valentine s day

Posted: March 30, 2017

This is part of the “ABC’s of Couponing” series

How to Know

Best Time to Buy

Did you know that the best time to stock up on many items is after they are necessary?   It seems odd, but it’s not hoarding to buy items when you don’t need them, if you plan on saving them and using them when you do need them.

Right after major and minor holidays, you can find items on markdowns or clearance that are holiday themed.  You can score amazing deals and get stocked up for next year!  Here’s my list of when to buy items on markdowns:


The mark down schedule for Christmas decorations, lights and candy by store for the day after Christmas:

  • Walmart: 50% off, $1-7 select clothing
  • Target: 50% off
  • Kmart: 50% off
  • Lowes: 60% off – including select electrical cords!   These come in handy all year long.
  • Home Depot: 50% off
  • Big Lots: 50% off
  • Rite Aid: 50% off
  • Walgreen’s: 50% off candy only – all other merchandise shipped back to their headquarters.
  • CVS: 50% off – will go down further in 2 days

As time wears on, the price drops continue:

  • 3 days after Christmas, Target and most other stores drop clearance to 75% off.
  • One week after Christmas, it is 90% off, although most of the good items will be long gone at that point.

Other Holidays

The same discounts schedule applies to most Holiday merchandise after each Holiday during the year.

Here are some of the particular items I get on clearance after holidays and when seasons are ending; a lot of them are good all year round it’s just best to buy them at these times:

  • After New Years: diet aids, computers
  • After Valentine’s Day: candy, chocolates, lubricant, perfume
  • March: winter sports equipment, winter clothing (buy for next year)
  • April: wallpaper (I don’t know why.  But my mom own’s Ard’s Glass & Paint and sells wallpaper, she says April is the time to buy it!), Jewish foods, Easter eggs
  • After Memorial Day: BBQ utensils, Raid/Off bug repellents and sunscreens
  • June: umbrellas, pianos, dairy products, summer clothes
  • After July 4th: American flags, fireworks, air conditioners, hamburger meat
  • August/September: bathing suits, camping gear, breakfast foods, school supplies
  • After Halloween: candy, Halloween decorations, costumes, crazy makeup, hairdye
  • After Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving decorations, lot’s of great deals on tableclothes
  • October: rakes, school supplies, outdoor furniture, bikes
  • After Christmas: Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, lights, toys, organizers (big plastic ones go on great deals), storage shelves

Present Closet:

You may hear me saying “I’m throwing this in the present closet!” on many posts.  I buy items, especially toys that I don’t need at that moment, but they are a cuckoo deal.  I put them in my present closet, and then when my daughter gets invited to Birthday parties or Christmas rolls around, I already have a stockpile of great gifts that I got at insanely low prices.   This particularly applies to after Christmas markdowns as I have scored amazing toy deals on them.

Posted: February 24, 2011

Claire over at Saving Naturally cooked up some great deals for you natural and organic lovers!

Natural and Organic Coupons:

Natural and Organic Deals:

Natural and Organic Reads:

See the full list here.

Posted: February 10, 2011

CityDeal has a quite good deal for those of you who give chocolate for Valentine’s day! 5 Locations: Bountiful, Layton, Orem, WVC & SLC have Mrs. Cavanaugh’s 50% off!  Pay $12 for a $25 gift certificate for chocolates – I love them!  Use code: cuckooship  for free shipping!

Posted: February 9, 2011

Grab some skittles for you kids Valentine’s day!  I have this idea I just thought of.  I am going to put a random assortment of things in a basket and have it sitting in my kids room when they wake up on Valentine’s Day.  They won’t be expecting it at all!  Well maybe I’ll just do it for my 4 year old, my other is only 2 and may still eat the paper the candy is in.

Mars Candy (Skittles included) $.49
Use the $.50/2 Skittles printable
Final price= 2/$.48 ($.24 ea.!)

And don’t forget my huge list of Walgreen’s Deals this week!

Thanks, Consumer Queen!

Posted: February 9, 2011

Today’s groupon deal that is valid nationwide is $20 for $40 FTD…

But there are some major catches!!!!

First, they setup a specific site you have to use this code on, and according to all the comments posted on the groupon discussion page, the prices are much higher then the regular FTD site!!!

Plus, you can’t combine it with the promos on the FTD site, shipping is around $20, and the code isn’t valid on sale items!  And some people are reporting they don’t even delivery out-of-state orders on Valentine’s day!

My opinion? PASS! We’ve seen way better deals – especially the Swagbucks ProFlowers deal (STILL valid! 50% off ANYTHING & a free $10 gift card!)

Posted: February 8, 2011
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Right now you can save 80% off $25 printable Gift Certificates or by-mail Gift Cards (free shipping on those, too!) That means you’ll only pay $2!  Just use code LOVE at checkout now through Feb. 14th! They have tons of great restaurants all throughout the country to choose from!

This may come in handy as you go out to eat for Valentine’s Day! Make sure to make reservations early.

*Go through ShopAtHome and get 35% cash back from your purchases! You’ll pay just $1.30 (after cash back) for each $25 gift certificate purchased!

**Read my post on how to use if you haven’t tried it – it is legit and I love it! Remember these are gift cards so they can be stacked with coupons!

Posted: February 8, 2011

Save on all the things you love to do!

Ok so I posted about the Entertainment Book yesterday but if you missed it the deal just got sweeter!

Right now, you can score the 2011 Entertainment book for your local city for $14 off + free shipping + 45% cash back!

  1. First, go to ShopAtHome!
  2. Click on the big red “Valentine’s Day Coupons” button on their homepage!
  3. Click on “Valentine’s Day Coupons Extra Cash Back Event”
  4. Scroll down until you see the 45% cash back Entertainment book offer and click through the link they provide to go to 2011 Entertainment book – because you went from ShopAtHome, you’ll get 45% of your purchase price back in cash!
  5. Then, select your city! Mine showed my coupon book down to $21 from $35! Plus free shipping!
  6. You’ll pay $21, then get 45% cash back= $11.55

This book has way over $100 in freebies, plus high-value coupons, so it’s worth it!

(Thanks, 4Our2Cents!)

Here’s some things my Provo area coupon book has (it has thousands of GREAT coupons – I can’t list them all!)

Costa Vida
1200 N. University Ave.
Provo, UT

1352 E Center St
Spanish Fork, UT

Sonic Drive-In

1200 Provo Town Ctr. # 2062
Provo, UT

Tommy’s Burger
401 West 100 North
Provo, UT

Quilted Bear
UP TO $50.00 VALUE
1221 S. University Ave.
Provo, UT

MarDel Portraits and Design
9424 S. Union Square
Sandy, UT

The Suit Source
9097 S. Redwood Rd.
W. Jordan, UT

Jumpin Jacks
1575 S. 1950 W.
Springville, UT

Pirate Island of Oremf
959 S. 700 E.
Orem, UT

Utah Flash
800 W. University Pkwy
Orem, UT

Miracle Bowl
1585 S. State St.
Orem, UT

Posted: February 7, 2011

Today only you can get a free DVD rental at your local Redbox. Use code: FEB7MOVIE. This can be used once per debit/credit card, so you can rent more than one for free by using different cards!

Also until Feb. 14th, Send a Valentine and free Redbox DVD Rental code to a friend (or yourself) – this code will be good until Valentine’s Day!

View more freebies!

Thanks, Thrifty wifey!

Posted: February 7, 2011

Two ways to save on flowers for Valentine’s Day! Swagbucks (best deal) or Rue La La!

Swagbucks: I figured out why some of you weren’t seeing this deal!  You must be logged in to Swagbucks or it doesn’t show up!

  1. Login/register to your Swagbucks account
  2. Click on the ProFlowers button in the middle of their homepage (image shown above!)
  3. You’ll be taken to
  4. You’ll get 50% off your order PLUS you can select to have it delivered on Valentine’s Day!
  5. Then, you’ll get 900 SwagBucks added to your account, worth 2 $5 Gift Cards! These can be stacked, so that’s like a $10 Gift Card!!!

You can NOT go directly to and get the 50% off or swagbucks!

RueLaLa: Right now you can pay $15 for a $30 gift certificate to (you will not get a $10 credit for signing up for RueLaLa, they stopped offering it ;(

Posted: February 4, 2011

I love Mrs. Fields cookies! I don’t know why mine I make at home don’t turn out so perfect! So I am so excited to host this giveaway!  I received a box of Mrs. Field’s Conversation Heart Boxes to review from Mrs. Fields, and LOVED them!  These come in 3 separate boxes, which are the perfect gift to give teachers, receptionists, and other for Valentine’s day!  You don’t even have to wrap them.  Also, if you heat up the cookies for 8 seconds in the microwave, they are gooey and warm, the way I like them.

Mrs. Fields also offers brownies, cake cookies (I’d rather have this on my birthday than  a real cake!!!  Hint, hint to my hubby) and lot’s of great gift set for Valentine’s Day! So if you’re looking on their site and see something you want, Mrs. Fields has offered Cuckoo for Coupon Deals readers a 15% discount with code: 11BD2

Do you remember the Groupon for $25 for $50 Mrs. Fields gift cards + free shipping? I bought 5 extra to give to my readers, using the referral credits I got from referring people to Groupon.  I love to give back referral rewards to my readers!  Without you, my site isn’t possible! So 5 of these gift cards are from me, the other one is from Mrs. Fields who is sponsoring this giveaway!

Giveaway: 6 Winners Receive $50 Mrs. Gift Cards!

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Check out my Valentine’s Giveaways HERE:

Pro-Flowers – $50 Gift Card
Keurig Special Edition Coffee & Hot Chocolate Maker $139 Value
Indi Custom Shirts w/ Cuffs – $90 Gift Card

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory- I Love Lucy Gift Basket $100 Value
Eco Foil Cooking Trays – 3 Winners get $50 EACH
The Vintage Pearl – $100 in Pearls or Other Jewelry!

Wednesday: – 3 winners get $25 Gift Cards
Plastic Jungle – $25 Gift Card
Mrs. Cavanugh’s – 4 winners get $25 1 lb Chocolate Boxes.

Shari’s Berries – $50 Gift Card – $50 Gift Card
Crio Bru – 3 Winners get $70 Value Chocolate Gift Baskets
Fannie Mae – $50 in chocolate & popcorn
Hallmark – Recordable storybook


Make sure you visit the other blogger’s participating for a chance to win over $7000.00 in prizes:

The Prudent Patron
Consumer Queen
Saving Money Plan
This Frugal Life
Moms Need to Know
Freebies 2 Deals

This giveaway will end on February 5th at midnight eastern time. Must be 18+ and a US or Canadian resident. Each sponsor is responsible for sending out their prize to the winner. The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. The sponsors are providing all the products given away. Winner will be chosen using a third party site,, contacted by email and announced on my homepage & giveaways feed; winner will have 48 hours to respond or an alternate will be chosen.
Posted: February 4, 2011

If you were planning on getting flowers for Valentine’s Day, you can’t get a much better deal than this!

  1. Login/register to your Swagbucks account
  2. Click on the ProFlowers button in the middle of their homepage (image shown above!)
  3. You’ll be taken to
  4. You’ll get 50% off your order PLUS you can select to have it delivered on Valentine’s Day!
  5. Then, you’ll get 900 SwagBucks added to your account, worth 2 $5 Gift Cards! These can be stacked, so that’s like a $10 Gift Card!!!

You can NOT go directly to and get the 50% off or swagbucks!

Posted: January 8, 2011

Valentines Day candy coupons already?

Save $2/1 box of Wonka Exceptionals Assorted Chocolate Heart Box
Save $3/1 Wonka Exceptionals Assorted Chocolate Tin Heart

Print these now  and hold on to them for a great sale – I’ll let you know if I see any!

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