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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mail In Rebates and Making Money

The insert that came in our free paper yesterday was filled with new mail in rebates(MIR). I love to use these to get free products and to make money. Here's some tips. Right now there are 7 free product MIRs and 2 B1G1 MIRs. How do you get these if you don't get the inserts? There are several ways. One is to buy your local paper with the inserts inside. The other is to see if there are online printable forms. Click on the name of the rebate to go to the form.

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 To start it's important to read all the fine print. 
1.Date of purchase: When does it start and end. Some MIR come out a few days before the purchase date. So double check. Sometimes I hang onto MIR for awhile waiting for a good deal to combine them with, 20X the points at Shoppers or an Airmiles deal so it's important to see when they are expiring too. The Lysol, Finish,Durex and Veet need to be purchased by May 10. 
2. How much is the maximum you can spend?
Veet $23.55 (covers product,taxes and postage)
Durex $27.29 and $18.09 (covers product,taxes and postage)
Lysol No Touch $17.90(covers product,taxes and postage)
Air Wick $12.50(covers product,taxes and postage)
Finish $8 (covers product,taxes and postage)
Resolve Gold Oxi-Action $7(covers product,taxes and postage)
3.Do you need to circle the purchase price? Do you need to write the UPC code on the receipt or cut it off and attach it?
4. Don't forget to fill in the MIR form.
5. Photocopy you receipt and filled in form for your records
6. Mark on your calendar the day you mail it and how much you should receive back. There are lots of apps to keep track of MIRs if you prefer this method.
Now a few extra notes. Most MIRs want your original receipt so you can only do one MIR per receipt. Also, some MIRs repeat many times a year. For example the Lysol No Touch, I do it every time it comes out and have not had any problem. It looks like the Finish rebate is 3 seperate offers for $8 back as you can see the mailing addresses are all different.(one is box 13444, 13437, 13450) so you should be able to do this three different times. I have often used coupons in combination with MIRs. Again be sure to read all the fine print.
Next to make the best use of your MIR why not combine them with a points event? This weekend Shoppers is having their spend $50 get 20X the points. The VEET MIR could possibly be almost half that! The way I figure out how much points are worth is: I use the maximum redemption which these days seems to have fallen to $200=95000 points $21.05 if I spend $50. So, if I were to spend $20 on the Veet I would get $8.42 back in points. Rexall has a spend $50 get 80 Airmiles this week. The coupon is here   I use Airmiles cash so this is worth. $8.42. There is a grand opening points event at our new Independent store, if you spend $60 you get 6000 in PC Points($6). So, as you can see there are many ways to make your MIR go further. Do you do MIR?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gluten Free Shake and Bake....Yum!

I know it's been a long time since I have posted! I am spending my time posting on Instagram. It's what I was looking for,a way to share deals instantly! I have found lots of like minded savers and really enjoy it. If you want to check it out you can go to Instagram online or on your phone by getting the free app. My link is at the top right hand page of my blog. I found this chicken at Save On the other day. It seems Thursday morning might be the best day to score awesome clearance meat deals! We used to love home made shake and bake but since hubby's Celiac diagnosis we haven't had it. I decided to try making it by substituting gluten free crackers and flour. I was skeptical but I think the reason it turned out so yummy is because of America's Test Kitchen's gluten free flour mix. You can find that here.

Homemade Shake and Bake - (from the Tightwad Gazette)

4 cups ATK flour
4 cups ground gluten free crackers or cracker meal
4 tbsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
3 tbsp paprika
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Mix together. Put in Ziploc or well sealed container, store in fridge. Use 1 cup in a Ziploc bag, wet chicken and then place in bag, shake to coat. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 400 for 40-45 mins.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Target Spend $50 Get a $10 Gift Card August 22-24

Target is having a 3 day spend $50 get a $10 gift card deal starting today. Here's my shop. Total spent was $75.93 after $19.88 in coupons and $2.81 in Red Card savings it came to $53.24. I did CH 51 for the Tresemme, Dawn and Advil for a total of $5.50. I also did .75 for Lean Cuisine through Zweet. $16.79 I will get back for the Alamy MIR. I got a $10 Target gift card and a coupon for free eggs(value $2.99) on my cereal and 2, $1 off coupons on my tomatoes. Grand total....all of this for $15.39!
Here's the breakdown
I pricematched the following:
Kotex U pads $2.93(I used 2 coupons a target printable available online and a manufactures coupon, both were worth $1 each) Total .93
Dawn dish soap $1.93(I used the P&G coupon insert in today's paper for .50 x 2 and my Checkout 51 offer for .50) Total $2.36 for 2
Celebration Cookies $1.97(less 3 manufacturer's coupons for $1, .75, .75) Total $3.41 for 3
Advil $6.47(less coupon for $3 from and $3 from Ch 51) Total .47
Lean Cuisine $2.47($1.50 coupon from their Facebook page and .75 off from Zweet)Total .22!
Alymer Tomatoes $1.24($1 off wyb2 coupon from can) $1.48 for 2 cans plus 2 more $1 off coupons on can
I had coupons for $1 off for the Inkjoy pens which were $1 making them both free(in today's Smartsource insert)
Target Clearance
Market Pantry cereals were on for .98
Coconut clusters $1.39
I hope you can get some good deals! :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Zweet Money Saving App Now Available for Android Devices

Zweet money saving app now available for Android devices The Zweet money saving app is now available for Android devices. I have been using it on my Ipad for awhile now and really like it. As you know there are quite a few money saving apps out now.
1.Checkout 51 was one of the first, and is available on Apple and Android devices(if you haven't signed up and want to my personal link is here you will get $5 for signing up before Sept 3 and uploading a receipt within 60 days.)
2.Snap Saves also available on Apple and Android devices
3. Cart Smart available only on Apple devices
4. Zweet now available on both Apple and Android devices

Every little bit helps these days with our ever rising grocery costs. I find the easiest way to use these rebate apps is to sit down when I get home from grocery shopping(who doesn't need to sit down after that!?) and quickly scan my receipts for any qualifying purchases.
The things I like about Zweet are that they usually always include fresh produce in their rebates, and they don't sell out like the Checkout 51 and Snap Saves ones do(at least not yet). I have been a member of Zweet since April and haven't yet cashed out. Cash out is at $20. I am at $14.25.
Checkout 51 I have cashed out $85.75 so far this year.
Cart Smart $10.50
Snap Saves $22.50
That's a total of $133.00 in cash rebates on groceries I was buying anyways! No coupons required! But, if you use them you can double your savings!
Do you use these apps?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mango, Brown Rice, Black Bean and Veggies Salad

You've gotta try this salad! Seriously, it's so good and tasty and easy. I found the original recipe on Pinterest here. I was menu planning and craving some black beans. I cooked my dried black beans in my Crockpot the day before. That's easy! It took a little planning as I soaked the beans overnight Thursday then cooked them on Friday on high for 3 hours then low for another 3 hours. Rinsed and drained them, froze some and kept some for this yummy salad.Friday night's supper was stew kabobs and brown rice(this is the brown rice from Costco, very nutty tasting), making extra rice so that we'd have leftovers. I modified the recipe for the salad to fit what we had on hand. So here it is.
Mango, Brown Rice, Black Bean and Veggie Salad
1 Mango 
1/2 Green pepper
2 Carrots
1 cup black beans
2 cups brown rice
Cut up all fruit and veggies into small pieces. Mix all ingredients together.
3 large limes squeezed for juice
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp ginger
Mix all together and either pour over the rice and veggies or serve on the side. I was skeptical about the dressing so we had it on the side....It's a great dressing!  Enjoy!  

Monday, July 28, 2014

Target Deals

Today's deals I stopped at Target today. There were a few things to price match and using your Target Red bank card saves you another 5%. As you saw in the previous post I price matched Safeway's Twitter Deal. The Source Yogurts were on  for $2.38. I price matched Superstore's price on Minute Maid juices 5/$3 as well as Ragu (not shown in pic).97. The Cheerios were sold as a setof 2 with a coupon for free eggs attached, for $6. The eggs are Grade A large Market Pantry and the coupon is good until the end of September.

Safeway Twitter Deal Price Matched at Target.....Today July 28 only!

IMG_20140728_074019> Today's deals
 Today Only Safeway's Twitter Deal is 2L Chocolate Milk 500ml Haagen Daz 640g Saute Sensations I price matched this deal with my phone at Target.
 It cost $5.69(I used the Target Red bank card to get an extra 5% off)

 It would have been $16.77.
$4.29 for chocolate milk
$5.99 for the Saute Sensations
$6.49 for the Haagen Daz
Target starts Canada Wide Price Matching with your phone, starting July 29th!!!