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March 17, 2013

MELINDA HESTER: With proper planning, you can get paid to shop

ASHLAND — Can we be paid to go shopping? Did you know Walmart is the only store that will give you cash back if you have coupons that have a greater value than the product you buy?

Here’s a fun one for this week.

Walmart

U by Kotex Pantiliners: 18 count, $1.24; use $2 for one; 76-cent moneymaker.

Duncan Hines Frosting Creations: one for 84 cents; use $1 for one; 16-cent moneymaker.

Aleve: six count, 97 cents; use $1 for one from All You magazine; 3-cent moneymaker.

McCormick Brown Gravy packet: 50 cents; use 50 cents for one from All You; free.

Serenity Tena Ultra Thin Pads: 30 count, $5.24; use $7 on Tena Pads (Tena Twist.com); $1.76 moneymaker.

You’ve pocketed $2.71 because you had the right coupons. Wasn’t that fun?

My home tests

I made my own detergent and absolutely love it, so I decided to try some other things I’ve seen on YouTube. It’s spring cleaning time, and I’m in full swing of cleaning two homes, right down to curtains. I remember when my mother told me she used to make her own spray starch years ago for a certain kind of Priscilla curtain set in her living room. When I looked on YouTube at “Pinky Love’s” site, I found the perfect recipe.

Homemade Spray Starch

Boil 3 3⁄4 cup water

In a bowl, mix 1⁄4 cup cold water and 1 tablespoon corn starch until it looks like milk.

Pour into boiling water and stir 1 minute. Liquid should be clear. Stir constantly.

Add two drops of your favorite essential oil; I like baby scent. Let it cool. Use a measuring cup to pour into a spray bottle. Shake before using.

CVS

Easter is almost here, and the stores and coupons reflect it.

Reese’s, M&Ms, Cadbury: two for $5; $1 Extra Bucks; $1-for-two coupon.

Covergirl: buy one, get one 50 percent off; use two $3 off mascara.

Planters: buy one, get one free; use two $1 coupons.

Scan your ExtraCare card for an instant coupon for 25 cents off a Coke 2 liter and it comes to 74 cents; limit one.

Domino Sugar: 4 pounds, two for $5; use 75-cents-off-two coupon.

PAAS Easter Egg Decorating Kit: $1.99; $1.99 EB; free; limit one.

Free gift at register with any Easter candy purchase

Starburst Jelly Beans: two for $4 coupon.

$5 EB when you buy $10 worth of Sally Hansen products; limit one. I suggest fingernail polish; use $2 coupon on each.

Garnier Skin Care: get $5 EB when you spend $20; $2 coupon on each; limit one.

John Frieda: $5 EB if you buy any two; limit one deal; use buy one hair color, get one blonde shampoo free; use $1 coupon on the free one. Or buy a Frizz Ease Product and get a styling product free.

Bic Hybrid: $6.99; $2 EB; $3 manufacturer’s coupon and it equals $1.99; limit one.

Colgate Optic White Rinse: three for $8.97; $3 EB; $1 coupon; use three to equal $5.97 with $3 EB.

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We’ve been cooking more at home. Cooking makes a house or apartment a home. Try Jack’s Hothouse Beefsteak Tomatoes on a hamburger and jumbo lemons in your tea at three for $1.

I have a shoutout for Foodland in Catlettsburg for Chester’s Chicken. It’s on my high-recommend list for those days when you can’t cook. Look for it in the deli at the front of the store. We tried it with their potato salad and it saved a very busy day.

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Couponing class starts Thursday at Ashland Community and Technical College. Call for reservations.

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