*GONE & UPDATE* Small Business Saturday: $25 American Express Card at Fed Ex

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UPDATE: this promotion is now over. It seemed that more than a few of you were frustrated with this one. Unfortunately, I can never predict how these things will go or not, and I hope at least a few of you were able to snag it. There was some confusion if you needed to be an Amex customer or not. According to Fedex’s Facebook page:  “The card is available while supplies last, to US residents aged 18 and older, and you don’t have to be an Amex card holder in order to be eligible for the gift card.” 

I appreciate your feedback on these offers – good and bad. It helps me decide which content to share in the future and which to leave well enough alone! Thoughts on this one? Did it work for you? 

Did you know that November 26th is Small Business Saturday?

To recognize the importance of supporting small businesses, Fed Ex and American Express are teaming up to offer consumers $25 to shop small businesses.

Here’s how it works.

:: Starting November 1st at 1pm EST (10 AM PST), FedEx will be giving away $25 American Express cards. 30,000 of these will be given away to those who register through the Fedex Facebook page, under the Solutions Hub tab. My guess is they will go extremely fast.
:: These gift cards can be used to support small businesses on November 26, 2011.
:: If you are already an American Express customer, you’ll simply receive the $25 credit on your statement. Please note that you will still need to register ahead of time.

For additional information, please see the Fedex Facebook page as well as the Small Business Saturday Facebook page.


High Value $1/2 Fleischmann’s Yeast Printable Coupon + Month-end Reminder!

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I wanted to remind you that it’s the end of the month, which means it’s a good time to check out Coupons.com, SmartSource, Red Plum, and Coupon Network for any printable coupons you might want to snag.

At the first of the month, many coupons may reset. So if you see anything you like? Snag it now!

A few on Coupons.com stood out to me:

  • $1/2 Fleischmann’s Active Dry or RapidRise Yeast (these sometimes go on sale for $1 each!)
  • $0.40/1 No Yolks Egg Noodles
  • $1/2 Raisinettes
  • $1/1 Creta Farms Smoked Sausage
  • $1/1 Welch’s Sparkling Juice 4-pack
  • $1.50/1 Peet’s Coffee
  • $1.50/1 Seattle’s Best 4-pack Lattes
  • $1/1 Endust Product
  • $1.50/2 Ziploc Brand Containers (the holidays ones are about $2.18 at WinCo right now!)
  • $1/2 Ziploc Brand Bags (the holiday storage bags are $1.48 at WinCo right now!)
Head to Coupons.com to see what’s available! And do keep an eye on it over the next couple days. I’ve noticed they added a few new ones today and I imagine we’ll see some new ones throughout the week. Be quick to print any baking/cooking type coupons you may want. These may pair with store sales and may reach print caps quickly.

Today at Chipotle: wear Farm-Inspired Costume, get a $2 burrito

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Wear a farm-inspired costume at your local Chipolte restaurant, and you’ll be able to snag a burrito for just $2!

This event will benefit Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, which helps fund initiatives geared at sustainable agriculture, family farming, and culinary education, as well as Farmaid.org.

There is more information on this promotion under the “Boorito” tab on their Facebook page or at their website.

Any ideas for a farm-inspired costume?

Thanks, Keri!


Fred Meyer Black Friday 2011: How to get an early preview

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Black Friday will be here in less than a month – will you be shopping?

I wanted to let you know what my plans are here at the site when it comes to Black Friday.

1) First, I will be once again teaming with other Pacific Northwest Bloggers to “round up” Black Friday deals. This will save enormous amounts of time and pool our efforts. For this roundup, I’ll be tackling Ace Hardware. Stay tuned for more information.

2) Second, once again I’ll be providing Black Friday information for Fred Meyer. While I’ve not shopped much on Black Friday, I have to say Fred Meyer’s Black Friday shopping experience is just pleasant. They serve coffee and donuts, the stock is good, and the shoppers are in good spirits.

I’ve reached out to my pals at Fred Meyer to see what I can do to get you the inside scoop about all-things Black Friday there. Here’s what I’ve learned.

First: the Black Friday ad will be first shared to those who have signed up to their email newsletter. So, sign up if you’re planning on shopping the sale and want the ad before it’s shared to the general public!

You will need to sign up for the email newsletter no later than Wednesday, November 9th to ensure you will get the early version of the Black Friday ad later in the following week.

Fred Meyer Black Friday Preview

I plan on sharing more information about Fred Meyer’s Black Friday sale as it is shared with me and I obtain clearance to do so. (So stick around!)

I also plan on sharing my thoughts about Black Friday in general in the upcoming days. For more information, you might be interested to watch the webcast I recorded for the 2010 Holiday Shopping Season.


Adventures in Bulk Foods: Baking Soda

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Today is the final installment in the Adventures in Bulk Foods series, and it’s a rather simple one.

Baking soda.

Baking soda is one of those essential household items and you can buy it for just $0.50/lb at WinCo. I spent $0.70 to fill this canning jar! (Which by the way, might be a great option for storing some of your bulk food finds, don’t you think?)

I checked the shelf price, and WinCo was selling packaged baking soda for $0.62/lb, and I found it at $0.76/lb recently at another area grocery store.

Baking soda has many uses beyond baking! Here are a few ways I’ve personally used baking soda, as well as ideas I found on the web.

1. If you have baby bottles or plastic cups that smell, add some baking soda and hot water and let sit. I swear it gets the stink out!

2. Clean your wooden cutting boards with baking soda and lemon juice. Let sit for 10-15 minutes to deodorize and kill the bacteria.

3. Leave an open box in your fridge to keep it smelling sweet. (Even between fridge cleans.)

4. Use it in place of shampoo! Yup, some swear by cleaning their hair with baking soda and water – that’s it!

5. Make a volcano with your kids.

6. Use it to freshen up your carpets. Sprinkle some on your carpets and vacuum up! (You might try a small section first.)

7. Keep the kitty litter box staying fresh. Add a thin layer to the bottom of the cat box and then add the litter.

8. Stay fresh as a daisy. One site I visited suggested you can use it as deodorant! Additionally, mix a little with warm water and use in the place of mouthwash.

It seems to me that buying baking soda in bulk is an eco-friendly way to purchase such a frugal, eco-friendly item! You might also be interested to see some uses I shared recently for vinegar.

What other uses can you think of for baking soda?

PS Thank you so much for joining me on this series! I have a follow-up post coming that will answer some of the questions you’ve asked since I launched it. Your kind comments and recipe helps have been very appreciated! And, in case you’re really sad to see this series end, I’ll have you know I have another series already in the works.


Fred Meyer Mix & Match Promotion = Blue Diamond Milk $0.49 each!

While I was excited about the Fred Meyer Mix & Match sale, I didn’t realize how extensive it really was. Reader Heather tipped me off on Facebook that there were MANY more participating items in this sale than were listed on the ad.

So of course I had to check it out. She was right! The other cool thing I noticed? On the product signs the “through date” was 11/12!! That’s right folks, this sale will last a full two weeks!

As a reminder, when you buy 10 participating items (they are marked throughout the store), you’ll save $0.50 per item – or $5 total. You must buy in multiples of 10 to get the discounted price. I’ve highlighted my favorite deals in red.

You can see my initial deals on today’s Fred Meyer post. Here are some additional items I found in the store.

Blue Diamond Refrigerated Almond Milk $2.49/$1.99
$1/2 coupon from 10/16 SmartSource
$0.55/1 Blinkie coupons (my Blinkie was cleaned out!)
Bottom line: $1.49

BUT WAIT!! Don’t forget the Blue Diamond Catalina!
Buy 2 and get $0.75 off your next order
Buy 3 and get $1.50 off your next order
Buy 4 and get $4 off your next order

DEAL IDEA
Buy (4) Almond Milk $1.99*
Use (2) $1/2 coupons
Pay: $5.96
Receive a $4 Catalina coupon
Bottom line: $1.96 for all four = $0.49 each !!

* Remember, you would need to buy 6 other items as part of this deal to get the $1.99 each price.

Vitamin Water $1.25/$0.75

Honest Tea $1.25/$0.75
There may be various tearpad coupons out there – I’ve not seen any.

I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter! $1.99/$1.49

Dan-o-Nino Multipack Yogurt $1.99/$1.49

Dannon Light ‘n Fit or Activia 32 oz Carton $1.99/$1.49

Rockstar, AMP Energy Drinks $1.49/$0.99
(some are on the shelf, others are in refrigerated beverages section)

Krusteaz Bars or Cookies $1.99/$1.49

Ghirardelli Brownie Mix $1.99/$1.49

Wesson Oil $3.49/$2.99

Pam Spray $3.49/$2.99

Maxwell House International Coffee $3.39/$2.88
$0.55/1 peelies may be on select products (I didn’t notice any)
Bottom line: as low as $2.38

Splenda, 200-ct or 9.7 oz granulated $6.49/$5.99
$1/1 coupon from 10/30 SmartSource
Bottom line: $4.99

Melitta Coffee Filters, 100 ct Natural Variety $1.50 (sign reads this is the final price)
$1/1 coupon from 10/2 SmartSource
Bottom line: $0.50

Peet’s Coffee $9.49/$8.99
$1/1 printable coupon
Bottom line: $7.99

Ragu Pasta Sauce $1.15 (sign reads this is the final price)

Jello $1.25 (sign reads this is the final price)
$1.25/3 Deliciously Simple Coupon Booklet (may be found in select stores)
Bottom line: $0.83 each

Capri Sun (lots of varieties included) $1.99/$1.49

Heinz Jarred Gravy $1.19/$0.69

Campbell’s Gravy $1.29/$0.79

Swanson Broth, Can $0.99/$0.49

Swanson Broth, Carton 32 oz $1.99/$1.49
$0.75/2 coupon from 10/2 SmartSource
Bottom line: $1.12

S&W Beans $1.43/$0.93
$0.50/2 coupon from 9/11 Red Plum
Bottom line: $0.68 each
(Stronger prices right now at WinCo on this item)

Hormel Compleats $2.49/$1.99 (does not include kids)

Fred Meyer half and half $2.49/$1.99

Van de Kamp Frozen Breaded Fish $4.99/$4.49

Foster Farm Frozen Breaded or Grilled Chicken $5.99/$5.49

Healthy Choice Frozen Meals $2.48/$1.98
$1/3 coupon from 10/2 SmartSource
$1/1 – $1/3 printable coupon
Bottom line: $0.98

Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls $2.49/$1.99
$1/2 coupon from 8/28 Red Plum
Bottom line: $1.49 each

Pillsbury Pie Crust 2 pack $2.99/$2.49
$0.50/2 printable coupon
Bottom line: $2.25
(Kroger variety is $2)

Lunchables $2.99/$2.49

Hormel Pepperoni $2.99/$2.49

Kleenex Tissue $1.49/$0.99

Finish Dishwashing Gel $3.29/$2.79

Glade Candle $2.79/$2.29
$1/2 printable coupon
OR $1/2 coupon from 9/25 SmartSource
Bottom line: $1.79 each

Lysol All-Purpose Cleaner $2.49/$1.99

Fred Meyer Syrup $1.99/$1.49

Pringles $1.49/$0.99

Pepperidge Farm Cookies $2.79/$2.29

ADDED: International Delight Coffee Creamers, 32 oz $2.49/$1.99
$0.55/1 printable coupon
Bottom line: $1.45
(Great price for this size!!)

ADDED: Seattle’s Best Coffee $5.99/$5.49
$1/1 tearpad coupons have been around (saw these at WinCo last week)
$1/1 printable coupons have been around (though I don’t see any now)
Bottom line: as low as $4.49
(Note: I didn’t catch this, but reader Monica found at her store – see comments)

There are undoubtedly even more deals throughout the store. Let me know if you find others!


A few sweet ideas for your Albertsons Twice the Value coupons!

I had all these great intentions of making it to Albertsons to jot down Twice the Value coupon ideas for you, but guess what – it didn’t happen. This has been a beyond nutty week for me.

So here’s what I’m going to do – I’m going to share a good cross section of ideas for you and I would love you to help me out. Leave a comment or shoot me an email at angela @ thecouponproject dot com with any deals you personally found in the store. I’ll work to update this list with your input!

Prego Sauce $1.25
$0.75/2 coupon from 10/16 SmartSource
Use a doubler
Bottom line: $0.50 each
(My favorite deal!!)

Barilla Pasta $1.25
$0.55/1 Whole Grain coupon from 9/18 SmartSource (if included in sale)
$0.55/1 Plus coupon from 10/23 SmartSource (if included in sale)
Use a doubler
Bottom line: as low as $0.15

Yoplait Yogurt $0.60
$1/10 printable coupon
Use a doubler
Bottom line: $0.40 each

Hershey’s, Nestle, or Mars Fun Size Candy Bags $2.50
$1/1 Hershey’s printable coupon
Other printable coupons have been on Coupons.com, don’t seem to be available now
Use a doubler
Bottom line: as low as $0.50

Starburst or Skittles Fun Bag $2
$1/2 coupon from 10/9 Red Plum (exp. 10/31)
Use a doubler
Bottom line: $1 each

Imagine Organic Soup $3.99
$1/1 coupon from 10/16 SmartSource
Use a doubler
Bottom line: $1.99
(Use this coupon to get broth for $0.99 at Fred Meyer this week)

Healthy Choice Entrees or Steamers $2.22
$1/3 Entree printable coupon
$1/1 Steamer printable coupon (if this is for the variety on sale?)
Use a doubler
Bottom line: as low as $0.22

Darigold Single Milks, 16 oz $1.50
$0.50/1 tearpad coupon (have you seen this?)
Use a doubler
Bottom line: as low as $0.50

Kikkoman Soy or Teriyaki Sauce $1.99
$0.55/1 coupon from 5/15 SmartSource
Use a doubler
Bottom line: $0.89

Better Oats Oatmeal $1.25
$1/3 printable coupon
Use a doubler
Bottom line: $0.58 each

Snuggle Fabric Softener $2.99
$0.75/1 coupon from 10/2 Red Plum
Use a doubler
Bottom line: $1.49

Keebler Cookies $1.99
$0.75/2 coupon from 9/18 Red Plum
Use a doubler
Bottom line: $1.24 each

Dean’s Dips $0.99
$1/2 printable coupon (registration required)
Use a doubler
Bottom line: BOTH FREE!
(Coupon is for different size than sale – my apologies!)

Yoplait Greek Yogurt*
$0.50/2 coupon from 10/2 General Mills insert
Use a doubler
Bottom line: $0.50 each

Michelina’s Entrees*
$1/5 printable coupon
Use a doubler
Bottom line: $0.60 each

* These items are part of a Buy 10, get the 11th item free promotion. See the Albertsons list for other $1 item ideas.

Ideas you submitted!

Here are some ideas I’ve gleaned from the comments. Please know that I’ve not personally verified these, and that prices and availability may be regional.

Idahoan Au Gratin Potatoes $1
FREE coupon from October 2011 All You Magazine
Bottom line: FREE
(There is also a $0.75/3 printable coupon)

Wholly Guacamole $2.69
$1/1 printable coupon (Facebook)
Use a doubler
Bottom line: $0.69

Dawn Dish Soap $1
$0.50/1 coupon from 10/30 P&G
Use a doubler
Bottom line: FREE

Extra Gum $1
$1/2 coupon from 9/25 SmartSource
Use a doubler
Bottom line: BOTH FREE

 


Fred Meyer deals 10/30 – 11/5

Here are the Fred Meyer deals starting today and running through Saturday, 11/5. A couple things different I noticed with today’s ad. First, the verbiage on most of the in-ad store coupons now reads “limit” instead of “first.” I’m not sure how that reads to you, but it seems like it’s a subtle way for them to work to limit quantities. Second, they are having a mix & match sale this week! I’ve never seen Fred Meyer do this, so this has my attention. Love it!

Remember to load e-coupons to your Fred Meyer Rewards card.

My favorite deals have been highlighted in red.

Beef Loin New York Steak
$5.88/lb

Fuji, Gala, Braeburn, or Jonagold Apples
$0.78/lb

Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna
$0.44 each with in-ad coupon (limit 8 )

Tyson Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thigh Strips, Breast, or Tenderloins
$5.99 each with in-ad coupon (limit 3)
Works out to $2.21 – $2.66/lb

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