August 29, 2009

Free Product Sample

Click Here to sign up for Eat Better America newsletter and receive a free sample of Nature Valley granola Nut Clusters. It has been rumored that they are sending the actual size bags that are sold in stores and not a small a great coupon! Check it out!

August 28, 2009

I've got CVS figured out!

I have been saving ECB's for some deals that may come up. Tonight I had my very first great success, and the guy that always rings up my purchases it seems...said I think you have mastered the system! Here is what I did:

Transaction #1:
  • Pet Milk 3.29
  • Reese's PB cups 2 for $1, used Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon
  • Reese's Pieces 2 for $1, used 55¢ coupon
Total after coupons $4.00, used $4.00 ECB's (In SC, you are required to pay some form of tax, so the guy only credited me 95¢ for the last ECB and I had to pay 5¢ OOP.)

Transaction #2:

  • Reese's Whips 2 for $1, used Buy 1 Get 1 Free Coupon
  • Reese's Cups 2 for $1, used 55¢ coupon
  • Poise liners 2 for $4, used $2 coupon, $1 ECB after transaction
  • Carefree liners $3.79, used $1 coupon, $3.79 ECB after transaction
  • 1.5oz Almond's 99¢, used free product email from CVS, credited $1.69
  • Edge Sensitive shave gel $1.79, $2 email coupon from CVS
Total after coupons $5.15 OOP, got back $4.79 ECB's! So all in all, I spent $5.20 OOP but received $4.79 back meaning I only spent 41¢ OOP! I am so excited to see what I can do with the $4.79 in the coming weeks!

$40 Budget Update

OK, so last week the $40 budget got tossed out the window. Tim planned a cookout with a co-worker and I invited my uncle and his new girlfriend! We had a blast even though the co-worker never showed up!

But this week, I got back on track and even though we didn't need much, I spent $25.85 at Bi-lo! By the way, did you know that Bi-lo is now doubling coupons! Loving that! Here is a picture of what I got using coupons and bonus card, however the 2lbs of hamburger meat is in the refrigerator. I am not going to break this one down per item because the CVS post is the better one to do that on tonight!!

Friday Fun Freebies

I am holding all my freebies that come in the mail and posting those on Friday. This is what I received free in the mail this week.
  • $55 coupon/rebate calendar from Kraft Foods
  • Free Sample of Scope mouth wash, crest toothpaste, and floss pick courtesy of wal-mart
  • Free full day supply of Parent's Choice Gentle baby formula, courtesy of wal-mart (will give to someone that needs it)
It is so fun to see what may come next in the mail. I have signed up for many things in the past few weeks. You may wonder what I am doing with some of this free stuff....we have people coming from Ohio to the wedding, we are making gift baskets for the hotel rooms and the rest I will use on vacations and things like that!

August 26, 2009

A few days off...

Sorry everyone for not posting much this past week. I had to have a sleep study, Aaron started school, and we have football practice 4 nights a week! I have plenty to share, but make sure you are checking Deal Finding Chik and Money Saving Mom in the meantime. I hope to post more this weekend, but my maid of honor is coming over to help me finish the invitations! WooHoo...just a month and a half to go till the wedding!!

August 20, 2009

Coupon Preview 8/23/2009

I have been reading over this blog lately and today she has a listing of the coupons in this Sunday's paper!! This is a long listing, but nice to see in advance! Thanks Deal Finding Chick !

There should be two Inserts in this Sunday's paper. Click Here to see all coupons!

Free Shampoo Sample

Click HERE and answer a few questions to receive a free sample of

Aveeno shampoo & conditioner from CVS.

August 18, 2009

My $5.82 Wal-Mart Trip

More education about coupons! I have been reading lately more and more about coupons. I have been seeing the trend that if a coupon does not specify that you CAN'T use it on trial sizes, then nothing stops you from doing that! Target and Wal-Mart stores usually have several "trial" or "sample" sizes for less than a dollar. So check out your coupons and see if you have any that are $1 off a product, then check out the trial sizes the next time you are at the store. This is what I got tonight at wal-mart when I did that. I needed some items for my son and school and they are included in the price!! Please click on the word "comment" below each post and leave me a comment, I love to read your feed back! Many Blessings!

August 16, 2009

Budget Budget Budget

With the wedding getting closer in October, then my son's birthday in November, then christmas right after that, I have decided to challenge myself to a grocery & household needs budget. Watching blogs, using coupons, and having faith, I know we can do it. I am pretty well stocked up on many items because of the three week run of triple coupons at Bloom, so we are going to give it a try. We are also going to "clean out" the pantry with trying to use what we have for the next few weeks and just buying necessity items (Milk, cheese, etc). You will see me post the sweet deals and savings, seeing these may even challenge you to do the same. I may post recipes and ideas too.
Well, we are on our way! Oh, by the way, our budget will be $40 per week! it possible? I do believe so! *Tim's pepsi habit will not be included in the budget, he's on his own for that one!*

Saving's Saturday

OK, yesterday, after a birthday party, my mom took my son home with her so I could get a few things done. Well, of course that included hitting the sales and one last trip to Bloom. If you are in the Greenville, SC area, make sure to go by bloom by Tuesday before TRIPLE coupons end.

I had a plan for my shopping trips and had written it all down before I even left the house. Bloom, Ingles, then CVS and back home to start working on the wedding invitations. I started at Bloom and this is where I spent most of my time.....and saved the most money. Since this was the last trip I would make, I made it a good one with getting stuff for lunches since school starts next week for private school.
At Bloom, my total before coupons and card savings, was around $66, I walked out paying a little over $16 for everything!

Then, Ingles had chicken on sale, and a couple other little things that we needed, but no big savings there, just spent a little over $15.

Now to CVS! Probably my favorite of the day. CVS has an advisory panel and you can sign up to do surveys and they will pay by giving extra care bucks. Now granted, I have only received one survey in about two months, but it was worth $10 and my ECB's were available 8/13. I also had the $1 coupon on sharpies that CVS had on sale for 99¢ and added that for free! We needed cereal and milk and they the Bic Soleil razor's on sale for $6.99, with $3 coupon from my stash and $3 ECB's, I only paid a total of 22¢ OOP(Out of Pocket) for everything in the last picture!

Well, happy savings to all!

August 13, 2009

Fun Freebies!!

Like I say all the time, I watch money saving mom's blog daily! Often times, she will link to freebies and all you usually have to do is enter your mailing address and email....a few weeks later, its in your mail box! I will try to start uploading links so you can see if you like it! This is what I got this week....

August 5, 2009

Tim and Aaron's first project!

This weekend, I acquired a handmade corner plant stand. Tim decided that it needed a coat of varnish. Off to walmart we went, and of course as soon as they could, Tim and Aaron headed out the door with brushes in had! It is truly a blessing to see the two of them together!!

Triple Coupons yet again!

I love it when grocery stores decide to do triple coupons.....BUT I really love it when they triple the amounts up to 99¢! Here is a summary of my latest trip to bloom. They will be running the triple coupons promotion at the Pleasantburg Rd location for two more weeks....its time to cash in! The original total was over $76. I walked away paying $28 and some change for 32 items. Less than the dollar tree!!!!!