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I'm so addicted to couponing and chasing a good deal. Thank goodness I have a wonderful husband We've been married 12 years. (He must love me very much because he puts up with my couponing and low carb cooking)!!! We live in San Antonio, home of the NBA champions, San Antonio Spurs!! I am a big Dallas Cowboys fan and have always admired my favorite player, Roger Staubach. We belong to a Texas Hold 'em Poker League and have made some really good friends while playing poker. I am a proud Grandmother and love spending time with my "munchkins".

Monday, May 31, 2010

Run to Target today to do your OLAY gift card deals



I checked some of my fav blogs last night and Totally Target and Common Sense with Money both wrote about the great OLAY gift card deal at Target. I got my Qs together and thought I would head on over to Super T. I wanted to do the deals today because the P&G $2 Qs expire today. There are other $1 Qs from SS5/16 that don't expire until 6/30, it just isn't as big a moneymaker. BINGO! I used all my P&G Qs and I didn't take my SS Qs. I plan on another trip later today or this week to complete my $50 worth for the OLAY deal post here. I will do 2 more gift card deals using the $1 Qs from SS5/16-will still be a money maker and then I will submit for the $20 rebate!!

Super T had restocked the Bounty paper towels. I used all my man. Qs and now I'm very well stocked.

By the way, I did this in three transactions. I'm a wimp! I thought this was the best way to try to avoid rejection and denial. Darlin Dan was with me and took out the bags after each transaction while I was going back for more.

I started with $20 in Target Gc. I now have $31.92 in GCs!!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Such a busy day

My day started a little before 5 AM this morning. I couldn't sleep so I got up and did some paperwork for my part time job until about 8. Then I made sure I had all my coupons ready for shopping. We dunked some cookies in our coffee for breakfast and then we got dressed and went to Home Depot to rent a sub pump so we could empty our pool. This is really a disgustingly dirty job! We had to go to 2 stores before we found a pump. Anyway, we put the pump in the pool around 12 and then I left for my Sunday Shopping. I got home around 3 and made us some tuna salad sandwiches. After we ate, we started working on the pool. We had asked a favor of our son and daughter's BF to please come and help because I was very afraid my back would go out if I tried to do this job. I've always done my fair share-even done the job myself before, but I need to be 100% the last week of school and we wanted to take advantage of the 3 day weekend and the weather to do this job. I'm happy to say it is completed and the pool is being re-filled as I type this. We were given an estimate of $6oo for somebody to come do this- we paid $40 to rent the pump! It took about 1.5 hours for the 3 men to do this job. Now our water bill will be double next month-from $35 to $70 to refill it-not too bad-and we emptied all the water on our lawn! The water had not been treated with chemicals for months and we did the same thing last year with no problems.
My Darlin Dan is all tuckered out-already called it a day! I've washed our stinky clothes that we wore to do this job and I'm waiting for them to dry before turning in myself.
Can't wait to take a dip in my nice clean pool!

All I can say is WOW!




I spent $4.64 cash OOP today at Walgreens for $162 worth of goodies. I started with $30 in RRs and now I have $34.50 in RRs. So it actually cost me $ .14 today!! Oh, and every time I bought a Kotex U, a coupon for a free pack of Always spit out! Yippee. I was trying to use up those Kotex coupons that expire today. I was also very determined to get my candy! Last time WAGS offered this deal, it was hard to find 4 bags at a store. I was able to do the deal 4 times. (More beach snacks!)

I visited 3 Walgreens. All of these stores are very close to home. I did 3 transactions at the first store and 2 transactions at each of the other stores.

The men's Nivea body wash ended up being a moneymaker! They are $4.99 each and
BOGO free this week and I used 2 $3 coupons. I only had 8 nivea coupons left. I was saving them for a deal in a couple of weeks, but this was just too sweet.



If you have the coupons, all you need to start this bonanza is one $8RR from last weeks Complete moneymaker deal.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

5/30 Walgreens deals

Here's what I'll be grabbing this week at WAGS

1. Ecotrin 45 ct. $2 get a $2RR
use $2 ecotrin Q 5/16/10RP

2. Luster White 7 toothpaste $5 get a $5RR

3. Walgreens A thru Z multivitamins $2 get a $2RR

4. Rejuvicare Ultimate skin, hair, nail supplement $9.99 get $10RR

5. Kotex pads, liners, tampons $3.49 get a $2.50RR
use $1 kotex Q 4/18/10SS expires 5/30

6.Nivea or Neutragena Men's Skincare, shave gel or body wash BOGO free
$3/1 Nivea body wash for mean 5/2/10RP
$2/1 Nivia for men 4/25/10RP

7. Hershey's pieces 2/$5 get $5 RR wyb $10
$1/1 Q for candy 4/18/10SS

8.Oxi-clean stain remover $2.99
use $2 q 4/25/10SS


Fillers

1. Royal gelatin in ad Q 5/$1 buy one for $ .20
2. Arizona tea in ad Q 2/$1 buy one for $ .50
3. Walgreens foil in ad Q $ .59

2 day sale Sunday and Monday

1. 24 pack pure drinking water $2.49

Good News and Bad News

Well it wasn't perfect, but not bad. The sales for next week are working, but the RRs didn't print. So, I'm not any money, I just didn't get my $2 money maker RR.
I was able to take advantage of next weeks Revlon deal of buy one get one half off and use the $2 Wags coupon book coupon that expires today.

I grabbed some clearance revlon lip colors for FREE-actually a small moneymaker-
$5.19 + $2.60= $7.79
Q book coupons $4 and man. coupons $2 + $2 = $8 = $ .21 moneymaker
This won't work tomorrow because the coupon book expires today!

Now I'm off to get ready for next week's deals................

Wish me luck

I'm going to try Walgreens on Saturday evening to see if I can take advantage of 2 weeks deals at one time. Somebody blogged about doing this a couple of weeks ago and my curiousity is getting the best of me. I thought I would get a price check on the Ecotrin first and see what happens! ;-) I'll report back later

Friday, May 28, 2010

Isn't he great!!

My Darlin Dan was given this $50 gift card at work and he gave it to me! Isn't he the best!! He said he wants me to use it for my deals!

Walgreens preparing for next week!



I dropped by my fav. WAGS this afternoon and look at the display. Looks like they are getting ready for next week!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I'm in major overload

It's the end of the school year and I'm in major overload. I've been doing paperwork all evening, getting ready for another round of parent meetings. Tooooo many meetings and tooooo much paperwork this week. I'm looking forward to the 3 day weekend and then 1 more week of school!
I'm also looking forward to another great week at Walgreens! The list looks great.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How I am stocking up with my Money Maker Item this week

I've decided not to add to my RR amount this week, but instead I am stocking up on some items. I have $28 in RRs as we speak. I will try to maintain the $28 in RRs and I am rolling them like this:

Trans 1 - since I have almost all $8RRs I'm starting with a transaction w/o the Complete solution in it. So I start with $8 in RRs.
1. Goodie Hair thingies $2.99
2. Iron man rub $5.99
3. small bag of chips $ .35
=$9.33
-$1 print. Q for Iron Man
-$8 RR (complete solution)
= $ .33 OOP
get back a $3 and a $5 RR!

Trans 2 - this is where I buy my items I need or want that are on sale using the RRs I just got from trans 1
1. Complete Solution $7.99
2. Glade spray BOGO $2.99
3. clearance 5 x7n pict. frame $1.29
4. Hunts sauce $ .25
=$12.42
-$2 q for complete
-$2/2 glade from parade magazine
-$3 & $5 RR
=subtotal of .52 +.02 tax = .54 OOP
get back a $8RR for complete!

I go and do trans 1 again to roll RRs and then trans 2- I pick up Complete, a 24 pk of water on sale for $2.99(instead of glade and picture frame) and small bag of cheetos
pay $1.33 OOP

Do trans 1 again to roll RRs and then trans 2 - Complete, Dixie plates BOGO (use 2 $ .50 print. Q) and 2 hunts tomato sauce
pay $1.56 OOP

There are soooo many possibilities-
I've also grabbed
1. dial foaming hand soap
2.scrubbing bubbles bath kit
3.colgate toothpaste
4. Big roll tp
5. pecan sandie
6. Listerine whitening plus restoring

Next week there is another money maker in the Ecotrin! I can do the same thing again. My mind goes into overdrive trying to figure out the best scenarios!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Gotta watch my shows

It is a great TV night.....dancing and singing

Dancing with the Stars and American Idol.

Darlin Dan helped make our breakfast for dinner, Chilequiles-a DELISH mexican breakfast dish. I was especially hungry this evening, a hard day at work, eating lunch on the run, a beef jerky and a granola bar!

So our evening is a frugal one, dinner and sitting in front of the TV, watching 2 of our favorite shows! What could be better than that?

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sunday at Target


Can you believe I spent $1.33 cash OOP for $73.50 worth of groceries at Super T? I spent $31.93 on my Target GC and got back $20 in GCs. So this cost me $11.93 on my GC and $1.33 cash OOP.
I was able to grab those money maker Venus Razors!! I was so sad that this Super T had only 1 single roll of the Bounty Basic paper towels ;-(.
I used my $5/50 coupon that I got in the mail. It was burning a hole in my coupon bag!

Sunday at WAGS


Fantastic!!

All of this was bought in 3 transactions.
I spent a grand total of $3.01 cash OOP for $55.42 worth of goodies.
transaction #1
1. Complete $7.99
2. Big roll $ .89
3. Goody barrette $2.99
4. Hunts Tomato sauce $ .25
=$12.12
- coupons of
$2 for complete
$ .39 in ad for tomatoe sauce
- $4.50RR
-$4.50RR
= $ .77 cash OOP
got back $8RR and $3RR

transaction #2
1. scrubbing bubble kit $7.99
2. scrub bub refill $4.99
3. ironman muscle gel $5.99
4. Colgate toothpaste $2.99
5. Hunts tomato sauce $ .25
= $22.21
- coupons of
$5 scrub bubbles
$3.99 refill scrub bubbles
$ .75 toothpaste
-$8RR
-$3RR
= $1.47 cash oop
got back $2RR, $5RR, and $2RR

transaction #3
1. Big roll $ .89
2. Renuzit x 4 at $2.99 each
3. complete $7.99
4. Hunts sauce $ .25
=$21.09
-coupons
took off $5.98 for BOGO of Renuzit
$ .39 in ad Big Roll
$ 2.00 complete
$2.99 Renuzit B2G1 free
-$4.50RR
-$4.50RR
=$ .77 cash OOP
got back $8RR

I used a total of $29RR and got back $28RR. NOT BAD.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday shopping at CVS

I had a fantastic shopping day!! My 1st stop was CVS. I also went to Walgreens and Super Target today. I'll report on those stores later.

My CVS card:


I bought
1. 1 Ragu $1.67
2. 1 Lipton tea bags $2.49
3. 2 Hellman's mayo $2.99 each $5.98
4. 1 Revlon nail polish (clearance) $1.37
5. 1 crest toothpaste $2.99
6. 1 CVS nail remover $1.99
7. 2 Old Spice body washes $4 each $8
8. 2 ladies Nivea body washes $5.59 each $11.18
9. 1 men's body wash $4.49
10. 1 can hominy (clearance) $ .35
=$40.51
- coupons
1. ragu $ .30
2. lipton $ .50
3. Hellmans $ .75
4. Hellmans $ .75
5. Revlon $2.00
6. Crest $ .75
7. Old spice BOGO $4.00
8.ladies nivea $4.00
9. ladies nivea $4.00
10. men's nivea $3.00
11. cashier keyed in free remover like a coupons $1.99
= -$22.04 in coupons

=$18.47
- $17.99 in EBs
= $ .57 cash OOP
got back $18 in EBs!!
($1 crest, $8 Old Spice, $3 Hellman's etc' $5 Nivea, $1 green tag!)

DH CVS card:


1. 2 revlon lipstick (clearance) $2.49 each $4.98
2. 2 old spice hair and body wash $4 each $8
3. 4 nivea mena's hair and body wash $3.99 each $15.96
= $28.94
- coupons
1. old spice BOGO cashier took off $4.99!
2. Mens nivea x 4 = $12
3. revlon x 2 =$4
4. CVS CRT $3 off $15 in hair care
=coupons of
- $23.99
= $4.95
-$5 in EBs
got back $14 in EBs!
($8 Old spice, $5 Nivea, $1 green tag)

I bought $69.45 worth of goodies for $ .57 cash OOP!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Week of 5/23 Sales

The deals I plan to grab......

Walgreens
Goody Ouchless barrette or flex tip band $2.99, Ear a $3 RR wyb one
FREE after register rewards

Complete Multipurpose solution $7.99, Earn a $8 RR when you buy one
Use $2/1 Complete Solution 5/16/2010 RP Insert (exp 7/31/2010)
FREE plus $2 in overage after coupons

Colgate Toothpaste Total Advances or Enamel Strength $2.99, Earn a $2 RR when you buy one
Use $1/1 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste 5/9/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/29/2010) or
Use $0.75/1 Colgate Total Toothpaste or
Use $1/1 Colgate Total Apr 2010 All You Magazine (exp 5/31/2010)
As low as free after coupon and RR

Keebler cookies or crackers 4/$10, Earn a $5 RR when you buy four
Use $1/1 Keebler Sandies 9.5 oz + (IE) or Printable (FF)
Use $0.55/2 Keebler Cookies, any 4/18/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/13/2010)
Use $0.55/1 Keebler Sandies Cookies 4/18/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/13/2010)
Pay $1 for four packs of Sandies after 4 coupons and RR

Scrubbing Bubbles Extend a Clean $7.99, Earn a $2 RR when you buy one
Use $5/1 Scrubbing Bubbles Product 4/11/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/6/2010)
Pay $0.99 each after oupon and RR


CVS
Old Spice or Gillette Body wash $4, Earn $4 ECBs (limit 2)
Use B1G1 Old Spice Body Wash 4/18/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/30/2010) or
Use B1G1 Free Gillette Product 5/2/2010 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2010) or
Use $4/2 Gillette Deodorant or Body Wash 5/2/2010 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
FREE plus $4 in overage after coupon and ECBs

Spend $10 in Ragu, Hellman, Lipton items and get back $2 ECBs
Use $0.60/1 Ragu 2 lb 13 oz+ 5/23/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/20/2010)
Use $0.60/2 Lipton 5/23/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/20/2010)
Use $0.75/1 Hellmann’s or Best Foods Product, 30 oz or smaller (IE) or Printable (FF)

Buy Revlon Nail polish $3.49 get free CVS Brand nail polish remover
Use $2/1 Revlon Color Cosmetic Product 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/30/2010)
Pay $1.49 for both

Happy Birthday to me from Starbucks


This is what I got this morning with my Starbucks coupon. They sent it to me for my birthday!!


This is what I got in the mail from Target!



I love this Q 'cuz I can use it before I give them my Target coupons and manu. coupons! This little booklet has several good Target coupons in it!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Walmart deals

Last night I needed to pick up the lastest All You at Walmart. I wanted to see if they had some deals that I could get for our beach week in July. I was able to get:
1. 2 packs of Bar S weiners $ .78 each = $1.56
2. 1 pack of Kraft singles melt downs $2.48
3. 1 pk of Capri Sun $1.97
4. 1 McCormick small cont. black pepper $1.38
5. 1 McCormick sea salt $1.45
6. 1 All You magazine $2.69
= $11.53 + tax
- Qs
-$1/2 Bar S weiners
-$1 Kraft melt downs
-$1 Capri Sun
-$1 McCormick
-$1 McCormick
=$5 in coupons
Total $6.53 + tax

I am planning several trips to Walmart for the weiners-we used them for bait last year!

I'm actively stockpiling for our beach week. Last year, I saved us a TON of money by bringing stockpiled food and drinks.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Visit to Dollar General

FRUGAL IN ALABAMA posted the current Dollar General deals with coupons so I decided to take a trip over to my closest one.

I was able to take advantage of a few of the deals.
I bought:
--1 Carefree Liners -$1.00
Use $1.00/1 in 4/25 RP = free
--1 Johnsons’s Band- Aid 30ct – $1.00
- $ .50/1 in 4/25 SS = $ .50
-- 4 Hunt’s Ketchup – $1.00 each $4.00 total
- Use $1.00/2 in 4/10 ALL YOU Mag
= $.50 each or $2.00 total
-1 French’s Mustard – $1.00
- Use $.50/1 in 5/9 SS
= $.50
-1 Hormels bacon bits $1.65
- use $ .55/1 in 05-02-10 SS
= $ 1.10
So before coupons $8.65
after coupons $4.10
Thanks to FRUGAL IN ALABAMA I saved over 50%.

Monday, May 17, 2010

OMG-Aren't these cute?





Mercedes at http://www.commonsensewithmoney.com/2010/05/graveyard-mall-kids-sunglasses/ blogged about Graveyard mall having a deal on ladies sunglasses. Well, here they are. I payed using my pay pal account that had over $9 in it from doing surveys on Pinecone research, so my cash OOP was about $6! This is really a great deal. They have tags on them-the tags say CVS and some are priced at $29.99 down to $17.99. Some of the brands- Revlon & Gloria Vanderbilt.

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Sunday at CVS



It was great at CVS yesterday. Got all the deals and steals I could. I spent $ .19 cash OOP and another $1.60 on my CVS GC! I'm afraid I used Darln Dan's CVS card as well today. I wanted to stock up on Pepsi for the beach. I used some moneymaker EBs from last week!

I got a TON of stuff! All together I bought $85.48 worth of goodies. I did one transaction on each card.

I thought the Renuzit Crystal thingies were a good buy at $ .99 each after man. coupon. I want to stack up on these to put in gift bags, baskets, etc. The Dawn Renewel dish soap in on sale this week for about $ .83 and you can use the $ .50 manu. coupon to make this a great buy at $ .33 each. The Herbal essense shampoo is free after man. coupon and EBs. The razors are free after EBs. Dial bar soap is on sale for $1.88-take off the $ .35 man. coupon and $1EB= $ .53 for pack of 3 bars of dial soap(Darlin's fav). I grabbed a few of the zone bars to taste. Not a perfect deal, just wanted to try them!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I can see

I found those darn glasses under my bed?

Sunday Shopping at WAGS




OK I went to Wags and spent $2.53 cash OOP on 2 transactions. I bought $65.29 worth of goodies.
Transactions #1
I bought:
4 Reach toothbrushes $4 each
2 Old Spice body washes $4.49 each
2 Poise liners $3 each
2 royal gelatin $ .19 each fillers
=$31.36
coupons used
BOGO body wash
2 BOGO toothbrush
2 $2 poise
$6.68 in ad coupon
$5RR and $3RR
= $ .59 cash OOP
got back $4.50RR and $2RR

Transaction #2
4 Reach toothbrushes $4 each
2 Old Spice body washes $4.49 each
3 boxes of Shredded Wheat $1.75 each
1 scrubbing bubble toilet gel $2.50 each
2 royal gelatin $ .19 each fillers
=$33.11
coupons used
BOGO body wash
2 BOGO toothbrush
2 $2 shredded wheat IP
$1 scrubbing bubbles gel
$6.68 in ad coupon
$5RR and $2RR
= $ 1.94 cash OOP
got back $4.50RR

I burned $4 in RRs today. Ouch. Just Kidding ;-)

One thing I love about buying the deals with coupons

I was very happy this morning. Our Granddaughter from Corpus Christi came over for breakfast and visited my "convenience store". She walked away with 2 Walgreens Reusable bags full of "her choice" deals and steals from my fav 3 stores, WAGS, CVS, and Super T. I just love being able to let my loved ones go wild in my stockpile ;-).
She stocked up on toothpaste, floss, kleenex, body wash, shampoo, facial scrub, cleaning supplies, candles, pads, etc., and even some food thrown in.
Makes my heart smile.............

Friday, May 14, 2010

Deals for week of 5/16/10

Doin my research.............here's what I see for the week of 5/16
Many thanks to Wild for Wags, Coupon Mom, I heart WAGS

WALGREENS

Gillette or Old Spice Body Wash 10-18 oz, FREE after $4.49 Register Rewards 5/2 PG cpns

Post Cereal, Select 11 to 24oz $1.75
-$2/1 Post Shredded Wheat, Raisin Bran, GrapeNuts Any PRINT
-$1/2 Post Honey Bunches Of Oats Cereal, Any Tearpad or 05-16-10 SS
= AS LOW AS $.25 EACH IF YOU BUY 4 & USE 3 COUPONS


Stride Shift 14 piece $2/2
-Get 1 Stride Shift gum FREE WYB any Stride Gum (up to $1.49)5/16/10 SS
-B2G1 Stride Gum, Any Single Packs – 03-14-10 SS – valid up to $1.49
-$1/2 Stride Shift, Wags May IVC Booklet
= AS LOW AS FREE!

Get $2 RR WYB (2) Feminine Care Products
Poise 36pk Pantiliners 2/$6
-$2/1 Poise Product, Any, Wags Catalina
-$2/1 Depend Product, Any 14-52 Ct. Or Poise Product, Any 12-72 Ct. PRINT
-$1/1 Poise Liners, 05-16-10 SS
-$.75/1 Poise Product, any – All You, May 2010
Kotex 14 to 24pk Pads 2/$6
-$1.50/2 Kotex Products, Any Packages – 04-18-10 SS
-$2/2 Kotex Pads, 05-16-10 SS


FAV FILLERS
bubble knee highs 3/$1 w/ in-ad coupon

hershey's chocolate 1.4-2 oz $.49 w/ in-ad coupon

Royal Gelatin Assorted Flavors $.19




CVS



Blade 5 Razor System–FREE– after $6.99 Extra Bucks Reward–limit 1

Clairol Herbal Essences Shampoo or Conditioner 12-13.5 oz or styler 5.1-14 oz–FREE– after $2 Extra Bucks Reward and 5/16 RP cpn –limit 2

Dawn Dish Soap–$.58– after 5/2 PG cpn

Pepsi Products 4/$12, Earn $3 ECBs when you buy four (limit 1)

Dial Bar Soap 2-3 pack–$.53–after $1 Extra Bucks Reward 3/7RP Q–limit 1

Nescafe Tasters Choice Coffee–$.33– (size not given, under 12 for $10 sale) cpn from 2/28 SS good for any size

Speed Stick Stainguard Deodorant 2.3-2.7 oz–$.99–after $2 Extra Bucks Reward–limit 2 rewards

Zoneperfect Nutritional Bars 1.58-1.76 oz–$.45–after 5/16 SS coupon

Renuzit crystal elements $3.99
Use $3/1 Renuzit Crystal Elements 5/16/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/30/2010)
Pay $0.99 each after coupon

Cover Girl Wetslicks amazemint on sale BOGO or 2/$5.99
Use B1G1 Covergirl Face Product, exp. 5-31-10 (RP 04/11/10)
Use $2.50/2 Cover Girl 5/2/2010 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
As low as two free after coupon

How a couponer buys Swiffer products with RRs




Here's my story of how a frugal couponer was able to buy $55(regular price) worth of Swiffer products using RRs.
It's the 1st week of May and she has $72 in RRs. She's been wheelin and dealin, trying to do some money maker deals. She needed to buy a new Swiffer Wet jet and it is the week of 25% off Swiffer products at Walgreens. In addition, it is a RR deal, buy $10 of selected products (including swiffer products) and get $2RR back. On top of all this, there is a swiffer $10 rebate wyb $20 in refills. She decided to burn RRs to get her Wet Jet and also get $20 of Swiffer refills.
She initially bought her Wet Jet on sale for $18.36. She used the $2 man. Q and got a $2RR back, so this cost her $14.36(in RRs).
Then she bought a swiffer refill for $4.11, another for $4.71, and a febreze for $2.46(not part of swiffer rebate, but included in the RR deal), used a $ .50 man. Q for the febreze and got a $2RR back, so this cost her $8.78 (in RRs).
Her 3rd deal was swiffer refill for $4.11 x 2, and swiffer refill for $4.71, got back a $2RR for a total of $12.93(in RRs).
So now she's $38 poorer in RRs, but look at all she bought with them AND she's getting a $10 GC rebate.
She still has $34 in RRs to do her deals at WAGS.
The End

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I'm going crazy

I can't find my glasses! Oh no...........

My frugal evening in the kitchen-
Last night, I prepared my 3 lbs. of ground beef that I bought at Super T. I prepared it the way Southern Plate had recommended (boiling in some water) and I added onion, celery and green pepper. When all done, I divided all my cooked ground beef into 2 cup bags and put them in the freezer! I was able to freeze 4 bags after using 2 cups for some taco meat last night. I'm able to get 5 meals out of 3 lbs. of ground beef I bought at Super T with a GC I earned for walking while wearing my pedometer. Not too shabby!

Now Darlin Dan wasn't too thrilled about the way I prepared this ground beef. He's afraid it will be lacking flavor. I explained to him that we need to eat leaner anyway. Although his cholesterol is fine, my cholesterol isn't too great and I need to watch it. I think he will come around.

So back to the glasses. I was getting ready for work this morning and couldn't find those darn glasses. I've searched my work bag and my coupon bag and now I think they must be hiding at home somewhere. I feel naked................ ;-}

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Yum!


This is what we got with my 2 coupons for any beverage at Starbucks.........the biggest Caramel Machiatto they had!! FREE!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sweet CVS

I decided to stop and shop at CVS this afternoon. I divided my deals in to 2 transactions.
1. 2 crest toothpastes $3.50 x 2 =$7.00
2 right guard deod. $2.99 x 2 = $5.98
1 carefree pantiliners $1.00
1 kotex u $4.99
1 gallon milk $2.99
= $21.96
- coupons
crest $ .75 x 2 = $1.50
rt. guard IP $3/2
carefree $1
kotex $1
= $6.50 in coupons
- $14.99 in EBs
$ .55 cash OOP
got back $4.99, $1, $7, $4 in EBs

2. 1 contour monitor $19.99
1 case of water on sale $2.22
= $22.21
-$10 Contour Q
-$12 in EBs
= $ .22 cash oop
got back $15 in EBs

Total Cash OOP at CVS............$ .77
ending with $19.99 in EBs

I made money at CVS today!
I paid $ .77 for $44.17 worth of goodies and gained $5 in EBs. Not bad for a little afternoon shopping.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sunday Shopping at Target



I decided to run to Target today. I really wanted to do a Scrubbing Bubbles deal but they didn't have what I wanted. I did the razor/GC card deal-moneymaker! I grabbed 2 Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon for $1.99 and use 2 $1 IP Qs. Picked up some ice cream for Darlin and used a $1 Q, the sausage was marked down to $1.88 and the 3 lbs. of lean ground beef was $5.79. Last but not least, strawberries for $1.49.
Total bought = $29.74 - $15.00 in Qs = $14.74 - $5.00 GC earned = $9.74 paid with my Target GCs!

Quick Sunday Shopping at Walgreens


I spent $ .06 cash OOP today at Walgreens!
I bought the razor, EOS shaving cream, Infusium shampoo, Tuf paper Towels, and 1 bag of plastic forks. I spent $8 in RRs and got $8 in RRs back.
Sorry about the mess in the background-Sunday papers!! I will post the details later-about to eat some birthday food!!

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the great Moms out there. Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Favorite Fillers at Walgreens this week 5/9

I'm liking these items as my fillers this week at Walgreens-
I usually have more Qs than items when I pay with RRs so I grab fillers.
All of the items are the in -ad Q price but these don't count in your over all Q count-
1. pork and beans 2/$1 buy 1 can $ .50
2.plastic cutlers 2/$1 buy one bag $ .50
3. Tuf paper towels $ .59

Saturday, May 8, 2010

CVS DEALS Week of 5/9

I've been doing my research......Got most of the deals at Coupon Mom and Wild For WAGS

CVS has some great deals this week!

Bayer Low Dose Aspirin 32ct–FREE– after 3/21 SS coupon
Carefree Bodyshape pantiliners –FREE– after 4/25 SS coupon
Crest Pro Health Toothpaste 4.2 oz–FREE– after $3.50 Extra Bucks Reward (earn $.75 using 5/2 PG cpn)–limit 2
Kotex U Liners 50-60ct, pads 14-18ct or tampons 18ct–FREE– after $4.99 Extra Bucks Reward (earn $1 using 4/18 S cpn)–limit 1
Schick Hydro 5 Razor System 1ct –FREE– after $4 Extra Bucks Reward and 5/9 S coupon–limit 1 reward (Moneymaker at Walgreens)
**Bayer Breeze 2 Glucose Monitor $19.99, Earn 15 ECBs Limit 1
Use $10/1 Select Selfcheck Monitors, exp. 8-31-10 (RP 04/25/10)
Free plus $5 in overage after coupon and ECBs**


Walgreens Best Deals
A few good deals

EOS Ultra Shave Cream 7 oz, FREE after $2.99 Register Rewards

Get $5 RR WYB Schick Hydro 3 or 5 Blade Razor System $7.99
-$5/1 Schick Hydro Razor, Any 05-09-10 SS **Moneymaker**

Infusium hair care $5.99
Use $2/1 Walgreens May IVC (exp 5/29/2010)
Use $3/1 Select Infusium 23 Products, exp. 6-30-10 (ALL YOU May ‘10)
Use $3/1 Select Infusium 23 Products from 5/9 inserts (I'm hoping we get this coupon!)
Pay $0.99 each after coupons

Starbucks Coupons! and a FREE TRIP




Saturday was a great mail day. I received 2 coupons for free coffee from Starbucks for my comments I sent in a couple of weeks ago. We also received a letter from a Resort for a free vacation-air included! We've gone to this same resort 2 other times-but paid. We're excited because we weren't planning any other vacations where we had to pay. Happy Birthday to me!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Stamp Out Hunger


I have my bag ready to put out next to my mailbox with my sign for our mail carrier.

I'm researching the best deals for next week. Sunday will be a very busy day, but for sure I'm going to squeeze in my shopping!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Finished up the Swiffer rebate today at Walgreens

I spent $ .45 cash OOP today at Walgreens, but I spent $16 in RRs and got $4 in RRs back. I needed to buy the rest of my $20 worth of Swiffer refills so that I could send off for the $10 gc rebate. Since the products are 25% off this week, plus we can get a $2 RR for buying $10 worth of the refills, I decided this was the week to burn the RRs. It is not the perfect deal, but it is pretty good. I'm paying with some money maker RRs so I can't complain.

What I can complain about is what I walked into this morning when I got to work. My room had been burglarized! Not only did I have to sit through 2 looonnnnnggg meetings today, but I also had to clean up the big mess in my room. Calgon take me away!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A snapshot of San Antonio's Riverwalk taken Today!



I was invited to go on a field trip today with one of my classes that I visit at school. We took the city bus and went downtown to our beautiful public library. As we got off the city bus, look at what I saw. Isn't it a beautiful sight in the middle of our busy downtown?

Getting my free pound of coffee at Starbucks



I was about to be disappointed in Starbuck's for the 2nd time. However, they came through and I was able to grab my free pound of coffee after 8 weeks of going in 1 time a week for a cup of coffee. The barista was trying to tell me that I didn't get my last stamp in time. I was a little "pushy" and got my pound of coffee. The man in front of me was in the same situation. He got his pound of coffee too!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Goofy CVS visit

I visited my nearest CVS yesterday afternoon. I wanted to grab a couple of the Listerines for the deal this week. I found some $1 Qs that would make this deal $ .99 a bottle-and these are the nice bigger bottles! So I grabbed my Listerines and decided to grab the Reach floss too cuz I had the BOGO Q and could get some free floss. However, I did not realize that these 2 items were the SAME deal and so I did not get my EBs for the floss. I really don't like to return but I thought why should I pay $4 for floss when I have a boat load at home that I got for free or better. Well, the wonderful manager on duty at CVS not only let me return the floss, but she gave me a $8.60something GC as my money back. This is great- I paid $4 on a gc and the BOGO Q. I'm doing a little happy dance right now.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Good Deal Alert at Walgreens

Buy 4 of the men's Nivea bodywashes on sale for $3.99(regular $4.99) =$ 15.96
use 4 of the $3/1 off 1 mens body washes (from 5/2 RP) = -$12.00
= $3.96
get back $5RR
Did this deal early this morning and it works

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sunday Shopping



I ran to CVS and Walgreens this afternoon for the latest deals. Since I invested in a CVS e-gift card to get a bonus e-gift card, I used that to buy my Sunday papers today. No cash OOP at CVS and because the coupon spitter outer nicely gave me a $5 off of $40 purchase, I now have $20EBs, started out with $11. I picked up the deals of the week, Depends for women, toothpaste, Nivea body washes, Listerine, and then grabbed the cheap chips and Betty Crocker warm delights.

At Walgreens, I grabbed my new Swiffer Wet Jet. My old one bit the dust 2 weeks ago and I purposely waited until today to buy another one so I could take advantage of the sale at Walgreens. I used some MM RRs to buy my deals today. I spent $21 in RRs and $3.50 cash OOP and got back $4 in RRs. I bought the wet jet, Irish Spring body wash, Bic razor, sure deodorant, some ice cream drumsticks for Darlin Dan, 4 boxes of sugar free pudding, and some scotch tape.

I'm happy with today's shopping trip. Nothing like last Sunday, but it's not a money maker week like last week. I will be picking up the body washes all week. I will get both the Irish Spring and the Nivea body washes. I plan to burn more RRs on Swiffer refills so I can send off for the $10 rebate. I'm hoping for some hidden money maker deal!

Our Sunday was spent with family. We had a nice breakfast with my 2 daughters and their honeys. The guys helped Darlin move the rest of our heavy furniture out of storage. We FINALLY did it. We are officially out of the storage unit. This has been on our "to do" list for quite a while now. We will now have $117 more a month.
Now that it is just the 2 of us at home, we have more room to fit in the stuff we had in storage. Originally, we needed the unit because we had 6 adults living in our house and we had no extra space available anywhere for the extras. So I guess you could say we made some money today!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

May 1 - Time to clean out the Qs

I don't know about everybody else, but I have alot of expired Qs that need to be weeded out.

I'm spending some quality time with my Qs. Alot of Qs expired 4/30 and I try to get rid of my expired Qs as soon as I can. On a typical Sunday, I buy 10 newspapers-unless there aren't any qs or only 1 insert. When there's only 1 insert I order them online, it comes out a little cheaper!

I organize my coupons by the week. I put all 10 inserts for the week in a plastic sheet protector. I have a binder for RED PLUM and a binder for SMART SOURCE. I've just started stacking the most recent inserts in a protector in a plastic bin cuz my binders are bulging. This is working out well because it seems that most of the deals lately require very recent coupons.

When I started couponing I would clip every single coupon in an insert and this was just toooooooo time consuming. Now I just clip the deals. There are a few exceptions. Like the snuggle coupon that came out recently, I clipped it the very week it came out because I knew this coupon is a GOOD one.

I don't typically print alot of internet printables-unless it such a perfect deal I can't resist. This happened a couple of weeks ago with the Nature's Bounty printable coupon off their website. Couldn't resist!

So it's back to the coupon binders and bins for me! Gotta get ready for the new week ahead!
DEALS FROM AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE FOR THE WEEK OF 5/2:
CVS

Depend Variety Pack 6ct–FREE– after $6.99 Extra Bucks Reward–limit 1 reward

Reach Total Care Floss 30 yds–FREE– after buy one get one free cpn in 1/3 R1 and $2 Extra Bucks Reward on each one–limit 2 Listerine/Reach Rewards

Extra Bucks Promo: Spend $15 and get $5 Extra Bucks when you buy select Eucerin or Nivea products–limit 1 reward

Nivea Body Wash 16.9 oz–$.88– after 5/2 Rp coupon (cpn for Womens Body Wash) –Nivea/Eucerin Promo Item, spend $15 and get $5 Extra Bucks Reward

Nivea Body Wash 16.9 oz –$1.88– after 5/2 RP coupon ( cpn for Mens Body Wash) –Nivea/Eucerin Promo Item, spend $15 and get $5 Extra Bucks Reward

Aleve tablets, caplets 50ct or liqui gels 40ct–$.99– after $3 Extra Bucks Reward and 3/21 S cpn–limit 1 reward

Betty Crocker Warm Delights 3.1 oz–$.25– after 5/2 S or 3/28 S 2 coupon

Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste 4 oz–$.25– after $2 Extra Bucks Reward and 4/25 S cpn –limit 2 rewards–



WALGREENS

Irish Spring Body Wash 15-18 oz $.49 with 4/25 S cpn and Buy 1 Get $2 Register Rewards


Niagara Starch 20 oz $.74 with 2/28 S cpn and In Ad Coupon


Sure Deodorant 2.6-2.7 oz -FREE- with 5/2 S cpn and In Ad Coupon

Bic Hybrid Advance Disposable Razor $.99 with 5/2 S cpn

Swiffer Products - includes Wet Jet Starter Kit, Wet Jet Refills (12-16 pack), Wet Jet Cleanser (42.5 oz) or Swiffer Dusters (5 pack). All are 25% off and you get back a $2 RR for every $10 that you purchase. There's also a $10 rebate (WYB $20 worth). So buy two sets of items for $10, get back $4 in RR's ($2 each time) after the $10 rebate, you're looking a cost of $6.

Buy $15 in Nivea Products and get back $5 RR

Buy three Nivea Bodywash $5.59 after 20% off
Use one B1G1 Nivea Body Wash for Women 16.9oz May 2010 All You Magazine (exp 5/31/2010)
Use two $4/1 Nivea Body Wash 5/2/2010 RP Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
Pay $3.18 plus tax out of pocket and get back $5 register reward

BEST FILLERS
royal instant pudding 4/$1 w/in-ad Q
butterball chicken broth 2/$1 w/in-ad Q
scotch tape 1/2in. x 12.5 yds $ .39 w/in-ad Q
Walgreens 100ct Aspirin $ .49 w/in-ad Q