Wondering when to toss your old coupon inserts?

If you have piles and piles of coupon inserts waiting to be sorted through, here is a fantastic tool to help you.  The famous “Lazybear” (who really isn’t very good at being lazy!) maintains a list in the PYP forums of what coupon inserts still have unexpired coupons in them.  Once the last coupon in an insert expires, she removes it from the list.  Here is the link to Lazybears “when to toss” thread:

When to toss old coupon inserts

Secrets of Seasonal Sales

As a coupon’er/bargain shopper over 13 years, I’ve discovered (and you may have, too) that coupons and sales run in seasonal cycles. Here’s a comprehensive guide to cracking the what and when is on sale. It may be a repeat for some, but I believe it is worth repeating. Hope it helps!

Seasonal Sales Cycles

JANUARY – Historically, Quaker has hot deals on cereal/all items. We see Pepsi/Tostitos go on sale mid-January (again, rebates abound for these). Other items of note this time of year are chili, side dishes, anything for hearty/warm meals.
• Post-Holiday Sales
• White Sales
• Sports and Weight Loss Equipment
• Computers
• Winter Apparel and Accessories
· Organizers, Rubbermaid totes, shelf organizers, planners, filing cabinets

FEBRUARY – many of the same food items as January
• Electronics
• Floor Coverings
• Housewares
• Furniture
• Candy and Chocolates

MARCH – Frozen food month. You’ll find many stores are offering free freezers or fill-a-bag deals. Between March and April, look for spring cleaning deals, so many cleaner items will be on sale. With Easter, looks for eggs, ham, Kraft products to cycle into good sales. Paper products like towels, napkins, plates are starting to come on strong. Beverage items.
• Spring Apparel and Accessories
• Winter Sports Equipment
• Gardening Supplies
• Luggage

• Spring Apparel and Accessories
• Coats and Hats
• Paint
• Wallpaper
• Jewish Foods and Eggs

get ready for summer! Here come loads of deals on BBQ sauce, frozen veggies, baked beans, and condiments of all kinds, summer-time meats (ribs, hotdogs, and ground beef). Also with all the holidays, look for tons of paper goods that match the holiday and pick them up after clearance. These deals generally continue through September!
• White Sale – Linens and Towels
• Spring Cleaning Supplies
• Auto Maintenance
• Home Maintenance
• Sodas & Bottled Water, Hotdogs, Hamburger Meat, Condiments, Paper & Plastic plates & cups
* Raid/Off bug repellents and sunscreens

• Summer Apparel and Accessories
• Pianos
• Television Sets
• Building Materials and Hardware
• Dairy Products

• Air Conditioners
• Summer Sports Equipment
• Sportswear
• Craft Supplies
• Sodas, Hotdogs, Hamburger Meat, Condiments

• White Sale – Linen and Towels
• BBQ and Patio Equipment
• Back to School Supplies
• Bathing Suits
• Fresh Fish and Vegetables
• Breakfast foods (Cold cereal-Juice-Waffles-etc)
• Cold lunch items for in lunch boxes

SEPTEMBER – back to school; time to fill up on snacks! Pudding cups, Capri suns, fruit snacks, cereal sales start up hard again, peanut butter/jelly. Also, like clockwork, there will be Prego coupons in August, and plan on getting lots and using them in a hurry before they expire in September when the spaghetti sauce goes on sale. Sauce wars between Ragu and Prego this month. Campbell’s soups will go on as well and there will be coupons in the end of August for these as well. Lunchables are on sale this time of year, too.
• Back to School Supplies and Apparel
• Gardening Supplies
• Housewares
• Bicycles
• Canned Goods

OCTOBER – Stock up on holiday foods – Stove Top, turkey, instant mashed potatoes, broth, cranberries, marshmallow, ice cream, pie shells, whipped cream, pudding. Look for great Kraft deals again this time of year. Piggyback those Kraft coupons when you can. Crackers are a biggie – going on for $1 or less a box. Lots of extra deals like $ off cheese WYB crackers. The real kicker is the after Christmas food deals! Save your coupons because pie fixings, fried onion, broth and canned green beans will be on deep discount. I got those onions for .50 a can, normally almost $4. These generally continue through December.
• Cars
• Houses
• Fishing Equipment
• Crystal, Silver, and Glassware
• Candy
· Baking/candy-making items (choc chips, sprinkles, vanilla, corn syrup, nuts, etc)

• Winter Apparel and Accessories
• Quilts and Blankets
• Heating Devices
• Turkey, Sweet Potatoes
• Canned goods (soup, chicken broth, condensed milk, veggies etc)
• Baking goods

• Toys
• Gift Items
• Party ware
• Post-Holiday Sales
• Party Foods, Baking Goods, and Various Meat
• Canned goods (broth, soups, etc)

Year-round after a holiday, you can always pick up cheap cookie dough and any food related to a holiday.

Continual sales are candy, popcorn, chips, anything snacky, cereal (heavier in the fall/winter, but still around in the spring).
Frozen food sales seem to centralize on a brand and the switch brands the next month. I think the manufacturers buy slot time for sales. So last month, Stouffers was on sale hard, now lean cuisine is. Save the entire frozen coupon and then keep checking back for the brand of the month.

Frozen pizzas go on sale in the fall and then again the spring; not often in the summer because people don’t want to turn their ovens on in the summer.

By all means, this isn’t everything that you can get on sale, but if you follow the cycle and stock up (I never buy BBQ sauce in the winter), then you can get where you have enough on hand and only need to refill when the items are in season. The result is that you spend less and less with each successful cycle.


Sources: Various numerous sites on the internet over years of time from an obsessive compulsive cpn-er

See PYP’s forum of hints/helps for ideas and discussion.

$3.99 Graphic Tees @ PS from Aeropostale.com!

Select Graphic Tees marked down to $3.99, like…

Link to $3.99 Girls Graphic Tees

Link to $3.99 Boys Graphic Tees

Kids software as low as $4.50 after code! Dora, Reader Rabbit, Backyard Baseball, and more!

10% off already low prices on kids software

Kids software can be expensive. There is a cheaper option! Software from KidsSoftwareOutlet.com is shipped in just a cardboard sleeve. Other retailers sell the same software in large, bulky boxes that are costly to create, store, and ship. KidsSoftwareOutlet.com eliminates the waste and passes the savings on to you, the customer.

Find fantastic games for learning or entertainment – here are a few examples:

  • Backyard Baseball $4.95
  • Backyard Football $4.95
  • Backyard Soccer $4.95
  • Backyard Basketball $4.95
  • I Love Phonics $4.95
  • Playskool Puzzles $4.95
  • Kids Spanish $5.95
  • DK 3D Dinosaur Hunter 2 disk set $5.95
  • Brain Buster Quiz Show Learning Game $4.95
  • Dora the Explorer: Lost City Adventure – CD $4.95
  • Reader Rabbit 1st Grade: Capers on Cloud Nine $4.95

KidsSoftwareOutlet.com LINK

Use code Kids2009 to save an additional 10%
Shipping is $1.99

Be sure to read the technical information to see what operating system each disk will work with.

Become a fan of Einstein Bros. on Facebook and get a FREE bagel!

Become a fan of Einstein Bros. on Facebook and print a coupon for a FREE Bagel + shmear.

Link to Einstein Bros. offer at Facebook.

RedBox Code~ Today, January 11, 2010 ONLY!

Thank you to PYP member CandyGran for supplying one of our favorite freebies. Here’s a RedBox code that give a free one day rental:

REDBOX CODE – good today only Jan 11, 2010 RBXLUV10

See PYP forums for discussion.

Buy 3 boxes of checks, get 4th box Free & more @ ChecksUnlimited.com!

Special Offer for First Time Customers
Buy 3 boxes of checks and get the 4th box FREE!
Plus FREE Shipping & Handling, FREE Designer Lettering, FREE upgrade to Designer’s Choice checks! Checks as low as $6.50 per box!


Special Offers for Returning Customers
FREE 4th box of checks when you buy 3 boxes!
Plus FREE Custom Lettering and FREE Upgrade to Special Edition checks

ChecksUnlimited.com LINK


Get a FREE 1/2 gallon chocolate milk with purchase of 2 gallons of white milk – printable coupon

Buy 2 gallons of white milk, any brand, and get a FREE half gallon of Chocolate Milk, up to $3.00 with printable coupon.

Enter the contest to win free milk for a year and you’ll see a link to the printable coupon.

Link to offer

Rite Aid 1/10-1/16: Johnson & Johnson Rebate Scenario!

Here are the best deals at Rite Aid this week. If you found some others, let us know! Also, check out the Rite Aid thread on PYP for more Rite Aid deals this week and discussion.

Theraflu $4.99
Use this $2/1 printable coupon
Get a $3 Single Check Rebate
Final Price: FREE after coupon and rebate!

Contact Cold+Flu $4.99
Use Contac Cold and Flu Product, any $2/1 (3-31-10) RP-1/10
Get a $4.99 Single Check Rebate
Final Price: FREE after coupon and rebate!

GE Soft White Longlife Light Bulbs $2
Get a $2 Single Check Rebate
Final Price: FREE after rebate!

Zest,Ivory, or Safeguard Soap 3-4pk $1.99
Use Zest, Ivory or Safeguard Body Wash or Bar Pack, any $1/1 (1-31-10) PG-12/27
Final Price: $ .99 cents after coupon!

Now for the Johnson & Johnson rebate scenario! Last week it was posted about the $10 rebate form available on Coupons.com. Print that form! There are lots of items that qualify for the rebate this week at Rite Aid, plus lots of coupons to match up with it. You have to purchase $30 worth of certain products. It’s all on the form. Here is one scenario for you to consider:

(please note that these prices may vary according to your area. take your calculator to the store!)

(2) Aveeno shampoo/conditioner $6.99 each
(1) Lubriderm lotion $6.49 each
(2) Clean & Clear face wash $5.49
Total: $31.45

$5/$20 printable when you have 20 video credits
(2) in-ad coupon for Aveeno hair care–$2 off total
(1) in-ad coupon for Lubriderm lotion–$1 off total
(2) in-ad coupon for Clean & Clear–$2 off total

Then use the following manufacturer coupons:
(2) $2.50/1 Aveeno — $5 off total (Aveeno Nourish only. Other Aveeno printable is $2/1)
(1) $2/1 Lubriderm –$2 off total
(2) $2/1 Clean & Clear –$4 off total

Total out-of-pocket: $11.45 (plus tax)

Then submit for the $10 Johnson & Johnson rebate.

Grand total paid after rebate: $.45 cents for everything!

**I failed to mention that the high value coupons mentioned above, as well as others that qualify for this rebate, are also available in today’s SS insert. The rebate form in also in today’s SS insert.**

Remember, prices of these items vary, so check your store! If you find a great scenario for the Johnson & Johnson rebate, let us know!

Yoga tops and bottoms $2.99, cords $4.99 at ChildrensPlace.com!

Yoga tops and bottoms for infants and toddlers
Was $9.50
Now $2.99

Our favorite cords for infants, toddlers, and kids
Was $14.50-$19.50
Now $4.99

ChildrensPlace.com LINK


Target Grocery Deals 1/10 – 1/16

Gift Card Deals

Dunkin Donuts coffee 11-12oz $6*
*buy 3 and get a free $5 Target giftcard
Dunkin Donuts coffee, any bag 11 oz. or larger $1/1 (1-31-10) RP-12/13
Sobe Lifewater 20oz $1*
*buy 10 and get a free $5 Target giftcard
.25/1 printable HERE
Vaseline skin care $5*
*buy 2 and get a free $5 Target giftcard
Prevacid 24HR 42-ct. $25.99*
*buy 1 and get a free $5 Target giftcard
Prevacid 24hr product, any $3/1 (2-6-10) SS-1/10
Value Size Deals
Honey Nut Cheerios 47.25oz twin-pack $6.99
General Mills cereals, any $1/3 (1-23-10) GeneralMills-12/13
General Mills cereals, any $1/3 (2-13-10) GeneralMills-1/3
$1/2 printable HERE
$1/2 printable HERE

Frito-Lay 28-30ct value pack $8.49

Crest Plus Scope Whitening 4-pk $5.99
Crest Premium Toothpaste, any 4 oz. or larger MultiCare, Extra Whitening, Whitening Expressions, Whitening plus Scope, Vivid White Sensitivity, Pro Health or .85 oz. Weekly Clean $1/1 (1-31-10) PG-12/27
Crest Toothpaste or Liquid Gel, any 4 oz. or larger .50/1 (1-31-10) PG-12/27

Colgate Max Fresh 4-pk $5.99
Colgate Total, Max White, Max Fresh, Sensitive or Colgate Kids Toothpaste, any 4 oz. or larger .75/1 (1-23-10) SearsSS-1/3

Viva 12-pack giant roll paper towels $14.99

Tidy Cats Scoop litter 38lb $10.49
$1/1 Target printable HERE

Tide 150oz liquid or 95-120 load powder $17.99
Tide or Tide to Go, any size $1/1 (1-31-10) PG-12/27

Pampers diapers 92-140ct Cruisers or 160-180ct Swaddlers $35.99
Pampers Diapers or Pants, any $2/1 (1-31-10) PG-12/27

Other Deals
Special K 6-ct bars or 8-oz crackers $2.39*
*buy 2 items and get free 10-ct. special K fruit crisps
Target STORE COUPON Kelloggs Special K products $1/2 (3-7-10) RP-1/10
$1/1 Target printable HERE

Special K 4-pk protein shakes $5.49
Target STORE COUPON Kelloggs Special K Protein product $1/1 (3-7-10) RP-1/10
Advil 200ct $12.99
Advil, any 40 ct. or larger $1/1 (2-28-10) RP-12/13
Advil, any 40 ct. or larger $2/1 (1-31-10) RP-11/15

Planters nuts 20oz $3.99
Planters products, any 9 oz.-21.25 oz. $1/2 (1-31-10) SS-12/13
Tylenol cold or multi-symptom 20ct $4.99
Tylenol Cold or Sinus or Sudafed PE or Sudafed OM product, any excluding trial size $1/1 (4-3-10) JCPOpticalRP-1/3
Tylenol Cold or Sinus or Sudafed PE or Sudafed OM products, any excluding trial size $3/2 (4-3-10) JCPOpticalRP-1/3
Tylenol Cold, Cough, Sore Throat or Sinus product, any excluding trial size $1/1 (3-31-10) RP-12/6
Clean & Clear Morning Burst cleanser $4.49
Clean and Clear product, any excluding trial sizes $2/1 (2-10-10) SS-1/10

*PREVIEW* Staples 1/10-1/16 ~ 6 Free items after Staples Rewards

Buy any of these office supplies, get 100% back in Staples Rewards…

  • M by Staples perforated writing pads 6/pack $7.99
  • Bankers Box letter/legal size boxes 6/pack $9.99
  • Staples heavyweight file folders, manila, 50/box $8.00
  • Staples #10 Envelopes, pull & seal 100/pack $7.99
  • Zebra Sarasa retractable gel pens, medium, 5/pack $3.99
  • Staples small binder clips, 40/box $3.39

*Limit 1 of each item per household. Purchase price paid for item(s) will be credited to customer’s Staples Rewards account. Must be a member of Staples Rewards. While supplies last. Staples Rewards will be mailed in February. Not valid on prior purchases. Purchaser is responsible for paying applicable sales tax. No cash/credit back.

More info about Staples Rewards at THIS LINK. 

There are also some $1.00 deals with in-ad coupon – limit 2 per customer

  • Pentel RSVP ballpoint pens, assorted 5/pack, reg $3.49
  • Staples 4-3/4×6-1/2 envelopes, 50/pack, reg $6.99
  • Pentel e-sharp mechanical pencils, assorted 3/pack, reg $5.99
  • Quartet magnetic dry-erase board, 8-1/2×11, reg $6.99
  • Staples black full-strip stapler value pack, reg $6.99
  • BIC Great Erase dry-erase markers, fine tip, assorted, 4/pack, reg $3.99
  • Staples Accel 1-subject notebook, college or wide ruled, 100 sheets, reg $4.49
  • Staples glue sticks, clear or colored 4/pack, reg $1.99

6 Utah Jazz tickets + 6 hot dogs = $90 Monday 1/11 in Salt Lake City

Take the family to a Jazz game Monday! Get 6 tickets to Monday’s Jazz game against the Miami Heat + 6 hot dogs for a total of $90. Game starts at 7 PM. Packages of 4 tickets also available for $60. Call Jeremy at 801-325-7208 to get your tickets.

Toys & Games: What is worth the money?

What toys and games are worth spending money on?

I really think it depends on the kids and their personality. What my kids love another child might find boring. One toy that I have found to be worth every penny are LEGOS. My boys play with them for HOURS….seriously.


This toy for the tub really helped my daughter when she hated her baths. And this Little People Camping Set has been very well loved at our house. (I found it at Walmart so it was much cheaper than this link shows).

I really don’t have a lot of toys for my kids. We don’t have a playroom and their bedrooms are fairly small, so we have limited space. And…how MAD does it make us when we buy toys for our kids and they play with them for 5 minutes and then could care less. FRUSTRATION. We just hate wasting money, don’t we!

Even when I find new toys on clearance or at thrift stores I am still careful on how much I buy. I can’t stand too much clutter. We have 6 people in a 1650 sq ft house, people. I don’t have much space. But I still like to make sure my kids have things to play with. Here is what I have found to work for me.

From my perspective, giving toys to children can be less stressful and easier on your pocketbook. My oldest is 9 years old, so I have had toys around my house for awhile. Here is what I have done to keep the cost of toys down but also give my kids some fun things to play with. I am less likely to be frustrated with them not playing with the toys when I spent a fraction of the retail cost.

1. Shop clearance deals. Rarely do I purchase toys at retail price. When I do purchase brand new toys I buy them on clearance. Amazon and Target have fabulous clearance sales every year I try to hit. I love not only stocking up on toys for birthdays and Christmas, but also for birthday gifts. It’s so nice to have toys already on hand when the kids get invited to a birthday party. About 2 weeks after Christmas every year stores start clearancing toys. Interesting, huh?

2. Go to second hand stores and garage sales. My kids have grown up with used toys, so they don’t know any different. Countless times I have found toys in superb condition at second hand stores. Many times you will find brand new things there too! For my 4 year old’s birthday two years ago, everything she got was either from a second hand store or from a clearance sale. Here is what she received. All for less than $10!

My Little Pony, new with dvd– $3 Amazon clearance
Care Bear plush, brand new w/tags–$1 at thrift store
Fisher Price My First Dollhouse w/all figures & accessories–$5 at thrift store
Dora the Explorer magnet set–.75 cents at thrift store

3. Save up gift certificates and reward points. When there are specific things I want to buy, I will save up my reward points from my credit card to get a gift certificate to Target to buy what I need. Or Amazon, or whatever store. For example, my husband’s birthday is coming up and we like to go out to eat. He loves Olive Garden so last week I got a $25 gift certificate from my reward points so we can go out to eat free. (I know it’s not a toy but you get the idea…same thing.) Sometimes the things we are going to buy don’t go on sale very often but this way I can avoid part of the cost.

4. Shop Craigslist. If you haven’t shopped on Craigslist, you don’t know what you are missing! Whenever we need to buy anything (not just toys) I always look on Craigslist first. Two years ago we needed to get one of my children a smaller bike with training wheels. I didn’t want to pay $50 at Walmart…no way! We found a bike on Craigslist in almost new condition for only $10. It pays to look around.

Want to know a few toys that have been a complete waste of money for me? Good thing I didn’t pay retail price for any of them.

Leapfrog LeapPad Plus Writing
Disney princess Belle doll
Pokemon accessories & plush
Spiderman racetrack (couldn’t find a picture online of it)
Moon Sand (I hate this more than anyone)
Little People Town Village (we love Little People at our house but this one was not a hit)

Obviously everything above applies to games as well as toys. So I thought I would highlight a few of our families favorite games. We are a game family, though, and we play games all the time.

Monopoly Express
Cranium Cadoo
Druthers (an LDS game)
Cranium Hullaballo

What are your tips to share? What games and toys are worth spending money on in your eyes?

$5 off and FREE delivery at Safeway, Von’s, and Genaurdi’s stores! ($17.95 value)

Safeway, Vons, and Genaurdi’s stores are doing a great promo right now – shop at home and get FREE delivery (a $12.95 value) plus $5 off your order!  If you have these stores in your area, now would be a great time to try out this service.

Shop at Home. We Deliver. Safeway.com

Free Delivery & $5.00 off online order. Enter Promo Code: CJOFFER at checkout. Offer Exp 2/1/2010. Up to $17.95 savings.

Shop at Home. We Deliver. Genuardis.com

Free Delivery & $5.00 off online order. Enter Promo Code: CJOFFER at checkout. Offer Exp 2/1/2010. Up to $17.95 savings.

Shop at Home. We Deliver. Vons.com

Free Delivery & $5.00 off online order. Enter Promo Code: CJOFFER at checkout. Offer Exp 2/1/2010. Up to $17.95 savings.

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