Deb Morris: Fru-Gal

Shaping a shopping strategy to save money (Column from 10/8)

I don’t believe in using a shopping list when I shop, but I always carry my coupons. You never know when there is a manager sale or clearance items allowing you to get something free or close to free when using a matching coupon. I cannot think of one brand that I am loyal to or wouldn’t get the comparable brand if it was on sale. Are there items that I spend more on? If a product makes an unwanted task easier, yes. When a new product comes on the market, there usually is a coupon making it affordable to try. For example, I tried the new Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner that cleaned my toilet without me touching it. It was tremendous. You can join the Clean Toilet Club at www.cleanmytoilet.com/clean-toilet-club/ and receive a $5 coupon.

Buy one, get some things free



• Free online meal planning recipe guide when you buy any two Ziploc Brand products and enter your UPC codes at www.tasteofhome.com/ziplocfallideas.



• Free Keep Going Journal with the purchase of three Energizer battery packages. For each journal shipped, $1 will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Go to www.energizer.com/komen.



• Buy $25 worth of Disney Princess merchandise to get a free Snow White Royal Baking set worth $12.99. This week, Snow White Diamond Edition DVD/Blue Ray combo is on sale for $19.99. Buy at least $5.01 in a Disney Princess Filler to get your total up to $25. Use $10 Snow White coupon getting both the DVD and baking set for $15. See http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?tqnm=qi3pdfo46034097&bt=vi&o=59076&c=DS&p=N5Mi3wa7.



• Free $10 ToysRus or BabiesRus Gift Card when you purchase $30 or more of Tide, Dreft, Always, Bounty, Charmin or Duracell products at ToysRus or BabiesRus.



• Buy Olay Regenerist Anti-Aging Eye Roller and any Pantene shampoo or conditioners and get $20 rebate. Go to http://www.olay.com/Club_Olay/sept2009/images/Regenerist_Pantene_Rebate_HP_Form.pdf.



• Buy three SC Johnson products and get $5 back by mail at www.scjohnson.com/en/products/coupons.aspx.



• Purchase one Spot Shot product to receive a ticket to the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Go to https://www.activaterewards.com/registerspotshot.



• Spend $10 or more on qualified products featured in Marie Claire at Walgreens to receive a free one-year gift subscription to Marie Claire magazine. Go to www.RunwayRealway.com/Walgreens.



• Free Gorton’s 18-month calendar with $15 in coupons by sending in three Gorton’s UPC and original cash register receipts at http://www.gortons.com/pdf/gortons_calendar.pdf.



• Get up to $13.95 back when you purchase specialty marked Physicians Formula Mineral Wear at http://www.physiciansformula.com/rebates/2009/mw-brighteners-rebate.pdf.



• Get up to $15 credit on your utility bill from Tombstone Pizza at http://www.kraftfoods.com/siteCollectionImages/ImageRepository/7/TombstoneFlyer.pdf.



• Purchase any two Scotch Brand Cabinet Packs and receive a $10 gas card at http://www.3mproductivity.com/offers/pumpupthevaluepromo_generic.pdf.



•Get up to $9.50 back when you purchase Just For Men: Touch of Gray. Go to http://www.touchofgraycoupon.com/justformen/togCoupon.aspx.



• Two cents will be donated to a charity of your choice for each cereal box, chip bag or other scraps you send in. Read more at http://www.terracycle.net



• Ship your used yoga mat to The Bolder Mat Company, which will refurbish it and donate it to a charity that teaches at-risk populations yoga. Also receive $5 coupon off a new pad or accessory. www.TheBolderMatCompany.com.



• Free sample of Honey Nut Cheerios along with a $1 coupon through http://sample.nonchallenge.com/HNCFY10/Default.aspx.



• Free sample of Original Chai Tea Latte Mix through www.givemeoregonchai.com/.



• Don’t Disturb Me, I’m Sleeping Aid from Asphalia sample. http://dontdisturbmesite.com/index.php?option=com_form&form_id=1



• Sample of Super Blue Stuff that provides pain relief for arthritis, myalgia, back and neck pain. http://www.bluespringwellness.com/freesample



• Free “27 Secret Restaurant Copycat Recipes eCookbook” at http://www.recipelion.com/Restaurant-Recipes/27-Secret-Restaurant-Copycat-Recipes-eCookbook



• Free materials from The Other White Meat. http://www.theotherwhitemeat.com/TOWM_fshome1freebies.aspx



• Free, easy-to-use Web database for gardeners from the University of Minnesota. www.plantinfo.umn.edu

Free events



• Diabetes Solutions Day event, 2 – 6 p.m., Oct. 8, Rite Aid on 1335 South Broadway. Free health events and information plus a chance to win a $50 gift card.



• Fourth annual Inventors Conference. 6-9 p.m., Oct. 13. Downtown Central Public Library. Check out inventions by Central Kentuckians. Free.



• Free showing of The Nicholas Effect! at 1 p.m., Oct. 17 at Lexington Christian Academy, 450 West Reynolds Road. The movie is about Nicholas Green who was shot by highway bandits in Italy while on vacation. He became an organ donor.



• Celebrate Family Trail Weekend Oct. 10 -12 by walking, biking or hiking. Find a trail at www.traillink.com or log on to www.NatureRocks.org to search for outdoor activities.



• Free showing of The Soloist starring Jamie Foxx 6 p.m., Oct. 8 at the Kentucky Theatre in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week.



• Great Pumpkin Event at Michaels, 2309 Nicholasville Road or 1953 Pavilion Way 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Oct. 10. $5 per pumpkin includes supplies. http://www.michaels.com/art/online/static?page=october-events

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