How We Saved $16 on Gas

Looks like gas prices are on the rise-again.  It was $2.96/gallon last night when we stopped to fill up our van.

So, I wanted to share how much we saved with my  Kroger Fuel Rewards points. And to remind you that right now if you give your Shell gas station receipt to the cashier on your next Kroger trip you will earn double fuel points on your purchases.

I had 800 fuel points on my Kroger card which means an $.80 per gallon discount at Shell stations. We bought 20 gallons at $2.16 instead of $2.96, saving us $16.
We fill up our van approximately twice a month. So if you just do the rough math- that is about $30 per month or $360 per year. Now obviously I may not always have that many points and gas prices fluctuate but it should give you an idea of the money you can start saving on gas if you are already a Kroger shopper.

I will take my gas reciept from last night with me on my next Kroger trip and earn double fuel points for our next fill-up.

Do you use Kroger’s Fuel Rewards program? What do you think? I had a few problems when the program came out redeeming points but now all the kinks seemed to be worked out at the station I use most often.

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National Consumer Panel: Accepting New Applicants Again

The National Consumer Panel is accepting applications again.

The National Consumer Panel is free to join and once you are accepted you get a small hand held scanner to scan all the items you purchase. Once a week you transmit that information to National Consumer Panel and earn points for items from their Gift Catalog. Manufacturers and retailers  look at the information you send to them to decide what products to make and sell to consumers all across the country.

I applied and received a scanner a few months ago. I must admit I sill sometimes get all my groceries put away then realize I forgot to scan them. I do not get them back out.  Other than forgetting I have had no problems with the program. I am slowly but surely collecting point with my eye on a KitchenAid Stand Mixer.

If you are interested you can apply to be a member of National Consumer Panel here.

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Happy 2011


Happy New Year!

Today is a rainy day and we are all recovering from a severe stomach bug around here so I decided to postpone my goal setting post until later.

Instead I cleaned out my coupon binder and organized all my coupons. This is a picture of our office floor when I was almost done. It feels good to be prepared for shopping in 2011. I considered changing my coupon organization this year but am sticking to my trusty binder.

How about you? Do you like your current coupon organization system? Are you considering changing?

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How I Got 96 Pampers for $4.34 (Free after Cash Back Credit)


I know diapers are a big expense if you have a few little ones at your house so I thought I would share the deal I just got on a big box of pampers.

First I redeemed points I earned with Pampers Gifts to Grow program for a $10 gift card and a $3 off purchase of any Pampers code.

I had an $8.65 credit from a previous purchase.

I ordered Pampers Baby Dry Big Pack Diapers (96 ct.) for $21.99 from
Then I ordered a Maybelline Full N Soft Mascara for $5.59 from, this gave me free shipping. (Right now if you order one from two of these sites:, or you get free shipping on a $25 order.)

Pampers Big Pack (96ct)=$21.99
Maybelline Full N Soft Mascara=$5.59

-$1 coupon (these are listed by the products, you just click on it)
-$3.50 promotioal code from Gift to Grow points
-$8.65 cash back credit from previous purchase
-$10 gift card from Gifts to Grow points

Out of Pocket=$4.43 for 96 diapers and mascara shipped to my door!
Got Back=$5.25 cash back credit
Final cost=Free

I will use the codes on the pampers I got to earn more gift cards and order more diapers! This (and the amazon deals) is mainly how I save on diapers.
How do you save? Do you have any good tips?

By the way if you have not you can sign up for Pampers Gifts to Grow here. There are several free codes here to get you started! Also, if you are new to you can use code CoupKat at checkout to get 30% cashback on diapers and 15% off everything else.

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TLC New Show: Extreme Couponing Tonight 8pm

Congrats all my fellow couponers you are now officially cool. You know coupons have become trendy when TLC makes a show about it.

TLC has a new show, Extreme Couponing, that airs premieres tonight at 8pm ET.  It will follow four people on completely extreme coupon shopping trips. Talk about stockpiling, one man leaves with 1,000 boxes of cereal.

You know I am watching. My ultimate goal: to have THE HUSBAND get all the boys to bed and I get to watch while exercising on the elliptical machine. A girl can always dream.

If you have time tonight watch it. It should be fun and I hope to learn a new trick or two. Also, I really want someone to discuss it with so if everyone watches it tonight we can discuss on Facebook tomorrow.

Do make sure when watching it you are entertained and encouraged-not discouraged. Keep in mind this is a television show, it is planned and produced. The stores were warned, if not in on the planning. How else would they have 1,100 boxes of cereal, and hundreds of toothbrushes, toothpaste and pasta? One lady in the show spends 70 hours a week couponing. So, remember to consider your return on investment and keep couponing the way that is best for your family.

Are you watching tonight?

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My Big Plans for the Week (and Walgreens and CVS match ups)


Hope you all had a great Holiday. We had a wonderful time full of family, friends and traveling.

Now that we are home I plan to get back into my regular blogging, but I also have some other big plans for this week.

1.Play in the snow with the boys.
2.Getting my house under control. Now that we are home I have more unpacking and laundry to do than I even want to think about!
3.At least making a list of all my organizing goals for 2011. That is right I have declared 2011 the Year of Organization at the Van Dyke house. Stayed tuned for some posts and updates on how that will happen.
4.Detoxing my kids from all the treats they had this weekend.

That being said I am not planning on doing any shopping this week. (other than a quick run for some bread and fresh produce.) So, with limited time I did not put together a list of Walgreens and CVS coupon match ups this week. I wanted to link you to a couple sites that do have the match ups. Keep in mind not all the deals/coupons that are mentioned will work locally but it will give you a good place to start.

To find Walgreens deals here or here.

You will find CVS deals here or here.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Hope you all have a blessed time with family and friends as you celebrate the birth of Christ.

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