August 28, 2010

Spent $0!  Got back what I used in ECBs too, so it was all completely free!

10 Vitamin Waters
1 Blink Tears
3 John Frieda
2 Snickers

August 24, 2010

A few good deals at Target today...

7 Chef Boyardee - .84-.89/each.  Used a $1 Target coupon on each (adjusted down to the price), and a $1/5 mfr coupon, so I did get $1 overage.

2 Cesar dog treats - $2.99, used $2 coupons, .99/each
1 Purina One biscuits - $3.78.  Used a $1 Target coupon and a $2 mfr coupon.  $1.78.

1 Dora DVD - $5.  Used a $3 Target coupon.  $2

2 Stride gum - .99 and $1.29.  Used a Buy 1 Get 1 mfr coupon and a Buy 1 Get 1 Target coupon.  Both free.

1 Degree travel size - .97.  Used  $1 coupon that was adjusted down.  Free!

1 Champion shirt - $5.58.  Used a $5 Target coupon.... .58!
1 Champion shorts - $7.48... used a $5 Target coupon, $2.48

Various shirts/shorts for the girls - $1.75 each! 

2 Denim Girls shorts - $5.58/ea ...used $2 Target coupon, $3.58!
1 Denim Girls shorts - $6.98...used $2 Target coupon, $4.98

I've done better, but not too bad  :o) 
My neighbor works at Starbucks and regularly brings us coffee and/or tea.  She is so sweet :o)  Today she brought us these cookies (she had them frozen, lol) and the coffee.  Yummy!  She also brought us a bag of tomatoes from her garden. 

Of course, I took her over some goodies too, lol. 

August 23, 2010


Four transactions.  Started with $11 in ECB.

Paid $0.00 in all four transactions, left with $13 in ECB and all of the above.  Successful trip, I think.  :o) 

I did use rainchecks on the Zegerid and the Dulcolax (neither of which I needed, but were moneymakers!) 

I still have a raincheck for another Blink Tears from last week or the week before, which will be a $1.50 money maker...but they were still out.  I'll check later this week... my mom said I could have her $3 John Frieda coupons so I can get 3 for $1, and I'm going to see if I can find some coupons for the Crest that has ECBs this week and maybe the Proglide razor as well...I didn't check for any online before I left because the kids were playing a game on the desktop and I have a whole baby wipes tub full of coupons I need to sort and put in my binder too. 

I also saw that the Got2Be products were B1G1 and I have $2.50 coupons so I want to check the prices on those...anyone know what they are priced at? 

ECBs I was left with after my trip:

Found a package in my mailbox from Method.  Exciting!  Five samples of their Smarty Dish tabs, each with a $1 coupon on the back for *any* Method product!  I am always finding Method on clearance at Target. 

I am supposed to share these samples, if I see you anytime soon, maybe you will get lucky! ;o)

August 19, 2010

8 Sobe Lifewaters.  On sale Buy 1 Get 1 Free, and I used four Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupons (won from the game at!  All free!

AND, I got a $1 ECB for using my Green Bag Tag so kinda like I got paid $1 to "buy" these ;o)

I'm too lazy to go find my reciept right now, but this was at Giant.

I bought 8 Hungry Jack pancake mixes ($1.50/ea), 2 syrups ($2.50/ea).  Got the $10 off instantly, used four $1/2 coupons and two buy syrup get pancake mix free coupons.  Made them all FREE (and I have already given some of the pancake mix away, lol).

I also picked up the potatoes ($2.50), 8 ears of corn ($2), and a bunch of bananas (.59/lb...I think they were nearly $2 for the bunch)...I used a $2/$5 produce coupon and paid right around $4...probably closer to $4.50 for everything.

August 18, 2010

Total spent?  Thirty-one cents, including tax :o)

Two transactions to make the most of my coupons (I wanted to split the Right Guard up so they didn't take the lower price off for my Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon)....I used $5 in Extra Bucks and got $5 back.

August 14, 2010


Pretend there are 3 packs of M&Ms there, the girls both had a bag and I only got 1 bag back for my picture, hahaha.

1 Trail Mix - $1.50...used a $1 coupon... .50
1 Schick Hyrdo 5 - $8.97...used a $5 coupon, got back a $4 ECB.  Free plus .03 profit! 
6 Butterfingers - .89 each, buy 2 get 1 free, soooo .89 x 4... $3.56/6 = .59/each.  Used 3 $1/2 .56/6 or .09 each.  :o) 
3 M&Ms Pretzel (used a raincheck!) - .50 each.  Used a $1/2 coupon, and got $1 ECB back. Free plus .50 profit! 
1 Johnson's Baby Shampoo - $2.19, used a $1 CVS coupon and a $1 mfr coupon... paid .19

Used $5 in ECBs...paid .87, and got back $5 in ECBs.  Plus there is a rebate for the razor so I should get $8.97 back for that!  That would make this a profit of $8.10!

After we got home from the shopping trip below, Ava decided she reallyyyyyyy wanted to make pudding.  Being the ever so wonderful guy he is, my husband ran to the store to pick up a box (I didn't have any on hand, crazy, huh? lol).  Whiiiiiile he was there, I told him he might as well pick up 10 more of these fruit pizzas  (love a man who will use coupons ;) ).  They were 3/$5, and when you bought 10 you got $17 in Catalina plus a small profit!  I had him use $17 in catalinas from the earlier trip so these were totally free. 

Roughly $64 for all of this (118 items)!  Savings of about $175!!  And after this I still had $23 in Catalinas to spend later.  Not bad!  :o)

Just thought I'd give a heads up, for any readers that have pets. 

Login or sign up for a PetsPerk account to print a coupon for a free 6oz. pouch of Purina Pro Plan brand Dog or Cat Food at PetSmart. You can print the coupon twice (if you're not absent minded like me and try to send it to your old printer that's not connected any more...lost a print that way!  Phooey). Coupon expires December 31, 2010.

I was also able to print a coupon for a free 6oz pouch of Purina One Smartblends! :o)

To credit, I saw this on one of my favorite deal blogs, Money Saving Mom.
Also at Target!!

I found the $3.99 lunch totes with the $4.xx Parent's rebate inside :o)

I picked up two, but forgot to have them put on different reciepts so I can have my mom get one rebate.  I'll just go return and rebuy, lol...  So, after the rebate, free lunch totes!! 

 Not the best picture, but they are nice :o)

 Mail :o) 

Free magazines, and a free dog treat, plus coupon. 

August 13, 2010

Everything pictured above was FREE, except for the Snyder's Pretzels, they were $1.09/each, and the oatmeal, which was $1/box. 

  • 2 Glade Room Sprays - Used a B1G1 coupon, a $1 mfr coupon, and two $1 Target coupons.
  • 6 Bic Pens - .99 each.  Used various $1/2 mfr coupons, and $1/2 Target coupons.  
  • 6 Scotch Tape - .50 each.  Used $1.50/3 coupons.
  • 6 Shout Wipes - .97 each.  Used four $1 coupons, and one $2/2 coupon
  • 1 Clean & Clear Morning Burst - .97...used a $1 coupon.
  • 1 St. Ives scrub - .97 - used a $1 coupon
  • 1 Tide - .97, used a $1 coupon
  • 6 Sobe Lifewaters - $1/each.  Used six .50 Target coupons and three B1G1 coupons.
  • 4 Chef Boyardee - .99 each.  Used four $1 Target coupons, and two $1/2 mfr coupons ($2 overage!)
  • 2 Quaker Oatmeal - $2.50/each.  Used a $1/2 mfr coupon, and two $1 Target coupons.  $1/box.
  • 2 Target Home bathroom baskets - $8.99 each.  Used two of the $10 Target bathroom coupon, free.
  • Not pictures (Ava confiscated) - 3 Hello Kitty Bandaids - .97each...used $3/3 coupon.  Free.

Not the greatest deals here for the most part... aside from the bread, impulse purchases I guess.

  • 1 Crayola Markers - $2, used a $1 Target coupon - $1
  • 1 Expo Markers - $3, used a $1 mrf coupon and a $1 Target coupon. $1
  • 1 St Ives - $2.99...used a $1 coupon.  $1.99...  
  • 1 Scotch Tape Pop Up - $2.11...used a $2 Target coupon (thanks, mom!)
  • 1 Dora DVD - $5...used a $3 Target coupon ... $2
  • 1 Snyder's Pretzels - $3.19...used a $1 mrf coupon and a $1 Target coupon...$1.19
  • 2 Market Pantry bread - .85/each...used .50 Target coupons, .35/each
  • 1 Friskies - $4.04, used a $1 mfr coupon and a .75 Target coupon - $2.29
  • 2 Air Wick - $1.99/each...used a B1G1 coupon and a $1 coupon.... .99 for 2
  • 2 RE bathroom storage bins - $5.99 each.  Used the $5 RE Bathroom Target coupons... .99 each
  • 1 Market Pantry juices - $1.84 each...used two $1/2 Target coupons.  $1.34/each
  • 4 Chips Ahoy - $1.89 each...used $1/2 coupons, $1.39/each

  • 2 girls tanks - $1.75/ea
  • 2 girls shorts - $5.58/ea, used $2 Target coupons - $3.58/ea
  • 2 men's Champion shorts - $8, used $5 Target coupons - $3/ea
  • 1 Champion shirt - $7.50, used $5 Target coupon - $2.50
  • 1 Merona polo - $8, used a $3 Target coupon - $5
  • 1 Merona shirt - $6.98, used $3 Target coupon - $3.98

Overall I saved more than I spent, so that's good, right??  I'm going to just keep telling myself that.  ;o)

August 12, 2010

This box of diapers was $35.88 on Amazon.

I was able to take advanted of a subscribe and save promotion to save 30% and get free two day shipping, as well as use two 20% off coupons, that managed to take my total down to $10.76!  Thanks to Swagbucks and surveys, they were completely free to me because I had Amazon gift certificates saved up.

I am hoping this might be our last diaper purchase for awhile?  Maybe?  Please?  Haha...

August 11, 2010


This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Boost Mobile. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am twenty-five years old, and thus far, I have never actually had a cell phone.  Hard to believe, huh?  I was just never much of a phone person, and if I am out and about, I am usually with someone else who has a cell phone...since probably every single person on the planet has one, except for me.  :o)

I am beginning to be more interested in perhaps going ahead and getting one though, if only to have on hand in case of emergency, or when the power goes out at home and my cordless does not work.  Rare, but it happens... and lucky me, my husband is usually either at work, or the conditions are such that he is not home because he has rushed out the door (to volunteer) for a fire call.  It would be nice to be have one at home for back up.  And let's face it, mobile phones these days are just really awesome...  I often find myself wishing I had one just to play around with, to check Facebook  (I admit it, I'm addicted to the games!!) while on a long drive (as a passenger!! lol), or in a waiting room...  A Blackberry would be awesome!  Just today I recieved some information about Boost Mobile and Re-Boost.  They have great payment options, you can pay for your plan online, over the phone, or in person at any of their Re-Boost locations, or you can choose to have your payments made automatically for those who are ::ahem:: forgetful... like me.  Convenient.  Not to mention I see you can get a $20 credit for signing up for auto-pay!  Nice!  You family or friends can actually even add funds to your account (as a gift or to help you out) without every tying their debit/credit cards to your account.  Neat.

I don't really know what the going rates are for mobile plans these days, my husband has one and it runs around $50 a month, I have no idea if that is good or bad or average, but his phone doesn't have a lot of the extras that a Blackberry would have, and Boost Mobile's plan for the Blackberry is $60 per month, but includes more or less unlimited everything.  The only thing that I see that costs extra with that plan are international calls and texts.  Oh!  I see another unlimited plan for just $50 a month too, probably very similar to what my husband already has.  I admit as someone who has never owned a cell phone before I am a bit overwhelmed looking at the phones that are available through them, but I see a pink one!!  Oooooh!  Pink!  ;o)  I am such a girl.  And so far behind with technology that all I can really comprehend is "Oooooh, pretty color!"  I could see myself now, getting one of these phones and having to ask my husband over and over how to do this or that.  I am sure you are ALL much more phone savvy than I am... so, check out Boost Mobile, or let me know about your experiences with them, I'd love to hear about them! :o)

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August 8, 2010

We recieved a copy of  DVD Read and Share: The Jesus Series, Life and Miracles to watch, courtesy of Book Sneeze. 

It is an animation of the popular children's Read and Share® Bible.  The Jesus Series introduces children to the life of Christ. It is a half-hour presentation of Jesus' ministry along the shores of Lake Galilee and the villages near Nazareth. Children will see Jesus call His disciples, feed 5,000 people, heal the sick, teach about God’s kingdom and introduce the Lord’s Supper.

I watched this with my children, who are two and four years of age and we all enjoyed it.  The animation was eye catching, yet simple.  I really enjoyed the mellow background music and it was nice to cuddle on the couch together and watch this family friendly cartoon while giving my children an opportunity to see these stories come to "life" in a way they can really grasp and understand.  It was great for sparking discussion with them and I just adored all of their innocent questions.  I love that this DVD is not too long, just perfect for their short attention spans.  It was really cute and makes a great addition to our media library. 

August 7, 2010

I got a $25 giftcard to Old Navy free from My Points, so I went in to browse.  I was hoping they would have some skirts that I liked, and they the wrong size...on clearance :o(  I did end up with 3 shirts for the girls, and two shirts for myself.

2 polos for the girls - $5 each (down from $9.50)
1 long sleeved tee for Ava - $1.97
2 shirts for me - $5.49/each

Not bad for free :o)  And yes, apparently I was in a pink mood.

August 2, 2010

After I went home to put away all the waffles from Giant I saw we needed milk, and I figured we still had more room in the freezer to cram a few more waffles in, haha.

In the Fuel for School coupon booklets that you can find at some stores right now, there is a coupon for $2 off a gallon of milk when you buy two multipacks of crackers, so I purchased two packs of crackers, eight boxes of waffles, and a gallon of milk.  The only coupon I used was the one I already mentioned (well, and the $10 catalina).

Paid $1.49 for all, and got a $10 catalina back again (which I then gave back to my mom, hehe) :o)

Why pay $3.49 for *just* a gallon of milk, when you can get all of this for less?  :o)


1 Dawn - .97 - used a $1 coupon, free!
2 Colgate Total - $2.99, used a $1 coupon on each, got back a $2 ECB on!
Altoids - $1.49, got a $1 ECB... .49
1 M&Ms - filler... .50...  they were still out of the Pretzel M&Ms and it messed up my deal, lol.
Gilette Proglide razor - $9.99...used a $4 coupon and got a $5 ECB, .99! 

Paid with my coupons and ECBs, didn't break even with my ECBs (spent $12 in ECB and only earned back $10) but that's okay, I spent .06 out of pocket on this trip.

I paid twenty nine cents for all of this!! :o)

4 family size Pop Tarts
1 Corn Pops
1 Fruit Loops
1 Apple Jacks
3 Frosted Flakes (which will equate to $5 in movie concession cash!)
20 Eggo waffles
30 packs Keebler crackers
3 boxes of Giant brand storage bags
2 frozen veggies
1 peanut butter M&Ms (filler so I didn't go negative and the only reason this cost me .29, haha)

Giant had an awesome deal this week where if you bought 5 of certain items you got $5 off your total, and when you bought 10, you got $10 off your total as well as a $10 catalina coupon to use on your next order...  which could be 10 more of the qualifying items, lather, rinse, repeat.

My mom went and got started, gave me her catalina...I went and shopped, and gave the remaining $10 catalina back to her when I was done (I did 6 transactions at one store, and stopped at another later in the day, I'll post that in a minute...  GREAT shopping day, between Giant and CVS, which will also be posted in a bit).

You can click my receipts to enlarge! :o)  They are not in order, but you can see the $0 totals and the .29 total :o)

August 1, 2010

Mail :o)

I won a Right@Home prize pack with Pledge wipes, Scrubbing Bubbles toilet cleaning gel, and Ziplock bags.

Aveeno coupon

Dove coupon and samples.