Saturday, January 31, 2009

CVS 1/31

I combined a few deals from this week with some new ones for next week. I love Saturday nights! I wanted my ECBs from the Almay and I wanted to use the Electrasol 2.50 coupons before they expire tomorrow.

Almay eye shadow 7.49
3 Electrasol Gel tabs 2.99 each
Butterfinger Valentines heart .50
3/15 CVS coupon
8.50 in MCs
.49 OOP (on gift card)
Received 5 ECBs for Almay, 3/15 coupon

If you have last weeks Walgreens and CVS ads, be sure to keep those prescription coupons! I used the CVS one at CVS this week to get my $25 gift card when I filled my prescription. My store accepts their own coupons, so I still have one more of those, plus my two Walgreens to use!

CVS 1/26

I spent a little more than usual on this trip but we were sick and needed some cold medicines, plus they had marked down some of the Tylenol Allergy Medicines to half price so I used my coupons to get those at a good price. I learned something new on this trip though... Clearanced make-up doesn't count towards the amount needed to earn ECBs!

Almay Pure Minerals Powder 6.65 (clearance)
3 Advil Cold & Sinus 5.00 each
2 Gillette for Men Shampoo 4.99 each
2 Tylenol Allergy & Sinus 3.65 each (clearance)
Almay 1 Coat Mascara 3.99
Kleenex bonus back 3.69
Alka-Seltzer Plus Day/Night cold medicine 6.59
Used 10/50 CVS coupon
14.50 in MC
1.00 CVS Kleenex coupon
19.98 EBCs
8.72 OOP (on Gift Card)
Received 5 ECBs for Advil, 6.98 ECBs for Gillette, 1 ECB for Kleenex
(I was trying to get the 5 ECBs for the Almay but didn't know clearance didn't count)

Savings Information

Several people have inquired about the ECBs and other coupon terms, so I wanted to use today to try to answer some of those questions. Instead of trying to type out information that is on so many other websites, I'm just going to provide links to those sites so you can read the information as you have time.

ECB Information
CVS Shopping for Newbies
Walgreens Shopping

To find all of the deals for the week for most stores, including drug stores and grocery stores, check out this pretty comprehensive list. If you don't want to spend the time tracking down all the information on blogs, you might want to consider going the Grocery Game or using Coupon Mom to find everything already put together for you. A few other tips along with stores can also be found here.

For me, I buy 2-3 newspapers a week so that I have more than one set of coupons to work with. You will still save in the beginning, but the real savings come once you get a good stockpile. Once you have most of the items you use already on hand, you can wait for them to go on sale again to maximize your savings. I try to buy meat when it is on sale too and stock my freezer up as much as I can. If you don't have a stand alone freezer, I would really recommend getting one. It will save you so much money in the long run. If not, you'll be running out and buying meat at the non-sales price to make that recipe you just have to have that week. Same goes for frozen veggies and other snacks. My freezer is full right now thanks to the current Mega Deals at Kroger! I also bought an extra turkey at Thanksgiving while they were cheap and got a ham after Christmas at a great discount! If I didn't have my freezer, I couldn't have done that.

Another great way to save that I have discovered lately is Kroger closeouts. I bought some razors just today that were normally 4.99, but were on closeout for 2.09. I had $2 coupons for them, so they were only .09 each. I also got some good deals on cleaning products the same way. I went early this morning and made my way down each aisle looking for markdowns and closeouts that I had coupon matches for. It took a little time, but I enjoy saving so it was fun for me.

A great way to keep up with deals and sales is to sign up for Google Reader and subscribe to several money saving blogs. You can then go read any new posts on a daily basis and find any special sales as well as the weekly store sales. I follow around 8 or 10 of them myself and put together all the information to do my deals each week.

As far as other terms and abbreviations I use on the blog, there is a list over on the sidebar that you can use as a reference.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wednesday Recipe

Instead of a dinner recipe, I thought I'd share a great recipe I made this week. I wanted something sweet, so I looked through what I had on hand and what was on sale and decided on this recipe. I have an abundance of oatmeal right now, so I wanted to use some of that up. The only thing I did not have on hand was fresh blueberries; they were on sale for .99 last week, so I didn't mind buying those. I did not have raspberry preserves, but I substituted strawberry, which I did have already.

Looking over what you already have and then finding recipes will save much more than finding a recipe and then seeing what you need to make it.

I'll just post the link instead of typing it all out. I thought it was good; let me know if you try it and what you think!

Very Berry Breakfast Cake

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuesday Freebies!

If you are like me, you would love to try some of the whitening strips but hate to pay so much for something you aren't sure about. Wal-Mart is currently offering a free sample of Crest Whitestrips, so go take advantage of the opportunity to try these out for free!

Attention Smokers: Quitting smoking is tough but it doesn't have to be brutal. Instead of going cold turkey, NicoDerm CQ helps you quit successfully through a balanced approach. Along with the sample you will also receive a $7 coupon on your next purchase. Answer some questions and fill out the form to get your free sample. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.Click Here

Nature's Bounty is giving away a free sample of their Fish Oil supplements. Jason takes these on a daily basis so I'm happy the sample comes with a coupon too!

Kroger 1/25

Yeah, I know.... 3 trips, but this one was more to hang out with a friend. I just took my coupon binder along and got a few more deals too.

Fiber One Granola Bars (2 boxes) 2.69 each
Cheerios Snack mix 2.19
Hormel Bone-In Spiral Ham (markdown) 8.19
Hormel Turkey Chili (2 cans) 1.00
Yo Plus Yogurt 4 pk 2.59
Sargento Cheese Sticks (2 pkgs) 3.99 each
Blueberries 1 pnt .99
Nature Valley granola bars (2 boxes) 2.69 each
Kroger Sour Cream 8 oz .99
Nabisco Wheat Thins (2 boxes) 2.39
Nestle TollHouse Brownies 2.50
23.88 OOP, saved 27.06 or 52%
13.90 in MC savings

Kroger 1/24

I tend to hit the mega deal sale several times, so here was my second visit. I bought a few items on special or markdown in addition to the mega deal items.
Prices are before the $5 off:

Captain Crunch Cereal (3 boxes) 2.49 each
2 pk GE Energy Smart light bulbs (8 packages) 4.70 each
Glade Aerosol Spray (6 bottles) .96 each
Orville Redenbacher Natural Popcorn (3 boxes) 2.19 each
Kraft Cheese (5 packages) 1.99 each
Pace Picante Sauce/Salsa (2 bottles) 1.76 each
Kens Salad Dressing (2 bottles) 1.99 each
French's Mustard (1 bottle) 1.49
Nature's Bounty Melatonin 9.09
Nature's Bounty Biotin FREE (B1G1)
Quaker Simple Harvest Oatmeal (2 boxes) 2.69 each
Tostino's Pizza Rolls 40 ct (2 bags) 2.99 each
Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers (4 bags) 1.49 each
Loreal Men's Facial Cleanser (markdown) 3.49
Quaker Mini Rice Cakes (2 bags) 1.00 each
Pork Chops (managers special) 3.61
Dove Shampoo (markdown) 2.45
Coffeemate Peppermint Mocha creamer 1.00
Starbucks dark chocolate grahams (2 packs) .65 each
Total OOP 66.03 saved 96.31 0r 59%
I had $38.00 in MC savings!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Kroger 1/22

I love the Kroger Mega Events!
I'll try to list all that we tonight, as well as a website where you can get the coupon match-ups.

Transaction #1: (prices before the $5 off)
2 40 count bags Tostinos Pizza Rolls 2.99 each
1 Gordons Fish Fillets 2.99
1 Pace Picante Sauce 1.76
1 Kleenex w/ lotion 1.59
2 Glade Warmers 1.49 each
1 Glade gel refills 2.09
2 bags Farm Rich Mozz cheese sticks 4.99 each
12.21 OOP; saved 25.39 (67%)

Transaction #2:
1 Quilted Northern tissue pk 6.99
2 Kleenex w/ lotion 1.59 each
1 Fructis wax (closeout) 1.79
1 Cottonelle 4 pk 1.19
2 Bounty Basic paper towels (closeout) 1.03 each
2 Suave shampoos (closeout) .77 each
4 Juicy Juice 2.53 each
2 Betty Crocker boxed potatoes 1.67 each
2 Orville Redenbacher popcorn 2.19 each
1 French's Worcheschire sauce (closeout) .79
2 Ro*tel tomatoes .90 each
3 Fiber One granola bars 2.69 each
3 Nature Valley granola bars 2.69 each
2 Quaker Simple Harvest oatmeal 2.69 each
2 Powerade singles 1.00 each
2 Tropicana Orange Juice 2.69 each
1 Borden's FF organic milk 5.49
2 French's mustard 14oz 1.49 each
1 Kraft Miracle Whip Light 2.99
4 Kraft 2% Singles 1.99 each
1 Hillshire Farms lunchmeat (markdown) 2.09
2 Chex Mix snacks 2.19 each
2 Quaker Quakes 1.00 each
1 Nestle cookie dough 2.46
1 Horizon Chocolate milk single 1.00
Total OOP 46.85 saved 75.54 or 61%

There is an awesome printable list here if you need coupon match-ups! I love this sale!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Kroger 1/19

I didn't really have a good plan in mind for Kroger today. I had a few things on my list that we could use at home, plus I wanted to pick up some items for the local food pantry.

3 BC Hamburger Helper meals $1 each
2 Rice-a-Roni $1 each
2 Pasta Roni $1 each
1 Cottonelle bath tissue 4 pk $1.19
3 ACT II popcorn (3pk) $1 each
1 Horizon Organic Milk single $1
3 Dial bar soap 3pk $1 each

$1/3 Hamburger Helper IP
$1/4 Rice-a-Roni or Pasta Roni 1/4 RP
3 - .40 ACT II 3 pk or larger 12/14 SS
.50 Cottonelle 4-pk (not sure of insert)
.25 Horizon Organic milk single 1/11 SS
3 - .35 Dial 1/4 SS
$3 credit from P&G for ecoupon that didn't work a few months ago

Total OOP: 5.71 saved 18.87, or 77%

CVS 1/19

It took me a long time to get my thoughts straight to even try to go to shop today. I finally went just to get out of the house. It is so hard to deal with all that has happened over the past few weeks. Anyway, here was my deal:

4 12pks of Pepsi Products $12
3 bags Lays Chips $9
2 Excedrin Migraine $1.99 each
2 Puffs tissues .99 each
1 RS marshmallow heart .50

2 $2 Excedrin IP coupons
2 .25 Puffs MC 1/18 PG insert
22.50 ECB

.46 OOP, got back 10 ECB
will submit receipt for $15 Pepsi/Lays Superbowl Rebate

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sorry it has been a while since I've posted. My 5 month old son passed away yesterday so it may be a while before I get back to blogging over here. I will one day, so please check back. I plan on using some of new money saving abilities to help out some causes that have now become close to my heart.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Walgreens 1/6

Transaction 1:
4 Kelloggs cereals 2.50 each
*buy 4 get 3 RR
used 4 - $1 MC
Total OOP: $6, got back the 3 RR

Transaction 2:
1 Electrasol Gel Tabs 3.49
2 Splenda 100 count pkts 4.49 each
3 Quaker Oatmeal 10 pks 4.00 each
1 Garnier Fructis Hairspray 2.99
2 Reynolds aluminum foil 1.59 each
2 Ben & Jerrys ice cream pints
2 $3 Ben & Jerrys IP coupons
1 $2.50 Electrasol MC
3 $1 Quaker Oats IP coupons
2 $1 Reynolds MC
1 $1 Garnier Fructis MC
1 $1.50 Splenda MC
3 RR from Trans 1
In-ad coupons for Reynolds, Quaker, and Splenda took off $10.23
$2 Easy Saver coupon for GarnierFructis
Total OOP $5.32 will send in rebate to get 1.50 back on Electasol

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tuesday Freebies

Gold Bond Lotion: helps soothe irritate skin, even for those of us with sensitive skin. Even though we do not have harsh winters to deal with down here, we do lose much of our humidity. My skin is always such a mess during the colder months so I'm looking forward to trying out this sample.

Dunkin' Donuts still has their free coffee sample available! I can't imagine a better time of year for hot steamy coffee!!

For those of you who use Lactaid, they are offering a free sample of their product.

That's all I have for today; things are still touch and go here at home, so I'll try to keep blogging when I have the chance. I did a Walgreens run today that I will try to post details of later tonight or tomorrow.

Monday, January 5, 2009


Home Made Simple

If you haven't signed up for your coupon book from Home Made Simple, go do it! P&G currently has a promotion on their products; if you buy $50 before the end of the month, you can get $120 in coupons. I don't know if I'll make it, but these coupons will come in handy to get me to that goal! I love Cascade and Febreze, so I know I will use those coupons out of this booklet!

Meal Plan Monday 1/5

Things are still kinda crazy here, but I would like to have a plan of some type to try to get through the week....
Monday: chicken strips, hashbrown casserole, rolls, broccoli cheese casserole
Tuesday: Lasagna, homemade bread
Wednesday: sub sandwiches, homemade fries
Thursday: pinto beans, corn bread, fried potatoes, pork chops or chicken
Friday: homemade pizza
Saturday: burgers/fries (take-out)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Off Topic, but SOOO Important...

I want to ask my readers to please pray for my 5 month old son, Eli. We are facing a possible diagnosis of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and need all the prayers and good thoughts we can get.

CVS 1/3

When things get rough and you need a break, go CVSing! I took my brother to teach him the ropes and here's what we did:
2 Old Spice Deodorants
1 Colgate Max Fresh toothpaste
1 Colage Max Fresh toothbrush
4 Stayfree feminine care products
1 Garnier Shampoo
1 Bandaid assorted pack
1 Rohto eye drops
2 Nature's Bounty Potassium B1G1
1 Bodiheat heating pads 3 count
.75 Colgate Maxfresh toothpaste MC 1/4 insert
.75 Colgate Maxfresh toothbrush MC 1/4 insert
1.00 Garnier shampoo/conditioner MC
2.00 Rohto eye drops MC
2 B1G1 Stayfree MC
2 - 2.00 Nature's Bounty IP coupons
1.00 Bodiheat peelie
2.00, 3.00, 3.99, 4.00, 5.00, 10.00 ECB
.47 OOP (on gift card)
Got back 3.00, 10.00, 2.00, 1.00, 2.00, 2.00 ECB
I tested to see if Sunday's ECB were working by buying 2 Speedstick, used B1G1 MC, and 3.00 ECB. Zero OOP, earned 3.00 ECB. After seeing that it worked, I did the transaction above to buy everything else.

CVS 1/2

I decided to go to CVS yesterday to help take my mind off things here at home. I think my mom was a little impressed with my shopping. :)
Pantene Shampoo $3.50
Pantene Hairspray $3.50
Schick Intuition Plus Razor $8.99
Nature's Bounty Calcium $11.99
Nature's Bounty Potassium $4.99 (free with the B1G1 deal)
Excedrin Back & Body $4.79
Excedrin PM $4.99
Excedrin Geltabs $5.39
Excedrin Express Gels $5.39
2 Excedrin $1 peelies
2 Excedrin $2 MC
1 CVS $2 CRT pain relief coupon
$3/2 Pantene MC
2 Nature's Bounty $2 IP coupons
$2 Schick Intuition MC
$3/15 CVS coupon
2.59, 2.99, 2.99, 2.99, 4.99, 12.00 ECB (total was -.01)