Monday, September 29, 2008

Publix



I'm very happy with my Publix trip this week, I was able to get a lot of stuff and used a bunch of coupons, which always makes me happy.

Club soda $.69
Lays chips BOGO $3.79
Lays chips
Honey Nut Cheerios BOGO $4.99
Honey Nut Cheerios
Milk $3.79
4 - Yo-crunch yogurts $.60 each ($ .55 coupon)
Yoplait yogurt drink $2.89 (I had a coupon for one free)
2 - Smart Balance butter $3.59 each (stacked $1.00 mfg coup. & $1.00 Publix coup. on each)
Chex Mix BOGO $2.57 ($ .50 coupon on each)
Chex Mix
French Bread $2.19
Cheeze-it's BOGO $4.19
Cheeze-it's
Taco Bell dinner kit BOGO $2.59
Taco Bell dinner kit
Taco Bell dinner kit BOGO $2.59
Taco Bell dinner kit
Ocean Spray juice BOGO $3.69 (used $1.00 off coupon in smartsource coupon display in store)
Ocean Spray juice
Ocean Spray juice BOGO $3.69 (used $1.00 off coupon in smartsource coupon display in store)
Ocean Spray juice
Goya chick peas $1.49
Kraft Mac & Cheese BOGO $2.45
Kraft Mac & Cheese
Ken's dressing BOGO $3.19 ($1.00 off coupon)
Ken's dressing
Ken's dressing BOGO $3.19 ($1.00 off coupon)
Ken's dressing
Campbell's select soup BOGO $2.39 ($ .50 coupon)
Campbell's select soup
Campbell's select soup BOGO $2.39 ($ .50 coupon)
Campbell's select soup
Pillsbury toaster scrambles BOGO $2.49 ($1.00 off 2 coupon)
Pillsbury toaster scrambles
Pillsbury toaster scrambles BOGO $2.49 ($1.00 off 2 coupon)
Pillsbury toaster scrambles
Deli ham $3.74
Deli bologna $1.87
Ritz toasted chips BOGO $3.29
Ritz toasted chips
meat $2.80
meat $2.56
baby cut carrots BOGO $1.69
baby cut carrots
Stouffer's pizza BOGO $3.19
Stouffer's pizza
Birds Eye Voila BOGO $4.99 ($2.00 off coupon)
Birds Eye Voila


With coupons and specials I saved $81.60.
My out of pocket was $ 74.53 for over $156.00 worth of groceries.





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CVS

CVS has a couple of good things this week, here's what I'll be doing:
  • Cover girl clean makeup $5.49 -$1.00 coupon in yesterdays paper. $5.49 back in ECBs, so this deal will make you $1.00.
  • Coke 4@$13.00. $3.00 back in ECBs, end price will be $10.00 for 4. I recently read that you can cash your coke points out for $1.00 off coupons, if you have those coupons you'll really make out well.
  • Colgate Max $2@$3.00. Use 2 - $1.00 off coupons from yesterdays paper & you'll get 2 Colgate Max toothpastes for $1.00
  • Gillette shampoo or conditioner is on sale 2@$9.00 with $2.00 back in ECBs. Use 2 - $2.00 off coupons from yesterday's inserts. After coupons & ECBs you'll get 2 for $3.00.
  • Soft soap $.99. Use the coupon from yesterday and you'll pay $ .64.
  • Gillette fusion razor $9.99 with $5.00 back in ECBs. Use the $4.00 coupon from yesterdays inserts and get it for$ .99.
Also there is a coupon to get a $25 gift card if you transfer your prescription, these are always a great way to get extra money so take advantage of it if possible.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Kohl's deals


My mom showed me her great Kohl's deals the other day so I though I'd share them. I received another coupon from Kohl's, mine is 20% off. It's valid 10/1 - 10/7, so if you have a Kohl's charge card keep an eye out for yours. Check what your local Kohl's has on sale as each store can be different.

2 - pair of gloves with rhinestone designs $ .50 (reg.$5.00)
Men's leather strap Newport blue sandals $1.20 (reg.$18.00)
2 - pair of girls strappy sandals $2.99 each (reg.$29.99 each)
3 - pair Nike flip flops $1.90 each (reg.$19.00)

Total was $14.78 for $144.98 worth of items.

Proctor & Gamble coupons

Proctor & Gamble is having another insert in the paper Sunday, with $74.00 worth of coupons. You can enter your zip code to see which local paper will carry the insert. They also have a printable coupon for Tide & Downy total care. Click here to visit the site.

Friday, September 26, 2008

CVS


Not an eventful trip, but I was able to get the Nivea for men that they were out of on Monday's trip.

Nivea for men body wash $4.99
2 - Ice Cube gums $1.19 each
2 - Ice Breakers sours $1.99

-$1.00 Nivea for men coupon
-$1.19 Ice Cube BOGO coupon ( printed out at CVS with my card)
-1.99 Ice Breakers BOGO coupon (printed out at CVS with my card)

I used $6.00 in ECBs and had $1.32 out of pocket. I received $4.99 back in ECB's for the Nivea.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Walgreens $5.00 off $20.00

Walgreens has a printable coupon in the hot deals section of their website, $5.00 off $20.00 purchase. The coupon is only valid Friday September 26th & Saturday September 27th. Click here to print out the coupon or to read more about the offer.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Disney outlet deals

Disney has some good clearance items in the outlet. A few of the items that weren't available last time I looked, are now in stock and can be purchased. The shipping is $5.00 if you spend $50.00 or more. Click here to visit the outlet.

Windex coupon


Windex is offering a coupon for $1.00 off. You do have to sign up/in to get it (everyone knows to get a free e-mail account at yahoo or someplace to send all the junk e-mail too right?). Click here for the link and click on the coupon.

Betty Crocker Coupons

Betty Crocker has another bunch of coupons available on their website. Nothing new or exciting, but I always like when they list a lot of coupons in one place. Click here to see if you'd like to print any.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My Favorite Things - Recipe Edition


This weeks favorite things is a recipe edition. While mine is no "tried and true, country fair ribbon-winning, tastes so good it'll make you slap your mama recipe" it's been getting my kids to eat their veggies so I thought I'd share it. Go visit Sarah's blog to share your best recipe or to see other recipes that have been posted.

Fancy green beans, guideline ingredients:
1.5 lbs of fresh green beans
3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 Tbsp butter/spread
1/4 cup olive oil

I start with fresh green beans, wash them & cut the ends (I cut both sides just 'cause the kids like it that way). Then I steam them until they are well done, a little on the soft side. Cook them to the desired tenderness that you like, just remember we'll still be cooking them in a pan as well.
Drain and pat dry beans. In a skillet/pan put enough olive oil to coat the bottom and heat it up. Then add a little butter/spread, whichever you prefer, and the beans. Let them fry for a few minutes, then add bread crumbs. I use the Italian kind, but use what you like. You just want to lightly coat the beans with the bread crumbs. I put the ingredients as a guideline because this is a recipe you have to adjust based on what you like and the moisture in your beans. Mix it around so the beans are coated and the oil is absorbed. Cook on low for a few more minutes and that's it.
If you like add salt & pepper to taste. Hope you enjoy it!


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Monday, September 22, 2008

Fun kids experiment



I'm not sure if this falls under the experiment category, but we do it a lot and my kids love it. My kids first did it at school and call it ooblock. At least that's how they pronounce it and I didn't have time to look it up. Just take corn starch and mix it with water. It's best to play around with it until you get the right consistency, we've tried quite a few times using different recipes, but it never comes out right.
Put the corn starch in a bowl and add a little water at a time. When you hit it or press hard it's a solid. When you dig your fingers in and lift, it becomes a liquid. We add food coloring to change the color. It's really cheap, easy to make and clean up and the kids will play with it for a long time.
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Publix


I didn't have any great deals or coupons this week, but I did OK. I'm seeing some of the other deals out there and my Publix doesn't have a lot of them, I double checked! I'm still liking Publix better then any other stores we have here, but we definitely need more competition!

Entenmann's BOGO $3.99
Entenmann's
Arnold Bread BOGO $2.79
Arnold bread
Milk $379
Orange Juice $2.49
Hebrew National Franks BOGO $4.79
Hebrew National Franks
Caesar salad BOGO $2.99
Caesar salad
Tortilla chips $1.67
pretzel twists $1.50
Kellogg's corn pops BOGO $3.89
Kellogg's frosted flakes
Ronzoni Pastina BOGO $1.39
Ronzoni Pastina
Betty Crocker fruit roll ups BOGO $2.75
Betty Crocker fruit roll ups
bananas 1.62lbs $1.12
french bread $1.79
club soda $.69
shark bite fruit snacks BOGO $2.75
scooby doo fruit snacks
Ronzoni spaghetti BOGO $1.39
Ronzoni spaghetti BOGO
green beans $2.89
Kellogg's Fruit Loops BOGO $3.89
Kellogg's Fruit Loops
ground beef $2.68

Used $1.00 in coupons. Total was $48.29 for $84.37 worth of groceries. Savings of $36.08



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CVS


CVS was OK this week, I've been a little annoyed that they seem to run out of items right away at my store these days. I doubt this is by accident. The girls at my store said that CVS has changed their delivery day from Monday to Thursday night. So if they get the item in it won't be on the shelf until Friday. A little suspicious if you ask me.

I had two transactions today:

Transaction #1

2 - Cottonelle 12 double roll pack $6.49 each
2 - Viva paper towels 8 rolls 50 ct. $6.49 each

- $ .50 coupon on Cottonelle
- $ .50 coupon on Cottonelle

After $13.00 in ECBs my out of pocket was $12.81. I usually wouldn't waste ECBs on something like this, but the sale price was really good (I saved $16.00 before ECBs) and I got $10.00 back in ECBs.

Transaction #2

Ivory soap 3 bars $.99
2 - Crest ProHealth $2.99 each
2 - Brut antipersp./deod. BOGO $3.79
Adidas antipersp./deod. $4.99

-$.75 Crest coupon
-$.75 Crest coupon
-$1.00 off Brut
-$1.00 off Brut
-1.00 off Adidas

After $10.00 in ECBs my OOP was $1.63. I received $4.00 ECBs for the Crest & $4.00 ECBs for the Adidas.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

High School Musical 3 giveaway

High School Musical 3: Senior Year makes its big screen debut on October 24th. Parenting magazine is having a cute giveaway of five HSM3 posters autographed by the stars. Click here to enter and for details.

Diapers.com


My kids are all out of diapers, so I'm not sure how good the deals are at diapers.com, but I thought I'd pass on their latest offer. Free 2 day shipping on all orders over $49.00 and you can use coupon code PTG16 for $10.00 off that $49.00 order. The coupon is valid on first orders and doesn't expire until 3/31/09.
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Times they are a changing...

I think that Internet coupons as we know them may be changing soon. I had a comment on my smartsource post that I wanted to share with you in case you didn't see it.

Hi, I live in the Tampa area and was told by my Walgreen's that they will soon no longer accept online coupons due to the " coupon fraud" that was online. I will take a copy of this letter with me on my next visit. Also, today at CVS I was told that they had a meeting regarding coupons and will be looking very closely at all coupons that they get. They did refuse my 2/$10.00 coupon since it was " not an original" and was printed from home. So... things are changing here in Tampa.

I want to thank Tina for sharing her experience and giving us a heads up. I'm guessing once it starts it will spread everywhere. I have to admit that for the past two weeks, I've only used one or two Internet coupons and they've been with cashiers that I know, so they don't really count. Has anyone else had similar experiences recently? Please let me know if you have!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

This weeks budget

I've said many times that I am amazed at all these wonderful women who live on a grocery budget of less then $50.00 a week, but it's just not for me. If I ever had to buy toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies in the same week I'd be in big trouble! So I've decided to set a budget, for our family of five, at $100 a week and see how that goes. This will include food, clothes and toiletries - things like that. Any thing else and I'd never make budget! I've done it for the past few weeks and so far I've been pretty close.

My budget will go from Sunday to Saturday and I'll try to update this every week.


Week of October 5th - October 11th
Albertson's $49.21
Sam's Club $27.75 (I didn't post or take a picture, I got 48-half pint waters, huge smart balance tub, bananas, big container grapes, large package chicken breast).

Total spent $ 76.96
Total left $ 23.04

What did you spend?
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Smartsource coupons


If you are worried about the recent crack down on Internet coupons, due to the facebook/vyrlmkt mess, this will be of interest to you. Click here to print out this informative letter from smartsource. You can show it at your local store if you have had problems already, or keep it in your coupon book just in case.

Thanks to dealseekingmom for this great information.

Target


Target has their school supplies at 75% off. I'll save my receipt just in case I get lucky enough to get some of it at 90%, but there wasn't much left so I didn't want to take a chance. Original retail price is in the parenthesis.

Pink camouflage messenger bag $3.24 ($12.99)
Black & white camouflage messenger bag $3.24 ($12.99)
Hello Kitty $3.74 (14.99)
3 - camouflage lunch boxes $2.98 each ($11.99 each)
4 - large bottles of Elmer's glue .38 each ($1.57 each)
ribbons $ .25 ($1.00)
3 - card making kits $ .25 each ($1.00 each)
3 - eraser packs $ .18 each ($ .79 each)

Total after tax was $23.66 for almost $88.00 worth of school supplies.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Free package for junior scientists from NIDA

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has a great freebie for your kids. It is the Junior Scientist Package, here is a short description:

The NIDA Junior Scientist Program is aimed at grades K-1. It consists of six modules. It includes a video, materials for students, a parent newsletter, and a teacher’s guide for each module. The goal of the program is to lay the foundation for future scientific learning and substance abuse prevention efforts by providing an early elementary school-age audience with a basis of knowledge and critical thinking skills.

Visit their website to request your free package today. Simply, add to cart and checkout. Total will be $0.00.

MORE INFO

GET IT NOW

Thanks, leatherface00, for the info!

IKEA


IKEA is having another great sale with free breakfast this weekend, starting today! Click here to see the details.

Thanks, Danielle, for letting me know about this offer!! She let me know Monday, but my e-mail was sending everything to spam. That was happening a lot, but I think I've fixed the problem so keep the e-mails coming, I love them!

Free Disney pass




Disney is giving away free passes to either of these two parks on your birthday in 2009. Click here for more information. You don't have to sign up, you can just show up at the gate on the day of your birthday, but they will e-mail you a reminder of the freebie and you may want to get e-mail information from them if you are planning a trip.

Facebook

I am a little embarrassed to admit that I have become slightly obsessed with facebook. I've had quite a few friends from high school contact me recently and it has been a lot of fun revisiting old friendships and reminiscing. I spent an hour tonight chatting and laughing about old photos that have been posted. At first I thought it was kind of silly, but I'm so glad that I did it. If you have people you'd like to reconnect with I highly recommend checking it out. Just beware - it's very addictive!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

TheraCran Sample


TheraCran® is the strongest cranberry supplement for people who get urinary tract infections, formulated to deal with bacteria before they can start an infection. Click here to fill out the sample request form.

CVS


I have a love hate relationship with CVS, and it definitely is not healthy. Yesterday I was ready to march right over to Walgreens and pledge my loyalty, but as I stare at my recent CVS receipts I know that will never happen. The managers at my CVS have no clue about what they are doing and no idea about how to treat a customer. I know it wasn't me because there was a little old man sitting there waiting for his wife who heard the whole thing and yelled at the manager to "be nice and give it (the coupon) to the girl". But the truth is that I've gotten used to CVS, how it works and where things are so I'll stick it out.

I had 2 transactions:

Transaction #1
2 glade air sprays $ .99 each
2 purex detergents $2.99 each
-$1.00 off 2 purex
-.99 glade
Total $5.97.

I used $5.97 in ECBs so my OOP was $ .13 tax. I got back $2.00 in ECBs on the purex.

Transaction #2
2 - eraser 2 ct $ .25
2 - pencil 7ct $ .25
2 - purex detergent $ 2.99 each
Excedrin 20ct $ 3.99
2 - Revlon polish BOGO $ 4.39
2 - Hallmark cards $ .99 each
-$1.00 off 2 purex
-$2.00 off Revlon
-$2.00 off Revlon

Total $12.34. I used $12.00 in ECBs so my OOP with tax was $ .44. I got back $5.99 in ECBs.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tide Coupon

Sign up for the Tide Fabric Care Network and get a monthly newsletter e-mailed to you with coupons and sample offers. Click here for a $1.00 off Tide total care coupon.

Walmart Freebies

Check out the latest freebies from Walmart here. Includes samples of Crest toothpaste, Playtex, Goodnites, Benefiber & Huggies.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Albertsons


I have to say that I've been doing pretty good at Albertsons. I just wish it wasn't so far away. This weeks deals:

2- Birds Eye Frozen corn $.88 each
2 - Rice-a-Roni $ .88 each (we'll see how this goes over w/the kids)
2 - Pillsbury biscuits $ .88 each
2 - Toaster scrambles $1.89 each
Ice cream $2.99
Salsa $1.79
Milk $3.79
2 - Sherbet $.88 each
4 Campbell's chicken noodle soup $.44 each
2 - Spaghetti-O $.88
Toilet paper $.99
2 - Blue Bell ice creams $ .88 each
Root beer $ .79
Soda $ .79
Croutons $.88
2 - Hormel roast BOGO $5.99
Chicken tenders $6.49 (huge pack)
Chicken breast $5.27 (also huge)
Plums $1.00
2 green peppers $2.00
Fresh green Beans (almost 1 lb.) $.83
1lb. carrots $1.00
Cheese (3/4lb) $3.79
deli ham (1lb) $4.94
Rolls $ 1.99

Total after coupons was $55.69. I saved over $51.57.

Publix


This week my hubby went to Publix for me. He needed chlorine for the pool so he made a quick stop on his way home. He didn't use any coupons (I can only ask so much of him), but did pretty good. We needed the cookies to bring to a barbecue we went to, otherwise our total would have been a lot less.

2 - Cookies @2.99 each
2 - Muller pasta BOGO $1.39 ($ .70 each)
2 - Muller pasta BOGO $1.39 ($ .70 each)
2 - Muller pasta BOGO $1.39 ($ .70 each)
2- Planters nuts packs BOGO $2.99 ($ 1.50 each)
2 - Goldfish BOGO $2.19 ($ 1.10 each)

Total was $18.33, we saved $10.93.

Ulta Deals


If you shop at Ulta they have some good deals, I'm a little behind it as it's a 2 week sale 9/7 to 9/20. Click here to find your store, then click view current print ad to see Ulta's deals this week.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

CVS


I stopped in to CVS to see if their summer stuff was on clearance, my sister made out great at hers in NJ. While I was there I grabbed two more bottles of excedrin, since I had the coupons. I went to the counter and paid, then walked right out without so much as a glance at where the summer stuff was. Oh well, at least I had a good transaction.

Excedrin extra strength $1.99
Excedrin tension headache $1.99
Then I had 2/$2.00 off 1 coupon. After the cashier adjusted one of the coupons down, I had no out of pocket, they were free!

Check out the "Cent"sible Sawyer for her CVS Superstars deals here.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Airborne - free sample

I was lucky enough to participate in a survey about this promotion. Click here for a free sample.
There are some other free offers and coupons on there regular site as well. Click here for them.

Betty Crocker

If you sign up for their newsletter, Betty Crocker has some good coupons available through their website. They will print through Bricks coupons, so you will need to download the coupon printer. Click here to view them.

Run to Kohl's! Hurry! I'm not kidding, go now!


Seriously, if you have a Kohl's near you change your plans, grab your list, and get there now. I'm going to try to travel to a different Kohl's today to see what they have. The sale prices are amazing and if you use your Kohl's charge you get an additional 15, 20 or 30% off. If you received a card for more then 15% off in the mail bring it. Otherwise ask for one at the check out and they'll give you one to scratch off. I only got 15% both times, but the deals were still great. I bought lots of great gifts for birthdays & Christmas.

3 - High School Musical fake nails $1.00 each (reg.$5.00)
Boy's Sonoma pants $1.20 (reg.$12.00)
4 - Men's Tek gear breathable shirts $4.00 each (reg.$20)
2 - Reebok shorts $5.00 each (reg.$25)
2 - Speedo swim trunks $4.40 each (reg.$44.00)
2 - Jumping beans boy's swim trunks $1.80 each (reg.$18.00)
2- Angel Beach girls tankini $2.60 each (reg. $26.00)
Speedo girls suit $3.60 (reg.$36.00)
Cars boys swim trunks $1.80 (reg.$18.00)
Candies 3 pc. girls suit $3.80 (reg.$38.00)
St. Tropez 3 pc. suit w/sunshirt $2.80 (reg.$28)
High School Musical shirt $3.60 (reg.$18.00)
So girl's shirt $1.20 (reg.12.00)
Healthtex skort $1.20 (reg.$16.00)

My total before tax was $66.20. With my 15% off they deducted another $9.93. After tax my grand total was $59.93 for $500.00 worth of clothes. That's a savings of $440.07!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Stove update

So I vented about my hatred for Maytag the other day. I worked for a builder for a long time so I know the guys at our local store where I bough the appliances from. Since I was right there I stopped in to tell them about my dilemma, and one of the guys I know told me how he was going to "take care of me" and do whatever he could & that I shouldn't worry. He was nice enough to even schedule me for the next day so I wouldn't have to wait, he just asked that I call him in the morning to give him the model & serial numbers so he could get an idea of what we were looking at. Great I thought, he's not going to charge me much and it will be fixed right away, how lucky am I!

So the next morning I called him and gave him the information. He told me to give him a minute and he'd call me right back. Sure enough, a few minutes later he called. My jaw hit the floor when he told me it would be $180.00 to fix it. Then I thought about it and figured it really wasn't too bad. So I told him that was fine, I was just going to let my husband know it was going to cost $180. That was when he mentioned that the $180 was only for the part. It would be an additional $75.00 for the guy to come to the house. OK, so I did the math, $255.00. Now mind you as I'm talking to him I'm looking at the fliers from Sunday's paper with an oven/stove for $399.00 so I'm becoming more and more skeptical by the minute. Then he tells me to have the guy call him once he's at my house so he could see what they could do. I have to admit that I was starting to get a little annoyed at how he was "taking care of me".

I'm figuring at this point he's not going to give me much of a discount since he hasn't mentioned any specific numbers. So, again, I told him I was just going to call the hubby and run the $255.00 by him. This next part is true, I kid you not. That's when he said that $255.00 wasn't the total, I would still have to pay $50.00 minimum for installation plus tax. So I said, oh so the final price is $305.00? And his response was "minimum, plus tax".

The ad for the $399 stove is now looking pretty good. So I said I'd have to call my husband and see what he thought since it was almost as high as buying a new stove. That's when he told me all about the new stove I could buy from him for $499.00 plus tax, with a year warranty. I can't decide if this is where he was headed the whole time, or he just figured I'd use them no matter what. Needless to say I made an excuse and cancelled.

I called the hubby and filled him in and after he had a good laugh he said not to worry, we'd just get a new stove. Apparently my husband of 14 years has never met me, since I have yet to find an occasion not to worry. So I hung up and ran to the computer to check out all the stoves in the universe. After about an hour, I was pretty happy with what I had discovered. There were plenty of stoves that were under $400.00 that had everything I need. All of a sudden I hear a beep, so I get up to investigate and end up in the kitchen. The clock on the stove was on and flashing and I could turn on the oven!!! I couldn't make this up if I tried. I've been told the computer may have gotten wet from steam, which caused it to stop working until it dried out. I don't know how long this will last, the clock is still acting funky, but it's been on for 2 days and still going strong.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Albertsons

The Albertsons flier in today's paper includes a $5.00 off $50.00 coupon that you won't be able to get in the store. Grab one if you need it.

Walmart


Nothing exciting about my grocery shopping this week. I went to Walmart to pick up a few things. I did have good coupons for the deli turkey and ham. Otherwise nothing else to mention.
I am out of a lot of staples so I started to pick some of them up. I spent $49.96 and had $6.00 in coupons. I'll go back to my normal Publix, and probably Albertsons this week.

This weeks Budget

I'm not posting a budget this week because I've decided I'm not having one. I'm still tired and cranky and I've decided to throw caution to the wind and forget the budget just for this week. I haven't gone crazy with it either, I think I just need a little room to groove and breathe. I'll be back next week refreshed and raring to go!!

My Favorite Things


This week my favorite thing is my kids air hockey table that they rarely use. Normally this table would go on a list for my least favorite objects. It is pretty big so we found a place for it in a wide hallway we have. It's right across from our office/hangout room, but it doesn't make them use it more. How did this eyesore go from worst to best? Well, I discovered that it is a fabulous place to fold laundry!! It's the perfect height, large enough for lots of piles, and not too far from any of the bedrooms where, in theory, the folded laundry needs to end up (preferably in the drawers, but that's a whole different story). While folding I'm at a perfect angle to watch the TV in the office and before I know it I'm finished!
To see more great favorite things go see Sarah's blog.

Seventh Generation Coupons

I just received more seventh generation coupons. You must sign in to print them

$2 OFF any One (1) Seventh Generation Diaper Product
Good on any size Diapers or Training Pants

$1 off any One (1) Seventh Generation Baby Wipes product
Good on 80-count Reusable Tub, 80-count Refill, 40-count Travel Pack

$1 OFF any One (1) Seventh Generation Dish washing Product
Good on Natural Dish Liquid, Automatic Dishwasher Powder, or Automatic Dishwasher Gel

$1 OFF any One (1) Seventh Generation Cleaning Product
Good on Tub & Tile, Shower, Toilet Bowl, Glass & Surface, Carpet, All-Purpose, and Kitchen Cleaners

$1 OFF any One (1) Seventh Generation Laundry Product
Good on Liquid Laundry Concentrates, Powdered Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softener, Non-Chlorine Bleach, Baby Laundry Detergent, Delicate Care Detergent

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

ValueMags.com

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Updated CVS trip

You can read all about my first CVS trip here. Below is my updated transaction. I returned the Revlon polishes because my CVS refused to take the coupons I had (which is OK since there are buy one get one free items I can use them towards in next week's flier). I also tried to return the ECBs, but my cashier wouldn't take them. She said no one else ever gives them back and that she wouldn't take them from me. She said that the ECBs are still good, once they are issued CVS doesn't void them when you make returns. It's nice to know, and if it happens here or there I guess it's OK, but it makes me feel like these ECBs are stolen money. I'm all for using coupons and getting deals, but keeping ECBs on items I returned doesn't seem ethical.
Anyway, here's the scoop:



3 Right Guard deodorants $2.99 each
2 Soft & Dri deodorants $2.99
Act Rinse $4.49
Herbal Essence Shampoo $2.50
Herbal Essence Conditioner $2.50
L'Oreal Genesis towelettes $5.99
Excedrin $1.99


Total $ 32.42
used $1.00 off Right guard (had 3 so $3.00 off)
used $ .75 off Soft & Dri (had 2 so $1.50 off)
used $1.00 off Act rinse
used $2.00 off Herbal Essence coup (had 2 so $ 4.00 off)
used $1.00 off L'Oreal Genesis
used $2.00 off Excedrin
$12.50 in coupons.

After ECBs my total OOP was $2.24 for about $50.00 worth of items. I got back $28.99 in ECBs, $2.00 for Act, $5.99 for L'Oreal, $10.00 for deodorant, ($9.00 for Revlon polish that was returned) & $2.00 for Herbal Essence.

Fun treat


The picture didn't come out so great, but the icee's were really appetizing in person. All you do is get a can of frozen concentrate any flavor, I bought the Walmart brand for $ .93. We used limeade this time, but our favorites are pink lemonade & fruit punch. You can follow the directions on the can & just substitute crushed ice for water. I'm a rebel when it comes to recipes so I just put a ton of crushed ice in the blender, added the concentrate and enough water to get it going (maybe a little more then a can), and let the kids blend away. They try each setting on the blender at least once, and after it's a slushy consistency the kids dive right in. I put theirs in plastic wine glasses & got out the straws and it was a great treat that hit the spot for less then $1.00!

Black Friday

My friend Melissa finds the greatest sites, the latest one is all about Black Friday. If you're not familiar with it, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving when major retailers around the country discount products to help kick off the Christmas shopping season. Many of the best deals you'll get happen on that day. Usually we don't get to see the Ad's until the circulars come out in the newspaper on Thanksgiving, but this website claims to be giving us a head start.

Monday, September 8, 2008

I hate Maytag appliances

I'm not feeling good and I'm super duper cranky, so I haven't posted any of my deals this week. I'll try to get it together tomorrow. I have B-12 deficiency and forgot to get my shot, so I've been getting headaches and I'm tired. I can only get the shot in the morning, otherwise I can't sleep at night. Hopefully we'll remember before hubby leaves for work tomorrow...

Anyway, my oven is broke. The computer board where the clock is went crazy the other day, then went off. I can use the stove top, but the oven is kaput. I never realized how much I use my oven until now, when I can't use it. Maybe hate is a strong word, but I'm very disappointed. We bought all new Maytag appliances when we built our house about 5 years ago and we've had nothing but trouble. We did the extended warranty, so this will be the first time we have to pay to have it fixed (well we paid for the extended warranty, but you know what I mean). So far we had to replace the computer board on the dishwasher twice, 3 different parts have gone bad on the refrigerator and the dryer had some problems. In addition, the plastic broke off in a bunch of places on the stove and the fridge had a leak in the water dispenser and has rusted underneath the paint around it. All that happened within the warranty, but Maytag wouldn't cover it because they said it was cosmetic.

We bought Kenmore appliances from Sears for our last house and lived there for 7 years without one problem. The repair man is coming tomorrow to check it out and see what has to be done and what it will cost. Wish me luck.
No, I do hate Maytag.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Another giveaway

Frugal Mommy of 2 girls is having another cute giveaway, this adorable freshwater pearl bracelet! Contest will end September 12, 2008 9:00 PM EST. Good Luck!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

CVS

I can't believe I'm about to say this, but I think I have bargain burnout. I ran to CVS today so I wouldn't have to go tomorrow and could take advantage of the 2 day specials. I was so crazed at the checkout that I wasn't paying attention and will have to go back to return/fix this transaction anyway. I got the "bad" cashier, she's really nice but questions every coupon and will do nothing without checking with the manager. ALL my Revlon coupons beeped and she wouldn't take them (and I had 3 different kinds), there was a long line behind me and I panicked, said don't worry about the coupons and paid. When I got to the car I realized the Revlon polishes weren't free after ECBs ( I have no idea why I thought they were) and it did matter that they wouldn't take my coupons. Oh well, I'll figure it out tomorrow.

I only have one CVS card, but when the deals are super good I take my mom's card (or my mom) and do an extra transaction and today was one of those days.



First transaction:

2 Aussie hairsprays $2.49 each
L'Oreal Genesis towelettes $5.99


Total $10.97
used $2.00 off 2 Aussie products coup.
used $1.00 off 1 L'Oreal Genesis coup.
used $7.97 in ECBs


Total out of pocket was $ .20. I got back $7.99 in ECBs.


Second Transaction:
3 Right Guard deodorants $2.99 each
2 Soft & Dri deodorants $2.99
Act Rinse $4.49
3 Revlon polishes $3.99 each
Herbal Essence Shampoo $2.50
Herbal Essence Conditioner $2.50
L'Oreal Genesis towelettes $5.99
Excedrin $1.99


Total $ 44.37

used $1.00 off Right guard (had 3 so $3.00 off)
used $ .75 off Soft & Dri (had 2 so $1.50 off)
used $1.00 off Act rinse
used $2.00 off Herbal Essence coup (had 2 so $ 4.00 off)
used $1.00 off L'Oreal Genesis
used $2.00 off Excedrin
$12.50 in coupons.

After ECB's total was $14.99 for $63.07 worth of items. I got back $28.99 in ECBs, $2.00 for Act, $5.99 for L'oreal, $10.00 for deodorant, $9.00 for Revlon polish & $2.00 for Herbal Essence. I know I need to divide my transactions up so I'll have less out of pocket, but I was just done and wanted to get home.


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Make a list!

OK, if you haven't read about it in earlier posts, I'm a little obsessed with the holidays. September is prime holiday shopping time, and we all need to make the most of this opportunity. One of the things that I do is carry a list with me all the time. I have a small notebook that fits easily in my bag and when I'm out shopping I can refer to it.

I use this list all year long, changing and adding to it as I need. For instance, I don't go out and do one big back to school shopping for my kids. I'll go through their clothes and see what they need, what size, what color and add it to my list. Then if I'm out shopping and see that there is a great deal on say socks, I'll pull out my list, check who needs what, and buy accordingly.

This works especially great during the holiday shopping season. I don't always remember who I need to buy for, or what I want to get in the heat of a good sale. Whip out your list and the problem is solved. An organized list will save you lots of returns, you won't buy the wrong color, size or item. You also won't be tempted to buy something just because it's a good deal. You have in writing who needs what, stick to it!

It will also eliminate what I'll refer to as missed sale regret. We've all been there, a fantastic sale is going on. You may figure out a few things to buy, you may not, but you know you'll never get this great a deal again. Then later on when you're relaxing at home it hits you, all the teachers you could have finished shopping for, the Aunt who would have loved that bag, Grandma's bowl the kids broke you could have replaced (yes, that's a personal one of mine) and so on. You get the picture. By the time you make it back to the store you know it will be gone. If you had your list this never would have happened.

In my notebook I have an everyday list and a holiday list. My everyday list includes what we need now; shoes for the kids, a birthday gift for Dad, an anniversary card, etc.... Like I said I change this list all the time. The holiday list is who I buy for only at the holidays. I also include things like charity, we donate to toys for tots and stuff stockings for the salvation army every year through the kids activities. I put these on my holiday list so if there is an amazing sale in July on toys, I won't forget about it and can stock up. It can be a little tough to store everything, I have part of a closet that I use and it does get a little stuffed, but come the holidays everything is cleared out and you can start fresh. You'll save a ton of money, have more time to enjoy the holidays and eliminate last minute panic shopping. One simple list that you tuck in a safe place and keep with you at all times can really come in handy.

Target


We don't have any super Targets where I live, but we do have 2 Target stores. Each is in a different one of my shopping loops and I am amazed at the difference in the prices. The Target I was at last time had way more clearance, but most at 30%. This Target has much less clearance (items that were on sale at the other store weren't marked down here yet). But what they had on clearance was way better then the prices at the other store.

The school stuff was still only 30% off. I asked two separate employees and they both said that it would be marked down after the weekend to make room for the Halloween stuff. They also both (and neither knew I spoke to the other) said they thought it might go right to 75% off because it had stayed at 30% for so long. Here are my deals:

Pink scrapbook $3.24 (reg. $12.99)
Teal scrapbook $3.24 (reg. $12.99)
King Kong pool lounge float $2.38 (reg. $9.59)
King Kong pool lounge float $2.38 (reg. $9.59)
Pool wave mat $1.28 (reg. $5.14)
Scrapbook kit baby girl $1.48 (reg. $5.99)
Scrapbook kit baby girl $1.48 (reg. $5.99)
Hot hues 100 ct designer paper $2.57 (reg. $10.29)
Hot hues 100 ct designer paper $2.48 (reg. 9.99)

My total was $22.91 for $82.56 worth of merchandise. I saved $59.65.