Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Deals make me happy

What can I say? Saving money and getting deals make happy, especially for things we need and would buy even if there wasn't a deal!

Last night, I was headed to Harris Teeter for the last night of Super Doubles (to see my other Super Doubles deals, check this page out!) when I got a voicemail from a fellow couponer to let me know about a big sale on wipes over @ CVS. She had been earlier in the day and confirmed the deal locally. Supposedly this week the small tubs, the 64 count tubs, of Huggies & Pampers wipes were on sale for 2/$5. However, the Huggies refill bags with 184-216 count wipes were also ringing up at 2/$5!! And there are coupons out there as well! These bags are normally $8 a bag!!!!

Since one of the CVS stores is literally 2 traffic lights away from my house, I headed there first, since Harris Teeter is open 24 hrs a day! When I got there, there were still a whole bunch of the bags there, and I got super excited. I took them to the scanner to check to make sure they were scanning for 2.50, which of course, they WEREN'T. Ugh. I was so bummed. But I did get a coupon for CVS brand Gold Emblem candy $1/2. I ran to the valentine's day clearance and grabbed 4 packs of the gummi bears, which were clearanced to 25 cents a pack. I got all four for free, didn't even have to pay tax!!

(Apparently, my husband took a pack to work because when I went to take a picture this AM there were only 3 left on top of the fridge!)

I left the store totally disappointed and debated about whether I had time to run across town to the other CVS, the one which my friend had confirmed the Huggies deal at. I looked at the clock, which said 8:15PM. The HT pharmacy closes at 9. It's about 5 drive there, and then about 8 minutes to HT from CVS. If I literally ran in & out of CVS I figured I had enough time. So that's literally what I did!!

I managed to get 5 packs for $2.50 a piece and used (1) $1 off, (2) 75cents off, (2) 50 cents off, for a total of $9.97 with tax. That's less an a penny a wipe!! Plus I got "Enjoy the Ride" rewards on two of the packages!! If you're unfamiliar with this program, it's similar to the Pampers Gifts to Grow program. For more info, check it out here. But if you're interested in signing up, e-mail me at TheNewMrsRue at Gmail Dot Com and I will send you a referral e-mail!!

So I had saved $32 even before walking in to Harris teeter!! This time my trip was limited by the fact that a lot of things were not in stock, but I did get rain checks on the items not on the shelves. (Check back in on Friday for my post about how to make the most of Rain checks!!)
Here is the picture & the transactions:
Tran #1
(3) Colgate Whitening toothpaste (they didn't make the picture because they were apparently forgotten in the car & it was raining when I took the picture!) Sale price of $2.50 used (3) $1 q's making them 50 cents a piece for $1.50 total.
(3) Yakisoba Noodles on sale for 67 cents a piece, used (3) 50 cents q's so they were FREE!
(1) Land O Lakes margarine, on sale for BOGO, so they rang up 1/2 price @ $1.19. Used a 55 cents q, which made it 9 cents.
(1) Johnson' Baby "take along" pack, which was $2.99, used $1 q, which made it 99 cents. (I'm donating this to my friend Sherry's Relay for Life auction basket!!)
Also used a $1/$5 purchase wine tag, which doubled and gave me $2 in overage. This transaction cost me a total of $1.03!!

Tran #2

(1) Hyland's Teething gel marked down to $2.44, used $1q, making it 44 cents.
(2) Ziploc snack bags, on sale for $1.79, used $1/2 q, making it $1.58 for both or 79 cents each.
Again used a $1/$5 purchase wine tag, which doubled and gave me $2 in overage.
Total for this transaction was 25 cents, 23 of that being tax.

Tran #3

HT boneless skinless chicken breasts were on sale @ 50% off. I chose two packages that were on sale for around 4.61. I also used a rain check for Buy one get one free on HT chicken breasts. So for total for both packages $4.61 or about $2.30 per package.
In order to use my $1/$5 winetag, I needed something small that was around 40 cents. I saw in the clearance bin a bag of valentine's M&M's that were marked $2.14, which would definitely take me over $5.
I used $1/5 purchase winetag in addition to a $2 off chocolate purchase winetag.
My total for this transaction was $2.75!!!

Tran #4 (final one)

(3) Boxes of Raisin Bran on sale for $1.74 used (3) $1q, got them all free.
HT jar of honey roasted peanuts, $2.47 on sale. (Had no q, but this was a request from my hubby)
HT diced tomatoes with green chiles 99 cents. (I needed this for a recipe)
Used another $1/$5 purchase which once again doubled and gave me a $2 overage.
Total for this trip was $1.63.
***This trip to Harris Teeter, I got $75.59 worth of groceries for $5.66!! If I'm doing my math correctly, that's a 93% savings!!***

As I was getting ready to post this, I realized I hadn't yet posted my deals from Saturday when I went back. I made about 4 or 5 trips total this week of Super Doubles. (There are several deals that I've repeated throughout the week!) Here are the postings from my trip on Saturday:

Tran #1

Perdue Chicken Dinosaur shapes on sale for $3, had a $1 store q on it plus $1q.
I paid 2 cents for this transaction.

Tran #2

(2) Stonefield Organic 32 oz containers of yogurt, on sale for 2.99 each, used (2) $1q's, made them 99 cents each
HT trash bags, 10 ct on sale for $1.24
used $1/$5 winetag, giving me $2 overage.
Total cost: $1.30

Tran #3

Quilted Northern 9 pack of the triple rolls, on sale for $5.99 used $1q, making it $3.99
Whole Wheat Sub Rolls, $2.99, used $1 store q plus $1 of any bakery purchase winetag made it *FREE*
(2) Kotex Pads, $1.49 each used $1.50/2 q, making them *FREE*
(1) Pampers Wipes tub 64 count on sale for $2.99, used $1.50q, making them *FREE*
Yet again used $1/$5 winetag
Total purchase price: $2.75

Tran #4

Raisin Bran, on sale for $1.74, used $1q, so it was *FREE*
Smart Start, BOGO sale, so $2.19 used $1q, making it 19 cents
Gilette Shaving Cream, on sale for $2.85, used $1q, so it was 85 cents
Colgate Diego Toothbrush on sale for 94 cents
Used $1/$5 winetag

Total Due: Only 6 cents!!!

Tran #5 (Last one)

Celestial Seasons Tea, sale price $2.50, used $1q, made it 50 cents
Krustz Pancake mix, sale price $2, used 50 cents q, made it $1
Quaker quick oats, $2.35, used a $1q, made it 35 cents
(4) boxes of Cheese Nips, bogo, so $1.10/each, used (2) $1/2qs, making it 38 cents for all four boxes
Used another $1/$5 purchase
Total price due: 43 cents!

Total spent this trip was $4.54, total amount of groceries: $70.07, which is 94% savings!!

This entire week of Super Doubles, I've gotten $301.36 worth of groceries (from HT alone) for a grand total of $20.53, which equals a combined savings percentage of 93.2%!! I'm so excited!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Proctor and Gamble Coupon book

It's that time again!! Proctor & Gamble (makers of Tide, Pampers, Olay, etc.) is rewarding customer loyalty by providing a coupon booklet with $100 in coupons!

How do I get the book?

Step One: Purchase $50 worth of any P&G products between February 1 and April 15, 2010. *This is $50 pre-tax and pre-coupons. So if you can get item @ CVS or Walgreens for free or cheap, remembr they item counts at the price it rings up BEFORE coupons!!

Step Two: Circle the P&G products and their corresponding prices on your original cash register receipt(s).

Step Three: Print your official form here and fill it out.

Step Four: Mail your completed form with the original, dated sales receipt(s), with item descriptions and product purchase prices circled, in a stamped envelope to:

P&G Year of Savings
Dept. EPO Box 460643
El Paso, TX 88546-0643

What are the important dates to remember?

Products must be purchased from February 1st through April 15th, 2010. Requests must be postmarked by April 30, 2010. Allow 6-8 weeks.

Are there any limits to the coupon book?

Offer limited to US residents only. VOID IN MAINE. Limit one submission per name, address, or envelope. Use of multiple addresses or P.O. boxes to obtain additional refunds is fraud and may result in prosecution. Multiple submissions will not be acknowledged or returned. This form must accompany your request. Reproduction, alteration, sale, trade, or purchase of this form or proof of purchase is prohibited. Proof of purchase must be obtained from product purchased by you. No requests from groups, clubs, or organizations will be honored. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. Form Cash Redemption Value 1/100 of 1 cent.

What type of coupons are in the book?

According to the website:

"Receive over $100 worth of P&G coupon savings by mail when you buy $50 worth of P&G products. Enjoy savings on the brands you trust to give your family what they need — our thanks to you for everything you do.

(3) Olay® $5.00 Off Olay Regenerist facial moisturizer/facial cleanser

(3) Bounty® $1.00 Off any one Bounty Towels or Napkins

(1) Charmin®$1.00 Off any one Charmin product

(1) Pampers® 30 Gifts to Grow® points

(3) Downy® $1.00 Off any one Downy product

(3) Puffs® $0.25 Off any three single Puffs products or one three-count pack of Puffs

(1) Febreze® $1.00 Off Febreze SPORT

(1) Bounce® $1.50 Off one any-size Bounce Dryer Bar

(3) CoverGirl® $1.00 Off any one CoverGirl product

(3) Glide® $0.25 Off any Glide Floss 35M or larger

(3) Oral B® $0.75 Off any one Oral-B Pulsar™, CrossAction® or Advantage®, or two Oral-B Indicator® toothbrushes

(3) Pepto-Bismol® $1.00 Off any one Pepto-Bismol product

(3)Scope® $1.00 Off any Scope Rinse 710mL or larger

(3) Vicks® $1.50 Off any one Vicks product

(3) Old Spice® $1.00 Off any two Old Spice antiperspirant, deodorant or body wash products

(3) Old Spice $3.77 Buy one Old Spice Body Spray, get one free

(2) Old Spice $4.29 Buy any Old Spice Fresh Collection Invisible Solid, get one free

(2) Old Spice $4.99 Buy any Old Spice Odor Blocker Body Wash, get one free

(3)Metamucil® $2.00 Off one any-size Metamucil Capsules product

(3) Metamucil $2.00 Off one any-size Metamucil Clear & Natural product

(3) PUR® $3.00 Off any PUR or PUR Flavor Options™ System (Pitcher or Faucet Mount)

(3) Fixodent® $0.25 Off any Fixodent product

(2) Clearblue® $1.00 Off any one Clearblue Pregnancy product

(1) Clearblue $3.00 Off any one Clearblue Ovulation Test

****(This list was compiled from their website. I appologize if there are any typos.)*****

For a full list of items that are included please click here.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Guess what's on sale....

Can you guess what's on sale? I got 18 boxes for $1.71 plus tax!!! Plus I have a Kraft rebate of $20 this counts towards!! WOOHOO!! Thanks to Harris Teeter Super Doubles!

Here are my trips so far:

Lysol Wipes-BOGO, so $1.59, and used $1 q *FREE*
Pampers Sensitive Wipes- $2.99 used $1.50 q *FREE*
Smart Start Cereal-BOGO, so 2.20, used $1 IP made it 20 cents
3 cans of Dole Pineapples- 3/$2, used $1q, all 3 were *FREE*
6 boxes of Cheese Nips- BOGO, so 6.57 for all six, used (3) $1/2 q's made it $0.57 cents for all 6 boxes!
2 packages of starkist tuna-$2.17 each, used $1 q plus a BOGO q, made it 17 cents for both
Barilla Sauce-evic special $1.27
2 boxes of Kotex Lightdays $1.49 each used 1.50/2 OIP q made them *FREE*
HT Italian bread $2.19-had a store q for $1 off and had $1 wine tag, so it was *FREE* with $1 overage
Land O'Lakes margarine- BOGO, so $1.17, used 55 cent IP made it 7 cents
Borden Singles Sensations- $2.19 used $1q, made it 19 cents
2 Stoneyfield Low Fat Yogurt 32 oz-$2.99 each used (2) $1 qs made it $1.98 for both.
Perdue Dinosaur Chicken Nuggets- $3 used $1q made it $1
2 Halls- $1.99 each used $1q, made it $1.98 for both
Used $1 off grocery purchase of $5 or more

Paid $5.03 OOP
VIC Savings: 19.20
Coupons: $38.24
total saved: $57.44

Tran #2

6 boxes of Cheese Nips- BOGO, so 6.57 for all six, used (3) $1/2 q's made it $0.57 cents for all 6 boxes!
Barilla Pasta B2G3 so $3 for all 5, or 60 cents a box
2 boxes of valentines for my kids for next year $1 a box, so $2
v-day Napkins 62 cents
HT Italian bread $2.19-had a store q for $1 off and had $1 wine tag, so it was *FREE* with $1 overage
Used $1 off grocery purchase of $5 or more

Total $3.67
Vic savings $18.92
coupons $11.00
total savings: 29.92

total spent $8.70 got 96.06 in groceries. 91% savings!! (i think)

Went back last night and got 6 more boxes of cheese nips (57 cents), the Land O Lakes butter (7 cents), 2 packages of Chinet Cups (Free), Hefty cups & plates (50 cents for both), and a dozen krispy kreme donuts marked down to $1.99.

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Anything you can do....

Anything you can do...

...I can do better... I can do anything better than you...
No, you can't!

Yes, I can!

No, you can't!

YES I CAN!!!!!!!!
This one's for you Dad!! I'm sure he will be humming this song all day long, and I bet you will be too!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Menu Plan Monday (2/15)

Breakfast- Frozen Pancakes, Oatmeal & Toast, Cereal, muffins or yogurt
Lunch-leftovers, sandwiches or weight watchers meals (for adults)

Snack: Candy!!! (it was Valentine's Day yesterday, folks!!)
Dinner: Beef Stew & wild berry bread

Snack: Popcorn
Dinner: Chicken Stir Fry, with rice and veggies & mandarin oranges

Snack: Pudding
Dinner: Hot Dogs, Pasta Salad and fruit

Snack: Cookies
Dinner: Cheese Ravioli and Garlic Bread

Snack: Muffins
Dinner: Homemade whole wheat pizza and pineapples

Brunch: Peach Cobbler
Snack: Chex Mix
Midafternoon-early evening dinner: Whole roasted lemon pepper chicken with carrots and potatoes, homemade apple sauce and rolls

Snack: yogurt & cereal
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: pork chops, stuffing & asparagus

For Hundreds of other menus full of great dinner ideas, check out OrgJunkie's page!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine's Day Playgroup

I hosted a playgroup at my house yesterday, which turned out to be small, as one mom got stuck in Maryland, courtesy of Snow-Magedon, and another had to cancel at the last minute. But I wanted to make it special for the girls there, but I also didn't want to spend a lot of money. I used a lot of things I already to had to make a decorative food tray.
The finished tray cost me $2.02!! I had considered decorating a tray like the one seen over at Tatertots & Jello, but I was being stingy (even those hers only cost $2) and decided to only use what I had!
I used the snowman cookie platter I already had that I bought on clearance a few years ago after Christmas for 90% off for 50 cents!!
I undid the napkins that I bought last year after Valentine's day for 62 cents and covered the whole plate, so the snow man disappeared.

I used a Glade candle that I got from Target for free during the time when they had the Holiday candles on sale for $2.50, matched with the $2 q and then you got a gift card when you purchased x amount of Glade candles. (sorry for the fuzzy picture, but I was holding Jordan & trying to get it done in time before they came)

I took a scrap of ribbon I had left over from the spool of dollar bin ribbon from Michael's and tied it around the middle so it would hide the Christmasy decor of the candle.

I made tent cards from scrapbook paper I had leftover from my wedding, cut out hearts, glued them on, and added little sayings that the conversational hearts have.

Then I placed the candle in the center of the tray.

I served strawberry wafers from the Dollar Tree, and made Brownie cups using a Betty Crocker Double Chocolate cookie mix that was 16 cents a few weeks back and the mini muffin liners I got after Christmas from wal-mart for 75 cents for 80 liners, so that cost me around 24 cents.

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Happy 3 months J-man!!

"Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate." Psalm 127:3-5

Jordan Riley Kenneth, you are a total blessing to our family! You weighed 9 lbs 13 oz at your last check up at 2 months and 1 week, and you are continuing to grow on a daily basis!

You like to spend time in your swing, watching the fish swim above you and your siblings playing in front of you. Sometimes, if you're lucky, they even perform a song & dance for you!!

You still are nursing 100%, sleeping for 3-4 hours at a time!! You are finally adjusting to sleeping in your bassinett!

Your brother and your sister love you so much-they love to kiss you & hold you, and even climb on top of you at times. You're one tough cookie though!!

Jordan, we are so thankful that the Lord entrusted you to our care, and we pray that we will guide you in the right path, that you'll learn to love the Lord and choose to serve Him when you're older. We pray over you daily, and for your future spouse, as we do for your brother & your sister!

We love you so much! Happy 3 months, little J-man!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Menu Plan Monday (2/8)

Meal Plan
Breakfast- Homemade Bagels, Oatmeal & Toast, Cereal, muffins or yogurt unless otherwise noted
Lunch-leftovers, sandwiches or weight watchers meals (for adults)
Snack: Raisins
Dinner: White hot dogs, alfredo noodles and mixed veggies

Snack: Popcorn
Dinner: Chicken Casserole, Applesauce & yeast rolls

Snack: Pudding
Dinner: Mexican Chicken Skillet ( pg 118 $5 Dinner Mom cookbook), corn & peaches

Snack: Popcorn (my kids like popcorn!!)
Dinner: Potato Soup & Rolls

Snack: Pound cake
Dinner: Homemade whole wheat pizza and fruit salad
Brunch: Cinnamon rolls & hashbrowns
Snack: Chex Mix
Dinner: Kids: Grilled cheese sandwiches, veggies & fruit slices Kenney & I have a Valentine's Day Dinner to go to with our Bible Fellowship Group @ church!! We'll be having steak, baked potato, salad & a dessert buffet!!
Snack: rice krispy treats
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: cubed steak, apple bread & pototoes
For hundreds of other menus visit OrgJunkie's Menu Plan Menu Meme!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Snow Day turned to craft day

Today was a totally relaxed day, since we all just stayed at the house. We were snowed in, or iced in, rather and we couldn't even make it out of our apartment complex. So I made chocolate muffins for the kids (and chocolate muffins with strawberry jam on the inside for Kenney & myself). Then while the kiddos played, we did a clean sweep. Since we spent the weekend with my parents, we had lots to unpack. Fortunately, I had done all the dishes before we left for the weekend and had done the laundry @ my mom's house.

After that, we broke out the crafts supplies & made Valentine's Day cards. Our local christian radion station, His Radio (or as Braydon calls it His, His Radio) is collecting homemade Valentine's Day cards to give out to children in the local hospitals, so I thought it would be great to help, and to remind my kids to think of others.

My kids ALWAYS love craft time!!
Braydon made sure that we made Valentine's Day cards that were boyish, full of trucks & roads!
I think Makenna wore just as many hearts as she put on the cards!
The some-what finished products. At this point, J-man was in some desperate need of a feeding, or the world might come to an end, and the kids were going sticker crazy, so we took a break for lunch & nap time. I ended up making many more to put in the pile to mail to the radio station. For some reason, it just goes quicker when it's just me! And after Jordan ate, Mommy got to make some crafts too, all by herself!
I made a frame out of a bamboo tray from the Dollar Tree. This was essentially free, since I used things that I already had laying around. You can see the "How-To" here.
Using buttons I stole from my mom, cardstock and hot glue, I made a cute, inexpensive decoration for Valentine's Day!!

I hung the tray/picture fram above the button love banner, and viola! Instant, inexpensive Valentine's Decorations!! Of course it's nothing like Tatertots & Jello or Tea Rose Home but it's a start!!

We were going to bake and decorate valentine's day cookies today as well, but since school is cancelled for tomorrow as well, we decided to save that for tomorrow!!

Valentine's Day Frame

Who needs to buy a valentine's day frame when you can make one yourself?!?

Here's the finished product:
Here's what you'll need:

I used this bamboo tray I got at the Dollar Tree.
A piece of colored scrapbook paper and a piece of plain cardstock (that matches your scrapbook paper)
A strand of pearls or other decorative ribbon for the border.
A picture of your hubby, kids or someone else special and your favorite scripture or quote about love. I chose "I have found the one whom my soul loves" because this is a special verse to us!
To get started:
First, take the scrapbook paper and cut it to fit the inside of the tray and glue it to the tray.
Second, glue the photo to the center of the tray. Begin to hot glue the pearls around the edge of the tray.Using the plain card stock, write out your verse/quote. You can print these out if you prefer, but I liked to personalize it by using my handwriting. Cut it out and glue around the photo to create borders.

And there you have it!
I added it above my "LOVE" letters.