Thursday, August 27, 2009

Back from Vegas

We're back! We had a great time. I haven't had time to do anything but sleep and work since we got back Tuesday night at midnight.

My to do list......
1. Take my breakfast and lunch to work
2. Take my drinks to work
3. Cut down on fast food-eat sandwiches for dinner if we have to
4. Continue using frugal couponing/sale purchases for as close to free or money maker items for
groceries and stockpile items
5. continue to put money in savings for upcoming bills (property taxes)
6. continue to cut out some more of our extras-this one is hard, but we are determined

Friday, August 21, 2009

Busy Week-Good deals at Wags

My week has been incredibly busy. This has been the busiest start of a school year I have ever seen. Needless to say, this has put a damper on my compulsive couponing this week. I was able to get my CVS deals on Sunday. Amanda and I made a trip to CVS and Walgreens.

This week at Wags- free Soft Soap Body wash and cheap Conair hair brushes. I was also able to take advantage of the Velvetta cups deal-another freebie after Qs and RRs.

CVS was free school supplies, ear phones and cheap milk!

We are off to Vegas in the early morning for a nice 3 night vacation. This trip has been planned since December. Just can't wait. My compulsive couponing will have to wait til Wednesday of next week!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Guitar Hero Legends of Rock for the Wii on Sale at CVS

This week 8/16, CVS is offering Guitar Hero for the Wii for $39. I went tonight to pick it up. My closest CVS starts the new week's sale on Saturday afternoon. Darlin Dan and I made a trip to CVS this evening because I really wanted to take advantage of this sale. I snagged a $6 off of $36 earlier this week and I wanted to use this q. We were able to buy one and we've been trying to figure it out all evening!!

This was a little splurge, but I think I got a good deal.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wednesday at CVS

So Wednesday, while I was still recovering from my coupon shopping hangover, I stopped at CVS because I HAD to use the $5/25 Q they sent me by email and it was good for Wednesday only. I kinda had a game plan and I was thrilled that I did not spend ANY money. I did burn $3 in ECBs but that's okay. I spent $9 in EBs and got back $6 in EBs. I bought some more diet coke, 1 razor, and 2 candles.

My 1 stop at WAGS- 2 neosporin, 1 toothpaste, and 1 WAGS children's activity book--cash OOP $ .29, used various man. Qs, a $6 RR and got back $3 and $4 RR.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Compulsive Couponaholic

I confess! I had a moment that lasted half a day...............I went on a coupon shopping frenzy that spanned 7 Walgreens. I spent $8 OOP- all out of my coin purse. I love paying for my goodies with change out of my coin purse! I love it when the cashier says something like, " that will be $ .50 ma'am." I bought $125 worth of the best WAGS sales items. I now have $50 in RRs.
I have decided I am a COMPULSIVE COUPONAHOLIC! Today I had a massive coupon hangover and I made only 1 stop at Wags and 1 stop at CVS.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday-disappointing visit to Staples

This was my first visit to Staples. We have only 2 stores in San Antonio. The closest one is not very close, probably 6-7 miles. Well, Amanda and I made the trip this afternoon. We were disappointed that the big sale items we were looking for were gone-the label maker and pencil sharpener. We were going to try the easy rebates they have. Oh well. A salesperson at the store said they sold out in 1 hour yesterday morning. That's just great :( We left with 6 spiral notebooks-they were 1 cent each-don't ask me why but we both paid 5 cents for 6 spirals. Not even any tax?

Great Sunday Shopping-

Amanda and I set out early Sunday morning for CVS and Walgreens. We decided that we need to put Wags on our Sunday run cuz Manda let some RRs expire......heaven forbid!!!

CVS-Can you believe I spent $ .10 OOP for $32 worth? OMG! My CVS had $2/2 Qs for coke, so it made the sodas a very sweeeet deal! 4/$6. I got the free after EB makeup,free sharpies after Q, cheap razor, free pain reliever-my free gift from CVS. I did burn a few EBs, but it was worth it.
WAGS-I spent $1.20 for $20 worth. I used a $10 RR and a $2 RR and got back a $6, $3, and a $4 RR! I bought 1 toothpaste, 1 floss, 1 toothbrush, 1 listerine, 2 neosporins, 2 $ .19 pens. Yippee!!
So, my Sunday OOP was sooo low- $1.30 for $52 worth of goodies and thatis what motivates me to keep on hounding!
Later, I found some clearance toothbrushes at WAGS that work with the $6 RR deal (toothbrush, floss, listerine)
Some bloggers had posted about the deal--and it works!! I have a boatload of the $1 off 1 toothbrush Qs and I plan to be making some money on this!!
You buy 3 of the clearance Reach medium toothbrushes at $1.09 each and use 3 $1 Q for reach toothbrushes-OOP is $ .27 and get back a $6 RR!!! Can you say money maker?

Saturday, August 8, 2009

WAGS-paying more in tax than on my purchases

I drank my last diet pepsi last night!! OMG-time to restock. The deal at WAGS isn't the greatest, but it will have to do. 3/11 get $2RR. I decided to burn some RRs to get my soda fix. I was re-scanning the WAGS ad when I noticed the Vaseline lotion as part of a RR deal!! I'm down to 3 bottles and I give this stuff away like crazy. So, I started out Sat. morning on a quest for more lotion and sodas. I spent $5.64 OOP for 4 transactions.............subtotal-$2.26 and tax was $2.91-what's up with that?
I bought $65.61 worth of goodies! I used $21.35 in man. Qs and $42 in RRs. I rolled my RRs- I have $33.50 in RRs to play with.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Trip to Target

I made a trip to Target today. I wanted to be able to send in the Kelloggs Fuel for School Rebate. I bought 6 boxes of pop tarts and 4 boxes of Morning Star products for the rebate. I added 1 box of Cinnabons-they were on sale and I had a good Q. I also got 3 apples and paid $ .35 for them after the $1 Q. Then I added 9 cans of Mighty Dog dog food that is a money maker and made this deal sweeter. I paid $7 and change on my Lowe's gift card that I got when we got our new dryer. I will submit the rebate for a $10 check and a $70 Q for a Dell computer-I don't see me using this since we recently purchased new Dell computers! However, this deal is sweet-I paid $7 on a GC I got as a rebate and will receive a $10 check rebate!!
I had contemplated doing the deal at WAGS and using the 5/25 Q they have. I decided I just didn't want to spend $20+ OOP. I couldn't make a deal sound good to myself, so I decided to do the deal at Target where I could use 2 Q's for each box of pop tarts and morning star meat products. I knew at Target, I could use the Mighty Dog food Qs to help with the OOP since it is a money maker.
I have read on various blogs that this rebate can be done up to 4 times with different rebate forms from different sources ( 2 I know of is one on the Kelloggs web site and one from last Sunday's inserts). I will probably do this only once.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

This week

I've shopped at Wags everyday this week! I've been rolling those RR's!! I've been snagging the free after RR toothbrushes and Vitamin Shampoo. I've done the MM suave deod. deal 3x. I've now got a great stockpile of Nutrigrain bars-after Qs and RRs-each box is $.75. Darlin Dan likes to have these for breakfast on the go!

I was able to grab FREE smart source coupons today-the neighborhood paper had both ss coupons from Sundays paper.

I grabbed a rebate form for Vitamin Shampoo this morning. I found one hanging on a vitamin shampoo bottle!!

Now I gotta get ready for next weeks great deals!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Oh my goodness-I spent $6.20 OOP for $171.81 worth of good deals. I had such a great shopping spree......

I did my research on the coupon blogs -mainly I heart CVS and I heart WAGS(I don't know what I would do if these great blogs weren't around)--and went for the very best deals. I visited 3 CVS's and 2 WAGS by myself today. Amanda is out of town this weekend. They decided to have a little get away before she starts her new teaching position in 2 weeks.
I did splurge on a soda at Walgreens cuz I was soooo thirsty and Darlin Dan requested a tea from CVS. My OOP would've been less than $5 without these purchases!!
At CVS I grabbed all the free school supplies(stretchy book covers,sticky notes, glue sticks, scissors, 1 subject notebooks,rulers, protractor, compass, aqnd pencils) after EBs I could find. A money maker this week is the blink eye drops-free after EBs-a $3 Q came out in the paper this week, making this a $3 MM!! The stayfree is free after Qs and EBs as is the Electrasol-wyb 5 at $4.50 and use 5 $2.50 qs- you get $10 Ebs. You get $1 EB wyb a gall. of milk. I went for the new Softsoap nutri serums bodywash-it ws $4.69 and got a $4 EB-since the Blink was a MM I felt paying $.69 for the bodywash was ok.
At WAGS- I bought the free after RRs this week- Gum toothbrushes and Vitamin Shampoo. I was able to score a moneymaker at WAGS this week. The suave deodorant! I bought 8 at $1.42 and used 8 $.50 Qs-then got $10 RR. This made this deal a $2.50 moneymaker!! The natural instincts hair dye is $6.99 and get $2 RR. Well, a $4 Q came out in todays paper-so this makes this deal $.99! I bought 1 paper at Wags -I needed 1 more Blink Q.

I will be buying more sunday papers tomorrow-5 inserts!!

We're grillin some stockpiled steaks this evening-I can't wait!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

So Glad it's the weekend

I was able to take advantage of the 15% off Q at WAGs yesterday. I combined the special they were running for the propane gas exchange for the gas grill with the Q. I was able to snag the propane gas for $13 something. It's regular $19.99 at WAGS. I was happy with this price. I'm wanting some grilled steaks tomorrow evening!!

I've been working on organizing my stockpile. Darlin Dan brought me home a nice shelf and this inspired me to work on my stash.

This is maybe half of my stockpile..............and this does not include food! My guest room is starting to look like a convenience store. I've been thinking about my food stockpile. My cupboards are completely out of hand.

We spent our 2nd weekend in a row working on our backyard. We trimmed a tree and Danny used the leaf blower to clean the deck. I finished off our backyard cleaning by vacuuming the pool.

I plan to spend some quality time with my Qs this evening. I need to get ready for next week, plus alot of Qs expired yesterday!