Aren’t Overages & Money Makers the Same Thing!

Yesterday while doing my drug store shopping with Kimiko at  How To Start Couponing, we were talking about overages and money makers and realized that often times the 2 could get mixed up.  Well actually I mixed the 2 :-)! So I felt it would be nice to clarify the 2.  Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be able to have either one or both during a transaction.

What is meant by overage?

Overage is when your coupon is worth more than the actual item AND the store will give you the full value of that coupon. For example, awhile back we had a $3 coupon for KY jelly.  It was priced at $2.36 at Walmart.

Here is how the deal looked: 

  • KY Jelly: $2.36
    -$3/1 KY Jelly Coupon
    Total: FREE + $.64 overage

Some stores will give you the full value of the coupon, $3.  Other stores will adjust the coupon down to allow you to just get the item free, $2.36.

What is a Money Maker?

Money Makers are when you receive more money than you paid during a transaction.  In essence, you get paid to buy a product.  A while back, CVS had a sale on American Greeting Cards (Remind me to skip the sale next time as I have so many cards from this!). The sale was to buy 3 cards and you would receive $3 ECB  but we also had a coupon.

Here is how the deal looked:

  • (3) American Greeting Cards: $2.97 ( $.99 cards)
    -$2/3 American Greeting Coupon
    Total: $.97-Received $3 ECB
    Like Getting FREE + $2.03 Money Maker
    (I made $2.03 for doing this deal)

*It would be nice to be able to score a Money Maker or even Overage during every shopping trip, but these types of transactions/deals do not happen very often.  When they do become available, I will post them here on the blog. *

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New Printable Coupons: Purina, Gerber & More!

Printable Coupons

$2.00 off ANY 2 package of Purina Beggin Dog Snack
$1.00 off 3 packages Friskies Party Mix Cat Treats
$5.00 off one (1) Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy
$3.00 off any one (1) Mederma Scar Product
$1.00 off select K-Cup pods
$0.50 off any 1 Gerber Juice

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Let Swagbucks Help Pay For Your Summer: Earn Amazon Gift Cards, Paypal & More!

Pay for Your Summer Fun with Swagbucks
With most of the country still under a blanket of snow, it’s comforting to think of warm summer days. Now is the best time to start saving for your summer plans, whether it’s traveling, buying something new to enjoy at home or even if it’s just grabbing an iced coffee concoction to cool you down.  One way to have extra spending money this summer is to use Swagbucks.
Swagbucks is a rewards site where you get points called “Swag Bucks” for things like searching, watching videos and discovering deals. Then you canredeem those points for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal and Starbucks.
Here’s a plan for using Swagbucks to earn $25 in gift cards each month. It’s easy, and if you keep at it, you’ll have at least $75 by June to spend on summer fun without having to dip into your wallet or spend a ton of your precious time!
Swagbucks discounts your first $25 gift card of the month to 2,200 SB. That’s like getting $25 for $3 less! Here are a few things you can do that will add up to 2,200 SB each month:
1) Knock out the quick stuff – all of these activities can be found on the left-hand side of the homepage (1-2 mins a day):
  • Answer the Daily Poll everyday – also available on the SB mobile app, so you can earn your daily SB wherever you are: 30 SB
  • Do the NOSO everyday – Browse through No Obligation Special Offers for 2 SB everyday: 60 SB
  • Get your daily SwagButton SB – our popular browser add-on gives you the ability to earn SB from anywhere on the web. It also alerts you to Swag Codes AND you get 1 SB each day just for having it installed and active: 30 SB (Bonus: if you don’t have it yet, you get a one-time bonus of 50 SB for downloading the SwagButton!)
  • Do the Daily Crave – discover new content and websites to earn 1 SB everyday: 30 SB
2) Search online to earn SB everyday (no extra time needed!):
  • Use the Swagbucks Search engine – People who use Swagbucks search to find what they want online can earn 10 SB per day! Plus, members who make Swagbucks the default search engine on their browser typically earn even more: 300 SB
3) Earn BIG SB payouts (5 min – 20+ min depending on survey opportunities available):
  • Take the Daily Survey every weekday – SB amounts vary from survey to survey, but it’s very possible to earn about 35 SB per weekday: 700 SB
  • SBTV app on Android (all countries) & iOS (US only) – earn a maximum of 36 SB per day on this app: 1,080 SB
Whether you’re catching the latest blockbuster, enjoying a weekend road trip, or stocking up for your next outdoor BBQ, Swagbucks can help. It doesn’t end there, though. Keep going and you can save for the holidays, back to school, or just a rainy day. If you’re already on Swagbucks, share your own tips for earning Swag Bucks and saving up for summer in the comments!
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Printable Coupons: Kellogg’s, Hefty & More!

SAVE $1.00 off TWO (2) packages of Hefty® Cups

SAVE $1.00 off any ONE (1) package of Hefty® Trash Bags (Tall Kitchen or Large Black Bags)


$1.00 off any 4 boxes of Barilla Blue Box Pasta
$1.00 off 3 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Toaster Pastries
$1.00 off 1 Kellogg’s SPK Protein Cinnamon Cereal
$0.50 off any ONE Kellogg’s Special K Cereal
$2.00 off 2 Kellogg’s SPK Protein Meal Bars/Shakes
$0.50 off ONE Kellogg’s NEW Special K Brownies
$1.00 off any TWO Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Bars
$0.50 off any ONE Kellogg’s Special K Bar
$0.25 off ONE Gain Dishwashing Liquid
$1.00 off ONE Tide Detergent 40 oz or larger
$1.00 off ONE Crest Pro-Health Advanced Toothpaste
$1.05 off 3.15lb or larger bag of Purina Cat Chow
$1.05 off Purina Tidy Cats Clumping Litter
$1.00 off 4.4lb or larger bag of Purina Puppy Chow


SAVE $0.50 on any TWO (2) Zatarain’s® Breadings or Boils
SAVE $1.00 off TWO (2) packages of Hefty® Cups
SAVE $1.00 off any ONE (1) package of Hefty® Trash Bags (Tall Kitchen or Large Black Bags)
SAVE $0.55 on ONE (1) package of Reynolds Wrap® Foil (35 sq. ft. or larger, excluding Wrappers™ foil sheets)
SAVE $0.55 on any TWO (2) packages of Reynolds® Baking Cups
SAVE $2.00 on ANY L’Oréal® PARIS Excellence® haircolor product
SAVE $0.50 off any TWO (2) McCormick® Skillet Sauces


Save $1.00 When you buy any TWO (2) Single Packs (60ct) of Tic Tac® mints


Save 20.00 on any one (1) Philips Shaver 7000
Save $10.00 on any one (1) Philips Men Trimmer

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Free Dove Dove Shampoo or Conditioner at Rite-Aid After Coupons & Rewards


This week you can score FREE Dove Shampoo or Conditioner at Rite-Aid

  • Here’s The Deal:
    (2) Dove Conditioner or Shampoo: $6
    -$3/2 Dove Hair Care excludes Men+Care 3/22 RP
    Total: $3-Get $3 +UP!
    Like Getting FREE!
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Let’s Shop Walgreens! Using Register Rewards

Walgreens can be a little tricky to shop, but with a little patience, you can get some amazing deals. I have heard of people being difficult at their local Walgreens, but once the cashiers get to know you, it could be fun.

You do not need a card to shop at Walgreens. However they do have a rewards program, Register Rewards (RR) on some of the items that you purchase. A register reward is like a coupon (Catalina) that prints out at the end of your transaction and can be used on your next purchase/transaction.

Getting to know your Register Rewards
Think of Register Rewards as having a limit of 1 per transaction.
What I mean by this is: If you buy (2) body washes and it gives register rewards, you will only receive register rewards for only 1 item.

You can not “ROLL” your Register Rewards.
What I mean by this is: You want to buy the body washes and you know from the example above that you will only receive register rewards for 1 item purchased, so you want to split them up in separate transactions.

Transaction 1:
(1) Body Wash: $5.00
Will Pay $5
Receive $5 RR

Transaction 2:
(1) Body Wash: $5.00
-$5RR from Transaction 1
Will Pay: $0.00
Will NOT receive $5RR

You will not receive a RR, if you used a RR from the same manufacturer/item

What you can do is buy the body wash, another item that produces a RR and then purchase the body wash again.

Transaction 1:
(1) Body Wash: $5.00
Will Pay $5
Receive $5RR

Transaction 2:
(2) Toothbrush:$5
-$5RR from transaction 1
Will Pay: $.0
Receive $5RR

Transaction 3:
(1) Body Wash: $5
-$5RR from transaction 2
Will pay $.0
Recive $5RR

Using Coupons with Register Rewards:

 Register Rewards (RR) are considered coupons at Walgreens. If you are going to use coupons and Register rewards you must make sure to have the same amount of items as you do coupons. You can not have 6 items and 7 coupons. You will need to have equal amounts, filler items to have the total even.

Transaction 1:
(1) Body Wash: $5.00
-$2.00 Body Wash Coupon
-$3.00 RR

I could not do this transaction at Walgreens. Take a look at it. I have 1 item and 2 coupons. Remember the RR acts as a coupon. In this scenario, I would need a filler item.

Transaction 1:
(1) Body Wash: $5.00
(1) Candy Bar (Filler): $.25
-$2.00 Body Wash Coupon
-$3.00 RR
Total: $.25

I have 2 items and 2 coupons. Remember the RR acts as a coupon.

Using Walgreens Coupons:

Every month Walgreens puts out a coupon book which can be found in the front of the store. You can “Stack” coupons at Walgreens. You can use 1 walgreens coupon and 1 manufacturer coupon to purchase 1 item. The Walgreens coupons does not count as a coupon when using a Register Reward (RR).

Order of Operation:
The order in which you redeem your coupons at Walgreens is VERY IMPORTANT.

1. Manufacturer Coupons
2. Store Coupons
3. Register Rewards

If you are new to shopping at Drug Stores, Check out my How to shop at CVS

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Score Free Shutterfly Book-Just Pay Shipping!



Score you a FREE Shutterfly Photobook.  You can either select 8X8 or you can save $29.99 on a larger sized book.  Photobook is FREE but you must pay shipping.  Get started on your book today.

Offer ends: Monday


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CVS Coupon Deals 3/22: Better Than Free Lotion, Free Dedorant & More!


I do not list all of the deals from your CVS ad. Please consult your Sunday CVS ad for a complete list of things on sale and to verify regional sales. The deals listed are taken from Southern California CVS. If you are new to shopping at CVS-Read Here! Make sure you sign up for a CVS ExtraCare Card, register it online and register for the CVS Beauty Club.

  • Any Eucerin or Aquaphor: Buy 2-Get $5ECB
    (2) Eucerin Travel: $2.37 ($1.19 each)
    Total: $2.37-Get $5ECB
    Like Getting FREE + $2.63 MM!


  • Sure or Brut Deodorant: $2-Get $1ECB
    -$1/1 Sure Deodorant 2.6, 2.7 or 6 oz 3/22 SS
    -$1/1 Brut Deodorant or Classic Fragrance 3/22 SS
    Total: $1-Get $1ECB
    Like Getting FREE


  • L’Oreal Butterfly Intenza Mascara: $7.99-Get $5ECB
    Buy 2 L’Oreal Mascara: $15.98
    -(2) $3/1 Loreal Butterfly Intenza Mascara 3/22 RP
    -$5/$15 CVS Cosmetic Coupon
    Total: $4.98-Get $5ECB
    Like Getting FREE (Counts towards Beauty Club)


  • Softsoap Body Wash or Liquid Hand Soap: $2.99-Get $1ECB
    -$1.50/1 Softsoap Fresh & Glow Body Wash 12 oz or larger 3/22 SS
    -$1/1 Softsoap Brand Liquid Hand Soap 8 oz or larger or Soap Refill 28 oz or larger 3/22 SS
    Total: As low as $1.49-Get $1ECB
    Like Getting $.49 WYB Body Wash (If included)


  • M&M’s, Mars Chocolates, Bunnies, Dove, Easter Chocolate Eggs or Solid Bunny: 2/$6-Get $2ECB
    -$1/2 M&Ms Easter Candy 2 oz or larger 3/22 RP
    -$1/1 M&Ms Chocolate Candy 9 oz or larger 3/22 RP
    -$1/2 M&Ms Easter Candy 2 oz or larger 3/8 RP
    -$1/1 Mars Candy CVS Coupon

(2) M&Ms': $6
-(2) $1/1 M&Ms Chocolate Candy 9 oz or larger 3/22 RP
-(1) $1/2 Mars Candy CVS Coupon
Total: $3-Get $2ECB
Like Getting $.50 each WYB 2

  • Keebler Cookies or Cheez-Its: 2/$4-Get $1ECB
    -$1/2 Keebler Crackers 8-16 oz 1/25 RP (Expires 3/22)
    Total: $3-Get $1ECB
    Like Getting $1 each WYB 2
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Better than Free Colgate Toothpaste at Walgreens


This week you can score FREE Colgate Toothpaste at Walgreens.

  • Here’s The Deal:
    (1) Colgate Toothpaste: $3
    -$1/1 Colgate Toothpaste Printable
    -$.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste 3 oz or larger 3/22 SS
    Total: As low as $2-Get $2.50 RR
    Like Getting $.50 MM
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Giveaway: Flip.Dose.Done! Purex Powershot #Review


Savin’ It Up was provided a sample pack to facilitate this review.

Since becoming a Purex Insider, I have fallen in love with the Purex brand. It keeps my clothes clean and with their different scents-smelling fresh. The newest member of the Purex product line is Purex Powershot.  Purex Powershot detergent does the measuring for you by taking the guesswork out of measuring.  The bottle automatically measures for you so that you just flip the top and pour; fairly simple right!!  I was provided a bottle of Purex Powershot to use.  I first thought it was a stain fighter and not actual detergent since the bottle is very large.  I wondered how heavy it would be when trying to pour into the laundry, but it has a handle for easy grip.  It does work as advertised without having to pour into a cup to get the correct measurement; 1 flip of the top and it already premeasured.



Information about Purex Powershot

  • Very simple to use: 1 flip for regular loads and 2 flips for large or extra dirty loads
  • Perfect for everyday laundry or heavily soiled loads
  • Available in 2 fragrances:  Mountain Breeze and Natural Elements
  • Visit for additional information
  • Purex UltraPacks contains a full loads worth of liquid detergent
  • Visit for more information

I love every product in the Purex line and am in love with the new Purex Powershot

Purex is also having a sweepstakes where you can enter to win. 

  • Three grand prize winners will receive a brand new Washer & Dryer set
  • 300 runner-up winners will get a free bottle of New Purex Powershot Detergent
  • You will also receive a $1.00 off coupon for Purex Powershot emailed directly to you


How would you like to try it out for youself. Purex has agreed to give (1) Savin’ It Up readers a chance to win FREE Purex Coupons.

Entering is really simple.  Leave me comment letting me know that you would like to try it.


*I am a Purex Insider and was provided with a FREE sample of their Purex plus Oxi laundry detergent for review and giveaway. The views expressed are that of my own. No monetary compensation was received. Giveaway is open to US residents and will end on Sunday March 29th at 11:59pm PST.

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