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The Life of a HouseWife… with a side of Thriftiness!

Earn CVS ECBs!

At the beginning of the month, I was asked to be take part in a survey from CVS .  In the survey I had to compare the CVS Ad vs. the Walgreens Ad.  Now that they’ve had time to tally the results and read all the feedback, it seems as though CVS heard the public voice! It is rumored that the 4/15 CVS ad will contain CVS coupons!   I don’t have the details yet as to if they can be stacked, but I can’t wait to find out 🙂

You may wonder how was I invited to take the CVS survey in the first place.   Well, I’ll tell you 🙂  I’m a member of the CVS Advisory Board, and you can be too!  All that you have to do is apply!  It’s worth it.   The survey took maybe 10-15 minutes to complete and I got $10 in ECBs for completing the survey!  Click HERE to apply today.

 Here’s CVS’ description of the “CVS Advisory Board“:

“Throughout the year, we will send you invitations to participate in online surveys about CVS products and services. If you choose to participate in our surveys, we will thank you for your time by providing you with a self-printable CVS ExtraBucks coupon immediately after completing our survey. Becoming a member of ExtraCare and the CVS Advisor Panel is FREE.”

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HOT DEAL!!! Fellow Blogger, Money Saving Momma’s and Poppa’s, found a SCORCHING HOTTT Deal!! FREE “Physicians Formula Tinted Moisturizer” at CVS!
Get lucky and get FREE “Physicians Formula Tinted Moisturizer” at CVS!! The price is $14.99, but rumor has it that some people are getting a $15/1 coupon out of the in store “coupon machine!” Making this product, FREE!!! Hurry and get your’s now 🙂

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My CVS Trip

Yesterday, I made my weekly trip to CVS!  They had many BOGO deals as well as ECB incentives.  I wanted to make sure that I got there to get my FREE $2 in ECB’s!  Did you get your $2 off $10 purchase yet?  If not, today is your last day!  I do want to forewarn you that when my coupon printed from the red kiosk, it stated  $2 off your $10 Easter purchase.  I recommend to buy your Easter items first and then use the $2 in ECBs on your remaining purchases.  Here’s how I shopped:

Transaction #1

  1. TWO bags of M&M Easter 12.6 oz =  2/$6 – $1 Manf. Q = $5 + $2 ECBs earned
  2. (1) Hershey Easter Rolo 11oz, (2) Hershey Easter Reese PB Egg 8oz, (1) Hershey’s Easter Reese Piece 10oz =4/$10 – $2 Manf. Q) = $8 + $2 ECBs earned
  3. (2) Snickers Easter Egg 1.1 oz = 2/$1 – $0.25 CVS Q = $0.75
  4. (2) Starburst Jelly Beans 14oz  = 2/$5 – $1 Manf Q = $4
  5. (2) American Greetings Cards = $0.99 ea = $1.98
  6. Plush Easter Bunny (American Greetings) = $4.99 – $2 w/purchase of TWO American Greetings Cards = $2.99
  7. Gilette Venuts Razor = $8.29 – $2 Manf Q = $6.29 + $5 ECBs earned
  8. (4) Advil PM 4ct = $0.99 (AWESOME!  $0.99 ea and there’s Qs for $1.00!) $3.96 – $3.96 Manf Q = FREE
  9. (1) Easter Egg Sucker = $0.99

Total: $30.00 – $2 ECB on Easter Purchase = $28.00 – $2.50 ECB from Winter Purchases = $25.50 – $10 ECB from CVS survey = $15.50 + $0.69 tax = $16.19

OOP: $16.19 with a savings (including sale$, coupons & ECBs) of $35.97 and earning $9 in ECBs.  Total Savings= 73.5% 

Transaction #2

  1. Dairyman 2% Milk 1 Gallon = $2.49
  2. Allegra Allergy 5ct = $6.99 – $6.99 Manf Q = FREE
  3. FOUR Chex Mix 8.75oz = 2/$3 = $6 – (2) $0.40 Manf Q = $5.20
  4. M&M plain 1.69oz = $0.79
  5. Scunci Hair Accessories B2G1 = 3 packs of Rubberbands for $3.74

Total:  $12.22 – $9 in ECBs = $3.22 + $0.68 tax = $3.90

OOP: $3.90 with a savings (including sale$, coupons & ECBs) of $26.52!  Total Savings = 87.2%

Entire Shopping Trip:  OOP $20.09 with a $aving$ of $62.49! A 75.7% $aving$ 🙂

Let me hear about your $aving$!



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NEW Extrabucks at CVS

This week starts CVS’ new addition to their Extrabucks program!  Visit the Store and Scan your CVS ExtraCare Card for $2 off any purchase of $10+!  This ExtraCare Reward will only be valid 4/1 – 4/4!  Maximize your savings, SCAN TODAY!


If you like to “roll” your transactions like I do, this is a terrific opportunity for you to save even more on your initial transaction!  FREE MONEY BABY 🙂

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Thru April 7th, CVS is having a Mega Free Spree!  Here are some of the items advertised:

  • Cadbury Eggs (1.2oz)  B1G1
  • Infusium B2G1
  • Scunci B2G1
  • G-U-M Toothbrushes  B2G1
  • Edge Shaving Cream B2G1 (coupons!)
  • L’eggs Sheer or JMS Profiles B2G1
  • Whitmans or Russell Stover Samplers B1G1
  • CVS Vitamins B1G1
  • NatureMade CoQ10 B1G1
  • Gatorade B1G1

Be sure to check this week’s ad for sizes and specifications to qualify for your FREE items.  To view this week’s ad click HERE, check to see what else you can score for FREE!

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CVS Deals under $1 + Money Makers!

Deals that YOU can get for $1 or less, including FREEBIES & Money Makers!   Prices valid 3/25-3/31:

*Above info obtained from 3/25 CVS sales ad and from couponmom.com 

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SoftSoap Body Wash Sale!

Rumor has it, that starting next week (3/25), CVS will be having a terrific sale on SoftSoap Body Wash!  Normally priced between $3-$6, you can get THREE for $1 ea!  Per sneak peeks, I’ve seen the sale price of 3/$9.  But, you earn $3 in ECBs.  PLUS, in 3/25’s coupon insert, there is rumored to be a SoftSoap BodyWash Q for $1!  Here’s the breakdown:

BUY THREE:  $9.00 (sale price) – $3.oo (3 $1 Manf. Qs) = $6.00 OOP + $3 ECB after purchase

It’s like paying $1 each 🙂 


I hope this rumor is true, I love SoftSoap Body Wash!! 

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It’s a CVS Twitter Party!

You’re cordially invited to a Party!
 A CVS “I’m NOT a MoneyTrasher” Twitter party!

Date: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Time: 1-3pm EST
Location: @CVS_Extra#NotaMoneyTrasher

By registering today, you’ll receive a FREE party gift via email on 3/27 to the first 20,000 participants!

Why should you join in on the fun??
-Learn how to MAXIMIZE your savings when your April 1st ExtraBucks Rewards arrive
-Make the MOST of your ExtraCare Savings and Rewards program
-Learn how to utilize the Send to Card feature if you don’t already know how
-Get your questions answered

Click HERE to RSVP!

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Today’s CVS shopping trip

Hi everyone!

Earlier this week, I posted DEALS that I found in this week’s Sales Ads. Were you able to enjoy any of the savings?  I was hoping to get to several of the stores this week, but unfortunatley, I’ve been under the weather :/  The only store I shopped at this week was CVS.  Let me break down my transactions for you!


Transaction #1: 

  • Dial NutriSkin Lotion 21oz:  Sale Price $4.99 – $1.00 Manufacturer Q = $3.99 OOP + earned $2.00 ECBs
  • Zyrtec 24hr tablets (5ct):  Sale Price $5.99 OOP + earned $5.99 ECBs
  • Schick Hydro 5 Power Select:  Sale Price $9.99 – $4 Manufacturer Q = $5.99 OOP + Earned $4.00 ECBs
  • To this transaction I also applied my printable CVS coupon of $3 off the purchase of $15+ that I earned by completing a pharmacy survey on CVS.com a few weeks ago (I HAD to use it today, as it was expiring.. *yikes*)

TOTAL:  I paid $12.97 (+$1.13 tax) OOP and earned $11.99 in ECBs

 A Savings of $15.20… 52%!  Not, including the earning of ECBs!

Transaction #2

  • 4 twelve packs of Diet Coke Caffeine Free:  $12 OOP
  • 1 twelve pack of Coke Zero:  $3 OOP

CVS is running a deal thru today (3/17), where you buy 5 twelve packs of Coke for $15 and earn $5 ECBs.  *BONUS* I had two manufacturer coupons ea. stating “$1.00 off TWO 12 packs of DIET coke,” Thus my purchasing of four diet 12 packs!

TOTAL:  $15 – $2.00 Manufacture Coupons = $13.00 – $11.99 (ECBs from Transaction #1) = $1.01 OOP (+$0.94 tax) and earned $5 ECBs.

*Don’t mind my “stockpile” of Soda!  I forgot to take the pix of the five 12packs before adding them to the pile*

 A Savings of $25.44… 93% Savings! Not including the earned ECBs!


Transaction #3 (FINAL) – items I “needed” for this weekend’s festivities!

2 bags of Chex Mix Original (8.75oz) – Sale Price of 2/$3 – $0.40 Manftr. Coupon (Save $0.40 on the purcahse of TWO Chex Mix)= $2.60

2 bags of Chex Mix Cheesy (8.75oz) – Sale Price of 2/$3 – $0.40 Manftr. Coupon (Save $0.40 on the purcahse of TWO Chex Mix) = $2.60

2 One Gallon of 2% Milk – $2.49ea = $4.98

2 Tropicana Orange Juice (59oz) – $2.99 ea – $1.00 Manufacturer Coupon (Save $1 on the purchase of TWO Tropicana = $4.98

TOTAL:  $2.60 + $2.60 + $4.98 +$4.98 = $15.16 – $5.00 ECB from Transaction #2 = $10.16 (NO tax as all items were edible!)

A Savings of $18.56…  65%!


Total Savings:  $59.20

Total Out Of Pocket (OOP):  $26.21

Total % SAVED:  69%

Not too shabby!  As Joe the Coupon Guy instructed… FREE is good, but aim to save about 70%!

I’m almost on target…  Here’s to MORE $aving$!


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Deals, Deals and MORE Deals!

It’s a NEW week and there’s NEW Deals!  This week, I’m adding a few local stores to the list.  I went thru all the ads and found some spectacular savings.  In this post I’ll be listing some of the sales that are noteworthy. I hope that you’ll find what you need this week at a lower cost.  Match those sales with your coupons!!  *Note: To view a store’s ad directly, click the name of the store listed below 🙂



IGA – (Check with your local IGA to see if they have the same items on sale, since these are Independantly owned stores.. sales will differ from store to store.)


  • Bounty Basic Paper Towels, single roll – $0.88  (match this sale with the $0.25 Q for any Bounty Paper Towel for a total cost of $0.38 OOP!)
  • Crystal Farms American Singles (12oz pkg) – $0.99  Limited to 2 and must have a grocery purchase of $20+.
  • Jumbo Yellow Sweet Onions – $0.79/lb


  • Idaho Potatoes (10lb bag) – $2.99
  • Quaker Rice Cakes – 10/$10 selected varieties
  • Armour Meatballs (14oz pkg) – 2/$5

IGA dbls Qs that have a face value of $0.99 and lower.  The above sales are good thru Sunday, 3/18!


Their deals aren’t as good this week as they have been the past few weeks, but still some note worth savings.

  • Nature Made & Finest Natural Vitamins & Supplements – B1G1   *Free item must be of the same brand & of equal or lower price. Select varieties only.
  • Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent B1G1 (Liquid 25-32 loads or 16-20 power packs)
  • Irish Spring – 2/$6 and earn $3 in RRs (Antiperspirant/Deodorant 2.7-3oz or Body Wash 15-18oz)
  • Kleenex Facial Tissue 24,70 or 100 sheets – $0.99ea
  • Hershey’s Candy – $0.49ea with in-ad coupon. Limit of 6.
  • Kraft Mac & Cheese – B1G1 with in-ad coupon
  • Potting Soil (brands vary by store) – $0.99  with in-ad coupon. Limit of 2.
  • American Seed Packets – 5/$1 with in-ad coupon. Limit of 10.
  • Right Gaurd Total Defense 5 Body Wash (13.5oz) – B1G1
  • Dial – B1G1 (Foaming Hand Wash 7.5oz or Gold Hand Soap 9.375oz)
  • TRESemme Hair Care (Select Stylers, Shampoo/Conditioners 25-32oz) – 4/$15 and earn $5 in RRs
  • Dial (Lotion 21oz or Men’s Body Wash 6.8-16oz) – $4.99 and earn $2 in RRs
  • Revlon colorSilk Hair Color – $2.99
  • Advil PM (16 or 20ct) – $4.99 and earn $1 in RRs

  Valid thru 3/17 ONLY! Match the sales with your coupons!


Rite Aid

You don’t have to browse too far into the Rite Aid (click above on “Rite Aid”) to find savings.  Their entire first page is nothing but B1G1 items!  Take a look and see what you can save!  The best deal that I’ve found are:

  • Maxwell House Coffee (34.5oz) – B1G1 *Limited to 12
  • Purex – B1G1 see store ad for qualifying items *Limited to 12
  • Select Variety of Kellogg’s Cereal – B1G1  *Limited to 12
  • Buy $12 of ANY Irish Spring and get $5 in Up Rewards toward your next purchase *Limited to 4 UP Offers per household
  • Get $3 in Up Rewards toward your next purchase when buying 1 Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic or Sun Care.*Limited to 4 UP Offers per household
  • Garnier Skin Care – B1G1@50% off AND when you buy 3 items you’ll earn $10 in Up Rewards. *Limited to 2 UP Offers per household.
  • VO5 Shampoo or Conditioner 15oz – $0.79ea
  • ANY: Munchikn Baby Care Product, Gerper or Nuk Baby Accessories or Bottles: Purchase $10 of these items and get $5 UP Rewards towards next purchase.
  • Rite Aid Boxed Envelopes, Index Cards or Writing Tablets – B1G1
  • Gardetto’s, Bugles or Chex Mix:  4/$6 and earn $1 in Up Rewards when buying 4 items.
  • Revlon ColorSilk Hair Care – 2/$6

Note: You MUST have a RiteAid Wellness Card to get these deals. Prices valid thru 3/17!


The CVS ad this week has many good deals and steals.  I’ll list some that caught my eye.  Make sure to check out their ad for yourself to see all your savings potential!

  • Coke 12pks – 5/$15 and earn $5 in ECBs when buying 5. Offer valid 1 per household.
  • Zyrtec 5ct – $5.99 and earn $5.99 in ECBs *FREE*  Offer valid 1 per household.
  • Dairymen’s Milk – $2.49  Limit of 2
  • Ocean Spray 64oz Juice – B1G1
  • M&Ms 15.4-19.2oz – B1G1
  • Spend $15 on the following products and earn $5 in Extrabucks: Clorox/Formula 409 30-32oz Bathroom Cleaner 2/$6, Clorox 96oz 2/$4, Pine-Sol (28oz) or S.O.S. (10ct) 2/$4 OR Clorox Disinfecting wipes 35ct 2/$5.
  • Irish Spring Body Wash (15-18oz or 6pk bar) OR Deodorant 2.7-3oz – 2/$7 and Earn $4 in ECBs when buying 2.
  • Schick Hydro 5 Power Select or Hydro Silk Razor 1ct – $9.99 and earn $4.00 ECBs
  • Revlon ColorSilk Hair Color – $2.99 *excludes twin packs
  • Listerene Advanced or Total Care 500ml – $3.69 and earn $2 ECBs Limit of 2 per household
  • All VISINE – B1G1@50% off
  •  Spend $20 and get $8 in ECBs on select Dr. Scholl’s products!  Limit of 1 per household
  • Pedia Care Liquid 4oz or invant drops 2oz $5.99 OOP and earn $5 in ECBs
  • B1G1 on Select Sundown Herbals or Vitamins

Make sure you have your CVS ExtraCare Card with you to get these deals, if you don’t have one… the cashier will gladly get you registered for one!  Also, before shopping, visit CVS’ Red Kiosk and scan your Extra Care Card.  Many times you’ll get coupons printed out at the Kiosk for in-store deals.  And, don’t scan it jsut once, keep scanning it until it reads NO COUPONS AVAILABLE! <– Today’s TIP!

Prices Valid thru 3/17!

Giant Eagle (GE)

Items 10/$10 aka $1 ea!

  • Pillsbury: 10ct Golden Layer Biscuits or 4ct Crescent Rolls. And, there’s coupons out there :)
  • Kraft Mac & Cheese 5,5oz
  • Hunt’s Manwhich 15.5 or 16oz
  • GE condensed soups 10.5 or 11.25oz
  • Campbell’s Select Harvest Soup 18.6-18.8oz
  • Edy’s or haagen-Daz Ice Cream Cups 3.6-6oz
  • Plochman’s Mustard 10.5oz

B1G1 Items

  • Sirloin Tip Roast or Value Pack Steaks
  • Sweet Blackberries 6oz
  • Eight O’Clock Coffee 24-36oz
  • GE Butter Quarters 1lb regular or unsalted
  • Kahn’s Franks 16oz
  • Brownberry Whole Grain Bread 24oz
  • Entenmann’s Little Bites 8.25-11oz
  • Blue Diamond Almonds 6oz
  • Orville Redenbacher’s Microwave Popcorn 3packs


  • GE hot Dog or Hamburger Buns 8ct – $0.99ea
  • Eggo Waffles (10.75-12.9oz), Kellogg’s PopTarts (8ct) OR Rice Krispie Ceral (9oz) – 5/$10
  •  V8 Splash (64oz) OR V8 Smoothies (46oz) – $1.99ea
  • GE Canned Vegetables 14.5-15.25oz – 20/$12

Deals that Earn GE $$!!

  • Get $2 OFF your NEXT purchase when you buy FOUR participating Quaker or Tropica Products:  Life Cereal (4/$10), Cap’n Cruch Cereal (4/$10), Quaker Whole Hearts Cereal (4/$10), Quaker Chewy Bars/Soft Bake Bars (4/$10), Quaker Instant Oatmeal ($2.99ea), Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice or Trop50 (3/$10).  See ad for specified qualifing product sizes.
  • Get $3 OFF your NEXT purchase when you buy TWO participating Cottenelle or Viva products: Cottonelle Bath Tissue 12dbl rolls OR Viva Paper Towels 6big rolls, either for $6.99ea.
  • Buy FOUR Del Monte Fruit Cups 4ct – $2.50ea OOP (*This deal you’ll INSTANTLY earn $2 OFF, making your toal $8 or $2ea!!)
  • Buy THREE DiGiora or California Pizza 11.9-34.2oz – $6ea OOP (*This deal you’ll INSTANTLY earn $3 making your total $15 or $5ea!!)

Be sure to check out your local ad to see what purchases will earn you ***Bonus FUEL PERKS***  Also, there are several REBATE options for a variety of Beer & Wine.

Remember, GE also dbls Q’s up to $0.99.  Note, you MUST have their Card to get the sale price! You’ll Earn Fuel Perks with your purchase if you do :)   Prices valid thru Wednesday 3/21!


  • Suave Invisible Solid Antiperspirant 2.6oz – $0.99ea
  • Purex 2X Liquid Laundry Detergent 45 to 48 load size OR 18ct UltraPacks – $2.99ea  Limit of 2
  • Miller Lite 18pk – $12.99  NOT available in Cuyahoga County
  • Red Ripe Strawberries 1lb – 2/$4
  • Mueller’s Pasta 12-16oz – 3/$3 🙂
  • Texas Toast Croutons 5oz – $1.09
  • Stokely’s Ketchup 24oz – $0.89
  • Fast Shake Pancake Mix 5-5.3oz – $0.99
  • Miracle Gro Plant Food Spikes 24ct – $0.99

Prices valid thru Tues 3/20… Marc’s Stores do accept coupons but they do not double!

Discount Drug Mart

  • Walnut Creek Colby Cheese – $2.99lb
  • Discount Drug Mart Gallon Milk – $2.49ea
  • Cabbage – $0.25lb
  • Close Up Toothpaste – $1ea
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur 750ml – $17.99ea
  • Miller Lite or Genuine Draft 18pk – $12.99
  • Fiber Choice 90ct – $8.99
  • Save $1 on ALL St. Ives Products

Prices valid thru Tues 3/20… They do accept coupons but they do not double!  It’s not necessary to have their store card, but by having one you can earn points to purchase area Special Event Tickets, etc.

Village Market (*Note:  These ads are the same as Apple Market’s ads in Elyria!)

  • Our Family Large Eggs 1dz – $0.99 Limit of 2
  • Our Family 8oz pkg Shredded or Chunk Cheese – $1.77ea Limit of 3
  • Dannon or Weight Watchers Yogurt 6oz cup – 10/$5
  • Maxwell House Original Roast 23oz – $5.99ea Limit of 2
  • Fresh Express Iceberg Garden Salad 12oz – $0.99ea
  • Freshlike or Birds Eye Vegetables 12-16oz – 5/$5
  • Open Pit BBQ Sauce 18oz – $0.99

The have LOTS Of Our Family Brand Deals!!  Check it out while the prices last 🙂  Village Market and Apple’s do accept coupons AND they Double up to $0.99 on MONDAY and TUESDAYS ONLY!

Geyer’s Fresh Foods

  • Lay’s Potato Chips 10-10.5oz – 2/$5
  • Minute Maid ORange Juice 89oz – $2.98ea
  • 5lb Texas Rio Star Red Grapefruit OR 4lb Seedless Navel Oranges – $2.28ea
  • Jif Peanut Butter 17.3-18oz – $2.99
  • Barilla Pasta Cuts 12-16oz – 4/$5
  • Glad Tall Kitchen or Trash Bags 25-80ct – $5.98ea
  • Equaline Hydrogen Peroxide 16oz – 2/$1
  • Sunny D 64oz – 3/$5

5-hr BLOWOUT Sale 3/17 from 8am -1pm only

  • Pork Butt Roast or Western Style Ribs – $1.58lb
  • Smith’s 2% Gallon Milk – $1.98ea
  • Dole Iceberg Head Lettuce – $0.78ea
  • Xtra Laundry Detergent 62.5-75oz – $1.88ea
  • Pillbury Brownie Mix 15.9-18oz – $0.98ea
  • Flavorite Canned Vegetables  14.5-16oz- $0.48ea
  • Totino’s Pizza Rolls 7.5oz – $0.98ea
  • Sheaerer’s Krazi Curls 7.5oz – $0.98ea
  • Ballreich Potato Chips 1LB bag – $3.98ea
  • Yotastic Yogurt 6oz – $0.23ea
  • Dole Whole Carrots 1lb – 2/$1
  • Fresh 80% Lean Ground Chuck – $2.08/lb
  • Ekrich Virginia Brand HAm – $3.69/lb
  • Solid Heads Green Cabbage – 4lb/$1

Geyer’s accepts coupons and doubles up to $0.50!


  • FREE $5 GiftCard with the Purchase of TWO Tide items *see ad/store for details.
  • Pepsi 12pk – 4/$11
  • Kraft Mac & Cheese – $1ea
  • Men’s 1pk Merona woven boxer shorts – Buy 1 Get 1 for $1
  • Girl’s Xhilaration tights, footies or capri tights – Buy 2 get 1 for $1
  • 10pk Room Essentials Plastic White Hangers – $1ea
  • Wet Ones wipes 20ct – $1ea
  • FREE $5 GiftCard when you buy TWO Glad items *see ad/store for detials.

Save 5% off your entire purchase everyday with your Target REDCard!  Also, Target allows coupon stacking! You can use 1 manufacturer coupon and 1 target coupon per purchase!  Click HERE to be directed to Target’s printable coupons!

Don’t feel like going to a variety of stores to score your savings??  Take the store ads for the sales you want to WAL*MART for price matching!  P.S. I even do this for PRODUCE!  As long as there is a specific price listed on the ad and the ad does not state a specific brand, YOU’RE GOOD 🙂 

Happy Savings Ya’ll!

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