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 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

• 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

• 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

• 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

• Buy three SC Johnson products and get $5 back by mail at

• Purchase one Spot Shot product to receive a ticket to the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Go to

• 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

• Free Gorton’s 18-month calendar with $15 in coupons by sending in three Gorton’s UPC and original cash register receipts at

• Get up to $13.95 back when you purchase specialty marked Physicians Formula Mineral Wear at

• Get up to $15 credit on your utility bill from Tombstone Pizza at

• Purchase any two Scotch Brand Cabinet Packs and receive a $10 gas card at

•Get up to $9.50 back when you purchase Just For Men: Touch of Gray. Go to

• 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

• 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.

• Free sample of Honey Nut Cheerios along with a $1 coupon through

• Free sample of Original Chai Tea Latte Mix through

• Don’t Disturb Me, I’m Sleeping Aid from Asphalia sample.

• Sample of Super Blue Stuff that provides pain relief for arthritis, myalgia, back and neck pain.

• Free “27 Secret Restaurant Copycat Recipes eCookbook” at

• Free materials from The Other White Meat.

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

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 or log on to 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.