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

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Budget So Far I

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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$33.00
OCT 5 - OCT 11?
OCT 12 - OCT 18?

Monday spent in August: $207.13
Money spent in September: $188.19
Money spent in October: ?