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  • Morning Coffee: Check all of your circulars for coupons

    Even if you don’t shop at some local stores, it’s worth looking through their weekly ads to see if they’ve included any manufacturer coupons (or store coupons, if you can use competitor coupons). For example, there’s a market chain here called Jon’s, and their weekly ad arrives along with the Ralphs and Vons/Pavilions circulars. But I’ve never set foot in a Jon’s, because I rarely drive past the nearest one. A few months ago, I discovered that almost every week, there are one or two manufacturer’s coupons in the Jon’s ad. I’ve been able to use the Jon’s ad coupons at other stores to match sales, like yesterday at Walgreens. Thanks to the $1 off 4 coupon in the Jon’s ad, I was able to get 4 boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese for just 44 cents per box. They made a nice filler for the $5 Register Rewards coupon that I wanted to use, and I’m sure the local food bank will appreciate them.

    There’s a new offer for free-after-mail-in-rebate Olay Quench Body Lotion. Purchases must be made by 1/29/10 and rebate forms must be postmarked by 2/12/10. Limit 2 rebates per person (not valid in Maine). Print the rebate form (pdf).

    Through MyBlogSpark, I’ve learned that General Mills is going to reduce sugar in cereals advertised to kids under 12 to single digit grams of sugar per serving. And right now, you can get a printable coupon for $1 off 4 General Mills cereal.

    Money Saving Mom is hosting a bunch of 24-hour giveaways. You could win free food, a coupon organizer, and other prizes. Head over asap because the first ones end this morning.

    Common Sense with Money is giving away a $100 Visa gift card – and shares a recipe for chocolate fudge! Ends 12/13.

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