November 30, 2010

Woohoo!  Coupon for a free full size SeaPak Popcorn Fish for being an All You Reality Checker.  Awesome! 

November 28, 2010

My Black Friday shopping...  I'm so very exciting, I hit up the drugstores with my mom.  :o) 

First up was Rite Aid:

 I did three transactions.  They were all out of the Cottonelle for $1.88 (with $1 UP reward!) so they were substituting Charmin or Scott and just charging .88 for it. 

2 Charmin 4-packs  (.88 each)
1 Motrin PM  ($4)
2 Colgate Total (1.77 each)
2 Hershey's Pot of Gold candy boxes ($3.99 each)
10 Hershey's/Mars candy bars (.50 each)
1 Philips remote control ($4.99)
1 Noxema Razors ($3.99)
1 Got2Be Hairspray ($4.99)
2 Disney figures (.89, and .99)
2 Hair dryers ($9.99 each)
3 boxes of cereal ($1.99 each)
2 Vaseline lotions ($2.99 each)
2 Old Spice deodorants ($2.50 each)

I spent a grand total of $4.08 after coupons, including tax, out of my own pocket (for just over $75 in products!).  I will get back $14.98 in rebates, so already a profit of $10.41...but I also still have UP rewards left ($16!) to spend next time I shop. 

Then we headed to CVS:

They were out of stock on almost all of the Black Friday freebies, but that's okay because CVS is amazing with rainchecks.

1 Eucerin lotion ($6.99)
2 Excedrin (.99)
1 Philips headphones ($6.99)
5 Hershey's candy (.50 each)
1 Munch bar (.22 clearance...filler)
1 Carmex (.99)
2 Old Spice deodorants ($4 each)

Everything was free after ECB except for the Munch bar, lol.  I used mostly ECBs to pay, but I did end up paying a grand total of $1.22 out of pocket.  I donated $1 to St. Judes.  If not for that it would have been .22, but hey, I save more than enough to donate $1 at the register.  :o) 

I did a couple transactions, mostly because they found stuff they were in stock on while I was asking for rainchecks... but I still have $14.94 in ECBs to use next time I shop. 

 $78.33 from Rite Aid!  I spent maybe $40 to get this.  But hey, that's a profit of close to $40!

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November 25, 2010

Remember that $3 MP3 credit I mentioned recently?

If you're looking to get into the Christmas spirit, you can get this 99 Most Essential Christmas Masterpieces album free (and stilll have some credit left!). 

It is priced at $1.99.  As always with Amazon, you never know how long prices are going to last, so if you're interested, I would jump on this.  

If you missed the $3 MP3 credit information, just use code GET3MP3S

November 22, 2010

Have you been taking your surveys?  I almost always have Amazon credits from various survey companies.  They definitely come in handy during the holiday season.

I got an email from Amazon this morning that let me know about a lot of inexpensive DVDs.  They would make great stocking stuffers or are awesome to include in a movie night basket as a gift. 

A few inexpensive selections I see right now:

The Dark Knight (Widescreen Single-Disc Edition)    300 (Widescreen Edition)   The Blind Side

The Dark Knight (Widescreen Single-Disc Edition), $3.99

300 (Widescreen Edition), $3.99

The Hangover (R-Rated Single-Disc Edition), $3.99

WWII Remembered: A Complete History, $3.99

My Sister's Keeper, $3.99

The Blind Side, $3.99
 The Notebook  Fireproof  The Time Traveler's Wife 

The Notebook, $5.49

The Time Traveler's Wife, $5.99

Fireproof, $6.99

You can also get a $4 credit to watch/buy a Video On Demand program for purchasing select dvds.

Amazon also released a new code today for $3 credit towards MP3s. I usually download music to load up on the girls' MP3 players with the free credits they offer. 

November 21, 2010

Amazing deal on dog food!

These were all just .99 a bag after coupons!  $4.95 plus tax for $34.95 worth of dog food.  Awesome!
I am back-dating this.  I know I spent roughly $30.  I can't remember much else, lol.

The Tag books worked out to be $2 each.  Amazing price for those.  Basically 6 for less than the price of 1 if they are not on sale.

The Campbell's soups were free.  I had $1.50/3 coupons and they were .50 each.

Airwick candles were on sale for $2.99, I used one $3 coupon and one $2 coupon, so two for .99!

The pajamas ended up being about $5...  $4 shorts, $3 shirt and $8 pants...but I used a $10/3 coupon.

I used coupons on everything but...when I back date and forget to save or take a picture of my receipt...I forget.  :o(
I *love* this time of year!

Amazon seems to put this set on sale every year and I have always missed it.  Not today!  Right now you can get The Original Christmas Classics boxed set for just $12.99!  AND it ships free with Amazon Prime if you have that (I do!  Free trial!!).  If you would rather have a BluRay, that is priced at $19.49.  

This set includes:
* Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
* Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
* Frosty the Snowman
* Frosty Returns
* Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol
* Little Drummer Boy
* Cricket on the Hearth

(I wish it had Twas the Night Before Christmas too...but you can find that, along with Frosty's Winter Wonderland, for $5.99, if you're interested.)

I am placing my order right now (YAY for having Amazon credits from surveys!) and I'm not even going to be able to wait until Christmas to give it as a gift, I know I'll be popping it in our dvd player the day it arrives.

November 20, 2010

I am really loving Rite Aid lately.  Even more than ::gasp:: my beloved CVS.  Crazy! 

This was three transactions.  Total spent was .95 (put on a gift card), .47, (also put on a gift card), and $1.21 (.77 put on a gift card) I paid a grand total of .44 out of my own pocket for everything!

Plus I got UP rewards. $10, $2, $6, $2, $1, $1, $1, and $6...  but I did roll some of them onto my 2nd and 3rd transaction.  I can't remember how many I was left with when all was said and done.  :X 

Holiday Cards from Shutterfly

I have always loved receiving holiday cards, and my absolute favorite are the more personal photo cards.  Years ago I thought it was so expensive to send those cards and so I never even attempted to have them made, but for the past couple years I have found such great deals on the photo cards that I haven't been able to resist ordering them.  As a bonus, I actually *remember* to mail my holiday cards out when I am sharing sweet photos of my children with family and friends. 

Shutterfly is a great website you can use to order copies of your precious memories from, and I have used them with great results in the past.  You can check out their lovely selection of Christmas cards here: I just love the Royal Elegance card.  I really like the Family Wall cards as well.  So simple, elegant, and beautiful.  They also have Holiday cards:, and Hanukkah cards: They even have options for other holidays and many to choose from, you just have to check them out

Did you know, that Bloggers can actually receive 50 holiday cards for FREE?  Talk about a great deal!  I just got my girls their Christmas dresses yesterday and I am so excited to play around with the camera and try to get some good pictures to use for this years cards.  I love looking at the cards from years past and seeing just how much the girls have grown.  We may even try some family photos this year!

November 17, 2010

I love when Kohl's randomly mails me $10 in Kohl's Cash.

When I first saw the Hideaway Hollow collection I thought it was ADORABLE.  I knew my girls would love it, so when I got some Kohl's Cash that's what I got.

They have actually sent me enough Kohl's cash recently for me to buy the ENTIRE set (minus one of the small mouse sets because there are 3 total and I need to keep the numbers even, haha!

That, coupled with their sales, has made it much less expensive than it was originally.

I do need to give credit to my mom though because she gave me a some of her $10 Kohl's Cash as well and even purchased two of the items for me using a $10 that had been sent to her.

I'm sooooo excited that Santa will be able to leave these under the tree (and at a fraction of the cost)!  :o)

 $7.94, as opposed to $24.99! 
 This total would have been $7.20 less, but when I saw those shirts I thought the girls would love them...had to get them.  :o)  Still, $3.05 for the furniture sets after the $10 Kohl's Cash, great deal considering they're normally $14.99 each. 

 Not sure why some of my pictures get flipped.... :o/  Not sure how to fix that either since they flip after they're uploaded.

Out of curiosity I just added up what I would have spent purchasing all of the Hideaway Hollow items at their full prices (going by the price stickers on the ones I purchased)...  $203.09!! (!!!) Wow.  What I have actually spent?  $39.58. That doesn't include the two my mom purchased, but I think that was around $14 (if I remember correctly) for both, so that still only makes the total around $53-54 total....for 10 playsets.  AMAZING what using store coupons and shopping sales can do.

November 15, 2010

Hubby was running out so I asked him to stop at Weis and pick up some of the great deals I'd noticed this week when sorting through my coupons and looking at the ad.

4 Bailey's Coffee Creamers - $1.50 each.  Used $1 coupons to make them .50/each.
2 Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls - $1.50 each.  Used .70 coupons that doubled to make them .10 each!
1 Activia yogurt 4-pk - $2.  Used a .75 coupon that doubled to make it .50.

November 13, 2010

Rite Aid:

Total spent out of pocket: $0.  Total spent on gift card: .03!!  I totally made a profit on this too with UP rewards.  Love it!!

 2 Princess Candycanes w/ Ornaments - $1.29/each
1 Oral-B power toothbrush - $7.99
5 Garnier Fructis - $3/each
1 Cheez-Its - $1.99
2 Nivea for Men - $3.99/each
1 Oral B toothbrush - $2.99
1 Diet Pepsi 2-liter - $1.49
Total:  $40.02

Used a $5/25 coupon
Used 5 $1 mfr coupons on the Garnier
Used a $1 and a $2 Video Values Rite Aid coupon on the Garnier
Used a $15 Rite Aid coupon on the power toothbrush (got overage!! Thanks for the tip, Barbie!)
Used 2 $3 coupons on the Nivea for Men
Used a $1 mfr coupon the Oral B toothbrush
Used a $1 Rite Aid coupon on the Oral B toothbrush
Used a $1 off any purchase Rite Aid Video Values coupon
Used a $2.99 UP Reward

Paid .03 on a gift card.

Got back in $10.99 in UP Rewards:

$1 for Cheez-Its
$2.99 for Oral-B toothbrush
$5 for Garnier
$2 for Nivea

I *love* getting paid to shop.  

The crackers were $1 a box.  They were on sale for $2/each, and I used a $1/2 manufacturer's coupon as well as a $1/2 Target coupon.

Softsoap was $1.99, but I used a $2 Target coupon, adjusted down to $1.99, making it free.

The Olay soaps were .97/each, used $1 coupons on each, all adjusted down.

The Tide packets were .97/each and also used $1 coupons, adjusted down.

The Glade candles were $2.50, used a $1.50/2 coupon and a $1 Target coupon, making them $1.25 each.  I should have waited for the gift card deal, but oh well.

The Fashion Fairytale doll was $11.49, and I used the $5 Target coupon to get it for $6.49!  He is a Christmas gift.  ;o)