Thanks for Your Support!

After thinking long and hard, today I would like to announce that I will no longer be doing the Saver Savvy web site. As just one person, I have found that maintaining this site is taking away far too much time from my family and friends. I appreciate so much all of your support and comments throughout all of my posts. 
 
I will continue to write articles for Cox Media Group, which includes Dayton Daily News, Middletown Journal, Hamilton JournalNews and the Springfield News Sun. You can find dining deals from me on the front page of the food section every Wednesday, a DIY Under $10 project in the Life section every Saturday and of course, the top 10 deals of the week every Sunday. 
 
I don’t want to leave all of my couponers in the dark either. When I first started out, I found three web sites extremely helpful. 
 
1. The Krazy Coupon Lady - This is a great site for anyone looking at where to start. They have a great step-by-step process to follow and they are actually who I used as a reference when I first started. 
 
2. The Coupon Divas - This site has a great coupon database that you can use to see if there are deals. They are one of the largest couponing web sites around and do a great breakdown of tons of stores. 
 
3. Happy Homemaker Cindy - Cindy is from the Dayton area as well and has a lot of breakdowns that are locally focused. She also offers face-to-face classes in the community to help people learn the steps of couponing.
 
Again, thank you all so much for your support I have appreciated the time I spent talking with you all, but now I need to focus more on family and friends. If you do have questions or concerns, you can always e-mail me at saversavvysavings@gmail.com.
 
Take care, and happy savings!
Jessica 

DIY Under $10: Eek Frame

Now is the time to get into the Halloween spirit and what better way to do it then with some decorations for your shelf or desk. This fun and unique picture frame will have everyone staring at it and it will only cost you $5.66 to make.
 
 
YOU WILL NEED
 
Items I Purchased:
  • Wooden Letters – $0.99 each at Michael’s Arts and Crafts
  • Frame – $1 at Dollar Tree
  • Two Packs of Googley Eyes – $1 each at Dollar Tree
  • Lime Green Acrylic Paint – $0.69 at Michael’s
 
Items I Already Had Around the House:
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Foam Brush
  • Black Ribbon
 
DIRECTIONS
 
 
1. Remove all glass from your frame and then paint it completely in the lime green acrylic paint.
 
2. Once your paint dries begin hot gluing your eyes directly to your frame until it is completely covered.
 
3. At the bottom of your frame cut a piece of black ribbon out. You want it to be long enough to go across your frame.

4. Once it is in place, hot glue the ribbon to the back side of your frame so that it will stay in place.
 
5. Hot glue the letters onto the ribbon so that they spell out the word eek. You can also use other words such as boo.
 
6. Let all your glue dry and your frame is ready for one of your old Halloween photos!
 

DIY Under $10: Candy Corn Ball

No candy screams Halloween more than candy corn. However, if you want to add this fun and whimsical candy to your décor without just sticking them in a candy dish then here is a fun DIY project for you. Plus, it only will cost $8.68 to make!
 
 
YOU WILL NEED
 
Items I Purchased:
  • Styrofoam Ball – $3.99 at Michael’s
  • 4 Bags of candy corn – $1 each at Dollar Tree
  • Yellow acrylic paint – $0.69 at Michael’s
 
Items I Already Had Around the House:
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Foam Brush
  • Plastic Cup
  • Wooden Peg (a skewer or toothpick would also work)
  • Black candlestick
 
 
DIRECTIONS
1. Use a wooden peg or skewer and place into the Styrofoam ball so that you can hold the ball while painting it.
 
2. Use your yellow paint and paint the entire Styrofoam ball. Place on top of a plastic cup to let dry.
 
3. Begin hot gluing the yellow side of your candy corn onto the ball in a straight line around the entire piece.
 
4. Continue doing this in lines around the entire ball. Make sure the candy corn is glued tightly together eliminating as many gaps as you can.
 
5. Leave an empty spot the size of the candlestick top on the bottom of your ball. This will allow your ball to sit and be stable without damaging the candy corn.
 
6. Once all candy corn is glued to the ball it is ready to be displayed.
 

Top 10 Deals of the Week: 10/21/12

Here are just a few of the steals, deals and freebies for the week of October 21, 2012. For a complete list of deals, visit each store’s breakdown at the top of this site. 
 
 
CoverGirl Makeup
This week at CVS, CoverGirl Simply Ageless Foundation is on sale for $13.99. Use the $3 off of one CoverGirl Simply Ageless product from the September 30 Proctor & Gamble insert. At the register, you will get $4 back in Extra Care Bucks, which makes this item $6.99.
 
Di-Gel Antacid
This week at CVS, Di-Gel Liquid Antacid is on sale for $5. In most of today’s SmartSource inserts you should find a coupon good for $2 off of one Di-Gel Liquid. When you checkout, you will also get $3 back in Extra Care Bucks, which makes this item completely free.
 
Gum Toothbrush
This week at Walgreens, a Gum toothbrush is on sale for $1.99. Use the $0.55 off of one Gum oral care product coupon from the August 5 SmartSource insert. When you checkout you will get $1 back in Register Rewards, making this item just $0.44.
 
Halls Cough Drops
This week at Rite-Aid, Halls Cough Drops are on sale two for $3. Use the $1 off of two Halls Cough Drops coupon from the September 16 SmartSource insert. When you checkout, you will also get $1 back in UP+ Rewards when you buy two. This will make the cough drops $0.50 each when you buy two packages.
 
Hamburger Helper
This week at Walgreens, Hamburger Helper is on sale for $0.99. Use two copies of either the $0.75 off of three Hamburger Helper meals coupon from the September 9 SmartSource insert or the October 7 General Mills insert. You can also print out this same coupon at www.coupons.com. When you buy five boxes, you will get 1,000 Balance Rewards Points when you checkout, but to match your two coupons you will need to buy six. Your final cost would be $0.57 per box when you buy six. 
 
Mentos Gum
This week at Rite-Aid, Mentos Gum or UP2U single packs are on sale two for $2. Use either the $1 off of three UP2U gum coupon or the $1 off of three Mentos gum coupons, both from the October 7 SmartSource insert. When you buy two, you will also get $1 back in UP+ Rewards. With all these deals, you will pay just $0.25 each when you buy three packs.
 
Pumpkin Masters
If you still need to carve your pumpkin you will want to check out this deal at CVS. This week, Pumpkin Masters 4-in-1 carving tool is on sale for $2.49. When you checkout you will get $2.49 back in Extra Care Bucks, which means this item is completely free.
 
Ricola Throat Drops
This week at Rite-Aid, a 45 to 50 count of Ricola throat drops is on sale two for $8. Use either the $1 off of two Ricola products coupon or two copies of the $0.75 off of one Ricola, sugar free, menthol or fresh cough drops coupon, both of which are from the October14 RedPlum insert. When you checkout, you will get $5 in UP+ Rewards when you buy two. Depending on which coupon(s) you use, you could get your cough drops for as low as $0.75 each when you buy two.
 
St. Joseph Aspirin
This week at CVS, St. Joseph Aspirin or HBP is on sale for $5. In most of today’s SmartSource inserts, you should find a $2 off of one St. Joseph Aspirin or HBP Cough, Cold & Flu Remedy coupon. If this isn’t in your SmartSource, look for a $2 off of one St. Joseph Aspirin coupon in the September 9 SmartSource insert. When you checkout, you will get $3 back in Extra Care Bucks as well, which makes this item free.
 
Zantac
This week at CVS, Zantac 150 or Zantac 75 are on sale for $8.99. Use the $5 off of one Zantac product coupon found in the September 30 SmartSource insert. When you checkout, you also get $2 back in Extra Care Bucks, which makes this product just $1.99.
 

Top 10 Deals of the Week: 10/14/12

Here are just a few of the deals, steals and freebies that you can find at stores this week’s. To get a complete list of deals, visit the store’s at the top of this page. 
 
7UP
This week at Rite-Aid, two liters of either 7UP or Diet 7UP is on sale three for $3.99. When you checkout you will get $2 back in UP+ Rewards, which means you pay just $0.66 per bottle when you buy three.
 
Almay Make-Up
This week at CVS, Almay Intense i-Color shadow, liner or mascara is on sale for $5.99. Use the $1 off of one Almay cosmetic item found in the September 23 SmartSource insert. When you checkout you will get $3 back in Extra Care Bucks, which means you will pay just $1.99.
 
Blistex Lip Balm
This week at Rite-Aid, Blistex Moisture Melt lip balm is on sale for $2.50. When you checkout you will get $2.50 in Up+ Rewards, which makes this item completely free.
 
Crest Toothpaste
This week at Kroger, Crest toothpaste is on sale 10 for $10. Use the $0.50 off of one Crest toothpaste or liquid gel coupon from the September 30 Proctor and Gamble insert. When the coupon doubles you will pay absolutely nothing for your toothpaste.
 
DenTek Floss Picks
At CVS, a 150 count package of DenTek floss picks is on sale for $2.99. When you checkout you will receive $2 back in Extra Care Bucks, which means you will pay just $0.99 for this item.
 
Lay’s Stax
This week at Kroger, Lay’s Stax are on sale 10 for $10. Use the $0.55 off of three Frito-Lay Lay’s Stax in the September 30 Pepsi Moments to Save insert. Once the coupon doubles, you will pay just $0.67 each when you buy three.
 
Pepsi Next
Pepsi products are on sale this week at Kroger 10 for $10. Use the $1 off of two Pepsi Next two liters in the September 30 Pepsi Moments to Save insert. You will pay just $0.50 each for your two bottles.
 
Pillsbury Grands! Jr. Biscuits
This week at Kroger, Pillsbury Grands! Jr. Biscuits are on sale ten for $10. Go to www.BettyCrocker.com and print out a coupon that is $0.50 off of three Grands! Or Grands! Jr. Biscuits. When this coupon doubles, you will pay just $0.67 when you buy three containers of biscuits.
 
Ricola Cough Drops
This week at Rite-Aid, Ricola cough drops are on sale two for $3. Use the $1 off of two Ricola products found in most of today’s RedPlum inserts. When you checkout you will also get $1 in UP+ Rewards, which means you will pay just $0.50 per bag when you buy two.
 
Robitussin
This week at Walgreens either a 20 count or four ounces of Robitussin is on sale for $4.99. If you use three copies of the $3 off of one Robitussin product coupon from the September 30 RedPlum insert you will drop it down to just $1.99 per bottle. However, when you check out you will also get 4,000 Balance Reward Points, which is equivalent to $4 when you buy three. This means that you will pay just $0.66 per package when you buy three.