Proverbs 15:16

Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Super Deal Day!

I got a bunch of those fantastic deals I was going for!  All but the Biz laundry detergent, but supplemented those with some other great deals I found!

So here's how and what I did:


Glade Scented Oil Candles, $2.54
Used: $2/2 coupon, also applied to below
Final Price:  $1.54

Glade Scented Oil Candles Holder, $2.99
Used: $2/2 coupon, also applied to above
Final Price:  $1.99

Glade Fragrance Collection Candle, $$2.54
Used: $2 off any Glade Product from the coupon booklet they mailed me
Final Price:  $.54

Total at register: $8.78
Total paid out of pocket: $4.78
Total savings: $4.00

Rite Aid:
I had to go to Rite Aid two different times because the first Rite Aid didn't have one of the products I needed.
So here we go!

#1 Trip

Soleil Twilight Razors, $4.99
Used: $2/1 coupon
          $2 SCR (single check rebate, sent at the end of the month)
Final Price:  $.99 after rebate, OOP was $2.99

Air Wick Imotion Scented Oil, $9.99 50% off ($4.99)
Used:  $4/1 coupon
Final Price: $.99

Total at register: $15.85
Total paid out of pocket: $4.85
Total savings: $11.00
#2 Trip

Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System, $14.99 50% off ($7.49)
Used:  $5/1 manufacturer's coupon
           $1 ad value coupon
 Final Price:  $1.49

I bought a Snickers as well because I wasn't sure if you could have more coupons than products (I know at Walgreens you can't) so I just figured I'd add it in anyways.

Snickers, $.88
On sale for $.50

Total at register: $15.87
Total paid out of pocket: $2.65
Total savings: $13.22

Total at register: $40.50
Total paid out of pocket: $12.28
Total savings: $28.22

Monday, March 29, 2010

Target Deal

So here was my deal at Target the other day:

3 Kotex, $1.02 each, $3.06
Used: 3 $1/1 coupons
Paid: $.06

Dial Complete, $1.82
Used:  1 $.35/1 Target coupon and $.35/1 manufacturer's coupon

Total at register: $4.88
Total paid out of pocket: $1.18
Total savings: $3.70
76% savings

Deals I'm Working On

Tomorrow, I'm going to try to get several deals:

#1)  Biz Laundry Detergent

Right now, Biz Laundry Detergent is 2/$5 at Big Lots.  If your particular Target agrees to price matching, you can pick this product up at Target for $2.50.  In the 3/28 SS, there is a coupon for $3/1 Biz detergent.  There is also a printable $2/1 coupon here.
In the end, you can pick up two laundry for $.50.
Most Target establishments will lower the value of a coupon, so they can lower the one for $3.
I would most definitely (and plan to!) bring a copy of Target' coupon policy, as with most establishments.

Thanks, My Frugal Adventures!

Rite Aid
#2)  Bic Soleil, Advance or Hybrid $4.99
 $2 SCR (A monthly rebate for all rebate-qualifying products)
Use $2/1 from SS 3/28
Final Price: $.99

#3)  Lysol No Touch Hand Soap 50% off  $7.50 ($14.99)
Make sure to check your local ad, because this deal seems to be regional
Use $1/1 ad perk coupon
Use $5/1 from 3/28 SS
Final Price:  $1.50

Thanks, For The Mommas!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Remind Me to Post

I recently made a pretty neat purchase at Target where I paid tax for three items, and $.50 for another.  I'll be posting that soon!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Hot Deal - Rite Aid Toilet Paper

Rite Aid:

What we got:
15 rolls of Angel Soft (3 bought last night, 12 bought today)
On sale for $.79 per package

Vitamin Shampoo:
On sale for 50% off
Mail in rebate makes this product FREE

CQ Nail Polish
On sale for $.74

Total at register: $36.22
Total paid out of pocket: $14.91
Total savings: $21.35

This is where we're storing our toilet paper!!  Yikes, we need a housey!!
With any luck, that will be soon because we've been looking at houses, and are going to put an offer in on two houses tonight!!!
Hopefully all this couponing will help us afford the right kind of home!

Kotex U Sample Pack

You can sign up for this sample pack here.

Thanks, For The Mommas!

Bath & Body Works Deal

I printed off my two coupons (1) and (2), and took them to Bath and Body Works last night.  I paid $3.26 for two bottles of hand sanitizer, $1.63 each.  I got a spearmint lip gloss valued at $7.50 and a body spray valued at $5 each for free!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Walgreens Matchups

Bic Highlighters .49 with in ad coupon
Use $1/2 Bic Stationary products from 8/9 SS
Final Price: 2 for Free

Colgate Total $3.99
Get $3.99 Register Reward
Use $1/1 from 3/7 SS
Final price: $1 moneymaker

FREE - Bath & Body Works Lip Care Item for Students

I can't believe I didn't post this when I found it!!  Sorry guys!  Well, Cutie Snisser is coming to hang out today, so I'm printing one off for her too.  They definitely work!
Here is the link for a coupon for a free lip care item with any purchase.  If you purchase the $.50 hand sanitizer carrying case, you can get $8 worth of product for $.50!!  I usually buy hand sanitizer itself because I love it and I use it always.

You do need to have a student ID!


Thanks, Printable Coupons!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Target Trip

What we got:

Clorox Toilet Wand:  $10.69
Kotex: $1.02
Dial: $1.37
Two blocks of Kraft Cheddar (not pictured): $2.19 each, or $4.38

What we used:

Clorox Toilet Wand:
-$5 off coupon
-$5 rebate (I'm still trying to figure out how to send it in, my upc code is one digit too long for the form)
Kotex: $1/1
Cheese: $1/1
Dial: $1/1

Total at register: $17.82
Total paid out of pocket: $8.52 before rebate, $3.52 after rebate
Total savings: $14.30 after rebate
80% Savings

Walgreens Trip

What we got:

Dawn Dish Soap: $1.49
Glade 3-wick 10 oz. Candle: $10.99

What we used:

Dawn Dish Soap:
-On sale for $.99
-Manufacturer's coupon for $.50 off Dawn with Hand Renewal
Glade Candle:
-On sale for $5.99
-Manufacturer's coupon for $3 off
-Walgreens coupon for $2 off

Total at register: $13.59
Total paid out of pocket: $2.09
Total savings: $11.50

A grand total of 85% savings!!

Staples Deals

At Staples, we were able to get two packs of envelopes, white erase markers, and a full ream of copy paper for $9.79 out of pocket.  We signed up for our rebate, however, and are going to receive a $4.99 refund.  Thus, for all that, out of pocket we paid $4.80.

What we got:

Two packs of envelopes: $3.99 each, or $7.98
One ream of paper: $5.99
Because of Dollar Days, we paid:
Markers: $1
Envelopes: $1 each, or $2
Paper: $1

Total at register: $14.29
Total paid out of pocket: $9.78 before rebate, $4.79 after rebate
Total savings: $9.50
67% savings

Vons Trip

Cutie Husband and I went to Vons last Sunday, and because we actually needed certain things, we didn't do so great.  We paid $30.83, and saved a pitiful (very few coupons!) $8.97.  However, considering the fact that we only paid $30.83 for a whole week of groceries, I was excited.
I realized that we may not save as much at Vons, but that's because we're using all of our coupons elsewhere, getting the great deals, and sparing ourselves the need to buy these products at Vons.  This thought comforted me.  We had just one coupon for our coffee creamer for $.75 off, "doubled" to $1 off.  Our club card saved us the rest.

This was a savings of a measly 23%.

No pictures of this trip because we were in a rush to get back out the door.  We threw the refridgerated things in the fridge, and left everything else on the kitchen floor until we got back home, thus no photos.  We just basically got bottled water, milk, coffee creamer, chips, and bread plus a couple of extras.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Remind Me to Post

Here are a few things you can expect to see posted over the coming week:

I got my hotbook from, and while our mail carrier careless bent it, I'm still very pleased and excited to have actually received it!  I can't wait to set up for my March book!  One free per month!!  If you don't know what I'm talking about, click here to read all about it (Thank you, Mrs. Moneysaver!).  I will post pictures of it so you can see it.

Cutie Husband and I went to Staples and scored some great products at great bargains!  I love their dollar days!

We also went to Walgreens, and while that trip was the biggest disappointment, Cutie Husband was so kind as to drive me all the way to the other Walgreens so we could try our luck there.

We went to Target, and I got some great things.  I still need to figure out my rebate for the Clorox Toilet Wand (my upc has one too many digits!!!), but I was glad with what we purchased there.

As soon as Cutie Husband and I go house hunting, you can expect to hear a lot out of me about that!!

Cutie Husband and I also had a trip to Vons this weekend, but unfortunately most of what we got did not coincide with an awesome coupon deal.  We saved a little, but not much.

In light of all our recent trips, I will also need to update our savings counter in the top left corner!!  That's one of my favorite things to calculate!!  It's the tiniest bit of Cutie Snisser in me...  she's an accountant!  I hope I make her proud with that little box!  Then again, it's likely more the teacher in me!

Make sure to check back, because these things are all so exciting (at least to me!)!


Kmart Super Doubles

For The Mommas has blown me away!  I was looking at a couple of the posts from the last time that Kmart did a super double event, and she scored amazing amounts of products!  Here is the tentative list for the participating stores.  
Shannon says, though, that it is really chaotic figuring out whether they actually are participating or not.
Even to verify, I tried calling one of my local stores, and the store member said that they get an e-mail the week before letting them know.  The employees had even less insight than I did about the event, so my advice is don't save your coupons until the week before!
If your store does participate, however, this sounds like an AMAZING thing!!!  I'll be collecting high value coupons just for this and figuring out the nearest participating store!!!

Thanks, For The Mommas!

Kraft First Taste: Free Philadelphia Minis

I think this offer may be reduced to a discounting coupon by now, but go see if you qualify for the freebie!  These go quick though, so hurry!

If you get the coupon, it's a dollar off a four pack, so decide whether you think it's worth the printer ink!  I looove cream cheese, and the only thing that could make it better is if it was easily transportable!  So worth it for me.

Thanks, For The Mommas!

Sadly Slacking!

I am very sorry that I have been slacking the past few days!!  

Cutie Husband and I have been to three stores over the past weekend, and we weren't able to score all the deals we'd hoped for.  However, we did get some amazing stuff!!  

Unfortunately, after the second Walgreens we went to, we just took what we could get!  I plan to go back every once in a while this month to try to swindle them into doing the deals the way they're meant to be (ridiculous that I have to swindle them to do what they're supposed to!), but they get very touchy about ringing in a zero total.  They told me it wouldn't let me ring in a total of $.99 for the shampoo, but yet they did it for the candle!!  Go figure...

Anyhow, my schooling program is in full swing.  This is the fifth week out of nine, so I am halfway done with my first of five or six sessions.

I am sad to report that this is the norm, I think.  So once every nine weeks at about the same time during my schooling, you will notice a steep drop-off in my postings.  A lot of things are changing right now too, so that may cause some definite and noticeable changes in my blogging.  I'm trying to have a positive attitude, so if you're a praying person, shoot a quick one up for me (and poor Cutie Husband who has to deal with my freak outs here and there!!)  :]

I will do my best to keep up, and I have a TON of exciting things that have flooded my mailbox the past few days.
I will try to get on here and post up those pictures this week, but please be patient!

I know I have very few people who regularly check up on my blog, and I want you guys to come back!!

Don't worry, I am not stopping my blog, I have just been swamped with lesson planning and observing, yikes!
Check back this week for a major bottleneck of postings I should've been keeping up on!!  :]

As always, please enjoy!! my site, and come check back Friday or so, I'll try to post at least a couple of my bargains by then, and maybe a couple of freebies!!

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Birthday Freebies

Here was an article posted on Yahoo! today.  It shows where to get the best birthday freebies.  Black Angus is amazing!!  And if you ask me, it's worth it to get older just for all the free ice cream you can get, yeah baby!!  Cutie Mom would love those!
You can see all the freebies here.

The Game Plan

Today, Cutie Husband and I are going our scavenging for deals!!  I've made my lists, and hopefully all goes as planned.  As of now, here's the idea:

  • Transaction #1
    • 6 Kleenex with (2) $.50/3 coupons 
    • $3 RR (my first transaction with Register Rewards ever, I'm trying to be brave, but I'm so nervous!!)
      • The Kleenex are B1G1 for $1.99each, $.50/3
      • Total at register will be $11.94
      • After deals, it will be $4.97 OOP, $1.97 with the RR
  • Transaction #2
    • Dial travel size, $1 off coupon, should be FREE!
    • Tylenol, $2 off coupon and $1.50 off coupon from March Coupon Booklet should be FREE
    • John Frieda Hair Care, $2 off from March Coupon Booklet, and $3 off from 3/7 SS should be $.99
    • Dawn Hand Renewal is $.99, with $.50/1 coupon from 3/7 P&G
    • Glade 3-wick, 10 oz. candle, $3.99 after Walgreens coupon, $3.00 coupon should be $.99
    • Russel Stover eggs should be $.29 on sale, used as a filler item
  • Envelopes - 25 for $1 (maybe will buy two of those!!)
  • White board markers - $1, will look at those to see if they're really a good deal.. teachers can't have too many!
  • Hammermill printer paper - $1 after rebate
  • Clorox Toilet Wand, with $5/1 coupon and $5 rebate, should be free!
  • Almay Make-up Removal Pads with $2 off coupon, should be free
  • Cheddar Cheese, we'll have to see if they have what we need, should be $.50 each for 2
  • Butter if it's on any kind of a sale
  • Water, without a sale
  • Milk, without a sale
  • Ivory soap, 3 count for free with our $1/1 coupon
  • Tornadoes taquitos, just so we can receive $10 off our next purchase

These are our deals, hopefully we can score as many of them as possible!!
Check back to see how we did!

Free Ivory Soap at Vons This Week

Ivory Soap 3 count is on sale at Vons this week for 10 for $10.  There there was a coupon from P&G (not sure the date) for $1.00 off Ivory, Safeguard, or Zest body wash or bar packs.  Buy one, and voila! it's free.

Staples Dollar Days

Oh wow, Cutie Sister-In-Law #2 and I love Staples Dollar Days!!  Cutie Husband and I are heading over today to get some must-need stock up items, and I'm calling Cutie-SIL #2 right now to tell her about it!

$1.00 items
  • Quarlet Dry-erase markers 4 pack, reg. priced $3.29  (teaching supplies!  gotta take a look at those)
  • Staples dry-erase board eraser, reg. priced $2.99
  • Staples Pull and Seal envelopes 25 pack, reg. priced $3.49 (so getting these!)
  • Avery Glue Sticks 3 pack, reg. priced $2.49
  • Staples 3 hole binder punch, reg. price $3.99 
Thanks, Good Deal Mama!

Dial Coupon

Coupon for $1 off dial liquid soap or body wash.  To print them, just head here.
I've heard if you can find Dial trial size, it only costs $.99, so you can get a product free.  Make sure to be confident with your coupons on that one though, letting the checker know that it does not say it must be used on full size products.  I read the fine print, and this can be used on anything.

Thanks, Saving and Giving!

Free Full Size John Frieda

Free full size shampoo and conditioner from John Frieda, while supplies last.  You know I signed up for this one!
Thanks, For The Mommas!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Mailbox Mania and Mall Madness!

Tonight was such an incredibly fun night!!  Not only did Cutie Husband and I go to the mall to redeem my free Victoria's Secret underwear coupon and my buy any item receive a free specified other item from Bath and Body Works, but when we got home to check the mail, our mailbox was crammed!

We spent the first part of the night making our way through the crowded mall - geez that place had teenagers coming out the freaking windows!).  After a fun time eating out at Olive Garden to celebrate Cutie Husband passing a really crazy test that will help him be eligible to promote at his job, we went home.  I persuaded Cuthie Husband to check the mail (yay!) and it was just packed full of goodies!  As he was walking back to the car, a pink parcel caught my eye, and I was already excited!!  I practically pounced on him when he got back in the car!

So here is what we scored tonight!!

 First check from Pinecone Research!!  Anyone who has doubts, doubt no longer!!  It might be small, but this was my first month and I signed up at the end of the month.  If you EVER have the chance to sign up for this company (and I'll try to jump on the link for the sign-up page when it comes available) do it without hesitation!!  It's amazing!  I literally spent 10 minutes on a survey.  Nice!

Birds Eye coupons, great deal!  We try to eat veggies whenever we can with dinner since fruit goes bad so quickly.  Gotta get the healthy wherever ya can!


A little Kashi anyone?


Poise products and coupons... Yeah, I don't need em, so what?!  :]

 Finally, my mall madness.  Free underwear, bought the hand sanitizer for $1.50 because I will actually use it, and got the verbena lime coconut body spray FREE with my coupon!

Absolutely a great night, and had such lovely conversation with Cutie Husband at dinner.

Now this is long overdue.  I just looked at my receipt and realized the shopping day for this was last Sunday...  I didn't exactly know how to post all this, so I put it off.  Here was my Sunday Vons trip!

What I got:

Two crowns of broccoli
Two sticks of cream cheese
One can of chicken brother

General Shopping:

Whipped cream cheese
Two V-8 fusion
Two Right Guard deoderant
One tub of Folger's
One tub of Nesquik
5 boxes of macaroni and cheese (MEGA DEAL)
One box of fruit crisps (they didn't take my coupon because it printed badly, but they looked so good!  
        Splurge item!)
One 48 oz. bag of macaroni noodles
Two boxes of penne
Two boxes of Frosted Shredded Mini Wheats
One box of Blueberry Frosted Shredded Mini Wheats
One liter of Pepsi

Coupons we used:
We had a coupon for the Right Guard making them $.50 each
We had a coupon for the V-8 making them $1.50 each
The Pepsi was a special-spend-$10-pay-$.49-cents-for-this-item
The macaroni and cheese was on sale for $.50 a box, and we used our $1/5 coupon, making each box $.30
We had a coupon for the frosted mini wheats making those around $1.50 each

Total at register: $65.99
Total paid out of pocket: $45.33
Total savings: $20.66
This wasn't necessarily our best shopping trip ever, but we got a lot of things we needed!  The Folger's and Nesquik we didn't have coupons for, and those alone cost around $15.  I'm still working on getting the best deals at the grocery store, however if I'm able to do more of the basics shopping at Walgreen's so cheap, my grocery store prices will only go down and down!

Friday, March 05, 2010

Coupon for a Free Dove Product

Upload a video at the Dove website and give them your thoughts on  Dove BodyWash with Nutrium Moisture and you will get a coupon for a FREE Dove Hair Care product (up to a $6.25 value).

Thanks, For The Mommas and Mojo Savings!

FREE Clorox Toilet Wand

With a rebate, you can get the Clorox Toilet Wand FREE.
Get the $5 off coupon here, and get the $5 rebate here.
It costs about $9.99 at Target, so it'll be FREE or close to it!!

Thanks, For The Mommas!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Free Emergen-C Sample

As a teacher in a credentialing program, we got into a discussion tonight about health hazards with little germy kids.  Our teacher was talking about this product, and I had remembered seeing something about free samples!
Thus, here is the link.
Remember, use your account just for these things, not your regular e-mail address!

Search & WinBy the way, look at what I snagged for searching about this product!  Woo hoo!!  If you're not already signed up for Swagbucks, I suggest you do!  If you're not sure what Swagbucks is, look at my post here.

Coupon for Free Bath and Body Works

FREE B&BW Signature Collection Travel Size Item coupon

Click on over here to print your coupon for a free travel size item with any purchase!!  Because I use their hand sanitizer anyway (for $1 or $1.50 each) this is a great deal!!

Thanks, Deal Seeking Mom!

Kindle Free Reads!

I was very excited to see this post on Deal Seeking Mom's site because my sister got a Kindle for Christmas!  She's going on a long flight soon, and was looking for some good reads.  So Cutie Snisser, this is for you!!!

Monday, March 01, 2010

Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

Here is a favorite recipe of my and Cutie Husband's!  Homemade Macaroni and Cheese, straight from my mom's kitchen!
We always double the recipe, so here it is doubled.

-Boil a large pot of water, once boiling, preheat oven to 350 degrees

-Dump in 16 oz. elbow macaroni


*Start on your rue (unfortunately, I didn't think about taking pictures of this until after I'd already started the rue, so some of the steps won't be pictured here!

-Melt in a sauce pan one stick of butter
-Add about 7-8 tablespoons of flour until the mixture becomes pasty
-Remove from heat and slowly incorporate 4 cups of milk
-Add salt, pepper, and onion power to taste (handy hint: the sauce should be flecked with pepper, so don't    
     be shy!  Add about 3/4 tablespoon at least!)
-Place back over heat, and stir mixture CONSTANTLY until it comes to a boil
-Boil for one minute
-Around this time, your noodles should be cooked (cook according to package, usually around 10 minutes)
-Pour noodles into greased casserole dish (usually it takes me one 9x13 and one 9x9)

-Once your sauce has boiled for one minute, add four cups of cheese (OR MORE!!!)

-Slowly incorporate the cheese, allowing it to melt into the mixture before adding more

-Pour proportionate amounts of the sauce over each casserole dish, and stir


-Add a topping...  I used Pringles last time, and they were delicious!  I've also been known to add Ritz 
     crackers, croutons, or bread crumbs, ground up;  I use whatever I have on hand at the time

-Bake for 30-35 minutes


Let me know if you make this recipe and any alterations you use!  I love this recipe because it really only requires that you buy two ingredients!  It is so easy and so delicious, and super cheap!

Cheese - about $4.00 for this amount
Noodles - about $.65 ($2 for a 48 oz. bag)

Grand total for a meal that lasts two people at least two meals each - $4.65
So for one person for one night, it costs $1.16 per person for a delicious, nutritious meal at home!  (And that's with NO SALE on the cheese!!  It can only get cheaper from there!!)