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memorial day sale at publix

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Had a great shopping spree at Publix yesterday with the amazing coupons Kraft has been putting out in the past few weeks. The current sale prices are good through Wednesday so there is still time for you to get these deals!

Kraft Bagel-Fuls – $4/2
I had four $1 off coupons making my cost just $1 per box

Kraft American Cheese singles – BOGO at $2.59 for 2 packages
I had four $1 off coupons making my cost 1.18 for 4 packages

Kraft BBQ sauce – BOGO at $1.49 for 2 bottles
I had four $1 off coupons, Publix paid me $1.02 to buy this BBQ sauce!

Kraft salad dressing – BOGO at $2.99 for 2 bottles
I had four $1 off coupons making my cost $1.98 for 4 bottles

Wheat Thins – BOGO at $2.79 for 2 boxes
I had four $1 off coupons making my cost $1.58 for 4 boxes

Kellogs Corn Pops and Rice Krispies – $1.99 per box
I had $1 off coupons making each box 99 cents.

I also got a frozen dinner, some spaghetti sauce, and Tyson nuggets. I had $19.60 in coupons and saved $23 and change on specials / sales. My total out of pocket paid was $22.86!

quickie cvs deals

Monday, April 6th, 2009

I had just enough time after my son’s piano lesson this afternoon for a quick CVS run. Let’s see how I did?

1. Coupon kiosk – not cooperating with me today, so no coupons.
2. Skintimate shaving gel – on sale for $3.49 and I got $3.49 in ECB back – freebie!
3. Excedrin 24 count – on sale for $1.99 and I had a $2.00 off coupon – freebie!
4. Colgate toothpaste – on sale for $2.99 and I had a $.75 off coupon AND got $2.00 in ECB back – making it 25 cents for me. Almost a freebie!

I used $5 in ECB from a previous purchase making my out of pocket only 83 cents. I received not only the ECB mentioned above but another $4.50 in ECB for my “winter spending”.

monday savings

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

My whole lunch hour on Monday was spent stocking up on savings!

First I went to Wal-Greens, where I snagged:

1. A bottle of SoftSoap body wash, on sale for $3.99 minus the $1.00 off coupon I had. With each purchase of this body wash this week, you get a FREE coupon that prints with your receipt for the purchase of a free bottle.

2. Halls couch drops – free with a coupon!

3. Two boxes of Life cereal, on sale for 2/$5 minus the $1 off 2 boxes coupon I had. That made each box $2 plus I received $2 in Register Rewards for a future purchase.

Next it was on to CVS:

1. Cleaning supplies were on sale 2/$5 with $1 in EBC back, so I bought a bottle of Fantastik and a bottle of Scrubbing Bubbles. I had coupons for each bottle making my out of pocket cost $3.25 AND I got $1 in ECB too!

2. I bought a Paas egg coloring kit for $1.99 and got $1.99 in ECB back…we’re dying eggs for free this year!

3. I used a rain check for some body wash that had been out of stock, so I paid $4.99 for the body wash but I got $5 in ECB back.

4. I purchased Ponds cleanser ($6.99) and Ponds cleansing cloths ($3.99) for a total of $10.98 so I could qualify for the “Buy $10 worth of Ponds and get $5 in ECB back” deal.

6. I bought All Small & Mighty detergent on sale for $4.49 and had a $.45 off coupon.

7. Peeps!! 3 packages for the kids Easter baskets…only $.96 a box!

8. Halls cough drops – completely FREE with coupon!

My total out of pocket at CVS was 14.39 with tax. That includes my manufacturer coupons and $10 in ECB I put towards today’s purchase. Not too shabby!!

win a kissimmee florida getaway

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Matthew turns 10 (eek!) in a matter of…well, a month and a half, and I’m trying to think of something special we can do as a family to celebrate his move into double digits. When we went to Atlanta last month he was ALL about going to Medieval Times for dinner. Lucky for us, we don’t need to travel all the way to Georgie to feast on chicken and ale and watch knights joust, because we’ve got our very own Medieval Times location right in Kissimmee Florida. Jim and I went there 13 years ago on our honeymoon, but we’ve never taken the kids!

Walkabout Waters mainI’m thinking a long weekend in Kissimmee might be just the thing for a boy reaching the ripe old age of 10, and I can think of loads of activities to do, from using our Sea World passes to shopping at my favorite outlet malls to cooling off in one of the theme park water parks. And I know any kids of mine would LOVE to play laser tag!

Best of all, right now you don’t have to pay a thing to visit Kissimmee and the Central Florida area surrounding Orlando…if you’re lucky! You can enter to win a Kissimmee vacation and enjoy either a 3 day / 2 night weekend getaway for two or a week long vacation for four! Drawings are being held between now and June 1, 2009 so hurry up and enter!


cvs trip and coupons galore

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

I hit CVS on my lunchbreak today and had a very profitable trip!

First things first – I ALWAYS stop and scan my CVS card at the coupon kiosk. Sometimes I get coupons…sometimes not. Today was a good day and the machine spit out a $5 off $20 purchase coupon good for 3 days only.

Among the first items to enter my cart were the bottles of Dawn soap on sale 2 for $2. When I bought two with my ECB card, I got $1ECB back…final cost $1.00 for 2!

Next I snagged two bags of the CVS brand candy. On another trip I had scanned my card at the coupon kiosk and received a $1 off 2 bags coupon. The bags were on sale for $.99 so the final cost with my coupon was 50 cents a bag. The candy is going into the Easter baskets for the kids.

I also took advantage of the TG Lee milk deal, buying 2 gallons and getting $2 in ECB back, making my final price $2 per gallon. And we go through a LOT of milk in our house!

I snagged a SpeedStick deoderant for Jim – on sale for $2.99 with $1 in EBC back making my final price $.99!

I used 2 new Softsoap coupons on a new dispenser and refill and got a free bottle of Suave with a coupon I received in the mail. I also used a few ECB from previous purchases, making my out of pocket for today only $14.59 (including tax) and I received $12 ECB for future purchases!

walgreens paid me to take home conditioner

Monday, March 9th, 2009

I had a very successful lunchtime run to Wal-Greens and CVS today. Let’s begin with Wal-Greens, which is where I began my saving spree. I forgot my handy dandy list so I grabbed a weekly flyer and the March coupon book to guide me.

I didn’t need any help finding the huge endcap of Granier Fructis shampoos and conditioners though! They’re on sale for $2.99 and there’s a $2 off store coupon in the March coupon booklet. PLUS, I had two coupons, each for $1 off a shampoo or conditioner. I also snagged a bottle of Garnier Fructis spray gel that was good in the sale as well and used a $1 off coupon for a Garnier Fructis styling product. $2.99 – $2.00 (store coupon) = $.99 – $1.00 (manufacturers coupon) = 2 bottles of free conditioner and a bottle of free spray gel for ME! My next stop was the toothpaste aisle. Crest Pro-Health is on sale for $2.49 – Register Rewards* Good on Next Purchase $1 = Like Paying $1.49…except that I had a $.75 coupon so I paid $.74!

Still browsing toothpaste I spotted the Colgate Total Advanced on sale for $3.49 with a $2.50 off store coupon in the March Easy Saver Catalog. $3.49 – $2.50 = $.99 and I had a $1.00 off coupon, so not to be outdone by CVS….Wal-Greens paid me a penny to take home toothpaste.

My out of pocket total at Wal-Greens this afternoon was $2.68, and $.98 of that is tax! I also earned a $1 RR for next time.

Onward to CVS, where my savings weren’t as huge but I did use several ExtraCare Bucks I had accumulated over the past few weeks. I got:

4 Coke 12-packs – on sale for 4/$13 with $3 in ECB back
3 boxes of Cinnamin Toast Crunch – on sale for 3 for $10 with $5 in ECB back, plus I had a $1 off coupon
1 Big Red Gum in the new slim pack – coupon for a free package!
1 bottle of Palmolive dish soap – on sale for $1.49 with $1 in ECB back
1 Secret Flawless deoderant – on sale for $3.99 with $1 in ECB back plus I had a $2 off coupon
I used $17.98 in ECB I had previously earned and my total out of pocket was $7.60 including tax, plus I earned $10 in ECB!

cvs paid me to buy toothpaste!

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Let’s talk about CVS and all of the deals that can be found there.

For months, friends have been trying to convince me to shop the deals at CVS with the ExtraCare card in hand, claiming they are actually MAKING money off shopping at CVS. Say what? I keep seeing references to the deals at CVS popping up on more and more blogs (like Money Saving Mom and Thrifty Florida Mama, and I used those blogs as a guide this week to the deals I wanted to try and snag. With time, you can perfect the methods explained on those sites so that you are never using a PENNY of your own money to shop at CVS! You just keep earning ExtraCare Bucks (ECB) with each transaction and rolling them into new deals since they’re accepted as currency at CVS!

I started out by walking into my local store and asking for a new CVS ExtraCare card. I had one years ago but who knows what happened to it. After I got my new card, I scanned it at the in store coupon kiosk. Occasionally it will print out special offers and extra coupons for you – no such luck for me on this day, so it was off to the savings.

I had my coupons from the Sunday paper with me, so I was shopping smart. I bought all of the following items in a single transaction, but I’m going to break them down here for you item by item so you can see the savings:

6 twelve packs of Coke, priced at 4/$14, or $3.50 each. When you buy more than $20 worth of Coke or Diet Coke twelve packs this week you earn $10 back in ECB! I spent $21 on the Coke, but I received $10 in ECB back on a future purchase, which brings my cost down to $10 if you count the “free money” I earned on a future purchase. $10 for 6 twelve packs?? I was instantly hooked on CVS deals.

I also bought 3 bottles of Suave body wash on sale for $2 each. When you buy $6 worth you get $2 back in ECB. I also had a $2 off 3 bottles coupon. $6 – $2 coupon = $4 – $2 in ECB = $2 overall cost for 3 bottles of body wash./

Moving onto the toothpaste – I bought 2 tubes of Colgate Advanced toothpaste on sale for $2.99 each. I had $1 off coupons for each tube, bringing my cost per tube to $1.99, and I EARNED $2.99 in ECB for each tube purchased! CVS PAID ME TO BUY TOOTHPASTE!!

How about some shampoo? With 5 heads to wash, and 3 of those heads belonging to kids who tend to overindulge in health and beauty items…well, we go through a lot of shampoo and conditioner. I bought 4 bottles of Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner for $2.99 each – total of 11.96. I had two manufacturer coupons, each for $3 off bringing my cost to $5.96. By purchasing those products, I earned $4 in ECB making my final cost $1.96 for 4 bottles of product.

Did I mention my kids are sick? Of course I needed some cold medicine and Triaminic and Theraflu are on sale! I purchased 2 bottles of Triaminic at $6.99 each for a cost of $13.98. No coupons, but I earned $5 in ECB for buying 2 bottles, making my final cost $8.98 or $4.49 per bottle.

After all was said and done, I walked out of the store having spent $61.40 before tax and with $30.98 in ECB to spend on future purchases – effectively spending only $30.42 for all of that product! And now I can roll over all of those ECB’s I accumulated into other purchases that give me ECB’s back!

wii fit + frugal = does not compute

Monday, January 26th, 2009

So in my new 2009 quest to save more and spend less, I’m holding off on buying a Wii Fit. We bought a Wii weeks ago at Wal-Mart for a mere $250 for Christmas. The kids were so surprised on Christmas morning – I really set the stage before the holidays by telling them repeatedly that one gaming system in the house was enough! A friend at work let me borrow her Jillian Michaels game for the Wii even though I don’t have the Wii Fit balance board – just so I could try it out. I was hooked, and I can only imagine how much more fun it would be WITH the balance board. Problem is, the Wii Fit and all of the toys that go with a Wii aren’t exactly on clearance right now, nor are they on sale. I’m going to hold off until I can find a deal or the Wii Fit comes down just a bit in price…OR until I have gift cards to fund my purchase.

I’m being frugal ’til it hurts.

saturday savings

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

I went off to Publix this afternoon armed with a list, coupons, AND an eleven year old willing to go grab items on distant aisles for me. I ONLY bought items that were:

1. On sale
2. That I had a coupon for

In some cases, I bought things that I had a coupon for that were also on sale, making my savings quite awesome. How about buy one get one free Keebler cookies, plus my 2 coupons for $1 off each package? Same thing for the buy one get one free A1 steak sauce I snagged. In the end, I had $34 (!!!!) in coupon savings and another $50 in savings on items that were on sale. I spent $93 out of pocket but I SAVED $86 with buying on sale and using my coupons. By stockpiling on things we frequently buy (yogurt, cereal, condiments, and snacks) I’ve guaranteed that our grocery bills for the next few weeks will be much smaller. We’ll only need to buy the things we NEED (milk, bread, fresh fruits and veggies, meat) for a month or so!

Special thanks to and Fiddledeedee for the coupon help and inspiration!

coupon – free bath & body works signature item

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Coupon for a FREE Bath & Body Works Signature Item w/ any purchase! (Click to print, and yes, you can print MULTIPLE COUPONS!)

I’m a new reader of the Thrifty Florida Mama blog, but she’s lured me in with her deals. This Bath & Body Works deal is no exception! I stumbled across the deal on Angie’s blog during my morning blog rounds and quickly printed out my own copies of the coupon and emailed the link to 73 of my closest friends. Since I don’t have emails for all of you, I decided to share it here and publicly thank Angie for sharing it first.

I stopped at Bath & Body Works this afternoon (my first of many trips this week) and the reason for the super duper coupon deal? New packaging on all of their signature products. The “old” packaging is on a deep clearance, and I found lotion that normal retails for $14.50 marked down to $5. I chose that as my “free” item and then snagged a sample size of the same set that was priced at $1 as my “paid” item. (The sample size previously retailed for $3.50!) Out of pocket? $1.06 with tax, and I have a sample size lotion (perfect for a purse) and a full sized lotion too! Before the sale, I would have spent over $18 for those two items, and that doesn’t include the tax!

I’ll definitely be making several more trips back this week, coupon in hand (you can print multiples!) to snag more – they’re perfect items to put in my gift closet!