Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What's in Your Mail Box??

Look at all the Free Stuff I got today!!

Olay Body Wash
Burt's Bees Natural Toothpaste

I love the travel sized freebies for when we go on trips. It's so easy to just throw these in rather than the big sized bottles.

Walgreens under $2

I LOVE trips like this!!!

Cost : $24.18
Savings : $22.85
OOP : $1.33 SWEETNESS!!!

ok so you may not be as excited as I am but this is fun!! And the M&M's were on sale for $.49 and I needed a few things to get me up over $8 in order to use my RR from a deal I got a few weeks ago.....These are also my "Keep Madison Happy" item that are a must have on days like today when I wanted to hit more than two stores.

If you don't understand how to use the RR please let me know I'd be happy to explain it to you!! Once you get the hang of it you can use it to save you a ton of money OOP.

Smiths - 3/23

I saved $26.40 on this trip.

Powerade for $.49 each
Dressings for $.49 each
Coke for $.89 each
Milk for $2.19 each

Then I went and save $.10 a gallon on Gas!! Can't beat $2.60 a gallon!!

CVS 3/23

Cost : $38.91
Savings : $24.55 63% Savings
Paid : $14.39 ......plus I have a $3 ECB to use the next time I go in

Diapers - $8.97 used $2 coupon and got $3 ECB back - Paid 3.97 plus tax per package. I did however find it funny when I got home that one package had 26 diapers and the other had 23....hmmmm interesting...lol

Dawn Hand Soap - two lavender ones were $.71 each and the two Hand Renewal ones were $.46 each after coupons. (These are one of my Brand Loyal items....so I get them when they are under $.75 each)

Colgate - FREE MONEY MAKER!!! $3.99 used $1 off coupon and got a $3.99 ECB!!! Love it!! I didn't need toothpaste but I can give it away!!

The bottle in the middle is actually CVS Brand Shampoo....When I scanned my card today I received a $1/1 any CVS hair product and the shampoo was $.99!! FREE!!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010


This is one of my extra storage shelves.

I can't possibly be able to express into words the feeling of being blessed beyond belief when I look at my pantry and how much food is in it. It may not all be the fun foods we love but if needed we could really go a very very long time without having to spend very much on food.

God has really blessed us and I am so grateful that I have been able to use Coupons to make this happen for my family!

Just wanted to share.

Have a wonderful Day!

Target 3/18

I had to get a few more pop tarts....lol

Cost : $46.99
Saved : $36.52
Paid : $10.47 oop

Those are Benadryl sticks....just realized you really can't see what they are in the picture.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pop Tarts for $1.25

Pop Tarts for $1.25 each!!

They are buy 4 for $10 and get a $5 Target Gift Card

You can do multiple sets of this in one transaction. You can not use the gift card on the same purchase but you can roll them.

Let's just say the Hill Pantry is fully stocked with Pop tarts which we have not had in a long time!

Check out the details here

Walgreens 3/16

Not my best trip ever....I had an off day all around and should have stayed home but here is what I got....

Toilet paper - Part of the Goergia-Pacific Rebate (click here for info) After rebate they will be $2.74 for each package (I have a thing about toilet paper......I start getting nervous if I don't have at least two packages of it in my stockpile....One of my things I guess)

Pen's - $.99 each

Organic Chocolate - $.99 (I was curious how it tasted....normally wouldn't pay that much for one chocolate bar)

Excedrin - $3.04....not a good thing...I had read they were part of a BOGO deal and my Walgreens didn't have them ringing up as that....but I needed this item so I got it anyway.

Glade Candles - $1.75....again I thought the coupon was $1.50 off Each...but it was off two. I was a little flustered at the register because there were a lot of people behind me....I purchased them but Should have probably had them taken off since the price wasn't what I had planned on it being.

Tanning lotion - Short story...Checked out the lotions first because they were supposed to print out an $8 RR. Well the RR didn't print.....So a Manager was called and I guess the two that I picked out didn't ring up for the RR Deal.....The Manager rang up two that were printing out the RR and then Let me take the original ones I had picked out!! BTW I LOVE THE WAGS ON CENTENNIAL AND NORTH FIFTH!!!

My Coupon Binder!!!

Ladies I am in LOVE!!!! You think I'm kidding but I truly am practically attached at the hip with my Coupon Binder!!! I don't leave home without it......

Now she is all pretty!! Check it out! I made this today!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Extra Inserts!!!

I got extra inserts in a couple of my papers today. Out of my 5 papers I got 8 inserts!!! They are all the same but what a great surprise that was!!

25 cent List - Hand Soap

Here is a perfect example.....

Check out this deal on Hip2Save.

I don't need hand soap but for $.02 I'm going to pick up a couple when I'm out by Target this week.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

My 25 cents list!

I am horrible about keeping a list of what I have in my stockpile.

I've realized this week that I have an over stock of a lot of toiletries and such. I store these upstairs and so I forget I have so many and when there is a 4 or 5 star sale I stock up once again even though I don't need them.

So I've started a 25 cents list....basically I make a list of things I'm over stocked on and if it's not FREE Or less than a quarter than I'm not going to buy it.

This is kind of hard when there are clearly good deals but if I won't get to those items in a 12 week period than it's really a waste of my money. However, if you put together packets for the homeless or something like that then stock up for that purpose but as far as coming out of grocery funds you should never really need more than a 12 week supply of any kind of item.

Another sale will come along!!! Trust me it always does!!

Target 3/11

Cost : $53.01
Saved : $20.00
Spent : $33.01

Pretty good deals when you break it down but I did spend more than I had wanted to at Target.

Oh and I think I went overboard on the deodorant........There is something about a sale on Body Wash, Deoderant, and Shampoo that I can't seem to resist. I am moving those items onto my "Twenty Five Cents List" Basically unless it's free or less than a Quarter I'm not supposed to buy it.....lol we will see how that goes.

So if you run low on Deodorant please let me know!!! I will sell it to you for what I paid for it. The Suave ones where $.72 each I have way more than I need!!!

Albertsons 3/11

Cost : $94.51
Savings : $69.35 73% Savings
Paid : $25.16

ok seriously who in their right mind would pay $94.51 for that.....My family wouldn't be eating these items if it weren't for coupons!!

CVS 3/11

I haven't been to CVS in a while but here is what the numbers looked like today.

Cost : $55.45
Savings : $37.56
Spent : $17.89 plus $9 in rewards for my next purchase

So I got all this for $8.89....Avg of $.64 per item!!

The Toothbrushes and Nivea were FREE!!!! Yay!!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Make Friends!!

I'm telling you guys make friends and you will see how much further your couponing can go!!

Make friends with :

The cashiers at the stores you shop,
The Mail delivery person
Neighbors that may not use coupons very often

I left a sticky note inside our mailbox asking if there were ever extra coupons could he leave some for me....and guess what....he left me 5 Red Plum inserts today!!!

Gotta love it!! Get out there make friends and you'll see the extra savings is worth it!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

New Saving Experiment...

Now that I've been saving for over 6 months with Coupons I want to take my Savings/Couponing to the next level and really make a difference.

I am going to keep my Grocery Budget the same....However whatever amount I save with my Coupons I'm going to set aside and Save in a bank account....or envelope...I haven't decided yet...lol

So today I Saved $3.50 from my coupons alone....so I will put that money away....

I'm going to see how this goes....I am not including the Store Savings in this yet....I have to make sure it's going to work first...lol (today I saved a total of $47.80 with store sales, Catalina's, and coupons)

Freezer Meals

This is what I did all afternoon yesterday!! Once a Month Cooking is a life saver in my house!!

I made the following dishes

4 - Italian Shells
2 - Simply Lasagna
2 - Ham and Chicken Roll-Ups....they didn't roll up very well so it's actually layered...lol
1 - Cheesy Ham and Noodles (was supposed to be 2 but I cut up the ham and kept nibbling at it and didn't quite have enough for two recipe's)
4 - Joes to Go
5 - Chicken Tetrazzini
2 - Tuna Bow Ties
9 - Chili

That is 29 meals in my freezer!! Yay!! I also have the stuff to make three more recipies but my freezer is so full I'm going to try and finish those up this weekend after we eat a few meals.

I love not having to stress about meals. With my Fibro getting worse I need those meals to fall back on when I'm not able to cook.

Fruit Snacks Galore!!!

Go over to Frugal Tips for Vegas Chicks to see how I got Cheap Fruit Snacks!!

I was able to get 15 boxes for $1!! That is $.07 a box!!!

I got 5 more for $1.50 which is $.30 a box. I didn't have any more coupons but got a few extra boxes anyway.

Cost : $59.09 (20 boxes Fruit Snacks and two bags of oranges)
Saved : $47.80 (81% Savings)
Paid : 11.29

The Catalina Deal is buy 5 get a $3.50 catalina for your next purchase. The fruit snacks are $1 each so even without the coupons your getting 5 boxes for $1.50!!

Oh and they are having an 8 hr sale so I got two bags of Oranges for $.99 each!!

After a long day of cooking yesterday I needed some Savings Shopping to get me back on track!

AND......I met some more Coupon ladies at the store!!! I love chatting with coupon friends!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Freezer Meals

Tomorrow I will be doing my Once A Month Cooking!! Going to be filling my freezer with meals!!

My Goal.... 25 + meals....hopefully I can do it all in one day.

Freezer meals has saved our family a lot of money and time! I have been stocking up on key items for my pantry that I use in my Freezer Meal baking days. So today I only spent $130 on the final items I needed to do all my meals.

Here is my Menu for this month :

Broccoli Chicken and Rice
Joes to Go
Simply Lasagna
Tuna Bow Ties
Chicken and Buscuits
Chicken Enchiladas
Ham and Chicken Roll-Ups
Italian Shells
Cheesy Ham and Noodles
Chicken Tetrazzini
Taco Pie

Basically I make double batches of each of these recipe's. Some of them like the Chicken Tetrazzini actually make more than one meal for my family out of one recipe. So that's how I end up getting so many meals. I use the 8x8 tins which helps to get more meals out of one recipe. My family doesn't do left overs very well so doing smaller portions saves us money in the long run because we aren't throwing away food.

Now I have to say if you LOVE to cook or your family really likes home cooked meals and not so much casseroles this once a month cooking may not work for you.

I Love Walgreens!!

Cost : $45.48
Saved : $30.74 68% Savings
Paid : $14.74 And I have $7 in RR so it's like getting all this for $7.74!!!

Purex - FREE
Kleenex - $.33 each (after RR)
Nivia Lip Care - FREE $1.01 Money Maker!!!
Lady Speed Stick - $.24 (after RR)
Tylenol Cold Med's - $.99 each (after RR)

I love being able to provide for my family in a way I've never been able to before!! It's amazing how couponing and having stocked shelves can affect your entire life!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

CVS 3/1

This product is $4.99 and I u sed a $.75/1 coupon with it. And it printed me a $4 Voucher for my next purchase so it ended up really only being $.24!!

Yay adding it to my stockpile!!

I also went there for this deal that was posted here on the Hip2Save website.
Power Bar Energy Gel Blasts $1.50 = $1.50Ecb (Limit 1)
Use the $1/1 coupon from the 1/3 SS
Final Cost FREE + a $1 moneymaker!

However I couldn't find the product at my CVS....I will try another location if I happen to be by one. I'm not low on these so it's not a make it or break it purchase just a good stock up item if the price is right.

Target 3/1

Big Savings at Target today!!

Cost : $46.57
Saved : $26.16 ($22 of which was coupons!!!)
Spent : $20.41

here is some of what I did.....

Gillette Men’s Shower gel $3.34 each
Use the $4/2 coupon from the 2/21PG
Final cost $1.34 each

Old Spice Travel Size Body Wash (1.7 oz) on clearance for $0.67
(this clearance price may vary or may not be available at all)
Use the $3/2 coupon from the 2/21 PG
Purchased 5 for $3.35 and used the $3 coupon making them $.07 each!!

Also...Use the $1/2 coupon from the 2/21 PG
Purchased 2 for $1.34 and used the $1 coupon making them $.17 each

Gillette Fusion MVP Razor $4.99 (these where on an end cap not in the isle)
Use the $4/1 coupon from the 2/7PG
Final cost $0.99!

Hefty One Zip bags $1
Use the $1/2 coupon from the 1/31RP
Final cost $0.50 each!

Dentyne Ice - Clearance for $2.08
use the $1.50/1 coupon from the 2/28 SS
Final Cost $.58 each

Banquet Meals 10/$10 at our Target
Coupled with one coupon....however half the boxes I bought had $6 worth of coupons in them and I can mail in the rebate to get more coupons mailed to me. Check it out over at TotallyTarget.com

Oh and on a separate Check I purchased a new Coupon Bag!!! I'm so excited I will post pictures later!!