Sunday, December 21, 2008

CVS Trip December 21st

CVS is having some great deals this week. There are 17 items that you can get free after Extra Care Bucks on Sunday and Monday. I had $46 ECB from the Black Friday deal so I headed out early to CVS. I broke my trip up into 2 transactions so I didn’t have to pay too much out of pocket. Transaction 1 3 Therma care Neck patches (Reg. $2.49, Earn $7.47 ECB’s ) 2 Right Guard Professional Deodorant (Reg. $9.99, Sale $6, Earn $12 ECB’s) Excederine (Reg. $5.49, Sale $3.99, Earn $3.99 ECB’s) Crest Pro Whitening Toothpaste (Reg. $3.89, Sale $2.99 - $1Q, Earn $2 ECB’s) 5 Arm & Hammer Essential Cleaner (Reg. $2.99 – 1 $1Q = 4 @ $2.99 and 1 @ $1.99, Earn 14.95 ECB’s) 2 Sally Hansen Nail Color (Reg. $5.99, Earn $11.98 ECB’s) ZipFizz (Reg. $5.99, Earn $5.99 ECB’s) Benefiber Drink Mix (Reg. $7.29 - $2Q = $5.29, Earn $7.29 ECB’s) I used $46.08 ECB’s and paid $16.60 OOP. Transaction 2 EAS AdvantEdge Bar (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1.69, Earn $1.69 ECB’s) Listerine Coolmint Mouthwash (Reg. $4.29, Sale $2.99 - $1Q = $1.99, Earn $2.99 ECB’s) Zantac (Reg. $5.19, Sale $4.99, Earn $4.99 ECB’s) EAS AdvantEdge Drinks (Reg. $7.99, Sale $7.49, Earn $7.49 ECB’s) Halls Naturals (Reg. $2.79, Sale $2.59 - .35Q = $2.24, Earn $2.59 ECB’s) 3 Right Guard Pro Deodorant (Reg. $9.99, Sale $6, Earn $18 ECB’s) SlimQuick Energy Drink (Reg. $4.99, Earn $4.99 ECB’s) 2 L’Oreal Metallic Eye Shadow (Reg. $6.99 - $1Q = $5.99, Earn $13.98 ECB’s) I used $41.81 ECB’s and .79 OOP. I started out with $46.08 ECB’s and ended up spending $17.39 OOP and now have $68.61 ECB’s.

Fry's Trip December 21st

When I got to the store this morning their power was out and all of the cold items were covered. It made for an interesting shopping trip having to uncover all the cold areas so I could get my items. Transaction Eggo Waffles (Reg. $2.69, Sale $1.99 - .25Q quadrupled to $1 = .99) 2 pkgs Pullups (Reg. $11.99, Sale $9.99 – 1 $2 Q & 1 $1.50Q = $16.48 for 2 pks) Milk (Reg. $3.59, Sale $2.49) Cool Whip (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1 – Basha’s Q = .68) 6 Grands Biscuits (Reg. $2.19, Sale $1 – 2 $.25Q’s quadrupled to $1 & 1 $.30/2Q’s quadrupled to $1/2 = $2/6) Shamrock Farms Sour Cream (Reg. $3.99, Sale $2 - .50Q doubled to $1 = $1) 2 dozen eggs (Reg. $2.19, Sale $1.67 each) 3 Coffee Mate Creamers (Reg. $2.79, Sale 3/$5 – 3 $.50Q doubled to $1 = 3/$2) Challenge Butter (Reg. $4.69, Sale $3.50 – Basha’s Q = $1.49) 6 Philadelphia Cream Cheese (Reg. $2.89, Sale $.99 – 3 $1/2Q’s = .49 each) Kroger Bread Crumbs (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1.69) 5 pkgs Shredded Cheese (Reg. $3.29, Sale $1.64) 2 pkgs Pecan Halves (Reg. $4.19, Sale $3.14) 2 onions (Reg. $1.08) Cranberries (Reg. $2.49) 2 Farmer John Sausage Links (Reg. $1.79, Sale $1) Celery (Reg. $1.29, Sale .79) Carrots (Reg. $.69) 2 pkgs Kroger Block Cheese (Reg. $3.29, Sale $1.64) 3 jars Mt Olive Pickles (Reg. $3.49, Sale 3/$5 – 1 $.75q doubled to $1 & 2 $.75Q’s = 3/$2.50) Lettuce (Reg. $1.29) Gala Apples (Reg. $3.50) 3 jars Kraft Marshmallow cream (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1) Mezzetta Peppercini’s (Reg. $2.99, Sale $1.79) Bananas (Reg. $.54) 2 5lb bags Potatoes (Reg. $3.79, Sale .97) 3 boxes Betty Crocker Muffin Mixes (Reg. $3.19, Sale $1.88 – 1 .40Q tripled to $1 = 2 @ $1.88 and 1 @ .88) The Huggies deal is still going where you get $3 off if you purchase $16 worth of product. I also received .35 off for bringing my own bags. I spent $77.12 and saved $92.06 which is 54%.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Diapers and Soda

It never fails, we always run out of diapers the day before pay day. I knew we put Trevor to bed in the last diaper so I had to get up before he did to go get more. While I was there I grabbed some soda. It is on sale this week 4/$12 and get a 5th free. I also had two buy 3 get $2 off coupons from Food City to use on top of the sale. Transaction 6 12pk Soda (Reg. $5.29, Sale $3 -$3 for free one – 2 $2 Food City Q’s = $11/6 pks ) Huggies Diapers (Reg. $22.99, Sale $20.99 - $3 Huggies promo - $1.50 Shortcut Q - $1.50Q = $14.99) I ended up spending $29.69 and saving $26.45 which was 48%. Now if I could only get this kid potty trained before his brother is born.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Fry's Trip December 14th

There wasn’t a whole lot we needed this week other then the basics so I decided to get some sale items for my stockpile, the main things being mac n cheese and flour. Flour is on sale for $.99 a 5 lb bag with a limit of 2 per transaction. I wanted to get 6 flours so I split my trip up into 3 transactions. Transaction 1 2 Fry’s Flour (Reg. $2.69, Sale $.99) 2 Yoplait Yogurt drinks (Reg. $3.49, Sale $2.99 - $1.50Q = $1.49) 2 Shamrock Farms Sour Cream (Reg. $2.79, Sale $1.77 – 1 $1Q – 1 $.75 Q = .77 & $1.02) Cottonelle TP (Reg. $1.39, Sale $.99 - .50Q doubled to .99 = FREE) Fry’s Eggs (Reg. $3.19, Sale $2.49) 20 Kraft Mac N Cheese (Reg. $.99, Sale $.50) 3 Rice A Roni (Reg. $1.79, Sale $1 - $1/3Q = $2/3) 3 bags Fry’s Tortilla chips (Reg. $1.59, Sale $1) Heinz Ketchup (Reg. $2.49) 3 boxes Trix Cereal (Reg. $4.99, Sale $3 - .55Q doubled to $1 - .55 shortcut Q = $7.45/3) 1 box Frosted Cheerios (Reg. $4.39, Sale $3) Fry’s Graham Crackers (Reg. $2.59, Sale $2) 2 Reddi-Whip (Reg. $2.99, Sale $2 - .50Q doubled to $1 - $1 shortcut Q = $1 each) 3 Pillsbury Biscuits (Reg. $3.69, Sale $1.99 - .40Q tripled to $1 = .99 each) 3 Pillsbury Quick Bread (Reg. $2.99, Sale 3/$5 - $1/3Q = 3/$4) Whole Frozen Strawberries (Reg. $3.99, Sale $3) Life Savers Gummies (Reg. $2.29, Sale $1 - $1Q = FREE) 5 Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes (Reg. $1.49, Sale $1 - $1/5 Q - $1 Shortcut Q = 5/$3) Kroger Parmesan Cheese (Reg. $3.49, Sale $2.97) Bisquick (Reg. $3.99, Sale $3.29 - .60Q doubled to $1 = $2.29) Fry’s Apple Sauce (Reg. $2.69, Sale $1.99) Fry’s Apple Juice (Reg. $4.19, Sale $2.68) Herdez Salsa (Reg. $2.79, sale $2) Cupcake Liners (Reg. $1.59, Sale $1.17) Christmas Tree Cakes (Reg. $1.59, Sale $1.25) 2 Betty Crocker Cookie Icing (Reg. $3.29, Sale $1.97 - $1Q = .97) Gala Apples (Reg. $2.63) 4 Betty Crocker Frosting (Reg. $2.19, Sale $1.69 - .50Q doubled to $1 - .55 shortcut Q = 3 @ .69 & 1 @ .19) La Victoria Enchilada sauce (Reg. $3.19, Sale $2.50) Hormel Pepperoni (Reg. $4.59, Sale $3 - .55Q doubled to $1 = $2) 4 Hershey bars (Reg. $.79, Sale .50 – 2 B1G1 Q’s = .25 each) Bananas (Reg. $.89) Nature’s Own Bread (Reg. $3.59, Sale $2 - $1Q = $1) I received $4 off for buying 4 participating General Mills Cereals and also had a .50 off grocery coupon. My total came to 76.81 and I saved $92.61 which was a savings of 54%. Transaction 2 2 Fry’s Flour (Reg. $2.69, $ .99) Fry’s Milk (Reg. $3.89, Sale $2.69) I spent $4.67 and saved $4.60 which is a savings of 49%. Transaction 3 2 Fry’s Flour (Reg. $2.69, Sale $.99) Fry’s Apple Juice (Reg. $4.19, Sale $2.68) I received .35 off for bringing my own bags. I spent $4.28 and saved $4.91 which is 53%.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Fry's Trip December 7th

Well I learned my lesson today. Never go to the store without a plan first. Usually I would have put together my shopping plan yesterday but I was sick so I figured I would just go and wing it. Big Mistake!! It took me forever to go through and pull the coupons while I was at the store. Not only that but I know I ended up spending more than I would have otherwise. I went way over my budget last month so I am trying to spend $250 or under this month.Check Spelling This trip was not a good start to that. Transaction Charmin TP (Reg. $8.69, Safeway Q for $5.99 - .25 Q tripled to $1 = $4.99) Boneless Chicken (Reg. $10.61, Sale $4.44) Boneless Chicken (Reg. $11.57, Sale $4.84) Boneless Chicken (Reg. $8.38, Sale $3.51) Boneless Chicken (Reg. $12.73, Sale $5.33) 2 pkgs Drumsticks (Reg. $4.50 & $4.48, Had a rain check for B1G1 = $4.50) Cotton Swabs (Reg. $2.59, Sale $1.50) Eggs (Reg. $3.19, Sale $2.49) Yoplait yogurt drink (Reg. $3.49, Sale $2.99 - $1.50 Q = $1.49) I can’t believe it’s not butter (Reg. $1.44 - $1Q = .44) Oceans Spray CranRaspberry juice (Reg. $3.99, Sale $2.50 - .55Q doubled to $1 = $1.50) Fresh Express Salad (Reg. $1.79 – Safeway Q = .88) Red Grapes (Reg. $6.01, Sale $1.55) I can’t believe it’s not butter spread (Reg. $2.89, Sale $2.39 - $1Q = $1.39) 2 Fry’s ½ gallon milk (Reg. $2.59, Sale $1) Bananas (Reg. $.29) Kroger Shredded Cheese (Reg. $5.99, Sale $3.50) Shortbread cookies (Reg. $1.69, Sale $1.37) Fry’s Apple Juice (Reg. $3.19, Sale $2.17) Fleishmann's Yeast (Reg. $2.79, Sale $2 - .45Q tripled to $1 = $1) 2 Red Star Yeast (Reg $2.49, Sale $1 - .75/2 Q doubled to $1/2 = .50 each) 4 Philadelphia Cream Cheese (Reg. $2.89, Sale $1.25) Kroger Basil Leaves (Reg. $2.69, Sale $2.02) Kroger ½ gallon OJ (Reg. $3.49, Sale $1) Celestial Seasonings tea (Reg. $3.79, Sale $1 = .55Q doubled to $1 = FREE) Natures Own Bread (Reg. $3.59, Sale $2 - $1Q = $1) 2 Kraft Marshmallows (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1) 2 Jiffy Cornbread Muffin Mix (Reg. $.59, Sale .44) I received a .50 coupon for my next trip for purchasing the Fleishmann’s Yeast. I spent $63 and saved $77.88 which was 55%. Even though I went over the $50 I wanted to spend I should have enough chicken to last for at least the rest of the month. I will make sure I plan better next time.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

CVS Trip November 27th (Black Friday Sale)

I was so excited when I found out CVS was starting their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day. To top it all off there were several items that were free after ECB’s. This was a great chance to use coupons to make money and get a bunch of free stuff. I broke my purchase up into two transactions so I didn’t have to pay as much out of pocket. Transaction 1 Aussie Shampoo (Reg. $3.39, Sale $2.99 - $1Q = $1.99 Earn $2.99 ECB) 2 Bic Soleil Razors (Reg. $6.99, Sale $5.99 - $3Q = $2.99 Earn $5.99 ECB) Schick Quattro Razor (Reg. $9.49, Sale $7.99 Earn $6 ECB) Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Nail Polish (Reg. $3.99, Sale $3.79 Earn $3.79 ECB) 2 Philips Headphones (Reg. $9.99, Sale $6.99 Earn $6.99 ECB) Cover Girl Smoothers Liquid Makeup (Reg. $7.99 Earn $7.99 ECB) Cover Girl Pressed Powder (Reg. $6.19 should have received $5.99 ECB but found out I didn’t when I got home. Will call CVS 1-800 # on Monday) Hershey’s chocolate bar (Reg. $1 Earn $1 ECB) I used a $10 off $50 purchase, paid $24.87 ECB and $13.60 OOP and earned $47.73 (should have been $53.72). Transaction 2 Aussie Conditioner (Reg. $3.39, Sale $2.99 Earn $2.99 ECB) Johnson’s Softlotion (Reg. $5.99, Sale $5.69 Earn $5.69 ECB) 2 Colgate Toothpastes (Reg. $3.89, Sale $2.99 - $1 CVS Q - $1 Q - $1.50 Q = $2.48/2 Earn $2.99 each ECB) 2 L’Oreal Colour Juice Lip Gloss (Reg. $7.69, Sale $6.99 - $1Q = $5.99 Earn $6.99 ECB) 5 Hour Energy (Reg. $5.99, Sale $3.99 Earn $3.99 ECB) Garnier Nutritioniste towlettes (Reg. $5.99 - $1 Q = $4.99 Earn $5.99 ECB) Maybelline Mineral foundation (Reg. $9.99, Sale $8.99 - $2Q = $6.99 Earn $8.99 ECB) 3 Gatorade G2 drinks (Reg. $1.49 Earn $1.49 ECB) I used $43.74 ECB and paid .25 OOP. I earned back $52.08. I started out with $24.97 ECB and paid $13.85 OOP total. I made $13.28 by shopping today (should have been $19.27). Not too bad for a 30 minute shopping trip.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Fry's Trip November 21st

Oh Boy did I do some grocery shopping today. Luckily I was by myself because there would have been no room for my son in the cart at all. I got us stocked up on rolls and everything we need for Thanksgiving and some for our Christmas dinner. I don’t normally spend this much but at least I got a lot of groceries. I wanted two turkeys so I broke the trip into two transactions. Transaction 1 6 Pillsbury Biscuits and Dinner Rolls (Reg. $3.69, Sale $1.99 - .40Q doubled to $1 = $.99) Blue Bunny Ice Cream (Reg. $5.99, Sale $3.99 – Bashas Q = $1.48) Cottonelle TP (Reg. $1.39, Sale $.99 - .50 Shortcut Q - .25Q quadrupled to .99 = overage of .50) 7 Pictsweet frozen veggies (Reg. $1.89, Sale .69) 2 Pillsbury Pie Crusts (Reg. $3.49, Sale $2.50 - .50 shortcut q - .50/2Q doubled to $1/2 = $3.50/2) 2 Vitamins (Reg. $7.49, Sale B1G1 - $2Q = $5.49/2) 2 Wheat Thins (Reg. $3.69, Sale $2) 3 Kroger Frozen Potato products (Reg. $2.29, Sale $1.88) Kroger Veggie Dip (Reg. $3.19, Sale $1.00) 2 Yoplait Yogurt Drinks (Reg. $3.49, Sale $2.99 - $1 shortcut Q - $1.50Q = .99 each) 4 Cool Whip Toppings (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1.00) 11 Cream of Mushroom/Chicken Soups (Reg. $1.49, Sale .75 - .35/4 Q tripled to $1/4 = .50 each) Challenge Butter (Reg. $4.69, Sale $3.50 – Basha’s Q = $1.48) Oreo Cookies (Reg. $3.99, Sale $3.17) Birds Eye Steamfresh Veggies (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1 - .35Q tripled to $1 = FREE) Hormel Bacon (Reg. $5.99, Sale $2.99 – Basha’s Q = $1.48) 3 McCormick Grinders (Reg. $2.59, Sale $1 - .25Q quadrupled to $1 = FREE) 3 Dole Mandarin Oranges (Reg. $2.29, Sale $1 - $1/3Q = $2/3) 3 Cubbison Stuffing (Reg. $2.89, Sale $2 - .55Q doubled to $1 = $1 each) 2 Reynolds Cooking Bags (Reg. $2.49, Sale $1.87 - $1Q = .87 each) French Fried Onions (Reg. $4.19, Sale $2.99 - .75Q doubled to $1 = $1.99) Apple Juice (Reg. $4.19, Sale $3.17) Hershey’s Strawberry syrup (Reg. $2.49, Sale $1.67) 2 Kroger cheese (Reg. $3.29, Sale $1.64 -.45 shortcut Q - .45 Fry’s Q = $1.19) 2 Kroger Cheese (Reg. $3.29, Sale $1.64) 3 Kroger Cream Cheese (Reg. $1.79, Sale .88) Jennie O Turkey (Reg. $21.52, Sale $5.17) C & H Brown Sugar (Reg. $2.69, Sale $1.67) 4 Aunt Hattie Dinner Rolls (Reg. $3.49, Sale $2 - .55Q doubled to $1 = $1 each) I saved .35 for bringing my own bags. I ended up spending $78.36 and saving $148.05 which was 65%. Transaction 2 2 Green Onions (Reg. $1.38, Sale .50 each) 2 Kraft Marshmallows (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1.00) 2 5lb bag Potatoes (Reg. $3.79, Sale .97) 2 Kroger Carrots (Reg. $1.69, Sale .99) Onions (Reg. $1.68) Gala Apples (Reg. $2.45) Celery (Reg. $1.29, Sale .79) Cranberries (Reg. $2.49, Sale $1.79) 5 12pk Sodas (Reg. $5.29, Sale 5/$12) Jennie O Turkey (Reg. $24.51, Sale $5.89) I used a .75 Q I received from purchasing Dole Mandarin Oranges. I spent $30.72 and saved $44.42 which was 59%. All in all I spent $109.08 for what would have been $301.55 if I did not shop sales and use coupons.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fry's Trip November 18th

I made one last trip to Fry’s before the buy 10 items get $5 off sale ended. It didn’t turn out as great as I had hoped. The three Internet printable coupons I had for Au Gratin potatoes didn’t double. I still did okay and we are definitely stocked up on our boxed potato items. Transaction 3 Cottenelle TP (Reg. $1.39, Sale $.99 – 25Q quadrupled to .99 = FREE) 9 Powerade (Reg. $1.49, Sale $.88 = .38 after special) Pepsi 2 Liter (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1.25 - Safeway Q for .69 each = .69) 2 Coke 2 Liter (Reg. $1.79, Sale $1.67 – Safeway Q for .69 each = .69) 3 boxes Pop Tarts (Reg. $2.59, Sale $2.17 - $3/3 Safeway Q - .55Q doubled to $1 = $2/3) 2 boxes Betty Crocker Mashed Potatoes (Reg. $2.29, Sale $1.50 - .40Q tripled to $1 =.50 = FREE after Special) 3 boxes Au Gratin Potatoes (Reg. $2.29, Sale $1.50 - .40Q = $1.10 = .60 each after special) 2 C&H Sugar (Reg. $3.79, Sale $2 - .35Q tripled to $1 = .50 after special) 2 Betty Crocker Cookie Mix (Reg. $2.69, Sale $2 - .35Q tripled to $1 = $1 = .50 after special) 2 Pam Cooking Spray (Reg. $4.19, Sale $2.50 - .35Q tripled to $1 = $1.50 = $1 after special) I ended up spending $13.11 and saving $50.42 which is 79%. I am now looking forward to next weeks ad that starts tomorrow.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fry's Trip November 16th

Fry’s is having a good sale on Eggs this week, one dozen for $.97 each with a limit of two. I have been doing a lot of baking lately and have been burning through the eggs so I decided to get 4 dozen. I broke my trip up into two transactions. The special is also still running from last week where you buy 10 participating items and get $5.00 off. Transaction 1 Sunday Paper (Reg. $2.00, At Fry’s $1.84) 2 Fry’s Dozen Eggs (Reg. $2.19, Sale $.97) 2 ½ gallon Milk (Reg. $2.59, Sale $.97) I paid $5.82 and saved $5.68 which was 50%. Transaction 2 2 ½ gallon milk (Reg. $2.59, Sale $.97) 4 Quaker Mini Cakes (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1.00 = .50 after special) Fry’s Apple Juice (Reg. $4.19, Sale $3.17) 8 Swanson Broth (Reg. $1.19, Sale $.67 - .40/4 Q doubled to $1.00 = .42 each) 2 Crescent Rolls (Reg. $3.49, Sale $1.67 - .25Q tripled to .75 = .92 each) 2 Cinnamon Rolls (Reg. $3.49, Sale $1.67 - .35Q tripled to $1 = .67 each) Wheat Thins (Reg. $3.69, Sale $2.79) 2 Shamrock Farms Sour Cream (Reg. $2.79, Sale $1.77 - .50Q doubled to $1 = .77 each) Daisy Cottage Cheese (Reg. $3.29, Sale $1.99 - .60Q doubled to $1 = .99) Yoplait Yogurt Drinks (Reg. $3.49, Sale $2.99 - $1.50Q = $1.49) Breyer Ice Cream (Reg. $5.79, Sale $2.00 - .50Q doubled to $1 = $1 = .50 with special) Rhodes Frozen Rolls (Reg. $4.79, Sale $3.50 - .50Q doubled to $1 = $2.50) 6 cans Fry’s veggies (Reg. $.99, Sale $.50) 2 Fry’s Dozen Eggs (Reg. $2.19, Sale $.97) 3 bags Kroger Frozen Veggies (Reg. $1.49, Sale $.88) Kroger Cooking Spray (Reg. $2.99, Sale $1.50) 3 Nestle Chocolate Chips (Reg. $3.29, Sale $2.00 - .50Q doubled to $1 = $1 = .50 with special) Ground Cinnamon (Reg. $6.79, Sale $5.09) Cubbison Stuffing (Reg. $2.89, Sale $2 - $1 Q = $1) 5 boxes Stove Top Stuffing (Reg. $2.49, Sale $1 – b4g1 free q = $4/5) Fresh Gourmet Onions (Reg. $2.39, Sale $1.50 - .55Q = .95) 3 Au Gratin Potatoes (Reg. $2.29, Sale $1.50 - .40Q tripled to $1 = .50 = FREE with Special) 4 C&H Sugar (Reg. $3.79, Sale $2 - .55/2Q doubled to $1/2 = $1.50 = $1 each with special) 15 bottles Powerade (Reg. $1.49, Sale $.88 = .38 each with Special) I got .30 off for bringing my own bags and had a $5 off $20 from Fresh & Easy. I spent $48.93 and saved $114.04 which is 69%. There are several coupons in this weeks paper that match up with the sales so I may go back and do another trip.

CVS Trip November 16th

When I got home from Fry’s I checked out the newspaper and realized that there was some great coupons in there. I decided to go ahead and pick up a second paper this week. I was able to work it into my CVS deal so I was able to get it for $1 instead of $2. Transaction L’Oreal Age Perfection Moisturizer (Reg. $18.99, Sale $15.99 - $1Q = $14.99, Earn $15.99 ECB) Zantrex 3 Energy Shots (Reg. $4.99, Earn $4.99 ECB) Sunday Paper (Reg. $2.00) I paid with $21.99 ECB and earned back $20.98 ECB’s.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

We had a pumpkin left over from Halloween so I decided to try and cook and puree it. It was my first attempt and it turned out really well. So far I have made 4 loaves of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread, Pumpkin Dinner Rolls and Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Seeds. While I was cooking I also made Banana Bread and Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins and Chocolate Chips. I am freezing the breads and rolls so I can pull them out later on.
I was really surprised you couldn't really taste the pumpkin in the dinner rolls. They were really yummy!!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

CVS Trip November 9th

It dawned on me today that I never posted my latest trip to CVS. I guess better late then never. Transaction Palmolive Dish Soap (Reg. $1.69, Sale $1.49 - .25Q = $1.24, Earn $1 ECB) Garnier Fructis Gel (Reg. $3.99, Sale $2.99 - $1Q = $1.99, Earn $2 ECB) L'Oreal Advanced Revitalizer (Reg. $16.19, Sale $11.99 - $1Q = $10.99, Earn $11.99 ECB) I used $13.49 ECB and paid .98 OOP. I earned back $14.99 ECB.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fry's Trip November 7th

I had planned to go to the grocery store at 6 AM this morning so I can shop alone. Well, Trevor had other plans. He was up at 5:15 so I went to the store earlier than expected. It is nice being at the store that early when the lights aren’t even on. No one is there to see me talk to myself about prices and coupons. :) This week at Fry’s they are having a sale where if you purchase 10 participating items you get $5 off. This is a limit of 30 items per transaction. I went over my 30 items so had to break my trip up into 2 transactions. Transaction 1 16 Powerade (Reg. $1.29, Sale .88 = .38 each after the special) Every Day Living cleaner (Reg. $1.29, Sale .89) Coffee Mate (Reg. $3.99, Sale $3.50 - .50Q doubled to $1 = $2.50, This was supposed to be on sale for $1.99. I didn’t realize I was over charged until I was typing the blog.) Dial Liquid Hand Soap (Reg. $2.19, Sale $1.50 - .30 Q tripled to .90 = .60= .10 after special) Colgate toothpaste (Reg. $2.79, Sale $1.50 - .75Q doubled to $1 = .50 = FREE after special) Bakery Wheat Rolls (Reg. $.99) 2 Glade Candles (Reg. $3.49, Sale $2.50 - $1.50/2 Q = $3.50/2 = $2.50/2 after special) 2 Chuck Roasts (Reg. $10.18 & $9.33 – b1g1 sale = $10.18) I had a $5 off Fresh and Easy coupon that I was able to use. I ended up paying $18.44 and saving $43.34 which was 70%. Transaction 2 Superpretzel (Reg. $2.99, Sale $2 - .75Q doubled to $1 =$1 = .50 after special) 2 Blue Bonnet margarine's (Reg. $1.49, Sale $.88) Land O Lakes Butter (Reg. $4.19, Sale $2.50 - .35 Q tripled to $1 = $1.50 = $1 after special) Kroger Deep Dish Pie Crust (Reg. $2.19, Sale $1.99) 2 boxes Trix (Reg. $3.99, Sale $2 - .55 Q doubled to $1 = $1 = .50 after special) 2 pkgs tortillas (Reg. $2.99) Simply OJ (Reg. $4.49, Sale $3 = $2.50 after special) 2 cans Hunts Diced Tomatoes (Reg. $2.59, Sale $1.50 - .40/2Q tripled to $1/2 = $1 = .50 each after special) 2 Claim Jumper pot pies (Reg. $3.99, Sale $2 - $1/2Q = $1.50 = $1 each after special) Orville Redenbacker popcorn (Reg. $3.19, Sale $2 - .40Q tripled to $1 = $1 - .50 after special) Nature Valley granola bars (Reg. $3.49, Sale $2.88 - $2.88 Q = FREE) 3 cans olives (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1.50 - $1 after special) Betty Crocker potatoes (Reg.$2.29, Sale $1.50 - .40Q tripled to $1 = .50 = FREE after special) 3 Fry’s Powdered sugar (Reg. $2.49, Sale 3/$5) Quaker Old Fashioned oatmeal (Reg. $2.99, Sale $1.50 - .50Q doubled to $1 = .50 = FREE after special) Fry’s Apple Juice (Reg. $3.19, Sale $2.17 - .35 fry’s q = $1.82) Mount Olive pickles (Reg. $3.19, Sale $2.50 - .75Q doubled to $1 = $1.50) C & H sugar (Reg. $3.79, Sale $2.50 - .35Q tripled to $1 = $1.50 = $1 after special) Fry’s Eggs (Reg. $2.19, Sale $1.67 - $1.67 fry’s coupon = FREE) 2 bags Cheetos (Reg. $2.89, Sale $1.50 = $1 after special) Pedigree Good Bites (Reg. $5.29 - $4.99Q = .30) Betty Crocker Mashed Potatoes (Reg. $2.29, Sale $1.50 - .35Q tripled to $1 = .50 = FREE after special) Crisco Oil (Reg. $5.19, Sale $3 = $2.50 after special) 4 cans Evaporated milk (Reg. $1.69, Sale $1 - .50/2Q doubled to $1/2= FREE) 3 Kroger Syrups (Reg. $2.89, Sale $1.50 = $1 after special) 2 boxes Zatarains Red Beans & Rice (Reg. $2.39, Sale $1.50 - .75/2Q doubled to $1/2 = $1 = .50 after special) 3 cans Libby’s Pumpkin (Reg. $1.89, Sale 3/$5) Rapid Rise Yeast (Reg. $2.70, Sale $2 - .45Q tripled to $1 = $1) Hershey’s Strawberry syrup (Reg. $2.49, Sale $1.67) Betty Crocker Yellow cake mix (Reg. $2.49, Sale $1.99 - $1.99Q = FREE) Del Monte fruit cocktail (Reg. $1.69, Sale $1.27) Fry’s Flour (Reg. $2.69, Sale $1.99) Kroger Garlic Powder (Reg. $3.49, Sale $2.62) Kroger Paprika (Reg. $2.79, Sale $2.09) 2 bags Marie Calendar croutons (Reg. $1.59, Sale $1.25 – b1g1 Q = $1.25/2) Betty Crocker cookie mix (Reg. $2.69, Sale $2 - .40Q tripled to $1 = $1 = .50 after special) Betty Crocker Potatoes (Reg. $1.29, Sale $1 - .40Q tripled to $1 = FREE) 3 16oz cheese-shredded and block (Reg. $5.99, Sale $2.99) French Fried onions (Reg. $2.39, Sale $1.50 - .55Q = .95) Yellow Onions (Reg. $1.12) Grapefruit (Reg.$3.16, Sale $2.36) Bananas (Reg. $.63) Apples (Reg. $.71) Oranges (Reg. $1.65, Sale .52) I also used a $10 off $50 from Safeway. For this transaction I paid $62.11 and saved $117.37 which was a savings of 65%. There are a couple more things I want to go get but they were out of this morning. Hopefully I will make it over there this weekend.

Monday, November 3, 2008

CVS Trip November 3rd

Do you ever have those days when your kid is acting so bad that you would pay any amount of money to get out of the store? Well, today was one of those days for me. I went to CVS with a plan all worked out and my coupons ready and then Trevor started acting horrible. Needless to say I paid for my stuff in one big purchase instead of breaking it down into smaller purchases like I normally would have. This caused me to spend a LOT more then I planned. Transaction 2 packages of Pampers diapers (Reg. $11.99, Sale $10 - $2 Q & $1.50 Q = 2/$16.50) 2 Olay Quench Lotion (Reg. $7.49, Sale $6 - $3/2Q = $4.50 each) Pumpkin Erasers (Reg. $1.99, Sale $.99) Pumpkin lights (Reg. $4.99, Sale $2.49) 2 pkgs Orange lights (Reg. $3.99, Sale $1.99) Peeper lights (Reg. $9.99, Sale $4.99) 10 pks Ice Cubes gum (Reg. $1.19, Sale $1 – 5 $1/2Q’s = $5) Crest Pro Whitening toothpaste (Reg. $3.89, Sale $3.49 - .75Q = $2.74) Colgate 360 Sonic toothbrush (Reg. $6.99, Sale $4.99 - $2 CVS Q - $1 Q = $1.99) I used $10 ECB and paid $41.08 OOP. This was a savings of $49.01. I earned back $5 ECB for the gum, $2 ECB for the toothbrush, $5 ECB for the Olay, $3.49 ECB for the toothpaste and $5 for pampers. I think next time I will go on the weekend when I can shop alone. I seem to do a lot better with not spending WAY too much.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fry's Trip October 30th

One thing I learned when I started using coupons was to get coupons from the blinkies in the store even if you don’t use them right away. About a month ago Farmer Johns hot dogs had a blinkie machine so I grabbed 3 coupons. The price was too high to purchase them that day but I figured they would go on sale eventually. This week they went on sale for a good deal and so I got the hot dogs super cheap. Transaction 9 Pillsbury cinnamon rolls & crescent rolls (Reg. $2.79, Sale 3/$5 - .30Q tripled to .90 = .77 each) 3 Farmer Johns Hot Dogs (Reg. $3.99, Sale $1 - .75Q = .25 each) Honey Nut Cheerios (Reg. $4.39, Sale $3.49 – Free coupon = FREE) Pet Pride Dog Food (Reg. $15.99, Sale $13.99) Luckily we didn’t need anything major other then dog food so the trip was really fast. I spent $22.70 and saved $36.62 which is 62%.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fry's Trip October 26th

I recently read something about coupons I didn’t know. On coupons that say Do Not Double if the bar code starts with a 9 then the store can’t double them. However, if the bar code starts with a 5 then the store is able to double them. I tried it out with a couple of coupons this morning and it worked. I just love coupons!! Transaction 6 donuts (Reg. $2.99) Sunday paper (Reg. $1.84) 2 ½ gallons of milk (Reg. $2.59, Sale $1.00) Fry’s Apple Juice (Reg. $3.19, Sale $2.17) Kroger Baking Soda (Reg. $1.19, Sale $.99) Tropicana OJ (Reg. $6.29, Sale $3.50 - $1Q = $2.50) Kroger Sour Cream (Reg. $2.29, Sale $1 - $1Q = FREE) 4 Green Giant Veggie (Reg. $2.29, Sale $1 - .25Q tripled to .75 = .25 each) 6 various Quaker Oatmeal (Reg. $4.49, Sale $2 - $3 promo when buy 6 = $9 - $5 in Q’s = $4 for $6) 3 Green Giant Veggie Steamers (Reg. $2.49, Sale $2.29 - $1Q = $1.29 each) Fry’s Pretzels (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1.29) 2 Skippy Peanut Butter (Reg. $3.29 – $3/2 Safeway Q – 1 .60Q doubled to $1 = $1 each) 2 loaves Fry’s Bread (Reg. $1.69, Sale $1) 3 bags Kroger Chocolate Chips (Reg. $2.69, Sale $1) 2 bags Kraft Caramels (Reg. $2.99, Sale $2 - .55Q doubled to $1 = $1 each) Armour Pork Links (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1 - .35Q tripled to $1 = FREE) Kroger Kitchen bags (Reg. $4.99, Sale $4.59) Kroger Marshmallow Cream (Reg. $1.79, Sale $.99) 3 Kroger Cream Cheese (Reg. $1.79, Sale $1) Yoplait Yogurt Drinks (Reg. $3.49, Sale $2.39 - .50Q doubled to $1 = $1.39) Grapes (Reg. $6.88, Sale $2.23) 12 boxes various Hamburger Helper (Reg. $2.39, Sale $1 - .75/3Q doubled to $1/3 = $2/3= $8 total) Celery (Reg. $1.29) Gala Apples (Reg. $1.50, Sale $1.45) Granny Smith Apples (Reg. $1.51, Sale $1.46) Carrots (Reg. $1.29) I was able to stock up on a few items that don’t go on sale all that often so I was pretty happy with my trip. I went at 6 AM so I wasn’t too happy with the early morning hour but it was the only time I could fit it in before it got busy. I used a $10 off when you spend $50 coupon from Safeway and got .35 off for bringing my own bags. Thanks JoEllen for the bags. I have definitely saved some money with them. I ended up spending $47.23 and saving $103.48 which is 68%. That is more the savings percentage I prefer.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Safeway Trip October 25th

Our Safeway store has finally opened after 2 years of waiting. This is their Grand Opening weekend so I decided to go check it out. I went by myself and was glad I did. It was PACKED!! They were giving out lots of free samples and had a couple of really good deals. Transaction C&H Sugar (Reg. $3.79, Sale $.99 - .35Q = .64) Pomegranate Italian Soda (Reg. $3.19, Sale $2.55 - $1Q = $1.55) 2 Quilted Northern TP 4 pks (Reg. $4.29, Sale $.99 each) 1 dozen Lucerne Eggs (Reg. $1.59, Sale $.99) Classic Potato Salad (Reg. $2.29, Sale $2 – free coupon = FREE) Whole Rotisserie Chicken (Reg. $5 - $2Q = $3) I got 10% off my bill for having a new card which saved me $1.25. I ended up spending $7.12 and saving $17.82 which is a 73% savings. I hope they continue to have some good deals so I can add it to my regular shopping agenda.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fry's Trip October 20th

I have decided to have soup week at our house. I am going to make soup for dinner 3 times this week. I wish it was cold so I didn’t have to sweat while eating the soup but at least it will help us get in the fall mood. I am making my friend Jen B’s Butternut Squash soup, Baked Potato soup and Autumn soup. A lot of my shopping trip this week was to buy the ingredients for the soups and the other things were on sale so I could stock up. Transaction 3 half gallons of milk (Reg. $2.59, Sale $.97 each) 2 jugs Apple Juice (Reg. $3.19, Sale $1.49) 2 pks Cottonelle TP (Reg. $1.39, Sale .99 - .50Q doubled to .99 = FREE) 4 Jiffy Cornbread muffin mixes (Reg. $.59, Sale .39 each) 5 cans beans-Kidney and Pinto (Reg. $.99, Sale .44 each) 6 cans Cream of Mushroom soup (Reg. $1.99, Sale .99 - .25/3 Q tripled to .75/3 = $2.25/3) 2 Bounty Basics Paper Towels (Reg. $1.49, Sale .88 - .25Q tripled to .75 = .13 each) Country Crock Butter (Reg. $3.69, Sale $2.58 - .35Q tripled to $1 = $1.58) 2 bags Fry’s Potato chips (Reg. $2.19, Sale $1.67 each) 6 cans broth- chicken and vegetable (Reg. $.99, Sale .44 each) 2 boxes Barilla pasta (Reg. $1.89, Sale $1.50 - .50/2 Q doubled to $1/2 = $1 box) 3 boxes Ronzoni pasta (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1.79 - $1Q = .79 each) Marjoram (Reg. $2.99, Sale $2.24) Eggs (Reg. $3.19, Sale $2.39) Kosher Salt (Reg. $2.29, Sale $1.99) 2 Hunt’s spaghetti sauce (Reg. $1.69, Sale .77 each) 2 Hunt’s Pudding (Reg. $1.79, Sale .88 - .75/2 Q doubled to $1/2 = .76/2) 2 bags shredded cheese (Reg. $3.29, Sale $1.99 each) 1 block cheese (Reg. $3.29, Sale $1.99) 3 lb bag onions (Reg. $2.49) 2 Red Vine Tomatoes (Reg. $1.85, Sale .62) Celery (Reg. $1.29) Carrots (Reg. $1.29) Butternut Squash (Reg. $10.30) Lettuce (Reg. $1.29) I saved 35 cents from bringing my own bags. I ended up spending $52.81 and saving $52.62 which is a 49% savings. I never realized Butternut Squash was so spendy. I am super excited for the soup so it will be a special treat for us.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

CVS Trip October 19th

As you may already know, I heart CVS! Today was another trip that confirmed my love for this store. I found size 1 diapers on clearance 75% off. I was super excited. Now if only I could remember roughly how many size 1 diapers babies go through. Transaction 4 packs size 1 CVS diapers (Reg. $8.99, Sale $2.25) 4 packs flags (Reg. $1.99, Sale $.25 each)—these are to decorate for 4th of July 2 pk Gum Crayola toothbrushes (Reg. $3.99 - .75 Q = $3.24, Earned $3.99 ECB = FREE and made .75) 2 Brach’s candies (Reg. $1.29 earned $1.29 ECB = FREE) 1 Powerade (Reg. $1.69 - $1Q= .69, Earned $1.69 ECB = FREE and made $1) Colgate toothbrush (Reg. $3.49, Sale $2.99 - $1Q = $1.99, Earned $2 ECB = FREE and made .01) 2 Pumpkin Pails (Reg. $1.79, Sale $.99, Earned .99 ECB = FREE) My total was $20.74, I paid $14.79 in ECB and $5.95 OOP. I earned back $12.24 ECB to use next trip. My receipt says I saved a total of $53.56. Not too bad!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fry's Trip October 10th

If you noticed in the Fry’s ad this week it says they are accepting competitor coupons this month as well as tripling coupons. I love when they triple coupons up to $1. I talked to the cashier and you can use a competitor coupon and a manufacturer coupon together on the same item. Sadly I didn’t keep any competitor coupons but I will definitely start looking for some. Transaction Yoplait yogurt drinks (Reg. $3.49, Sale $2.99 - .50 Q doubled to $1 = $1.99) Eggs (Reg. $3.19, Sale $2.39) Milk (Reg. $3.59, Sale $2.89) 3 Toaster Strudel (Reg. $3.19, Sale $2.19 - .35 Q tripled to $1 = $1.19) Hillshire Farm Sausage (Reg. $4.79, Sale $2.50 - $1 Q = $1.50) Hillshire Farm little smokies & Sausage (Reg. $4.79 each, Sale $2.50 - $1/2Q = $2 each) Eggo's (Reg. $3.39, Sale $2.19 - .55 Q doubled to $1 = $1.19) Kroger Yogurt (Reg. $.69, Sale $.50 - .50Q = FREE) Fry’s Butter (Reg. $3.99, Sale $2.99) Kroger Sour Cream (Reg. $2.29, Sale $1.50) Apple Sauce (Reg. $2.69, Sale $1.99) Apple Juice (Reg. $3.19, Sale $2.17 - .35 store Q = $1.82) 3 Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (Reg. $3.49, Sale $1.88 - .35 Q tripled to $1 = .88) 2 Grands Biscuits (Reg. $2.19, Sale $1.25 - .30/2Q tripled to .90/2 = .80 each) Kroger Hash browns (Reg. $2.69, Sale $1.88) Hormel Turkey (Reg. $4.79, Sale $3.50 - .55Q doubled to $1 = $2.50) Oscar Meyer Ham (Reg. $2.99, Sale $2.50 - $1Q = $1.50) 2 cans Refried Beans (Reg. $1.39, Sale $1 - .50/2Q doubled to $1/2 = .50 each) 2 packs Mission Taco shells (Reg. $2.59, Sale $1.99 - .75/2 doubled to $1/2 = $1.49 each) 2 bags Fry’s flour (Reg. $2.69, Sale $1.99) Kroger Kitchen trash bags (Reg. $2.79, Sale $2.39) Cocoa Powder (Reg. $2.99, Sale $2.79) 4 boxes Jiffy Cornbread mix (Reg. $.59, Sale $.44) Healthy Choice Fresh Mix Meal (Reg. $3.99 - $3.99Q = FREE) Kroger cheese (Reg. $3.29, Sale $2.50) 2 Sargento cheese (Reg. $3.69, Sale $2.67 - .55Q doubled to $1 = $2.17 each) Yeast (Reg. $2.79, Sale $2.00 - .45Q tripled to $1 - $1.00) 3 loaves Fry’s Bread (Reg. $1.69, Sale $.97) Baking Powder (Reg. $1.69, sale $1.59) Gala Apples (Reg. $4.01, Sale $1.40) Roma Tomatoes ($.54) I got $.25 for bringing my own bags and I also got a $.50 Catalina to use for next time. I think I received it for purchasing the yeast. I ended up spending $65.08 and saving $61.78 which is 48%. Not my best trip ever but I ran out of several things and didn’t have coupons for them. Better luck next time.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

CVS Trip September 28th

As you can tell from my lack of posts lately I have been slacking on my coupon shopping. I gotta say, when I am nauseous clipping and organizing coupons does not rank high on my list of things I have to do. Now that I am finally starting to feel better I am going to try and put more effort into couponing. I really see a difference in our grocery spending when I don’t use my coupons. I started my day off buy going to CVS. I broke up my trip into two transactions. Transaction #1 3 12 pks Dr. Pepper (Reg. $4.79 each, Sale 4/$13) 1 12 pk Diet Coke (Reg. $4.79, Sale 4/$130 Total was $13. I used a $10 ECB and paid $3 OOP. I got back $3 ECB’s. Transaction #2 2 kids Colgate Toothpaste (Reg. $3.29, Sale $2.50 - .75Q’s = $1.75 each) Gillette Fusion Razor (Reg. $9.99 - $4 Q = $5.99) Cover Girl Foundation ($5.49 - $1 Q = $4.49) Dog treats (Reg. $.99, Clearance .09) 5 bottles Miracle bubbles (Reg. $.99, Clearance .09 each) Table Cloth (Reg. $1.99, Clearance .14) Wacky Water toy (Reg. $1.99, Clearance .19) I used a $3 ECB and a $4.99 ECB and paid $7.70 OOP. I earned back $2 ECB for buy two Colgate toothpastes, $5 ECB for the Gillette Razor and $5.49 ECB for the Cover Girl foundation. I was very excited to see all the clearance items. My son loves bubbles so we should be stocked up for awhile.

Fry's Trip September 28th

I remembered today why I don’t do my grocery shopping on Sunday. It was a total mad house. Luckily I was alone so I had more patience then I do when I have a toddler with me. I didn’t need too much because we have been living off our stockpile but I wanted to get a few staples and a few things that were on sale. Transaction 3 cartons of ice cream/sherbet (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1.00 each) Milk (Reg. $3.59, Sale $1.88) 2 bags Ore Ida Tots (Reg. $3.59, Sale 2/$5 - $1/2 Q = $2.00 each) 2 5lb chubs of hamburger (Reg. $12.99, Sale $4.95 each) 2 Banquet Sausages (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1 - .50/2 Q doubled to $1/2 = .50 each) Land O Lakes butter (Reg. $2.79, Sale $1 - .35 Q doubled to .70 = .30) 3 boxes Pasta Roni (Reg. $1.79, Sale $1 - $1/3 Q = $2/3) Jollytime Popcorn (Reg. $2.99, Sale $1) 3 cans Chef Boyardee (Reg. $1.69, Sale $1 - .35/3 doubled to .70/3 = $2.30/3) Hunts Spaghetti Sauce (Reg. $1.69, Sale $1) Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1.59) 2 Pillsbury brownie mixes (Reg. $2.69, Sale $1 - $1/2Q = .50 each) 3 Betty Crocker Mashed Potato mixes (Reg. $2.29, Sale $1 each) 3 Au Gratin Potatoes (Reg. $2.29, Sale $1 each) 2 Hunt’s pudding snack packs (Reg. $1.79, Sale $1 -.50/2 Q doubled to $1/2 = .50 each) 2 bags shredded cheese (Reg. $3.29, Sale $1.67 each) 4 Martha White muffin mixes (Reg. $1.29, Sale $1 - $1/4 Q = $3/4) 2 Jell-o Pudding mixes (Reg. $1.29, Sale $1 - .55/2 Q doubled to $1/2 = .50 each) Fry’s Bread (Reg. $1.69, Sale $1.50) 9 packs Koolaid (Reg $.33, Sale $.20 each) Block Kroger cheese (Reg. $3.29, Sale $1.66) Bakery Rolls (Reg. $1.99, Clearance for $.79) Gala Apples (Reg. $2.52, Sale $1) Eggs (Reg. $2.19, Sale $1.79) Kraft American Cheese slices (Reg. $3.29 – free Q when buy 3 Kraft items, (koolaid)= FREE) Oscar Meyer Beef Franks (Reg. $5.29, Sale $3.99 – free Q when buy 3 Kraft items, (koolaid) = FREE) Kraft salad dressing (Reg. $2.99, Sale $1.88 – free Q when buy 3 Kraft items, (koolaid) = FREE) Pet Pride Dog Food (Reg. $9.99, Sale $9.49 - $2 Q = $7.49) I also had a coupon for $1 off your next purchase. I can’t remember what I got it for. So after sales and coupons my total was $58.75 and I saved $84.09 which was a savings of 59%.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Frys Trip September 11th

Fry’s is having another sale where you buy 15 participating items and you get $3 off your order. I love these sales but it gives me one more thing I have to keep track of. I have to track my coupons, my spending and now make sure I have the 15 items. Nothing like making me work for that $3. Transaction Fry’s Milk (Reg. $3.69, Sale $2.89) Yoplait yogurt drinks (Reg. $3.49, Sale $2.99 - .50 Q doubled to $1 = $1.99) 2 Blue Bonnet Margarine (Reg. $1.49, Sale .99 each) I can’t believe it’s not butter (Reg. $2.89, Sale $2.39) Kroger shredded cheese 16 oz (Reg. $5.99, Sale $2.99) Kroger OJ (Reg. $3.49, Sale $1.99 - $1 Q = .99) Fry’s Eggs (Reg. $3.19, Sale $2.69) 4 Grands Biscuits (Reg. $2.19, Sale $1.20 - .30/2 Q doubled to .60/2 = $1.80/2) 4 boxes fruit snacks (Reg. $2.99, Sale $1.88 - .50/2 Q doubled to $1/2 = $1.38 each) 2 lbs hamburger (Reg. $9. 99, Sale $3.76) Lettuce ($1.29) Kroger block cheese (Reg. $3.29, Sale $2.27 - $1 Q = $1.27) 4 Fry’s chicken broth (Reg. $.89, Sale .44 each) 2 Prego Spaghetti sauce (Reg. $2.89, Sale $1.20 - .80/2 Q doubled to $1/2 = .70 each) Fry’s Pretzel (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1.29) 5 Chex mix (Reg. $2.59, Sale $1.20 - .50 Q doubled to $1 = .20 each) 2 bags of Raisins ($2.49 - $1/2 = $1.99 each) 2 boxes Cheerios (Reg. $4.29, Sale $1.88 - .75 Q doubled to $1 = .88 each) I got the $3 off for buying 15 participating items and also $.25 for bringing my own bags. My total came to $40.28 and I saved $58.20 which is 59%.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

CVS Trip Sept. 7th

I haven’t been to CVS in several weeks and my ECB’s were about to expire so I figured today was the day. Luckily they had some good sales this week that I could match with coupons and make them free or a money maker. Transaction #1 Right Guard Professional Deodorant (Reg. $9.99, Sale $6.99 - $1 Q = $5.99) Renuzit Tri Scents (Reg. $9.99, Sale $7.99 - $4 Q = $3.99) Pure Black Rice Skin Care Cleaner ($9.99 - $5 Q = $4.99) I also had a $2 off $10 purchase coupon. I paid with $13 ECB’s and $.31 OOP. I earned back $5 ECB for the Right Guard Deodorant, $3 ECB for the Renuzit and $5 for the Pure Black Rice Cleaner. Transaction #2 2 Right Guard men’s deodorants (Reg. $3.29, Sale $2.89 - $1 Q’s = $1.89) 2 Soft & Dri deodorants (Reg. $3.29, Sale $2.89 - .75 Q’s = $2.14) 2 Aussie shampoo & conditioners (Reg. $3.99, Sale $2.49 - $2/2 Q - $1.49 each) Right Guard Professional deodorant (Reg. $9.99, Sale $6.99 - $1 Q = $5.99) L’Oreal Skin Genesis face wash (Reg. $7.99, Sale $5.99 - $1 Q = $4.99) I had a $3 off purchase of $15 coupon and paid with $18 ECB and $1.56 OOP for tax. I earned back $8 ECB for the Right Guard and Soft & Dri deodorants, $5 for the Right Guard Professional deodorant, $2 for the Aussie and $5.99 for the L’Oreal. I walked in with $18 ECB and paid $1.87 OOP. I walked out with $20.99 in ECB and a bunch of FREE stuff. If you need nail polish they are running a good deal on Revlon nail enamel. Pay $3.99 a bottle and earn back $3 ECB. $.99 isn’t bad for nail polish.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Fry's Trip August 22nd

I was excited to see a lot of fruit on sale this week. Since being pregnant I have been craving grapes so I made sure to get some along with some other fruit we don’t get often. Transaction 2 pkgs Cottonelle TP (Reg. $1.39, Sale $.99 - .25 Q doubled to .50 = .49 each) Kroger Bagels (on managers special for $1.29) 2 ½ gallons milk (Reg. $2.59, Sale .97 each) Kroger sour cream (Reg. $2.29, Sale $1.00) Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme pies (Reg. $1.39, Sale $1.00) Crystal Light (Reg. $5.49, Sale $3.99 - $3.99 Q = FREE) Pears (Reg. $3.19, Sale $2.14) Kroger Frozen Peas (Reg. $1.49, Sale .97) 2 Fruit snacks (Reg. $2.19, Sale $1.25 each) 2 Fiber One granola bars (Reg. $3.59, Sale $2 then get them $1 if you buy 4 - .50 Q doubled to $1 = FREE) Simply Lemonade (Reg. $2.99, Sale $2.37) 6 pkgs Farmland Sausage Links (Reg. $2.99, Sale $1.25 - $1 Q = .25 each) 3 pkts Koolaid (Reg. $.33, Sale .20 each) 2 Nature Valley Granola bars (Reg. $3.49, Sale $2 then get them for $1 if you buy 4 - .50Q doubled to $1 = FREE) Farmland Sausage roll (Reg. $2.99, Sale $1.25 - $1 Q = .25) 7 bottles Juicy Juice (Reg. $3.49, Sale $2.50 - $5 when buy $20 in participating items – 7 $1 Q’s = $7 for all and chocolate chips) Nestle Chocolate chips (Reg. $3.29, Sale $2.50 -$5 when you buy $20 in participating items - .55 Q doubled to $1 = $7 for chocolate chips and 7 Juicy Juices) 2 bottles Hershey chocolate syrup (Reg. $2.49, Sale $1.67 each) 2 cans Rosarita refried beans (Reg. $1.39, Sale $1 - .40/2 Q doubled to .80/2 = $1.20) Peaches (Reg. $10.41, Sale $3.68) Bananas ($.58) Bisquick (Reg. $3.99, Sale $3.29) Red Grapes (Reg. $6.19, Sale $1.59) Gala Apples (Reg. $3.08, Sale $2.33) I wish produce had more coupons. Oh well at least I got them all for a good price. My total was $38.67 and I saved $87.73 for a savings of 69%.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Fry's Trip August 17th

When I was stuck eating peanut butter toast for breakfast this morning I realized it was time to give in and go to the grocery store. I have been putting it off because I haven’t been feeling that great and don’t want to deal with the crowds. They had a good deal on Juicy Juice this week and my son goes through a lot of juice so I figured I better take advantage. Transaction 2 ½ gallons Fry’s milk (Reg. $2.59, Sale .97 when you buy $20 worth of groceries) 1 loaf Sara Lee Bread (Reg. $3.39 - $3.39 Q = FREE) 1 bag Tater Tots (Reg. $2.69, Sale $1.99) 2 dozen eggs (Reg. $2.19, Sale .88 when you buy $20 worth of groceries) Frozen Bread Dough (Reg. $3.69, Sale $3.49 - .45 Q = $3.04) 2 loaves Fry’s bread (Reg. $1.69, Sale $.77 when you buy $20 worth of groceries) Roast (Reg. $9.28, Sale $5.56) Simply Limeade (Reg. $2.99, Sale $2.37) Hamburger buns from bakery (on managers special for $.99) King Bread (on managers special for $1.49 - .65 Q doubled to $1 = .49) Bakery Apple Pie (on managers special for $1.79) Fruit Snacks (Reg. $2.19, Sale $1.25) 8 Juicy Juice (Reg. $3.49, Sale for 2/$5, Buy $20 worth and get an extra $5 off – 8 $1 Q’s = $7 total) Chicken Breasts (Reg. $9.25, Sale $4.96 - .55 Q doubled to $1 = $3.96) Small bag dog food (Reg. 3.49, Sale $2.99 - $2.99 Q = FREE) Kroger 16 oz shredded cheese (Reg. $5.99, Sale $3.50) 2 2lb chubs ground beef (Reg. $9.99, Sale $3.94 each) 2 boxes Jiffy corn bread (Reg. .59, Sale .44 each) Kroger mushrooms ($.99) 2 cans Tuna fish (Reg. $1.29, Sale .88 each) Cream of mushroom soup (Reg. $1.99, Sale $1.50) 5 lb bag of potatoes ($3.49) Salt (Reg. .79, Sale .69) 8 oz block cheese (Reg. $3.29, Sale $1.99) Crisco ($2.99) Garlic ($1.49) Lettuce ($1.29) Along with my coupons I also had get $6 off when you spend $60 and 35 cents for bring your own bags. I ended up spending $55.75 and saving $72.02 which is 56%.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

CVS Trip August 10th

There is a new $2/$10 CVS coupon (pg 30 of the magazine) out right now so I was looking forward to going to CVS this morning. I broke up my purchases into three transactions so I could use the coupon 3 times. Transaction #1 3 pkgs Dove Chocolates (Reg. $4.49, Sale $3.00 - $1.50 Q = $1.50 each) 1 pkg Peanut M & M’s (Reg. $3.29, Sale $2.00) CVS coffee Filters ($1.89) I used the $2/$10 coupon and $6.00 in ECB’s. I paid 39 cents OOP and earned back $5 ECB for the candy deal. Transaction #2 Huggies Pull-Ups (Reg. 12.49, Sale $8.99 - $2 Q = $6.99) Huggies Supreme diapers size 2—stocking up for baby #2—(Reg. $10.99, Sale $8.99 -$1 Q = $7.99) Huggies size 5 (Reg. $11.99, Sale $8.99 - $1 Q = $7.99) I used the $2/$10 coupon and $5 ECB that was earned from Transaction #1. I ended up paying $17.59 OOP and earned $5 ECB for the baby needs deal. Transaction #3 Alavert (Reg. $10.99, Sale $5.99 - $4 Q = $1.99) CVS Ibuprofen (Reg. $3.19 – Q for free CVS Ibuprofen =FREE) Lamasil (Reg. $7.59 - $4 Q = $3.59) Lamisilk (Reg. $8.29 - $3 Q = $5.29) I used the $2/$10 coupon and $7.79 in ECB’s. I paid $1.73 OOP and earned $10 ECB for the Lamasil/Lamasilk deal and $3 for the Alavert deal. I ended up paying $15.50 after all three transactions were complete and saving $67.04.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Fry's Trip August 8th

We are almost out of milk so I went to Fry’s to pick some up and grab a couple other deals while I was there. Transaction 4 boxes of Electrasol tabs (Reg. $4.99, Sale $2.99 - $2.25 Q= .74 each) 5 boxes Curves granola bars (Reg. $3.59, Sale $1 when you buy 4 - .50 Q doubled to $1 = FREE) 3 boxes Caribou bars (Reg. $3.59, Sale $1 when you buy 4 - .50 Q doubled to $1 = FREE) 1 loaf Fry’s Bread (Reg. $1.69, Sale $1.50) 2 Pillsbury Pizza Crust (Reg. $2.99, Sale $1 - .35 Q doubled to .70= .30 each) Kroger cheese (Reg. 3.29, Sale $1.99 - .45Q = $1.54) 2 Barilla pastas (Reg. $1.89, Sale $1.29 - .50/2 doubled to $1 = .79 each) 2 Kroger fruit snacks (Reg. $2.19, Sale $1.25 each) 4 boxes Jiffy mix (Reg. .59, Sale .44 each) 2 Kraft Mac N Cheese (Reg. $.99, Sale $.80) 2 Hamburger Helper (Reg. $2.39, Sale $1.39 each) Simply Limeade (Reg. $2.99, Sale $2.37 - .50 Q doubled to $1 = $1.37) 3 12pks soda (Reg. $4.89, Sale 3/$10) 2 bags Kroger chips (Reg. $2.19, Sale $1.67, Buy 3 sodas get them FREE) 2 Dole fruit cups (Reg. $2.99, Sale $2 - .75/2 Q doubled to $1 = $1.50 each) 2 Dole fruit in parfait (Reg. $2.99, Sale $2 - .75 Q doubled to $1 = $1 each) Kroger Honey Bear (Reg. $3.99, Sale $2.99) Milk (Reg. 3.59, Sale $2.89) Bananas ( .83) Fry’s Canola Oil (Reg. $3.89, Sale $3.17) 4 ears of corn (Reg. 2.76, Sale $2 - $1 Q for purchasing $3 in produce = $1) I found out today that you can use Fresh N Easy coupons at Fry’s. Luckily I had one with me so I got an extra $5 off since my order was over $20. I ended up spending $39.65 and saving $86.91. This worked out to be a savings of 68%.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

CVS Trip July 27th

I have decided to write out my transactions a little different to better show what I am saving vs. spending on each item. I hope it will make it easier to see the deals I am often able to find.

I hit CVS this morning for their free make-up and a couple other items.

Transaction

Revlon Eye Shadow (Reg. $11.99, Sale $9.99-$2 Q = $7.99)
3 Schick Intuition Razors (Reg. $9.99, Sale $3.99 - $4 Q= FREE)
Colgate toothpaste (Reg. $3.29, Sale $1.77- $1 CVS Q-$1 Q = Overage of .27)
Dora Bandaids (Reg. $3.29, Sale $2.99- $1 Q = $1.99)
4 Sure Deodorant (Reg. 2.89 x 4 - 2 B1G1 Q’s= $5.78)

ECB’s Earned

$6 for purchasing Sure Deodorant, $9.99 for Revlon make-up & $2 for Bandaids.

I used $15 in ECB’s and $2.33 OOP. Earned back $17.99 in ECB’s. I ended up taking all this stuff home plus earned 66 cents.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Fry's Trip July 26th

Fry’s is having a big Mega Sale this week where you buy 10 items and save $5 with a limit of three per transaction. Since we are pretty well stocked up I decided to get some special snack items this week.

Transaction

2 Betty Crocker Mini Delights-- $2.00 each
Fry’s Apple Sauce-- $1.99
2 Tyson chicken snacks-- $2.50 each
2 Edwards Oreo Pies--$2.00 each
Brawny Paper Towels-- $1.50
2 pkgs Sargento cheese-- $2.00 each
2 Betty Crocker cookie mix--$1.50 each
2 Franks Red Hot Sauce--$1.50 each
2 Lysol kitchen cleaner--$2.00 each
Dozen Eggs--$1.67
Country Crock butter--$2.17
2 Skintimate Shave Gel--$2.00 each
Bananas--$1.13
3 Dove Ice Creams--$2.00 each
Gallon milk--$2.99
Heinz Ketchup--$2.00
9 Fry’s Apple Juice--$1.50 each
20 canned veggies—20/$10

Coupons Used

$15 off for purchasing 30 sale items
.25 for bring your own bags
2 .50 off Betty Crocker Mini Delights—doubled to $1.00
$1/2 Tyson products
$1/2 Betty Crocker cookie mix
2 .35 off Frank’s hot sauce—doubled to .70
3 $1 off Dove Ice cream
2 .55 off Skintimate shave gel—doubled to $1
2 .50 off Lysol products—doubled to $1
.55 off Country Crock butter—doubled to $1
$1/2 Sargento cheeses
.50 Brawny Paper Towels—doubled to $1
2 .75 off Edwards pies—doubled to $1

I ended up spending $41.85 after sales and coupons and saved $83.96 which is 67%. Not too bad. Now to figure out where to store all the juice and veggies.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

CVS Trip July 20th

I got up bright and early this morning and was at CVS when it opened at 7 AM. I like to get my CVS trip out of the way for the week so I don’t have to try to take my son and figure out deals.

Transaction #1

2 CVS baby wipes—2/$4
2 CVS diapers—2/$12

Coupons Used

$3 off a purchase of $15
$2 off CVS product purchase

I used $10 in ECB’s and paid $1.08 OOP. I earned back $5 ECB’s.

Transaction #2

2 All Small & Mighty--$6.19 each, on sale for B1G1 Free
6 L’Oreal Vive Pro shampoo & conditioners-- $4.99 each, on sale for B1G1 Free
2 Sure Deodorants-- $2.89 each
4 Trident Extra gums-- $1.49 each, on sale for B1G1 free

Coupons Used

$3 off purchase of $15
2 $1 off All detergent
3 B1G1 free coupons for L’Oreal Vive Pro
1 B1G1 free coupon for Sure deodorant
.50 off Trident extra gum
.75 off Trident extra gum

I used a $5 ECB from last transaction and paid $2.34 OOP. I earned back $3 ECB for Sure deodorant and $2 for Trident extra gum.

It didn’t turn out quite as great as I wanted. I lost $5 in ECB’s and paid $3.42 OOP. I really needed diapers, wipes and detergent so I am happy with the trip.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Fry's Trip July 19th

I have to say this is one of the biggest grocery shops I have done in awhile. I am hoping it will last us a couple weeks and I will only have to go back for a couple of items. Luckily I was able to go alone so it made the trip much easier.

Transaction

2 24 pks Dasani water—free with purchase of 20 Powerade’s
5 cans jumbo olives-- $1.00 each
3 cans Rosarita Refried Beans-- $1.00 each
20 cans tomato sauce—10/$1
20 Powerades—20/$15
2 pkgs chicken breasts -- $4.58 & $4.39
Dozen eggs-- $1.00
Gallon milk--$2.99
4 boxes of crackers-- $1.50 each
2 pkgs stick butter-- .87 each
3 Pantene shampoo/conditioners—3/$7
Parmesan cheese-- $2.38
Cottage cheese-- $2.99
Apple Juice-- $1.88
4 boxes Pop Tarts-- $1.00 each
2 boxes Elbow Macaroni-- $1.50
Frozen Peas-- .97
Frozen Corn-- .97
Sharp Cheddar Cheese-- $2.17
3 loaves bread-- $1.00 each
Flour-- $1.88
2 bean dips-- $1.00 each
2 Frito’s-- $1.00 each
Block Cheddar cheese-- $2.27
Turkey lunch meat-- $3.00
2 Jiffy Muffin Mixes-- .44 each
Brown Sugar-- $1.99
Lettuce-- $1.29
2 cartons of Strawberries-- $1.00 each
2 ears of corn-- $1.00
Bananas-- $1.07

Coupons Used

.50 off 2 Barilla pasta
.60 off Daisy Cottage Cheese—doubled to $1.00
$1.00 off lunch meat
3 $2 off Pantene
3 $1 off Powerade
2 .55 off Pilgrims Pride chicken—doubled to $1.00
2 $1 off crackers
$1 off 2 Pop Tarts

After all was said and done I paid $77.20 and saved $114.88 which is 60%. I think my family should be well hydrated for awhile with all the drinks I bought.

Farmer's Market July 19th

We went to the Farmer's Market this morning. I love that place. The produce is so fresh and smells so good. Here is what we got for $8.18. My son has already eaten part of the cantaloupe. He was asking for it the whole way home.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

CVS Trip July 13th


I did two transactions at CVS this morning. One of them turned out a lot better than the other.

Transaction #1

Herbal Essences shampoo-- $2.50
Herbal Essences conditioner-- $2.50
Bayer with Heart Advantage--$4.99
3 Sally Hanson nail polishes-- .99 each
CVS Makeup removal clothes-- $2.99

Coupons Used

$3 off purchase of $15
$2 off CVS face product
$3 off 2 Sally Hanson polishes—adjusted down to $2.97
$2.50 off Bayer
$3 off 2 Herbal Essences products

I used $2 in ECB and paid $1.20 oop. I earned back a $1 ECB for CVS makeup clothes and $2 for Bayer product. So on this transaction I paid 20 cents.

Transaction #2

Herbal Essences shampoo--$2.50
Herbal Essences conditioner--$2.50
3 Sally Hanson nail polishes-- .99 each
CVS Makeup removal clothes--$2.99
2 Lamisilk lotions--$3.29 each

Coupons Used

$3 off $15 purchase
$2 off CVS face product
$3 off 2 Sally Hanson nail polishes—adjusted to $2.97
Buy one get one free for Lamisilk--$3.29

I used $5.98 in ECB’s and paid 83 cents out of pocket. I earned $1 back for CVS makeup removal clothes.

I had a $3/2 Herbal Essences product coupon that for some reason it didn’t get scanned. I noticed when I got home and didn’t feel like going back to argue it. On this transaction I paid $5.81. It would have only been $2.81 if my coupon would have been rung. Oh well. I figure I get enough free stuff from CVS that I should pick and choose my battles.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Fry's Trip July 8th

Today is the last day of the 77 cent sale at Fry’s so I decided to go get some more milk since we are almost out.

Transaction

4 ½ gallons milk--$1.99 each
4 pkgs Bar S Hot Dogs--$1.99 each
4 cans Bush’s Baked Beans—4/$5
Eggs-- $3.19
Dannon Yogurt—managers special for $1.39
4 boxes of popsicles-- $1.99 each

Coupons Used

$1 off Dannon yogurt

When you buy $25 worth of stuff you get the milk, hot dogs, baked beans and popsicles for 77 cents each. I ended up paying $15.65 and saved $17.81.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

CVS Trip July 6th

I headed out to CVS this morning to get some Olay products that are on sale. Sadly when the cashier gave me my total he hadn’t pushed the correct key. So when I handed over my ECB my total went way over. So I had to quickly add a couple of things otherwise I would have lost almost $4 in ECB’s. After all the confusion this is what I ended up with.

Transaction

Gillette 2 in 1 body wash-- $3.99
2 CVS panty liners-- .99 each
1 Olay ribbons body wash-- $5.99
2 Olay Regenerist face scrubs-- $5.99
1 Olay Regenerist cloth cleaners--$5.99
1 CVS makeup remover cloths-- $2.99
2 Post Honey Bunches of Oats--$4.29 each—b1g1 free
1 CVS paper towels 3 pk--$1.99
2 pkgs mini pretzels-- .69 each

Coupons Used

$1 off Gillette body wash
$1 off pretzels
$1 off paper towels
$2 off Olay ribbons
$2 off cvs face purchase
$3 off any face product
3 $3 off Regenerist products
$3.79 off Honey Bunches of Oats

I paid $17.99 in ECB’s and .60 oop.
I got back $10 ECB’s for purchasing $20 in Olay products, $1.98 for panty liners, $1 for the CVS facial cleaner wipes and $1 for my spring spending.

So I ended up paying $4.61 for $55.68 worth of stuff.

Staples Trip July 6th


Staples is having some good back to school deals so I stopped by and picked up a few things.

Transaction

4 binders-- .25 each—regularly .99 each
1 pkg highlighters--$4.99
2 bottles Purell-- .01 each—regularly .49 each
10 2 pocket folders-- .01 each—regularly .10 each

So I saved $4.08 today with buying stuff on sale and I have already submitted my easy rebate for the highlighters. Once I get that back I will have paid $1.63 for this stuff.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Fry's Trip July 3rd

I ran to the store to finish the rest of my shopping for the week. It was a nice quick trip.

Transaction

2 bags Fry’s chips--$1.00 each
2 ½ gallon milk-- .77 each
Bananas--$1.01
2 cans green beans-- .77 each
Starbucks Truffle chocolates-- .99
Hot dog buns-- $1.39
5 boxes Jiffy corn bread mix-- .44 each
4 ears corn on the cob--$2.00
Kroger veggie dip-- $1.00
2 Kroger sour cream--$1.00 each
Popsicles-- .77
2 pkgs chicken—b1g1 free--$7.73
Dole salad-- .77
Breyers Ice cream--$1.99
Celery-- $1.99
French Fried Onions-- $2.39
Green Onions-- .79
Peaches-- $1.23

Coupons Used

.50 off French fried onions—doubled to $1.00
.75 off Dole salad—doubled to match price of .77
$1.50 off Starbucks chocolates
.25 off for bring your own bags

As you can see I didn’t have many coupons today. I ended up spending $29.81 and saving $34.03 with coupons and sales.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Walmart Trip July 2nd

My husband is working from home today so I decided to take some “me time” while my son was napping. I went to Walmart to see if I could find any good deals and pick up an All you magazine. This magazine is great because it has coupons inside. I love myself some coupons!!

Transaction

3 Mott’s for Tots juices-- $2.48 each
6 Apple & Eve Juices—on clearance for 50 cents each
Muir Glen diced tomatoes-- $1.34
2 Monster Trucks-- $2.97 (these are a surprise for my son)
Zantac-- $3.98
All you magazine--$1.77

Coupons Used

$1 off Muir Glen
3 .75 off Mott’s for Tots
$5 off Zantac
3 $1/2 Apple & Eve

I was so excited to find juice for 50 cents each and to have coupons to make them free is even better. I spent $13.19 and saved $11.25 with coupons. The juice should last us at least a week.
:)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Fry's Trip July 1st

I am making Nachos for dinner tonight and realized I didn’t have any refried beans. I usually only go to the store once a week but didn’t have much to do today so off we went. As soon as we pulled into the parking lot my son started saying “cookie, cookie”. So the first place we hit was the bakery for a free cookie.

Transaction

3 Pasta Roni’s-- $1.00 each
2 ½ gallons of milk-- .77 when you buy $25 worth of groceries
7 bottles of Lawry’s Marinade-- $1.00 each
7 bottles of Cattlemens BBQ sauce-- $1.00 each
1 can refried beans-- $1.19
Blue Bonnet stick margarine-- .87
Fry’s apple juice-- $1.88
3 bags of Wacky Mac-- $1.69 each

Coupons Used

$1 off 3 pasta roni’s
7 .75 off Cattlemens BBQ sauce—fry’s doubled to $1.00= free
7 .50 off Lawry’s marinade—fry’s doubled to $1.00= free
3 .50 off wacky mac
I also got 15 cents off for bringing my own bags. Thanks JoEllen!! (she got them for me as a gift)

So I spent $10.89 and saved $53.90 with coupons and sales.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

I found a couple of printable coupons on the Internet for free Thomas Trains at Toys R us. I plan on saving one for a Christmas gift and giving one to my son on our vacation. Hopefully it will help keep him occupied on the plane.

Albertson's Trip June 28th


I heard they were having good deals at Albertsons this week so I decided to go check it out. I had everything planned down to the penny and matched up with my coupons. Wouldn't you know that they would be out of several of the things I wanted and really needed. This left me scrambling to find things to add so I could get the deal. You had to buy 10 of the listed items and you got $5 off your purchase. You could only do 2 deals per transaction so I had my husband do one and I did the other. He isn't familiar with coupons so I did my best to make his easy. Of course...that is the one that was messed up.

Transaction #1

2 Kraft mayo--$2.50 each
planter's peanuts--$2.50
crouton's--$1.00
18 count eggs--$2.00
French's spicy brown mustard--$1.00
Cool whip in a can--$2.00
A1 steak marinade--$2.00
marshmallows--$1.00
cream cheese--$1.50

Coupons Used

$5 off from the Albertsons deal
$3 for the planter's peanuts
.30 off the mustard
$1.00 off A1 marinade

This transaction total was $8.96 and I saved $24.80 with sales and coupons.


Transaction #2

Cheerios snack mix--$2.00
Betty Crocker brownie mix--$2.00
4 suddenly salad's--$1.00 each
Bull's eye BBQ sauce--$1.50
planter's peanuts--$2.50
croutons--$1.00
French's mustard--$1.00
2 strawberry flavored cool whip's--$1.00 each
2 cool whips in a can--$2.00 each
pinto beans--$1.00
Vlasic relish--$1.00
2 A1 steak marinades--$2.00 each
2 pkgs Kraft cheese--$2.00 each
5 lb bag potatoes--$3.99
1 lb strawberries--.99

Coupons Used

2 $5 off for the Albertson's deal
$3 off planters
$1 off cheerios snacks
2 .50 off suddenly salad
.75 off bulls eye BBQ sauce
$1 off cool whip in a can
.30 off French's mustard
.40 off Betty Crocker brownie mix
2 $1 off a1 marinade
$1/2 Kraft cheese

For this transaction I spent $15.03 and saved $51.45 with sales and coupons. I really wanted to stock up on olives but they were out so I had to add 5 things I didn't plan on adding.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Fry's Trip June 26th

There wasn’t a whole lot on sale at Fry’s this week that I needed. I just stopped in to get a couple things that I needed and I will do the rest of my shopping at Albertson’s this weekend.

Transaction

2 3lb bags of Kroger chicken tenders—on sale for $4.99
1 jug Fry’s apple juice--$1.88
1 bottle of Powerade--.79
1 dozen eggs
1 bag chocolate chips--$1.12
1 bag powdered sugar--$1.99
1 bag shredded cheese--$1.64
$19.50 bottle corn syrup--$2.29
1 Minute Maid lemonade-- .99
1 block cheese--$1.64

Coupons Use

.40 off Kroger eggs
.75 off of powerade—fry’s doubles so they added the extra .04 to make the Powerade free
.45 off Kroger cheese

Not the best shopping trip ever but the things I needed weren’t on sale. My total was $22.12 and I saved $19.50 with sales and coupons.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

CVS Trip June 22


I headed out before church today to get some deals. I was able to return the Head & Shoulders shampoo from the other day so they gave me a gift card for $6.48. Oh and I also found all my missing coupons. Turns out they fell out when I was taking out expired coupons and I accidently threw them away. Luckily I figured it out before the trash went out. All were in perfectly good shape. Whew!!!

Transaction

1 Aussie conditioner --$2.99
1 pack of Duracell 9 volt batteries--$5.29
3 packs of Charmin TP--$5.99 each
1 Colgate Sponge Bob toothbrush--$2.99
2 Colgate toothpaste--$2.99
8 Soy Joy Bars--$1.00 each
2 Huggies baby wash--$3.49 each
2 Johnson’s buddies bars-- .99 each

Coupons Used
$10 off $50 purchase
2 25 cents off Charmin
50 cents off Duracell
2 $1 off Johnson’s buddies
2 $1 off Huggies products
2 $1.50 off Colgate toothpaste
B2g1 coupon for Soy Joy—saved me $1.39

ECB’s Used
$1.99, $2.00, $2.00, $3.00, $3.98, $6.00, $6.98.

Used $6.48 from the gift card and paid $1.05 OOP (out of pocket).


ECB’s Earned
$4 for huggies body washes, $10 for Charmin & Duracell, $2 for Aussie hair care, $6 for colgate products and $8 for Soy Joy bars.


So I spent $25.95 in ECB, $6.48 on gift card and $1.05 oop. Earned back $30 in ECB. Not too bad!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Fry's Trip June 21

The sales weren’t great this week but there were a couple okay deals. So I loaded Trevor up and we headed over to Fry’s. He likes grocery shopping because he can get a free cookie at the bakery counter. I like it because it keeps him busy for a few minutes. I realized while looking for a Powerade coupon that all my drink coupons somehow fell out of my binder. I am extremely bummed because I had some good ones. Oh well. Not much I can do about it.

Transaction

2 Fry’s ½ gallon milk—on sale for $1.00 each
2 Jiffy cornbread muffin mix—2/.88
2 Corn on the cob—2/$1
3 Excedrin PM—on sale for $1.99 each
2 Fry’s wheat bread--$1.00 each
1 Kraft Live Active cheese sticks—on sale for $3.99
3 Rice a Roni’s-- $1.00 each
10 Koolaid packets-- .10 each
1 package salad mix--.88
1 package ice cream cones--$1.29
1 Cantaloupe-- $2.10
4 bananas-- .95
2 packages baby carrots-- $1.00 each
Grapes-- $1.57
1 lb Kroger shredded cheese-- $3.00

Coupons Used
2 $2 off Excedrin PM
$1.00 off Live Activ product
$1.00 off Dole Salad mix
$1.00 off 3 rice a roni’s

After sales and coupons I spent $23.01 and saved $40.48. I am hoping for better sales next week. And maybe I will find my missing coupons.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

CVS Trip June 19th


My friend Jen B wants to learn how to “CVS” so I met her tonight to show her how I work my deals. It was fun having a buddy to shop with.

Transaction

2 CVS diapers 2/$12
2 Russell Stover chocolates (clearanced for $1.60)
2 Whitman Samplers (clearanced for $1.00)
Tylenol extra strength $4.49
2 Oral-B power toothbrush heads $5.99 each
2 Head & Shoulders shampoos $5.99 each
2 Listerine Smart Rinse Mouthwash $3.49 each
2 CVS bandaids $1.99 each

Coupons used
$10 off $50 purchase
$2 off $10 cvs purchase
2 $1 off listerine smartrinse
$1.50 off pain medicine from CVS
$1.50 off tylenol
2 $20 off Whitman Sampers
2 $2 off Russell Stovers
$8.29 off Oral-B toothbrush heads (not sure where the amount came from)
I had a b1g1 coupon for head and shoulders but for some reason he didn’t ring it.

ECB Used
$10, $6, & $6.99 and paid $1.54 out of pocket

ECB Earned
$6 for Oral-B toothbrush heads
$6.98 for Listerine Smart Rinse
$3.98 for bandaids
$2 for Tylenol
$2 for Head & Shoulders

I ended up spending $3.57 because the b1g1 Head & Shoulders coupon didn’t print. I am going to return the second one next time I go to the store and get back the $5.99 I spent for it.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

CVS Trip June 15th

I realized this morning that we had run out of diapers and I didn’t have any backups. So I set off to CVS to see if I could find a bargain. This is what I ended up with.

2 pkgs CVS diapers- regular price $9.49 on sale for 2/$12
2 Oral-B power toothbrushes- regular price $8.29 on sale for $5.99 each
2 Almay one coat mascaras- regular price $7.99 on sale for $6.99 each
1 Oral-B twin pack manual toothbrushes- regular price $7.99 on sale for $6.99
1 CVS sheer bandaids- regular price $2.29 on sale for $1.99
1 Brut deodorant- $2.89

Coupons Used
$10 off $50 purchase
$2 off $10 CVS purchase
.55 off Brut deodorant
2 $1 off Almay products
B1G1 Oral-B power toothbrush

ECB Used $1.49, $2, $3, $3.49, $4 & $10
Used the rest of my gift card $2.78 and put $3.65 on my debit card

ECB Earned $6 for the 2 Oral-B power toothbrushes, $10 for 2 Almay mascaras, $6.99 for Oral-B manual toothbrush, $1.99 for Bandaids & $3 for the Brut.

So after it was all said and done I ended up actually spending $2.43. Not bad for 60 diapers plus all the extra stuff.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Walmart trip June 14th

My husband, son and I were out running around this morning when I remembered we needed to pick up some apple juice. I worked out some deals real quick to help me cover part of the cost of the apple juice and get a couple extra items.

As you can tell from the picture there are several small trial sized items. I don’t really need any of these but I buy them to help pay for the items I do need.

Transaction:

2 Mott’s for Tots Apple juice $2.48 each – (2) .75 Q =$1.73 each
2 Powerade drinks 60 each – (2) .75 Q = .15 overage for each
2 Farmland hams $2.88 each – (2) $2 Q = .88 each
4 Old Spice Red Zone Body wash .97 each- (2) $1 Q = .03 overage for each
Mott’s for Tots Apple Juice 9 pk $2.67 - .75 Q = $1.92
2 KY Jelly’s $2.57 – (2) $3 Q = .43 overage for each
4 Gillette 2 in 1 body wash .79 each – (4) $1 Q = .21 overage for each
Travel kids toothpaste 50 cents
3 Oral-B dental floss .97 each – (3) $1 Q = .03 overage for each
1 Kotex pantyliners $1 - $1 Q = free
2 Mac N Cheese .62 each

Before coupons I would have paid $33.81. After the coupons I paid…$8.06. This price includes $1.38 for tax.