Sunday, August 31, 2008

CVS Shopping

I had several $.50 off coupons left and Rite Aid was out of the $.97 Chex. I also had a $1.00 off Internet coupon which Rite Aid does not take. So, I decided to go ask if CVS would honor the Rite Aid Ad and guess what? They did! So, with that $1.00 off coupon it made it a real deal. I want to get the Kotex Pantyliner money making deal with coupon making this an even better deal, but I went three times and could never find them. If anyone knows about rain checks and ECB's how does it work? Leave me a comment if you have ever done that.

1 Cinnamon Toast Malt-o-Meal $1.00 used $1.00 off coupon FREE!
2 Colgate 360 toothbrushes B1G1 Free at $3.99 used $1.00 off coupon paid $2.99 for two toothbrushes
2 Colgate Max fresh toothpaste B1G1 FREE at $3.29 for both
4 Chex mix @ $.97 each Used 3/$.50 and 1/$1.00 off making total $1.38 (they were 2.99 regular price for 1!
1 Reinventing Magazine $.99 was suppose to be full of coupons but they all expired that day and I did not notice until I got home. Kind of made me mad thought about taking it back!
Total before coupons and B1G1 Free $19.44
Total after coupons and B1G1 FREE $6.15

Rite Aid Shopping

Rite Aid
1 Pert Shampoo $2.99 used $2.00 off coupon paid $.99(Rebate $2.00)
2 Chex Mix $.97 used 2/$.50 off coupons paid $.94
2 Pledge Duster and refills $2.00 each used 2/ $1.00 off coupons paid $2.00 and get rebate for $2.00 so these will be FREE.
Total before coupons $8.93
Total after coupons $3.93
Rebate Due $4.00
So actually I made money on this deal!
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Walmart Trip

I had $100 to go do our biweekly shopping. I was determined to get it under $100! Here's how I did.
2 Huggies Cleanteam $1.64 each used $3/2 coupon paid $.28
2 Schick Disposable Razors $1.97 each used $2.00 off 2 made =$.06
3 Kotex Mini Pads $1.00 each used 3 ($1.00 off coupons) paid $.00! Free!
Bandaids paid $1.97
Parent's Choice Diapers paid $5.74
2 Huggies Pull-ups $10.24 used $2.00 off coupon and will turn into Caregiver's Marketplace for $2.00 rebate! OOP $8.24 each. $7.24 each after rebate
Sun Detergent $3.98
Shout $2.00 used $.75 coupon paid $1.25
Pamolive Pure and Clear $2.37 used $.75 coupon paid $1.62
GV Dish Powder $6.64
GV Paper Towels $1.64
Reynolds Wrap $2.62
Angel soft Toliet Paper $5.97 used $.50 coupon paid $5.47
Ruffies Trash Bags $1.74 used $.50 coupon paid $1.24
Head of Lettuce $.98
Toliet Paper Roll Holder $.94
AA Batteries 4 pk $2.58
Cheerioes $1.98 used $1.00 coupon paid $.98
All You Magazine $1.77
Weight Watchers Magazine $3.95
Zout $2.84 used $.55 coupon oop $2.29 and will get full rebate for this item!
Diet Coke $1.38
Total before coupons $81.39
Total After coupons $67.69!!!
Total Rebates: $3.84

I went back because they were stocking and I wanted the 4/$10 Mr. Clean. They had plenty the next day!
Walmart #2
4 Mr. Clean @ $2.50 each minus 4/$.50 coupons
Total $8.60

Total Before Coupons: $91.99
Total After Coupons: $76.29
Total after rebates:$72.45
Total Savings 21%
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Friday, August 29, 2008

Huggies Wipes FREE!

To get a free 64 count pack of Huggies Wipes go here!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

September All You Magazine Coupons!

I just love the All You magazine! I bought 4 copies last month! It had some great money saving and FREE coupons that more than bought the book! I could not wait to get this new issue. The recipes and articles are great and the coupons are better than any magazine I have seen. And the best part, it only cost $1.77! Right now you can only buy the magazine at Walmart. My son is doing a fundraiser for school and they are selling different things including some magazines. They are offering a 1 year subscription for $20.00. So, that would be about $1.66 a month. So, I think I am going to buy one. They send you a coupon and you send off for it and you also get a free gift! You can also get 2 free trial issues right now by going here! Something else to note is that they have two different covers this month, so yours may look slightly different than the one pictured above, but it has the same great stuff inside! Here is an example of my savings from using coupons from last month's All You magazine and a few others. I think All You is totally worth the cost! Here's a list of all of the coupons and offers from the September All You.

All You September Coupons
page 12
$1.00 off any Kelloggs Smart Start cereal
page 24
$1.00 off any Jergens Naturals, Moisturizer, or Natural Glow Moisturizer
page 29
$2.00 off Rimmel's New Glam Eyes Mascara
page 32
$1.00 off any John Frieda Collection product
page 38
$1.00 off any Pure & Natural bodywash, liquid hand soap or bar soap
page 41
$2.00 off any Jane Be Pure Mineral item
page 51
$.35 off any 20ct or larger bag of Halls
$.50 off any one Peter Pan peanut butter
$.75 off any two Snack Packs
page 59
$1.50 off any Colgate Total Advance Whitening, Clean or Fresh toothpaste
page 63
$2.00 off Whole Body Cleanse or Ultra Liver Cleanse
page 65
FREE Contour Meter when you present a prescription for a blood glucose monitoring system.
page 78
$3.00 off the Made of Honor movie
page 83
$1.00 off any Birds Eye Voila! varieties
page 87
$1.00 off any BRUT product
page 94
$1.00 off any Kotex product
page 96
Buy 2 Get 1 Free when you buy two Starkist Gourmet Choice Tuna
page 100
$1.00 off any two of The Family Table Items
page 103
$1.00 off any bag of Tyson's Any'tizers
page 107
$1.00 off any three Bird's Eye vegetables
page 111
$.55 off any one Marzetti Apple Dip 12oz or above
page 123
$.50 off any Underwood product
page 138
$.50 off any White Cloud Green Earth bathroom tissue
page 147
$.75 off any Palmolive Pure + Clear liquid dish soap
page 155
$.75 on Windex Antibacterial Multi-Surface Cleaner or Wipes Canister
page 158
$1.00 off any Sani-Hands or Sani-Hands for Kids instant hand sanitizing wipes.
page 161
$1.00 off any Colgate Max Fresh toothpaste
page 161
$1.00 off any Colgate manual or 360 Sonic Power toothbrush
page 166
$2.00 off any package of Purina Fit & Trim brand adult dog food, any size
page 168
$.75 off Little Debbie Family Pack Muffins
page 171
$1.00 off any Flexitol product
page 175
$2.00 off any 3.6lb or larger bag of Kibbles 'n Bits
There is also a SPECIAL OFFER on page 109. The offer is limited to one per household. BUY one package of any Orville Redenbacher's 100 Calorie Popcorn cakes. SEND in one UPC from any box, the original taste guarantee certificate, and the original or photocopied cash register receipt (must be dated between 09-01-08 and 12-31-08). RECEIVE $5.00 in coupons or if you didn't like the popcorn cakes, a cash refund.
Thanks to Shynea for the list of coupons and All You Magazine Cover! While you are over there check out her blog, its great!
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Monday, August 25, 2008

Menu Plan Monday August 25-31

Here is my menu for this week. I am still doing Weight Watchers Flex! Come back during the week for recipes I try and on Wednesday for Watchin' What We Eat Wednesday at my Honey I Shrank Myself! blog, where people share healthier recipes!

Monday-Bubble-up Pizza, salad, Chips Ahoy Dessert
Tuesday-Fat Free Hot Dogs, fries
Wednesday-Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti, salad, Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
Thursday-Soup and sandwiches, Butterscotch Bars
Friday-Breakfast night! Scrambled eggs, biscuits, hashbrowns, "fried" apples
Saturday- Fish Fry at church I'm bringing Honey Bun Cake
Sunday-Chili, Cornbread

Monday-Cinnamon French Toast, fruit
Tuesday-Eat at Transition Headstart day with twins (Dh will eat Apple Struesel Muffins)
Wednesday-Baked Sugar Doughnuts, fruit
Thursday- Low fat waffles and fruit
Friday-Cereal, fruit, yogurt
Saturday-Cereal, fruit
Sunday-Cereal, fruit, yogurt
(I've gotten a lot of cereal for practically FREE lately so we are going to be eating that up!)

Monday-Leftovers, apple
Tuesday- Eat at Transition day at Headstart with twins
Wednesday-BLT Sandwich, apple
Thursday-Light Bologna sandwich, baked chips, apple
Friday-Cheesy Veggie Soup
Saturday-whatever we can find!!lol
Sunday- Hot Dogs, fries

Snacks (DS is in school and needs snacks to take, it is so much cheaper to make my own!)Wendy's No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
Chex Party Mix
Fat Free Rice Krispie Treats
Butterscotch Bars
Low-Cal Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Go here to see more plans.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Walmart and CVS Trips

Pert 2 in 1 Shampoo $2.88 ($3.00/1 coupon)Got this for free!
All You Magazine Sept- $1.77
Scott Bath Tissue 4 pk $2.68 ($1.00/1 coupon) Got for $1.68
2.04 lbs Bananas $.98
Tootie Fruities $1.00 (had a $1.00/1 coupon) Got this free!
3 Kraft American Singles @ 1/$2.98 2/$3.48 Got different kinds (Got this free with buy 3 Kool Aid pack coupon)
Malt-o-Meal Corn Flakes $1.00 ($1.00/1 coupon) Got this Free!
2 Johnson Buddies EZ Grip Soaps @ $.97 each (had $2.00 off 2 coupon) Got this Free!
6 Kotex Panty liners @ $1.00 each (had 6/ $1.00 off 1 coupons) Got all Free!
2 biscuits @ $.86 each
Juicy Juice on sale for $2.08 (had a $1.00/1 coupon) Got for $1/08
French's Mustard $.92 (had $.50/1 coupon) Got for $.42
10 Huggies Clean Team Wipes $1.64 (had $3.00/2 coupons) paid $.28 each! (I got two potty training!`
2 Nestle Water 24 packs @ $3.88 each (had $1.50/2 coupon)(not shown in picture)
2 Capri Sun $1.75 each (had $1.00/2 coupon) Got for $2.50
33 pack Kool-aid @ $.20 each
Natures Own White Wheat Loaf $1.97
Nature's Own Hot Dog Buns $1.68
2 Oscar Myer 98% Fat Free @ $2.50 each (Got free after buying 3 Kool Aid packets per item)
2 Family Size Reduced Fat Wheat Thins @ $2.98 each (Got Free w/ KoolAid Coupon)
2 Crystal Light $2.98 each (Free with Kraft coupon!)
2 Kraft Dressings @ $1.58 each (Free with Kraft coupon!)

Total before coupons: $92.90
Total after coupons: $29.90!!!!

A 68% savings! Pretty good if I say so!

CVS Trip

5 Diet Dr. Pepper Buy 4 get 1 free paid $2.75

2 Glade Air Freshener @ $.88 each (Had B1G1 Free coupon)

Total before coupons and savings $26.35

Total after coupons and savings $11.88 before tax

A 55% savings!

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These were my great coupon deals, to get really cool info on coupons and deals of your own...visit The Coupon Coup. She is also having a great giveaway, go check it out!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Expired Coupons??

What do you do with all your expired coupons? Throw them away? Cherie from A Wondering Peanut collects expired coupons. Here's what she says she does with them:
"Each month I send all my expired coupons to the Army base at Ansbach Germany. They are then distributed to families who need them. They accept manufacturer's coupons - including printables! - that are up to 2 months past their expiration date. I sort them into food and non-food items, total the face value, and mail them off to the base.
I would love it if you would help by sending me your expired coupons also! I'll even do the sorting and adding, and even clipping if necessary and give you credit and a link (if you have one). If you're interested, please either leave me a comment, or email me at for more information."

That is my big pile I plan to send her. I totaled all of the coupons and it came out to $260.18 for all of my expired coupons. Several came from boxes that I share coupons with others and pick some up for myself!

Consider sending Cherie your expired coupons.

What do I do with all of that Kool-Aid?!?!

This month, I bought 4 copies of the All You Magazine. Some of the coupons in there are for free food items when you buy 3 Kraft/Nabisco/Oscar Meyer products. See this post for more information. Buying 3 packets of Kool-Aid is the cheapest way to go, but what do you do with all of the Kool-Aid if you are not going to drink it? I went researching and here a a few ideas I am going to use.

Kool-Aid Finger Paint
2 cups flour
2 packs unsweented kool-aid
1/2 cup salt
3 cups boiling water
3T. oil
Mix wet into dry. The kids love the color change. Then finger paint away.

Kool-aid Playdough
1 Cup Flour
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 Packet Unsweetened Kool-Aid
1/4 Cup Salt2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
1 Cup Water
Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium pot.Add water and oil.Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes.When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove.Knead until smooth.Put in a plastic bag and refrigerate.

Kool-aid Sand Art
Inexpensive glass bottle with cork; found at craft stores or any bottle with lid
Several different and colorful flavors of Kool-Aid (8 quart presweetened) or other brands
Dry pudding mix or cocoa, if desired for brown color
Ice tea spoon
Small funnel or frosting decorating tips
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Kool-Aid Scratch & Sniff Watercolors Recipe
1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Kool-Aid
1 Tablespoon Warm Water* I recommend using several flavors of Kool-Aid for an assortment of colors and scents.
Mix water and drink mix in small containers. (small muffin tins work great)
Paint your picture the way you would with any watercolor paint. Let dry overnight before scratching and sniffing.

Fruity Scented Kool-Aid Bath Salts Recipe
1 Quart Epsom Salt
1 Packet Unsweetened Kool-Aid
Mix the Kool-Aid and Epsom salt in a bowl.Pour into a pretty container.
TIP: Make several batches of this recipe in different flavors and scents and layer the different colors.

Kool-Aid Hair Dye Recipe
Plan ahead, this takes several hours to get vibrant results!
2 or 3 Packets of Kool-Aid (Unsweetened)
1/4 Cup Hair Conditioner
Mix the hair conditioner and Kool-Aid in a bowl.Use plastic gloves to apply the mixture to your damp hair and leave it on as long as possible...several hours or overnight. You can cover your head with plastic wrap to avoid contact with clothes and skin.Rinse it out in a sink being careful not to stain clothes or exposed skin, counter tops, etc. Do not shampoo right away, just rinse. This will allow the color to set.*For darker or longer hair you will want to use more than 3 packets of Kool-Aid in order to get vibrant colors.

Kool-Aid Tie-Dye T-Shirt Recipe
Several Packets of Unsweetened Kool-Aid
Small Plastic Bowls
Plastic Gloves
Rubber Bands
Use an assortment of Kool-Aid colors!For each color of Kool-Aid, put 1 packet of Kool-Aid and 1 ounce of vinegar into individual plastic bowls. Mix until dissolved.Pull and twist your t-shirt into different shapes and use the rubber bands to hold in place. Dip rubber-banded ends in bowls.Heat set with an iron on medium-high setting using an ironing cloth between shirt and iron. Do not wash for at least 24 hours. Wash separately from other clothes the first wash in case some color is released into the water.
TIPS: Kool-Aid stains your skin so be sure to wear rubber gloves when tye-dying your shirt.Do not use a shirt that has been prewashed or dried with fabric softener because the colors will not set.

This is one I would love to make if I had the packets!

Some of these I will probably never try, but some I will, just thought I would share some ideas I found to get rid of some of those Kool-Aid packets!

My Coupon Organizer Made Frugal!

Well I just started this couponing adventure and already I know I have to get organized. I don't have a lot of money to go out and buy something so here is what I put together with what I already had on hand at home. I really like it. I would someday like to buy a notebook that is zippered and has a handle on it, but for now this will do!
This is an old notebook that was holding something that I did not need anymore.

This is the inside. My folder has two pockets. In the bottom one, I keep two envelopes marked Giveaway and Expired Coupons. I have two places that I place coupons that I do not plan to use and trade for some others I want in the boxes. I also send expired coupons to Cherie, who collects them for military families who can use them up to two months after they expire! Also, in the front is a pencil holder which I keep some scissors, pencil, pen and a small calculator. The second pocket has an envelope for each of the stores I shop at. Inside I keep coupons I plan to use at that store. I also have an empty unmarked envelope to put coupons I plan to use while at the store, so I make sure I do not forget anything. We had a big old box of envelopes so that was pretty cheap too.

I then used tabs. We got several of these last year before school started at our local library who was giving away several school supplies items. Each of my kids got one. This is the end of them though! I labeled my tabs with the following: food, personal care, baby stuff, cleaning supplies, household stuff, medicine, other, receipts, and rebates.

I then used some plastic sleeves that I already had on hand and put one behind each tab, then I put all of the food coupons all in one spot.

This is a plastic sleeve that I keep my receipts in. I read somewhere to keep all of your receipts because if you find a rebate, you may have already bought it and you can easily find your receipt. Also, the CVS ones have some information about your Extra Care Card.

This is a plastic sleeve that I keep my rebate forms in that I have not met all the requirements to mail off.

There are also two pockets in the back of the notebook that I keep my ads and other store related stuff like the Extra Care Bucks book for the month.

So, that's the book I created without spending any extra money on it. I like it but I know as I get more into this couponing, I may need to change a few things. It really did not take a long time to create either.

The Caregiver's Marketplace

Do you take care of someone who is sick, elderly, or even a child under 5? We'll I have 3 children under 5 that I take care of and they are in pull-ups and diapers. So, when I learned that The Caregivers Marketplace will reimburse some of your money for diapers/pull-ups I decided to give it a try. I have always bought generic diapers and thought I was saving money. Last week I got some great deals on diapers and pull-ups from CVS with my coupons and the sale. I bought 4 jumbo packs of pull-ups and 1 pack jumbo diapers that I planned to get a $5 rebate back from The Caregivers Marketplace, making my deal even better! Here's how it works go to The Caregivers Marketplace web page and sign up online. You will then get a savings number. You need to remember this number. Then you print off the reimbursement form and put your savings number on it. You then must buy 5 qualifying products for reimbursement. Huggies and Huggies Pull-ups are the only ones on there. You mark the ones you bought and add up your reimbursement amount due. You get $1 for each pack of diapers/ pull-ups. Then you circle the products on your original receipt and put this with the form and then put a stamp on and mail. It's that easy! you get a check back within 4-6 weeks. It really is easy. So, if you find a great deal on Huggies, you might want to consider this rebate. From my understanding, you can do this as many times as you buy the $5 products at least. I mailed mine off the other day so I will have to let you know about how soon I get it back. Hope this helps you out.

Here is an example of the savings from last week at CVS:

CVS Huggies Pull-ups $8.99 -$2.00 coupon and -$1.00 Marketplace rebate =$5.99 total for jumbo pack pull-ups. I also used the $2/$10 coupon 4 times so they were actually a little less than that. Not too bad when trying to save money on diapers/ pullups

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My Walmart Grocery Shopping Trip

I went to Walmart today. I thought I did really good for my first big grocery experience with coupons. I had two sets of the coupons from the All You magazine for free food so I decided to do this in two orders because those are confusing for cashiers. So, here's what I got.

1st Transaction
3 EZ Grip Johnson Buddies soaps-$.97 (after coupons I got these FREE)
5.57 lbs Bananas-$2.67
4 Yoplait light yogurts- $.58 each and I had a $1.00 off 4 coupon
Bread- $1.97
2 Gogurt-$2.43 each and used $1.00 off 2 coupon
2 Malt o Meal Cereal- $1.00 each and I used two $1.00 off coupons so both boxes were free.
2 Hormel Turkey Chili- $1.52 each and I used $.55 off two coupon (from a Family Circle Issue)
1 pint blueberries- $2.88
4/6pks Sunny D- $2.00 each and I used two $.55 off 2 coupons(from Aug All You Mag)
Just Bunches Cereal-$2.50 and I used $2.00 off coupon, so I paid $.50 for this!
Kashi Go Lean Crunch-$2.98 and I used a $2.00 off coupon, so I paid $.98 for this!
2 Juicy Juice 8 packs-$2.50 each and I used a $1.00 off two coupon
2 packages Bic Pens- $.88 each and I used a $1.00 off two coupon
All You Magazine- $1.77 Yes I bought another one because the free food coupons pay for this!
2 Eggo Waffles-$1.50 each and I used $1.00 off 2 from Sunday Paper coupons

Total before coupons: $47.60
Total after coupons: $33.40
Total savings: $14.20

2nd transaction
2/98% Fat Free Oscar Meyer Hot Dogs- $2.50 each (FREE with coupon)Aug All You Mag
2 Family Size Reduced Fat Wheat Thins-$2.98 each (FREE with coupon) Aug All You Mag
2 Kraft American Singles- $2.98 each (FREE with coupon) Aug All You Mag
2 Crystal Lite- $2.98 each (FREE with coupon) Aug All You Mag
2 Kraft Fat Free Italian Dressings- $1.98 (Free with coupon) Aug All You Mag
30 packages Kool-Aid- $6.00
12 pack Diet Dr. Pepper- $2.50
1 Checkout Diet Dr. Pepper- $1.25
2 Spaghetti jars(Great Value brand)- $1.25 each
Aug All You Mag- $1.77 (Yes, I bought another one!)

Total before coupons $40.17
Total after coupons $14.13
Total savings: $26.04

So, I spent $47.53 and saved $40.24!!!!! Wow!!!! That's about a 48% savings!
Actually some things were on rollback so I saved even more!

RE: Richmond Parenting Magazine CVS $2/$10 Coupon

I posted some scenerioes about using the CVS $2/$10 coupon found in the online version of the Richmond Parent's Magazine last week. Here is some information I got from The Homemaker's Resource.

Ok, fellow CVS shoppers, it is my sad duty to pass along a bit of information that came my way via Hot Coupon World (Click to see original text).

"CVS has LEGALLY requested that online printable coupons no longer be posted anywhere on the interent. CVS has contacted several of the larger websites, not just HCW. It is their position that the only valid printable coupons will be sent to you directly through their email system.

As to the online magazines and newspapers. Their online version is simply a convenience service. It's not meant to be printed out and replace their paper magazines and newspapers, otherwise they'd lose their income from their product. Same goes with the coupons in those situations, they are not meant to be printed out and replace the paper ones. My guess is CVS doesn't have the time to police every single newspaper or magazine's online source to make sure that their coupons are blacked out or made unprintable.

In the end, we at HCW are intent on following the parameters stated on the legal notice that we received. And that is that the only valid internet coupons will come directly to you in your email and that any other sources of internet coupons are not legitimate, not approved by CVS and will not be allowed to be posted on HCW."

Suffice it to say, going forward that Richmond Parent's Magazine $2/$10 coupon should only be used if you picked up a hard copy of the magazine and are using a clipped version.

This was a really good coupon. I guess the saying if something is too good to be true, it probably is goes here. So, I will not be using that coupon again. I want to be an honest couponer!

2 GREAT $25 CVS Giftcard Giveaways!

The Newlyweds blog is giving away a $25 CVS gift card! Go visit her blog to read all the details. You can do a lot of damage at CVS with $25!
The Savin Maven is also giving away a $25 CVS gift card. Go check it out as well!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Scott Freebie

Click here for a Free full sized roll of Scott Extra Soft Toilet Paper from Walmart. While Supplies last so better hurry!!

Yoplait Light New Cake Flavors

As some of you know who read my other blog, Honey I Shrank Myself! ,I am trying to lose 100 pounds this year. Recently, I read on the Hungry Girl Web page about the new Yoplait Light New Cake Flavors. They come in Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Raspberry Cheesecake, and Strawberry Shortcake. I am pleased to say I tried everyone of them and I loved all of them and at 2 Weight Watchers Points each what's not to love! I noticed when I was buying them that the shelves were pretty bare, so get them while you can! HERE is your $1/4 Yoplait coupon! That means you could get 4 of these delicious yogurts for only $0.25/ea when they are on sale for $0.50/ea (which they almost always are at my local store)! Enjoy!
BTW, I also tried the Apple Turnover and it was just as good!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Free Food

I love getting the All You magazine from the Walmart check-out! It cost $1.97 and Walmart discounts it to $1.77. I love reading all the articles and getting some great coupons as well. There are 5 coupons on page 159. You have to buy 3 KRAFT, Nabisco, or Oscar Mayer products and you get a free product listed on each coupon. When I first saw these, I thought I would never use those, until I started seeing how people were using them on other blogs. So, I decided to go try it for myself. Other bloggers recommend using 3 packets of Kool-Aid to get each product. The Kool-Aid was $.20 a packet at my Walmart. These do count because they are a KRAFT product and they are not a single serve. Kool-Aid packets make 2 quarts and serve 8-10 people. I also looked very carefully at how much I could spend on each item and the cost was pretty good. I was able to get lower fat and bigger boxes on most of the products. The cashier said she had to get approval because she did not think I was right, but after 4 customer service managers agreed I was in the right, I got my free food! Here's how it worked!

15 packets of Kool-Aid-$3.00
98% Fat Free Oscar Mayer Bun Size Hot Dogs $2.50
24 oz. Kraft Singles- $3.48
16 oz. Kraft Light Catalina Dressing- $1.58
Wheat Thins Crackers Reduced Fat Family Size- $3.48
Crystal Lite Lemonade-$2.98

Total: $17.02
Total OOP- $3.00!!!
Total Savings- $14.02!!!
It's worth the cost of that deal for the $1.77 magazine!
I also realized when I was writing this up, that I got a 24 ounce package of cheese and the coupon said 12 oz. This was my mistake because I was looking at the total price that could be spent on each item. I had my cashier and 4 customer service managers not find my mistake or I would have gotten the right size. It was an oversight on my part and there's, I guess.

See all of the coupons in the All You August magazine here!

August All You Magazine Coupons

Want to get some great coupons and have some great reading get the All You magazine. You can only get it at Walmart at the checkout. It retails for $1.97 but Walmart discounts it to $1.77. Here is a list of all of the great coupons in the August magazine. It has fabric covered recipe box on front. I have used many copouns already. But the free food on page 159 is one of the best deals yet. It is worth the cost of the magazine for those coupons alone. In fact I bought 2 more. All You magazine is one of my favorite magazines to read, but the coupons make it even better. See this post for the result of using the free food coupons.
Here is a complete list of all of the coupons in the August Magazine!
$1 off 1 All small and mighty 3x - 09/26/08/10)
$1 off Two Tyson Frozen Breaded Boxed or one Bagged item. - 10/31/08/12)
$0.75 off 1 Jiff to go - 11/30/08/27)
$1 off any Kotex product. - 09/30/08/29)
$1 off and ban product 1.5 fl oz or larger. - 09/15/08/31)
$0.75 off any single pack or multipack Trident Xtra Care gum - 10/31/08/39)
$2 off any one Abaya or Hydrolage hair care product - 10/31/08/47)
$3 off any 2 Neutrogena Cosmetics Products - 09/12/08/53)
$1 off any Orville Redenbackers Popcorn Cakes - 08/28/08/57)
$3 off any Visine product 1/2 FL OZ or larger - 12/31/08/65)
$1 off any Emerald Breakfast on the Go! 6 pouch carton. - 11/01/0871)
$1 off any Nature Made Liqued Softgel - 10/31/08/83)
BOGO 1.8oz single Wonka Giant Chewy Nerds (up to $0.79) - 09/12/08/84)
$1 off any size Peter Pan Peanut Butter. (coupon is on insert) - 08/29/08/84) $1 off any two Kid Cuisine (coupon is on insert) - 08/29/08/89)
$1 off Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Minis - 12/31/08108)
$0.75 off any 1 package of Dole Fruit Parfaits. - 10/31/08/111)
$0.50 off package of 6 White Castle (Cheese)Burgers - 10/31/08/115)
$1 off one package of Kellogs Frosted Mini Wheats Blueberry Muffin Cereal (16 oz or larger) - 10/31/08/119)
$1 off any 1 Farm Rich Product - 12/31/08/122)
$0.55 off 1 box of Smuckers Uncrustables Sandwiches - 12/31/08122)
$0.55 off any two SunnyD Chilled Products - 11/30/08/122)
$1 off any two varieties Del Monte Fruit Chillers - 09/27/08/128)
$1 off any 1 T.G.I.F. Complete skillet meals - 09/30/08/128)
$1 off any 2 T.G.I.F. frozen snacks. - 09/30/08129)
$1 off any 4 Boston Market frozen entrees. - 09/30/08/129)
$1 off any 2 Ore-Ida frozen potatoes (20 oz or larger) - 09/30/08/130)
Purchase 5 Weight Watcher Smart One products get free dessert - 09/30/08/132)
$2.50 off any size BIZ product. - 12/31/08/136)
$1 off any 1 Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain and Odor eliminator - 10/31/08/143)
One day pass to Sam's Club - 08/31/08/149)
$1 off any one Glade Fabric & Air Odor eliminator. - 11/30/08/151)
$1 off any 2000 Flushes Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaners - 11/30/08/155)
Link to print "Try me free" rebate (1 per household) for 22oz Zout Laundry Stain Remover (up to $4) - 10/31/08/159)
Buy any 3 Kraft, Nabisco, or Oscar Mayer products and get Free Nabisco Wheat thin Crackers (up to $4.50) - 09/30/08/159)
Buy any 3 Kraft, Nabisco, or Oscar Mayer products and get Free 16 oz Kraft Dressing (up to $3.20) - 09/30/08/159)
Buy any 3 Kraft, Nabisco, or Oscar Mayer products and get Free Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs (up to $4.51) - 09/30/08/159)
Buy any 3 Kraft, Nabisco, or Oscar Mayer products and get Free Crystal Light (up to $4.50) - 09/30/08/159)
Buy any 3 Kraft, Nabisco, or Oscar Mayer products and get Free Kraft Singles (12 oz) (up to $4.00) - 09/30/08/165)
$2 off any MiraLAX product - 10/31/08/174)
$2 off on Whole Body Cleanse - 11/30/08/181)
$0.50 off any 1 BUNdinos 7oz or larger - 09/30/08/183)
$1.50 on any 32 oz Greased Lightning cleaning product - 10/31/08

Dollar General Store Penny Deal!!!

I went to the Dollar General Store last Tuesday to pick up some medicine and I as I was in line, the customer in front of me was trying to buy an ice cream scoop. The cashier asked them if they would not care if it was a metal one instead of plastic because they had some for a penny. I heard this and wanted to find out more about this penny sale! I got an ice cream scoop for a penny and then the cashier told me that the store marks items they are discontinuing to a penny, but the employees never know something is marked down until a customer checks out. Well she also told me there were some girl's shoes marked down to a penny and being a mother of a girl I had to check it out. There were two different kinds, but all of them were too big, but hey she will grow into them!
Total OOP $.o3!
Total Cost $16.00
Total Saved $15.97
WOW! What a deal!

CVS Report from Week of Aug 10

Well here is my report from my CVS spending last week:


Transaction #1:
1 pack of Huggies Diapers $8.99
1 Playskool Wipes $2.50
1 Childrens Advil $5.79

Coupons Used:
$2 off $10 purchase (go to
$1.50/1 Huggies diapers (huggies mailer)
$1/1 Playskool wipes
$1/1 children's advil
ECB's Used-0
Total OOP: $11.78 ($12.64 with tax)
ECB's Received: $5.79 for the advil

Transaction #2:
1 pack Pull-ups $8.99
1 pack Pull-ups $8.99
1 Playskool wipes $2.50
2 Colgate Toothpaste B1G1free- $2.79

Coupons Used:
$2 off $10 purchase (go to
$2.00 off Pull-Ups from mailer$1/1 Playskool wipes
$1.50 toothpaste
$1.50 toothpaste
ECB's Used-0
Total OOP: $13.27 ($14.49 with tax)
ECB's Received: $5.00 for baby products and coupon for free CVS Toothbrush

Transaction #3:(Toothbrush not pictured)
Dum Dums suckers(potty treats) $5.00
4 pks gum $4.00
1 Ban Deodorant $1.99
1 Spree Chewy $.50
1 CVS Toothbrush $.99
1 OB Tampoon $7.49

Coupons Used:
$2 off $10 purchase (go to
$1.00 0ff Ban Deodorant from All You Aug Magazine
$1.50 off OB Tampoons
$1.99 CVS coupon for Toothbrush I think?

ECB's Used-0
Total OOP: $13.48 ($14.44 after tax)
ECB's Received: $5.00 for candy

Transaction #4:
1 package Huggies wipes $2.50
Dove Shampoo $3.99
Dove Conditioner $ 3.99
1 pack of Huggies Diapers $8.99
1 pack of OB Tampoons

Coupons Used:
$2 off $10 purchase (go to
$1.50/1 Huggies diapers (huggies mailer)
$.50/1 Huggies Wipes
$1.50/1 Dove Shampoo
$1.50/1 Dove Conditioner

ECB's Used-15.79
Total OOP: $2.17 ($2.72 with tax)
ECB's Received: $5.00 for OB Tampoons

Saturday: I went back on Saturday because I had realized that I could spend my $5 EBC on some more diapers since I found some more coupons and dh told me he needed some 3 ring binders since college starts on Monday and I remembered that CVS had a good deal. I wish I would have printed some more $5/off 10 CVS coupons but I did not find the razor coupon until I went to the library. So this deal probably could have been better, but oh well. I also did not take any pictures of these deals, sorry!
Transaction 1:
1 pack Pull-ups $8.99
2/B1G1 Free Colgate Spongebob Toothbrush $2.99
2 Colgate Toothpaste B1G1 Free $2.79
1 Giant Chewy Nerd $.79
1 Giant Chewy Nerd $.79

Coupons Used:
$2 off $10 purchase (go to
$.79/Buy1 G1 Free Nerd From August All you Magazine
$1.50 toothpaste
$1.50 toothpaste
$2.00 off Pull-Ups from mailer

ECB's Used-$5.00
Total OOP: $3.56 ($4.12 with tax)
ECB's Received: 0

Transaction 2:
1 BIC Soleil Razor $4.99 on sale
1 Storage Basket $1.50

Coupons Used:
$2.00 Soleil Razor form Sunday paper insert

ECB's Used-0
Total OOP: $4.49 ($4.88 after tax)
ECB's Received: 0

Transaction 3:
B1G1 Free Economy 3 ring binders $3.79
B1G1 Free Economy 3 ring binders $3.79

ECB's Used-0
Total OOP: $6.58 ($6.97 after tax)
ECB's Received: 0 used
So total OOP for this sale add was $60.26 with tax and I got $122.00 worth of stuff before taxes. I think that is pretty good! This was my first big CVS spending. I know I could have done better though. I got all my diapers and pull-ups for 2 weeks and other household stuff that I usually spend $100 every two weeks on mostly generic stuff, so I feel pretty good about reducing our spending!

Friday, August 15, 2008

CVS Plan for Friday

Well, I am going to CVS today for my first big shopping experience at CVS. I need to do 4 transactions to get the deals I want to get. So, here is my plan.

Transaction #1:
1 pack of Huggies Diapers $8.99
1 Playskool Wipes $2.50
1 Childrens Advil $5.79

Coupons Used:
$2 off $10 purchase (go to
$1.50/1 Huggies diapers (huggies mailer)

ECB's Used-0
Total OOP: $11.78
ECB's Received: $5.79 for the advil

Transaction #2:
1 pack Pull-ups $8.99
1 pack Pull-ups $8.99
1 Playskool wipes $2.50
2 Colgate Toothpaste B1G1free- $2.79

Coupons Used:
$2 off $10 purchase (go to
$2.00 off Pull-Ups from mailer
$1/1 Playskool wipes
$1.50 toothpaste
$1.50 toothpaste

ECB's Used-0
Total OOP: $15.27
ECB's Received: $5.00 for baby products

Transaction #3:
Dum Dums suckers(potty treats) $5.00
4 pks gum $4.00
1 Ban Deodorant $1.99
(would like to get ob tampons don’t know the price) have $1.50 coupon and will get $5EBC)

Coupons Used:
$2 off $10 purchase (go to
$1.00 0ff Ban Deodorant

ECB's Used-0
Total OOP: $10.99
ECB's Received: $5.00 for candy

Transaction #4:
1 package Huggies wipes $2.50
Dove Shampoo $3.99
Dove Conditioner $ 3.99
2 Spongebob toothbrushes: $1.99
1 pack of Huggies Diapers $8.99
1 pack of playschool wipes $2.50

Coupons Used:
$2 off $10 purchase (go to
$1.50/1 Huggies diapers (huggies mailer)
.50/1 Huggies Wipes
$1.50/ 1 Dove Shampoo
$1.50/1 Dove Conditioner
$1/1 Playskool wipes

ECB's Used-15.79
Total OOP: $1.17
ECB's Received: 0
So total out of our pocket will be $39.21 and we get two pull-ups and 2 packs of diapers for my baby and lots of wipes! That's less than Walmart for diapers and wipes)ever for us and we get all of that other stuff too! This is before tax. Also in transaction 3 I do not know how much the ob tampons are, so it will be about $6.00- $8.00 more if we get those and we will have another $5 ebc to use, if we want. I found some more toothpaste coupons so I am getting two more of those, hey they are FREE! So, do you think I have done good for the first time? It is some work and we have to do more than one transaction to get the best deals because of the $2 off a $10 order and then getting enough EBC to get some things free, like in transaction 4 we basically get a pack of diapers for free. It's worth it for me for those alone! I really hope they have all of the stuff we want, so this will work but we will see.... We have been spending about $80-$100 for household products and diapers,pull ups/wipes for kids every two weeks. That is buying generic, we get name brand here! So, I am hoping I can get that down at least a little by doing this!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Ziplock Gift Set

Each month, Right@Home™ brings you exclusive offers, gift packs and coupons for members only. It's easy to sign up, just go here.

The first 10,000 people who join Right@Home™ get a Ziploc® Gift Pack that includes:
free Ziploc® samples
$3 off Glade® Scented Oil Candles
$2 off two Glade® Jar Candles
$1 off Pledge®
$1 off Ziploc® Bags/Containers

I use a lot of that stuff anyways, so I went right over and signed up!

Potty Training Freebies

This week we have been doing Potty Training again! This time it seems to be clicking! I found this great FREE resource too! Only problem I have is that I am training twins and they only let you have one per household :(
Go here for this Potty Training freebie!
Here's what it includes:
A free sample of Easy Ups Trainers
High-value coupons
Fun stickers & coloring pages
Step-by-step potty training tips
Potty Progress Chart
Dora or Diego training trophy

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Free Magazines!!!

I just got a free year suscription to Family Fun! I love that magazine! Here are some links for some other free magazine subscriptions!

FREE Magazines!
Free subscription to Field and Stream HERE
Free subscription to Family Fun Magazine HERE
Free subscription to Waterski Magazine HERE
Free subscription to Pink magazine HERE
Free gift from CoffeeShop apparel HERE

CVS Deal

Well for awhile now I have sit back and read blogs about people saving money at CVS and other places. Today was the first time I have went to CVS and thanks to all of the bloggers out there, I was able to find my first STEAL! Yes, you read that right a steal. I was so excited to get my CVS rewards card. This week with my coupons and the deals I will be able to get my diapers and pullups and wipes for cheaper than Walmart. So, I am going to give it a try. Today I went, but I had three kids with and shopping and looking for deals really was not going to happen and they were out of a lot of the stuff I needed. So, I will go back on payday! Here is my first steal. Pretty good for a 1st time visit!

Colgate Toothpaste is on sale B1G1--Buy 2 and use 2 $1.50/1 coupons from the May, June, and July All You magazine or this printable here. Get both free.
I got 2 Colgate toothpaste for $2.79 since one was free and I used (2) $1.50 coupons and I had to buy something else because they were going to owe me money, so I bought a package of Skittles for the kids. My OOP was .79 for the Skittles!!! I got the toothpaste for FREE! A STEAL! Nothing like FREE toothpaste! My total savings was $5.79.

Mommy's Gone

Where is she gone? To look for a deal or better yet a steal! This blog is all about my deals at places like CVS etc. Come join me on my journey and we'll both get great deals!!!