Couponing Training & How To Make or Save $$$

Posted: January 5, 2017

Part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide


Have you ever worried you are costing a store money by getting freebies? Or how exactly getting free items with coupons can be legal and ethical? Let’s start at the very beginning:

Coupon Advertising

Manufacturer’s create food products, beverages, household and personal items.   It costs a lot of money to do ads on T.V. or elsewhere to inform consumers of these products, so another form of advertising for them is a coupon. Manufacturer’s create a coupon for an item to get the word out about the product, and get it directly in the hands of the consumer.  They want you (the consumer) to use the coupons. What a better way to get the word out about your product then having people try it out!

Where do I get coupons?

Manufacturer’s pay for the coupon to be distributed in Sunday coupon inserts, online, or through magazine ad placements.  This is to get the coupon in your hands.  See my video where I show you how to find coupons:

I want to use my Coupons

After you get the coupon in your hands, you create your shopping list and may even choose to use the coupon.  After you scan your coupon on the register, the store takes the amount off the total purchase.  You are stoked – if you follow my site, you may have just scored a freebie by combining a store sale/coupon with the manufacturer coupon! But the store is not reimbursed yet.  The coupon is sent to a coupon clearinghouse to verify it was used correctly.

What is a coupon clearinghouse?

A coupon clearinghouse is a third-party independent of the manufacturer and the store the coupon was redeemed at.  They determine the amount each manufacturer owes each store.  The manufacturer takes the “hit” for the coupon, not the store.  The store should get reimbursed for the amount of the coupon…but…if you scan a coupon on the wrong item, the coupon clearinghouse may find out and decide the manufacturer doesn’t owe the store that amount for that coupon.

Do not copy coupons

If  a coupon is a photocopied coupon, the clearinghouse will know and will not reimburse the store for the coupon.  This means if you use coupons fraudulently, stores don’t get reimbursed and they lose money.  That is stealing from the store!  Some stores have already decided that too many fraudulent coupons are being used, and they have stopped accepting coupons printed from the internet because they are worried they are photocopies and won’t get reimbursed.  So please don’t photocopy coupons; as a general rule, coupons can usually be printed twice online and should never be photocopied.

Store Coupons

Store coupons (coupons released by a store) are not reimbursed by the manufacturer.  The store releases these to attract customers. You can “stack” a store coupon or sale with a manufacturer coupon.  The manufacturer pays the store back for their coupon and the store is the one who takes the hit for the store coupon.

Everyone Wins with Coupons

It’s not all bad news for the stores! Many people uses manufacturer coupons legitimately and stores are getting reimbursed by the manufacturer – plus eight cents for handling.  Manufacturer’s are getting their products in the hands of consumers and are happy their ads were successful.  They hope once a consumer tries a new product, they may try it again even if they don’t have a coupon next time.  Consumers are getting to try products they may have never tried before at great prices.  In the end, if coupons are used properly then the consumer, manufacturer and store are stoked.  Using coupons to score freebies can be done completely legally and ethically without hurting anyone involved!

Posted: December 5, 2016

VIP 100 free

How Do You Qualify for SYWR VIP?

All your purchases online and instores from Sears, Kmart, and qualify for your annual spend totals:

  • VIP Silver: $2,500.00 annual spend OR if you purchase stuff totaling more the 800 in 11 transaction you can make silver.
  • VIP Gold: $5,000.00 annual spend
  • VIP Platinum: $10,000.00 annual spend

I recommend logging into and viewing your year-to-date spending, if you are close to VIP towards the end of a year, you may want to hurry and hit it! UPDATE: This year, not just total spending but if you do a lot of transactions you may have been moved to VIP, check your VIP status. Because you must hit it before Dec. 31st or you’ll reset to $0.  If you hit it, you’ll get it for the remainder of this year + the full following year.

What do you get with SYWR VIP?

The greatest benefit is the SYWR Bonus and Choice coupons on the SYWR VIP page.

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VIP members can get all the bonus deals.  Examples above.

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VIP members can get one “choice” deal per quarter.  Examples above.  These vary per quarter, but typically include:

  • 100% back in points on a TV
  • 100% back in points on various lawn mowers
  • 100% back in points on Cuisinart or Kitchenaid applicances
  • 100% back in points on select kids toys
  • 100% back in points on select fine jewelry
  • and more!

Cuckoo’s Tips on how to use your VIP choice benefits:  You click on your choice benefit and click “Get Benefit”.  A coupon will be loaded to your account.  Go to or (whichever one the benefit was for) and find the exact item.  Add it to your cart.  Click on “apply my sywr coupons”.  Apply the coupon for your benefit.  Apply any $ off coupons.  Do not apply any other get points back coupons – those will nullify your reward.  Then click to the last page of checkout. Do NOT pay with points.  If you do, it will lower the amount of points you get back on the deal!  Checkout and get your points.  You will have 90 days to use them or they will expire.

Other VIP benefits:

  • Exclusive VIP Member offers throughout the year.
  • VIPs automatically receive 20% in Points on all computer accessories (includes mice, web cams, keyboards, cases & bags) and Alphaline Electronics, in store and online at Sears & Kmart.
  • Enjoy a 5% points special bonus day each quarter.
  • Treat yourself to 5% points on all qualifying purchases during your birthday month. (Be sure your birthdate is included in your Member profile!)
  • $4.99 oil change with free tire rotation at Sears Auto Centers twice a year.
  • Early notification of upcoming sales.
  • Discounts on shipping throughout the year.
  • Priority service for any Membership questions by contacting our dedicated VIP-only customer relations phone number

How Long Do You Get to Be SWR VIP?

At any point in a year that you reach a VIP status, you would keep that status for the remaining portion of the current year and the full following year.

So if you were VIP Silver for a year, and then you hit VIP Gold in July 2016, you’d be VIP gold until December 31st, 2017!

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Hit VIP? Expect to get a mailer soon!

Make sure your mailing address is correct so you’ll get your mailer.

Why didn’t I automatically get upgraded to VIP?

Once my husband hit over $2500 in spending, but his VIP status never got upgraded.  He finally found out that he had hit Spam on an email once from Kmart or Sears, and that downgraded him from a Bonus member to a Base member. Only Bonus members are eligible to become VIP member. So he quickly changed his email right in and clicked the confirmation link.  Then he became a bonus member, and was then able to move up to VIP Gold!

Bottom line: Don’t Mark SYWR Emails as Spam!

FREE Personal Shopper:

If you haven’t yet, add me as your FREE SYWR Kmart/Sears/Lands End Personal Shopper so I can send you weekly coupons and you can snag 90 days of free SYWR max!

Find the Deals:

Follow my SYWR Deals page for all the best Kmart Double Coupons matchups and SYWR points deals, join my Kmart Group and if you want text alerts only on SYWR deals, text FOLLOW SYWRDEALS to 40404

Posted: November 27, 2016


I made this infographic comparing SYWR Max Free Shipping at Kmart, Sears & Trial versus Amazon Prime free shipping memberships. Comment below with what you think! Would love if it you pinned to pinterest as well.

Want even more savings? I can send you Kmart/Sears coupons if I am your FREE personal shopper. Just login, click on “become a client” on Deidre’s SYWR Personal Shopper page.

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Posted: August 10, 2016


Have you heard?!  CVS Pharmacy has changed their coupon policy again! This policy was updated 8/1/16.  There are a few changes and additions.  To make your life easier, we have broken down both the new policy point-by-point and highlighted the changes and additions.  Some of it is very confusing and unclear, but hopefully this post will answer more questions than it raises.  Remember that this policy is very new, so we still don’t know exactly how CVS will enforce it.  And, as always some stores enforce policies different than others.  We will all learn from experience together, so please leave comments as you shop and encounter these new policies being enforced.  You can read the policy in its entirety here.  Below, we have written out the policy as it pertains to coupon-usage.

CVS Pharmacy coupons (ExtraCare® coupons and other store-issued coupons), ExtraBucks® Rewards and third-party manufacturer’s (mfr.) coupons are accepted in our retail stores in accordance with the following guidelines and as required by state and local laws. CVS Pharmacy reserves the right to change this policy at any time without advance notice or advertisement.

The highlighted portion has been added. This is pretty standard language for most coupon policies and just allows the company and stores to enforce any policy at any time.  We see this a lot with some stores enforcing certain policies, while others don’t.

All paper coupons:

  • Must be presented during checkout in order to receive credit
  • Must be legible
  • Must have a scannable barcode
  • Are acceptable in black and white or color
  • May not be duplicated

Other guidelines & limitations:

  • We reserve the right to process coupons in any order.
  • Coupons must be used on or before the expiration date.

The highlighted portion has been added.  It is unclear whether this applies to CVS ExtraCare coupons and ExtraBucks rewards.  Some stores have accepted them past their expiration date, but this new policy may mean that they will no longer do that.

  • Qualifying ExtraCare card must be presented at checkout to use CVS Pharmacy coupons. Does not apply in limited circumstances.
  • Valid coupons loaded to your ExtraCare card will be applied at checkout.
  • We cannot scan coupon barcodes directly from a mobile device.
  • Manufacturer’s (mfr.) coupons are generally designated with “manufacturer’s coupon” or “mfr.” printed on the face of the coupon (other similar type language may appear on the face of the coupon indicating funding from the manufacturer).
  • You cannot exchange your coupons or ExtraBucks Rewards for cash or gift cards. Neither coupons nor ExtraBucks Rewards can be refunded or re-issued. CVS Pharmacy coupons may be subject to state sales tax rules similar to manufacturer’s coupons. Sales tax may be charged on pre-coupon price as required by law.

This is new.  I read this as you can’t return an item you paid with ExtraBucks Rewards for and receive ExtraBucks Rewards back, but instead you get store credit.  Some may interpret this as meaning if you pay with ExtraBucks Rewards and return an item, you may not get the value of the ExtraBucks Rewards you used refunded at all.

  • Your purchase must include qualifying items in order to use coupons.
  • Individual coupon value cannot exceed the value of the item it is applied to.

This is new.  This most likely means you can no longer use two coupons on a Buy 1 Get 1 FREE sale.  You will now only be able to use one, since the second coupon would exceed the value of the free item.
(8/9/16) Reader Tanya has confirmed that she was able to use a coupon on a free item in a BOGO Free sale.

  • CVS Pharmacy coupons generally cannot be used on sale, promotional or clearance items. Other restrictions may apply. Language at the bottom of coupons may provide additional coupon acceptance rules.

This has been added.  It is unclear as to whether this means that we won’t be able to use CVS Coupons or CVS ExtraBucks Rewards on sale, promotional or clearance items.

  • You can only use one item-, brand-, or category-specific CVS Pharmacy coupon and one manufacturer’s coupon per qualifying item unless prohibited by either coupon. We honor manufacturer limitations.
  • Some coupons may not be applicable to orders placed on
  • We have the right to refuse or limit the use of any coupon and/or the subsequent return for any reason and at the discretion of CVS Pharmacy management.

Visit for more information.


Coupon policy FAQ

What happens when I want to use a coupon with a value that is higher than the amount I am purchasing?
You may still use the coupon; however, its value will drop down to the value of the amount you are purchasing.

  • A $5 coupon for a $4.99 item will result in a $4.99 coupon value.

Can I use multiple coupons within a transaction?
Yes, as long as all of the coupons meet their qualifications.

  • Two $3 off $15 coupons for purchases that are $30.00 or higher.
  • $3 off $15 coupon and $5 ExtraBucks® Rewards for a purchase of $15.
  • $1 off toothpaste mfr. coupon and a $2 off toothpaste Coupon Center coupon for a $3 toothpaste item.

Can I use multiple coupons on sale items?
Yes, for certain coupons and certain sale items.

  • Suave shampoo is on sale for $2.00 Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) and the customer purchases two shampoos; the customer may use two coupons for $1.00 each and pay the applicable tax.
  • Suave shampoo is on sale for $2.00 BOGO and customer has a mfr. coupon for Suave BOGO. Customer will receive both items for free but will need to pay any applicable tax.

How do I determine the application of sales tax on my purchase that involves the use of a coupon?
Funded manufacturer’s/mfr’s coupons will generally calculate sales tax on the pre-coupon price of the item, as required by state law*. If the coupon is issued by CVS Pharmacy® (ExtraBucks Rewards plus ExtraSavings coupons that includes ExtraCare® Coupon Center and myWeekly Ad circulars), the coupon is generally deemed a retailer coupon and the sales tax is calculated on the discounted price of the item (after the coupon is applied), as required by state law. However, some CVS Pharmacy issued coupons are “funded manufacturer’s coupons” and designated as mfr. on the face of the coupon and also on your receipt. Sales tax is calculated on CVS Pharmacy issued mfr’s coupons on the pre-coupon price of the item.
*Sales tax is calculated on the discounted price of the item (after the manufacturer’s coupon is applied) in the following states: CT, MA, MO, PA, TX

Can the processing order of multiple coupons that are applied to an item affect the calculation of sales tax?
Yes. Although CVS Pharmacy reserves the right to determine the processing order of its retailer coupons issued (including discounts earned via the ExtraSavings Programs and myWeekly Ad circulars), individual state tax laws govern the processing order of retailer coupons vs. funded manufacturer’s coupons.

Am I limited by how many items I can buy?
There is no set limit however, store managers do reserve the right to set discretionary limits on specific items being purchased in order to ensure there are enough of those items for other customers.

How am I able to use percent-off coupons?
Percent-off coupons may be used on non-promotional/non-sale items. Exclusions are displayed on each of the coupons.
This is new.  All percent-off coupons exclude sale items.  However, in the past, percent-off coupons could still be used on promotional items and items that were regular-price and earned an ExtraBucks Reward.  However, this new policy seems to exclude the latter.  We are still not sure exactly what this means.
(8/9/16) Reader Clint confirmed that he was able to use a % off coupon on a regular-price item that produced an EB Reward.

How do I use digital ExtraCare coupons or ExtraCare coupons that have been sent to my card?
You are able to send available deals and coupons to your ExtraCare card from® , the CVS Pharmacy mobile app, digital receipts and CVS Pharmacy email. Click on the Send-to-Card® icon and view the success indicator on the landing page to ensure it was loaded properly. To use it, purchase the necessary items the coupon is valid for and ensure your ExtraCare card is scanned. The colleague will ensure it is applied to that transaction during the checkout process.

What is considered an ExtraCare coupon?
Any coupons and ExtraBucks Rewards that print at the ExtraCare Coupon Center; or are featured in your printed or digital receipt, CVS Pharmacy mobile app, or on are considered ExtraCare coupons. Quarterly ExtraBucks Rewards, circular ExtraBucks Rewards, BeautyClub ExtraBucks Rewards, and Pharmacy & Health ExtraBucks Rewards® are all types of ExtraCare ExtraBucks Rewards.

What are your thoughts on the new policy?


Posted: March 11, 2016

How to Start

If I did it, you can do it.

Trust me, when it comes to scary terms like “web hosting” and “cloud technology”, I’m no guru. But setting up a website these days is really not as technical as you’d think. So, moms and dads? Fear not. This handy-dandy guide will show you how to transform empty, void space on the web into a money-making machine. That’s the dream at least!

Step 1: Pick Your Package

You can do this by heading over to Bluehost. They’ll give you a free domain (that is your blog’s URL) with the purchase of a hosting package, which you’re gonna need anyway. You might have to tweak your domain a little if the one you want is taken, but eventually you’ll find your happy place with your very own URL and hosting account to go with it!

You know I love deals, so here’s one of the best deals that includes everything and makes setup easy – Bluehost has you get setup in the cheapest and easiest way possible:

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Here’s what you do…

At, click the “get started now” button up top and it will take you to this plan selector:Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 3.01.42 PMIf you are just getting started, you the $3.95 plan and it is easy to upgrade later if your blog grows and you need to expand your website space.

Step 2: Name Your Baby

This is it, the birth of your brand! Time to throw all inhibitions out the window and go with the title that suits your fancy… for the most part at least. Choosing your blog’s name is something you can really have fun with, just keep in mind that humans tend to like things simple. So something like might be easier to remember than

I choose before I knew anything about blogging, and quickly realized it was too long for some people to remember.  So I ended up purchasing and  Now if anyone goes to either of those URL’s, they are redirected – or sent – to my main page.  That makes it easier for people to find my site.

Once you feel rock solid about your catchy title, the next step is to cross your fingers and hope it’s available! There’s about a zillion blogs out there, so don’t get too attached before you check your new title’s availability.

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Quick Tips for a Killer Blog Title

  • Stay true to your audience. Would they like it? Is it their style?
  • Stay true to you. Does it capture the essence and tone of your blog-to-be?
  • Go shorter rather than longer – it’s easier to remember.
  • Keep search terms in mind. Think of the type of words your audience will be searching for, and incorporate a few if you can.
  • Make sure it’s a name you can live with for….ever. Rebranding is always a messy business.
  • Take your time. Some of the greatest marketing slogans of all time took weeks to muster up.
  • Last of all… have fun with it! Boring never sells, so be creative and catchy.

Since you’re just starting out, I’d say go ahead and select the cheapest plan (you can always upgrade later when your blog becomes mega-successful!). From there it’s pretty simple. You’ll type in your domain, account and billing information, the nitty gritty stuff.

Wait, what is hosting?!

Not sure what “hosting” even means? It’s okay… I didn’t either. Long story short, every site on the internet needs a place to live, right? A place to store all its files and keep itself running smoothly. That’s where a web host comes in. You absolutely have to have one to start a site. Thus, my Bluehost recommendation.

Now, enough tech talk!

Step 3: Install WordPress

This is my favorite part. I believe there’s a little designer in all of us, and that’s why piecing together the look and feel of your coupon blog will have you oozing with happiness.

Once you log into your new Bluehost account, go to your dashboard and you should be able to find an “Install WordPress” button, shown by the huge blue arrow below:

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The installation is pretty straightforward, but try this walkthrough if you have any trouble.

If you have any trouble at all just call Bluehost they are super friendly and helpful!  I worked on one late at night and they will still answering the phones!

Quick Review

Bluehost is your host… while WordPress is your site builder (and it is free). One is your site’s house, the other is your site’s tools. Got it?!

Once WordPress is installed, you can sift through hundreds of themes, customize your design, and start filling in the blanks with your killer content! I’d recommend publishing a few posts before going public. Clean your house and put up the decor before your company comes over, and then they’ll be enticed to come back.

And vuela! You’re ready to start blogging, sniffing out coupons, and saving the world. No biggie, right? Just remember… the set-up may be easy, but the dedication can be hard.

A successful blog takes time and lovin’.

Happy blogging!

Posted: December 21, 2015

Best Mobile Smartphone Apps for Couponing 2016

I had people request what are the best mobile apps for couponers, so here are my favorites! Please leave a comment with yours too!

Cuckoo for Coupon Deals:

You will NEVER miss a deal with the Cuckoo for Coupon Deals app – download it free on Android or itunes (apple) or  Windows phone app store.  Plus every week we giveaway a $25 gift card to one app user!  And we have new improved printable lists which are easier to click on your mobile browser.



SYWR Kmart/Sears App:

Download the free SYWR app to easily view your surprise points and get Kmart & Sears coupons.  It’s also easy to find your SYWR pin, which you will need to use when you checkout and cash in points over $10.  Plus you can play sweepstakes right in the app for free, and I win money nearly every week on these!


Ibotta is a FREE Android & iPhone app. I find it easier to navigate than Shopkick and typically use it the most out of all apps. Here’s how to use it:

  • First, login to Ibotta and select the deals you are doing.   Just click on them with your phone, so easy!
  • Perform small tasks, like reading about how Chapstick works, taking 1-question polls, or sharing on FB to get $ added to the value of the coupon
  • To redeem your cash back, you will need to take a picture of your receipt and scan the barcode of the product you purchased. Ibotta will credit your account within 24 hours (it usually only takes 24 seconds).
  • Once you have earned $5.00 cash back you can choose to transfer it to a Paypal account or donate it to a charity.

Ibotta is offering a FREE $10 bonus when you sign up right now!


Shopkick is a FREE Android and iPhone app. It gives you access to exclusive deals to stores like Best Buy, Target, Macy’s & Toys ‘R Us. You will get a free $25 gift certificate when you sign up!

Steps to get the gift card:

1. Sign up online first via the Cuckoo landing page
2.You will get a text message to download the app – click this to download it
3. The gift card gets dropped into your account the first time you do a ‘walk-in’ to a partner store. That is, you walk into one of the partner stores with the app open on your phone.  Best Buy, Old Navy or Crate and Barrel, or more!  When you visit, say Best Buy, you’ll open the app inside at the entrance and wait a few seconds – the points will get credited and so will their gift card! The gift card will appear under the “me” tab and should be pretty instant.

Here’s some coupons at Target on Shopkick right now:

  • $1.50 off Archer Farms Snack Trail Mix or Nuts
  • $5 off Merona apparel $20+
  • $5 off Liz Lange for Target apparel 20+
  • $2 off Champion kids tops or bottoms
  • $1 off Archer Farms Chips 8 oz +

Checkout 51:

Checkout51 is mobile or you can use it on your PC.   The best part about this is you can use it at ANY grocery store! This gives it a big advantage over Ibotta.

How to use Checkout 51:

1. Browse your offers, buy at any store
2. Upload your receipt
3. Get cash back!
4 When your account reaches $20, you can cash out and Checkout 51 will mail a check your way.

Target Mobile Coupons

Sign up for Target Mobile Coupons and get coupons sent directly to your mobile phone! No need to print, just scan your smart phone at Target for the savings!

Walgreens Mobile Coupons

You can text APP to 21525 and Walgreens will send you a direct link to their app in iTunes, Android” Market and BlackBerry App World.  You can also sign up for Walgreens Coupons Alerts to get coupons sent directly to your phone.

CVS Mobile App

View ExtraCare information – send offers to card, view Weekly Ads, sign up for offers, deals and more on the CVS Mobile Android app or the

Let me know if you know of any others as well.


SavingStar is great because you can get cashback for shopping at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target, and more.

Posted: November 14, 2012

UPDATE: No Longer Working!

Now you can download the Working Mom Coupons Couponing Spreadsheet Application / Program on last night’s episode of TLC’s Extreme Couponing!

She calls it “Numbers

I have got several readers asking for it – it is the program Erin used on her extreme shopping trip.   It is $4.99 to download – I am not in charge of this price, the lady who owns that website sets the price.

Reader Tracie said: I do pretty well on my own, but a nice spreadsheet program/application would really help with estimate total bills beforehand. Either that or someone give me some suggestions on what I can do to help with this part of the couponing.

I don’t use  a program at all to track my deals, as  I just use the printable matchups lists on my site.  However, you may have a small store no other deal sites cover, or you extensively want to calculate your savings. Either way, I know people were excited about his so I decided to go ahead and let you know about it!

How many of you use a similar program? If you don’t want to pay $4.99, you can also view my list of freebie coupon savings tracking tools.  Let us know which if your favorite or best one.

Posted: May 27, 2012

My downloadable PDF Stock Up Price Points List has been completely updated for 2012.  I just added all of the following information to it, so you may want to re-print it if you haven’t already and put it in your binders.  This way when you see an unadvertised deal you know if it is a good deal or not.  These prices do vary slightly by region, but most of the USA is the same for things like Razors, so this is a great guide to get you started.

Some items on the list were increased from the 2011 prices due to tightening of coupon policies, higher food prices, lower coupon values, and less great BOGO free sales in general.  Last year I didn’t have a great Pet section, as you can see below I have dramatically increased it with help to reader Dawn.

This is part of my ABC’s of Couponing series.

Dog Food Stock Up Prices:

Dry Food:

Authority, $1.10/lb
AvoDerm, $2/lb
Bil-Jac, $2.50/lb
Blue Buffalo, $2.50/lb
By Nature, $1.85/lb
Castor & Pollux, $2.45/lb
Eukanuba, $1.45/lb
Iams, $0.85/lb
Innova, $2.50/lb
Kibbles’n Bits, $0.60/lb
Nature’s Recipe, $2/lb
Nutro Max, $2/lb
Nutro Natural Choice, $2.25/lb
Nutro Ultra, $1.90/lb
Omega, $2.75/lb
Pedigree, $0.50/lb
Pro Plan, $1.40/lb
Purina, $0.95/lb
Purina Alpo, $0.40/lb
Purina Beneful, $0.95/lb
Purina Chef Michel’s, $1.20/lb
Purina ONE, $1.10/lb
Purina One BeyOnd, $1.55/lb
Royal Canin, $2.35/lb
Science Diet, $1.45/lb
Simply Nourish, $1.35/lb
Wellness, $1.80/lb
Store Brand, $0.55/lb

Dog Wet Food:Cans/Trays

Store brand

$0.30/5.5oz cans
$0.50/13-oz cans
$0.75/22-oz cans

Organic/Natural Brands

Hill’s Science Diet 5.5-oz cans, $0.80/can
Hill’s Science Diet 12.8-oz Cans, $1.25/can
Nutro Natural Choice 12.5-oz Cans, $1.50/can
Nutro Natural Choice 3.5-oz Tray, $0.80/tray
Nature’s Recipe Grain-Free 10-oz Cans, $2/can
Nature’s Recipe 13.2-oz Cans, $1.25/can
All Other’s, $2/can

Specific Brands

Purina Mighty Dog 5.5oz Cans, $0.30/can
Beneful Prepared Meals 10-oz Tubs, $1/tub
Cesar Canine Cuisine 3.5oz Trays, $0.45/tray
Pedigree 13.2oz Cans, $0.50/can
Pedigree 22-oz Cans, $0.85/can
Purina ONE 13-0z Cans, $1/can
Alpo 13.2-oz Cans, $0.50/can
Purina Pro Plan 5.5oz Cans, $0.75/can
Authority 13-oz Cans, $0.90/can
Purina Chef Micheal’s 3-oz Cans, $0.50/can
Iams 12.3-oz Cans, $1/can


Purina Moist & Meaty 6oz. Pouches, $0.35/pouch
Pedigree 5.3-oz Pouches, $0.40/pouch

Dog Treats

Brand Name, $0.25/oz.

Store Brand, $0.35/oz.

Organic/Natural Brands, $0.40

CAT Food stock up prices:

Wet Food:Cans/Trays

Authority 5.5oz Cans, $0.75/can
AvoDerm 5-oz. Cans, $1.20/can and 3-oz Cans, $1.10/can
Blue Buffalo 3-oz. Cans, $1.45/can
By Nature 5-oz Cans, $1.70/can
Eukanuba 5-oz Cans, $0.85/can
Fancy Feast 3-oz Cans, $0.45/can
Fancy Feast Elegant Medleys 3-oz Cans, $0.70/can
Fancy Feast Appetizers 2-oz Tray, $1/tray
Iams 3 or 5.5-oz Cans, $0.65/can
Innova 3-oz cans, $0.90/can, 5.5-oz cans, $1/can, 13.2-oz Cans, $2/can
Meow Mix 2.75-oz Cups, $0.50/cup
Nature’s Recipe 2.75-oz Tub, $0.90/tub
9Lives 5.5-oz Can, $0.35/can
Nutro Max 3-oz Cans, $0.70/can or 5.5-oz Cans, $0.85/can
Nutro Natural Choice 3-oz Cans, $0.80/can or 5.5-oz Cans, $1/can
Purina Friskies 5.5-oz. Cans, $0.44/can or 13-oz Cans, $0.85/can
Purina ONE 3-oz. Cans, $0.77/can
Purina Pro Plan 3-oz. cans, $0.70/can
Purina Pro Plan Selects 3-oz Cans, $0.85/can
Royal Canin 3-oz. Cans, $0.25/can
Science Diet 2.9-oz or 5.5-oz Cans, $0.75/can
Simply Nourish 3-oz Tubs, $0.95/tub
Store Brand 3-oz Cans, $0.35/can, 5.5-oz Cans,$0.50/can or 13.2-oz Cans, $0.75/can
Wellness 3-oz. Cans, $1.10/can or 5.5-oz. Cans, $1.55/can
Whiskas 3.5-oz Trays, $0.40/tray


Wellness 3-oz. Pouches, $1.25/pouch
Whiskas 3-oz Pouches, $0.30/pouch
Friskies 3-oz Pouches, $0.45/pouch

Dry Food:

Authority, $1.25/lb
AvoDerm, $2.60/lb
Blue Buffalo, $2/lb
By Nature, $1.88/lb
Eukanuba, $1.88/lb
Fancy Feast, $1.85/lb
Iams, $1.15/lb
Innova, $3.20/lb
Meow Mix, $0.95/lb
Nature’s Recipe, $2.12/lb
9Lives, $0.70/lb
Nutro Max, $1.65/lb
Nutro Natural Choice, $2.86/lb
Purina Cat Chow, $0.64/lb
Purina Friskies, $1.04/lb
Purina ONE, $1.40/lb
Purina Pro Plan, $2.25/lb
Purina Pro Plan Selects, $2.75/lb
Royal Canin, $3.42/lb
Science Diet, $2.05/lb
Simply Nourish, $1.86/lb
SophistaCat, $0.59/lb
Store Brand, $0.75/lb
The Goodlife, $0.95/lb
Wellness, $3.30/lb
Whiskas, $0.59/lb

Cat Treats, All Brands, $1 or less per pkg.

Cat Litter:


Arm & Hammer, $0.30/lb
Blue Buffalo, $1.10/lb
Cat’s Pride, $0.38/lb
Ever Clean, $0.65/lb
ExquisiCat, $0.25/lb
Fresh Step, $0.40/lb
Precious Cat, $0.65/lb
Scoop Away, $0.36/lb
Swheat Scoop, $0.75/lb
Tidy Cats, $0.39/lb
World’s Best, $1/lb


Arm & Hammer, $1.05/lb
ExquisiCat, $0.50/lb
Feline Pine,$0.40/lb
LitterMaid, $1.70/lb
Nature’s Miracle, $1.10/lb
Swheat Scoop,$0.73/lb
World’s Best, $0.92/lb
Yesterday’s News, $0.48/lb


ExquisiCat, $0.15/lb
Fresh Step, $0.38/lb
Store Brand, $0.20/lb
Tidy Cats, $0.15/lb


ExquisiCat, $1.50/lb
Nature’s Miracle, $0.35/lb
Precious Cat, $0.50/lb

Posted: March 13, 2012

What are the differences from catalinas and CRT’s?

CRT= cash register tape.  CRT’s print right after your receipt on the receipt paper – not on the catalina machine.  Similar to a catalina, but they are slightly different.  Because CRT’s can roll, where as catalinas usually don’t.  CRT’s roll if when you get them, they say they are usable right away.

CRT’s don’t roll if they say they are usable on a future date, such as the P&G CRTs that often print at Kmart.  Each week in my Kmart Weekly Deals post I tell you whether they are rolling that week or not.

Deidre’s CRT Tips:

  • If you get a Kmart CRT for “Get $10 in points wyb $50” you must spend $50 after all Kmart store coupons are scanned, but you CAN drop below $50 with manufacturer’s coupons and still get your $10 in points.
  • Kmart Bonus Rewards, called Shop Your Way Points, which look like this: “Spend $20, get 5,000 points at checkout” have a rule where the deal must be over the specified amount, in this case $30, AFTER all Kmart Store & Member coupons are scanned and BEFORE tax is calculated.
  • If there is a weekly promo, say spend $75 get 10,000 points, with no coupon necessary, and you have a CRT coupon for spend $75 get 8,000 points, you will get 18,000 points in one transactions! I spent more than $75 after coupons to earn my 10,000 points…and then I used a CRT that said get 8000 Points when you buy $75 or more….and sure enough I got 18,0000 points!

Catalina= prints on a machine as shown in the image above.  At Kmart, these work just like at Walgreens.  They typically don’t “roll” and they will count in your coupon-to-item ratio.  If it doesn’t scan when you go to use it, you’ll have to get a filler item.

Deidre’s Catalina Tips:

  • Catalinas will be triggered when you buy certain items, but you can’t use that catalina to pay for an item from the same manufacturer and have another catalina print *unless* the catalina that is supposed to print is for a different amount then the catalina you used to pay for the item!
  • Can only use one per transaction.  Bummer I know, but that is the same with CRT’s, they are one per transaction.  You can luckily stack using a CRT or Catalina with using bonus points and kmart gift cards though.
  • I have paid with a catalina before and it didn’t affect me getting my points for my items that I was supposed to get points for.  I still got my points on my receipt.

View My Receipt – I Earned CRT’s and Catalinas in One Transaction!

Click here to view my receipt  – click on it once it opens to see it bigger. I paid $13.44 OOP and I got a $10 CRT  PLUS a $4 catalina to use next time!  This is an example of how awesome Kmart deals can be.

Some questions I have got about how Kmart’s CRT’s work: 

Question #1: “My CRT didn’t print”

Answer:  “Did you scan your shop your way rewards card?”

reply: “no, what is that??”

my answer: “Kmart is just like CVS and most grocery stores, if you want your rewards, or offers, you must always, always, scan your Shop Your Way Rewards card! It is free and you can sign up in store.”


Similar Question: “My catalina didn’t print”

my answer: “I always tell the cashier before I start to make sure the catalina machine is on.  Half the time it’s not even turned on!  Also,  if you did everything right and your right guard catalina didn’t print, call catalina marketing at (877) 210-1917 to get yours.”

I post at the top of all my weekly Kmart posts that you must use your Shop Your Way Rewards card, but I know people just read the deals and miss that important info.


another reader’s question: “Is the $30 before or after coupons for the CRT’s?”

my answer: “First scan your shop your way rewards card. Then watch the total on the screen.  I put only qualifying items through the register at first, until it shows $30 before taxes.  Then I know I qualified.  Then I hand over all other items and then scan coupons.  As my receipt shows, my total was much, much less then $30 after my coupons were scanned and my CRT printed.”


Another reader’s question: “I got a question about the “bonus” you got in your pics. I also gotten it but don’t know how to use it. Its the earn 5,000 points or $5 your next $20 dollar purchase. How would you use it? It states it can’t be combine with any other rewards coupon. Does catalinas count as rewards coupon? Also with kmart catalinas like the $10 and $4 we get from the deals. Can you stock them up. Like if you got 1 $10 and another $4 can you stack both at the same time for the next transaction? Also can you use the earn 5,000 points combine with the catalinas?”

My answer: “Like Walgreens, the $4 Right Guard catalina will count in your coupon-to-item ratio.  Unlike Walgreens, the CRT’s will roll.  You can use them both in the same transaction, you just might need a filler item. ”


Question: If a CRT coupon offer that printed for you says “get 5,000 points when you spend $50”, is that before or after coupons? Let’s say my total is $50 before taxes, and then I use $20 in coupons, would I still get my points?

Kmart’s ANSWER: You only get the Bonus Points based on the net total. So if the amount is $50 and you knock off $20 using coupons, then the net toal is only $30; therefore, that transaction won’t be eligible for Bonus Points. HOWEVER, they mean in-store Kmart coupons, not manufacturer’s coupons. Here’s an extreme in-depth post on this here complete with receipt pics. HOWEVER, if the promo is “spend $20 on maybelline, get 5,000 points” you must spend $20 after all manufacturer’s coupons have been scanned. So it depends on if the promo is one where you have to spend a certain amount on certain items, and get the points, that is after all coupons. If it is a CRT you are scanning that printed from your last purchase, it is after Kmart store coupons are scanned but can be before manufacturer’s coupons are scanned.

Posted: January 11, 2012

The problem is all inside your head, she said to me… there must be 50 ways to illegally coupon.   It grieves me so to see my readers in pain not knowing if coupons are legal or not. I have had a few worrisome comments posted on my blog lately.  People that perhaps are newbies to couponing and simply don’t realize that they are talking about doing something illegal, and don’t realize how it can affect the rest of us.  So I thought I’d share some basic tips and leave the comments open for suggestions!

Straight-out (or up??!?) Illegal Couponing Activity:

Hop on the bus, Gus: You can’t make your own coupons.  The FBI recently arrested a student who was making his own coupons and posting them online. He could face up to 30 years in jail.   Hop on the bus to prison if you plan on making or distributing fraud coupons!

Here’s some guidelines I use to determine if a coupon is fake:

If you see a coupon for FREE with no purchase necessary, and it is a PDF, 99% of the time it is a fraud.    A pdf is a coupon that can be printed over and over with no print limits, and usually is not hosted on the companies website.   In very few cases, companies will release PDF’s, but the url of them will be their own website.  Like  Not  The part infront of .com is how you tell if it’s the real companies website.  Exception: sometimes if a company emails you a coupon it won’t be hosted on their site, but it should have been emailed from the real company so you’ll know it’s legit.


  •  is the real website
  • is not the target website, the part right in front of the .com doesn’t say Target!  Anyone can add Walmart, Target, or anything like that infront of their url and add a / to make it look more legit even though they aren’t.

Legit coupons are usually offered: on companies facebook pages, through,,, redplum or smartsource.

You can’t photocopy coupons.  Not even internet printables!   Read my post here on the Cookie Caper – it’s a hoot!  You don’t want to photocopy coupons because stores will stop taking internet printables, which affects us all!

You can’t steal newspapers.  Taking the inserts out and leaving the rest of the paper behind is still theft!

You can’t use coupons on items they weren’t intended for.  If a coupon says it’s for 6 oz. or larger, you can’t use it on 5.9 oz.  It may “scan” but that is still fraud.  I know I make mistakes in matchups, I am only human and I am using my Coupon Database which could have typo-errors in it, but if I ever find them or a reader finds them, I try to quickly update the post and correct the mistake.  There is a lot of fine print on coupons, and I try to follow it all.

You can’t piggyback. 

Bad Etiquette:

Make a new plan, Stan:  Plan in advance.  One example is the dreaded Shelf Clearer.  I have a whole post on how to do Special Orders  just that so you never clear shelves, but you can stock up on cuckoo sales!

Don’t mean to be coy, Roy:  Think you can be sly and remove peelies?   Peelies are on the products they are supposed to be used on.   If there is a blinkie, you can take a coupon or two.  But if a peelie is directly on a product, leave it there unless you are buying that product.  Are you scratching your head – what is a peelie? What is a blinkie? If these words confuse you, you will want to watch my silly video where I show you these in-store and where to find them!

Good Etiquette:

Slip out the back, Jack:  When you are planning on doing multiple transactions, I always tell people who get behind me in line that they may want to get in another line as I am a couponer.  If I forget and people get behind me, I do a transaction or two, then go back to the end of the line – slip out the back 🙂 – and go through again.

Just drop off the key, Lee: I am a coupon fairy and leave behind the keys to couponing for others to pick up and learn (learn more about coupon fairies!).  I always leave coupons from the newspaper, never internet printables that someone could photocopy.

Update: as reader Rick mentioned, it is good etiquette to send your expired coupons overseas because troops can use them up to 6 months expired.

Get yourself free!  Free from worrying about if you are in the wrong or right.  If it feels wrong, it probably is!  Leave a comment below on behavior you are unsure about and I’ll try to answer it if I know.  I believe in the morning you’ll begin to see the light.

Posted: September 29, 2011

Why get multiple copies of the Sunday paper only? Full of money-saving coupons and you don’t have to get the paper the rest of the week.  I have worked with the Sacramento Bee to get you a deal for $.77 per week for a copy of the Sunday paper, and you can get up to 9 copies!

And this coming Sunday, there will be 6 inserts in it!

It’s better then picking it up at the store, because it’s guaranteed to have the coupons inside (unless you have neighbors coming to your driveway and stealing them!)

• Proctor & Gamble every month
• SmartSource and RedPlum every week!

The only way to  get this deal is going through my referral link here for Sacramento Bee Sunday Only Subscriptions to get the Cuckoo for Coupons special!  You can select to get up to 9 copies delivered to your house, all with coupon inserts!

If the option for multiple copies isn’t

If you want a daily or weekend subscription, not Sunday only, I have lower rates for that as well! Sacramento Bee daily/weekend specials for Cuckoo for Coupons readers!

Let me know if there are any other papers you’d like me to try to work with to get you deals!

Posted: September 20, 2011

Have you ever wanted someone to walk you step-by-step through a coupon deal at Walgreen’s? I did  a guest post called “Extreme Couponing 101: Walgreens” for that I think you will love!

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