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ABOUT THIS BLOG: Amy Dunn, a journalist for 16 years and frugal for life, is always on the hunt for a good deal. She clips coupons, shops at thrift stores and makes her own laundry detergent. She and her husband pinch their pennies in Apex, where they have lived since 1993. They have a 14-year-old daughter, a 22-year-old son in law school and a 24-year-old son launching his own frugal life in Charlotte. Amy can be reached at adunn@newsobserver.com

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New giveaway: Tickets to Charlotte Motor Speedway races this weekend

Heads up, race car fans.

I've got three sets of tickets to this weekend's races at Charlotte Motor Speedway up for grabs, courtesy of Kangaroo Express.

Three lucky readers will each win a prize package of tickets.

Each package includes four tickets to:
Bojangles' Pole Night/UNOH Southern Slam (Thursday, Oct. 10)
Dollar General 300 (Friday, Oct. 11)
Bank of America 500 (Saturday, Oct. 12)

Leave a comment by 5 p.m. TODAY. I'll announce the winners shortly afterward. Given the time frame, you must be willing to pick up the tickets in the front lobby of The News & Observer, 215 S. McDowell St., Raleigh.

Harris Teeter deals, Oct. 9-15

At Harris Teeter this week, there are so many freebies it's almost like a Super Doubles or Triples event.

Bailey's Coffee Creamer, Betty Crocker cake mix and frosting, Bisquick, Fiber One cereal, Lindt Chocolate, Gillette Fusion Shave Prep, Suave Professionals, Gillette shave prep, and AXE antiperspirant or body spray are all free.

There are also several ultra-cheap coupon deals on Progresso soups, Jolly Time popcorn, Total and Lucky Charms cereals, Betty Crocker brownie mix, Old El Paso cooking sauce, McCain potatoes and Starbucks K-Cups.

On top of that, look out for the nice deals on chicken leg quarters and milk -- no coupons required. And the E-Vic Special this week is Coke Brand 12-packs for under $2 -- a rare bargain these days.

Keep reading for all the best deals and coupon match-ups at Harris Teeter this week.

Lowes Foods deals, Oct. 9-15

Lowes Foods stores in the Triangle have nice coupon deals this week on YoCrunch yogurt (10 cents), Progresso Soups (25 cents), Pillsbury rolls, Quaker Grits, and Kahiki and Birds Eye Voila frozen meals.

There are also great prices on Sanderson Farms chicken breasts, ground turkey, limes and Russet potatoes. No coupons required for these deals.

On top of that, you might also want to take advantage of a bonus gas rewards offer and a Kraft Foods promotion that takes $5 off your order when you buy 10 participating products.

And finally, don't forget, this is your last week to use the store coupons from the current 3-week booklet. It's your last chance to score free cake mixes, and ultra cheap deals on Cheerios, Snyder's Chips, Dixie Crystals sugar and many more items.

Keep reading for all the best deals at Lowes Foods this week.

Food Lion deals, Oct. 9-15

Food Lion has good deals this week on Barilla pasta, Birds Eye Steamfresh, Betty Crocker cake mixes and frosting, Mahatma rice, Dr. Oetker frozen pizza, Edy's ice cream, chicken breasts and boneless chuck roast.

Also be sure to check out: the General Mills, Unilever and frozen food promotions. All three will shave $5 each off your grocery bill at check out.

Keep reading for all this week's deals and coupon match-ups.

Aldi deals, Oct. 9-15

Aldi stores in the Triangle have some nice deals on sweet potatoes, butternut squash and Honeycrisp apples. Carving pumpkins are also a terrific deal at just $2.99 each.

Keep reading for this week's top deals.

Halloween on a budget: Don't pay more than a nickel apiece for treats

The time is coming when you're going to have to face "the wall" of Halloween candy.

If you've been in a big-box store lately, you know what I mean.

Fun size, snack size, minis or bite-size?

The "super mix", the "all-time greats" assortment, the variety pack, the 3.5-pounder or the jumbo?

Does it really have to be this hard? And what is a reasonable price to pay for bags of trick-or-treat candy for the masses?

Five readers win refillable coffee mugs from Kangaroo Express

Five blog readers have won Kangaroo Express refillable coffee mugs, which means they'll be sipping 50-cent coffee refills through the end of March 2014.

Check the list below to see if you won. Winners will have until noon Wednesday to email me at adunn@newsobserver.com with your name and snail mail address.

I'll be giving away an additional five coffee mugs to folks who attend my Nov. 9 coupon workshop. Interested? Click HERE for details on the class and how to sign up. It's my annual holiday version of the class, which tends to fill up quickly.

And the winners are:

New set of Target mobile coupons on grocery basics, including fresh fruits and vegetables

Target is offering a set of coupons right now that includes discounts on supermarket basics like fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, fresh meat, sandwich bread, toilet paper and trash bags.

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Last chance: Enter to win refillable coffee mugs from Kangaroo Express

OK, coffee lovers. Here's your chance at 50-cent coffee through the end of March 2014.

I've got five Kangaroo Express refillable coffee mugs up for grabs.

The mugs, which retails for $6.99, can be refilled for 50 cents plus tax as often as you wish through March 31.

Kangaroo Express, which has multiple locations through the Triangle, serves Bean Street coffee. To find a Kangaroo Express location near you, head to kangarooexpress.com.

Leave a comment at the bottom of this post and consider yourself entered to win. The giveaway will end at noon on Monday and I'll choose five winners using random.org.

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