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New freebie on Target.com: Simple facial skincare

Grab a new freebie on Target's Sample Spot: a sample of Simple facial skincare product.

Sign up for my holiday coupon workshop and food drive

Registration is now open for my holiday-themed coupon workshop and food drive.

The three-hour class, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, will cover basic and advanced savings techniques, with additional tips and tricks on how to save on holiday expenses.

Deal alert: Free cake mixes at Lowes Foods

Cake mixes are free at Lowes Foods right now. Here's how to score four boxes to stock your pantry or donate to your favorite charity.

Free Lego activity for the kids

Take the kids to build their own Halloween witch out of Legos on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Drugstore deals, Sept. 29-Oct. 5

Triangle drugstores are offering several good deals this week. Among the highlights:

At CVS, there are nice deals on Robitussin, Pepsi, Mars variety bags of candy, Skippy peanut, Lindt chocolate bars, Gillette shave gel and Aveeno anti-itch. There's also a deal on P&G products, including Tide, Charmin, Dawn, Puffs, Pantene and Pampers.

At Rite Aid, pick up free Lindt chocolate, free Colgate mouthwash and free Werther's candy, along with nice deals on Revlon beauty tools, Suave Professionals and Tide.

At Walgreens, look for nice deals on Crest Rinse, Scope mouthwash, Butterball turkey bacon, Skippy peanut butter, eggs (just 99 cents) and Scott paper towels.

Keep reading for the very best of the deals offered at CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens this week -- with coupons and without.

Kroger deals, Sept. 29-Oct. 5

Kroger has got several good deals this week, including apples for 99 cents per pound, ground beef and boneless chicken breasts for $1.99 per pound and bacon for $1.99 for a 1-pound package. Plus, the Buy 4, Save $4 promotion on Private Selection products continues.

Keep reading for all of this week's top deals at Triangle-area Kroger stores.

Database updated with Sunday's coupons

The News & Observer's  coupon database has been updated.

This Sunday's home-delivered Final Edition of The News & Observer contains three inserts -- one Smart Source, one Red Plum and a P&G -- for a total of 167 coupons with a face value of about $247. You'll also find one coupon in Parade magazine.

Not familiar with the coupon database? You can access it on the right-hand side of the blog. There's a button at the bottom right to view it as a full-size page.

Or, you can download it as an Excel spreadsheet by clicking on the attachment at the bottom of this post.

It's a handy tool, giving you the most timely and detailed list of coupons in the Triangle.

Reminder: Free and cheap coffee coming up on National Coffee Day, Sept. 29

Heads up, coffee lovers. It's time to start making plans for National Coffee Day on Sunday, Sept. 29.

Several retailers are offering free or penny cups of brew on that day. Here are the details:

Reader wins $10 McDonald's giftcard

Thanks, everyone, for entering this week's giveaway for a $10 McDonald's giftcard.

I loved reading all your tips on saving money on dining out.

A lot of your ideas are ones my own family uses.

I chose one winner, using random.org:

Kroger Friday freebie: Hillshire Farm lunchmeat

This week's Friday freebie at Kroger is a generous one -- a half-pound package of lunchmeat.

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