How To Always Get A Target Coupon & Moneymaker Deal

There are a lot of great deals at Publix this week that utilize Target coupons (TQ). If your favorite Publix accepts Target as a competitor and doesn't enforce the "one coupon per transaction" wording on the TQ then you can get some Marie Callenders bakes entrees and its a $2.51 Moneymaker!
There is also the deal on using the $10 off a Turkey wyb 12 Kraft Items MQ printable where you can get some Philadelphia Cream cheese, or Nabisco Crackers, or Maxwell House coffee, or Oscar Mayer Bacon - along with a $5 off $30 coupon to end up with a final cost of about $4 (for a turkey and 12 items).
But to work these deals you need to have printed the Target coupons a while ago since some are no longer available at online at Target.
My tip is to not ever print Target coupons until you know you need them. To do this just go to the Fatwallet Target Coupon Thread. There are several users who will print them and upload the pdf to Mediafire for everyone to access. Just search the thread for your keyword (i.e., philadelphia) and all the posts with that word will be filtered out for your review. Select the link that has your coupon. Many coupons are reissued throughout the year so make sure it has the right expiration date which is noted in the name in the link. It will bring you to Mediafire which is an offsite download website. It is safe, I use it all the time. You do not need to sign up or join to use it. Click the big download button and when the popup shows, click SAVE and put it in your coupon folder on your computer. Then you can print it as many times as you want. There are 2 coupons per page.
Now you will never miss a deal that requires TQ's! Yeah

Trial Size Trouble

Last night we went to Publix in a neighboring community. I like going there because it doesn't seem to get totally cleared out of moneymakers and BOGO deals. I think because it's a more affluent area, less people use coupons there. But after our shop last night, I think the couponers stay away because the staff are nervous about coupons and resistant to take coupons when they realize the customer is making money on the deal. I've been scouting the clearance rack for trial size meds, in the past scoring some moneymaker deals on Zantac and Bayer with coupons that didn't exclude trial size. Just this past weekend there was a $1/1 MQ in the 11-13 RP insert for Advil Congestion Relief that stated "ANY" size. I knew there were a bunch of trial Advils CR on the clearance table at this one store, so that's why we made the trip there. Sure enough, I got 13 and planned to use 13 coupons. Along with some Idahoan potatoes, Phazyme, Sundown Vitamins there was enough overage to get some beer for our weekend trip to the NASCAR race. Except the beer was gone, so we had to ask customer service to substitute two 12 pks for a case that was on sale. They said sure, just come check out in Lane 11 when you're ready.
So we finish our shop and go to Lane 11 nearest the customer service. Here's my list:
14-Nov 44   114.04 22.69 90.79 tax 0.56 45 -99.51%
Product qty price subtl B1G1 -Q   total Q# Q details
beer 24pk 1 17.99 17.99       17.99    
banana 2 0.35 0.70       0.70    
HJ pancake mix pouch 1 0.99 0.99   1.00   -0.01 2 $1/2 MQ 11-6SS + $1/1 TQ
HJ pancake mix box 1 1.79 1.79   2.79   -1.00 2 free mix wyb syrup + $1/1 TQ
HJ pancake syrup 1 2.79 2.79   2.00   0.79 1 $1/1 TQ
Idahoan Potatoes BOGO 8 1.33 10.64 5.32 8.00   -2.68 8 $1/1 MQ print
Smart Balance Milk 1/2 gal 4 2.50 10.00   6.00   4.00 4 $1.50/1 MQ print zip 48047
Emerald Nuts BOGO 6 5.79 34.74 17.37 6.00   11.37 6 $1/1 MQ 11-13 RP
Advil cong relief trial size 13 0.42 5.46   13.00   -7.54 13 $1/1 MQ 11-13 RP
Vit D 4 2.99 11.96   18.00   -6.04 4 $3/2 MQ email + $6/2 PQ
phazyme 2 3.49 6.98   9.00   -2.02 2 $5/2 TQ + $2/1 MQ print
Publix Gift Card 1 10.00 10.00   10.00   0.00 1 Get $10 GC wyb $50  x11/15
$/$$ coupon   0.00 0.00   5.00   -5.00 1 $5/$30 PQ Take Budget by horns
$/$$ coupon   0.00 0.00   10.00   -10.00 1 $10/$50 Sweetbay
At this point we've been in the store about forty minutes - looking for Emerald Nuts, waiting for raincheck stock checks, waiting for them to find a case of beer in the back, etc. Finally, we check out and I hand over my coupons. The cashier starts sorting them and spreading them all over the counter. I think they do this so the cameras over their shoulder can capture the whole transaction. Actually, afterward I felt like we were being scrutinized way earlier when we were in our store. They were looking at the stuff in my cart as they were trying to find me some Emerald Nuts. Anyway, I digress. She couldn't find anything wrong with my coupons so she started scanning the MQ's first and the Advil coupon would not scan. She tried to hand it back and said we can't take them if they don't scan. I said they can verify its correct use on the right product and then do an override and enter it as a generic vendor coupon. The Advil coupon has the new long barcode and no short one, so I couldn't suggest covering up the long one to make it scan (like on the CWS). Anyway, she tried to tell me is was invalid for the trial size. I explained that if it were not allowed the coupon would state excludes trial size, which it did not. So I ask her to get a manager to approve the coupon. The asst customer service manager came over and looked at the trial size and the coupon and said they couldn't take it if it didn't scan.
At this point DH and I are getting a little frustrated. I said I'm calling corporate right now (I have the number in my phone (Publix Consumer Relations 800-242-1227) and started dialing. Then the customer service manager says, I'll get the Store Manager. DH said thanks. Unfortunately it was after six p.m. and there was no answer at Publix. The Asst Store Manager came over and said the coupon wasn't meant for trial size and the computer wouldn't accept the scan. Then she points out "Limit One Coupon Per Purchase" printed on the coupon. At this point, I realized we were dealing with a bunch of untrained staff. I had to demonstrate using my products and coupons the difference  between one per purchase, and one per transaction. We had to explain that the whole cart was a transaction, but each item was a purchase. DH says to the ASM, "You know in my job just because the computer can't do something, doesn't mean I can't do it. Sometimes you have to approve actions and handle them manually if the computer won't perform as you expect. If the coupon doesn't scan and you have verified its the correct product, any size then you should take it. I'm not taking NO for an answer. You're not making this shopping trip very pleasurable."
We both dislike having to stand our ground with coupons, and if it were our "home" store we would have skipped the purchase without a fuss. But this store gave me a hard time about the CWS last week too. They act like the money is coming out of their own pockets. They also know that most people are afraid of conflict and will back down and say it's okay that you just denied my coupons. The staff are friendly enough, but its not genuine. I feel looked down upon because I use coupons there and its not a good feeling. I'm sure they don't care if I ever shop there, since most of their customers are wealthy and spend a lot more than one dollar like me.
The ASM listened patiently to DH and then said "Natasha will put in an override for you this time". Fine, we whined enough and got our way. But they left us feeling like we were wronged. I hate it when they say "we'll take it this time" - it really means don't come back and try this again. It's correct coupon use, but they don't like it. So of course, they're going to try to discourage coupon use on moneymaker deals. The store manager can do that, it's his prerogative. I'll just have to try to fly low under the radar when we go there, get smaller orders and avoid having to get "numbers" by getting fillers if my coupon count is higher than my items.
How do you handle trial size hassles?

Publix Weekly Ad Sneak Peek 11/17 - 11/23

Sargento Shredded Cheese, 5-8 oz pkg, save up to 3.99
Swanson Broth, 14.5 oz can, save up to 1.15
Simply Potatoes Diner's Choice Mashed Potatoes, Original, Sweet, Sour Cream & Chives, Country Style or Garlic, 32 oz pkg, save up to 3.99
Fresh Cranberries, 12 oz pkg, save up to 2.99
Celery, save up to 1.69
Publix Baby Cut Carrots, 16 oz bag, save up to 1.69
Breyers Ice Cream or Blasts! Frozen Dairy Dessert, 48 oz carton, save up to 5.99
Cool Whip Topping, 8 oz bowl, save up to 1.75
Marie Callender's Bakes Entrees, 24 or 31 oz box, save up to 5.49
Alexia All Natural Artisan Breads, 10.5 to 14 oz pkg, save up to 3.69
Rondele Cheese Spread, 8 oz pkg, save up to 4.59
Breakstone's Sour Cream, 16 oz cup, save up to 2.59
I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spread, 15 oz or 2 pk, 7.5 oz tub, 16 oz box, or 10 oz bottle, or Spray 8 oz bottle, save up to 2.63
Atheno's Crumbled Feta Cheese, Traditional, Garlic & Herb, or Basil & Tomato, prepared deli section, 6 oz cup, save up to 4.49
Publix Deli Tea, 1 gallon, save up to 2.59
Lipton Tea Bags, 100 ct box, save up to 4.09
Hellmann's Mayonnaise, 30 oz jar, save up to 4.69
Pure Wesson Oil, Vegetable, Canola, Corn or Best Blend, 48 oz bottle, save up to 4.49
Wish-Bone Dressing, 16 oz bottle, save up to 2.63
Mt. Olive Pickles, 16 to 46 oz jar, or Pick or Jalapeno Pepper Slices Pac, 4 pk, 3.7 oz, save up to 2.79
Del Monte Fresh Cut Vegetables, 11 to 15.25 oz can (excluding Specialty Varieties and Asparagus), save up to 1.39
V8 V.Fusion Vegetable & Fruit Juice or V8 V.Fusion + Tea, or 100% Juice, 36 or 46 oz bottle (excluding 100% Vegetable Juice Items), save up to 3.99
A.1. Steak Sauce, 10 oz bottle, save up to 4.19
Pam Cooking Spray, 5 or 6 oz can (excluding organic), surprisingly low price
Ocean Spray Juice Cocktail or Juice Drink, 64 oz bottle (excluding 100% Cranberry Blended Juices and Light Juices), save up to 2.93
Welch's 100% Grape Juice, 64 oz bottle (100% Juice items ONLY, excluding Welch's Drinks and Cocktails), save up to 3.91
Del Monte Canned Fruits, 14.5 to 15.25 oz can (excluding Lite Apricot Halves), save up to 1.79
Del Monte Tomatoes, 14.5 oz can, save up to 1.49
Duncan Hines Decadent Brownie Mix, 16.76 to 18 oz box, save up to 2.79
Mueller's Pasta, 12 to 16 oz box (excluding Lasagne, Jumbo Shells, and Noodles), save up to 1.57
Mueller's Lasagne Pasta 16 oz box, or Jumbo Shells 12 oz box, save up to 2.29
Uncle Ben's Long Grain & Wild Rice, or Whole Grain & Whild or Whole Grain White Rice, 4.2 to 6.7 oz box, save up to 2.09
Ragu Pasta Sauce, 16 to 24 oz jar (excluding Organics), save up to 2.19
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix or Premium Cupcake Mis, 18.25 oz box (excluding Decadent and Angel Food), save up to 1.81
General Mills Chex Cereal, 12.8 to 14 oz box, save up to 3.59
Post Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal, 13 to 17 oz box, or Vanilla Clusters, 18 oz box, (excluding Family Size), save up to 3.29
Aunt Jemima Syrup, 24 oz bottle, save up to 3.59
Pepsi Products, 2L bottles, save up to 1.69
Nabisco Crackers, 5.5 to 10 oz box, save up to 2.99 (Wheat Thins and Triscuit pictured)
Nabisco Ritz Crackers or Ritz Bits Sandwiches or Munchables Pretzel Crisps or Thins, 7.5 to 16 oz box, save up to 2.99
LaCroix Natural Sprakling Water, 12 pk, 12 oz can, save up to 4.49
Keeber Club Crackers, 11 to 16 oz box, save up to 3.69
Nature's Own Bread, 100% Whole Wheat, 20 oz loaf, save up to 2.83
Thomas' English Muffins or Hearty Muffins, 11 to 13 oz pkg, save up to 3.89
Nonni's Biscotti, 5.52 to 7 oz pkg, save up to 2.99
Lay's Potato Chips, 10 or 10.5 oz bag (excluding Kettle Cooked, Light and Natural), save up to 4.29
Pepperidge Farm Distinctive Cookies Butter Chessmen, Bordeaux, Brussels, Geneva, Tahiti, Verona or Montieri, 5.25 to 7.25 oz bag
Planters Nuts, Regular Mixed Nuts, Cashew Halves & Pieces, or Honey Roasted Peanuts & Cashews, 8 to 10.3 oz can, save up to 5.19
Entenmann's Little Bites, 8.25 to 8.75 oz box, save up to 4.49
Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn, 6 or 10 ct, 10 to 19.8 oz box, or 30 oz jar, save up to 4.99
Vanity Fair Premium Napkins, Dinner or Elegant, 40 to 100 ct pkg, or Regular 40 ct pkg, save up to 2.29
Chinet Classic White Plates, Dinner, Lunch, Compartment, or Platters, 24 to 55 ct, save up to 5.99
Degree Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, 2.6, 2.7, 3 oz pkg (excluding Ultra Clear, Nature Effects, or Adrenaline Series), save up to 2.33
Finish Automatic Dishwasher Detergent, 24 or 32 ct box, save up to 6.99
Lysol Disinfectant Trigger Spray Cleaner,  32 oz bottle, or Citrus Scent Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner, 22 oz bottle, save up to 2.69

Publix Health Advantage Green Flyer 11/19 - 12/09/11

Manufacturer's coupons expiring 12/9/2011:
Free Neosporin lip health WYB 1 (buy 1, get 1 free)
$2.00 any 2 mix or match: Johnson & Johnson Red Cross brand first aid or coach items
$1.00 Visine 0.5 oz. or larger or Visine Wipes
$2.00 any Bengay product 2 - 4 oz. or 3 - 5 ct.

Publix coupons expiring 12/9/2011:
$3.00 Zyrtec 25 - 45 ct. or Zyrtec-D 24 ct.
$2.00 Fiber Choice 90 ct. or Beano 15 - 100 ct.
$10.00 any Nicorette NicoDerm CQ or Commit
$1.50 Breathe Right nasal strips any 10 - 30 ct.
$3.00 any 2 mix or match: Aquafresh 5.6 - 6 oz., Sensodyne 4 oz., Poligrip 2.2 - 2.4 oz. or Polident 78 - 84 ct.
$3.00 any Dulcolax 50 - 100 ct. (in select stores)
$2.00 any Preparation H product
$1.00 South Beach diet meal or snack bars any 5 pack
$1.00 any Neosporin 1 oz. product
Free Gillette Fusion shave gel 7 oz. WYB any 8 ct. cartridge Gillette Fusion, Fusion ProGlide or Mach3 (save up to $4.29)
$3.00 any Align poduct 28 ct. or 42 ct.
$2.00 John Frieda Precision foam colour (in select stores)
$2.00 any DampRid system or refill
$3.00 any DVD $9.99 & up
Thanks to Slickdeals, check there for matchups

$10 off $50 Sweetbay Coupon in Sunday Paper

Tampa Folks - look at the bottom of section your Sunday Tampa Tribune paper today, section Trib2 Extra to see a big coupon from Sweetbay $10 off $50! It also can be found on page 14A of the St Pete Times Sunday paper. This can be used at most Publix stores as a competitor coupon and will stack with a Publix $/$$ coupon.  The Sweetbay coupon expires Saturday 11/19/11.

My Publix Trip 98% savings

Today is Veterans Day and to celebrate I've got the day off work. What a treat to shop in the daytime when a store is fully stocked  and there is no traffic. I stumbled on the CWS in the travel dept at the store today and was able to get those, plus plenty of other moneymakers to bring up my total. I found some extra $10 GC wyb $50 PQs when I went recycling last week (yes, I've resorted to that since my early insert caper doesn't seem to pan out anymore). There was plenty of HJ pancake mix, phazyme, a couple vitamins and some dayquil to get some overage for beer for our trip to Homestead for the final NASCAR race next weekend.

Anyway, it was a great trip to Publix spending only $2.73 and getting $20 in gift cards and $143.68 in groceries (the cart was overflowing).

ProductqtypricesubtlB1G1-QtotalQ#Q details
Apples 3lb bag13.993.991.002.991$1/1 wyb 2 Tostitos tearpad
mushrooms12.692.691.001.691$1/1 wyb 2 Tostitos tearpad
grape tomatoes12.502.501.001.501$1/1 wyb 2 Tostitos tearpad
peanuts roasted13.293.293.29
water 2.5 gal11.991.991.99
Tostitos scoops BOGO64.9929.9414.973.0011.973$1/2 MQ tearpad
Crest Whitestrips 2pk45.9923.9640.00-16.044$10/1 10-20PG
phazyme23.496.989.00-2.023$2/1 MQ print + $5/2 TQ print
Nyquil Trial41.295.168.00-2.848$1/1 MQ 10-30 PG + $1/1 PQ stk spree
Hungry Jack Pancake mix40.993.966.00-2.046$1/1 TQ print + $1/2 MQ 11-6 RP
Idahoan Potatoes BOGO101.3313.306.6510.00-3.3510$1/1 MQ print
Beer 24 pk Bud117.9917.9917.99
Sundown Vitamins23.306.609.00-2.402$6/2 GAB PQ + $3/2 printable
Publix Gift Card210.0020.0020.000.002$10 GC wyb $50 groceries x11/15
$/$$ coupon0.000.005.00-5.001$5 off $30 PQ Budget Horns book
$/$$ coupon0.000.005.00-5.001$5/$25 SAL x11/11

Shaving Cream Is A Treat

One of the things most of have to do our entire adult lives is shave. Unless you're a Neanderthal who lives in the rain forest, you have body hair or facial hair that just needs to be managed, or shaved. In the olden days, men used to use a shaving brush and dip into a little ceramic bowl of shaving cream they had whipped up and then slather it on their faces and use a flat long razor blade to cleanly cut away that hair. One guy I know loves to go to the barber shop and get a shave this way as a treat, especially if he's getting rid of his beard for a while.
One thing that can make your shave more pleasant is a sharp blade. If you take care of your blades, this can help extend the life of a razor. Here is a simple act that seems to work: dry the blade after use. According to the Chicago Tribune, the concept is this: razor blade dullness stems more from oxidation and microscopic rusting, rather than from contact with whiskers. Water that sits on blades between shaves causes the oxidation. Corrosion can cause metal on the blade to flake off and the edge to become blunted and jagged. That results in blades pulling and tearing hairs instead of cleanly slicing through them. By blotting dry blades on a towel after use, you can extend the use of a blade from ten days to several months.
The art of shaving is an individual thing. Some people like to do it with all the shaving cream and brushes and blades. Others like to do it in the shower with warm water and shaving soap or body wash to assist in the shave. My husband personally likes his new Norelco senseo touch electric razor. I like it too because it's so quiet, compared to the old Remington. So, however you like to shave – keep in mind there are many ways to accomplish the same result. Keep trying different alternatives if you aren't happy with what you use now.
I am participating in a blogger campaign by about shaving cream and was compensated. However, the views and opinions are my own.