Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Since I've been doing quite a bit of baking, I was out again today to get eggs. I decided to go to Shoppers just because that's the closest grocery store and their prices on dairy/eggs in particular are generally lower than at Safeway or Giant.

Though I usually buy a dozen eggs, I bought 18 this time. Why?

Eggs are usually $1.69 for a dozen at Shoppers:

$1.69/12 = $.141 per egg x 18 = $2.54
The pack of 18 is $2.49 - not a significant savings (5 cents) but I have even more baking to do so I know I'll use them.

I also got my fiance more of the comic book jelly candies (on clearance for $.50 each = $1.00)

Total shopped trip was $3.55 including tax.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Giant & CVS

Giant's sales this week are particularly good which is surprising as normally Safeway tends to out-sale them, but this week, there are a few things worth mentioning:

  • Coke 12-packs are buy 2 get 3 free (yup, cheaper than 50% off) - limit 5 (1 transaction)
  • Aunt Jemima frozen items are 50% off - the low-fat 16 ct waffles turn out to be $1.14 a box
  • Giant brand mini pizza bagels are 50% off making them $1 for a box of 9
  • Schmidt bread products are 50% off making wheat bread $1.59 a loaf and honey wheat $1.64 a loaf
And of course, don't forget Christmas items 50% off. I picked up some mints and green (trees) and pink (star) marshmallows. I used the green ones in rice krispy treats I just made with the marked down Giant rice krispies and they turned out to be a lovely mint green color!

Anyway, on to the purchases:

CVS (Sunday):
$4.00 4 bottles Gatorade (on sale 4/$4)
$8.99 Schick Intuition
$3.79 gallon skim milk

- $2/1 Schick
- $1.69 Extrabucks
- $5.98 Extrabucks
- $5.99 Extrabucks

= $1.12 which I put on a gift card so $0.00 Oop
Received $5 EB back for the Schick deal.

Giant (today):

$1.85 8-pack Gatorade mini boxes (on sale 50% on mark-down carts)
$1.85 8-pack Gatorade mini boxes (")
$1.25 Giant brand rice krispies (")
$1.29 cupcake cups
$1.94 5.89 lbs bananas (in reduced bags)
$10.98 5 boxes of various coke products = $2.196 a box
$1.64 honey wheat bread
$1.59 wheat bread
$1.14 Aunt Jemima low fat waffles
$1.14 Aunt Jemima low fat waffles
$3.00 3 boxes mini pizza bagels
$.50 mints (50% off holiday)
$.74 holiday marshmallows
$.74 holiday marshmallows
$2.99 Selenium (recommend by my Dr. for my dermatitis)
$2.99 Selenium (" - these were 50% off so I stocked up)

- amount on giftcard
= $27.67 Oop

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Budget Summary

I've been a bad blog mommy (?) and still haven't added up my purchases from last week and am nearly mid-week without any trip summaries either! I'm not going to be going through my several CVS purchases over the last few (aside from the one yesterday obviously) but I bought a great deal of loot and adding up my extrabucks this afternoon, I found I had over $60 of them (this is not including the $9.97 worth that I am due from my purchases yesterday) but is still pretty impressive! I'm relieved that I was able to roll over the ones from Black Friday fairly quickly and not have to worry about them expiring.

Anyway, the amount spent last week:

December 14th- 20th:

Sunday December 14th CVS: $3.00
Sunday December 14th Safeway: $13.38
Tuesday December 14th delivery pizza: $21.12
Wednesday December 15th CVS: $1.39
Wednesday December 15th Giant: $49.92
Wednesday December 15th Giant: $13.02
Saturday December 20th Shoppers: $15.92

Way over budget this week mostly due to the Giant trips for gift cards and the pizza - although we've been using the pizza for meals this week and still have leftovers in the freezer!

total: $117.75, ouch! $67.75 over!

SEP 28 - OCT 4$49.18
OCT 5 - OCT 11$13.88
OCT 12 - OCT 18$75.08
OCT 19 - OCT 25$10.04
OCT 26 - NOV 1$43.58
NOV 2 - NOV 8$42.00
NOV 9 - NOV 15$20.94
NOV 16 - NOV 22$80.16
NOV 23 - NOV 29$16.39
NOV 30 - DEC 6$25.49
DEC 7 - DEC 13$24.32
DEC 14 - DEC 20$117.75
DEC 21 - DEC 27$2.26
DEC 28 - JAN 3$?
JAN 4 - JAN 10$?
JAN 11 - JAN 17$?
JAN 18 - JAN 24$?
JAN 25 - JAN 31$?

However, thanks to Hannukah leftovers from my parents, stocking up on cereal and CVS paying for our milk, this week we've spent $2.26 so far, and thanks to the Christmas holiday and our annual Chinese dinner, I don't imagine we'll be spending much more either.

For all who celebrate any holiday, Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 22, 2008

CVS - Utter Disaster

I have had several CVS trips between yesterday and today but have not had time to blog due to my crazy work schedule and holidays. I am working part-time at a makeup store in the area for the holiday season and have recently gotten some crazy hours that force me to get up at 5am. I am not exactly my best at 5am, and even less so if I would so happen to stop at a store after an 8 hour shift on my feet.

That being said, I absolutely love working at the store that I do because customer service is really our #1 focus and it's so fun working there - we can do so many things for customers that other retail stores would never do, so it's a complete 180 when I stop at say, CVS and run into one problem after another. At "makeup store" we go above and beyond. Our return policy is basically, if you ever dislike a product, you can return it no questions asked (though if you return without a receipt over $100 worth of products, it needs a manager's ok). We sample out products, we give things away.

So, today's CVS shopping trip was especially annoying (might I add, after being on my feet for 8 hours and having just come in from the freezing cold).

I get my items. I go to check out. Everything is fine, until the receipt prints out, or should I say, doesn't print out, unless you count a mangled white piece of paper printing out.

The cashier's printer basically destroyed my receipt, including the $10 or so Extrabucks along with it, and oh, all the products I bought, along with their prices (usually, I double check my receipt after purchasing to make sure they haven't charged me full price on marked down items... I'd say 1/2 times at least they have and it has to be checked and I get refunded the money on a gift card) so of course I wanted my receipt printed. The supervisor claimed that he could not reprint extrabucks (false) and that I needed to call the 1-800 number (no way was I waiting on hold for 10+ minutes for a store mix up). There was also no way for him to reprint the receipt, help me or do anything else. I was pissed. So I said that I wasn't calling the 1-800 number and that he should do it for me and I've been to several CVS locations that do know how to reprint extrabucks. He claimed I was lying. It took him 10 minutes to go to the office to call the 1-800 number - he came down to say that he was tired of waiting on hold (oh really? How funny! That's exactly why I wanted him to call!) and was going to give me the extrabucks in cash. Now this of course does not correct the receipt issue but I accepted the $10 and walked out of the store and my purchase summary below will confirm or deny whether or not I was overcharged. If so, I am calling the 1-800 number and going... umm [expletives] and demanding some amount of my money back.

Anyway, here's what I got, roughly - since I have no receipt!

$5.98 2 Listerines
$3.99 Excedrin

$4.50 gallon skim milk (I have no idea how much this cost but let's say $4.50 to be safe)

$2.99 Physician's Formula bronzer (clearance)
$1.75 Styli eyeliner (clearance)

$1.00 WetnWild cream eyeliner (clearance)
$1.00 WetnWild brow kit (clearance)
$1.99 Rimmel Foundation (clearance)
$1.99 Rimmel Foundation (clearance)
$.75 Essence of Beauty lipgloss (clearance)
$.75 Essence of Beauty lipgloss (clearance)

$7.99 Revlon lipgloss (supposed to be 50% off and buy 1 get 1 free)
$7.99 Revlon lipgloss (supposed to be 50% off and buy 1 get 1 free)
should have cost $3.995 for both

Plus some 75% off Altoids (I have no clue, let's assume $1)

- $1/1 Listerine
- $1/1 Listerine
- $2/1 Excedrin
- $2/1 Physicians Formula
- $2/1 Styli
- $1/1 Rimmel
- $1/1 Rimmel
- $2/1 Revlon
- $2/1 Revlon
- $2/1 Essence of Beauty (from CVS beauty book)
- $2/1 Essence of Beauty (from CVS beauty book)

= $14.685

I was told it was $22 before my Extrabucks (I only paid $.21)... looks like it was the Revlon. Looks like they overcharged me at least $7.99 - not insignificant. I'm going to call.

See? Wasn't that fun?!


I just called the store and told the supervisor that I dealt with that he overcharged me for the items. He was pretty unapologetic (I was not surprised - he was nasty in the store) and told me to call the store manager tomorrow.

I basically ignored him and called CVS customer service, where I spoke to a lovely lady that apologized several times and is fixing my Extrabucks and told me to keep the $10 that the supervisor gave me in lieu of the extrabucks for the things that I overpaid for.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


I figured I'd make a Shopper's trip today even though I know when I do my calculation tonight I'll be way over budget this week, but I'm ok about it considering in the past 2 weeks I've only spend $25 a week, so I have money in the "bank" so to speak. Anyway, this shopping trip was a breeze and I guess because everyone is in the holiday spirit people apologized if rounding the corner too fast and weren't mean in line. I had the same cashier as last time and she was a hoot - also the ladies beyond me were basically in awe after they heard my total and I told them about the Vocal Point program (which really helped me out this trip - can't wait to use the $2 off the Kashi bars whenever they go on sale).

Anyway, my purchases:

$1.79 Gerenic Rice Krispies (my FMIL -future mother in law- sent us 3.5 lbs of Plush Puffs and Rice Krispies are the only cereal we don't seem to have in the house so I bought generic so I'll make treats sometime this week)
$1.50 Sweet n Low substitute
$2.19 Minute Rice instant brown ($.19 after $1 off that doubled)
$2.00 4 smaller bags of those Marvel gummies I bought last trip
$4.00 4 Sobe Life Waters (had $.40 coupons for each that tripled, made me $.80)
$15.96 4 boxes Hillshire Farms turkey breast (once again there are $1 off coupons attached to these that double)
$10.00 8 del monte fruit cups (wound up costing $2 total after Vocal Point coupons)
$1.49 Wholly Guacamole (made me $.50 cents after $1 off that doubled)
$2.39 Green Giant steamfresh veggie blend ($.50 that tripled)
$1.99 Colgate toothpaste (free after $1 off on back of circular that doubled)
$2.39 Nivea chapstick ($.39 after $1 off coupon that doubled)

total was $15.92 out of pocket including tax after coupons

"You saved a grand total of $33.29 or 68%"

Friday, December 19, 2008


I went to another Giant today to try to find $15 gift certificates and I lucked out! I'm not counting the $25 I spent out of pocket today to buy these gift cards, since gifts are not a part of my "grocery" budget, but I spent $25 and got the following, even the cashier was excited!

$15 Itunes (for my brother)
$15 Itunes (for my dad)
$15 Starbucks
$15 Starbucks
$15 Starbucks

= $75 worth of gift cards

So it turned out not to be "too good to be true" after all. I'm fairly relieved.

It was absolutely disgusting today but I might go out before the evening is over to Shopper's to get some stuff for the double/triple coupon promotion, although, really, we are rather stocked over here so I'll only be buying free after coupon or very very cheap after coupon items.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Yesterday's Last 2 Giant Trips

Looks like I am going to be keeping my 9 tubes of toothpaste after all, reference my last entry where I work the numbers.

Anyway, the last 2 transactions were wonderful because I managed to find folded up $1 off coupons in the bonus packs of Crest. I was able to use 6 of them for all 6 tubes of toothpaste making each $1.99.

transaction #1:
$8.97 3 tubes of Crest (I picked up a few more with the coupons in the bonus packs)

- $1/1 Crest
- $1/1 Crest
- $1/1 Crest

= $6.51 including tax Oop

transaction #2:
$8.97 3 tubes of Crest (I picked up a few more with the coupons in the bonus packs)

- $1/1 Crest
- $1/1 Crest
- $1/1 Crest

= $6.51 including tax Oop

Tomorrow I'll be hitting another Giant in hopes of finding some $15 giftcards!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Another One!

Today is not my day apparently. For any of you doing the Olay deal, the $15 giftcard is good only on Olay products (at many locations nationwide). Just want to make sure none of you are buying the products thinking you'll get $15 in something that resembles cash back if you aren't an Olay user.

How do I know this? I just talked to someone at the number located on that form.

Just FYI.

Too Good To Be True


Giant won't let you use more than 1 -$10 voucher at a time. I just learned that after spending $50 on toothpaste and deodorant. Oops.

Now the question is, is the deal still worthwhile knowing that I will be spending quite a bit out of pocket in addition to the products for the giftcards? And also knowing that at least at my Giant location, nearly all of the giftcards are $25 at the minimum.

Would it be horrible of me to return most of the products? Does anyone know of any Giant locations that even have $10 giftcards or even $15?

I should have known this would happen. Deals too good to be true.

Well, asides from CVS. CVS "too good to be true" deals usually are true.

I'm a bit dissapointed and a bit annoyed. Blah. What to do what to do?


After reworking the numbers, it looks like as long as I can find some $15 gift cards, it is worth it. As long as I buy $15 certificates, I'd only be paying $11.51-$12.95 for them out of pocket, which is pretty good if I can find any (I managed to find $6 worth of $1 off Crest coupons in the tubes with free samples - there's a little folded up thingy inside with 2-$1 off coupons in it) so I was able to get the last 2 vouchers for $6.51 including tax + $5 is only $11.51 for a $15 giftcard, saving or making me $3.49 per card x 5 = $17.5.

Giant & CVS

Thanks to Money Making Mom for revealing the sweet deal I got at Giant today (and I'm going to go back to finish it shortly). In this week's circular there is a deal where you buy 3 of a P&G product and you get a $10 voucher for a gift card (which excludes Giant and a couple others). Crest toothpaste is on sale for $2.99 (plus there are coupons in the most recent P&G coupon insert. Old Spice deodorant is also part of this deal and is 2/$5 (making it $7.50 total even without coupons for a free $10 voucher). I'm about to see if there are any Old Spice coupons to use, but I did 2 rounds of the deal with Old Spice and 1 round with Crest (only 1 per transaction). There is also a coupon from the Sunday Washington Post on page A19 for a free dozen eggs with a $20 or more purchase. I also had a 5% off coupon for filling 3 prescriptions at the Giant pharmacy.

I also stopped at CVS, first of course due to perishables, and am going to redeem the $15 giftcard for buying 2 of Olay in a little bit. There were $5 off coupons in the latest P&G coupon insert (sensing a trend?) and the moisturizer was on sale for $17.99. Doing the deal makes the Olay products $5.49 each (or nothing if you have lots of Extrabucks to burn through from Black Friday like I do). Not the best deal, but great for gifts.

Anyway, on to the purchases:

$17.99 Olay Regenerist moisturizer
$17.99 Olay Regenerist moisturizer
$2.99 Colgate Advanced
$8.99 Complete 12oz contact solution (December EB deal, free after EB - limit 2)
$8.99 Complete 12oz contact solution (December EB deal, free after EB - limit 2)

- $1.50/1 Colgate
- $2.00/1 Complete
- $2.00/1 Complete
- $5.00/1 Olay
- $5.00/1 Olay
- $2.99 Extrabucks
- $6.00 Extrabucks
- $6.99 Extrabucks
- $6.99 Extrabucks
- $6.98 Extrabucks

= $12.05
- $.63 CVS money card (from returns or price adjustments)
- $.02 CVS money card (from returns or price adjustments)
- $10.01 Amex rewards (leftover from fiance)
= $1.39 Oop

Received the following in Extrabucks:
$17.98 for the Complete
$2.00 for the Colgate
= $19.98 in Extrabucks!

I did this trip in 3 different transactions and am going back for 2 more (so I have $50 worth of vouchers to get either 1- $50 or 2- $25 giftcards.

transaction #1:
$9.00 6 packages of Healthy Ones turkey breast (on sale for 2/$3)
$8.06 4 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast (on sale $1.99/lb)
$1.13 3.42lbs (at $.33lb) ripe bananas
$2.29 loaf whole wheat bread
$1.23 1.24lb sweet onions
$2.84 2.87lb mcintoch apples
$1.59 200 coffee filters
$1.99 large white eggs
$2.29 unbleached flour
$2.99 Crest toothpaste
$2.99 Crest toothpaste
$2.99 Crest toothpaste

- $1.97 (or 5%)
- $1.99 free large eggs with $20 purchase
- $1/1 Crest
- $1/1 Crest

= $34.02 Oop (recieved $10 giftcard voucher)

transaction #2:
3 Old Spice deodorant

= $7.95 Oop (received $10 giftcard voucher)

transaction #3:
3 Old Spice deodorant

= $7.95 Oop (received $10 giftcard voucher)

As I said, I'm going back to do the deal 2 more times, and I will certainly be over budget this week, but thanks to the giftcard vouchers, it will be worth it. Also, I'll have some things to donate to not only the shelter, my younger brother in college and the fiance (who wears Old Spice), but I'll have $50 worth of giftcards, making the out of pocket expenses minimal.

Total out of pocket will be $65.82 (less if I can find some Old Spice coupons) and I will get $50 in giftcards. Not too shabby considering I also bought groceries that have nothing to do with this deal. If I didn't include the grocery amount, it's $47 out of pocket, for $50 in giftcards.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Take Out

Tonight is the first time I've been so exhausted that I haven't had time to cook and we have ordered pizza. We did use a buy 1 get 1 free coupon that I received from The Washington Post Post Points program so it is costing us roughly $22 ($21.12) to get 2 large pizzas (including tax and tip). We will obviously not finish it tonight so it'll be lunch/dinner (with some sort of vegetable when I have more energy) tomorrow. Usually I don't count "eating out" as part of our grocery budget, but since this is "eating in" I am.

running weekly tally: $37.50

*edit* 2 slices a piece was far more than enough to get us both full so there are now 12 slices of pizza in the freezer (which thankfully reheats well in the oven) which means that we have another 6 "quick" meals ready to go. Some quick math tells me that the $21.12 divided by 7 meals equals $3 a meal. Not too shabby.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


I went to CVS again today because I had CRTs that I didn't realize I had that matched up with some of the deals, so of course I had to go back before I forgot which is likely since I had forgotten they existed in the first place.

I bought:

$2.99 Colgate toothpaste
$1.49 cute credit card holder on clearance (I actually need one of these so I was pleasantly surprised to see a cute one so cheap!)
$3.89 Stayfree maxi-pads
$2.00 Physician's Formula 100% natural lip veil (on clearance, regular price is $7.99)

- $1/1 Colgate CVS CRT
- $1/1 Colgate
- $2/1 Stayfree CRT
- $2/1 Physician's Formula
- $4.00 Extrabucks

= $.37 which I paid with a giftcard so $0.00 Oop

I received $2 back for the Stayfree and $2 back for the Colgate = $4.00 Extrabucks

Safeway & CVS

I just had to get to Safeway this morning for the cereal deal. They are running another buy 5 save 5 promotion and the last time I tried doing a second trip, most everything was gone, so this time I just did 2 at once. Now we are 8 boxes of cereal (plus 2 pop tarts)... richer and I don't have to worry about my fiance's Frosted Mini Wheats at least for a week or two.

I also went to CVS since I still have tons of Extra bucks leftover from Black Friday to do one of the Sunday/Monday only deals as well as the deodorant deal (and I only did this because the deodorant had $.55 coupons attached to them so they wound up being $.44 each after Extra Bucks).

Anyway, on with the purchases!


$4.58 2 boxes of Crispix
$4.98 2 boxes of 12-count pop tarts
$7.47 3 boxes of Frosted Mini Wheats
$2.49 1 box of Apple Jacks
$5.98 2 boxes of Special K w/ berries
$6.49 Viva 6-pack paper towels

- $10 Buy 5 save $5 (2x)
- $1/1 Crispix
- $1/1 Crispix
- $1/1 Frosted Mini Wheats
- $1/1 Frosted Mini Wheats
- $1/1 Frosted Mini Wheats
- $1/1 Apple Jacks
- $1/1 Special K
- $1/1 Special K
- $1/1 Viva 6-pack

= $13.38 Oop (excluding the Viva, that comes to $.789 a box, including the pop tarts that I didn't even use a coupon for!)

$2.99 Soft n Dri
$2.99 Soft n Dri
$.77 CVS brand Garlic Powder
$.77 CVS brand Black Pepper
$.77 CVS brand Black Pepper
$7.99 Sleep MD (free after Extra Bucks)
$3.79 gallon skim milk

- $.55 Soft n Dri
- $.55 Soft n Dri
- $2.99 Extrabucks
- $5.99 Extrabucks
- $6.99 Extrabucks

= $3.00 Oop

Received the following in Extrabucks:
$7.99 for the Sleep MD
$4.00 for the Soft n Dri
= $11.99 in Extrabucks!

I'm kind of sad that the Extrabuck deals have been so slim recently. I'm kind of hoping that at least the day after Christmas I'll be able to use some of them... most of the ones I have expire on the 27th or 28th and I don't want to not use them - thankfully they have been paying for our milk for quite awhile so I don't feel guilty about not rolling them over.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Apple Crisp

apple crisp

apple crisp

I made this delicious apple crisp a couple days ago because we still had about 1/4 of the bag of apples when they were on sale at Giant a few weeks ago for $.88/lb (in bag) and I hate for things to go to waste. I didn't have a whole lot in the house but thanks to the sales, I've been stocking up on baking supplies. And because this recipe doesn't call for anything really outrageous, I didn't even need to leave the house.

I took this recipe and altered a little bit.

Ingredients I used:

5 med-large gala apples
1/4 stick butter (or a couple tablespoons)
1/2 cup sugar
several general shakes of cinnamon (I'd guess about 1/8 c. total)

1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 stick butter

For the filling, I basically cored, peeled and sliced the apples. Then I put them in a pot with the other ingredients and cooked them down on low covered till the apples had reduced and the liquid was brown and syrupy.

The crust was supposed to be easy. You basically combine the ingredients in a food processor or mixer till it becomes crumbly, but my food processor broke (thankfully it is still under warranty and they are sending me a new one) but I mixed all the ingredients by hand. I now know why something as simple as a crumb cake was a big to-do several years ago. It is a pain in the neck but delicious!

I put the apple mixer in a sprayed glass pan (Pam is my friend). Added the "crust" and smoothed out on top and then added a few more generous shakes of cinnamon and little more brown sugar.

Baked at 400 degree for 45 minutes till browned on top.

Not exactly the pinnacle of health, but few ingredients, especially if you are trying to create something before something (in this case the apples) go bad. This and banana bread are my 2 easy recipes when bananas and apples are about to go. I bet it would be good with any fibrous fruit - pears I think I'll do next.

Bon Appetit!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

CVS Shopper's and Target

Well yesterday I didn't wind up having the time nor the energy to hit either of the 3 stores that I was planning so I did them today.

First was CVS, where I filled/transferred some Rx and got a $20 giftcard!

Then I bought the Powerade that gets Extrabucks back and 2 packs of skittles on clearance 75% off, total was a little over $2 but I used a giftcard so I spent $0 Oop and received $1.59 back in Extrabucks for the Powerade deal.

Next was Target. I purchased the following:

$11.07 3 boxes of 20 ct Fruit Roll ups (each being $3.69 - that's twice the amount in the regular boxes for quite a bit less comes to a little around $1.80 a box - the $1.99 10-count boxes were ringing full price this time)
$4.49 3-pack Kleenex
$4.49 3-pack Kleenex
$6.99 3 packs Fudge Shoppe Cookies
$2.50 1 box Club crackers
$2.50 1 box Town House crackers

- $1/2 Keebler crackers
- $1/1 pack Kleenex
- $1/1 pack Kleenex

= $29.58 but used a couple giftcards so nothing out of pocket, plus now I have a $5 gift card from the Keebler promotion!

And then Shopper's for some groceries:

$1.69 wheat bread
$1.00 Domino brown sugar
$10.00 5 boxes of various 12-pack soda (2 A&W, 2 Ginger Ale, 1 Diet Sunkist on sale this week for $2 a box)
$1.50 Adorable Marvel comic gummies on clearance (these are a "just because" gift for the fiance - he's a huge comic book dork)
$.85 $1.35 lb bananas
$1.35 .90 lb sweet onions
$3.49 5 lb bag golden potatoes
$3.75 gallon skim milk

= $24.32 Oop

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Budget Last 3 Months

SEP 28 - OCT 4$49.18
OCT 5 - OCT 11$13.88
OCT 12 - OCT 18$75.08
OCT 19 - OCT 25$10.04
OCT 26 - NOV 1$43.58
NOV 2 - NOV 8$42.00
NOV 9 - NOV 15$20.94
NOV 16 - NOV 22$80.16
NOV 23 - NOV 29$16.39
NOV 30 - DEC 6$25.49
DEC 7 - DEC 13$24.32
DEC 14 - DEC 20$?
DEC 21 - DEC 27$?

Tomorrow the plan is to go to Shopper's for some produce and then CVS for milk and to do the few Extrabuck deals this week. Thanks to stocking up at Shopper's during the triple coupon promotion, we don't really need much else so unless one of these stores does another big promotion, we'll be just fine doing smaller grocery trips for the month. Oh right, and I want to stop at Target to do the Keebler promotion!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Amazon Grocery Deal

I haven't yet decided if this is even worth pursuing for us, but there's a new Amazon grocery deal out. You can read about it here. Basically, on select brands in their grocery area you get $25 off instantly when you spend $75.

The only problem with this for us is:
a) We don't use all of these brands
b) The ones we do use seem overpriced; and
c) Do I really need to stock up on what would amount to 20+ boxes of cereal?

Probably not, but in case you're interested, the code is Q4DEAL25.

CVS & Safeway

Stopped at CVS in hopes of stocking up on more lemon-lime gatorade, but alas they were all out. I did manage to purchase some Propel but forgot to bring my coupons so I'll be back (it's on 50% off at a location near me).

I bought:
$3.20 4 Propel 20oz strawberry

= $3.40 but paid with a giftcard so $0.00 Oop

And then went to Safeway to get some staples that we are running low or out of:

$5.00 2 boxes of Kelloggs Frosted Mini Wheats 18oz size (not a great deal but we're near out)
$10.00 10 bottles of lemon-lime gatorade (for the fiance)
$5.00 2 1lb bags of Snyders pretzals
$2.00 1lb bag of frozen peas (Safeway brand)
$1.89 loaf of bread

= $24.49 Oop (not too bad considering I had no coupons)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Nothing very exciting today. Just Target to get some more fruit by the foot and fruit roll ups which the fiance is addicted to. I'll probably go back soon for more fruit roll ups sine they are marked down to $1.75, which is super cheap for them, considering at the grocery store on sale they are never less than $2 a box and more than usually $2.50- $3.00.

Anyway, I bought:

$5.04 3 boxes of fruit by the foot (on clearance for $1.68 each)
$1.75 1 box of fruit roll ups (on sale from $1.99)

and I bought a black long sleeved shirt on clearance for $3.24.

= $10.22 , but I used a newly acquired gift card so I spent $0.00 Oop.

Sunday, November 30, 2008


Yes, I'm addicted. I realize this. I actually originally went to CVS to fill a script, but it turns out the medication has been on back-order for over a month! At least now I know to get my doctor to write me a script for another one.

Anyway, this is what I wound up getting:

$4.00 Gatorade 32oz (on sale 5/$5)
$4.99 Extreme Energy

- $8.99 Extrabucks

(actually this transaction was a mess. I originally brought up a different Extreme Energy, but it wasn't ringing up on sale, it was $5.99, then she returned that and put it on a giftcard and sold me the correct one for $4.99, using the $5.99 giftcard, which now has a balance of $1.00 - although I spent $1.00 out of pocket because she over charged me originally)

= $1.00 Oop

And I received $4.99 for buying the Extreme Energy which is going to my younger brother in college.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

CVS Black Friday III

Ok, so on the way to see a family friend and their new arrival, I stopped at 2 CVS's to finish the Black Friday deals.

First stop:

$8.99 Maybelline foundation

- $3.00/1 Maybelline
- $4.69 Extrabucks

= $.50 Oop

Received $8.99 back for the Maybelline deal.

Second stop:

$7.99 Schick Quattro Trimmer

- $4.00/1 Schick from "All You" Magazine
- $3.99 Extrabucks

= $.24 Oop

Received $6.00 back for the Schick deal.

Weekly tally:

Sunday, November 23rd Shopper's: $14.73
Monday, November 24th CVS: $0.00
Thursday, November 27th CVS: $.43
Friday, November 28th CVS: $.49
Saturday, November 29th CVS: $.50
Saturday, November 29th CVS: $.24

= $16.39 Oop

And I have a stash of roughly $50 Extrabucks to use in upcoming weeks!

Some deals for this week include:

  • Spend $10 get $5 extrabucks when you buy Febreze fabric refresher 27oz (2/$7) or Febreze air effect 9.7oz (2/$5) limit 1
  • Pay $4.99 for Extreme Energy Orange or Berry flavor 2pk, 4 oz total, and get $4.99 in extrabucks free! limit 1
Well, that's really all I see this week, though not surprising after the awesome Extrabucks deals for Thanksgiving. I won't be really participating because we have enough air freshening products to last us quite some time and we don't celebrate Christmas so none of the cheaper decorations are of all that much interest.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Friday, November 28, 2008

CVS Black Friday II

So I went to CVS again today to do some more deals and grab some milk. I want to go back tomorrow to get the Schick razor that I have a $4 off coupon for and maybe some more Maybelline.

Anyway, I bought:
$5.69 Johnson and Johnson lotion
$2.99 Colgate Total
$6.99 L'oreal Colourjuice
$3.79 gallon skim milk

- $1/1 Johnson
- $1.50 Colgate
- $2/1 L'oreal
- $1 Extrabucks
- $4.47 Extrabucks
- $9.00 Extrabucks

= $.49 Oop

And received the following in Extrabucks:

$6.99 for the L'oreal
$5.69 for the Johnson and Johnson
$2.99 for the Colgate

= $15.67 back in Extrabucks (still profited roughly $1 even after the milk and used extrabucks)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

CVS Black Friday

So my plan was to leave the house at roughly 11:30pm last evening to get to CVS in just enough time to grab the items before the sale started at midnight but I was exhausted and fell asleep at 9:30pm! So by the time I actually got to CVS 12 hours later at 9:25am this morning, I wasn't expecting everything I wanted to be there, but lo-and-behold, it was! I was psyched. I was in and out of the store in a half hour even with the issue that not all my Extrabucks spit out of the register after I paid.

However, I was a bad blog-mommy and forgot to blog about a recent very cheap CVS purchase on the 24th:

$8.99 Maybelline foundation

- $2/1 Maybelline foundation

= $7.53 Oop but paid with a gift card and received $8.99 back

During that visit a $10 off $50 spitted out during the red machine of awesomeness which I used on my trip this morning.

$.50 Hershey's chocolate bar
$3.49 Crest Pro Health
$3.49 Crest Pro Health
$1.00 large size Hershey's chocolate bar
$2.99 Aussie leave in conditioner
$5.99 Bic Soleil razor
$6.99 L'oreal colourjuice
$6.99 Universal remote (was hoping to get the earphones, but they were gone)
$3.99 5 hr extra energy
$8.99 Maybelline mineral foundation
$1.49 Gatorade G2
$1.49 Gatorade G2
$1.49 Gatorade G2
$3.29 Blade sensitive shave gel

(ok, I just found something, the cashier forgot to ring my Garnier - that would explain why the coupon didn't scan but he pushed it through, oops)

- $10/$50 CRT
- $.50 free Hershey's bar
- $2/1 Blade from beauty book
- $3/1 Maybelline foundation
- $1/1 L'oreal lipcolor
- $3/1 Bic Soleil
- $1/1 Crest
- $1/1 Crest
- $1/1 Aussie
- $1/1 Garnier
- $15 Extrabucks
- $8.69 Extrabucks (out of the $8.99 coupon)
- $4.99 Extrabucks

= $.43 Oop

Then I received the following in Extrabucks:

$9.00 for the Maybelline
$2.12 for the Blade (monthly deal that didn't print, it's on a giftcard - wrong amount because the CVS didn't have any November ads and I had forgotten)
$2.99 for the Aussie
$6.99 for the L'oreal
$5.99 for the Bic Soleil
$6.98 for the Crest (monthly deal)
$6.99 for the Magnavox
$3.99 for the 5 hr energy
$1.00 for the Hersheys
$4.47 for the Gatorade

= $50.52 in Extrabucks!

I might go back to actually buy the Garnier and possibly do the L'oreal gloss deal again, we'll see.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Another Shopper's Visit

Since we needed the "boring" stuff (milk, eggs, bread, etc), I went out to Shopper's again about an hour ago. I spent significantly less than my Thursday trip and bought less too.

The loot:

$1.00 1 box brown sugar
$2.59 100% wheat bread
$3.49 Eating Right veggie chips
$3.49 Eating Right veggie chips
$.89 Thai Kitchen instant noodles
$4.00 4 Sobe Life waters
$2.25 Simple Asian teryaki noodle side dish
$3.50 Hillshire Farms turkey
$3.50 Hillshire Farms turkey
$3.50 Hillshire Farms turkey
$1.69 dozen large eggs
$3.99 gallon skim milk

- $1/1 Eating Right that doubled
- $1/1 Eating Right that doubled
- $.50 Thai Kitchen that tripled
- $.50 Simply Asian that tripled
- $.40/1 Sobe Life water that tripled
- $.40/1 Sobe Life water that tripled
- $.40/1 Sobe Life water that tripled
- $.40/1 Sobe Life water that tripled
- $1/1 Hillshire Farms that doubled (on packaging)
- $1/1 Hillshire Farms that doubled (")
- $1/1 Hillshire Farms that doubled (")
- $.55/1 bread that doubled
- $.50 coupon from buying yeast last shopping trip

= $14.73 Oop

"You saved a grand total of $19.40, that is a savings of 57%"

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Our Budget and Good News!

Before I get into a post about money, budgeting and food shopping, I just wanted to share the news with this side of the internet world. My boyfriend proposed to me this morning and I said yes, so I'll be mentioning him as my fiance now. I am very excited, as is expected and very happy. We are going out to dinner tonight to celebrate (as well as celebrate my 25th birthday, which is today). We are planning an early Spring 2009 wedding and I will try to keep that out of my budgeting blog as much as I can, but I'm sure I'll be mentioning it.

Back to the fun stuff.

Shopping trips this week included:
November 16th CVS: $10.25
November 16th Safeway: $25.21
November 17th CVS: $.63
November 18th Giant: $1.73
November 20th Shopper's: $42.34
Total: $80.16 (or $30.16 over budget)

AUG 10 - AUG 16$118.24
AUG 17 - AUG 23$48.11
AUG 23 - AUG 30$40.78
AUG 31 - SEP 6$57.87
SEP 7 - SEP 13$57.39
SEP 14 - SEP 20$71.10
SEP 21 - SEP 27$1.83
SEP 28 - OCT 4$49.18
OCT 5 - OCT 11$13.88
OCT 12 - OCT 18$75.08
OCT 19 - OCT 25$10.04
OCT 26 - NOV 1$43.58
NOV 2 - NOV 8$42.00
NOV 9 - NOV 15$20.94
NOV 16 - NOV 22$80.16
NOV 23 - NOV 29$16.39

Our budget is $50 a week, or $200 a month, and while I usually like to stay under the $50, sometimes I go over knowing well that I'll still stay below the monthly amount. This way, I am able to take advantage of deals (like the double triple promotions at Shopper's and other area grocery stores) without feeling guilty and know that in the end, I will still be under budget, because the stockpiling allows us to spend less other weeks. I may very well go over budget in November (I am heading back to Shopper's tomorrow and will probably buy more stockpiling items though not nearly as many as my last trip) and then there are some drugstore deals and Black Friday drugstore deals that I want to take advantage of, but I feel that limiting myself and our budget makes me stress out about money more than I should.

We are doing fairly well and to stress out over going over a grocery budget - food that we are eating to sustain ourselves - not exactly anything extravagant is somewhat silly.

This is what works for us.

I just wanted to make another note that thanks to Capital One, I will be receiving another $100 giftcard to Target shortly. I will have made $221 from Capital One this year and have not paid them a dime over what I charge on my card.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Recipe: Onion Garlic Sauce with Pork (and rice and peas)

I promised my boyfriend I would write this recipe down because he really liked it. This is my own invention and basically that means that I throw ingredients into a pot, sniff, add some more, sniff, add some more, etc. Somehow this works out but don't go by these measurements exactly.

The most important part of this recipe is the onion garlic sauce.

It starts with 1 onion (I used sweet yellow - I'm sure any would do).

I sliced the onion and put it into a pot with about a Tbsp of oil (canola) - waited till they cooked down and turned clear.

I then added the following:
1 dash salt
1 dash pepper
a pinch of ground ginger
1 Tbsp ground garlic (the kind in a jar that's refrigerated)
2 tsp parsley (used dry)
1 tsp sweet basil (used dry)
a few generous shakes of onion flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
a few generous shakes of minced garlic (dried from jar)

When the onions start to turn golden I turned off the heat, and transferred the onions to a blender, added about 1/4-1/2c of teryaki sauce, 1/4-1/2c olive oil and about 1/4 c brown sugar. I then blended on liquify for about 30 seconds and then pulsed for another 10 seconds and transferred the contents back to the pot and turned it on low.

I then used the already cooked pork tenderloins I recently purchased at Shopper's. These are usually $6.99 for 5 small medallions of smoked pork, but I paid $4.99 because of a doubled coupon, and in the greater scheme of things, under $1 based on the number of items I purchased and the total for the grocery bill.

I took the tenderloins straight from the refrigerator and heated some more canola oil (not very much - just enough to coat the bottom) in a pan on high. I then sauteed the tenderloins till they were golden on both sides. I plated the tenderloins with some leftover rice and then added some frozen peas to the pan and sauteed them in the leftover "juices" from the pork.

Adding the peas to the plates, I added about 1 Tbsp of onion sauce to the plates and served. I wish I took a picture but the boyfriend was very hungry and it smelled so good.

There is about 1/4 cup of sauce leftover and 1 pork tenderloin (the boyfriend will be having it reheated tomorrow for lunch). This recipe would probably be good with chicken or salmon as well as the pork and could easily be doubled, tripled, etc.

Because of the coupon deals at Shopper's, I was able to make this for well under $5

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Shoppers Trip

I need to leave soon, but I am just ecstatic over my Shopper's Food Warehouse grocery trip. I bought a lot of stuff, some that we needed desperately, some that was free or very very cheap after coupons. There were some items that I didn't have coupons for but I got overage for some things that I wasn't expecting, so without further adieu.

I spent $42.34 for all of the above items!

I saved a grand total of $66.95 or 61%!

I bought 46 items so everything came out to less than $1 an item!

This included:

100 ct box generic Sweet n Low
1 box Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa
2 packages warm delights minis
2 bags Cheerios snack mix
2 boxes fruit by the foot
2 boxes Fiber One toaster pastries
1 jar Betty Crocker frosting
2 boxes Success Rice
1 box Kelloggs Chocolate pieces special K
1 "string" rapid rise yeast
1 bottle Kraft Olive Oil Greek dressing
1 box chicken broth
1 box Celestial Seasoning tea
4 boxes Barilla Piccolini pasta
4 pouches Starkist tuna creations
3 bottles Sobe life water
1 can Mazola no stick cooking spray
1 bag Tysons chicken nuggets
2 boxes Hillshire farms turkey breast
1 package Smithfield cooked boneless pork chops
1 roll kosher salami
1.25lb Smithfield pork sirloin chops
1 red bell pepper
2 Dell Monte fruit cups
2 boxes flat bread
1 package findlandia swiss cheese
1 large bag Green Giant vegetable medley
1 can Reddi-wip
1 package yo-plus yogurt
1 container Lysol wipes

I am way over budget this week but completely ok with it (ya think?) and will be writing up another post on Saturday discussing the budget and how I budget that works for us.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Triple/Double Coupons!

Shoppers is once again running a triple up to $.50 coupon and double up to and including $1.00 coupon promotion again running from Thursday, November 20th (tomorrow) to Wednesday, November 26th! I am very excited about this since I missed the last major double/triple days due to the bronchitis.

"Limit 4 coupons for identical items to ensure sufficient supply of products for all our customers. if the value of the truple or double coupon exceeds the retail price of the item, you will receive the item FREE. Coupons stating "not subject to doubling" or "do not double" will not be eligible for tripling or doubling" but as stated in many blogs if the scu begins with a #5, then it will probably double/triple anyway.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Quick Giant Trip

I had a Rx to fill, and I had a transfer Rx get $20 GC expiring, so I went to Giant to get that filled, and I also picked up some Zip Lock bags. Yup, that's it. Not very exciting. I am hoping for some more transfer Rx coupons that don't expire in November, hopefully after the holidays Giant will put more out, maybe, possibly, hopefully!

$2.19 bags
- $.55 coupon

= $1.73 Oop (including tax)

Monday, November 17, 2008

CVS Trip

Apparently the Duracell battery coupons are causing issues with the CVS system. This happened both the 1st and 2nd time I used them, except this time, the manager couldn't even override. The system allows the $5/2 coupon to go through but then will not allow you to use any Extrabucks over $5 to complete the purchase. It is very strange and the manager wound up giving me a giftcard with the $10.99 leftover from the $15.99 extrabuck print out he could only use $5 of. I hope they resolve this issue because standing at the cashiers for 15 minutes while they play around with a line of people behind of me is not fun.

Anyway, I bought:

$.49 Wet n Wild Halloween black nail polish (75% off - this I only bought because my total was under $15 when I first checked out and I didn't think to take them off after keeping it over $0.00 was a moot point - oh well)
$.49 Wet n Wild Halloween dark red nail polish (")
$5.99 Duracell AA 8-pack
$5.99 Duracell AAA 8-pack
$1.69 Oceanspray cranberry sauce
$0.00 Oceanspray cranberry sauce
$1.69 Oceanspray cranberry sauce
$0.00 Oceanspray cranberry sauce
$4.99 Zantrex-3 (I have no idea what I'm going to do with these, thoughts?)

- $5/2 Duracell
- $5 Extrabucks

= $11.51 Oop (Received a giftcard for $10.88 so really $.63 Oop)

I received the following in Extrabucks: $4.99 for the Zantrex and $15 for the Duracell = $19.99 in Extrabucks

Anyone else having issues with the Duracell coupons and Extrabucks used together?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

CVS & Safeway

I'm going to be doing several CVS trips this week so I can take advantage of the $5/2 Duracell coupons (which are limited to 1 per purchase, but if I hit the 3 CVS stores around here, I can split it up).

today's trip:

$15.99 L'oreal Anti-Aging moisturizer
$5.99 Duracell batteries
$5.99 Duracell batteries

- $5/2 Duracell
- $2/1 L'oreal (the makeup coupon works for this even though the cashier argued with me, it didn't beep)
- $1.50/1 Duracell (in today's paper)
- $10.00 Extrabucks

= $10.25 Oop (received $15.99 for the L'oreal, am $8.02 away from getting $15 for the Duracell)

Then I went to Safeway, where I purchased the following:

$.66 Diet Sierra Mist cranberry (super saver coupon from today's paper)
$.66 Ginger Ale (")
$.66 Ginger Ale (")
$3.50 Diet Coke mini bottle 8-pack
$1.75 Safeway frozen peas
$1.75 Safeway frozen string beans
$4.98 2 boxes Pledge grab it cloths
$.99 Hallmark card
$.99 Hallmark card
$2.49 Hallmark card (my Dad's birthday is coming next week and I couldn't find a $.99 one I liked)
$2.50 honey wheat bread
$7.98 2 tubs of Hillshire Farms turkey breast
$3.00 3 boxes of Kelloggs pop-tarts (super saver coupon from today's paper)

- $4.39 free Diet Coke with 3 Hallmark card purchase
- $1/2 Pop Tarts
- $1/1 Hillshire
- $1/1 Hillshire

= $25.21 Oop

Running weekly tally: 35.46

I'll be a bit over budget this week because of CVS but given my low totals in previous weeks, I am not too concerned about it.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

CVS - Lots of Chocolate

Well, I couldn't really pass up the Hershey's deal this week, given that I had a number of coupons that would keep the price significantly down. Also, we needed milk. Enough reason for me!

$12 4 bags of Bliss chocolates
$5 2 boxes of Hershey's 100 calorie snack packs
$2 4 single bars of Hershey's (2 milk, 2 dark)
$1 1 large Hershey's milk chocolate bar
$3.99 gallon skim milk

- $2.50/2 Bliss
- $2.50/2 Bliss
- $.50 Buy 1 milk get 1 dark bar free
- $.50 Buy 1 milk get 1 dark bar free
- $1.59 Extrabucks
- $11.99 Extrabucks

= $4.65 Oop
Received $10 back for the Hershey's deal.

I am so excited about the buy $20 of Duracell batteries get $15 back deal! I picked up several $5/2 Duracell coupons and I'll be stocking up on batteries for... well, ever since the limit is 3!

Running weekly tally: $20.94

All You Magazine Coupons (December 2008)

I finally got my first issue of All You (which I haven't been able to find at any of the local grocery stores, including Walmart) so imagine my glee when I finally got this in my mailbox yesterday!

The coupons in the December issue are as follows:

Dove $3.50 off when you buy any 1 Dove SkinVitalizer (exp 2/13/09)
Dove $1.50 off when you buy any 1 Dove Cream Oil Body Lotion or Hand Cream (exp 2/8/09)
Suave $1.00 off any Suave Moisturizing lotion (18oz or larger) (exp 2/13/09)
Orville Redenbacher's $1.00 off any 1 Orville Redenbacher Kernel popcorn (exp 2/8/09)
Orville Redenbacher's $1.00 off any 1 Orville Redenbacher Popcorn oil (exp 2/8/09)
Slim Jim $.75 off any 1 Slim Jim 16-count canister or larger (exp 2/8/09)
Redi-wip $1.00 off any 1 Reddi-wip 6.5 oz can or larger (exp 2/8/09) used
Rimmel Buy NEW Sexy Curves mascara and get a FREE Colour Rush eyeshadow (exp 1/31/09)
Rimmel $1.00 off any lasting finish lipstick (1/31/09)
Nestle $1.00 off any 2 packages of Nestle Toll House morsels (2/1/09)
Nestle $1.00 off any 2 packages of Nestle toll house refrigerated cookie dough (2/1/09)
Jergens $1.00 off when you buy any Jergens moisturizer 7.5oz, Jergens natural glow face 2oz, or body 4oz (3/1/09)
Pom $1.00 off 2 or more POM wonderful pomegranates (1/31/09)
Wet Ones $.75 on your next purchase of 1 wetones wipes 40 count or larger canister or 1 box singles (3/31/09)
FREE 1 day membership for Sam's Club (November 29-December 26 2008)
All You $.50 off All you Health & Fitness Special Issue (1/31/09)
Dole $.55 off any 2 cans of Dole mandarin oranges or tropical mixed fruit (1/31/09)
Scick $4.00 off any schick quattro titanium razor, refill or travel gift set (1/16/09)
Brut $1.00 off any Brut product (1/15/09)
Tyson $1.00 off any single or twin pack of Tyson Cornish Hens (1/31/09)
Domino $.65 off any 2 domino sugar products 2lb or larger (1/31/09)
Mrs. Dash $.50 off any 1 Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blend (1/31/09)
Marzetti $.55 off any 1 Marzetti Dip 11oz or more (1/31/09)
Ore-Ida $1.00 off 1 Ore-Ida Steam n' Mash potato product (1/31/09)
Heinz $1.00 off 2 Heinz Cocktail sauce (5/31/09)
Marie Callender $2.00 off any 1 Signature Sautes (2/8/09
ZipLoc $1.00 off any 1 Ziploc Zip 'n Steam bags (2/28/09)
Betty Crocker $1.00 off any 2 box or pouch betty crocker potatoes (2/1/09)
Chex $1.00 off any 2 chex cereals (2/20/09)
Colgate $.75 off any kids toothpaste (3/31/09)
Colgate $.75 off any kids toothbrush (3/31/09)
New York $.50 off any New York frozen product (2/28/09)
Swiss Miss $.50 off any Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets (2/28/09) used
King's Hawaiian $.55 off any bread product (except 4-pack roll) (3/31/09)

Wow! 34 coupons plus recipes. I'm impressed, even though we won't use all of them, it was worth the under $20 a year subscription fee.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Yesterday's Shopping Trips

I decided not to go to Safeway to use the $10 off $50 coupon. We are really well stocked on food, especially since my mother brought over an enormous pot of chicken soup which we are still trying to eat through (and there's another container in the freezer!). So, I've just picked up some odds and ends. Yesterday I was able to get a lot done.

At CVS I finally found the beauty book and there's also a magazine "reinventing beauty" with the beauty book in it plus other coupons for $.99 - so now I have 2 sets. I also bought some candy corn that was 90% off, and I spent $1.33 Oop.

At Costco I renewed our membership and also bought a large bottle of minced onion (we use a lot of minced onion and garlic): $3.30 Oop

At Walmart I picked up the following:
$18.97 Sterilite cart for the closet (obviously not part of the grocery budget)
$.92 lb macaroni
$.92 lb macaroni
$.60 Campbells cream of mushroom soup on roll back
$.60 Campbells cream of mushroom soup on roll back
$6.97 special muffin cups (also not part of grocery budget but I needed them)
$1.18 cornmeal
$2.98 Crisco vegetable oil on roll back

I used the rest of my Walmart giftcard that I've been working through and paid $5.10 Oop.

I also went to Target and picked up a muffin tin, a grey tank top (on clearance $2.48) and a dust buster which we have needed so badly! None are part of my grocery budget but I finished using my $100 Target giftcard and spent under $15 out of pocket after the giftcard was used up.

We also received our dehumidifier in the mail! Now that it's almost winter we shouldn't need to use it too much, but we generally don't have to turn on the AC when it's hot since we're on the first floor - but it gets really humid - but it should be helpful come spring or during warm days.

Out of pocket expenses towards grocery budget: $9.73
Running weekly tally: $16.29

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Two CVS Trips

I found Halloween clearance at 75% off - I'm actually heading back today because the boyfriend has requested more. Anyway.

trip #1:
$.32 Brach candy corn
$.32 Brach candy corn
$.49 milkmaid caramels
$.49 milkmaid caramels
$.75 Reeses crisp bars
$2.99 Garnier anti-frizz cream
$11.99 L'oreal Revitalift serum stuff

$2.79 Tootsie Roll pops (this is a mistake which she then returned and resold to me for the proper price of $.70)

- 1/1 L'oreal
- $1/1 Garnier
- $5 Extrabucks
- $12 Extrabucks

= $1.33 Oop (which I got back with the return - resel of the pops so $0.00 Oop)

Made $11.99 off the L'oreal and $2 off the Garnier.

trip #2:

$1.59 Glacier water
$4.09 gallon skim milk

- $1.00 Extrabuck
- $2.00 Extrabuck
- $2.00 Extrabuck

= $.68 Oop

Received $1.59 back from the Glacier water.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Budget So Far II

AUG 10 - AUG 16$118.24
AUG 17 - AUG 23$48.11
AUG 23 - AUG 30$40.78
AUG 31 - SEP 6$57.87
SEP 7 - SEP 13$57.39
SEP 14 - SEP 20$71.10
SEP 21 - SEP 27$1.83
SEP 28 - OCT 4$49.18
OCT 5 - OCT 11$13.88
OCT 12 - OCT 18$75.08
OCT 19 - OCT 25$10.04
OCT 26 - NOV 1$43.58
NOV 2 - NOV 8$42.00
NOV 9 - NOV 15$20.94
NOV 16 - NOV 22?
NOV 23 - NOV 29?

August: $207.13
September: $188.19
October: $191.76 (yes! Even with the extra week)
November: $159.49

1st Shopping Trip in a Week!

Well, I indeed was able to go out, though I'm feeling a little tired now. I think CVS will have to wait till tomorrow - hopefully the things on sale will still be around, if not, oh well. I love how relaxed I get with illness! Hah!

Anyway, I made 2 stops: Giant and Safeway...


$1.87 Arnolds Honey Wheat Bread (on sale 33% off)
$3.34 Hillshire Farms turkey breast
$3.34 Hillshire Farms turkey breast

- $1/1 Hillshire Farms (on product)
- $1/1 Hillshire Farms (")
- $5 off next shopping trip from Crest deal

= $1.49 Oop which I paid with a giftcard


$1.69 Quaker Simple Harvest cereal
$1.69 Quaker Simple Harvest cereal (on sale yesterday and today only!)
$3.50 Diet Coke 8-pack
$4.00 2 Florida's Natural orange juice (on sale yesterday and today only!)
$6.00 Cute Holiday Pup
$2.97 3 Thanksgiving cards at $.99 each

- $6.00 Coke promotion
- $6.00 free plush
- $1/1 Simple Harvest
- $1/1 Simple harvest

= $5.88 Oop!

Now the 3-card promotion takes $6 off your total (a lot more than the coke so you get overage!) but it didn't automatically take off the plush toy so the cashier had to do that manually. Check the screen when you check out! I'm going to try this again tomorrow when I go back to hopefully use the $10 off $50 coupon.

Saturday, November 8, 2008


Well, this week my "feels like the flu" turned out to be bronchitis, so I have been on the couch for the entire week (and only barely making it up and on the computer). Anyway, the only thing that was bought other than my visit on the 2nd was a gallon of milk (the boyfriend picked that up) which brings us at approximately $42.00 OOP for the week, obviously under budget. I am actually excited about some of the CVS deals this week and will be out food shopping (not for too long) tomorrow. Any deals I should be on the lookout for?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Giant & Safeway

Two stops today, although the body isn't so happy I ever went out. Seems I have come down with something, which is great because I was just about to get my flu shot. Oh well. Aches, cough and all other cold symptons. It's fun, really. My shopping trip was far more fun.

$7.50 3 tubes of Crest toothpaste (on sale for $2.50 each)
$2.00 2 boxes of frozen spinach
$1.66 1.68 lbs of bartlett pears

- $1/2 Crest
- $1/1 Crest

= $9.61, which I paid with a giftcard, received $5 back for the Crest deal!

$.59 Betty Crocker cakemix
$.59 Betty Crocker cakemix
$.59 Betty Crocker cakemix
$.59 Betty Crocker cakemix
$.59 Betty Crocker cakemix
$.59 Betty Crocker cakemix
$5.59 vanilla extract
$4.19 Canola oil
$2.50 Snyders pretzals
$1.99 dozen large eggs
$2.50 mexican cheese mix
$2.00 Minute Maid orange juice
$9.60 12 Yoplait yogurts
$5.75 Safeway chicken breasts (several lbs at $1.99/lb)
$5.73 Safeway chicken breasts (several lbs at $1.99/lb)
$.69 1.76 lb of bananas

- $.80 Yoplait
- $.80 Yoplait
- $4.33 10% discount

= $38.15 Oop

Alright, back to the couch.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

New Weekly Tally

So, especially after this week and last, where I bought several free after rebate items from Rite Aid and had the "I'm way over budget" scare, I've decided that I will not include these purchases in my weekly tallies if I get either the price I paid or more back from Rite Aid's program. And I will only do this for Rite Aid - not any mail away offers because those can't always be trusted. Additionally, I will use my credit card (earning rewards points) for all free after rebate items.

So that makes this week a little more reasonable.

Week of October 26th - November 1st (not counting Rite Aid trips):
Sunday October 26th Safeway $24.73
Sunday October 26th Girl Scouts $10.50
Monday October 27th CVS $0.22
Thursday October 30th CVS $2.18
Thursday October 30th Safeway $5.95

Running weekly tally: 43.58

Not sure if I'll be going out today, but I'll definitely be doing the Crest deal at Giant (there are coupons in today's circular) and then stopping at Safeway tomorrow (check your coupons for a Safeway election circular with a 10% off coupon!) for the 2 day specials and using the 10% off coupon!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Safeway & CVS

Thanks to Money Making Mom for the heads up for this fantastic deal that I just got.

3 boxes of 24oz Frosted Mini Wheats
2 boxes of 18oz Cheerios
1 box of Eating Right cereal that is basically Cheerios

All for the grand total of $5.95 Oop (I had a $2 off CRT for the Eating Right)!

Go here to find out more about this awesome deal if you have a Safeway nearby. PS - the Kelloggs printable is limit 6 - or at least that what it was this morning.

I also went to another CVS, where of course I found no razors to be had. There was a package but it was opened and I'm not that desperate. Anyway, I walked away with the following:

$1.25 makeup brush cleaner marked down 75%
$.99 CVS single soap
$.99 CVS single soap
$0.00 makeup brush cleaner - for some reason she credited me for the 2nd cleanser instead of charging me and by the time I noticed, I was not going back down 97 to pay the extra $1.25.

cost: $2.18 Oop and received $2 Extrabucks back for the monthly soap deal!

Oh Men...

When my boyfriend said we were running low on paper, my last expectation was trying to print out the Kellogg coupons only to be hit with the pop up "you are out of paper" on his computer (I was able to print 4 - the limit is 6 btw). See, he doesn't quite have the same stockpiling mentality that I, and most of the budgeting blogging world has (there was no extra pack of paper to look for, though I attempted, because it doesn't exist!).

This is not to say that I would buy 100 reams of paper with no place to keep them or that you must stockpile everything, however, there are some things that I know I'll need and if I find a good deal on them, I will buy - sometimes multiples of. It is hard to anticipate needs when you are not using a product but I do the best I can.

The boyfriend thinks I am sometimes ridiculous, but then after awhile, he understands that I am not buying in excess. I am buying things we will use anyway, eventually and thus limits the "Oh my goodness, we're out of [blank]" trips to the store, which waste both time and money and are just a pain.

But I'm still working on him. Obviously, when he said, "we're almost out of paper" he meant it!

Well, thankfully Staples was having a sale on HP multipurpose paper, $3.59 a pack (of 500) with their free membership which I just signed up for. I bought 2 packs - paper products aren't in the weekly/monthly budget, but I do love getting a good deal. These usually retail for $6 a piece!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Another CVS Post ... Surprised? (and Rite Aid & a little Walgreens too)

Tried another CVS in search of the men's razors and could not find them. This is the 3rd CVS I checked. Maybe I'll find some at the one I hit tomorrow... maybe not.

Anyway, we needed batteries. I got one of these - "Jimi" with the free $20 Brookstone giftcard I had from the purchase I made for my parent's anniversary, except I paid $12.50 and also bought "Bob" for my Dad's birthday. I wound up spending $9 out of pocket for an item we needed (we needed an indoor thermometer anyway and I needed a night-stand alarm clock - this is actually perfect) and a gift, not too shabby. Anyway, I needed batteries for "Jimi" and will be giving the batteries needed for "Bob" for my dad, so it worked out perfectly. I also received a $5 off $30 coupon from the red coupon-spitting machine of awesomeness, so I wound up doing the Eucerin Redness Relief deal also.

I bought:

$5.99 Duracell 8-pack AAs
$5.99 Duracell 8-pack AAs
$5.99 Duracell 8-pack AAAs
$1.69 Fuze Empower
$1.69 Fuze Empower
$14.99 Eucerin Redness Relief lotion
$8.99 Eucerin Redness Relief cleanser

- $5/$30 CVS CRT
- $4/1 Eucerin lotion
- $2/1 Eucerin
- $1.50/1 Duracell
- $1.50/1 Duracell
- $1.69 Fuze

and lots of Extrabucks...

Brought the total down to $15.70 which I paid with a giftcard. And I made the following in Extrabucks: $12 from the Eucerin, $1 for the Fuze (my last 1! I'm sad, I really like that stuff, but won't spend the $ on it without the extrabuck) and $5 for the Duracell batteries = $18 in Extrabucks!

I also stopped at Rite Aid to grab the Rx I filled on Friday. Received a $30 gift card and they gave me another booklet of transfer Rx get $30 giftcard coupons. I also bought a Sally Hansen lip treatment, which was 25% (also came with an extra free 1 in the package) and I used a $1 off coupon. I will make $4.71 back (I paid $4) so even with tax I'm out ahead, and though technically I should be counting it as part of this week's budget, I don't think I'm going to, as it is, I'm getting over $30 back from the Rite Aid trip. I'm going to have to figure something out with that, since the numbers really aren't reflective.

Oh, I am also excited that a Walgreens is opening up less than 8 miles from our apartment. It isn't open yet, and I hope they do some sort of deal when they do, but I am looking forward to adding it to my arsenal of great drugstores that save us money, so if you have any advice on how to start off with it, let me know. I already know to do the giftcard thing instead of a rebate since you receive an extra 10% on the rebate amounts and to pick up the books. Can't wait till it opens!

Monday, October 27, 2008


Two CVS stops:

transaction #1:

$4.00 4 Soy Joys
$1.39 2 Palmolive dish soaps (buy 1 get 1 free)
$.99 CVS bar soap
$1.69 Fuze Empower
$1.69 Fuze Empower

- $1/2 Palmolive
- $1 Soyjoy Buy 1 get 1 free
- $1 Soyjoy Buy 1 get 1 free
- $1.69 Fuze Buy 1 get 1 free
- $5.00 Extrabucks

= $0.07 Oop!

Received $1 for the bar soap, $1 for the Fuze and $4 for the Soyjoys = $6 in Extrabucks!

transaction #2:
$1.50 Kit Kats
$1.50 Kit Kats
$1.50 Reeses
$4.99 Lumene eyebase (50% off)
$2.99 Colgate Maxfresh Mint

- $1/1 Colgate
- $1/1 Colgate CVS CRT
- $2/$5 Lumene CVS CRT
- $1.50/3 candy
- $3.00 Extrabucks
- $3.98 Extrabucks

= $0.15 Oop!

I received $2 back for the Colgate monthly deal

Running weekly tally: $69.34

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Kmart and Safeway

I went to the closest Kmart, which is less than savory. The place was a disaster area and all of Wheaton seemed to be there. I wound up giving up at checkout - there were only about 7 items in my cart and it just wasn't worth it.

Then I went to Safeway where I purchased:

$1.88 Cap-n-Crunch cereal (also got a "best girlfriend ever" comment from the boyfriend until he realized that I liked them also muwahahah)
$1.88 peanut butter Cap-n-crunch cereal (")
$3.75 gallon skim milk
$1.99 Greek yogurt (small container, but had a $1 off coupon)
$1.99 Lucerne lb unsalted butter (special price today only!)
$1.99 Lucerne lb salted butter (special price today only!)
$2.00 2 Attune wellness bars (found my last buy 1 get 1 free coupon)
$2.59 whole wheat bread
$6.00 2 packages of Hillshire Farms hearty sliced turkey (had $1 off 1 on both packages - made it $2 a container!)
$2.99 2.99 lb of russet potatoes
$2.01 2.01 lb of sweet yellow onions (both onions and potatoes on sale for $1/lb till Tuesday, I believe)
$2.00 frozen peas (big bag - Safeway brand)

- $1/1 Hillshire Farms
- $1/1 Hillshire Farms
- $.55 bread
- $1.79 Attune
- $1/1 Greek yogurt
- $1/2 Cap-n-Crunch

= $24.73 Oop

And of course the lovely Girl Scouts were standing out in front selling their cookies. The boyfriend loves tagalongs and I love thin mints and I figured the $10.50 I spent on the 3 boxes (2 of the tagalongs) was well worth it - it was not in our budget and is a once a year purchase, but my boyfriend exclaimed that I was "the best girlfriend ever" for purchasing them and it goes to support the community we love so that's how I ok-ed the purchase.

Running weekly tally: $69.12 (though I really shouldn't be counting the Rite Aid costs since I'll be getting all plus a little extra back)

Rite Aid

I bought (basically all the free after rebate items):

$2.00 GE 9FT extension cord
$5.00 GE powerstrip 6 outlet
$15.99 L'oreal Age Perfect Radiance tinted moisturizer in light
$6.99 Charles Worthington dream curls styler
$1.99 Dentaburst cleaner
$3.00 Kotex tampons

- $2/1 L'oreal makeup
- $1/1 Kotex

= $33.89 Oop (but I'll be getting $34.97 back)

AUG 10 - AUG 16$118.24
AUG 17 - AUG 23$48.11
AUG 23 - AUG 30$40.78
AUG 31 - SEP 6$57.87
SEP 7 - SEP 13$57.39
SEP 14 - SEP 20$71.10
SEP 21 - SEP 27$1.83
SEP 28 - OCT 4$49.18
OCT 5 - OCT 11$13.88
OCT 12 - OCT 18$75.08
OCT 19 - OCT 25$10.04
OCT 26 - NOV 1?

Going out for a shopping trip today (and to hit Kmart - they are finally doubling coupons here up to $2). So I figure I'll go over budget but that's ok since I only spent $10 last week.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


No shopping trip in this entry. Just wanted to let you know a new promotion (at least to me) that Giants in at least the DC/metro area are running. They've always had a promotion where if you buy a certain number of gallons of milk, you get a coupon for a free one, but now they are running a promotion in which you fill 5 prescriptions there, you get a 5% off shopping coupon. Between the 2 of us, we've easily filled 5 prescriptions since July at Giant, especially since they've been having these coupon promotions (new or transfer Rx, get $20 GC)! So, if you do that, don't forget to slide your bonus card first so you get credit for it. Unfortunately, you can not "stack" these, 1-5% off per visit.

I usually don't do big shopping trips there, but I might one week if the sale is good, especially with this coupon.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bear Naked

I just received my free Halloween kit from Bear Naked.

Look at all the loot!

bear naked freebies

Bear Naked bumper sticker
30 snack packs of their granola (!)
Bear Naked shopping bag
Bear Naked t-shirt

and the back of the t-shirt (adorable!)

bear naked freebies

I believe the kits are all gone, but you can still sign up for some free granola. I believe the boyfriend and I will be taking the granola for lunches/breakfast (we've already bought Halloween candy). This was all free and very very generous. So go Bear Naked!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Oh No!

I just got this e-mail from Omaha Steaks:


Thank you for shopping at Omaha Steaks! We appreciate your business and
are confident you will be delighted with your order.

We do show when placing this order, a special offer for a free item was
combined with the $25 reward card. As stated in all promotions for free
items, offers cannot be combined. Your order will ship without the free

If you have any questions regarding your order, please contact us at
1-800-329-6500. We would be happy to assist you.

Well, I guess 2.50 lbs for $1.98 is not horrible, $.79 lb is better than you can get practically anywhere in the DC/Metro area.

36 cents a lb ground beef!!


See my post above to see what happened.

I just did this amazing deal that I found over at Money Saving Mom. It did take awhile for me to get the $25 gift card from Geico (around 4 hours) but it came and I used it this morning.

I purchased
5.5 lb of steak burgers for...
$1.98 Oop!

Running weekly tally: $10.04

Follow the instructions over at the first link to get this great deal yourself!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Quick Safeway Stop

We really only needed milk and bread after my enormous shopping trip at Shoppers, so I went to Safeway. I also picked up some more Attune bars because they become near free with the buy 1 get 1 free coupon and pretzels were on sale and the boyfriend likes taking them with lunch.

I bought:

$2.00 Utz 1lb pretzals wheels
$3.75 gallon skim milk
$2.00 2 Attune bars
$2.00 loaf whole grain bread

- $1.69 buy 1 get 1 free bar

= $8.06 Oop

Running weekly tally: $8.06

Monday, October 20, 2008


Of course I went to CVS yesterday to get the Sunday/Monday deals as well as some of the weekly ones.

I bought:

$3.99 Gum Toothbrush set
$1.29 Brach candy corn
$1.29 Brach candy corn
$.99 Pumpkin Pail
$.99 Pumpkin Pail
$1.99 Excedrin Express Gels
$1.99 Excedrin Express Gels
$1.69 Powerade blue
$1.69 Powerade pink (I know, the extrabucks was only on 1, but I had a $1 off coupon for 2 so both turned out to cost $.69 with it)
$1.69 Fuze Empower (this is very yummy and buying it gives money to breast cancer research)
$1.69 Fuze Empower
$3.99 Pert Plus
$3.99 Pert Plus
$3.99 Pert Plus (I was so happy to see Pert Plus on sale - the bf uses the medium kind and was almost out - now he's stocked for quite some time!)
$5.99 Sally Hansen lip treatment

- $1/1 Pert Plus
- $1/1 Pert Plus
- $1/1 Pert Plus
- $1/2 Powerade
- $1.69 Buy 1 get 1 Fuze
- $1/1 Sally Hansen
- $3 CVS coupon for Excederin Express gels
- $2/1 Express gels (bought 2 made $1 in overage!)
- $.75/1 GUM toothbrush
- $4.98 Extrabucks
- $3.00 Extrabucks
- $2.00 Extrabucks
- $2.29 Extrabucks

= $13.32 which I paid with a giftcard so $0.00 Oop for the week.

And I made the following in Extrabucks: $1 for the Fuze, $1.98 for the pumpkin pails, $1.69 for the Powerade, $5 for the Pert Plus, $2.58 for the candy, $3 for the Sally Hansen, $3.99 for the toothbrushes = $19.24 in Extrabucks!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Shoppers & CVS

Yesterday after picking up my dry cleaning, I decided to go to CVS since I really hadn't been able to do as much shopping this week as I like generally due to the back and medication associated with the back. I get tired easily and get in pain easily (thanks to the accident, I am now the proud [?] owner of a herniated disk and strained back and neck), so my outings have been minimal besides my required 40 hours a week at work.

Yesterday, however, I knew I couldn't pass up the Nature's Bounty deal, so I headed over. The cashier I had actually volunteered after barely getting to the counter that he could split up the transaction if I wanted, but I told him it was fine and I had it all under control. He was even impressed when he saw my $.01 total!

I purchased:

$1.00 4 Sobe Lifewaters
$1.00 1 Gatorade
$6.99 Nature's Bounty Vitamin D 1000mg
$0.00 Nature's Bounty Vitamin D 1000mg (buy 1 get 1 free)

- $1/2 Sobe
- $1/2 Sobe
- $2/1 Nature's Bounty
- $1/1 Nature's Bounty
- $4.98 Extrabucks
- $1.00 Extrabucks
- $1.00 Extrabucks

= $.01 Oop!
And I received $5 total in Extrabucks back from the Sobe deal and the Nature's Bounty deal!
My boyfriend takes Vitamin D daily, so this should have been covered for quite a while!

Today I went Shoppers since they are running a triple $.50 coupon and double $1.00 coupon till Sunday and since I have the day off I wanted to miss the rush.

I bought (a lot! At first the register was at over $115 but my ending total was only $55, that's over $50 in coupons! Amazing)

$3.99 1-24 pack of Sierra Mist
$3.99 1-24 pack of Diet Dr. Pepper
(these each had $1 off coupons that doubled, so each box wound up being only $1.99! Look out for these - they are in the front of the store, limit 2)
$7.17 3 Betty Crocker Warm Delights minis (I had 3 $.50 that tripled so it wound up costing $2.67 for all 3)
$9.36 4 Betty Crocker fruit roll ups (I had 2 $.50/2 that tripled so it wound up costing $6.36 for 4 or $1.59 a box)
$2.89 Juicy Juice Harvest (1 $1 off that doubled, cost $.89!)
$2.89 Juicy Juice Harvest (1 $1 off that doubled, cost $.89!)
$5.56 2 12-count box of Pop Tarts (had a $1/2 that doubled - cost me $1.78 a box!)
$2.50 Progress chicken stock (had $1 that doubled, cost $.50!)
$3.00 Kraft LiveActive peanut butter bars (had a $1/1 that doubled, cost $1!)
$1.59 Domino Sugar 2lb (had a $.50 that tripled, cost $.09!)
$5.56 4 cans of Carnation Evaporated milk (I had 2 $.50/2 that tripled, cost $2.56 for 4 or $.64 per can!)
$2.89 Swanson Chicken Broth (had a $1 that doubled, cost $.89!)
$8.67 3 boxes Campbells v8 soup (had 3-$1 off coupons that double, cost $.89 each!)
$3.75 Barbara Puffins Original Cereal (the bf loves this and I haven't bought it since we moved in together - it's a treat, I had a $1 off coupon that doubled, so the cereal cost me $1.75)
$1.67 Ronzini spaghetti (had a $1 off that doubled, cost FREE!)
$6.87 Starkist tuna creations (had 3 $1 off couples that doubled, final cost $.87 for 3!)
$5.01 Starkist tubs (I had 3 $1 off coupons, final cost, FREE!)
$2.50 Equal packets (I had a $1 off, that doubled, final cost $.50!)
$12.98 2 packs of frozen cooked breaded chicken products (I had 2 $1 off coupons that doubled, final price $8.98 for both!)
$5.67 3 Green Giant steam fresh broccoli and cheese (had 3-$1 off coupons that doubled, final price FREE!)
$7.18 2 Pillsbury Savorings (used 2 $1 off coupons that doubled, final price $3.18 for both!)
$2.89 Dole frozen strawberries (used 1-$1off coupon that doubled, final price $.89!)
$6.68 2 pints Ben & Jerry's ice cream (had 1 $1/2 coupons that doubled, final price $4.68 for both)
$2.79 Dannon Activia (had $1 off coupon that doubled, final price $.79!)
$4.00 2 Yoplus yogurt packs (had 2 $1-off coupons that doubled, final price FREE!)
$2.99 Land O Lakes large brown eggs (had a $.50/1 couple that tripled, final price $1.49)
$5.99 Vita Smoked Salmon (my favorite) had a $1/1 coupon that doubled, final price $3.99

$55.28 Oop
"You saved a grand total of $79.62". I used 41 coupons which was technically over the limit, but the manager pushed it through for me anyway. I purchased 48 items! And spent on average $1.15 per item! Not too shabby. Way over budget this week, but am stockpiled for quite some time.

AUG 10 - AUG 16$118.24
AUG 17 - AUG 23$48.11
AUG 23 - AUG 30$40.78
AUG 31 - SEP 6$57.87
SEP 7 - SEP 13$57.39
SEP 14 - SEP 20$71.10
SEP 21 - SEP 27$1.83
SEP 28 - OCT 4$49.18
OCT 5 - OCT 11$13.88
OCT 12 - OCT 18$75.08
OCT 19 - OCT 25?
OCT 26 - NOV 1?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Giant & Rite Aid

Today was the first real day that I was feeling reasonably well to go out and do things after the accident and we needed milk and well...

There are so many free after rebate items at Rite Aid this week. I knew I wasn't going to get all of them because there is no way I'm willing to wake up at 7am to get to a store by 8am only to be competing with every single soccer mom in Olney, but I did give it a shot around 9:30 and was pleasantly surprised to purchase most of the items I wanted to.

I bought:

$1.99 Chapstick shimmer berry
$3.99 Comtrex 20 ct
$10.99 Neti Pot (I've been meaning to get one of these for awhile, and the $3 off coupon pretty much sealed the deal - yes of course, I'll make $3 on a product I want anyway!)
$2.99 vanilla softlips 2-pack
$6.99 Simply Saline Sinus kit
$3.99 Excedrin Express Gels 20 ct
$4.79 Frosted Mini Wheats
$0.00 Buy 1 get 1 free Frosted Mini Wheats

- $3.00 Neti Pot coupon (link above)

= $32.73
I used what was left on a $20 giftcard and brought the total down to $19.79, so that's what I spent Oop, although I'll be getting $30.94 back from the rebates and I'm going to use the Chapstick rebate in (I believe) this week's paper to get $1.99 back. =)

Next was Giant. I really only needed to get milk, but I got some great deals!

$3.99 gallon skim milk
$3.99 Glade oil plug-in
$3.99 Glade oil plug-in
$1.85 QuakerSimple Harvest instant cinnamon apple granola on the reduced to quick sale table
$1.85 QuakerSimple Harvest instant cinnamon apple granola on the reduced to quick sale table
$.90 Campbells cream of asparagus condensed soup on the reduced to quick sale table
$.90 Campbells cream of asparagus condensed soup on the reduced to quick sale table
$.90 Campbells cream of asparagus condensed soup on the reduced to quick sale table
$1.50 Healthy Ones Turkey Breast
$1.43 4.33 lb of bananas (ripe $.33 a lb)
$.84 2 clear pencil boxes on clearance
$4.52 5.14 lb of gala apples (on sale in tote bag for $.88 lb)

- $1/1 Quaker Simple
- $1/1 Quaker Simple
- $.50/3 Campbells condensed creams
- $.75/1 Healthy Ones
- $3.99 Glade Oil plug-ins (buy 1 get 1 free coupon)
- $2.00 Glade promotion from last shopping trip
- $2.00 Glade promotion from last shopping trip

- $15.95 which I paid with a gift card, however, the Glade deal didn't work - the 2-$4 off next shopping trip coupons didn't print out, so the customer service lady gave me $8 in cash, reducing my trip Oop to $7.95 Oop (of course I used a gift card so I technically spent nothing out of pocket)

Running weekly tally: $19.79

AUG 10 - AUG 16$118.24
AUG 17 - AUG 23$48.11
AUG 23 - AUG 30$40.78
AUG 31 - SEP 6$57.87
SEP 7 - SEP 13$57.39
SEP 14 - SEP 20$71.10
SEP 21 - SEP 27$1.83
SEP 28 - OCT 4$49.18
OCT 5 - OCT 11$13.88
OCT 12 - OCT 18?
OCT 19 - OCT 25?
OCT 26 - NOV 1?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Car Accident

my poor bumper =/

That is my bumper. I was in a car accident last night, in a bit of pain, but it could be far worse, thank goodness.

Now here's why this has to do with frugality and why some things are worth paying for. I pay $20 every 6 months for rental insurance (which means I don't pay for a rental car in case of collisions that cause the car to become undrivable). My car has sustained at least 8-10 days worth of fixing the damage (I haven't heard the estimate but the representative said the car is pretty beat up) but I wasn't at fault (i got slammed from behind and then rolled and hit the lady that stopped short in front of me - in other words, I was in an accident sandwich) and I need a rental car. I am paying nothing but gas for it (it's usually $22.50 per day). So completely worth the $40 a year.

Insurance. Very important and not something to skimp on.

Monday, October 6, 2008

CVS & Rite Aid PSA

Well, this morning was the morning of chores. I went to the bank, Rite Aid to return a cleanser, Giant to drop off a Rx (and $20 transfer giftcard), CVS to fill a Rx and pick up more Always pads and milk and the dry cleansers to drop off my rain coat and a blazer (thankfully not the one I'm wearing today for my interview!).

The Rite Aid PSA is that as far as I could read, they are no longer requiring a 6 month wait on the current coupons that are out there. The other bit of the PSA is at the check out area, there were booklets of 4-$30 (that's $120!) when you transfer an Rx coupon just sitting there. I picked up one booklet of 4 but was tempted to pick another. I might when I go back to buy... something -

Anyway, at CVS a $1 off speedstick coupon spit out from the red machine, so of course I did the speedstick deal (it was free, and although I promised myself last night I wouldn't buy anymore deodorant after looking through my stash of 10+, I couldn't help it).

Anyway, I bought:

"transaction" 1:
$10 drugs
and I used a Rite Aid transfer Rx coupon, so I got a $30 giftcard

transaction 2:
$1.99 24/7 Speedstick
$4.98 Always Infinity pads (these were well stocked because the sign read, buy 1 get $1 Extrabuck instead of get $4.98! I was worried they'd be out, hooray)
$1.69 Fuze
$1.69 Fuze
$2.59 half-gallon milk (yet again, no gallons and this was a different CVS!)

- $1/1 Speedstick
- $1.69 buy 1 get 1 Fuze
- $8 in Extrabucks

= $2.25 Oop
And I received the following in Extrabucks: $1 from the Speedstick, $4.98 from the Always, $1 from the Fuze = $6.98!

I need to go back to Giant at some point to pick up my Rx (and my $20 giftcard, yay!).

Running weekly tally $13.88

Sunday, October 5, 2008

CVS Trip

Um, another unexpected trip, yes, gee of course I am not a CVS Extrabucks addict, no, no, I'm not not, not at all.

Anyway, here's what I got. Has anyone else tried the Always deal again? It doesn't say "offer limit reached" at the bottom of my receipt. Maybe I'll try tomorrow morning before my interview.

$5.99 8-pack Bounty Basic (we use this for cleaning the bathroom since it's rougher than Viva)
$2.97 3 Renuzit Super Odor Killer
$5.99 Soleil razor refill
$5.99 Soleil razor refill
$2.29 Vitamin Water
$4.98 Always pads

And then I found some makeup on clearance 75% off(I should have gotten 2 L'oreal products since they were buy 1 get 1 50% off - but sometimes that doesn't work with the clearance items)
$2.50 L'oreal Bare Natural lipgloss (75% off)
$1.99 Revlon Beyond Natural liptint (75% off)
$1.99 Sally Hansen Natural lipgloss (75% off)

- $3/$15 CVS
- $.55/3 Renuzit
- $1/1 Sally lip product (lipgloss for $.99!)
- $2/1 Soleil
- $2/1 Soleil
- $1/1 Bounty
- $1.99/1 Revlon (free!)
- $2/1 Loreal (lipgloss for $.50!)
- $5 Extrabucks
- $4 Extrabucks
- $1.50 Extrabucks

= $11.63 Oop
Made the following in Extrabucks: $4.98 from the Always, $8 from Soleil, $2.29 from the Vitamin Water = $15.27 back in Extrabucks!

Running weekly tally $11.63

No, I'm not an addict, no I'm not...
I'll be going back tomorrow morning to get another Always and some milk - too bad the $3/$15 expires today.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Unexpected Safeway Trip

I wasn't expecting to go to Safeway till tomorrow, but I was worried that the lunch meat deal (that we need) would sell out before I got there. There's also a farmer's market across the street that I've been meaning to go to, but usually wind up too tired after my grocery run to go, so I just got back.

I bought:
$2.64 3 boxes of Safeway brand pasta products (1lb each)
$2.50 gallon sized Zip Lock bags
6 Yoplaits (on sale for 5/$3.75 - I had a coupon off 6)
2 Attune Wellness bars (10/$10)
$1.09 Ovenjoy wheat bread
2 Butcher cut turkey breast (on sale today and tomorrow only for $1.99 each)
2 Hillshire Farms hearty cut turkey breast (on sale 2/$7 - with Catalina deal)
4 pounds of chicken breasts, bone in, .$99/lb

- $.55 Hillshire Farms (doubled)
- $.40 Yoplaits (doubled)
- $1.79 Attune, buy 1 get 1 free coupon
- $2.00 Glade catalina from last purchase
- $2.00 Glade catalina from last purchase

This came to $20.18, however, there was supposed to be a $4 off movie Catalina deal when you bought 2 Hillshire farm lunch meats which didn't print out, so the customer service guy there just gave me $4 in cash! So, it wound up costing me only $16.18 Oop!

This week's tally: $49.18 - still under budget even with the grocery shopping today!

AUG 10 - AUG 16$118.24
AUG 17 - AUG 23$48.11
AUG 23 - AUG 30$40.78
AUG 31 - SEP 6$57.87
SEP 7 - SEP 13$57.39
SEP 14 - SEP 20$71.10
SEP 21 - SEP 27$1.83
SEP 28 - OCT 4$49.18
OCT 5 - OCT 11?
OCT 12 - OCT 18?

CVS Trips and This Week's Deals

I went to CVS once last night and again this afternoon to finish up this week's deals and start October deals. I made a bit of a boo-boo, doing the Vitamin D deal only to find out that all CVS vitamins are buy 1 get 1 free this week (and this is something we actually need and use - the boyfriend takes Vitamin D daily). Anyway, live and learn.

yesterday CVS trip:

$5.49 Covergirl clean makeup in lightest shade (I'm as white as a sheet, hope it's not too dark)
$1.69 Fuze
$1.69 Fuze
$1.11 3 Hershey "bar" truffles (on clearance 75% off)
$.99 Dawn Ultra
$2.99 CVS Vitamin D
$2.59 half-gallon skim milk (gallons looked questionable - so had to buy a 1/2)
$3.99 Purell

- $3/$15 CVS
- $.25 Dawn
- $.37 Hershey (this was a mistake, but the cashier didn't void it out)
- $.60 Purell
- $1/1 Covergirl
- $1.62 Buy 1 get 1 free Fuze
- $10 Extrabucks

= $3.70, which I put on a giftcard, so $0.00 Oop

Now, I never do this and find it questionable ethics wise, but I misread the Purell October deal and thought it was buy 1 get 1 Extrabuck, not buy 2 get 1 Extrabuck. I realize that returning the item this morning was slightly sketchy, but I wasn't going to buy it just to have it cause we would never use it, if it were buy 1 get 1, I would have kept it by the kitchen sink, but 2 huge bottles of Purell for $7 was not really worth it, so I returned it this morning (and received $4.23 back).

Anyway, with that purchase, I received my Extrabucks for the summer ($7.50! Considering I hardly spend anything out of pocket, I was impressed), plus the $5.79 for the Cover Girl, $1 for the Fuze and $2.99 for the vitamins.

This morning's trip, I purchased:

$10 4 Scotch Brite 3-ct heavy duty sponges (at $5/2)
$.99 Softsoap
$2.99 Folgers Coffee
$2.99 Folgers Decaf
$4.49 Stayfree Ultra 32 ct
$13.98 2 Febreze Noticeables kits (must have restocked for this week, yay!)
$5.98 2 Colgate Maxfresh toothpastes
$5 Scotch packaging tape duo
$.99 Dawn Ultra
$1.85 5 Hersheys "bar" truffles

- $3/$15 CVS
- $.20 Dawn
- $.25 Folgers
- $.40 Softsoap
- $.50 Folgers
- $1/1 Colgate
- $1/1 Colgate
- $5/1 Febreze
- $5/1 Febreze
- $1/2 Scotch pads
- $1/2 Scotch pads
- $2/1 Stayfree
- $7.50 Extrabucks
- $1.00 Extrabucks
- $5.79 Extrabucks
- $2.99 Extrabucks

= $11.63 which I paid with one of our gift cards - (next purchase, I promise, I'll do all out of pocket) so $0.00 Oop

and I made the following in Extrabucks: $5 from the Scotch, $4 for the Colgate, $1.50 for the Stayfree = $10.50 back

This coming week, I might do a couple of the deals, but we are well stocked for most things in the apartment, so I don't think I'll go crazy. Some of the decent deals:

  • Mennen Deodorant, pay $1.99 get $1 EB back (limit 5)
  • Buy 1 get 1 free CVS vitamins (do the October Vitamin deal and get both free! sorry, they say the Vitamin D is excluded from the buy 1 get 1 free deal =/)
  • $.99 Renuzit adjustable solid
  • $2.99 Renuzit pearl scents air freshener or Soft Scrub
  • spend $20 of various over the counter medication - various brands, get $10 EB (lots of coupon matchups in this week's paper) (limit 1)
  • Bic Soleil catridge or Razor pay $5.99 get $4 EB (limit 5) (I'm searching for coupons but can't find any... if you find, let me know)
  • Colgate maxfresh with beads, pay $2.99 get 2 EB (also a monthly deal)(limit 2)
  • Always infinity pads, pay $4.98, get $4.98 in EB (limit 2)

Running weekly tally for this week: $33.00/$50