery budget as we head back into school routine (I had let it go a bit over the summer, and we overspent and ate out too much). For my family, sticking to the budget helps us eat healthier as well as save money.

One strategy I’m reminding myself of this week is occasionally shopping a non-grocery store for great sale prices:

There’s a great example this week–Kraft Mayo is on sale for $2.00 at CVS, and there’s a printable $1.00 off Kraft Mayo coupon out (you can print two per computer). $1.00/jar is a great stock-up price for mayonnaise (FYI–most stores near me only carry regular, not light mayo). Note–although some of these printable coupons show Walmart in the image, it does not print on the coupon. These are manufacturer’s coupons that can be used at any store.$1.00 off on Any ONE KRAFT Mayo or MIRACLE WHIP

You can see all the videos in my 31 Grocery Savings Strategies series right here at MoneywiseMoms, or you can head to my YouTube Channel (but then the videos are all out of order).

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Children’s Place Gift Card Deal

If you’re planning to do any back-to-school shopping at The Children’s Place, check out this gift card deal at CVS:

This week’s ad says when you buy any The Children’s Place gift card (or Adidas or Spa/Wellness), you’ll get $5.00 ExtraCare Bucks. That means that you’ll get a $5.00 coupon printed on your receipt that you can spend on anything in the store (except prescriptions and gift cards). You’ll have a month to redeem your ECBs. You do need a CVS card to do this deal, and the limit is one per household. You’ll only spend the cost of the gift card but get $5 back.

Free Candy or Beverage at CVS

Head over to the CVS Facebook page, register your ExtraCare Card number, and they’ll email you a coupon for a FREE Candy or Beverage to use by Thursday, September 22nd, at any CVS store.

While you’re over there, be sure and join the MoneywiseMoms Facebook page. That’s where I share quickie deals that don’t make it to the blog (like the great deal on K’Nex last Thursday), Facebook offers for coupons and freebies, and photos.

Pepsi Deal at CVS

This week at CVS, you can purchase 6 12-packs of Pepsi products and get $10 ExtraCare Bucks back. To save even more money…

Use the printable $5 off $20 coupon from the Sacramento Bee to get another $5.00 off, unless you have one that CVS emailed to you (I received one on Thursday and it’s good through today).

You can also get a $7.50 rebate from Coors Light with this printable rebate form (scroll down to page 4). There is no beer purchase required, and the rebate is good for Tostitos, Tostitos Dips, Pepsi drinks, condiments, plastic cups, ice, paper plates, and/or deli items. Be sure and check the form for eligible states (VA is one of them).

Thanks to Southern Savers for the Pepsi rebate link.

Free Money this Week

Just flipping through the Sunday paper, I see a few opportunities for FREE money. You know I love shopping with other people’s money. It’s the best kind of shopping. :)

There is a pharmacy coupon in both the Kmart and Target ads–for a $10 gift card when you bring in a new or transferred prescription. Read how to use these to get FREE money at your local chain drugstore.

It looks like the Contour Glucose Meter is giving ExtraCare Bucks at CVS this week. If you have the coupon from the 10/25 insert, you’ll get the meter FREE and get the $5.00 ECBs on your receipt. That’s $5.00 in FREE money to spend on whatever you really need sometime this month.

Great News for CVS Shoppers

CVS is encouraging you to “go green” and bring your own bags to the store with a great new promo! There’s a new card called the Green Bag Tag for sale for .99 in stores. You attach it to your favorite reusable bag, and each time you have that card scanned, you work towards more Extra Care Bucks. For every 4th scan, you’ll get a $1.00 ECB on your receipt.

There’s a limit of one green tag use/scan per day per household, but if you’re a regular shopper, this can earn you lots more ECBs. Think about it! Just one visit a week gives you $13 ECBs to spend; if you’re a seasoned CVS shopper, you can earn even more.

Thanks to Couponing to Disney for the email.

Free 8×10 Photo at CVS

Through June 21, you’ll get a free 8×10 photo at CVS Photo by using the code FREE8X10 when you check out. You can have the print sent to your local store to save on shipping.

You can still get 50 prints FREE through CVS Photo.

50 Free Prints at CVS Photo

You can get 50 FREE prints at the CVS Photo Center for your spring photos (are yours still in the camera?). Just register at CVS Photo and you’ll get your first 20. Then, add your ExtraCare Card number to get an additional 30 FREE prints. If you don’t already have an ExtraCare Card, you can pick one up at the store or register online and they’ll mail it to you. You can save on shipping charges by having your prints sent to a store near you.

Buying Freebies to Donate

This week, Campbell’s Soup is on sale for .50/can at CVS. When you print this $1.00/2 coupon, you get two cans for FREE. You can print two coupons per computer. Yes–it’s that easy–you don’t need a card, any ECBs, any of that.

If you’re in the neighborhood, consider stopping in to pick up some FREE soup to donate to your local food bank or church. Food banks are continuing to struggle in this down economy. I know that when I drop off my items every few weeks, the volunteers are so thrilled to see me, especially when I come in with a bunch of cereal and pasta. As you read through the weekly store write-ups here and on other frugal blogs, keep an eye out for easy freebies like this one. Even if it’s something you wouldn’t normally buy, it can be worth buying something you don’t need just to help out others.