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Registration open for my next coupon workshop, Aug. 10

Registration is now open for my next coupon workshop, a three-hour class on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Learn how to save 50 percent -- or more -- in this fun and fast-paced class. On top of that, we'll feed you breakfast and send you home with some nice freebies.

If the Aug. 10 class doesn't fit your schedule, I'll be teaching my holiday-themed workshop on Saturday, Nov. 9. Registration for that class will open in late September.

I'll be teaching both classes, covering basic and advanced savings techniques, in Raleigh at The News & Observer's downtown offices, 215 S. McDowell St.

The half-day session includes information on:

Registration open for N&O coupon workshop on June 15

Learn how to save 50 percent -- or more -- on your grocery bill in my upcoming coupon workshop.

Pay just $10 to register for the class, a three-hour workshop on Saturday, June 15. Most folks save at least that much in their first shopping trip after the class.

The fee includes free parking, a free breakfast, a detailed class handout, recipes, worksheets and a reusable grocery bag filled with freebies.

I'll be teaching this class, covering basic and advanced coupon techniques, in Raleigh at The News & Observer's downtown offices, 215 S. McDowell St.

The half-day session will include information on:

Registration open for my next coupon workshop, June 15

Do you feel like you spend way too much at the grocery store? Tired of paying outrageous drugstore prices?

Registration is now open for my next coupon workshop, a three-hour class on Saturday, June 15.

Learn how to save 50 percent -- or more -- in this fun and fast-paced class. On top of that, we'll feed you breakfast and send you home with a nice bag of freebies.

I'll be teaching this class, covering basic and advanced coupon techniques, in Raleigh at The News & Observer's downtown offices, 215 S. McDowell St.

The half-day session will include information on:

Drugstore deals, Feb. 3-9

The drugstores have several good deals this week, including bargains on toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, 2 liter sodas, Renu eye solution, Glad trash bags, M&M's and olive oil.

You can also snag a number of freebies, including Listerine, Keri Lotion, Stayfree pads and ThermaCare heat wraps.

Keep reading for all the top deals at CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens this week -- with coupons and without.

Don't forget Ebates when doing your Cyber Monday online shopping

If you're shopping Cyber Monday sales today, don't forget about Ebates.

Ebates is doubling its cash-back rebate offers at more than 500 stores today for Cyber Monday.

If you spend $100 at Gap today, for example, you'll get 10 percent back from Ebates. A normal rebate at Gap is just 2 percent.

And remember, that's on top of any deals you get directly from the retailer.

Not familiar with Ebates? It's a shopping portal that pays you to shop.

Here's how it works:

Sunday drugstore and Kroger deals are up (July 1-7)

It may be the start of a holiday week, but there are still plenty of deals at the drugstores and Kroger -- some of them stellar.

Here are the highlights:

At CVS, the free gas card promotion is back and if you've got a baby in the house you can use the $3 Pampers coupon to work that deal. You can also score 69-cent Coke brand 2-liters. A terrific price.

At Rite Aid, pick up Crest toothpaste for 24 cents, Dawn dish liquid for 70 cents and store-brand cleaning products for just 99 cents. There's also a great deal on Kellogg's cereal bars for $1.25 each and Breyers ice cream for just $2.

At Walgreens, Mitchum deodorants are FREE and Butterball turkey bacon is just 44 cents! Milk is $2.99 per gallon and eggs are 99 cents a dozen. Also take note of the $25 prescription transfer coupon and the bonus for AARP members.

And at Kroger, the meat and produce deals are worth checking out. I especially like the price of sweet corn -- just 25 cents an ear for the second week in a row. It's also the second week of the Mega Event and 10 for $10 sale.

Read on for all the very best deals. And please chime in with any good deals you find.

Sunday deals are up (May 13-19)

It's a holiday weekend for moms so even though you might want to take a break from bargain shopping today, be sure to carve out some time later in the week to pick up some pretty terrific deals.

It's always worth shopping when the stores are willing to pay YOU to carry merchandise out of their stores. And that's what you can do at Walgreens this week with a little coupon magic involving a new Starbucks product. (Keep reading for the details.)

There are also excellent deals on Kraft barbecue sauce, Pantene and sunscreen at CVS. At Rite Aid, you'll find stellar buys on Pepsi 12-packs, Kellogg's cereals and M&M's and an even better deal on Pantene -- at just 75 cents a bottle. And at Walgreens, besides being paid to buy Starbucks, you'll find a good deal on Purex laundry detergent.

Over at Kroger, there are some excellent produce deals as well as a nice deal on Sargento and Kraft cheeses.

Once you hit the aisles, please post any great deals you spot so we can all save more.

Energy Star rebates set to expire Monday

Financial rebates for buying energy-efficient home appliances will expire Monday under North Carolina's latest Energy Star rebate program. State officials are urging those who bought high-efficiency appliances on or after Jan. 1 to claim up to $300 in rebates by 5 p.m. Monday.

The program, launched in February, pays between $50 and $300 for purchases of air conditioners, heat pumps, water heaters and other efficient appliances. The money comes from the federal stimulus package that is now wrapping up as the funds are depleted.

North Carolina has offered several Energy Star rebate programs in past years, distributing more than $11 million for nearly 80,000 appliance purchases. The current program will disburse an additional $1.2 million.

To claim a rebate residents are asked to go to www.ncappliancerebate.com/ or call 1-855-208-6242.

Q&A with the Centsible Saver

Q&A with the Centsible Saver is an occasional feature on the blog. If you have a question for a future Q&A, leave it at the bottom of this post or email it to adunn@newsobserver.com.

Today I've got questions about mail-in rebates and Catalina deals so here goes:

We have a winner.....in the coupon/rebate giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered this week's giveaway for an envelope full of coupons and mail-in rebates.

And thanks so very much for all your kind words. It's great to hear everyone is saving big at the grocery and drug stores!

Several of you asked questions, too. I'll handle those in an upcoming Q and A post so watch for that.

Now on to the winner: It's goldensx2.

As soon as I get your contact information, I'll mail out the coupons and rebates.

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