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!
May 10th, 2009
…that sounds dirty, but isn’t.
It means “with praise”, and it’s an honor added to diplomas and degrees for work that is above average. It’s going to be on the degree that I’ll be getting, having graduated last weekend fro Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management.
Was it really just a year ago when I entered the university as a junior and blogged about taking my first class after an absence of several years from school? Yep! Here I am, just over a year later, having received that degree, and I’ve already been able to use my new education to get myself a 15% pay increase over what I was making this time last year. Talk about putting my education to work for me!
Not only did I graduate, but my husband received his degree as well, after being out of college for 13 years. It was a very unique experience, walking together from the library to the auditorium with our classmates and sitting side by side during the ceremony. Thanks to alphabetical order, I received my degree just in front of him and it was neat hearing them call our names, one right after the other.
Now here I am, contemplating going back for an M.B.A. with a concentration in Human Resources…who would have thunk it?
April 19th, 2009
The man and I enjoyed a few days off together earlier this week, and we had a delightful time. Among our activities:
- A day with the kids at Busch Gardens (by coincidence, the same day as our wedding anniversary, so we popped into the Crown Colony for a special anniversary lunch!)
- Lunch out at a small cafe in town I’ve been drying to try since we moved here – and we weren’t disappointed!
- A trip to the nail salon – a pedicure for Jim, a manicure for me!
- Lunch out AGAIN at Ruby Tuesday and a trip to the salon where I got my hair cut and colored and Jim got a trim
I’ll make a metrosexual out of the man yet!
April 19th, 2009
During my class yesterday, my professor (not the most technological person ever…but a nice lady) was complaining about filling up her flash drive too quickly. She’s been putting her PowerPoint slides for each weeks lecture on her flash drive and bringing it to school with her so she can pop it onto the computer in class and display the slides on the projector. Her daughter told her to invest in an external hard drive, and I think that’s the way to go. The computer memory on the new external hard drives is a really versatile option for someone like my professor. Instead of putting a single lecture on a flash drive, she can pop all of her lectures for the entire course onto an external hard drive and have all of her course content at her fingertips – tests, quizzes, slides, and even handouts.
Computer memory options like the external hard drives I linked to above have gotten amazingly cheap over the past few years. I remember being amazed seeing computers with a 6GB hard drive in the late 90′s, and now it’s not uncommon to buy a PC with a 160GB hard drive. You can buy more memory online as well as video cards, optical drives and laptop batteries.
Come to think of it, I should probably take my own advice and get an external hard drive to store all of my digital pictures on…or I’m going to need some more memory myself!
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”.
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!!
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!
I’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!
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!
March 16th, 2009
Friday night Jim and I had the opportunity to attend a charity event thanks to his employer who was a major sponsor of the event. Overnight I went from slinging mac n’ cheese to my kids at home to mingling with the toast of Tampa society at the University of Tampa. The event is a major fundraiser for the group that sponsors the whole shindig, and you’ve never seen so many rich old white people in your LIFE. The average age of the room had to be at least 65. A few of Jim’s coworkers and their wives joined us and we did enjoy ourselves at the open bar and by eating all of the free shrimp we could get our hands on. I bid (on accident) on airfare vouches but somehow escaped without paying for them and Jim bid (on purpose) on a signed Tampa Bay Lightning jersey and won it for $50…because apparently you just can’t have enough autographed Lightning memorabilia!
Quite honestly, one event like that a year is enough for me. It’s fun to get dressed up and eat free food but I’m just as comfortable at home in my jammies serving up that mac n’ cheese!
March 15th, 2009
I watched The Kite Runner tonight, a movie I’ve been putting off seeing for 2 years. Read the book 3 years ago and had the chance to attend a preview of the film while I was in Las Vegas (Fall of 2007) but I didn’t. I put the disk on my Netflix queue and it arrived…back in November! Yes, it took me FIVE months to watch it. Couple of reasons:
1. The downstairs DVD player is a bit wonky and I can’t figure out if it’s completely died because I can’t get the thingamajig open to put a disk in. I dread pulling the whole thing out to diagnose it.
2. With the downstairs DVD player out of commission it means the only DVD player is up in my bedroom. I don’t typically want to watch a movie there because I like to eat and drink during movies and I don’t eat or drink in my bedroom.
3. My DVR is always packed full of goodies and it prevents me from watching my DVD’s from Netflix. This may sound silly, but I feel a sense of accomplishment when I get that DVR list down to 4 shows or less. Like I’ve really DONE something great. Don’t want to do laundry or organize my dirty desk, but damnit, I’ll watch 3 episodes of Heroes in a row and consider it a day well spent!
So today found me sick and sniffling and I deemed this afternoon a good time for a movie. I spent my morning in class (last one for 2 weeks!) and then came home and took a 3 or 4 hour nap. Knowing I had to get up at some point so that I could go BACK to bed tonight it seemed like a good time for The Kite Runner. Excellent movie by the way…I was just a bit shocked when I logged into Netflix to see what the next movie is that I’ll get and saw the estimated arrival date for The Kite Runner listed as “11/26/08″.
Excuse me now, I need to go watch 3 episodes of Chuck and clear ‘em off of my DVR in order to really consider this a productive day.