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TOPS, Save $10 WYB 10 items deal ~ week of 9/1/13

 

Pop-Tarts

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WOWZA – I am LOVING the:  Save $10 instantly WYB 10 items starting 9/1 at TOPS!!

  • ·         What do you say?  50 items for less than $50??  EASY!!!!!!!!

 

Kelloggs Cereal – 4/$10, $2.50 each

*only $1.50 each WYB 10 items and save $10 instantly

-$1/2 Kellogg’s Cereals, exp. 9/15/13 (RP 08/04/13 #2)

= ONLY $1.00 each

 

Kelloggs Pop Tarts – 5/$10, $2.00 each

 * only $1.00 each WYB 10 items and save $10 instantly

-$1/3 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts, exp. 9/8/13 (RP 07/28/13 R)

-$1 off Milk wyb Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Toaster Pastries or Pop-Tarts Mini Crisps, exp. 9/30/13 (Kellogg’s Big School Bus Display Booklet / Keebler/Kellogg’s Coupon Booklet)

= ONLY $.67 each  *plus the potential savings on milk

 

Eggo Waffles – 2/$5, $2.50 each

* only $1.50 each WYB 10 items and save $10 instantly

-$1/2 Kellogg’s Eggo Frozen Product, exp. 9/29/13 (RP 08/04/13 #2)

-$1/2 Kellogg’s Eggo Waffles or French Toaster Sticks, exp. 9/30/13 (Kellogg’s Big School Bus Display Booklet / Keebler/Kellogg’s Coupon Booklet )

= ONLY $1.00 each

 

Kelloggs Bars, Rice Krispie Treats or Fruit Snacks – 4/$10, $2.50 each

* only $1.50 each WYB 10 items and save $10 instantly

-$1/2 Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Crispy Marshmallow Squares, exp. 9/29/13 (RP 08/04/13 #2)

-$0.75 off Milk wyb (3) Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars, exp. 9/30/13 (Keebler/Kellogg’s Coupon Booklet / Kellogg’s Big School Bus Display Booklet )

-$1 off Bottled Water wyb Kellogg’s Fruit Flavored Snacks, exp. 9/30/13 (Kellogg’s Big School Bus Display Booklet)

-$1 off Fruit wyb Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Crispy Marshmallow Squares, exp. 9/30/13 (Kellogg’s Big School Bus Display Booklet)

= ONLY $1.00 each *plus the OTHER potential savings on milk, water and/or fruit

 

Keebler Variety Packs – $4.99 each

* only $3.99 each WYB 10 items and save $10 instantly

-$1/2 Keebler or Sunshine Multi-Packs, exp. 9/29/13 (RP 08/04/13 #2)

-$1 off Juice Boxes wyb Keebler Sandwich Crackers, exp. 9/30/13 (Kellogg’s Big School Bus Display Booklet)

-$1.50 off Keebler or Sunshine Multi-Pk, and Sprite, exp. 9/30/13 (Kellogg’s Big School Bus Display Booklet)

-$1 off Milk wyb Keebler Cookies, exp. 9/30/13 (Kellogg’s Big School Bus Display Booklet)

= ONLY $3.49 each *plus the OTHER potential savings on milk, juice and/or sprite

 

Keebler Cookies – 4/$10, $2.50 each

*only $1.50 each WYB 10 items and save $10 instantly

-$0.50/1 Keebler Chips Deluxe Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies, exp. 8/31/13 (RP 05/12/13 R) DOUBLED

-$1 off Milk wyb Keebler Cookies, exp. 9/30/13 (Kellogg’s Big School Bus Display Booklet)

-$1 off Milk wyb (3) Keebler Cookies, exp. 9/30/13 (Keebler/Kellogg’s Coupon Booklet)

= as low as ONLY $.50 each * plus the potential savings on milk. 

 

Keebler Crackers – 4/$10, $2.50 each

* only $1.50 each WYB 10 items and save $10 instantly

-$0.75/1 Keebler Town House Pita Crackers, exp. 9/8/13 (RP 07/14/13 R) DOUBLED

-$0.75/2 Keebler Town House Crackers, exp. 9/8/13 (RP 07/14/13 R) DOUBLED

-$1 off Juice Boxes wyb Keebler Sandwich Crackers, exp. 9/30/13 (Kellogg’s Big School Bus Display Booklet / Keebler/Kellogg’s Coupon Booklet)

= as low as FREE *plus the potential savings on juice. 

 

Well OBVIOUSLY I will try for the FREE crackers and 100% stock up on poptarts…. Then I will mix and match the others to combine more 10 deals!   How about you??  What’cha gonna buy???  Let’s chat!!!

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TOP TEN – Coupon Rules (Couponing 101)

Couponing 101

 

Top Ten RULES (points) I’ve Learned

 

 

1.  EXTREME Couponing is a TOTAL hoax!

 

2.  Realistically, you can get all your health and beauty FREE at drug stores and save OVER 50% off your grocery bill EASILY!!

 

3.  A beautiful stockpile will NOT happen overnight.

 

4.  Couponing goes hand in hand with MEAL PLANNING.

 

5.  To coupon you actually have to HAVE coupons!

 

6.  Just like anything – it actually MAY cost you money to get started. (Takes money to make money!!)

 

7.  Couponing has to become a LIFESTYLE.

 

8.  There is ALWAYS something to learn from others.

 

9.   Sometimes you DO actually have to buy things you won’t use.

 

 10.  YES, you DO have the time!!

So these are the most prominent things I have learned… We will review each one and really “break it” down!  This is going to be a gradual session, which will be updated a couple times a week, and everyone can be involved and ask questions!  It is a great starting point for those new to couponing, those that want to start couponing and even some PRO couponers as we all can learn from each other!  Stay tuned for updates…  You can sign up for auto emails if you want the updates to come right to your inbox – right over there <——– left side, scroll down, enter your email and be sure to confirm when you receive the first email.  You can also stay “in the know” by LIKING my facebook page:  Our Real Deal!!

So – First breakdown discussion is:  #1  EXTREME Couponing is a TOTAL hoax!   

Leave a comment…  What do you think or want to ask?  Do tell!!!

 

 

WELCOME new friends!

HI – If you are visiting here for the first time because of meeting me last night, I am soooo honored!  For those that don’t know, I did a little talk about couponing FOR REAL for G.L.O.W. at the YWCA in Batavia last night!  So many awesome people came out to check it out and I met so many amazing people that are interested in couponing.  I have had alot of inquiries already and am so excited that others are so interested in couponing the REAL way too!  Please leave me a comment, let me know what you want to know about this couponing gig – and if I don’t have the answer, I’ll find it out!

On a side note, I am looking into changing up my blog and creating a FACEBOOK page for the blog itself…  in the mean time, PLEASE facebook friend me using  MICHELLE MORTON KELSEY and go ahead and sign up for automatic emails – right over there on the left!!

My email is: mkkelsey@ymail.com

AGAIN, Thank You all and WELCOME, Let’s ROCK this!!!!!!!

Michelle

How I get FREE gas @ Tops….

The Goal ~

So – here is the deal… I swear to goodness that I am not making commission from TOPS – YET = LOL – but honestly why would you not spend an hour of your time figuring out some deals that work for you and planning a shopping trip that could gain you enough groceries to get through the month all while earning FREE gas…???

 I spent a total of $69.07 this week and hit $3.00 off per gallon… I filled up because I needed to and I got 26.9 gallons of gas for $21.52 – a savings of $80.79 – I saved more than I even spent on groceries!! I drive a Yukon so it generally costs me $100 to fill up, I have to drive and I have to buy gas and I have to pay one way or the other so I took the same amount of money and invested it in groceries – staples that my family uses anyhow and earned the gas for FREE!! Really – you are paying for one or the other, why not get BOTH for the price you would pay anyhow….

The Deets ~

Remember – In addition to a small percentage of your out of pocket purchase price, Tops awards you 10 points for each manufacture coupon you use, and 10 points are the equivalent of $.01… you can earn up to 100 points per order (10 coupons) and again, 100 points is equivalent to $.10 of a gallon of gas.

Each week Tops offers BONUS purchases that allow you to earn 200 BONUS points – on top of the coupon bonus… so buying that specific purchase you are automatically adding .20 off per gallon and if you used 10 coupons for your total order you would also get the additional .10 for a total of .30 off per gallon. Do you know what .30 off per gallon is worth? $9.00 – that’s right NINE buckaroos!!

The way I look at it is that is a $9 savings off what I just bought – since I need to buy gas anyway… So what did your order cost you… $20?? Well with a $9 discount, you just saved a ton of cash or almost 50%…. AWESOME!!!!

The “I.E.”s ~

During “DOLLAR DOUBLER” week at TOPS, you have so many opportunities to get awesome deals for essentially FREE and even if it means buying A LOT extra, you are pretty much getting equal value in FREE gas (which you would certainly buy anyhow) so you NEED to try a few of these examples!

The 200 bonus points is amazing!!!

 

Examples offering 200 bonus points –

 

1. Tostito’s and Dip (cheese, spinach, salsa) @ 3/$10 = $3.33 each

Diet Pepsi, 2lt @ 3/$5 = $1.67 each

Buy 2 of each (chips, dip, pop) = $16.66

Use 2-$1/2 coupons for chips and dip, 2 – FREE ($1.67) pop wyb chips and dip, and 4 Dollar doublers = $9.34 coupon value

$16.66 – 9.34 =$ 7.32 Out of Pocket

Get 200 Bonus points and 40 extra points for the four coupons = $.24 off per gallon (30 gallons x .24) = $7.20 off $7.32 – $7.20 = $ .12

You just paid $ .12 for 2 bags of Tostitos, 2 dips, and 2 pops – AMAZING!!

Even better – this exact deal is done with only two inserts so you do not have to go crazy on coupons… anyone can do this!!

 

2. Quaker Granola Bars @ 2/$5 Buy 6 total = $15

Use 3-$1/2 coupons and 3-dollar doublers to get $6 off $15-$ coupons = $11 out of pocket

Get 200 Bonus points and 30 extra points for the three coupons = $.23 off per gallon (30 gallons x .23) = $6.90 off

$11 – $6.90 = $ 4.10

You just paid $ 4.10 for 6 boxes of Quaker Granola Bars – That’s .68 per box – BARGOON!!

Now how do I make this exact scenario even better?? Well, once you join “coupon-a-holics anonymous” – who am I hurtin’, seriously?? – you will have a serious stash of coupons for just such a purpose…

In the above example I have one more doubler I can use to reach the 4 per order limit. A perfect one to use here is the pepperoni coupon from the Tops list… with the $1 coupon and the dollar doubler, you just got the $2 pepperoni totally free! – AND added another $.30 worth of free gas total…

30 gallons x .24 (200 bonus points and 40 points from 4 man. coupons) = $7.20 in total gas FREE

Now you have $11 out of pocket – $7.20 in FREE gas = $3.80 or $.54 per item…

Notice how the scenario got even better with no more money out of pocket….??!!

This is some great stuff and I seriously want everyone to save along with me – I am loving the comments about the deals people have gotten this week… keep up the GREAT work and do not be afraid to ask questions – I guarantee someone else has the exact same question!!

Couponing 101

Couponing 101 – the easy way: the inspiration behind this site…  I started couponing after reading tons of people’s stories about how they were doing it…  I started with CVS – since it is right down the road from work – and began to build a small stash  from there.  Funny thing is prior to that I had never even been to CVS… 

I was the once a month – drop $200 at Wal-Mart to get all my health and beauty and household supplies girl… not to mention that I stopped weekly for diapers and such…  well after the third babay potty trained, I finally learned the gig!  Deal is all of these things can easily be obtained for essentially FREE!! 

Then I added another drug store – Rite Aid –  and between the two, I started to stockpile all of the goods.  I gotta tell you, I have enough toothpaste and feminine supplies to last a life time!!  Seriously though – I have shampoo and conditioner, body wash, deodorants, razors, contact solution, lotion, olay, medicines, band aids, laundry and cleaning supplies to last me a few months….

So these two stores are going to receive my initial highlights…  Food stuffs is a whole ‘nother ball game, I will continue on with the grocery deal posts weekly, but want to start  – in depth  -with the MAGIC stores where you can obtain bags of goods for FREE!!

Stay tuned for the REAL lowdown on CVS…  and please recite this number one coupon rule:   

Extreme Couponing is NOT real!!