Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Revitalift CVS Deal! You can Still Get Yours!

If you were unable to get the L'Oreal Revitalift for free at CVS last week because they were out you can email or call them and they will send one. There will be one per household mailed out and quantities are limited so hurry. You should expect the product to arrive in approximately ten (10) business days.Call (1-800-SHOP-CVS / 1-800-746-7287) or email cvs
*Thanks to i heart CVS and becentsable for finding this deal, I found this info at Moms Helping Moms Save Money

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*Thanks to Moms Helping Moms Save Money for finding this deal.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Give Me GiveAWays!!!

It seems that all of my favorite sites are hosting some sort of giveaway! I love to participate in giveaways. This is something that I have just started doing and can say that I hate that I didn’t start sooner. I started entering giveaways about 3 weeks ago, the first week I won 1 giveaway, and then last week I won 2 giveaways. I think I am still in utter disbelief, do you know how many lottery tickets I bought in my lifetime and nothing? So I say enter all of the giveaways that you come across. Here is a list of the great giveaways that I have found this week:

Dena at SunEGrl Loves To Shop is giving away Over 100 Manufacturer Coupons, for those of you just starting to use coupons this is a great way to get started.

Crystal at The Thrifty Mama is giving away 2 year subscription to All You Magazine. For those of you unaware, this magazine is a must have for couponers, it is packed full of amazed coupons. Hurry Over For Your Chance To Win!

BloggyGiveaways.com has a new giveaway daily with some really neat stuff. Her current giveaways includes:
A Bright Minds Media: Young Kids Package with a total value of $82.95 that includes:
· Kung Fu Panda Create-a-Story ($9.95)
· Kung Fu Panda Fact Book ($9.95)
· Kung Fu Panda Magnetic Storybook ($12.95)
· Thomas and Friends: Special Delivery ($19.95)
· Bob the Builder: Can Do Zoo ($19.95)

A Wow Wow Wubzy Prize Package that includes:
· Wow Wow Wubbzy DVD A Tail of Tales
· 2 books: A Tail of Tails and It’s Wubbzy
· A Wubbzy beanie
· A kooky kollectable

RockinMama is hosting a GiveAway. She has a very cool Savoring the Moment gift bag to give away to one lucky reader. It includes:
One coupon for a free package of Pillsbury Savorings Flaky Pastry Bites
One set of Wine Glass Charms
One Wine and Food Matching Guide
One wine bottle opener
One wine bottle topper

Just A Mom’s Take on Things is hosting a Giveaway! She is giving away Two Months Worth of Free Dowl Fruit Bowls. These are really a must have with toddlers.

Maternity Week-Something For The Guys GiveawayOne winner will receive The Godfather - The Coppola Restoration Giftset DVD including all four Godfather DVDs.Giveaway ends Sep 30th

Contest - Win foodie notecards from BlueEgg PhotographyThe prize is a beautiful box of culinary notecards fromBlueEgg PhotographyThe contest will close at midnight Hawaii time on September 30th.Good luck!

Honesty and the Friday GiveawayWin a carton of Honest Kids drink pouches, a sampling of the Honest Teas (8 of 'em), and one of the super fabulous recycled pouchesThe Honest Beverages contest closes Thursday, 9/25 @ 10 PM pacific standard time!

A frog in the tub... giveawayWin a Boon Frog PodGiveaway Ends October 1, 2008 @ 11:59pm EST

Birthday Party - Beauty Gift Basket GivseawayWIN:A Gift basket full of these fabulous products. The basket includes one of each of the items listed above.AminoGenesis’ Perfect Reflection anti-aging serumFrownies wrinkle treatment for the Forehead and Between the Eyebrows (FBE)Frownies wrinkle treatment for the Corners of the Eyes and Mouth (CEM)Tight Curves Protein PowderThis giveaway will end on October 2nd

New Giveaway- $25 Gift Card To Build A Bear Workshop!The prize is a $25 gift card to Build A Bear Workshop to give away to one lucky Home Ec 101 reader!End date ??

A Giveaway with a "New View" - Non-Scrap Bribing for SeptemberWin a beautiful frame.Here's the info on this great frame:* Elegant "Live Laugh Love" script and heart-warming etched messages create a unique display for your favorite photos.* Sliding collage design lets you add however many snapshots you choose and place them in your own special order.* Sturdy design offers years of enjoyment.o 15"H x 19"Wo Horizontal displayo Attached wall hookso Wood/glasso By New View Gifts & AccessoriesEnter by October 1Please mention janetfaye sent you!

Cool Baby Kid Dial Complete: Campaign for Clean Hands GiveawayKeep your kids germ free and enter to win a case of Dial CompleteContest ends 10/7/08

A Daycare Life Now that's Handy! GiveawayThe Wonderful People over at List Caddy have generously offered SIX readers a chance to win their choice of COLOR in the List Caddyhttp://www.listcaddy.com/Comment with which color list Caddy you would chose if you won.Read rules for ways to earn extra entriesGIVEWAY ENDS 10/1 @ 12 CSTLinkback Contest!

Enter at KIDAZYThe two winners (one for the boys gift and one for the girls) will be drawn on October 10th so comments must be left by October 9th!For the boys: The Home Depot Deluxe Toolbox with 18 pieces! - Recommended for ages 3+For the girls: The Totally Me! Airbrush Tattoo Set! - Recommended for ages 3+

10th Anniversary of Baby Einstein GiveawayTo enter go to: an ORDINARY LIFEOne winner: Baby Einstein: Baby Mozart and Baby Beethoven DVDGieaway ends Oct. 10th (retail $40)

Review and Giveaway: The Taffy Box from Jst a mom's take on thingsWin a $15 gift certificate toward any item in the store The Taffy BoxThe contest will run until Tuesday, September 30th at 11:59 pm EST

Savin Some Great Giveaway!!Win 100 coupons!!Leave comment to enter. blog about giveaway for extra entry.Ends 10/27

Boogie Wipes GiveawayBoogie Wipes has generously offered 1 lucky reader the chance to win a Boogie Wipes gift basket.Basket will include: A couple packages of 30 count wipe packages, "Boogie mom," shirt & depending on your child a choice of "Boogie baby," or "Boogie Kid," shirt.Giveaway ends 10/7 @noon cst

I will be updating with more giveaways soon!!!

You Can't Win Unless You Enter!

I am so excited I won another two giveaway! I can't even begin to explain how excited I am that I have won yet another two in such a short time. That is 3 in the last two weeks. For those of you who choose not to enter giveaways, I ask you why??

These are the two giveaways I have won:

I am the Grand Prize winner of a Savoring the Moment Gift Bag hosted by My Personal Review

My Prize Includes:
* A coupon for a FREE package of Pillsbury Savorings
* A Set of 6 Glass Charms
* A Wine and Food Matching Guide
* A Wine Gift Bag
* A Wine Bottle Gift Tag
* An Appetizer Plate w/a Wine Glass Holder
* A Wine Bottle Opener* A Wine Bottle Toppers

I am also the Winner of The Coupon Fairy Coupon GiveAWay hosted by My Personal Review

I won an envelope full of 150 coupons!!! I can't wait to get my hands on these to see what is included! I love coupons and I love free coupons even more!!!

So A Great Big Thanks to Shelia at My Personal Review for hosting such wonderful give a ways!

Albertson's Mega Saver

Albertson's Currently has a Mega Sale Running thru Oct 7th. I am definitely finding some stockpile items here.
Albertson's Mega Sale is buy 10 participating items get a $5 instant rebate, buy 20 participating items get 2 $5 instant rebates ($10).
There is a limit of two instant rebates per transaction.
Prices listed are after Instant Rebate.

Deja Blue 6pk = $.50 (That's $2 a case of water, this is a stockpile price for my family, I generally pay $3.99 on sale for a case of water)

Pasta or Rice A Roni = $.50
Use b4g1 coupon to buy 5 for $1.50 or $.30 each
To sweeten the deal use $3 or $5 off meat wyb 10 Pasta/Rice a Ronis - 10 Ronis plus Meat for $3

Red Gold Tomatoes = $.50
Use $.50/2 get two for FREE

Birds Eye Frozen Vegetables = $.50
Use $1/3 to get 3 for $.50 or $.16 each
* the purchase of three will generate a cat coupon for $1/3, so you can keep adding three to your transaction and rolling you q

Snapple Antioxidant Water = $.50
Use $.50/1q = Free Plus $.50 Overage

Chicken/Hamburger Helper = $1
Use $.75/3q = $.75 each

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks = $1.50
Use $.50/2 = $1 each
To sweeten this deal buy 6, then get a Cat for $3.50 off your next purchase (you only have to buy 5 for cat, but I buy six because of qs) = $2.50 for 6 or $.42 each

General Mills Cereal = $2
Use $1.50/3 = $1.50 each

Ore Ida Frozen Potatoes = $2
Use $1/2 = $1.50 each

Not Included in Mega Saver but definitely worth mentioning
There is a coupon in the ad for $3.99 for a 24 Pack of Soft Drinks with an additional $10 purchase. If you have $1 peelies that makes them $2.99 a 24 pk, through 9/30/08.

Old El Paso Refried Beans, Enchilada Sauce, and Chopped Green Chiles are on sale for $1
Use $1/2 q and Free Old El Paso Seasoning wyb 2 Old El Paso Products = $.33 each

*Don't forget that Albertson's only takes four like coupons per transactions so plan accordingly.

Festival of Frees

Crystal at The Thristy Mama is hosting a festival of frees this week. I hope that this will become a new weekly trend starting on the day the sales start. Anyway, here is what I am find for free. Be sure to check out her site to see what others are finding for free.

Kroger Frees
Trident Gum on Sale 2/$1 use $.55/1 q = Overage of $.05
Land O'Lake Butter on Sale of $1 use $.50 q (doubled)
AquaFresh Toothpaste on Sale $1 use $.50/1 q (doubled)

Kroger Almost Frees
Pilbury Brownies on Sale for $1 use $.40q (doubled) = $.20
Cottonelle reg price $1.19 use $.50q (doubled) = $.19

Walgreens Frees
I found Dove Chocolate Bars regularly $2.58 on clearance for $.59, used $1 q and purchased 18 creating $7.38 overage.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

My New Coach Handbag!

Well, I did say that I didn't want to give up my lifestyle.

I was so excited to get the mail today. My Coach bag came. My obsession with the particular handbag started back just before Mother's Day. I had been wanting a Carly, so my husband took me to the Coach store to pick out a purse. The one I picked out was $378, but after she rang it up is was over $400. I just couldn't bring myself to pay that for a purse. I really liked it and really wanted it, but decided on the spot I just needed more time to think over this purchase.

So I came home and thought about it and decided that I could find a better deal on a purse I liked as much or this purse in the future. Coach does not do sales or clearance, but they do have coupons once you start buying from them.

I checked Ebay about once a week for this purse, if it got over $200 I would start looking again. Well, at the first of the week, I found my deal. A BNWT Carly Optic Coach purse (the same one I have been wanting) for $129 plus $5.80 shipping. I only spent $134.80 to have this brand new purse shipped to my home!!!! Now I can afford the wallet too!!!!

The moral of my little story is there is always a deal out there if you are willing to look for it and wait on it. Afterall, I just saved over $265!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Christmas is Right Around the Corner

With Christmas right around the corner now is the time to start planning if you haven't already. I like to sit down with a pen and paper and make a budget.
This year we are doing a family gift (about $350) and then an additional $200 per child.
This is far less than we have spent in the past, but I am certain with all of the great deals out there that with a little creativity and work on my part, my kiddos will have a great Christmas.
We have also decided that this year, we aren't buying Christmas gift for people outside of our immediate family.
In addition to the Christmas boxes at church our family tries to adopt a family or help some of the foster families in our church with Christmas.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Where Do You Get your Qs??

I am constantly asked how I have so many of the same coupons. Well, I buy at least 10 papers every Sunday to get me started. Additionally, I find them:
  • On Ebay
  • Trade For Them
  • Coupon Clipping Sites
  • Wine Tags
  • Peelies
  • Blinkies
  • Displays
  • Tearpads
  • I email companies
  • Friends save them for me

And those are just the ways I can think of off the top of my head.

A good rule of thumb is to buy 1 paper for every member of your family. I buy more but I also provide for more than just my immediate family.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Today has been Jammed Packed with Deals

My husband and I go into Arlington every other Saturday or so. He needs a hair cut, we take his dad to lunch, and I get to garage sale on the way and he helps with the kids.

We probably stopped at 10-12 garage sales. I only spent about $55 total but got Colt a lot of name brand two piece winter outfits that were all in EUC. I also picked up Hannah 2 more pr of Jeans, some leggings, and a few shirts. I got Chelsea a pair of jeans and about 5 shirts. I picked up Bailey some Webkinz for her collection. I got Jamie a new bike for $35 (ouch) but his other got stolen and now that he is not at home he needs away to get back and forth to work. And I got a few misc. things. Every thing I got this morning was name brand and in EUC or GUC. I was very pleased.

After lunch, we went to get my hubby's hair cut. Right next door is Once Upon A Child. For those of you who are not familiar with this store it is a children's resale store. So while he is gettng a hair cut I always go next door to shop. I found and outfit I liked and it had a red line drawn through the price tag, so I asked what that meant, in the past it was 50% off but I like to make sure. So the manager, who knows me said that it means they are $.75. So I start looking for red marks.
This is what I got:
(1) Black LS Shirt Hannah $3.99
(1) Polo Hiking Boots Colt $6.50
(1) Puma Shoes Colt $3.50
(2) 1pc Long Polo Outfits Colt $.75
(3) LS Polo Shirts Colt $.75
(2) LS Old Navy Onesies Colt $.75
(1) LS Levi Onesie Colt $.75
(1) Children's Place Polo Onesie Colt $.75
I spent and little over $21.....
The Polo Boots alone retail for over $65

So after we got home, I got on the computer. I have been watching a bedroom set for Jered on Ebay. Until about a hour until the end of the auction there were no bids. At 5 minutes till there were 2 by the same bidder, so I waited until 18 seconds until the end and entered my max bid $301. I won the bid by $1!!!! So Jered will be getting a new Full Size bed with Twin Trundle underneath, a night stand, dresser, deck and chair for his room. This furniture looks Brand New with the exception of a small ding on the trundle where someone stood on the side, it really isn't noticeable and since he will only use the trundle when he has friends over it will be covered by his new bedding I get to go get...
I still have $3694 left to go in my furnishing and decorating budget and have four rooms furnished!!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

My Garage Sale Finds

Garage Saling is a great way for me to keep my kiddos in really nice name brand clothing for very little money. So I am always on the look out for a good garage sale.

This mornng I stopped at two garage sales on the way back from dropping the kids off for school and spent a total of $20.25.

This is what I came home with:
(1) Baby Doll EUC
(1) Baby Doll carrier EUC
(2) large purple throw pillows for Hannah's room EUC
(3) Mossimo Hoodies EUC
(1) Arizona Jeans NWT
(3) Pair of Chruch Shoes for Hannah GUC
(3) Pair shorts Abercrombie/ Old Navy/ Justice EUC
(1) Pair of Dance Pants EUC
(1) 2pc Justice Outfit for Bailey EUC
(2) pr of PJS GUC
(1) Old Navy Sweater EUC
(1) High School Musical Coat EUC
(1) long sleeve HSM shirt EUC
(1) Justice Tank Top EUC
(1) Baby Gate GUC

A total of 23 items, all name brand and in very good condition. The baby gate alone was over $65 at Babies R Us last weekend, I am so glad I waited to make that purchase now.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Are you an Impulsive Shopper

I am! So, to help keep me on my budget, I have started calling my husband to discuss any purchase over $50 that we have not already discussed. You wouldn't believe the amount of stuff I talk myself out of while my hubby is tellng me to get it if I really want it. So he is not much help, but taking the time to talk things out with him and decide on whether it is something that I really want or something I could find cheaper else where is really helping keep me on track. And if it is something that I am really on the fence about, I will take a picture with my cell phone and go home talk to my hubsand about it again and sleep on it. If I still really want it the next morning, I will return to the store and get it. So far, this has only happened twice, and once it was for a hamper that was $70 or so the next day when I went back they were marked down 50%, so in that case it really paid off to be patient.

Furnishing Your Home

So, now that I have the nice new big home, I need furniture and decor to put in it.

I first reaction was to run out to the furniture store and buy everything that I wanted and make it beautiful. Well, then reality set in and I decided that I didn't want to spend tens of thousands of dollars to furnish my new home. My goal is to furnish my entire home with decor for less than $5000, this might not be possible since the bedroom suite I want is $8200 alone, but I am going to try to be very creative.

We didn't bring a lot of our furniture with us and even if we had, we surely didn't have enough to furnish a 5025 sq ft from the furnishings of a 2500sq ft home.

As soon as I got the internet up and running ( I now live far enough out that DSL is not an option and had to go to satelitte internet) I started shopping around. I check craigslist almost daily, but a lot of their stuff is still a bit to high for me.

The first week in our new home, I purchased a 4 piece leather living room set off of ebay for $450. It came with the sofa, love set, chair, and ottoman. When my husband went to pick it up the original owner threw in some leather throw pillows. I am guessing, compared to what I have seen while out furniture shopping that this set was probably around $2000 brand new, and I have only found one tiny spot on it that I didn't notice for 2 weeks, so it may have gotten there after we got it home.

Last weekend, my husband and I went to Target, we now have 4 full baths and no shower curtains in three of them, so it was time to purchase a few things. I found 2 really cute shower curtains on clearnace for about $10 each, these are not what we really want, but they will do just fine until I can dress the bathrooms out like I want to. My husband insisted that I go ahead and buy something for the downstairs guest bath that everyone uses when they visit. So I got a shower curtain, shower curtain holders, trash can, soap dispenser, rugs, towels, hand towels, and wash clothes for a total of almost $250. Ouch!! I decided I needed to go back to ebay and craigslist.

So, this morning I have a few minutes to shop online. I do a quick search on ebay and find a nice formal dining room set that includes: table w/extra leaf, 2 armed chairs, 4 side chairs, a two piece hut, a wall picture (that will match my decor), and a new never opened set of slip covers for the chairs, a table cloth, charges, ect... to dress the table out for the holidays. I won all of this for $305.....

I have spent $1005 of my $5000 budget. I have accomplished a lot, but still have a lot to do.

I am looking at a entertainment center that would look so good in my living room for $450, I'll have to let you know if I get. I still need to discuss this purchase with hubby.

To Buy Or Not To Buy

After out growning our previous home, my husband and I set out to find our next new home.

The purchase of our last home did not go so well. Because the house wasn't lived in for over a year, the seller didn't have to disclose any of the problems with the home. Well, within the first month, we had to replace the central heat, the septic systems, the house flooded, and part of it had to have the wiring re-ran because it was no longer up to code. and those are just the big ticket items we ran into. So this time around we were a bit smarter. I found a house that I loved. It is 6 bedroom and has over 5025 sq ft of living space, we will not out grow this home. I absolutely loved it. So we schedule a walk through and find out it is a flip, it was a foreclosure that is now owned by it's second flipper. The house hasn't been lived in, in about 3 years. The flipper did put in some nice upgrades, but I am really having flashbacks. Because it is for sale by owner, my husband and I discuss our concerns with the owner (who does not have a mortgage on this property) and she agrees to rent it to us for a year. At the end of the year, they will offer it to us for the same asking price or put it back on the market. Well, the rent payment is about half of what I was expecting the mortgage on this home to be, so I am already saving tons of money a month. I am not having to pay the taxes or the home owner's insurance on it, another large savings. Because of the real estate market homes of this size just aren't selling so this works out well for both of us, and gives us time to sell our other home. I am guessing that with what we are able to save this year to go towards the purchase price, we will be able to get a 15 year fixed interest rate for about what we would have been paying for a 30 year note if we had purchased this year.

We signed a lease agreement and move in. Within the first week one of the AC units and the jets on the tub go out. This is the great thing about a lease, the owner had to replace both. I didn't spend one penny of my money on those repairs.

While I generally think that renting is throwing money away, in this case, we are actually saving more money. If we had purchased this house only about 10% of our payment would be going to principle for the first year. We are now able to save about 50% of what our payment would be in an interest bearing account along with the taxes that we would be paying. And it is very possible that the real estate market won't bounce back this year. So we may get a better price on the house in general or find another that is just a large at an even greater savings.

I truly hope this is the one, it is a beautiful home, and I hate to pack.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Free GiveAways!!!

I my world of frugalness their is nothing better than free. Well, maybe if the free things are as great as some of the giveaways I have for you today:

These are most of the great giveaways I have found this week! Thanks to Crystal at The Thrifty Momma for helping locate some of these give aways.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

My Shopping Trips for Today

I made a trip to Kroger where I had two transactions. I unlike many do one transactions worth of shopping at a time. I shop, check out, take my groceries to the car, and then return to the store and do it again. Many do multiple transactions at one time, if it works for you I say do it, I tend to get my orders mixed up and wind up loosing on some of my savings this way.

Tranaction #1
(3) Cottonelle TP $1.19 ( I think I was only charged for two)
(2) Twinkies $2.00
(3) Chex Mix Bars $2.19
(1) Fruit Roll-up $2.00
(1) Fruit Gushers $2.00
(3) Combo Crackers $1.50
(3) Kleenex $1.29
(3) Chex Snack Mix $1.45
(4) Old El Paso Burrito Seasonings $.89
(3) Bounty Basic PaperTowels $1.29
(3) Nature Valley Bars $2.19
Subtotal: $44.86
(1) Shortcut Fruit Snack $.75
(3) Cottonelle $.50 (only two doubled)
(3) Chex Bars $.50
(1) Fruit Roll-up Snacks $1/2
(3) Combo Crancers $.50
(1) Kleenex $.50/3
(3) Chex Snacks $.50
(2) Old El Paso $1/2
(3) Bounty $.25
(3) Nature Valley $.50
(1) $3 wyb 15 participating items
Total OOP: 20.10
Received a $1.50 OYNO for the Nature Valley

Tranaction #2
(3) Cottonelle TP $1.19
(2) Lipton Tea $2.39
(3) Chex Snack Mix $1.45
(3) Bounty Basic PaperTowels $1.29
(3) Nature Valley Bars $2.19
(9) Spagettios $1
(5) Camp Select Soup $1.25
(4) Ziplock Bags $2.50
(4) Fast Fixin Chicken $1.99
Subtotal: $56.35
(3) Cottonelle $.50
(3) Chex Snacks $.50
(3) Bounty $.25
(3) Nature Valley $.50
(5) Camp Select Soup $1
(2) B1G1 Ziplock
(4) Fast Fixin $1
(3) Spagettio $.35/3
(1) Lipton $1/2
(1) $3 wyb 15 participating items
Used $1.50 from previous order
Total OOP: $22.67
Received a $1.50 OYNO for the Nature Valley

So $101.21 worth of groceries for a Total of 42.77, could have been better but over all I am pretty please with the out come.

Then of course after church tonight we stopped by Wal-Mart so I could pick-up 6 double papers before they sale out.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Albertson's Trips Today

I had 7 Sara Lee Free Bread Coupons to use today, and since Albertson's only allows you 4 like coupons in one transaction, I decided to stop at the Albertson's close to my father-in-law's house this morning, and then at my Albertson's after church tonight.

Transaction #1
(8) Sara Lee Bread B1G1 Sale $2.39
(1) Save TP $.79
(2) Double Sunday Papers $1.99
(1) Pck Shredded Cheese $1.79
- Coupons
(4) Free Sara Lees
Total OOP: $6.62

Transaction #2
(2) Sara Lee Hot Dog Buns $2.59
(2) Sara Lee Bread B1G1 sale $2.39
(1) Gallon Milk $3.79
(1) Welch Jelly $2.19
- Coupons
(3) Free Sara Lee Breads
Total OOP: $5.98

In addition to all the free bread, I found a tearpad by the A1 (Save $1 on Beef wyb A1), Heinz 57 (Save $1 on Meat wyb Heinz 57), Lea & Perrins (save $.50 off meat wyb) and Save $1 off any Grey Poupon Coupons.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

My Shopping Trips Today

At CVS I got:

Transaction #1:
(5) RightGurads $2.99
(3) Revlon Nail Polish $3.99
(1) Loreal Advance Rev Wipes $5.99
- Coupons
(5) Right Guard $1
(3) Revlon any $2
Used $10 ECB
Total OOP $ 11.91
Earned $10 ECB RightGurad, $9 ECB Relvon, $5.99 ECB Loreal

Transaction #2
(2) Floating Boat (90% off Summer Clearance) $.25
(1) Beach Set (90% off Summer Clearance) $1.29
(4) GE Peanuts $1.99
- Coupons
(2) $2/2 GE Nuts
Total $5.75
Paid with ECB for previous deal $5.99 adjusted down to $5.75 ( should have calculated better, and picked up another $.25 clearance item)
Total OOP : $0

Then I ran across the street to Albertson's
(8) Sara Lee Bread $2.29 B1G1
- Coupons
(4) Free Sara Lee Bread
Total: $0

Target Shopping on 9/4

So I ran into Target on Thursday to use the rest of my PopTart Qs before they expired.

Transaction #1
(4) Rice Krispies Treats $2.25 ea
(12) Keebler Cookies $2.25
(1) Shower Caddy on Clearance $2.48
- Coupons
(2) $1/2 Rice Krispies Treats
(6) $1/2 Keebler Cookies
-$20 in gift cards earned early in week for poptart / rice krispies / keebler deals
Total Paid :$11.01, and earned $20 in gift cards (and the lady before me left her gift card so the cashier gave it to me, so that was another $5 gift card)

Transaction #2
(10) Juicy Juice 8 pck $1.75 ea
(12) Pop Tarts $2.25 each
(10) $1/1 Any Juicy Juice Mfg
(5) $1/2 Target Juicy Juice
(6) $1/2 Pop Tarts
(12) $.50 Target PopTart
-$17.50 in gift cards from Transaction #1
Total Paid : $0 OOP and earned another $15 in gift cards

Transaction #3
(8) Pop Tarts $2.25
- Coupons
(4) $1/2 mfg PopTart
(8) $.50 Target PopTart
-$8 in gift cards from previous transactions * not sure where the $2 came from but he wasn’t a very pleasant cashier so I didn’t point it out to him
Total Paid : $0 OOP and earned $10 in gift cards

So I got $100.98 worth of stuff, I spent $11.01 and earned $24.50 in gift cards, and am sending in a $10 rebate for my mom (since I purchased the Pop Tarts for her) with Trans #2 receipt

* Transaction 1 and 2 where done at one time, transaction 3 was later this afternoon when I found a few more qs

Monday, September 1, 2008

My Shopping Trips Today!

For all of my Friends that keep telling me that they don't have time to coupon and it just isn't worth it to them, I say look at all that I got for my $2.36. ($42.36 OOP - $10 ECB, $20 Target Gift Card, $10 Kelloggs Rebate) I once thought that way too, now I think you must be crazy not to clip coupons.

CVS Trip #1
6 CoverGirl Outlast Lips $59.94 ea on Sale B1G1 - B1G1 Q = FREE
1 Garnier Fructis Shampoo $3.99 - $2 Q = $1.99
1 Garnier Fructis Conditioner $3.99 - $2 Q = $1.99
1 Garnier Fructis Hairspray $3.99 - $2 Q = $1.99
1 Garnier Fructis Hair Therapy $4.39 - $2 Q = $2.39
1 20oz Diet Coke (Hubby) $1.39
1 Nature Valley Bar (Hubby) $.69

Total OOP $11.24
Earned $5 ECB

CVS Trip #2
4 Garnier Fructis Shampoo $3.99 - $ 2Q = $1.99 x 4 = $7.96
4 Garnier Fructis Conditioner $3.99 - $2 Q = $1.99 x 4 = $7.96
5 Atkins Bars $1 - $1 Q = FREE
2 Cashews $.99 - $2Q = FREE (Cashier forgot to Ring up so $2 overage)

Total OOP $4.24 used $5 ECB
Earned $10 ECB

CVS Trip #3
8 CoverGirl Outlast Lips $79.92 ea on Sale B1G1 - B1G1 Q = FREE
4 Garnier Fructis Shampoo $3.99 - $ 2Q = $1.99 x 4 = $7.96
4 Garnier Fructis Conditioner $3.99 - $2 Q = $1.99 x 4 = $7.96
7 Atkins Bars $1 - $1 Q = FREE
1 Cover Girl EyeShadow $5.49 - $1Q = $4.49
1 Cover Girl EyeShadow $2.49 on sale 50 % - $1Q = $1.49

Total OOP $12.88 used $10EBC
Earned $10 ECB

Target Trips 1,2, &3
16 Rice Krispy Treats $4/9 = $36
12 Packages Keebler $4/9 = $27
16 Pop Tarts $4/9 = $36

Total OOP $14
Rebate for $10
Earned $20 in Gift Cards

Thats Right $313.60 worth of product and I have spent $2.36..... Looks like my new little hobby is paying off literally! LOL!