Couponing for the Rest of Us

Staples Back to School Deals | 8/18 (FREE Bic Pencils, Composition Books $.10!)


This week’s Staples Back to School Deals are here and you can get FREE Bic Mechanical Pencils, composition books for just $.10, Westcott scissors for $.50 and lots more! Thanks to IAmThatLady for providing this years Staples Back to School Deals!

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Jamie’s CVS Trip: Got $34 of Revlon Makeup FREE!


I went to CVS this week for my FREE Revlon makeup and got an even better deal than I thought!  I also have one known EXCLUSION from this deal that I wanted to make you aware of (Scroll to bottom of post):

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Meijer Ad & Coupon Deals 8/18-8/24

meijer Here are the best Meijer deals for this week.  My favorite deals are great Eye of Round and Top Round Angus Beef, Hillshire Smoked Sausage, Dannon Danimals, Seedless Watermelon, Progresso Soup, Totino’s Pizza, U by Kotex, Era Detergent, Kleenex Tissue, and the Back to School Deals.  If you shop on 8/23 or 8/24 you will save an extra 5% on groceries and 15% on general merchandise to make these deals even better.


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Walmart Ad & Coupon Deals 8/18-8/24


Here are some of the great deals you can get right now at Walmart.  Keep in mind that Walmart prices do vary from region to region so the price may be more or less in your area.  My favorite deals this week are Michelina’s Meals, Velveeta Cheesy Skillets or Casseroles, Campbell’s Soup 4pk, and all of the terrific Back to School Deals.


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How to Save: Yearly Sales Cycles

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Besides a grocery store sale cycle, are there times of the year when certain items are on sale?

Absolutely! Grocery stores are smart. They know that there are certain times of the year when shoppers are keying in on specific goods and they want to grab as much of your business as they possibly can. So why not offer a great price on something they already know you’ll be looking for? When you think about it, it’s a fantastic idea. Cookout supplies around the 4th of July, baking staples during the holidays and even candy on Halloween.

It’s all about anticipation. In this case, the anticipation of shopping habits. The store knows from experience, and shopping trends, when different items will peak throughout the year.  By matching their best prices to times of peak demand they stand a better chance of bringing shoppers through the door and earning their business.

This is a cycle you can work to your advantage! By staying on top of what items tend to go on sale during certain times of the year, you can stock up and save your family impressive amounts of money. Right now try focusing on those key items you’ll soon be tossing into lunchboxes day after day. Things like pudding cups, fruit snacks and Lunchables can be expensive, so buy when the time is right and have them ready and waiting when you need them most. Also, keep track as to which of these items can be frozen. Things like lunchmeat freeze great, making it easy to take advantage of a good sale when you find one.

Another thing to keep track of is produce. Fruits and vegetables are at their peak at different times of the year. If you can buy when the market is flooded, and then either can or freeze your produce, you have the chance to save money while still offering healthy options for your family.

Right now August is upon us and that can only mean one thing…..back to school! With that in mind let’s take a look at a few items that always tend to be on sale this time of year.

Sales to Watch for During Back to School:

School Supplies

  • Pencils, Crayons, Markers, Scissors, Rulers, Folders, Glue, Paper, Notebooks & Other School Supplies

Breakfast Items/School Lunches

  • Pudding Cups, Lunch Meat, Lunchables, Bread, Cold Cereal, Waffles, Juice Boxes


  • Clorox, Purell


  • Insect Repellant, Sunscreen, Charcoal, Pool Toys, Outdoor Furniture, Pools, Picnic Supplies

Seasonal Produce

  • Veggies: Avocado, Green Beans, Beans, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Onion, Bell Pepper, Summer Squash, Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Peaches, Gravenstein Apples, Berries, Figs, Grapes, Melons, Peaches, Bartlett Pears, Plums, & Raspberries


Couponing is a great way to save money!  Whether you save 5%, 15% or 50% you are still saving your family money.  Having a hard time getting started?  Buy my new book, “Couponing for the Rest of Us” on Amazon in paperback or Kindle.  You can even read the first chapter online FREE!

Staples Ad & Coupon Deals 8/18-8/24

staples-logo3 Here are the deals from Staples starting on 8/18.  My favorite deals this week include the terrific back to school deals as well as Bic White Out and Scotch Shipping Tape.


**Do NOT use any previous Staples Rewards to pay for these – because it will prevent you from getting the Rewards Certificate from these. You’ll get your Staples Reward for these next month – which you can then use to by some Free After Rebate Items!

New to Staples?

Staples Rewards: These are basically store credit & they’re easy to use, just GO HERE to sign up as a Rewards Member and read the details. Rewards are issued monthly, once a minimum of a $10 reward is reached. Just make sure you don’t use a previous Staples Reward on a new Staples Reward item – or you won’t get your reward.

Staples Easy Rebates: These rebates are easy – you just purchase an Easy Rebate item and then submit your info online HERE. Rebate checks arrive in 4-6 weeks!


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CVS School Supplies Deals | Jif Peanut Butter only $1.50 (No coupons needed!)


CVS has a whole page devoted to back to school deals starting 8/18 – but the thing that caught my eye was the Jif Peanut Butter!  Taking into account the $5 Gift Card, it’ll be like paying $1.50 a jar, no coupons needed!

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Shoe Carnival: $5 Printable Back-to-School Coupon!


Get your back to school shoe-shopping done with this $5 Printable Shoe Carnival Coupon! 

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