Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

And welcome 2009!

Word is there will be some great coupon inserts in this Sunday's paper (1/4/09)- get your scissors ready!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Discover Card Cashback Bonus

Don't forget to cash in your Discover Card Cashback Bonus when your total reaches $40. I cashed in $40 of my bonus and got a $45 CVS gift card! Also if you go to the Discover Card website you can sign up for a 5% bonus on certain purchase categories. Oct-Dec 2008 was 5% on groceries & restaurants. Jan-Mar 2009 is 5% on travel. Apr-Jun is 5% on clothes & home. Jul-Sep is 5% on gasoline. You get 1% cashback on all other regular purchases.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Start the New Year with Upromise

You may have heard of Upromise. It is a free program- you sign up for an account linking your store loyalty cards like Giant Eagle and CVS- and you start accumulating earnings with qualified purchases.

From the Upromise website:
Welcome to Upromise. Where your everyday spending can pay you back with money for college. Upromise has thousands of partners nationwide, brought together under one convenient service for college. Every time you make an eligible purchase, our partners return a portion of that money back to you. Those earnings accumulate in your Upromise account until you decide to use it to invest in a 529 plan, help pay down eligible student loans or assist with college expenses—all tax-free!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Here's a link to my other blog.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Another free photo print at CVS

Go to CVS and you can get a free 5x7 or 8x10 print- good until 12/24. Use the code ENLARGE. Also if you sign up for a CVS photo account with your email you will get an email for 50 free 4x6 prints.

I just wanted to add- I just tried this deal- it said there was $1.49 surcharge on orders under $5. The 8x10's are $3.99 and the 5x7's are $1.49. I ordered one 5x7 and one 8x10 and entered the promo code ENLARGE. I was able to get BOTH prints for free- the subtotal was $5.38 so there was no surcharge.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Giant Eagle week 12/18-12/24

The deals are pretty blah at Giant Eagle considering it is the week before Christmas. There is one fairly good deal on cereal.

Jumbo size box of Honey Nut Cheerios or Lucky Charms 2/$10- what!? you say $5 for a box of cereal!? Yes but it is the super large 1-1/2 pound size box. But the deal is better- buy 2 boxes and you get $5 off instantly- so you pay 2/$5. But wait there's more. Go here to print a $0.55 cents off coupon for both the Honey Nut Cheerios and Lucky Charms. Giant Eagle will double the coupons to $1.10. So pay $1.40 per box for the extra large box.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Gift Idea- Free 8x10 from Walgreens

Get a free 8x10 print online from Walgreens Photo- use code FREEGIFT- through December 20- no purchase necessary.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Office Max Friends & Family Event

Two days only at Office Max December 19 & 20, Friends & Family sale event. Print this flyer to get special sale prices. Includes color copies for $0.29.

Low Priced Food Options

Here are two low-priced food ministries. They are similar- but Angel Food has a lot more host locations. Basically for $30 you get about $60 to $80 of "Aldi" type food.

Angel Food Ministries Angel Food is available in a quantity that can fit into a medium-sized box at $30 per unit. Each month's menu is different than the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of approximately $60. Comparison shopping has been done across the country in various communities using a wide range of retail grocery stores and has resulted in the same food items costing from between $42 and $78. There are no qualifications, minimums, income restrictions, or applications.

Great Food For All The "Basic Food Box" anchors the program and is loaded with enough food to assist feeding a family of four for about a week, or a single person for almost a month! This food box, with a retail value of between $60 - $80 is provided for only $30. The menu changes each month in order to provide a variety of food. NO membership fees, NO paperwork, NO hassles, NO purchase limits, NO end to savings, just a Great Deal and ... GREAT FOOD FOR ALL!

I have done Angel Food but not Great Food For All. The basic $30 box of food (bring your own box) is quite a lot- I can stretch it most of the month. Check the website for host locations. You have to place your order about a month ahead.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Free Bath & Body Works

If you sign up your email at Bath & Body Works- you will get an email coupon good for a free 2 oz Signature Collection Body Lotion- with any purchase. They have several items in the store right now on clearance for $1. I picked up and Evergreen room spray for $1 and got the small lotion free. Makes a great stocking stuffer or teacher gift.

Friday, December 12, 2008

A few more ways to raise some cash

Here's a few more ideas I had to raise a little cash for Christmas gift-giving.

Sell your used infant and children's clothes, gear, toys, and maternity clothes at a re-sale shop such as:
Once Upon a Child
Children's Orchard
The Growing Years
Plato's Closet

Bring your spare change to a Coinstar machine- no fee when you choose a gift card instead of cash.

Check out Caregivers Marketplace- a cash back program for anyone who gets, gives, or needs care. If you buy Huggies diapers or many other products- you can get a cash rebate back by mail.

Finally, consider donating your old clothes and household items to charity. Here are some guidelines from Goodwill for what you can claim on your taxes if you itemize.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

CVS Huggies deal

One of the deals this week (12/7-12/13) at CVS is:

Buy $25 worth of Huggies products get $5 ECB back.

Sign up here for Huggies diapers coupons or here for Pull-Ups.

Diapers and Pull-Ups are on sale for $10 and wipes are 2/$5.

Buy 2 packs Pull-ups @$10= $20
and 2 packs wipes @2/$5= $25 total
Use 2- $2 off pull-ups coupons- $21 OOP
Get $5 ECB back
Get $2 back from Caregivers marketplace.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Free Eggs at Giant Eagle

I won't post all the Giant Eagle deals- but you can get a free dozen large Giant Eagle eggs- when you buy 4 Betty Crocker baking products. The eggs are $1.79 at my store and they take an instant $1.79 off your register receipt.

I bought 2 Betty Crocker cookie mix packet 2/$4
1 Betty Crocker frosting can 2/$3
1 Betty Crocker brownie mix box 2/$4

There are several coupons available from the newspaper insert or online here and here.
(Betty Crocker webiste)

Free Redbox codes for December

Free Redbox rental codes for Sundays in December from Deal Seeking Mom- go here. Thanks Deal Seeking Mom! (12/7/08 through 1/4/09)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

How I organize my coupons

I have tried a few different methods, but here is how I currently organize my coupons. First of all, if I have several of the same inserts I usually only clip one. I use an empty baby wipes container to store my coupons. It's the perfect size to fit several letter size envelopes. I stapled an index card to each envelope and wrote the name of the coupon category on each card. Voila! An easy filing system that was practically free to make.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Ways to make a little extra money

I have been doing online surveys this year- you won't get rich, but it's a very easy way to make some spending money. The two I use are reputable:

Your2Cents- I have earned $60 dollars so far with no trouble. You need to answer short surveys they email to you. I suggest using a "junk" email account like yahoo or gmail. You can also sign up to do surveys by cell phone. They send you a check in the mail each time you reach $10 in rewards. You earn between $1 and $5 per survey.

The other is Pinecone Research- it's a little trickier to sign up for as you have to find a referral site. I have not made as much money off Pinecone- but they do offer PayPal as a way to receive your money from them. They sometimes also offer products for you to try at home.

One site I absolutely DO NOT recommend is Phonehog. I will not even post a link to them. They offer free long distance minutes for filling out email offers- but they send you a TON of unsolicitated emails. I don't like them at all.

One last idea is selling used books, video games, CD's, and DVD's on which is an Ebay company. It's very easy to do- all you need is the product ISBN or UPC number. I like it better than Ebay because your item stays listed like a store until it sells. You can also put your account on vacation if you are going to be away. We have made several hundred dollars over the years with

Monday, December 1, 2008

Leftover Turkey Recipe

Here's a recipe to use up that leftover Thanksgiving turkey in the frig:

Easy Turkey Stuffing Bake
1 box any flavor Stove Top Stuffing- prepare according to directions on box
Leftover chopped up turkey- whatever you got
1/4 cup diced onions- and - 1/4 cup diced celery (I had both leftover)
1 can of vegetables drained or one bag of frozen vegetables thawed- whatever you have on hand- I used corn
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup (or mushroom or celery)
1/2 cup milk- mix milk and soup in a bowl
Preheat oven to 350
Spray 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray
Place turkey and veggies in dish
Mix with soup/milk mixture
Add onions and celery (you can omit)
Top with prepared stuffing mix
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes
Top with shredded cheese if desired

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Super Saturday Deals and Steals!

I actually hit the Black Friday deals at CVS on Thursday (yes, Thanksgiving Day!)

All Free after ECB!
Buy 1 Colgate Total Toothpaste $2.99 get $2.99 ECB ($1.50 All You coupon)
Buy 1 Aussie Hair Care $2.99 get $2.99 ECB ($1 insert coupon)
Buy 1 CoverGirl Smoothers powder $5.99 get $5.99 ECB ($1 insert coupon)
Buy 1 CoverGirl Smoothers makeup $7.99 get $7.99 ECB ($1 insert coupon)
Buy 1 Johnson's soft lotion $5.69 get $5.69 ECB ($1 online coupon)
Buy 1 Bic Soliel razor $5.99 get $5.99 ECB ($3 insert coupon)

I ended up spending about $12 OOP and got about $38 ECB back!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Free 2009 Calendars

Here's an easy gift idea- free 2009 calendars!

Wildlife gifts catalog and calendar

Pillsbury newsletter and calendar

Betty Crocker newsletter and calendar

BioRx Kids Hemophilia calendar

Oriental Trading Company catalog and calendar

2009 Unity calendar

Chick-Fil-A (this one is $6 but it's very cool)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Giant Eagle week 11/20-11/26

A good week for coupon matches this week at Giant Eagle:

Giant Eagle Frozen Turkeys $0.69/lb (this is WAY higher than other areas are reporting)
Sara Lee Pies B1G1
Cool Whip 10/$10
Tropicana OJ 3/$9
Maxwell House Coffee $5.99 ($1/2 coupon online)
$2 off when you buy 4 Nabisco crackers- final price 4/$8 (there are a ton of nabisco tear pads out there)
Duncan Hines cake mix 10/$10 and Dincan Hines frosting 2/$3 ($1 coupon from paper)
Reynolds Wrap $3.39 (this is rarely on sale) ($1coupon in last Sunday's paper)
Dixie paper plates 5/$10 ($0.30 coupon from paper)
Stove Top stuffing 4/$5
Heinz gravy 8/$10
Libby's can veggies 5/$4
GE crescent rolls 3/$4.98
Imperial margerine 10/$10
GE can sweet potatoes 3/$4.98
$4 OYNO WYB $10 of the following
Pam $2.99 ($0.35 coupon from paper)
Swiss Miss 8/$10 ($0.30 coupon from paper)
Orville Redenbacher popcorn B1G1 ($0.40 coupon from paper)
Parkay tubs 4/$7 ($0.75 coupon from the paper)
$2 off 4 Kellogg's cereal- final price 4/$8 ($1 online coupon)
Barilla pasta 10/$10
GE canned tomatoes 10/$10
Jell-o pudding or gelatin 20/$10
Hungry Jack potatoes 10/$10 ($1/2 blinkie)
New York frozen bread 2/$6 ($0.40 coupon from paper)
Hot Pocket panini 2/$5 ($0.75 coupon from paper)
Fresh Express salad 2/$6 ($0.50 online coupon)

My GE doubles coupons up to $0.99 and give $0.15 fuel perks.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

CVS deals 11/16-11/22

CVS deals for the week of 11/16-11/22:

Revlon Lip or Nail B1G1 $3.49 ($2 coupon from paper)
Kleenex tissues B1G1 $1.49 ($0.40 coupon from paper)
Hershey's kisses 2/$4
Clairol Loving Care $5.99 get $1 ECB (use $2 CVS coupon) (limit 1)
Kodak 1GB memory card $9.99 get $2 ECB (limit 5)
Spend $10 on Glade products get $5 ECB
Glade plugins refills $3.99
Glade glass scents or candles 2/$5
Glade plugins with warmer (multiple coupons in paper) (limit 5)
Spend $20 on Duracell batteries get $15 ECB
Duracell batteries 8 pk $5.99 ($0.75 coupon in paper) (limit 3)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Giant Eagle week 11/13-11/19

I got my Giant Eagle ad WAY early this week! Stock up now for Thanksgiving dinner!

GE Frozen Turkeys $0.69/lb
Giant Eagle Butter 4/$8
Del Monte Canned Vegetable 20/$15
Cool Whip 10/$10
Coke/Diet Coke 12pk 4/$11
Folgers Coffee $5.99
Ocean Spray Cranberry sauce 10/$10
Green Giant Box vegetable 10/$10
Bruce's Yams 2/$4
GE canned gravy 10/$10
Dole Canned Pineapple 10/$10
Campbell's Cream soup 4/$3
GE pie filling 2/$4
Daisy Sour cream 2/$3
Minute Maid OJ 4/$10
General Mills cereal 4/$8
Del Monte canned fruit 4/$5
Wishbone Salad dressing 2/$4
GE pasta or noodles 10/$10
Farmer's Market 10lb potatoes BOGO
Sweet Yams $0.59/lb
Farmer's Market Spinach 2/$4

CVS Diabetes Solutions Booklet

Just wanted to pass along CVS has a new booklet for the month of November called "Diabetes Solutions for Life". They had a similar heart booklet in February. In addition to the regular CVS weekly ad and the November Extra Care booklet- this Diabetes booklet has some additional ECB deals and coupons inside. I found the booklet near the pharmacy. The ECB offers are good until 11/22/08. The coupons expire 12/31/08.

"Extra" ECB deals:
Buy 1 Bayer Heart Advantage get $1 ECB (limit 5)
Buy 1 Contour 25ct Test Strips get $5 ECB (limit 2)
Buy 1 Accu-check Plus Meter get $25 ECB (limit 5)
Buy 1 Home Cholesterol Analyzer get $20 ECB (limit 2)
Buy 1 Diachrome product get $5 ECB (limit 5)
Buy 1 Omron Blood Pressure monitor get $10 ECB (limit 5)
Buy 1 Freestyle Lite or Freedom Lite meter get $10 ECB (limit 1)
Buy 1 Total Whitening Toothpaste + Free 360 toothbrush get $1 ECB (limit 5)
Buy 1 Tums Orange EX Sugar Free 80 ct get $2 ECB (limit 5)
Buy 1 Life Fitness Blood Pressure Monitor get $10 ECB (limit 1)

Save $1 on 2 LiveActive Chewy Granola bars
Save $1 on 2 Post cereal
Save $1 on 2 South Beach bars
Save $1 on 2 Planters nuts
Save $1 on 2 Triscuit or Wheat Thins
Save $1 on 2 Nabisco 100 calorie packs
Save $0.50 on 1 Ocean Spray juice
Save $1.50 on 1 Ocuvite Eye vitamins
Save $1 on 1 J&J First aid products
Save $1 on 1 Listerine mouth wash
Save $2 on 1 Serenity product
Save $1 on 1 Pepcid or Mylanta

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Get Coke 12 pks for $1.25 at CVS

Coke products 12 pks are 4/$12 this week at CVS (11/2-11/8) plus get $3 ECB back when you buy 4- so final price 4/$9.

If you have Coke rewards points go to mycokerewards and get four $1 off coupons that you can print from your computer for 35 points each. That brings the total price to 4/$5 or $1.25 each.

Monday, October 27, 2008

CVS this week deal on cold & flu products

This week at CVS (10/26-11/1) spend $20 on select cold & flu products get $10 ECB back!

Here's what I bought today-
Airborne $7- $2 off coupon from paper
Robitussin $8- $1 off internet coupon
Zicam Z-sentials $7- $2 off internet coupon
Children's Dimetapp $8- $2 off internet coupon
Total before coupons $30

Used $5 off $30 CVS coupon from CVS kiosk
Used $7 manufacturer coupons (check here for internet coupons)
Used about $16 ECB from previous trips
Paid $1.91 out of pocket after sales tax
Got $10 ECB back!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Giant Eagle week 10/23-10/29

Deals this week for Giant Eagle (NE Ohio)

First of all- good news- they have extended the $0.15/gal fuel perks a little longer! Other than that I think the deals are a little sketchy this week- I bought very little.

Roasting chickens BOGO
Capri Sun 5/$10
GE brand pretzels $1.89
Duncan Hines cake mix 10/$10
Duncan Hines frosting 2/$3
A&W/7Up 12 pks 3/$10
Motts applesauce 5/$10
Motts apple juice 4/$10
GE brand OJ $3.49/gal
Libby's canned veggies 10/$8
Kraft easy mac 10/$10
Campbell's fat free cream soups 10/$10
Jose Ole burritos 10/$10
Stove Top stuffing 8/$10
GE brand frozen fries 4/$10
Idahoan potatoes mix 10/$10
Bryers yogurt 20/$10
Activia yogurt 2/$4
Brown n serve sausage 3/$3.99

Making purchases on "Layaway"?

I read a report in USA Today recently that "Layaway" purchases are on the increase. Layaway refers to a practice of putting an item- anything from clothing to appliances- on hold at a department store. You pay a small fee and put some money down (usually 10%) and pay for the items week by week until you pay for it- then you take it home all paid for. No credit card bill coming next month. When I was a kid this was the only way we made purchases. Usually at K-Mart or another discount store. Every fall- new school clothes were picked out on August an put on layaway for a few weeks. Every November same thing with toys for Christmas. I know I didn't have any credit cards until I graduated from college and I got a Macy's-type store card with a $250 limit- that was it! I'm not sure if I would use layaway today because I really wouldn't want to pay the fee- anywhere from $1 to $5. But it's a good alternative to buying things on credit or over-spending. Mostly these days I have to stop and think- do we really need this item? will it make my life better? is there something else I already have that I can use instead?

At the end of the article there is a really troubling statement about today's consumers:

Edgar Dworsky, editor of the Internet consumer resource guide, said layaway teaches good lessons about patience and caution to shoppers. But he doesn't expect it to gain much traction with today's consumer. "Layaway really was a great deal and kind of a way to force people to budget their money," he said. "People don't have the discipline to do that today."

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

CVS shopping today

Here's what I got today for $0.07- yes that's 7 cents!

1 Powerade 32oz. $1.69 (get $1.69 ECB back)- use $1 off coupon from paper
1 Colgate toothbrush $2.99 (get $2 ECB back)- use $2 off CVS coupon
1 Kleenex tissue with lotion $0.88
use $2.98 ECB spent $0.07 out of pocket after sales tax

Monday, October 20, 2008

Where to get online coupons

Here's some sights where you can print online coupons. Check with your local store about their policy for internet coupons. Some of these you have to sign up for:

Betty Crocker


Eat Better America

Home Solutions News

P&G Everyday Solutions

Smart Source

Very Best Kids (Nestle)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Freebies at CVS ths week

Free stuff Sunday & Monday only!

Pumpkin pail $0.99 get $0.99 ECB (limit 2)- free
Brachs candy $1.29 get $1.29 ECB (limit 2)- free
Funlight glowstick $0.99 get $0.99 ECB (limit 2)- free

Other stuff:

Butler GUM toothbrush 2pk $3.99 get $3.99 ECB (limit 5)- free
Listerine Agent Cool Blue $4.49 get $3 ECB (limit 5)
Oral B floss picks 90ct $3.99 get $2 ECB (limit 2)
Excedrin 20-24ct $1.99 (no ECB) I had a $3 CVS coupon
Powerade 32oz $1.69 get $1.69 ECB (limit 1)- free

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bagel Bites at Giant Eagle

Bagel Bites are 5/$10 this week at Giant Eagle ($2 each).
Get $1 off 2 with this coupon.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

CVS week 10/12-10/18

Deals for CVS week of 10/12-10/18:

Buy 1 Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste at $3.49, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)

Buy 5 Sobe, Propel or Gatorade at $5, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 1)

Spend $10 on Swiffer Products, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)

Nature's Bounty vitamins are on sale B1G1 this week and you get $2 ECBs back when you buy 2. ($1 coupons in the newspaper)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Giant Eagle deals

This week at Giant Eagle 10/9-10/15 (NE Ohio):

Go here and here first and you can print coupons for most of these items.

Quilted Northern toilet paper 9 pk mega rolls 2/$6-
plus they are handing out $2 coupons making them $4 ea
Halloween candy $1.88
Yo-plus yogurt 4 pks 4/$9
Kool-aid bursts 10/$10
Fritos or Cheetos 2/$4
Quaker Life cereal 5/$10
GE pasta 8/$8
GE butter 5/$10
GE gravy 10/$10
GE canned veggies 4/$3
GE canned fruit 10/$10
GE evaporated milk 10/$10
Campbell's cream soups 4/$3
Oscar Mayer variety pack 2/$5
Lean Cuisine 5/$10
Dole Fruit bowls 5/$10
Pilsbury pie crusts 4/$10
some apples on sale $1.19/lb

$3 oyno wyb $10 of these products:
Cascadian farm cereal 3/$9.99
Cascadian farm granola bars 3/$9.99
Cascadian farm vegetables 4/$9
Muir glen soup 2/$4.98
(there are tons of coupons out there for these)

In addition to the $3 catalina for the Cascadian deal, I got a $2 coupon for Lean Cuisine on this trip- so I can get more Lean Cuisine. The Quilted Northern deal I stumbled upon at the store- the lady said 9 mega rolls for $4 equals 24 regular rolls (maybe?) anyway 24 regular rolls for $4 would be $0.17 a piece!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Giant Eagle & CVS deals of the week

Giant Eagle week 10/2-10/8:

Boneless skinless chicken breasts BOGO
GE brand milk $2.50/gal
Hunts canned tomatoes $1 (coupon)

$3 oyno wyb $15 "pink" items for Susan G. Komen
Yoplait yogurt $0.60 (coupon)
Betty Crocker boxed potatoes $1 (coupon)
Hamburger Helper $1 (coupon)
Progresso soups $1.25 (coupon)
Green Giant boxed veggies $1 (coupon)

CVS week 10/5-10/11:

Buy 1 Colgate MaxFresh at $2.99, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 2) coupon
Buy 1 Bic Soleil at $5.99, Get $4 ECBs (Limit 5) coupon
Buy 1 Always Infinity at $4.98, Get $4.98 ECBs (Limit 1) Free after ECB
Buy 1 Vitamin Water at $2.29, Get $2.29 ECBs (Limit 1) Free after ECB
Spend $20 on Benefiber, Maalox or Gas-X, Get $10 ECBs (Limit 1)
Spend $20 on Select Medicines & Personal Care Items, Get $10 (Limit 1)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

CVS deals week 9/28-10/4

Ugh! Once again we received a test market ad this week (Ohio). The ad is very short with very few deals- only 3 ECB's!!! The only good thing is the deals match up to this week's newspaper coupons.

Campbell's soup or Swanson broth 2/$1 (limit 6)- there is a $0.40/3 coupon for Swanson broth in this Sunday's newspaper insert

Coke/Diet Coke 12 pks 4/$13- get $3 ECB back (limit 1) so pay 4/$10= $2.25 each- any time Coke is under $3 we buy it up!

Folgers 11.3 oz $1.99 (limit 4)- there is a $0.25 off coupon in this week's P&G insert

Softsoap $0.99 (limit 6)- does anyone know of any Softsoap coupons? we did not get any this week

Colgate Total 6 oz 2/$5- get $2 ECB back (limit 2)- use 2- $1 off coupons in this week's paper

VO5 shampoo or conditioner 2/$1 (limit 6)- are there any VO5 coupons out there?

Cover Girl Liquid Makeup $5.49- get $5.49 ECB (limit 1)- there is a $1 off coupon in this week's newspaper insert

That's it for our deals this week! Dear CVS please go back to the old style ad!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Super Saturday- this week at Giant Eagle

Giant Eagle deals week of 9/25-10/1

Here's some of what I bought this week:

Fun size candy $1.88- $1 off 3 coupon online

Campbell's select soups $1.25- $0.50 off 3 coupon in paper

GE large dozen eggs $1.25

Aunt Jemima pancakes or waffles $2- $1 off 2 coupon online

Angel Soft TP or Dixie napkins $1

Dannon Activia or Dan Active yogurt $2- coupon in paper

Not that great a week- so I didn't buy much.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Coupon insert at CVS

I happened to find a coupon insert booklet at CVS near the September Extra Care booklets. It was the only one I saw and I snatched it up. It contains the following CVS/manufacturers coupons:

Dove chocolate $1 off
Styli-Style $2 off
Aquafina, Sobe, Propel, G2 $1 off 2
Blade $2 off
$1 off any CVS brand skincare
$1 off any defining CVS skincare
Colgate max fresh $1 off
Sally Hansen $3 off
Palmer's $2 off
Lady Speed Stick Clinical $2 off
U Smile $2 off
Skin Effects $2 off
Dove Go Fresh $1 off
Cristophe $2 off
$2 off Essence of Beauty

all coupons expire 12/31/08

This Week

This might be the week to just check your pantry and stash of CVS deals and not do any extra shopping. The deals are not that great- just so-so. And the financial news is looking kind of bleak. If you have stocked your freezer and pantry and medicine cabinet, now is a good time to dive in!

A few deals at Giant Eagle week 9/19-9/24:
$3 oyno wyb 5 of the advertised products-
Quaker Instant Oatmeal 2/$5 (there are $1 online coupons at Quaker)
Quaker Chewy Granola bars 5/$10
Aunt Jemima Syrup 5/$10
Aunt Jemima Pancake mix 5/$10
Tropicana OJ 89 oz. 2/$9
Quaker breakfast squares 2/$5

(I did this deal and the $3 catalina did not print! I promptly went to the customer service counter and they very nicely gave me $3 back)

CVS week 9/21-9/27
Children's Claritin deal here
Crest Pro-health rinse 250 ml $2.99 get $2 ECB back (the coupon in the P&G insert is for the larger size)

Friday, September 19, 2008

CVS- Children's Claritin

Deal on Children's Claritin 10 ct. at CVS:

CVS email coupon for $3 off Children's Claritin

Children's Claritin $2 off online coupon

Get $1 ECB back on Children's Claritin in September ECB booklet

Regular price $10.99 - $5 off coupons - $1 ECB = $4.99 final price

Monday, September 15, 2008

CVS week 9/14-9/20

Here's a few good deals at CVS this week:

Purex laundry detergent @2.79- get $1 ECB ($0.50 coupon in paper)

Glade spray $0.99 (BOGO coupon in paper)

Scott paper towels 8 pk $5.29 ($1 off coupon in paper)

Children's Tylenol or Motrin $5.99- get $1 ECB (coupon online here or here)

Tylenol rapid release, or PM, or cold $6.49- get $2 ECB (multiple coupons in paper)

Aleve cold & sinus 10 ct $3.99- get $3 ECB ($1 off coupon online)

Excedrin express gels 20 ct $3.99- get $3.99 ECB

Walgreens week 9/14-9/20

I don't usually shop Walgreens because I don't like their system- but here's a deal on diapers and wipes:

Buy Huggies Diapers or Pull-Ups @ $9.99 get $2 Register Rewards (use $1 or $2 coupon from newspaper insert or online)

buy in a separate transaction:
Huggies baby wipes @ $2.50 (use $0.50 off coupon from newspaper) use $2 Register reward to get them for free or nearly free after sales tax.

You can also turn these in to The Caregivers Marketplace for a rebate.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Giant Eagle- Super Saturday

I think I may have surpassed my greatest percent savings this week at Giant Eagle. Here's the deals I found:

Nutri-grain bars 2/$5- use $1/2 coupon in the Kellogg's insert
Special K cereal 3/$8- use 3 $1 coupons from Vocal Point-
get 1 lb strawberries free- $2.99 value
Bisquick 40 oz- $2- use $1 off coupon online or GM insert
Betty Crocker Muffin mix $2- use $1/2 coupon online or GM insert
Gorton's grilled fish 2/$6- peelie for free Steamfresh veggies
Birdseye Steamfresh vegetables $1
GE brand shredded cheese 2/$5
Michelina's frozen dinnners $1- $0.50 /2 blinkie
Blue Diamond Almond Milk $1.86 (on clearance- shelf stable)
Easy Fries $1
Aunt Jemima breakfasts $1- $1 GE catalina
Butterball sliced turkey lunchmeat $3
Kraft Mac-n-cheese crakers $1.50 (this is a great price)
Motts applesauce packs $2
GE flaked coconut $1
GE brown sugar $0.89
Kraft Swirl marshmallows $1.25- $0.55 in-store coupon
Ground turkey $2.90 (mark down)
Ground beef $2.82 (mark down)
Yoplait yogurt 20/$10- $0.40/6 coupon
Cheerios snacks $2- $1 off online coupon
Chex mix $2- $1 off online coupon
Red Pack can tomatoes $1
Progresso soup 8/$10- $0.55 coupon
Bounty paper napkins $1.69
Grapes red seedless $0.99/lb

I ended up spending $59.05- my receipt said I saved 42% or $43.66!
(My store continues to offer $0.15 fuel perks on every $50 spent.)

Sleep Number Bed

My husband and I had the chance to stay overnight at a Radisson Hotel and they have the Select Comfort "Sleep Number" beds. I have to say I was less than impressed. First of all, the beds make a noise like a vacuum cleaner when you are inflating the bed to your preferred sleep number. And the bed is not that comfortable. I'm glad we got the chance to try one out. I mean it was OK- but even set at 40 I thought it was very hard- and I usually like a firm mattress. Let's just say at about $1500 for their "economy" line king-sized bed, you would expect a little more comfort. So if you are even considering one, check out a Radisson Hotel first. The noise it makes was the biggest draw back to me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


The Working Mom has a confession to make- I am now a Stay At Home Mom. Not by choice but about 10 weeks ago I was laid off from my full-time job. I was given a severance package so I am still collecting a weekly paycheck. It's really strange to not go to work every day- but I am enjoying my time off with my daughter. She just started preschool this fall- so now I am looking for a new job. Being a SAHM sure does keep me busy though!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

CVS week of 9/7-9/13

Kind of a weak week this week at CVS. The only things I bought were:

Buy 1 Revlon Nail Color at $3.99 (Sun & Mon only), Get $3 ECBs (Limit 3) (there are supposed to be coupons out there but I didn't find any)

Alavert--on sale for $5.99. There is a $2 off peelie on the box.

Buy 1 L’Oreal Age Perfect, Revitalift or Skin Genesis at $5.99, Get $5.99 ECBs (Limit 1) (there are supposed to be coupons out there but I didn't find any)

Aussie or Herbal Essences: $2.49, get $1 ECB (limit 2)Sun & Mon only; after Mon $2.99 each.(there are coupons in this Sunday's paper)

Here is a good tip: all the summer stuff is on clearance 75% off- I was able to stock up on summer toys, swim diapers, sunscreen and bug spray!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Giant Eagle week 9/4-9/10

This is a really good Giant Eagle week as there are a lot of internet coupons out there. Plus check your store for a coupon booklet from General Mills called "Eat At Home For Less"- tons of great coupons inside from Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Cascadian Farm, Pillsbury, Nature Valley, etc. Or go here to get many of the same coupons online from Betty Crocker.

GE brand milk gallon 2/$
Cheerios cereal 5/$10 (use your Cheerios challenge $1 coupons to get Cheerios for $1)
Coke/Sprite 12 pks 3/$9
Lean Cuisine 5/$10 ($1 coupon online)
Wishbone salad dressing 2/$4
Planters Peanuts 2/$4
Knorr side dishes 4/$5
Bertolli Dinners $6.99 ($1.50 coupon from paper)
Hershey's Bliss Chocolate 2/$6 ($1 coupon online)
San Giorigio Pasta 10/$10
Breyers yogurt 20/$10
Blue Bonnet margerine 10/$9

Yoplait kids yogurt 4/$10 (coupon)

buy 10 items get 100 labels for education points:
Campbell's tomato or chicken noodle soup 5/$3

$3 oyno wyb $10 of the following:
Cascadian Farm cereal $3.49 ($1 off coupon)
Cascadian Granola bars 2/$6 ($1 off coupon)
Cascadian frozen fruit 2/$7 ($1 off coupon)
Cascadian frozen vegetables 4/$9 ($1 off coupon)
Muir Glen pasta sauce 2/$6 ($1 off coupon)

buy 10 items get 50 bonus box tops for education:
Betty Crocker brownie or muffin mix 10/$10 (coupon)
Pillsbury Toaster Strudel 5/$10 (coupon)
Kleenex 3/$3.99

Kotex 5/$10 ($1 off coupon)

Monday, September 1, 2008

CVS deals week 8/31-9/6

Here are some CVS deals for week of 8/31-9/6 (the new September ECB book will be out Monday):

Charmin 12 pk $6.49 (coupon in paper)
Bounty 8 pk $6.49 (coupon in paper)
Dawn $0.99 (coupon in paper)
Tide laundry $5.49 (coupon in paper)
Cover Girl Wetslicks $5.99 get $5.99 ECB so FREE (coupon in paper)
Select Cover Girl makeup BOGO (coupon in paper)
Gillette Venus razor $9.99 get $3 ECB (coupon in paper)
Colgate toothpaste $2.99 get $2 ECB (online coupon)

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Giant Eagle week 8/28-9/3

Here are some Giant Eagle deals for the week of 8/28-9/3:

GE brand butter 5/$10 (you can freeze it)
Kraft cheese shreds, cubes, crumbles 4/$10
Soaftsoap or Blistex 10/$10
Ballpark hotdogs BOGO
GE brand "cool whip" 10/$10
Philly Swirl BOGO
Bush's baked beans 3/$4.98
GE buns $0.99
Campbell's cheese soup 4/$5
Barilla pasta 10/$10
Betty Crocker potatoes 10/$10
Nesquik flavored milk 10/$10
Fiber One bars 3/$7 (coupons from paper)
GE brand can veggies 5/$3
Yoplait yogurt 20/$12 (coupons from paper)
Florida's Natural OJ 3/$9
Bagel Bites 5/$10
GE brand garlic toast 3/$4.98
Sweet corn 5/$2

Thursday, August 28, 2008

getting caught up

Sorry I didn't post any Giant Eagle or CVS deals earlier this week- we had a very busy week here. I will post some Giant Eagle deals later. Here's a few CVS deals worth mentioning from the week of 8/24-8/30 ad:

Cottonelle wipes $1.99 plus there is a coupon in the paper
Schick Intuition refills $9.99 get $5 ECB plus I had a $1.50 coupon from the last package
Stayfree products 2/$9 get $5 ECB plus there are $1 off coupons online
Playetx Tampons $4.99 get $3 ECB back
Kotex lightdays $1.49 get $1.49 ECB so FREE- there are coupons online and in the paper (limit 1)
Zapfizz energy mix $5.99 get $5.99 ECB back so FREE

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Nestle/Stouffer's coupons

Go here for online printable Nestle/Stouffer's coupons from
(thanks Marcy)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Giant Eagle week 8/14-8/20

Here are the deals at Giant Eagle this week- there are a few goods ones:

GE boneless skinless chicken breasts BOGO
Blue Bonnet margarine quarters 10/$9
Stouffer's french bread pizza 5/$10
Lipton sides 10/$10
GE white bread $0.99
Smucker's uncrustables 3/$7.98 (coupon)
GE preserves 2/$5
Reiter milk chugs 10/$10
GE snack bags or freezer bags 2/$3
Yoplait yogurt 20/$12 (coupon)
Green Giant box vegetables 10/$10
Brown & Serve sausage 3/$3.99
Farmland bacon $3.69 (coupon)
Koolaid bursts 10/$10
Old El Paso dinner kits 5/$10
L'Oreal kids shampoo BOGO (coupon)
Grapes $0.99/lb

$3 oyno wyb $10:
Manwich 8/$10
Hunts pudding 10/$10 (coupon)
Hunts spag sauce 10/$10
Banquet chicken 2/$6
Orville Redenbacher 2/$7 (coupon)
Chef Boyardee 10/$10 (coupon)

$5 oyno wyb $15:
Rago spag sauce 4/$10
Bertolli sauce 4/$10 (coupon)
Wishbone dressing 2/$4
Skippy PB 4/$9
County Crock 2/$6
Hellmann's mayo 2/$7

Tax Free Days!

The merchants at First & Main in Hudson, Ohio are having sales tax free days August 15-17. Save 6.5% on all purchases at participating retailers.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Applebees, Payless, AAA

Monday nights kids eat free at Applebee's- check your local restaurant for participation.

Get a 10% discount on purchases at Payless and more with your AAA card!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Giant Eagle week of 8/7-8/13

Here are the deals this week at Giant Eagle- it's a pretty good week!

Gatorade 10/$10
Giant Eagle pasta or Chopped clams 10/$10
Giant Eagle shredded cheese 5/$10
Coke/Diet Coke 4/$11
Kleenex tissue 3/$3.99
Renuzit Air Freshener 3/$3
Hefty One Zip bags 2/$3
Oscar Mayer Jr. Lunchables 2/$3 (coupon)
Hi-C 10 pks 5/$10
Nissin noodles 10/$10
Tuna Helper 10/$10
Spaghettios 5/$3
Giant Eagle sandwich bags 2/$3
Giant Eagle string cheese $3.49
Giant Eagle canned fruit 10/$10
Schick Intuition razors BOGO
Red seedless grapes 99 cents
Farm produce 99 cents

$2 oyno wyb $10 in products:
Stouffer's Entrees 4/$10
Hot or Lean Pockets 5/$10
Juicy Juice 2/$5 (coupon)

$3 oyno wyb $10 in products:
Betty Crocker brownie mix 10/$10
Macaroni Grill entrees $3.49 (coupon)
Pop Secret or Chex Mix 2/$6 (coupon)
Yoplait kids yogurt or Fiber One 4/$10 (coupon)
Totino's Pizza Rolls 10/$10

Monday, August 4, 2008

Kellogg's Rebate

Read here how to combine the Giant Eagle cereal fuel perks bonus with the $10 Kellogg's cereal rebate from this past Sunday's paper. (thanks Marcy)

Huggies Little Swimmers

CVS has Huggies Little Swimmers swim diapers marked down to $4.98. Get $1 off coupon here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

CVS photo DVD

Make a Kodak picture movie DVD for $9.99- get $9.99 ECB back!
details here

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Giant Eagle Fuel Perks bonus

From July 24 through August 6, Giant Eagle will be running an exciting promotion involving cereal and bonus fuelperks! The details of the promotion are as follows:Our 27 top-selling cereal brands will be priced at 4/$10 from 7/24 – 8/6. The participating cereals will not change during the 2 week promotion. The full list of participating items is presented below. A customer who buys any 4 participating cereals in the same transaction with their Giant Eagle Advantage Card will receive $0.20 per gallon in bonus fuelperks! A customer can earn the fuelperks! reward multiple times in the same transaction. For example, if a customer buys 12 participating cereals in one transaction, they will receive $0.60 in bonus fuelperks! The bonus fuelperks! redemptions will be funded by the participating vendors (General Mills, Kellogg’s & Post)




Monday, July 21, 2008

Free Greeting Card from CVS

Go to this site to find out how to get a free American Greetings card from CVS.
(thanks to moneysavingmom)

Monday, July 14, 2008

CVS week 7/13-7/19

The deal this week at CVS is on Kodak photo books.

4 x 6 10 page photo book $7.99
on sale with card for $3.99
there is a $3 off coupon from the paper
total before tax $0.99
plus get $3.99 ECB back!!!
(limit 1)

6 x 8 10 page photo book $12.99
on sale with card for $7.99
there is a $3 off coupon from the paper
total before tax $4.99
plus get $7.99 ECB back!!!
(limit 2)

Giant Eagle week 7/10-7/15

Here's what I got this week at Giant Eagle.

2- Cheerios 5/$10 had 2 $0.75 off coupons
Nabisco 100 calorie pack cookies 4/$10
Mac n Cheese crackers 4/$10 had $0.75 off coupon
3- Chicken Helper 10/$10 had $0.75 off 3 coupon
2- Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter 2/$5 had $1 off 2 coupon
San Giorgio Pasta 10/$10
Rice-roni Naturals 10/$10 had $0.50 off coupon
GE brand poptarts 10/$10
Oscar Mayer Lunchables $1.25
Salad mix 2/$5
Oscar Mayer smoked turkey 2/$3
6- Yoplait yogurt 20/$12 had $0.55 coupon
2- Chef Boyardee 10/$10 had $0.50 coupon
Hamburger buns $0.75
GE milk $2.09
GE orange juice $2.50
Licorce 10/$10
Potato salad $3.19
Macaroni salad $3.19
Delgrosso sauce $1.50
Fruit salad 10/$10
Bread $0.69
Nature's basket whole chicken $5.02
4- Burgers from meat case $4.20
Bananas $0.49/lb= $1.08
Nectarines $1.59/lb= $2.62
2- GE chicken breasts BOGO $5.72
Gatorade 10/$10

Total after all coupons doubled $67.86 (saved $27.91).

Also got a card for $1.00 fuel perks with a new prescription.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Cow Appreciation Day!

Friday July 11- dress like a cow and get a free combo meal from Chick-Fil-A!

CVS deals week of 7/6

The deals are not fabulous but I scored all this for 63 cents!

2 Dawn dishwashing liquid @$1 ea get $1 ECB back- had $1 off coupon
3 Pringles potato crisps @$1 ea get $1 ECB back- had $0.30 coupon
2 CVS pantiliners @$0.99 ea get $0.99 ECB back each- had $1.50 CVS coupon
2 CVS tampons @ $1.49 ea get $1.49 ECB back each
2 Mountain Dew 20 oz @ $0.99 ea get $1 ECB back
1 Huggies clean team wipes @$2.99- had $1 off coupon

Spent $11 ECB and $0.63 OOP and got $7.96 ECB back!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Giant Eagle week 6/26-7/3

I thought the deals would be a little better because next week is a holiday- but maybe next Thursday- day before the 4th of July. Here's what I bought this week: (remember coupons double up to 99 cents)

Huggies diapers $9.99- $5 Giant Eagle coupon for Huggies
Dixie paper plates 4/$10
Multigrain Cheerios 2/$6- $0.75 coupon
GE brand tissues 10/$10
Hot dog buns $0.75
Tostitos scoops 2/$5- $1 off when you buy Tostitos dip
Tostitos dip $3.49
Whole wheat bread $0.89
2-Chex mix 4/$10- $1 coupon x2
3- Cascadian farm cereal $3.19- $1 coupon x3
Instant potatoes 10/$10
Taco seasoning 10/$10
Pop tarts $2.19
Rice milk $1.79
2- Ball park singles 2/$4.92- $1.50 coupon
Yoplait kids yogurt $2.99- $0.75 coupon
GE brand apple juice $1.79
Kraft lite mayo 4/$10- $0.50 coupon
Dan-active 5/$10- $1 coupon
Delgrossa spag sauce 2/$3
Kraft mac n cheese 5/$3- get Free Kraft crackers
Kraft mac n cheese crackers $2.99- $0.55 coupon
Bush baked beans $1.33- $0.50 coupon
Chi-Chi's salsa 4/$10- $0.50 coupon
Popsicles $1.79
Family size stouffer's lasagna $5.99- $1 coupon
Natures basket chicken tenders $2.49- $1 off coupon
Natures basket chicken thighs $4.05- $1 off coupon
Beef shoulder roast- reduced $2.96
Apples $4.38
Corn 10/$2
Lettuce bag 2/$4
Tomatoes $1.74
Bananas $0.82
Milk $2.09 1/2 gal
Orange juice $2.50

after all coupons doubled- saved $45.88- spent $87.02
got $0.20/gallon fuel perks

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

CVS week 6/22

The only thing worth getting this week is toothpaste:

1 Colgate Total @ $2.99 get $2 ECB back
$1.50 coupon here

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

CVS week 6/15

Not many CVS deals this week but I am going to finish up a few June deals.

1- Tylenol Arthritis 24 ct $4.49- $1 off coupon from paper
get $2 ECB (spend $1.49)

2- Gold Emblem Candy $5.00 ea- use $1/2 candy and $3/$10 CVS coupon
buy $10 get $5 ECB (spend $1)

1- Listerine Smart Rinse $3.49- $1 off coupon from paper
get $3.49 ECB (free plus $1)

1- CVS bandaids $1.99- get $1.99 ECB (free)

1-CVS swabs $3.19- get $2 ECB (spend $1.19)

1- Huggies bath $3.49- $1 off coupon from Huggies
get $2 ECB (spend $0.49)

If I bought all this in one transaction, I would spend $15 in ECB and $4.55 OOP and get $16.48 ECB back.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Knowing when to shop

I just found out a valuable shopping tip today. If you go to Giant Eagle on a weekday morning (not Monday) they will have meat marked down from the day before. It will have yellow mark down labels. I got organic Nature's Basket ground beef this morning for $2.50/lb. Also some bagged salad had yellow peelie coupons $1 off. I got some baby spinach for $1.50.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Free Ice Cream at Friendly's

Get a free single cone or dish of Ice Cream today ay Friendly's today only June 7 from 12-5pm.

We each got a free cone today- what a great treat because it was so hot out!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Giant Eagle Deals 6/5-6/11

It's Friday so it's Giant Eagle shopping day. Here's what looks good to me in this week's ad:

Chef Boyardee Pasta 10/$10- $2 off instantly= 10/$8

Hunts Snack Pack 10/$10- $2 off instantly= 10/$8

Coke or Sprite 2L 4/$5- $1 off instantly= 5/$5

1 Free Reusable Giant Eagle shopping bag wyb 2 products:

Nabisco 100 Calorie Pack/$10, Planters Trail Mix 2/$3, Kraft salad dressing 4/$9, Kraft Mac&Cheese or Easy Mac 10/$10

Dannon Yogurt cups 20/$12- $2 off instantly= 20/$10

$5 oyno wyb 2 Tide laundry detergent 48/64 load 2/$20

$2 oyno wyb 1 Gillette Venus Embrace razor $9.99

92% Lean ground beef $2.29/lb

Oscar Mayer Meat bologna 16 oz BOGO 2/$3.48

Lipton side dishes 10/$10

Tuna Helper 10/$10

Kelloggs Cereal 4/$10

Orville Redenbacher popcorn 2/$4

Grape tomatoes BOGO

Red seedless grapes $0.99/lb

Sweet corn ears 3/$0.99

Are you finding any good coupons?

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Save $2.50 on Luvs at Target

Save $2.50 on Luvs diapers at Target with this coupon.

Brown Cow Yogurt

Yummy low fat, organic, gluten-free yogurt from Brown Cow Farm. I have found the 6 oz. cups at Giant Eagle in the organic section 10 for $10.

Print a coupon here.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Walgreens coupon

$1 off two Details bath & body products at Walgreens here.

Diaper/tote bags

I don't do much on Ebay- but I found the most wonderful Asian-theme dragon pattern diaper bag/tote bag on Ebay. Made by a disabled grandmother who is raising her grandson. Check out her other auctions on Ebay seller: kshillgml

This is my bag- it's so nice! She also sells bags on Craftmall under the name Karen's Kreative Bags.

CVS transaction #3

We always need toilet paper and I will give a pack to my mom.

3 pk Charmin toilet paper 9 roll @ $4.96
1 pk Bounty paper towels 8 roll @ $4.96
subtotal before tax $19.84

used $3 off $15 CVS coupon from the ABJ newspaper (we get)
used $1.75 in manufaturer coupons
(3- 25 cents off from the paper and 1- $1 off I got in the mail)
spent $11.98 in ECB
paid $3.42 OOP
got $10 ECB back

I also scanned my Extra Care card at the self-scanner and got $3 off $10 CVS brand, $1 off 2 Gold Emblem candy, $1 off 3 CVS toothbrushes.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

CVS transaction #2

I made my second CVS trip today at lunchtime. I plan to go back tomorrow for paper towels and toilet paper.

2 Huggies wash/lotion @ $3.49 ea
(2- $1 off coupons)
2 Listerine smart rinse @ $3.49 ea
(2- $1 off coupons)
2 Bumble bee can tuna @ $0.66 ea

Used $3 off $15 CVS coupon and $6.99 ECB
Paid $1.27 OOP- got $10.98 ECB back

Monday, June 2, 2008

CVS deals week of June 1

It's June so there is a new CVS Extra Care booklet! There are a couple freebie deals this month.

Monthly deals:

$3.49 ECB wyb 1 Listerine Smart Rinse 250ml @ $3.49 (limit 2) FREE after ECB- there are online coupons available and I also had a $1 off coupon from my last rebate

$6.99 ECB wyb 1 Oral-B toothbrush 2 pk @ $6.99 (limit 2) FREE after ECB

$1.99 ECB wyb 1 CVS Brand Sheer or Plastic bandaids 40 ct (limit 2) FREE after ECB

$2.00 ECB wyb 1 CVS brand Cotton Swabs 500 ct @ $3.19 (limit 5) (my store had a free travel pack included) use your $3 off $15 CVS brand coupons here

$2 ECB wyb 1 Huggies baby lotion or wash @ $3.49 (limit 5) there were coupons in the paper last month

Weekly Deals:

$1 ECB wyb 2 Dawn dish soap @ 2/$2 (limit 4) pay 2/$1 after ECB
25 cents off coupon in Sunday P&G, also Home Made Simple booklet

Pringles cans 88 cents each

Glade spray 88 cents- there was $1 off coupon in the paper

Puffs tissues 89 cents

$2 ECB wyb 1 Tide laundry detergent @ $5.99 (limit 2) pay $3.99 after ECB
35 cents off coupon in Sunday P&G

Last but not least there was a $3 off $15 coupon in my Sunday newspaper in the first section- there was a CVS ad for cholestrol screening. Here was my first transaction Sunday- I am going back once more this week.

2 Dawn @ 2/$2
1 Pringles 88 cents
1 Glade 88 cents
1 Puffs 89 cents
1 CVS bottled water 99 cents
1 Tide @ $5.99
2 CVS Bandages @ $1.99 ea
2 CVS cotton swabs @ $3.19 ea

After all manuf. coupons, CVS coupons and ECB- I spent only ($0.50) 50 cents OOP and got $10.98 ECB back!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Giant Eagle Specials 5/29-6/4

Here are the weekly specials from Marcy at Stretching A Buck.

I was able to do the P&G deal again- this time I bought $10 of Dawn and Mr. Clean products and got another $5 catalina back. I spent my other $5 catalina this week. The only thing I found out is you can only "spend" one P&G catalina per transaction. Not a fantastic grocery trip this week but I spent $62- which is better than last week! One negative about saving money on groceries is less fuel perks to use though.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Unadvertised Giant Eagle Deal

I stumbled upon an unadvertised deal at Giant Eagle last week and now I have the details. Buy $10 worth of participating P&G items and get a $5 catalina back OYNO. The items are Swiffer, Mr. Clean, Cascade, Dawn and Febreze. There have been many coupons in the P&G insert for these items and also in the P&G Home Made Simple booklet. Also Swiffer products usually have a coupon inside the box.

I bought 1 Swiffer dry refill @$3.99, 1 Swiffer wet refill @$3.99 and 1 Swiffer duster @$3.99 and got $5 back. I had $1 off coupon for each. So I spent $9 OOP and got a $5 catalina back.

The deal runs through the end of June but is not in the GE ad.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Happy Memorial Day

Hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend. We just got back from a trip to the Zoo. I did a little grocery shopping on Friday night at Giant Eagle and some how managed to get two catalina's for $3 and $5 and I'm not sure how since I did not research the deals this week! I was out of town for two days and just didn't have time. I did not do any CVS shopping this weekend either as I did not see anything I needed in the ad. I made a visit to a Super Wal-Mart for the first time yesterday. I think I might give up my Sam's club membership after seeing the store. Some of the prices are very good without having to buy in bulk. Lastly, we made a trip to the Step 2 factory store in order to get my daughter a Step 2 "playhouse" actually it is a gazebo and it was marked $100 off this weekend. So that will be her birthday present from us.

P.S. I also hit my first garage sale of the season yesterday and scored a Step 2 toy box in great shape for $8.

Monday, May 19, 2008

CVS week 5/18 and other stuff

This week is not too good at CVS. I might not even go shopping. Not very many ECB deals to be made.

$3 ECB wyb 4-12 pkCoke/Diet Coke 4/$12 (limit 1) I already bought Coke last week
$7 ECB wyb 2 Banana Boat Sun Care products (limit 1) would be a good deal w/coupons
$2 ECB wyb 2 Right Guard or SoftnDry 2/$6 (limit 1) coupon in this Sunday paper
$3.99 ECB wyb 1 Colgate 360 toothbrush $3.99 (limit 1) the only freebie I see- $1 off coupon from paper
$3 ECB wyb Schick Quattro for Women $9.49 (limit 1) $4 off coupon from paper
$10 ECB wyb CVS brand one-time-use Video Camcorder ($29.99) we bought one of these once for a special event and we really liked it- you could also use $2/$10 CVS coupon
$1 ECB wyb Dial, Tone or Coast soap bars $1.99 (limit 1) 30 cents off coupon from paper
$1 ECB wyb Garnier Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner (limit 2) $2 off coupon from paper
$1 ECB wyb Oral-B or Crest $1.99 (limit 5) multiple coupons from last P&G insert
$3 ECB wyb Miralax laxative $20.99 (limit 1) $2 off online printable coupon

I haven't had time to check out the Walgreens ad- but I have a $25 gift card burning a hole in my pocket!

Yesterday instead of going to CVS like I normally do- I went to the bread outlet and got a loaf of Wonder whole grain bread for 89 cents! Then I went to the health food market and got some turkey breast for sandwiches for $4.89 lb and they had apples for $1.29 lb!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Coke/Diet Coke at CVS

I just paid $1.65 plus tax per 12 pk of Coke/Diet Coke at CVS. (That's just about 14 cents a can!) Here's how I did it:

Coke/Diet Coke 12 pks on sale for 4/$11 plus get one free
That comes to 5 pks for $11
I had a voucher for a free 12 pk from mycokerewards
Spent $8.25 for 5- 12 pks= $1.65 per 12 pk plus tax

That should last us at least a month!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Giant Eagle week 5/15-5/21

Once again, not the best week for Giant Eagle. But here are a few deals. I will probably not be buying much.

Maxwell House Coffees $5.99: $1.00 coupon
Coke or Sprite 12 packs 4 /$12 with $2 off instantly when you buy 4
Bush's Best Grillin' Beans 3 /$3.99: $1.00 coupon
Jell-O 10/$10: $0.50 coupon
French's Spicy Brown or Classic Mustard 10/$10: $0.50 coupon
Nature Valley Roasted Nut Bars 4/$10: $0.50 coupon
Thomas' Value Pack of English Muffins: BOGO
Kahn's Franks: BOGO
Purex ultra conc liquid Laundry 2 /$5: $1.00 coupon

Smithfield Lean Generation Ham $4.99 lb
Gatorade 10/$10
Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, Pop Tarts 4/$7
Heinz Ketchup 5/$10
GE whipped topping 10/$10
Hefty plates of cups 2/$4 plus $1 off instantly
GE Apple juice 5/$10
Kraft mac & chees or Easy cups 10/$10
McCormick Grill mates 10/$10
GE canned tomatoes 5/$3
Pork shoulder western ribs $1.89 lb
Chicken thighs $1.09 lb
Muir Glen tomatoes 2/$3
Simply Orange OJ 3/$9
GE frozen veg blends 3/$4.98
Sweet Corn cob 5/$2

$3 OYNSO wyb $10
Reddi Wip 3/$7: $0.55 coupon
Swiss Miss 6pk 2/$4
PAM $3.29
Guldens Spicy Brown 3/$5
Hebrew National Franks 2/$6: $0.75 coupon

$4 OYNSO wyb $10
Vlasic Pickles 5/$10 - $1 printable
Vlasic Relish 10/$10 - $1 printable
McCormick Grill Mates 5/$10: $0.25 mfc
Open Pit BBQ 10/$10

$5 OYNSO wyb $15
Lipton Side Dishes 10/$10: $0.75 coupon
Hellmans 30oz 2/$6: $0.50 coupon
Breyers fruit bars 3/$10
Fud/Popsicle 3/$10
Mrs. Fields ice cream sand 3/$10
Wishbone Bountiful Dressing 2/$4 : $1.25 coupon
Lawrys Marinade 2/$4: $0.50 coupon
Suave Professions or Mens 2/$3: $0.50 coupon
Skippy 5/$10

Band Aids 2/$3.00: $0.50 coupon
Pert Plus $2/$5.00: $1.00 coupon
Bar S Hot Dogs 4/$5.00: $.25 printable
Keebler cookies 5/$10: $0.55 coupon

Sunday, May 11, 2008

CVS deals week 5/11

Happy Mother's Day! Here are the CVS deals I did this week. Not a great week for getting ECB back, but since I had some to spend from two weeks ago, I stocked up on diapers.

3 Huggies supreme diapers @ $8.99 ea
used 3- $1 off coupons from the paper
2 Huggies natural care wipes @ $1.99 ea
used 2- 50 cent off coupons from the paper
1 Colgate advanced whitening toothpaste 4 oz @ $2.99 ea
used $1.50 online coupon from Colgate- get $2 ECB
1 Schick Intuition Plus razor @ $8.88 ea
used $4 off coupon from paper- get $6 ECB
1 Chapstick naturals @ $2.99 ea- get $1 ECB
(no coupon but I really needed a Chapstick)

spent $20.94 ECB and $10 pharmacy gift card
OOP cost $11.17
ECB received back $19
($10 ECB was from doing a survey)
I also got a $1 off coupon for Huggies wipes inside each pack of wipes
not the best week for OOP but I got stuff I really needed
I will also get $5 back from a Huggies rebate.

One free 5x7 or 8x10 photo print from CVS, use code ENLARGE.

Friday, May 9, 2008

True Lemon

I got my samples of True Lemon in the mail. I really like the True Lime the best. I put it in some Mexi-chicken I was making- yummy! Here are some True Lime recipes. Get you own free sample here.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Giant Eagle deals 5/8-5/14

The Giant Eagle deals are not too good this week. Here are a few things I am buying:

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts BOGO
Pepsi 12 pk 4/$11
Stonyfield yogurt 2/$5 ($1 coupon)
Yoplait yogurt 20/$10 (25 cents off 2 coupon)
Special K bars 4/$10
Poptarts 4/$10
GE pudding 4 pk 10/$10
Buy 3 Pilsbury get 1 crescent rolls free (multiple coupons)
GE white bread 89 cents
Jif peanut butter 2/$4
Powerade 10/$10
Florida Natural OJ 3/$9
Blue Bonnet margerine 5/$4
GE frozen veggies 10/$10
Schick Intuition razor $7.99 ($4 coupon)
Oranges 2/$1

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Walgreens week 5/4-5/10

I don't usually shop Walgreens because I just don't have good luck there, but I might stop by this week. I have $27.43 rebate gift card coming. If it comes in time there are a few things I need. In the Walgreens ad there is a P&G Super Coupon on the back page- save up to $3 on P&G items (50 cents off each item limit 6).

Tide laundry detergent $5.49- 0.50= $4.99 (35 cent coupon from P&G insert)
Bounty paper towel 3 pk $3.49- 0.50- $2.99 (25 cent coupon from P&G insert)
Dawn dish liquid $1.29- 0.50= $0.79
Charmin toilet paper 6 pk $3.49- 0.50= $2.99 (25 cent coupon from P&G insert)
Herbal Essences/Aussie shampoo $3.49- 0.50= $2.99 ($1 or $2 off coupon P&G insert)
Folgers Coffee 13 oz $2.49- 0.50= $1.99 (25 cent coupon from P&G insert)

Also on sale
Huggies pull-ups $9.49 ($2 online coupon)
Zyrtec allergy 5 ct $5.49 ($3 coupon found by pharmacy counter)

Anyone find a Dawn dish liquid coupon? I didn't get one in my P&G insert.

Wednesday May 7 only free 8X10 photo, order online with code 4MOM.

Friday, May 2, 2008

CVS shopping trip

I don't usually shop CVS on Friday- but I made an extra trip today for the new May Extra Value Book deals. Here's what I bought today:

3 Colgate 360 toothbrush @ $3.99= $11.97
3 Aquafresh Extreme Clean @ $2.99= $8.97
3 CVS Allergy Relief 5 ct @ $3.79= $11.37
1 Fixodent 1.4oz @ $3.79 (for grandpa)
1 Johnson Buddy Bar @ 0.99
1 candy bar @ 0.79
Sub total= $37.88

Coupons used
$4 off $20 from CVS email
$2 off $10 CVS brand
$1 off Johnsons
$1 off Colgate
$1 off Aquafresh
ECB spent $23.98

Total with tax OOP= $5.36 cash
ECB received back=$33.31

(I could have done a little better if I had printed more Colgate/Aquafresh coupons.)

Edit to add: I went to Giant Eagle later (see this post) and spent $64.74 and got $5 back.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

It's May at CVS!

And I just got a lovely $4 off $20 coupon email in my inbox! Woohoo!

Here's some May ECB freebies to get started with:

CVS Allergy Relief 5ct $3.79
Get $3.79 ECB- Free after ECB! (limit 3)

Aquafresh Toothpaste Advance White 6oz $2.99
Get $2.99 ECB- Free after ECB! (limit 3)

(found online coupons from Aquafresh)

Adidas Antipersirant 2.8oz $4.99
Get $4.99 ECB- Free after ECB! (limit 3)

Orapik Traveler Twin Pack $2.79
Get $2.70 ECB- Free after ECB! (limit 3)

Tums Quik Pak 24 ct $4.69
Get 4.69 ECB- Free after ECB! (limit 2)

(found online coupons from Tums but would not print!)

Colgate 360 Clean Toothbrush $3.99
Get $3.99 ECB- Free after ECB! (limit 3)

(found online coupons from Colgate)

Plus I have a $10 gift card from my Target coupon Rx transfer!

Deal Idea #1
Buy 3 CVS Allergy @3.79= $11.37
Use $2 off $10 CVS brand coupon
Spend $9.37 get $11.37 ECB

Deal Idea #2
Buy 3 Aquafresh toothpaste @2.99= 8.97
Buy 3 Colgate toothbrush @3.99= 11.97
Use 3- $1 Aquafresh coupons (online from Aquafresh)
Use 3- $1 Colgate coupons (online from Colgate)
Use $4 off $20 CVS coupon
Spend $10.97 get $20.94 ECB

Giant Eagle deals 5/1-5/7

Here are the deals from this week's Giant Eagle ad thanks to Marcy at Stetching A Buck.

Here's what I'm buying tomorrow (Friday night grocery shopping) :

Get $3 oyno when you buy $15
Lean cuisine 4/$10
Hot or Lean Pockets 5/$10 ($1 off 3 Q from paper)
Juicy Juice 2/$5

Get $2 oyno when you buy $10
Gatorade 10/$10
Tropicana OJ 4/$12
Quaker chewy granola bars 5/$10

Kellogg's Nutrigrain bars 4/$10 (75 cent Q tearpad)
Post Raisin Bran 5/$10 ($1 off online Q)
Kool-Aid Bursts 6pk 10/$10 (DD loves these)
DelGrosso Pasta Sauce 4/$5 (my fav brand)
Oscar Mayer franks BOGO
Oscar Mayer shaved lunchmeat 2/$6
Mission Tortillas 2/$5 (my fav brand)
Michelina's Entrees 10/$10
Softsoap 10/$10
Gala apples $1.59 lb
Duncan Hines cake mix 10/$10
Mott's single servce applesauce 5/$10
Pringles 10/$10
Valu Time paper towels 62 cents
Dannon Yogurt cups 10/$5
L'Oreal Kids shampoo BOGO
Ortega taco kits 4/$10 (75 cent/2 Q from paper)

Online 4x6 photo prints are 9 cents plus shipping

Again I should come in right around $60 after I get my $5 back

Sunday, April 27, 2008

CVS deals week 4/27

Here is a CVS deal for this week- I don't think the other deals are that good but the May ECB book starts later this week!

Buy $15 worth of qualifying 3M products get $5 ECB back
3M Lint roller 2/$5 coupon here
Scotch-Brite scrub pad 3/$5
Post-It notes or flags 2/$5 coupon here
3M Command adhesive hooks 2/$5 coupon here
Scotch mailing supplies 3/$5
3M duct tape $5
Scotch packing tape $5
Also there are some promotions at 3M productivity.

Here's what I bought
2 lint rollers @ $5
2 command hooks @5
2 post-it flags @5
diet coke & cookies $2.58

coupons used $7 off
ECB used $8

total OOP $3.11
ECB received $5

Friday, April 25, 2008

another Giant Eagle deal

Just got back from my Friday night shopping and I spent $60.17 on this week's groceries- not too bad for me! I found some 55 cents off tear pad coupons for Nabisco 100 calorie snack packs. GE doubles coupons so that is $1.10 off per box and they are priced at 4/$10 so I paid $1.40 per box. Look for Giant Eagle deals here.

BTW- I am amazed at the number of people that have their kids out at the store at 9:30 at night. DD is in bed promptly at 8:00PM!

Friday Grocery Day

Here are some Giant Eagle deals from Marcy at Stretching A Buck :

80% Lean Ground Chuck - $1.79/lb
Weight Watchers Smart Ones Desserts - 5/$10; use $1/1 coupon
Select Kellogg's Cereals - 4/$10 or $2.50/ea. Use
$1/1 Raisin Bran coupon
Vlasic Squeeze Relish - $1.00/ea - sign up
here and get a $1/1 coupon
Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt - $2.50/ea; use $1/1 coupon from paper
Keebler Pie Crusts - $2/ea - use $0.30/1 coupon from paper
Chef Boyardee Pasta - $1/ea; use $0.35/3 coupon from paper
Special K Bars - $2.50/ea; use $0.55/1 coupon from paper
Life Cereal is on sale $2/ea; there were some $1/1 Cinnamon Life online

I found a coupon booklet at Giant Eagle called Special K $10 Savings Spree. It has 5 coupons including save $2 on Milk with the purchase of any one Special K cereal and any one Special K bars. Also I'm not sure how long this deal is good but you can get 25 free 4x6 prints online with the code 25FREE.

I like to shop on Friday night- here is what I am buying tonight:
80% Lean Ground Chuck 3 lb pack $1.79/lb
Chef Boyardee or Hunts Snack Pack Pudding 10/$10
Coke/Diet Coke 12 pks 4/$11
Kellogg's Raisin Bran, Special K or Pop Tarts 4/$10 (I have 2- $1 off Raisin Bran Q)
WW Smart Ones entrees or dessert 5/$10 (I have $1 off 5 Q)
GE brand Orange Juice 2/$6
Hunt's spaghetti sauce 10/$10
Hunt's tomatoes 10/$10
Kellogg's Special K Bars 4/$10 (may use Special K booklet for $2 off milk)
Open Pit BBQ sauce 10/$10
Powerade 10/$10
Renuzit Air Freshener 10/$10
Egg Beaters $2.79 get $1 off wyb 2
GE baby wipes 2/$5
GE tissues 10/$10
YoCrunch Yogurt 10/$7
Chapstick 10/$10
Farmers Market Salad 2/$5

The think I like about Giant Eagle is you can buy one of something at 10/$10 and it is still $1. I also have to buy bread and milk and cat litter, so I hope to come in right around $60.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

10 easy ways to save on summer energy costs

As energy prices sour, everyone is looking for ways to save money and be more frugal. Here are ten easy steps you can take to reduce your home energy costs during the warm summer months.

1.Turn your thermostat up. If you are gone or working during the day, raise the air conditioning setting by 5-10 degrees. Better yet, invest in a digital programmable thermostat.

2.Replace your furnace filter monthly. A dirty filter makes the furnace work that much harder. Schedule routine preventive maintenance and cleaning of your furnace and air conditioner by a professional at least once a year.

3.Run a dehumidifier during hot humid weather, especially if you have a basement.

4.If you have ceiling fans, adjust the fan blades to push air down in the summer. This helps re-circulate the warm air that rises near the ceiling.

5.If you have a two- story house, check that the cold air vents on the second floor are closed in the summer. This help keeps the upstairs cooler.

6.Close your blinds and curtains on warm sunny days. Plant shade trees on the south exposure of your property.

7.Hang clothes outside to dry on nice breezy days instead of using the clothes dryer.

8.On very hot humid days it is better to keep the house closed up than to open the windows. It will take more energy to cool the house back down.

9.If the weather is comfortable, open the windows and get some fresh air. You can also run the furnace on “fan” only without the air conditioning. The furnace fan will circulate the air through without using the A/C.

10.Check into a co-op at the start of the summer season. You may be able to buy electricity at a fixed (reduced) price. Go on an electric utility budget plan. The utility company will average your payments out over 12 months, so you won’t get stuck with such high summer bills.

Do you have any other tips to share? I have replaced 2 kitchen bulbs with compact fluourescent light bulbs. So far I am not that thrilled with them. When you turn on the switch it takes a few seconds for the bulb to completely warm up. Also I'm not sure how you are supposed to dispose of them since they contain mercury.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Menu Monday and more

Here's my attempt at getting better at organizing my week- a weekly menu! I usually have an idea in my head of what we're going to have for dinner- but I thought things would go better if I actually wrote it down. I tend to plan based on what I have on hand- I rarely go out and shop just for dinner. Also we tend to eat out or on-the-run on weekends.

Sun: order carry-out
Mon: crockpot beef roast with potatoes & veggies
Tue: Johnny Marzetti casserole (make ahead Monday night)
Wed: frozen Boston Market meals (got on sale)
Thu: beef vegetable soup (use leftover beef)
Fri: turkey hotdogs, buns, baked beans
Sat: leftover buffet

For carry-out meals I try to use the Entertainment Book.

Tonight I also cleaned out the laundry room/utility closet and wiped down the washer and dryer. That was quick!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

CVS deals this week

I just got back from my weekly CVS shopping trip while DD is napping. Here's what I got this week. (Yesterday I bought 4 bags of M&M's so I had some ECB's to work with.)

1st trip
1 Freestyle Lite Glucose Monitor @ $10.00
1 Alavert 12 ct @ $6.99
1 Mennen Speed Stick 24/7 @ $3.99

used the following coupons
$4 off Alavert online coupon
$1 off Mennen 24/7 online coupon
$13.99 ECB from last week's shopping

spent $1.99 OOP (out of pocket)
got $17.99 ECB back!!!

2nd trip
2 Alavert 12 ct @ $6.99= 13.98
1 Softsoap Spa 18 oz @ $5.49

used the following coupons
$2 off Alavert peelies x2
$14 ECB from previous trip

spent $0.19 cents OOP
got $13.49 ECB back!!!

(I couldn't find another Softsoap Spa coupon)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Giant Eagle deals 4/17-4/23

Friday night is grocery shopping night. I find the store is much less crowded than Saturday. I go after DD is in bed for the night. DH gets a chance to watch a little TV.
Here's what I am buying at Giant Eagle:

$4 off instantly wyb 4 General Mills Cereals @ 4/$10
Golden Grahams, Cookie Crisp, Kix, Wheaties, Cheerios
there are several coupons for General Mills cereals from the paper

$4 off instantly wyb 4 Chex cereals listed below @ 4/$10
Chocolate, Strawberry, Corn, Rice, Multi, Wheat, Honey Nut Chex
there are several coupons for Chex cereals from the paper

$2 off instantly wyb 2 Huggies diapers or Pull-Ups @ $9.99
I have several $2 off Pull-Ups online coupons

Gatorade 10/$10
Lipton Side dishes 10/$10
Breyers Yogurt 10/$5
there are several coupons from the paper
Farmers Market Fresh Express Salads BOGO
Strawberries 1 lb BOGO
Campbell's Kids Soups 10/$10
DEl Fratelli Canned Tomatoes 28 oz 10/$10
GE brand pasta or noodles 10/$10
Kraft BBQ sauce 10/$10
Boneless Angus Bottom Round Roast BOGO

The nice thing about Giant Eagle is they offer double coupons up to 99 cents and you get 10 cents off gas fuel perks with every $50 you spend.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Anti-Procrastination Week

Cyrstal over at biblicalwomanhoodonline has delcared this week "Anti-Procrastination Week". So get up and get something done you have been putting off. I like to use the ideas over at the Fly Lady. Sunday night I tackled that pile of papers that collects on my kitchen counter. I threw away lots of stuff and found some stuff I really needed. I should have taken a before and after picture.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Frugal Friday!

Tightwad, frugal, penny-pincher, cheap! Do you see these terms as positive or negative? At one time I probably thought someone who was frugal was like my grandmother always talking about the Depression. Oh brother, here we go again! But all my life, my mom or my grandma re-used things like paper bags, bread bags, plastic wrap, aluminum foil. I thought it was so dumb! But now I see why. Partly as en effort to be more responsible about what goes into the landfills and party to be frugal. I even learned that sometimes it is more cost-efficient to *gasp* buy the smaller container of something! Hope you have a great weekend! Here is a link to more Frugal Friday discussion.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


I'm linking to this website because there is a $5 off Walgreens coupon good tomorrow only April 11. Happy shopping!

No, I did not take a food inventory yet. I need to get busy!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Freezer, frig and pantry inventory

I'm really feeling the need to take an inventory of the food in my freezer, refigerator and pantry. I think I should have plenty enough food to make meals for a week without grocery shopping. Unless I need milk or bread or orange juice. Speaking of OJ- it's so expensive (usually $3 for a 1/2 gallon) we usually just have one small 4 oz. glass for breakfast so we can make it last all week. I guess if I had more time I would squeeze it myself. I do water it down for the kiddo- she doesn't seem to notice yet.

Monday, April 7, 2008

CVS Diaper Deal

CVS has a baby and diaper deal this week. Buy $25 worth of select baby items and receive $10 ECB (Extra Care Bucks) back with your Extra Care card.

Huggies diapers and pull-ups are on sale for $8.99. There are several $1 or $2 off coupons floating around from the newspaper or online.

I bought
3 pack Huggies Pull-Ups at $8.99
used 3 of the $2 off Huggies coupons
spent $20.97, got $10 ECB back
that's $10.97 for 3 packs of Pull-Ups

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

This Week at CVS & Walgreens

Money saving deals this week at CVS and Walgreens.

Here are the free deals of the week
CVS- Softsoap Spa Radiant Sower Gel- buy one at $4.99 get $4.99 ECB- there was also a $1 off coupon in the Sunday paper- so you can get it for $3.99 and get $4.99 ECB.

CVS- Lady Speed Stck deodorant- buy 2 at 2 for $5 get $3 ECB- so it's like paying 2 for $2. There was a $1 off coupon in the paper- if you can get 2 coupons- the whole deal is free.

CVS- CVS brand rapid release gel caps pain reliever- buy one at $3.99 get $3.99 ECB.

CVS- Colgate toothpaste is $2.99 an BOGO (buy one get one free) buy 2 at $2.99 and there was a $1.50 off coupon in the paper- if you can get 2 coupons they are free.

Walgreens (aka WAG)- they have free ink jet cartridge refills on Wednesday 4/2.

WAG- Buy one Advil PM at $3.99 get $3 Register Rewards (RR) back plus there was a $1 off coupon making it free.

WAG- Aquafresh toothpaste- $3.99- free after rebate.

WAG- Colgate 360 toothbrush- $3.99- free after rebate.

WAG- Jane Be Pure mineral brush or Kabuki brush- $4.99- free after rebate.

WAG- Wal-Zyr 5 (store brand Zyrtec) $3.99- free after rebate.

WAG- Walitin 30 (store brand Claritin) $6.99- free after rebate.

Have fun shopping this week!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

10 easy ways to save on heating bill

Here are 10 easy ways I have found to save money on our monthly heating bill. We have natural gas and the best tip I have is to install a programmable thermostat. I did not know until last year you should open the cold air returns in the winter and close them in the summer!

1. Turn your thermostat down. If you are gone or working during the day, lower the heat setting by 5 degrees. At night drop the temperature by 2 degrees and add a blanket to your bed. Better yet, invest in a digital programmable thermostat.

2. Replace your furnace filter monthly. A dirty filter makes the furnace work that much harder. Mark it on your calendar as a reminder. Schedule routine preventive maintenance and cleaning by a professional at least once a year.

3. Add some humidity to the air in winter. Run a portable humidifier or vaporizer. After you run the dishwasher, open the door and let the dishes air dry. After you take a shower, open the bathroom door. But don’t run the exhaust fan in the bathroom for more than five minutes. Otherwise your heat is just going right out the vent!

4. If you have ceiling fans, adjust the fan blades to pull air up in the winter. This helps re-circulate the warm air that rises near the ceiling.

5. If you have a two- story house, check that the cold air vents on the second floor are open. This allows cold air to return back to your forced-air furnace.

6. Draw your blinds and curtains closed at night. On a sunny day, open your blinds and curtains and let the sun shine in.

7. When you are done with the clothes dryer, close the dryer door to keep cold air out. Clean your dryer lint filter regularly.

8. Apply plastic window insulation to drafty windows with double-sided tape. Most hardware stores sell shrink-wrap window kits. Check for missing and worn weather-stripping on windows and doors. Check that double-hung windows are fully closed and latched.

9. When you fireplace is not in use, make sure the flu is shut. If you don’t use your fireplace very often, a chimney cap is a good investment. They are usually spring-loaded and open from the inside with a chain.

10. Check into a fuel co-op at the start of the heating season. You may be able to buy your heating gas or oil at a fixed (reduced) price. Go on a gas or electric utility budget plan. The utility company will average your payments out over 12 months, so you won’t get stuck with such high winter bills.

Do you have any energy saving tips?