Monday, January 30, 2012

My Unilever Promo Trip- $3.85 for 15 items!

 I paid only $3.85 for all of this food! Pictured: 3 Ragu Pasta Sauces, 2 Wishbone Salad Dressings, 1 Daisy Sour Cream, 2 Lipton Onion Soups, 1 Vlassic Pickles jar, 1 Lipton Iced Tea, 1 Tub of I Can't Believe it's Not Butter, 4 Knorr Pasta Sides

Have you done the Unilever Promo at Harris Teeter, yet? It's a great opportunity to score some awesome deals. I've been wanting to do it all week, but had to wait until Sunday (yesterday) because the coupons that I needed to complete the promo were in yesterday's Sunday paper.

Basically if you buy $15 worth of Unilever products, you will receive a $5 credit onto your bill. Easy enough, huh?

Even better is that you can use paper coupons PLUS electronic coupons to help bring down the total. So in the end, as long as your PRE-coupon total is $15, you can apply your coupons after that and still receive the $5 discount.

I ended up getting all of the items for only $3.85 (including tax) and I also bought a few extra items that weren't part of the promo (like those pickles my husband has been telling me to get for days now). 

A couple of the electronic coupons that I was counting on to lower my total did not come off my bill. For example, the Lipton Tea had an electronic coupon that didn't come off that would have saved me $.60. Also, my Knorr Sides had an electronic coupon, too. That's always a bummer but I didn't feel like pressing the matter with customer service. There comes a point where you just look ridiculous if you complain when your total bill for all those items is $3.85!

If you want to do the promo, be sure to use the Unilever coupons from Sunday's Raleigh paper. Combine them with any electronic coupons that you have from Harris Teeter's EVIC email program. Match the paper coupons with the electronic and you're good to go! Best items to buy for this promo:

Wishbone Dressing ($2.00 on sale, plus digital and paper coupons)
I Can't Believe it's Not Butter ($1.59 on sale plus digital and paper coupons)
Ragu Pasta Sauce ($1.39 on sale, plus digital and paper coupons)
Knorr Pasta Sides ($1.00 on sale, plus digital and paper coupons)
Lipton Onion Soup Mix ($1.59 on sale, plus paper coupons plus $1.50 for sour cream coupon sitting on the display if you buy two)

Click here for a full list of all the items that qualify for this promo. I suggest printing this out so you have it in the store. Also, print or write down or use your Harris Teeter App so you will remember which items you have electronic coupons for, because sometimes it's easy to forget. 

You have until Tuesday night to take advantage!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Star News vs. News and Observer

Well, I hope you have your scissors ready because it's going to be one of THOSE mornings!

Both the Raleigh and the Wilmington newspapers contained four inserts for me- 1 Proctor and Gamble, 1 Smart Source, and 2 Red Plum, inserts. The Proctor and Gamble inserts are both the same. At first glance, the Wilmington inserts definitely felt thinner than the Raleigh inserts, especially the Red Plums. Let's take a closer look.

The Wilmington Smart Source has coupons for: Everybody's Nuts Pistachios, Vlassic Pickles, Texas Toast Croutons, Revlon, RidX, Efferdent, Kraft Homestyle Mac n Cheese, Smithfield Bacon, Nexium, Heinz, Air Wick, and Eggland's Best Eggs, plus ChuckECheese. 

The Raleigh Smart Source has coupons for all of the above minus the Nexium and Vlassic Pickles. It also had additional coupons: El Monterrery Snacks, Biz, Blue Diamond Nuts, Marzetti Dressings and Dips, Kleenex Hand Towels, Dannon Yogurt, Totinos Pizza, Pizza Rolls and Pizza Stuffers, Pillsbury, Chex Mix, Fiber One, Spot Shot, 2000 Flushes, Prevacid, Carpet Fresh, and X14 Stain Eliminator for Mold and Mildew, Speed Stick, Irish Springs, Palmolive, Softsoaps, Colgate, Colgate Toothbrushes, Dole Fruit Cups, Bayer, Revlon, Land O Lakes Deli Cheese, Kraft Mac n Cheese, Opti Free, Genteal, I Caps, Planters Peanuts, Hebrew National, Alka Seltzer, Mira Lax, Qnol and Scotch-Brite Wipes. There was also a neat Colgate rebate, too.

Clearly the Raleigh Smart Source wins as far as sheer number of coupons.

On to the Red Plum. Both papers had two Red Plum inserts. Let's look at each one.

Wilmington Red Plum number one had coupons for: Hardees, Cooked Perfect Meatballs, Riceworks, Furmanos Tomatoes, and lots of ads!

Raleigh Red Plum number one had coupons for: I Can't Beleive it's not butter, Lipton, Hellman's Wishbone, Ragu, Bertolli Frozen Meals, Dove, Caress, QTips, Dove Deoderants, Dove Soaps and Body Wash, Degree Deoderants, Vaseline, Knorr Rice Sides, Lipton Recipe Secrets, Lipton Cup o Soup, Hillshire Farm, Smoked Sausage, M&Ms, Cheeze-Its, Goodlife Cat Treats, Furmanos, Pedigree Dog Treats, Estracell Sponges and Brillo Pads, Cooked Perfect Meatballs, Vitamins, Tums, Porcelana, Riceworks, and Hardees.

The Raleigh Red Plum #1 is the winner again!

Finally, let's look at the second Red Plum.

The Wilmington Red Plum #2 has coupons for: Marcal Paper Towels, Napkins or Bath Tissue, Digiorno, Loreal, and Cici's Pizza.

The Raleigh Red Plum #2 has coupons for: Fancy Feast, Purina, Tidy Cats, Whisker Lickins, Mighty Dog, Tiny Bonz, Purina, Chef Michaels for Pets, Digiornos, CoffeeMate Natural Bliss, Stouffers Lasagne, Carnation, Boost, Loreal, Minute Rice, Dole Pineapple Cans, Kettle Brand Chips, Emerald Nuts, Pop Secret Products, Centrum, Advil, Robistussin, Dimetapp, Thermacare, plus a $10 Rebate on those Pfizer products, Marcal Paper Products, Pringles, Eucerin, and Cicis Pizza.

Again, the Raleigh paper wins for most coupons.

So, obviously, if you can get a Raleigh paper today, it will be well worth your while! So many awesome coupons are available, for pets and people!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Delly's Deals Weekly Radio Show Notes

Thank you to our sponsors, Memories of a Child, I Am Salon and Day Spa and Medical Simplicity. Be Sure to click their links above and "like" them on Facebook, as they are all wonderful local businesses to support!

This week our main topic was "Is Couponing Unhealthy?" I shared my views on the matter and also shared some health-related couponing tips.

Specialty stores like The Fresh Market in Mayfaire have events such as $2.99 Tuesdays (all January) where you can get a gallon of hormone free milk, antibiotic-free chicken breast and

Get up to $200 from Harris Teeter for switching your prescriptions to them. For details, click here.

Buy your medicines on sale BEFORE you get sick. That way, you don't have to shop when you are feeling bad and end up overpaying. The drug store chains have some amazing deals on medicines if you plan ahead, use their flyer and take advantage of their offers.

Don't forget your Sunday paper tomorrow morning. It's supposed to be loaded with great coupons!

There is a Unilever Promo going on at Harris Teeter. See the flyer for details but if you buy $15 worth of select Unilever products, you get $5 off your bill. This could really add up, especially since there will be matching coupons in tomorrow's paper.

Harris Teeter's Saturday special today is excellent! Get 50 oz Tide for only $4.47. Use a $2 off paper coupon from the Sunday paper on January 1st and you may also have the Harris Teeter EVIC coupon for $2 off. This makes the Tide only $1.47! Not even Sams Club can come close to beating that price!

Harris Teeter Deals
Food Lion Deals
Lowes Foods Deals

Friday, January 27, 2012

Awesome Walgreens Deal on Tylenol Cold Medicine, Sudafed for Kids and $.50 Triaminic

I got all of the above medicine (plus lotion and candy) for essentially $5.38 plus tax!!!

Today at Walgreens I got all of the above and only paid $10.38 plus tax for 6 name-brand cold medicines, lotion and a piece of candy. Even better is that after I finished paying, I got back a $5 Register Reward that I can use on a future purchase at Walgreens. That reward can be redeemed at Harris Teeter, too!

Counting the $5 reward, it was like I paid $5.38 plus tax for all of that. For the record, I bought 2 bottles of Tylenol Cold and Flu Warming Relief, 1 bottle of Triaminic Cold and Cough Syrup for Kids, and 3 packages of 14-count Triaminic Thin Strips for Kids Night Time Cold and Cough. Note that I could also have purchased the Triaminic Pain and Fever Reducer but they were out. Not a problem, though, because I am already stocked up on that from the last sale a few weeks ago.

So how did I do it? I used coupons on everything, firstly. Some of the coupons came from the Sunday paper and others came right from the drug shelf at Walgreens itself. There are $2 off one Triaminic coupons sitting on the shelf in Walgreens near the products, so that was easy!

Walgreens is offering a special where you get a $5 Register Reward for buying 2 Triaminic Children's Medicines or 2 Tylenol Cold Medicines. There is no limit to how many times you can do this, as long as you don't buy the same medicines in a row. If you do, a new Register Reward won't print.

The medicines are on sale for 2 for $10. I bought two kids Triaminic medicines and used two coupons, each for $2 off, so my out of pocket was $6 plus tax. After I paid, I got back $5 in Register Rewards!

I then paid (in a second transaction) for the two bottles of Tylenol. They were 2 for $10. I had one $2 off coupon from the Sunday paper and one $1 off coupon that I had printed online (use my database above to search if you need some coupons). After my coupons, the total was down to $7. I bought a small piece of candy for $.39 because I wanted to use the $5 Regsiter Reward that I had just earned from the Triaminic. At Walgreens, you have to have at least one item for every coupon, so since I had two manufacturer coupons plus a register reward, I needed to buy a small filler item. After coupons and the Register Reward,  my out of pocket total came to $2 plus tax! I paid, and received another Register Reward for $5!

I then did my third and final transaction. I bought two more Triaminic medicines just like the first transaction, 2 for $10, and used the 2 $2 off coupons.  I redeemed my $5 Register Reward from the Tylenol and paid a total of $10-$4 in coupons-$5 in Register Rewards= $1.00. I also bought some lotion for my purse for $.99. Total was 1.99 plus tax AND I got back a $5 Register Reward!

A couple of notes- I nor anyone in my family is sick right now. But, when we do get sick we will certainly be prepared! I always say you should buy medicines before you get sick because getting a good deal will be the last thing on your mind if you are sick and looking for medicine in the drugstore.

Also, be sure to check the expiration dates. I stocked up on Traiminic Kids Pain and Fever reducer a few weeks ago that unfortunately expire in May. Everything I bought today, however, doesn't expire until mid-2013.

One final note- the store brand equivalents of these same medicines would have cost me $5.49 each, for a grand total of $32.94 plus tax! Consider that I paid less than $5 plus tax for name brands. Just another example of how it pays to use coupons!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Harris Teeter Prescription Transfer- Earn up to $200!

Free money doesn't come around too often, but Harris Teeter's prescription transfer program is about as close to free money as you're going to get!

In a press release from last week, Harris Teeter spelled out the terms of their prescription transfer bonus. When customers who have not previously had a prescription with Harris Teeter transfer their prescriptions, they will earn $20 in free grocery credit onto their VIC card. Customers can earn up to 10 free credits, totaling up to $200! You have until April 3rd to take advantage.

People have been taking advantage, too. Read what Donna N. from the Delly's Deals Facebook page had to say about earning her bonus:

I went Sunday and transferred 8 prescriptions for a credit of $160.00. Will get $40 more on 2 refills. Pharmacist super nice.

I am thankful that I don't have a single prescription to fill, but I know many of you do. Not only will you earn the amazing bonus that Harris Teeter is offering if you switch your prescriptions to them, but you will have access to Harris Teeter's stellar customer service. I've heard people talk about how friendly and helpful the pharmacists are and how there is very little waiting. In fact, Harris Teeter has a 15-minute prescription guarantee.

In addition, Harris Teeter has programs such as the Generic Prescriptions Savings Club with 30 day supplies as little as $3.99 and 90 day supplies as little as $9.99. They also mentioned FREE Diabetic Drugs and FREE Antibiotics.

With all these benefits- the great prices, friendly service and the $20 bonus, I don't know why anyone would have their prescriptions filled elsewhere!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Star News vs. News and Observer

This week there were two inserts in both newspapers for me. I had a Red Plum and a Smart Source in each paper. At first glance, the Wilmington Star News inserts feel thinner; let's take a look and see which actually had more coupons.

The Wilmington Red Plum had coupons for: Loreal Paris eye products, Loreal Paris hair styling products, shampoo, and treatments, and Loreal Paris Skincare, Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls, Superpretzels, Renuzit Adjustables, and LandOfrost wrap kits or sub sandwich kits.

The Raleigh Red Plum had all of the above PLUS Whiskas cat food, Uncle Ben's products, Soft Scrub, Right Guard, Dry Idea Sticks Deoderant, Pupperoni, ERASE Face Lift, Milo's Kitchen Dog Treats, a ton of vitamin and supplement coupons, Special K Bars, Newman's Own Salad Dressing, Salsa and Pizza, Vanity Fair Napkins and some Target-specific coupons for Charmin, Bounty, Bounty Basic. 

The Raleigh Red Plum is the clear winner!

The Wilmington Smart Source insert had coupons for: Reynold's Wrap Pam Liner, Luden's Cough Drops, Kibble Select, People Magazine, Chock Full o Nuts, Blistex, French's Mustards, Pepsi, Lays Dips and Chips, ershey's and Reece's Candies, Johnsonville Sausages, Reynold's Wrap Foil, Reynold's Slow Cooker Liners, and the Olive Garden.

The Raleigh Smart Source had coupons for all of the above except the Luden's Cough Drops, Kibble Select, Blistex.

The Raleigh Smart Source ALSO had coupons for the following products that were not included in the Wilmington paper:

Kraft Dressings, Zone Perfect Bar or Multipack, Betty Crocker Cake Mix and Frosting, Cheerios, Yoplait Yogurt, Yoplait Greek Yogurt, Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals, Pace Picante Sauce, Nathan's Fries, Potatoe Pancakes and Onion Rings, Swanson Canned Chicken, Orville Reddenbacher's Popcorn, Hunts Canned Tomatoes, Game Ball Icecream Cake, Franks Red Hot Sauce, Red Baron, Tony's or Freschetta Pizzas, White Castle Burgers, Sargento Cheese, A1 Steak Sauce, Mt. Olive Pickles, Tyson Anytizers, Bissell Carpet Cleaning Powder or Foam, Bissel Stomp and Go Pads, Theraflu Products, Triaminic, Fleishchmann's Yeast, Budweiser Sauce, Real California Cheese, Finish Products, French's Worceshire Sauce, Neosporin Essentials, Oscar Meyer Carving Board or Cold Cuts, Lunchables with Fruit, Velveeta Cheese, Heluva Good Dips, Whonu Nutrition Rich Cookies, and Soothie Eye Products.

Well, the obvious conclusion for this week is to get the Raleigh News and Observer newspaper if you can get your hands on it! It DEFINITELY has more coupons this week!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Delly's Deals Weekly Radio Show Notes

Thank you to our sponsors, I Am Salon and Day Spa, Memories of a Child Children and Maternity Retail Shop, and Medical Simplicity. Please take a look at and support these local businesses, as they help make the radio show possible!

This week on the Delly's Deals Radio Show, I shared my weekly deals and we are talking about budgeting.

I totally blew my weekly budget last week because there were so many deals! But I'm still under my monthly budget, so that's okay. My budget is $75 per person per month, so since I have five people in my family, that's a budget of $375 per month. for me (honestly, I round it up to $400). Budgets can change, according to life changes (for instance, I had two in diapers last year, so my budget was a bit higher). If your kids are growing and eating more, you may need to adjust your budget a bit. What's important is that you choose one that fits your family's needs and stick to it, using cash if possible.

How much do you think I paid for all these groceries this past week at Harris Teeter? 

Call in to the show at 332-6390 between 10-11 a.m. today to guess and win. This week we're giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to Memories of a Child!

Check out the weekly grocery store deals and make your printable list:

Harris Teeter
Food Lion
Lowes Foods

Don't miss out on Food Lion's Private Label Sale. You get $.25 off four every Food Lion brand item you buy, minimum of four. This could really add up, especially if you focus on the cheaper private label items like biscuits, cat food, single bottled waters, etc. I have heard that the cat food is $.10 per can after the private label discount.

Here are a couple of fun retail/restaurant deals going on this week/weekend:

FREE Bath and Body Works Lotion (New Scent- Pink Chiffon)
$10 off $40 at Pier One
All You Magazine Subscription for only $1 an Issue (has $100+ coupons in it, so well worth it)
Free Subway Breakfast the last week of January\
Dollar General $5 off $25 purchase 

Have a great weekend, everyone and I will see you here tomorrow for the weekly newspaper and coupon review!

Realistic Couponing

  My daughter, posing with all our groceries on January 16th, 2012

Sometimes people get so caught up in "Extreme" couponing that they become disappointed with "normal" couponing. Normally, a person can expect to save around 50% on their groceries if they combine store sales and promos with coupons. That is a reasonable expectation and is nothing to be ashamed of! If you budgeted $6000 a year for your groceries and only spent $3000, that would certainly be an accomplishment!

In this post, I want to share a realistic couponing photo with you. I felt that maybe my website photo gallery was part of the problem, since I show some of my best trips. My photo gallery has pictures of extraordinary trips that I've done, perhaps during Super Doubles or Triples Week or maybe I just caught a crazy sale or promo. But since trips like what you see in my photo gallery don't come around all the time, I thought I should include a photo from a normal shopping week. This was done during a regular week at Harris Teeter. I bought on sale, as usual, and applied coupons to most of my items.

How much do you think I spent? Call in to the radio show at 332-6390 between 10-11 a.m. to take a guess and win!

UPDATE- I paid $42.53 for everything and that actually includes over $2 in tax!

Pictured: 2 Boxes of Hefty Trash Bags (45 count), 2 Coffemate Creamers, Stayfree Maxis, 3 Boxes of Snackwells 100 calorie snacks (Yogurt Pretzels and Caramel Popcorn), 2 Colgate Cavity Protection Toothpastes, 2 Colgate Toothbrushes, 4 Bananas, 4 Packs of Ortega Taco Seasoning, 1 Harris Teeter Brand Applesauce, 4-pack of Activia Yogurt Black Cherry, Sara Lee Iron Kids Bread, 2 Smart Balance Peanut Butter jars, 2 Blocks of Kraft Cheese, 4 Boxes of Kelloggs Crunchy Nut Cereal, 2 Big Palmolive Soft Hands Dish Detergent, 8 Big Cans of Pillsbury Biscuits, 2 packs of StarKist Tuna Salad, 2 64-ounce Old Orchard Organic Apple Juice (Total of 42 items)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Retail Coupons

Going shopping this weekend? Need clothes, housewares, or items for your home and garden?

Deals can be found out there on those items, as well. One of my tips is to use the same rules that apply to grocery shopping- wait for a sale and apply coupons to the sale if possible. 

I also love places like Rack Room Shoes, where I can get B1G1 half off everyday and they also combine that with coupons, too.

There are websites out there to help you find retail coupons. One of my favorites is Your Retail Helper. This is such a neat site and easy to use. Click on the top left where it says "Retail Round Up/Printable Coupons" and she will post a list of all the coupons that you can print out that are from retail establishments and believe me, they are not skimpy! I saw coupons from Old Navy, Children's Place, GAP, JC Penny, Lane Bryant, Office Depot, Ulta, and Victoria's Secret to name a few. It doesn't hurt to go there before you shop and just check and see what's available. You can print out a coupon quickly before you shop!

Also, one thing I know you can do is search EBAY for coupons. Some people find this controversial, but I personally don't. EBAY is quick to pull illegal items off their site and if the manufacturers didn't want the coupons there, they'd demand that EBAY remove them. For example, you can search EBAY for Lowes coupons or home depot coupons for 10% off your purchase. Here's a search I did for Lowes Home Improvement coupons. It pulled up many coupons that can be bought for around $3-$4 and then emailed to you for printing. If you are doing a big purchase, for example, hundreds of dollars for some improvements, this would be money well spent! By they way, Home Depot will take Lowes Home Improvement coupons, too.

Finally, there are toy coupons out there and lots of them! Click here to access my free printable coupons.When the coupons come up, look on the left again and click "Toys and Games," and you can print off all the coupons for toys and games. Toys can be so expensive, so using the coupons can really add up.

Don't overpay for retail! There are resources out there to help you save!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Free Subway Breakfast

I posted this earlier on my Delly's Deals Facebook page, but I thought I would post it again here to make sure everyone saw.

Have you tried Subway's new breakfast sandwiches? If not, you will have your chance coming up the last week of January/first of February. A promo that started at Subways in the northern part of the country is coming here. 

The entire week of January 30th, Subway will be giving away a free breakfast sandwich and coffee if you R.S.V.P. online with your preferred day, time and which local Subway location you would like to drop by.

It may be true that there's no such thing as a free lunch but perhaps there is such a thing as free breakfast! Don't miss out!

R.S.V.P. here!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Easy Pillsbury Biscuit Deal

 I paid $5.20 plus tax for 8 BIG cans of Pillsbury Biscuits, 
plus got back $2.00 to spend on my next trip and $5 worth of Box Tops for my son's school!

Today I got a great deal on Pillsbury Biscuits from Harris Teeter, plus some bonus goodies after I paid. I wanted to do this over the weekend, but they were out of biscuits all weekend at the Harris Teeters anyway. So, I shopped early this afternoon and they were all back in stock, so I was able to get the deal.

This is what I did:

I bought 8 cans of Pillsbury Biscuits for $1 a piece (great sale price)

I used 4 coupons:
$.30 off 2 (I had two of these coupons)
$.40 off 2 (I had two of these coupons)

All coupons doubled. The $.30 doubled to $.60 off and the $.40 doubled to $.80 off and I used each coupon twice, for a total savings of $2.80 with coupons. I could have sworn I had a digital EVIC coupon, too, but it didn't come off my total, so I didn't worry about that.

So, I ended up paying $5.20 plus tax for 8 BIG cans of Pillsbury Biscuits. I also got different varieties, such as homestyle, flaky and honey flavored. That's already a great deal but I got two more bonuses.

Pillsbury/Harris Teeter is running a promo where when you buy 8 cans of biscuits, you get $2.00 off coupon for your next purchase. So I got that and will be using it on my next trip.

Plus, I got 50 bonus box tops for my son's school. Those are worth $5!!!!

So, if you count the box tops, it's almost like I made $1.80! Plus, I got all those biscuits.

If you haven't yet done it, you can do this deal through Tuesday night, so hop on over to your nearest Harris Teeter. Need some biscuit coupons? Click here to print some free ones from Pillsbury!

Now, any creative ideas about how I can use these in some recipes? Also, I'm curious to know if I can freeze these. If not, I guess I should put that New Year's diet on hold because we're going to be eating a lot of biscuits around here in the coming weeks!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Wolfgang Puck Money Maker Back Again at Harris Teeter!

Thank you to Bobbi from my Delly's Deals Facebook page for showing me this great Wolfgang Puck money maker that's back at Harris Teeter! Back in November I did a deal that netted me over 16 dollars by "buying" Wolfgang Puck pasta sauce. Coupons, a sale, and a promotion all came together to make me $.75 off every jar of Wolfgang Puck Pasta Sauce that I bought. It was awesome and a rare deal indeed.

Well, the Wolfgang Puck coupons are out again ($.75 coupons were in today's newspaper), and if you use it at Harris Teeter or Lowes Foods, it will double to $1.50 off. Also, Harris Teeter is offering a $1.00 off digital coupon that can be used once towards a jar of Wolfgang Puck and you can also use the paper coupon from today's paper.

Plus.....I've been told that after you pay, a $.75 off coupon will print out at the register. These are called Catalina coupons and they can be used towards a future purchase at the store.

So, let's put all of that together:

1) Wolfgang Puck Pasta Sauce-full price $2.99
(-) $1 evic digital coupon
(-) 75 Cent Coupon from today's Raleigh Newspaper doubles to $1.50
= 50 Cents get checkout coupon for 75 Cents off a future purchase =
make 25 Cents!

I have not yet done the deal myself but I have done it before (back in November) so I'm sure it will work out great again this time around. 
Also, note that the pasta sauce isn't even on sale, yet! I have seen it on sale in the past for as low as $2.00. If that happens on Wednesday, when you do this deal you will actually make $1.25!!! That's a whole dollar extra.

Let me know if it works out for you!

Star News vs. News and Observer

This morning both my Raleigh Newspaper and my Wilmington newspaper had one Smart Source Insert. At first glance they appear to be very similar but the Raleigh feels thicker. Both papers had a nice selection of useful coupons, too!

The Raleigh paper had coupons for New York Brand Toast Products, Farm Rich Mozzarella Sticks, Butterball Turkey Products, Tabasco Sauce, Campbells Soups, Kraft Cheese products (these are rare so I'm excited), Jose Ole, Wolfgang Puck Pasta Sauce, Pediasure, Starbucks, Ziploc bags and containers, Tylenol, Kotex Products, Dole Fruit Crisps, Lysol No-Touch Kitchen System, Scott paper products, Hormel and Lloyds Products, Cottonnelle, Pagoda Express, Goodnites Underwear, Skintimate Shave Gel, Schick Quattro, Naturelief, Colgate Toothpaste, Brita Pitchers, Pullups, Revlon, Welch's Fruit n Yogurts, Dreamfields Pasta, Jergens, Dean's Dips, Jolly Time Popcorn, Depend Products, Purina One Dog Food, Digiorno Pizzas, Friskies, Ortega Products, Pet Milk, Viva Paper Towels, Huggies Diapers and Wipes, Longhorn Steakhouse, Fruity Pebbles, Activia Yogurt, Scrubbin Bubbles, Pledge, Shout, Windex, Glade, Cape Cod, Eat Think Smile Bars, Revlon, Wisk, Sorrento Cheese, Act, Brisk Fusion Drinks.

The Wilmington paper was much thinner. It did not contain the New York Products coupons, Tabasco, Glade, Kraft Cheese, Lysol no-touch, Colgate, Dreamfields Pasta, Dean's Dips, Purina, Friskies, Ortega, Fruity Pebbles, Scrubbin Bubbles, and possibly a few others that I may have missed. It is definitely thinner with more ads.

Overall, I would say to definitely get the Raleigh paper this week if you can! The Wilmington isn't bad and still offers some great coupons but you will get more for your money with the Raleigh paper!

Until next week.......

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Delly's Deals Weekly Radio Show Notes

Support our sponsors! This week's Sponsors are I Am Salon and Day Spa and Memories of a Child Children's Resale Store. Check out their pages because they both come highly recommended!

Memories of a Child Second Chance Sidewalk Sale TODAY only from 7 a.m.- 4 p.m. They will have items as low as $1 a piece! Let them know Delly sent you to get 15% off your total purchase, too!

See below how you can get Perdue Simply Smart Chicken, Birdseye Veggies, Alexa Rolls, and a Coke Product for less than $3 ($2.01 to be exact)!
The Frugal Beach Bum: Meal Deal from HT week of 1-11-12 for $2.01: As many of you know...I was working on and managed to get our meal deal down to $2.01 from the advertised price of $6.99 =) 

Coupon etiquette: Click here for a great read about coupon etiquette. (Thanks Whitney for sharing)

Box Tops Promo Going on at Harris Teeter- Buy 8 participating products and get 50 box tops ($5.00 value). Lots of great items, almost all with coupon match-ups, to choose from. If you're strictly wanting to get a good deal, I worked up a Pillsbury Biscuits scenario where you buy 8 biscuits and redeem four coupons that all double. You end up paying $5.20 and not only do you get the 8 packs of biscuits but after you pay you get 50 box tops AND a $2 off coupon for your next purchase! You end up making money if you could your box tops and $2 coupon! Here are a bunch of Betty Crocker Coupons that you can use with the promo, plus some were in last week's paper.

As always, like Delly's Deals on Facebook for deals and coupon talk all week long!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Be On the Lookout- Superbowl Displays on their Way!

Today in Lowes Foods I noticed a big Superbowl Display (that's the P.G. name). Let's just call it what it is- a big beer display!

It was under a canopy and since I wasn't buying beer I almost walked right on by. But a big $3.00 off caught my attention. It was a coupon for $3.00 off 2 Digiorno's Pizzas! No beer purchase necessary!

I grabbed a couple. This is a great coupon that I will save in my binder and use at a later time when the pizzas go on sale, particularly if they go on B1G1 free. This is a high value coupon that could net me pizza at a really good price. I like to keep pizzas in the freezer when I can to help prevent us from ordering out which is more costly.

Next to the one display I saw yet another beer display, this one boasting Snyder's Pretzels coupons! These were for $2.00 off two bags, again a high dollar coupon. I will save them until I see a sale and with the Superbowl coming up, I am guaranteed to see a sale on pretzels, chips, salsa, cheese, pizzas, sodas- really anything snacky is sure to go on sale soon, if it's not already.
Keep in mind our coupon etiquette- only take a few and leave some for others!

I point these displays out to you because many people will walk right on by. People assume that because there's beer all over the display that the coupons may be related to beer, but that's not really the case (no pun intended). Check those displays because you never know what awesome coupons may await you!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Weekly Grocery Store Deals!

It's Wednesday and that means one thing around here- new grocery store sales! Click on your preferred grocery store below for a list of the deals at each store. You can click the boxes to make your own printable grocery store shopping list!

Keep in mind that I also look at the store flyer each week. There's nothing like seeing those deals on paper and you may find a deal that isn't mentioned below. 

There are several promos going on this week worth mentioning. Harris Teeter is doing a Lysol sale (use the matching coupons from recent newspapers), and a General Mills/Betty Crocker/Box Tops Promo where you can get 50 bonus boxtops when you buy 8 select General Mills items. Since I have a little one in school and matching coupons, I will definitely be taking advantage of that promo. Finally, they have a Johnson and Johnson sale going on too, and I know there were matching coupons for those sales in last week's newspaper.

Food Lion is doing their private label sale where you get a quarter off for every purchase of a Food Lion My Essentials brand product, minmum of four (save $1) and maximum of 40 (save $10). You can get cat food and biscuits pretty cheap doing this, but this is a good time to get any private label items that you might use from there. I like the strawberries for $2.50, too and the BOGO on Froot Loops and Corn Pops, for which there are available coupons, too.

Finally, I didn't see anything too crazy at Lowes Foods but I do like how I can use the three-week coupons there from the past week. They last through January 24th. Also, their strawberries are on sale 2 for $5 and Lowes Foods brand veggies are $.48 each, limit 6. Drumsticks and thighs are on sale for $.97 a pound and that is a good price.

Check out all the deals and make your list by clicking below!

Grocery Store Deals January 11-17th

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

$2.99 Tuesdays are Back!

If you've never been in the Fresh Market grocery store near Mayfaire off of Military Cutoff Road, you are certainly missing out on indulging your senses! While I love going into the Fresh Market and admiring their beautiful displays of fresh fruits, meats, seafood, specialty groceries and hot foods section, it is not a place that my budget will allow me to shop often.

However, even the Fresh Market realizes that people like a good deal and I have noticed them offering more specials lately, possibly due to the coming arrival of Whole Foods and Trader Joes in Wilmington. I was informed by a Fresh Market cashier that they do take manufacturer's coupons there and while walking around the store I did notice some sales. While some of their fruit was expensive, other items that were on sale were comparable to what I'd pay at a regular grocery store but the Fresh Market fruit always looks much nicer. I'm not sure if they have a sales flyer; I did not look as I specifically went in for the $2.99 Tuesday special last week but I will look for a flyer when I go in today.

Something that they are doing in January is $2.99 Tuesdays. On Tuesday only, you can go in and get fresh ground chuck for only $2.99 per pound, antiobiotic-free, vegetatrian-fed chicken breast for $2.99 per pound and RSBT hormone free milk for $2.99 per gallon (limit 4 gallons). These are great prices on some essential items that are all high-quality foods. I bought the ground chuck last week and it was so fresh and delicious. I love the way they wrap it, too. I'm actually planning all of our Tuesday night dinners in January around $2.99 Tuesdays, so each Tuesday night we will eat something involving ground beef. Last week it was lasagne; I think tonight will be cheeseburgers!

By the way, $2.99 per gallon is an excellent price on milk in general, so the fact that this is hormone free milk just takes the cake. See my article where I shared the high price of milk from Food Lion back in September. Milk there was $4.49 a gallon when not on sale!

If you do love the Fresh Market and specialty items but you're shopping on a budget, my tip is to follow their sales because they do have some. Just like with many grocery stores, if you go in and buy things that are not on sale, you will break the bank, but if you use their cyclic sales each week you will find that many of the items you need do go on sale at some point.

Happy $2.99 Tuesday!!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Lowes Three-Week Coupons

If there is a Lowes Foods near you, you should hop in by tomorrow night (Tuesday, January 10th) and grab a couple of copies of the sales flyer. This week only you can get special three-week coupons that can be used at Lowes Foods (see pic below). These are store coupons, specifically offered by Lowes Foods. That means they can also be used in conjunction with manufacturer's coupons on the same item. 

In this past Sunday's paper, there was also a special Box Tops/General Mills/Betty Crocker coupon insert that had lots of manufacturer's coupons that matched the same Lowes Foods Store coupons (see below). Sometimes it seems like they plan these things in OUR favor! We just have to pay attention and notice it!

Lowes Foods also offers digital coupons on their website, In addition, digital coupons can be had via, another site that offers Lowes Foods specific coupons. In most cases, you can use a digital coupon, with a store coupon AND with a manufacturer's coupon, all on one item. This is called stacking.

I went to Lowes Foods yesterday and did this and got a few great offers. See my deals below (I already know these weren't the healthiest items but I have to splurge every now and then):

Toaster Strudels
Sale Price: 2.50
Lowes Store Coupon Special Price: 2 for $4
Manufacturer's Coupon .50 off (this doubles to $1.00 off)
Digital Coupon: none
Final Price: 2 for $3.00 (a decent deal- $2 less than usual)

Simply Gogurt Kids Yogurt (no artificial colors or flavors)

Sale Price: 2 for $5.00
Lowes Store Coupon: 2 for $4
Manufacturer's Coupon $.75 off 2 (doubles to $1.50 off)
Final Price: 2 for $2.50 ($1.25 each)- saved 50%

Totinos Pizza Rolls

Sale Price: $1.00 each
Lowes Store Coupon: none
Manufacturer's Coupon: $.40 off one (this doubles to $.80 off)
Digital Coupon: $.40 off
Final Price: made $.20!

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks

Sale Price: $2 each
Lowes Store Coupon Buy 4 save $2 (I bought four so it cost me $6)
Manufacturer's Coupon: $.50 off 2- doubles to $1.00 off (I used two of these since I bought four boxes)
Final Price: $4 for 4 ($1.00 each)- saved 50% off sale price and even more off the regular price

Honey Nut Cheerios/Cocoa Puffs
Sale Price: 2 for $5

Lowes Store Coupon: 2 for $4
Manufacturer's Coupon: $1.00 off 2 
Final Price: $1.50 each- not the best ever but still pretty good price for cereal

Even if you don't have time or interest in shopping Lowes Foods this week, go ahead and get the store flyer with the three week coupons and save them in your binder. The coupons can be used through January 24th but they are only available in the store this week (through Tuesday night)!

Use this:
Plus this: 

Big savings!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Star News vs. News and Observer

Wow! All I can say is that I hope noone misses out on today's paper because it is loaded with coupons! Many of them are high-value food coupons, too, some of which you still have time to double this week with Harris Teeter Super Double Coupons Week!

One goodie was the Smart Balance coupons that came in BOTH papers. They included the Smart Balance milk coupons for $1.50 off, which double to $3.00 off, meaning you can get free milk this week at Harris Teeter! That's a deal you don't want to miss, especially you use Lactose-free like we do.

My Raleigh News and Observer had FOUR great inserts, while my Wilmington Star News had three inserts. The Raleigh inserts appear to be thicker than the Wilmington inserts, so at first glance I will say that it appears that Raleigh is definitely a better bet this week. Let's take a further look!

My Wilmington had two Smart Source inserts and one Red Plum. The Red Plum contained coupons for: Truvia, Suave products, L'Oreal Hair Color, Jif/Smuckers combo coupon, Perdue Simply Smart Chicken coupons, Emerald Nuts, and a Manwich/Sara Lee Combo coupon. It was pretty thin.

In contrast, the Raleigh Red Plum had all of the above PLUS Kibble n Bits, Axe Men's Products, Maybelline, DelMonte Fruit Cup Snacks, Dove Dark Chocolate, Temptations Cat Treats, 9 Lives Cat Food, Uncle Bens Rice, Quaker Granola Bars, Kelloggs Cereals, Met-Rx Big 100 Protein Bars, Jimmy Deans Delights and Sausage, Nature's Bounty Vitamin, Pure Protein, Newman's Own Dressing, Deer Park Water, and Healthy Life Bread. In the Red Plum department, Raleigh definitely wins!

On to Smart Source. Both papers had TWO Smart Source inserts, so let's look at the first Smart Source. The first Wilmington Smart Source had coupons for EatSmart Naturals Snack, Mueller's Whole Grain Pasta, Shick Disposable Razors, Boca Burgers, Bob Harper's Weight Liss, Mariani Dried Fruit Snacks, Birds Eye Steamfresh Chef's Favorites, Finish Dishwashwer Cleaner and Rinse Agent, Cepacol, Mitchum, Schiff Move Free, Deslyn cough relief, Tyson Grilled Chicken, Dentek Floss, Harmony Farms Dry Dog and Cat Food, Monistat, EPT, Cream of Wheat.

In contrast, the Raleigh Smart Source had all of the above PLUS Ken's Dressing, Barilla Pasta, Nature's Bounty, Pom, Method Laundry Product, Excedrin, Prevacid, Gas X, Benefiber, Maalox, Glucerna, Alpo, Jell-O, Dole Fruit, Valley Fresh Natural Chicken Breast, Hormel Sandwich Meat, Hershey's Kisses, Purina Beggin Strips, Trident, Nabisco, BIC Razors, Planters Nuts, Scrubbin Bubbles, Mitchum, Afrin, Ocuvite, Monistat, Zest, Airborne, Resolve, Chichi's Salsa and Tortillas, Kemps Frozen Yogurt, Sunny D, Tetley Tea, Dole Frozen Fruit.

The other Smart Source had coupons for:

Wilmington paper: Post it, Dole Real Fruit Bites, Scotch-Brite, Nature Made Fish Oil, Campbells, Swanson, Science Diet Dog and Cat food, Red Lobster.

Raleigh Paper: All of the above (minus the fish oil) plus Splenda, Lactaid pills, Viactiv, One Touch Diabetic monitor, Listerine, Neutrogena, Clean and Clear, Aveeno, Roc C Anti-aging, Desitin, Band-Aid, Johnsons and Johnsons, Listerine for Kids, Reach toothbrush, Rogaine, Lubriderm, Stayfree, Carefree, OB, Visine, Bengay, Cortaid, Neosprorin, Green Works, Marzetti, BIC, Fruity Pebbles Treats, Prego, Pepperdige Farms Bread, Land-o-Lakes, Schiff Move Free, Dulcolax, Mueller's Whole Grain Pasta, Phillips Soniccare.

Raleigh also had a BONUS insert with lots of General Mills products including Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, General Mills Cereals, Progresso Panko Bread Crumbs, Nature's Valley Granola Bars, Chex Mix, Fiber One Bars, Milk n Cereal Bars, Yoplait Smoothie, Totinos Pizza Rolls and Pizza, lots of Pillsbury coupons, Toaster Strudels, Yoplait, Hamburger Helper, Progresso Soups, Green Giant, Gogurt, Yoplait Light Yogurt.

I think it's obvious that the Raleigh paper is the best bet today! Get one early and see my link to the right to find it in your nick of the woods.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Delly's Deals Radio Show Notes- Weekly Deals, Super Doubles Talk and a Thank-You from Ms. Leia

This Week's Radio Show Sponsor-  

I Am Salon and Day Spa. They do it all! Hair, manicures, pedicures, massage, facials- you name it! They also have great specials, so be sure to check out their website here and be sure to like them on Facebook here. Give them a call at 395-1335 to schedule an appointment and let them know that Delly sent you!

This week on the Delly's Deals Radio show we will be discussing Super Double Coupons week! I will share my favorite deals from this week that I've gotten. We will have an on-air contest where you can call in and guess what percentage I saved on my groceries and the winner will receive a $50 gift certificate from I am Salon and Day Spa!

I also will share a deal you can get this week from Walgreens for .50 medicine!

Finally, I will annouce the total amount that we raised for Ms. Leia, a young local preschool teacher who is fighting breast cancer. We had a charity workshop in December at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center workshop for her. Below is an letter I received from her via e-mail a few days ago:

"I got your check in the mail yesterday.  Words can not express how appreciative I am for your generous donation.  I'm going through a hard time in my life but your support has helped to make things easier.  Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart!"
Thank you to everyone who was generous enough to support the charity workshop and some of you even gave extra donations.

 Below are this week's grocery store deals. Have a wonderful weekend and I'll be back tomorrow for our weekly newspaper review!

Harris Teeter Deals
Lowes Foods Deals
Food Lion Deals

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My First Super Doubles Trip

Pictured: Bounty Paper Towels, Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal, 3 Smart Balance Lactose Free Milk Half-Gallons, Gorton's Grilled Tilapia, Four Nivea Chapsticks, 2 Aquafresh Whitening Toothpaste, Chobani Greek Yogurt, Fresh Strawberries, International Delight Hazelnut Creamer 24 pack, 2 Packs of Starkist Tuna, 2 Pouches of Betty Crocker Potatoes, V8 Smoothie Juice Drink, Chobani Champs Kids Greek Yogurt, 2 Packs of Wholly Guacamole, POM Juice, Crest Pro-Glide Floss                                                               
                                   Total spent: $5.68 (see receipt below)!!!

I went to Super Double Coupons this morning at Harris Teeter. As many of you know, my husband leaves for work at 8 a.m. and gets home at 6 p.m. I prefer not to take my children into the store so that usually means one thing- shop early or shop late! Today I chose to shop early so I could take advantage of the great deals.

My favorite freebies were the Smart Balance Milks (I bought three), Bounty Paper Towels and the Nivea Chapsticks (I was just about to run out of chapstick). I also got two packs of Starfish Tuna for free as well as a freebie I wasn't expecting but found in the store- the free V8 Smoothie drink which was free after this coupon. You can print the coupon twice, too!

FREE Items after coupons:
Smart Balance Milk
Nivea Lip Care
Crest Glide Floss (used paper plus digital)Bounty Single Roll Paper Towels
Betty Crocker Potatoes
V8 Smoothie Drink
2 Aquafresh Toothpastes

Other Items:
Wholly Guacamole ($.50)
Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal ($.50)
POM Juice ($.50)
Chobani Greek Yogurt ($.40)

One tip I give is to redeem the coupons you want to double first. I have been told that the machine counts all coupons towards your 20 doubling coupons limit, including the ones that will not double. For example, I redeemed my $3 off 2 Nivea Lip care coupon last. Since they were on sale for 2 for $3, I got it free without the coupon even having to double. It was free at face value. For this reason, I saved it until last because I wanted to save space for my doubling coupons at the beginning.

Also, if you have the $1.50 off Smart Balance coupon, use it today since it expires today, January 4th (mine did). 

One note- I did redeem a $5 Walgreens coupon during this trip. Those are allowed at Harris Teeter, since Harris Teeter takes competitors coupons for money off the total order only (not specific items from other stores). Some Harris Teeters will allow it; others will not. Some say the store must have a pharmacy to be a competitor with a drugstore and the Harris Teeter I shopped this morning did have a pharmacy.

Finally, there were lots of digital coupon match-ups along with the paper coupons, so be sure to check your Harris Teeter EVIC email and click any digital coupons you like so that you can use them alongside of your paper coupons. This is one way to stack coupons at Harris Teeter and thankfully, Harris Teeter allows stacking of digital (EVIC) and paper coupons.

Hop on over to the Delly's Deals Facebook page and share your great deals this week with us all!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year! Star News vs. News and Observer

Good morning and Happy New Year!

This morning my Raleigh News and Observer had one Red Plum insert and two Smart Sources. My Wilmington paper had one Red Plum, one Smart Source and one Proctor and Gamble.

I found it odd that my Raleigh Newspaper did not have the Proctor and Gamble insert.......I checked several to be sure. This was at the Kangaroo on Gordon Road.

The Wilmington Red Plum was loaded with advertisement sheets and few coupons. Both Red Plums from each newspaper had lots of Loreal coupons for makeup. The Raleigh Red Plum had Pedigree dogfood coupons, Nivea product coupons, Snuggle fabric sheets, Poligrip, StarKist tuna, Knorr Homestyle Stock, tons of Vitamin coupons, Nicorrette gum, Robitussin, Dimetapp, Hefty bags and waste bags, Aquafresh, Biotene, Keebler 100 calorie bites, and Special K Cereal coupons (four different types). The Raleigh Red Plum was definitely a better bet!

The Wilmington Smart Source had pretty good coupons- about the same coupons as the Raleigh Smart Source, although the Raleigh Smart Source did have a great $1 off Wholly Guacamole coupon and a Glucerna coupon. Both Smart Sources had Tostitos, Sargento Cheese, Lysol coupons, and Air Wick coupons. The Raleigh paper had some additional food coupons such as Gorton's fish, Slim Fast and Chef Boyardee and Healthy Choice soups. 

Finally, the Raleigh paper had an additional Smart Source. This contained Lean Cuisine coupons, Boost drinks, Carnation Drinks, Purina dogfood, Softsoap, V8, Palmolive, Colgate, Mentos gum (use the $.55 to get free gum), Vitamins, Aleve, Icy Hot, Bayer, Rubbermaid, Gold Bond, Similasan, Selsun Blue, and Playtex.

Overall, I would say both papers today had their bonuses. If you can find a Raleigh paper with the Proctor and Gamble insert, I would definitely go with the Raleigh. If yours is missing the Proctor and Gamble insert, then I'd suggest getting the Wilmington newspaper, too, so that you can get the Proctor and Gamble.

*UPDATE- it appears that in Leland (according to people from my Facebook page) that they have all inserts, including P&G in the Raleigh paper, so if you're in Leland, the best bet is definitely the Raleigh paper!

Until next week.......!