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  • Top Ten Best Deals This Week: 2/19/2013

    I’ve compiled best deals available at the drugstores, Target, Ralphs/Kroger, and other stores. I stick to deals that don’t require too many or any obscure coupons, and I try to pick practical items that most people buy at some point.

    Use this list to decide which stores to hit this week, based on what you need. You might even use it to decide you can skip shopping for a week, because you don’t need what’s on sale.

    1. FREE Lysol Wipes at Staples

    This is my favorite deal this week: Staples is offering FREE-after-Staples-Rewards Lysol wipes, with a limit of 3 (look for item no. 501741). So pay $3.99 each, and get back the same amount in Staples Rewards. They’re also offering free shipping with no minimum purchase today only (just be sure to enter your Staples Rewards number during checkout). You can also ship to store, or purchase the wipes in-store (but note that your store might run out of stock). Free wipes are hard to come by, so this is a fantastic deal. Learn more about Staples Rewards here.

    2. FREE Bic Mechanical Pencils and Photo Paper at Staples

    Staples has a couple of free-after-rebate deals this week:

    Pay $4.29 for a 5-pack of Bic Mechanical Pencils and get back $4.29 via Easy Rebate (limit 1).

    Pay $14.99 for a 50-pack of Staples Photo Supreme Paper and get back $14.99 via Easy Rebate (limit 2).

    Both of these items make great donations for school supply drives, and are a great way to convert Staples Rewards into cash. (In my experience, you can pay for rebate items with Staples Rewards and receive the full rebate, but not so with Staples Rewards items.)

    3. FREE Paper at Staples

    There are 2 different printable Staples coupons for free multipurpose paper at Staples this week. One deal is through Staples Easy Rebates, and one is through Staples Rewards.

    For the Easy Rebate deal, you can get one ream of Staples 8.5″ x 11″ multipurpose paper for free by using the coupon and paying $6.99 at checkout. You’ll get $6.99 back via Easy Rebates. Limit 1. Update 2/21: I am having trouble with this rebate, but it may be an isolated incident as the cashier was not very bright and his manager may have given me bad information. Proceed with caution or, if your rebate submission has been validated, please let us know that the offer is working and I was just unlucky – thanks!

    For the Rewards deal, you can get a 5-ream case of Staples 8.5″ x 11″ copy paper for free by using the coupon and paying $20 at checkout. You’ll get $20 back via Staples Rewards. Limit 2 (it’s unclear to me if you need two coupons if you buy two cases).

    4. $0.56 Kleenex at Walgreens

    The Walgreens weekly ad has a coupon for $0.99 Kleenex, and there is also a coupon and Register Reward deal to go with it:

    Buy 5 Kleenex, Get $1 RR
    Buy 6 Kleenex, Get $1.50 RR
    Buy 7 Kleenex, Get $2 RR

    Here’s the best deal:

    Buy: 7 Kleenex @ $0.99 each with in-ad coupon
    Use: 2 x $0.50/3 Kleenex from 2/10 Smart Source
    And: in-ad coupon to get $0.99 price

    Pay: $5.93
    Receive: $2 RR

    That works out to $0.56 per box. The in-ad coupon coupon does state a limit of 3, but most stores will allow you to buy 7 unless they are extremely low on stock.

    5. Cheap General Mills cereal at Target

    Target has a deal this week for a $5 gift card when you buy 5 selected General Mills cereals for $2.50 each. The cereals confirmed as included in this deal are:

    Original Cheerios, $2.50
    Multi Grain Cheerios, $2.50
    Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch, $2.50
    Honey Nut Cheerios, $2.50
    Cinnamon Toast Crunch, $2.50
    Peanut Butter Toast Crunch, $2.50
    Cinnamon Chex, $2.50
    Apple Cinnamon Chex, $2.50
    Honey Nut Chex, $2.50
    Reese’s Puffs, $2.50
    Lucky Charms, $2.50
    Golden Grahams, $2.50
    Fiber One Cereal, $2.50
    Cocoa Puffs, $2.50
    Fiber One 80 Calories Chocolate, $2.50

    Here are some coupons that go with the cereals listed:
    $0.75/1 Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch
    $0.75/1 Fiber One 80 Calories Chocolate
    $0.50/1 Cinnamon Toast Crunch
    $0.50/1 Chex Cereal
    $0.50/1 Original Cheerios
    $1/2 General Mills Chex, Fiber One, Total, Wheaties, Oatmeal Crisp, Honey Nut Clusters, Raisin Nut Bran or Basic 4 1/27/2013 SS Insert (exp 3/9/2013)
    $0.50/1 Original Cheerios 1/27/2013 SS Insert (exp 3/9/2013)
    $1/3 General Mills Cereal 02/03/2013 SS Insert (exp 03/30/2013)
    $1/1 Multi Grain Cheerios or Multi Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter Cereal Everyday Saver printable {no longer available}
    $1/1 Fiber One 80 Calories Chocolate Betty Crocker printable
    $1/3 General Mills Cereal printable Target Web coupon

    Your deal will vary based on the kind of cereals you want, as well as how many coupons you are able to print. But here’s the cheapest scenario I’ve come up with:

    Buy:
    2 Multi Grain and/or Multi Grain Peanut Butter Cereals @ $2.50 each
    2 Fiber One 80 Calories Chocolate @ $2.50 each
    1 Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch @ $2.50

    Use:
    2 x $1/1 Multi Grain Cheerios or Multi Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter Cereal Everyday Saver printables
    2 x $1/1 Fiber One 80 Calories Chocolate Betty Crocker printables
    1 x $0.75/1 Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch printable
    $1/3 General Mills Cereal printable Target Web coupon

    Pay: $6.75
    Receive: $5 Target gift card
    Net Price: $0.35 each

    If you are gluten-free, use the Chex coupons to buy 5 boxes for $0.80 each after coupons and gift card.

    A few years ago, $0.50 per box of cereal was a regular deal, but now we’re lucky to get boxes for $1 or less. So this is a fantastic deal! Thanks to Passion for Savings for the list of included cereals!

    6. FREE Colgate Optic White Mouthwash and Cheap Colgate Optic White Toothpaste at Rite Aid

    Thanks to Ibotta, you can get a great deal on Colgate at Rite Aid this week:

    Buy:
    1 Colgate Optic Toothpaste @ $2.99
    1 Colgate Optic White Mouthwash @ $2.99

    USE:
    $0.75/1 Colgate Optic White Mouthwash from 2/3 Smart Source (exp 2/23) or Nov All You
    $0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste from 2/3 Red Plum (exp 2/23) or 2/10 Red Plum (exp 3/2)

    Pay: $4.73
    Receive: 2 x $1 +UP reward
    Submit for: $1/1 Colgate Optic White Toothpaste and $1/1 Colgate Optic White Mouthwash Ibotta Rebates
    Net Price: $0.73 for both

    If you just want the toothpaste or the mouthwash, you can easily break this deal up. And if you are willing to go to the store twice this week, you can purchase the items in separate transactions and roll the $1 +UP you get from the first transaction into your second transaction to minimize your out-of-pocket costs.

    Learn more about how Ibotta works here.

    7. Cheap Reynolds Wrap at Walgreens

    This isn’t the best deal you’ll find on aluminum foil (I find the very best price is during after-Christmas sales at Target), but if you’re not stocked up with a year’s worth of foil, this is an excellent deal:

    Buy: 1 Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil 70 sq. ft. @ $2.99 with in-ad coupon
    Use: $0.75/1 Reynolds Wrap Foil, exp. 2/28/13 (SS 01/20/13) or printable
    And: in-ad coupon for $2.99 price

    Pay: $2.24
    Submit for: $0.50/1 Reynolds Wrap Foil Ibotta Rebate
    Net Price: $1.74

    8. Duracell Batteries for $2.24 at CVS

    It’s relatively easy to find deals on AA and AAA batteries (they’ve been free-after-rewards at office supply stores around the holidays), but bigger batteries are harder to get on sale. So this is a good deal at CVS, since it includes C, D and 9-Volt packs:

    Buy: 1 Duracell Alkaline AAA or AA 4-pk, or C or D 2-pk, or 9V 1 pk @ $3.99
    Use: $0.75/1 Duracell CopperTop, Ultra Power, Ultra Photo Lithium or Specialty Batteries from 1/27 P&G Insert

    Pay: $3.24
    Receive: $1 ECB
    Net Price: $2.24

    In SoCal, we received a $0.75/1 Duracell coupon in the 1/27 P&G, but some areas got a $1/1 or a $0.50/1. So your price could be as low as $1.99 or as high as $2.49. There’s a limit of 2 on this deal.

    9. Bonus Swagbucks through the end of February

    As I mentioned last week, Swagbucks will be celebrating their 5th birthday soon, and there will be a celebratory Swag Code Extravaganza next Monday. But in the meantime, new Swagbucks members can get 90 additional bonus Swag Bucks when you join here and enter the code 5THBIRTHDAY – since all new users get 30 Swag Bucks upon sign up, you’ll start off with 120! That’s almost a third of what you need to get a FREE $5 Amazon gift certificate.

    Also, they’re giving out matching Swag Bucks for Swag Bucks earned by your referrals for everything under the “Earn” menu PLUS Swag Codes! That means your matching is super charged through the end of February. Just be aware that there’s a max of 1,000 Swag Bucks per referral, and matching Swag Bucks don’t count toward the daily goal. Happy Swagging! (And thank you if you joined Swagbucks using my referral link!)

    10. Organic Chickens for $1.99/lb on Friday at Whole Foods

    On Friday (2/22), Whole Foods will sell organic whole chickens for just $1.99/lb ($2.29/lb in Hawaii and $8.90/kg in Canada). That’s a great price for organic whole chickens, which freeze well (just make sure you have room in your freezer before you go crazy at the store – yes, I speak from personal experience).

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