Friday, July 31, 2009

Walgreens - $15.72

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Here is my purchases at Walgreens yesterday (2 transactions):

Conair Cool Grips Hairdryer $14.99 sale
4 Listerine Total Care 2/$8 sale used $2qs
2 Garnier shampoo & conditioner $3.34 sale used $1qs
Pencil case 0.39 sale

$38.06 + 2.66 tax = $40.72 Total
used $10 coupons & $5 RR & $10 RR = $15.72 = 39 %
and got new $20RR's

Soy Crisps - Sensible Portions

Go here to request a free sample of Sensible Portions.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Get an Alice

I am very new to this site, however it seems pretty cool.
What it is: an online service to buy household essentials (stuff like trash bags, dish soap, and toilet paper) and avoid the chore of running to the store for these goods. It saves lots of time and everything is shipped to your door free. They even have some manufacturer coupons on their site you can get applied to your order. I have found two deals that I have gotten so far, but saving money to me is more important than saving time right now anyways, so I will only be taking advantage of the deals.

If you are interested, click on the link above to sign up, and you’ll get a $10 credit in your account after you spend at least $50 on the site. And if you choose to use this let me know what you think and if you score some good deals.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

iRobot Dirt Dog

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I finally ordered a Dirt Dog.
I am so excited, I can't wait for it to get here, I have wanted one for several months now. Since shortly after we moved into this house late last year. We have beautiful old wood floors thoughout almost all of the house and I love them. But I don't always have the time to clean them every day and with a baby crawling around it needs to be done everyday. So I am hoping this will be my answer. I can turn it on when we leave for the day and come home to sweept floors.
I really hope this will live up to my expectations.
Check it out for yourself, at Amazon.

Cash for Clunkers - NOT - what a Joke!

Ok, we were pretty excited to hear about the government's new Cash for Clunkers program because John really dislikes his old work car and if we could find a great deal on something new for him that would be awesome. So I said it would have to be a great deal because although he is on overtime now we know that will not continue. So he went to several dealerships and was working several different deals. Well he got a really good deal worked out on a new Toyota that we really liked and get this with dealership incentives and the $4500 clunker thing he could get the new car for $189 a month! And with the increased gas mileage we figured it would save $95 a month in gas - that's half the payment.
So the dealership finally got the final details and his old 1992 car with 150,000 miles on it does not qualify! Apparently when new it got 20 mpg and because of that it does not qualify. I just want to say HELLO do you think anything on a 1992 car is the same as it is new? If it's not a clunker what is?
Well here comes the answer to that. My 2000 SUV qualifies as a clunker. It has 50,000 miles on it, is in excellent shape, gets better gas mileage than John's car, and has a blue book value over $6000 but it is considered a clunker and I should trade it in for $4500 and have it crushed and sent to the junkyard. WHAT in the world? The people that wrote this bill are crazy. This lower income hard working family can't afford to use this program.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Walgreens - $3.25

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You know it's hard for me not to stop into Walgreens on the way to work, LOL, so here is what I got today:

2 Listerine Total Care 2/$8 sale used $2qs
Garnier 3 min treatment 3.99 used $1 q
Pencil box .39 sale

$12.38 + .87 tax = 13.25
used $5 qs & $5RR= $3.25 paid = 25%
and got new $3 & $2 RR's

Fareway - $6.31

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We needed milk so I ran into Fareway on my way home today:

Milk $2.29
Coke 2ltr $1
2 Chips 0.99 ea
Ranch dressing .99

Total $6.31

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Walgreens $1.26

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Went into Walgreens quick today to get this:

2 Listerine Total Care 2/$8 sale
3 Filler paper 130sh 3/$1.59

$9.59 + .67 tax = $10.26 total
minus 2 $2 listerine qs and a previous $5 RR
I paid $1.26 which is 12%
and I got a new $3 RR

Shopko $1.77 MM

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Today I made a trip to Shopko, I haven't been there in quite some time, but I couldn't pass up this deal. Here it is:

10 - Bic Soleil Bella Razors 5.00 sale plus get $4 rebate on every 2 purchased - NO limit
4 - Folders 0.10 sale
4 - 24pk pencils 0.79 sale
2 - Crayola washable markers 1.29 sale
4 - Crayola crayons 0.20 sale

$ 56.94 + 3.99 tax = $60.93 TOTAL
minus $10 off $40 purchase coupon (also saved .70in tax)
minus 10 $3 razor coupons
so today I paid $20.93
but I can submit for $20 rebate on the razors & 10% bonus if I want in-store credit
that means they will actually pay me $1.77 to take this stuff

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Free Sample of Total Blueberry Pomegranate Cereal

Go here to request a FREE sample of the new Total Blueberry Pomegranate Cereal.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Get a coupon for New Tide Stain Release

I admit I am a Tide-aholic. I love my Tide, and it is the detergent I use 95% of the time. However, I have not seen this new product yet, and know only what I read on their site. So I am not recommending this, nor do I even know what the cost is. But you can go here and get a coupon if you are considering trying it. Or if anyone has already tried it, please leave us all your comments.

Nescafe Instant Coffee Sticks FREE Sample

Go here to request a free 6-stick sample pack of Nescafe Instant Coffee Sticks.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hy-Vee Tent Sale trip $54.91

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I went to Hy-Vee today because they were having a Tent Sale with some pretty decent deals.

5 Coke 2ltr $1 sale
6 Hy-Vee apple juice 3/$4 sale
2 Gatorade 8pks 2/$9 sale
6 Old Wisconsin 4pk snack sticks .50 sale
3 Ground beef 85% 1.99 sale
4 Pudding packs .88 sale
Country Crock
BBQ sauce
2 Baby food
Tea Bags
Snacks for John to take in lunchbox
2 Kids scissors .49 sale

So I spent quite a bit, but with John working overtime he needed snacks and drinks. So we will have to adjust our budget a little.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bic coupons

I hope you have started to get some of the great school supplies that have been on sale. Here is a cool find for us. Scroll through the coupons in the bar at the top of the blog and print the BIC coupon $1/2. This will come in very handy when combined with some of these great sales. Hurry and print this right away, last time they offered BIC coupons they went really fast.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hy-Vee & Staples

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I purchased at Hy-Vee today:
2 Cheerios 1.99sale used .55qs
2 Lunchables 2.50ea
Wheat Germ 3.49
4 Sunflower kernals .44
Peanuts 1.88sale
Mushrooms .64
V8 Fusion light 2.99 used 1.00q
OM lunchmeat 3.49 used .55q
2 Wonderbread 1.48 sale
Coke 6pk 4.00 + .30 deposit
Ground beef 1.79 sale
T-bone 4.99 sale

$37.27 Total
minus 2.65 coupons .15 sack refund = $34.47

I needed the sunflower kernals, peanuts & wheat germ for homemade granola bars I am making today. I bought the steak for John since he is working overtime this week. Yeah! And the lunchables & lunchmeat so he has quick easy lunches for the kids since he won't be home until noon everyday. So in this case I spent more than usual but for good reason.

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I also stopped at Staples to get these cheap school supplies:

Mechanical pencils 2.99 FREE after rebate
Highlighters 4.99 FREE after rebate
Gel Pens 4.99 FREE after rebate
2 Expo Dry Erase Markers 1.00

$14.97 + 1.05 tax = $16.02
but will get back 12.97 in rebates = 3.05 19%

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Homemade Baby Biscuits

I don't know about you, but I hate the smell and ingredients in some of the baby products they sell at the store. I know they need to add preservatives to make them shelf stable but I prefer not to feed my baby those things if I don't have to. I have recently started making my baby homemade biscuit cookies and she eats them like crazy. And they are super simple to make. So I thought I would share my recipe.

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups baby oatmeal cereal
3 T vegetable oil
1 1/3 cup 100% apple juice

Preheat oven to 425
Mix first three ingredients well, then slowly add the juice.
You will have a thick sticky dough ball.

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Press dough in an even layer on cookie sheet and bake for 13-16 minutes.
Let it cool completely and cut into desired shapes with a pizza cutter.
I make mine into strips.

FYI - since these do not have added preservatives you do not want to leave them all out, they will go bad. I leave about five out in a ziploc and freeze the rest. When she is about out, I take a few more out of the freezer and they defrost pretty quickly.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fareway - Spent $8.76

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I was hoping to make it a few more days before going to the store but we were running really low on milk and out of bread. And John needed some things to put in his locker at work. So here is my quick stop at Fareway on the way home today:

Gal. Milk $2.27
Wonderbread 1.48
Onion 0.32
2 pudding cups 0.85 ea
Cereal bars 2.00
Gum 0.99

Total Spent $8.76
no coupons to use on these things, what a bummer :(

Walgreens $5 Coupon

If you are shopping at Walgreens today or tomorrow go to and print out the $5 off $25 coupon.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Earning on the Internet

One of my readers recently emailed me and told me she had tried many PTC's and survey sites to make a little money and had been burnt by almost all of them. She then proceeded to ask me if I knew of any legitimate sites where you can earn a little money. And instead of just emailing her back (which I did), I also thought maybe this info could help a few more of my readers. So tonight, I will tell you about two sites that I use to make a little money and earn some giftcards. And both of these have paid me several times so these are legit.

On this site I click on the emails they send me everyday. I also go on their site almost daily and do the "Daily Clicks". I also do their surveys some times. If you qualify for the surveys, the money will accumulate a lot quicker. This site also has coupons you can print and redeem for .01 credit!

Search & Win

Swagbucks is a search engine. You go there and simply do your searching and earn points. Then you can redeem your points for items or giftcards. I have gotten three Amazon giftcards so far!

Well, there you have it, two great sites to help you on your quest of online earning. I hope this will help some of you. I know I enjoy earning a few extra dollars here and there. And right now I am trying to accumulate gift cards to help me with back to school shopping. (so far I only have $10 Target, $10 Walmart & $5 Ebay)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Walgreens - Spent $12.30

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2 Huggies diapers $10 sale
2 Colored pencils .59 sale
1 Kit Kat .50 sale

$21.68 + 1.52 tax= $23.30 TOTAL
minus $11 RR used = $12.30 paid 53 %
and got a new $5 RR
and will submit for $1.50 rebate

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Walgreens & Hy-Vee

Today I made a very short trip out to get a few things and I am posting both pics because a few of my readers asked to see more of my shopping trips. So here you go.

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Similac formula $11.99 used $5 formula check
2 Juicy Juice 2.59 used $1 qs
Gerber baby cereal 2.99
Wonderbread 1.98 sale
Coke 2 liter 1.00 sale + .05 deposit

$23.19 Total
minus $5 formula check, 2 - $1 coupons, .05 sack credit
$16.14 paid = 70%

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2 - Huggies diapers 10.00 sale used 1.50 qs
1 - Papermate mech. pencils 10pk 0.39 sale
6 - Photo prints 1.14

21.53 + 1.51 = $23.04 Total
minus 2 - $1.50 coupons, 2 - $2 RR's
$16.04 paid = 70% plus got $5 new RR
and will send in for $1.50 rebate so this purchase will net out to be $13.54

Friday, July 10, 2009

It's FREE Chocolate Friday again.

Go here to sign-up to receive a coupon for FREE Mars Chocolate. Hurry, this offer is only for the first 250,000 that sign-up. If you have already done this during one of the previous weeks, you can try again. There is a limit of 4 per household. If you don't get one this week, you can try again next week or any Friday through September.

I have already got two coupons!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Drumroll Please...

I just finished adding up the amount I have saved for the first half of the year just from using coupons and the total is.... $763.48!!!

Friday, July 03, 2009

Target - paid $3.50

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I went to Target today for just a few great deals!

I purchased:
20 - ears of Corn 10/$1 sale
3 - Eggo Bakeshop 1.50 sale used $1 q

$6.50 TOTAL
-3.00 coupons = $3.50 paid

(Corn not in the picture because the kids are outside shucking it right now!)

Walgreens - paid $8.50

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Today I purchased:
3 - Velvetta Shells & Cheese 3/$5 used 1.50/2 q
3 - Kraft Deluxe 3/$5 used 1.50/2 q
2 - Miracle Whip $3 used 1.00/2 q
2 - Capri Sun $2

$20 Total
-5.50 coupons -$6 RR = $ 8.50 paid 43%
also got a new $5 RR