Friday, April 29, 2011

CVS 4/24 Week

This week CVS was semi-lame.  I went to three stores, and all of them were out of the men's dove deodorant, so I got a rain check for five of them.  I only have 1 coupon, but figure by the time they are restocked, I may have a few more.  Tricky, tricky...I know!

So this week, I ended up getting Blink eye drops, 4 Biore facial cleansers, and a package of silly bands (for part of a birthday gift)....I used $16.05 total in ECBs (I rolled the Blink ones, doing seperate transactions), spent $6.38 total OOP, and got $5 ECBs back.  It wasn't the best week, but I've been working on a personal $20 gift card challenge, so it was weird to try to finish it out and still end up with ECBs....y'all know I love to roll 'em! ;)

This is what my transactions looked like:
#1- Blink Tear drops: $7.99, used $7.30 ECB, OOP- $0.87, got $8.99 ECB back
#2- (2) Biore Facial Cleansers, silly bands: $14 + $0.75 = $14.75, used $7MQ, $7.75 ECB (they adjusted down from $7.99), OOP- $0.89
#3- (2) Biore Facial Cleansers: $14, used $7.99 MQ (cashier gave regular price off bogo q), $1 ECB, paid $4.62 OOP, got 5 ECB back

**I would have done 2 transactions, but my store only had 2 biore cleansers, so I had to go to another.  whew...this was a complicated post, but promise it wasn't very complicated.  Next week, I'll be starting with $5 ECBs.  I'm about to preview the ad and make a plan...check back in! :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Publix 4/24

Publix was pretty good this week & I was happy to have saved 70% total when I combined my grocery receipt with my razors.  They were out of razors on the shelf, when I went to get a raincheck, they told me they were in the back, so I waited and we rang them up.  It's by far my best total was -$0.27...yep, you read that right, they gave me 27 cents to take home 3 packages of razors.  EXCITING!

Things I thought I got a good deal on were: nature valley granola bars for $1 (priced at $1.99 with a $0.50  doubled MQ) and pull-ups at $9.79 with a $3 Publix Q and a $1.50/1 MQ.  The best deal of all of course was the razors: $2.75 each with a $3/1 MQ!!  woot, woot! 

For a more detailed view of the receipt....

Sunday, April 24, 2011

CVS 4/24-4/30 Scenario

CVS has a few good deals this week, nothing to die for in my opinion.  Two of the best this week are Blink Tears for $7.99, get $7.99 ECB and Dove Men's Deodorant priced at 99 cents each.

I plan to get 1 of the Dove Men's Deodorant with a $1/1 MQ, making it free. 

My other purchases depend on availability and if I can find a peelie MQ for the Blink Tears.  If I can find a Blink Tears with the $4/1 peelie on it, then I will use $4 ECB, making it free and get $7.99 ECB back.  I also saw that there was a biore, jergens, curel deal: spend $15, get $5 ECB, I have a BOGO biore MQ, which would make it $7+ for 2 biore face wash, I'm still debating that purchase as well, not sure if two at $7 will produce ECB's.  I've also wanted to try Jergens Body Glow, but not sure it is worth $8, I have a $1 MQ, but that's still pretty pricey in my opinion! :)  If you want to check out all the matchups, visit,, love her.

So, I'm for sure getting my Dove Deodorant, the other...well, you'll just have to wait & see! 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Toys R Us

Today, I swung by Toys R Us.  I was able to pick up two Mr.Potato head's and 2 tubes of orajel toddler toothpaste for $8!!!  The Mr. Potato Head deal is going on until tomorrow.  I saw it posted, here, but basically they are on sale for $3.99 and you can print a $2 off coupon here, thus making it $1.99 each.  Chase will be getting one from the Easter bunny and the other will be put in my gift box, then donated if I don't have anyone to give to it too.   I also had 2, $1 orajel MQ and we are in need of some toothpaste, so cha-ching! :)

Happy Easter everyone!

Friday, April 22, 2011


Just got back from Vegas today and all I can say is T-I-R-E-D!!  whew.  Although Vegas didn't and doesn't really fall in line with couponing, we did scoop up a 2 for 1 coupon for a lunch buffet and a happy hour menu at a swanky little place.  It was such a fun time, it'll probably take me a few days to recover! :)

I heard on my BBC coupon group (coupon newbies) that Target had a certain graco swing (brown cow or moo cow--don't remember exactly) marked for $4.99!!  I had to swing by and check.  My target did have it in stock...2 actually, but ours rang up $104.99, pretty good price if you need a baby swing, I was just hoping to score one for next to nothing to use as a gift! :)  I'm going to go back on and see if the OP meant $104.  I can't imagine a full size swing really ringing in at $4.99!!  I will try to catch up next week, but with my vacation and Easter this weekend, couponing has slid behind for next week.  I figure that's okay because holidays are usually slow weeks anyways---well, unless you want to seek out clearanced decor or candy.  Hope everyone has a great Easter.

Monday, April 18, 2011

CVS epic FAIL!! 4/17-4/23

Well, my CVS this week was a D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R!!!  The grand scheme wasn't sooo bad, but it was frustrating as all in the moment.  I also had a picture to upload, but camera is being weird, so I can't upload it.  >:(  Anyhow, this is what I got:

1, 8.75 oz hand sanitizer (used free 8.75 oz hand sanitizer CVS Q)
3 packages of coke product
1 edge shaving gel (used 55 cent MQ)
1 PAAS easter egg decorating kit
Used, 14.74 ECB, paid $1.80, got $7.30 ECB's

I'm off for the's Spring Break Baby!!!  I'm excited, yet anxious.  First big vacation without my little man.  I know he'll be great and all will be fine.  He's actually been excited when I've told him he's going on vacation to his grandparents for a few nights.  Not sure how much he understands, as he is 2, but I'm hoping all will go well and I can relax and enjoy the next few days in Las Vegas!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

CVS 4/17-4/23

It's time to start planning for next week's CVS trip.  There are a few freebies, so it's a good time for newbies to jump on board.

If you have no ECB's to start with here are a few transactions you can start with:
Transaction 1- buy 1 package of easter grass ($0.99) and 1 green bag tag ($0.99), pay $1.98, get $1.98 ECB back
Transaction 2- buy 1 package of PAAS egg decorating kit ($1.99), use $1.98 ECB pay $0.01, get $1.98 to use next time! :)  (don't forget to scan your green bag tag from previous transaction)  you can also throw in some reach toothpaste ($0.99) if you have $1/1 coupon, then your OOP would be $0.02.

Now you ask...what is a green bag tag?  A green bag tag is a way to earn free ECBs from CVS, and us couponers LOVE free stuff!!!  The intent is to bring a reusable bag to the store and scan your green bag tag when you check out.  Every 4th visit (4th scan of the green bag tag) earns you $1 ECB.  You can only scan your green bag tag 1x per day.
Also, remember CVS tracks your spending, savings, and issues ECB's through their rewards card.  Be sure to sign up for one before making any purchases!!!

I have some ECBs built up, so I'm looking at:
Transaction 1- edge shaving gel ($3.99) use 55 cent MQ, get $2.30 ECB and (3)12 packs of coke ($11), get $3 ECB back.  use $14 ECB, pay $0.30 OOP, get $5.30 ECB
Transaction 2- get PAAS decorating kit ($1.99), get $1.99 ECB, I will use $1.99 ECB, pay $0.00 OOP, get $1.99 ECB back. 
I may also do the MARS Easter candy deal depending on product availability: 2 MARS candies for $1, I have 2($1/2 MARS), so I can get 4 for free.

To find out more about cvs and upcoming deals, check out, I love her blog, it's great!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Publix 4/13-4/19

Time to start planning grocery shopping for next week.  You can check out my favorite publix blogs here or here but these are the matchups I plan to go for:
Sweet Potatoes- 49 cents/lb
Dole Pineapple- 2/$1.59, 2($0.50/2 MQ's)- making it 59 cents for 2
Sorrento Mozzarella cheese- 2/$4.69, 2($1/1 MQ's)- making it $2.69 for 2
PAM cooking spray- 2/$3.05, 2($1/1 publix coupons) and 2($0.35/1 MQ's)- making it -$0.35 for 2
Mentos- 2/$3.29, 2($1/1 MQ's)- making it $1.29 for 2
Lays Chips- 2/$4, 2($1/1 publix Q) and 2($0.55/1 MQ)- making it $0.90 for 2

There are more deals this week, check out your weekly ad or or for matchups! :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

CVS 4/10-4/16

For those looking to get started this week at CVS here are some of the best deals.  First you can go here on facebook for a free bottle of antibacterial gel. 

Most of the other freebies for this week were only scheduled for Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday,  so they won't be offered for the rest of the week. :(


I was able to get out to CVS today.  Nothing too exciting, but I did get some Easter basket goodies:
1 bottle miracle bubbles
1 russel stover's marshmallow egg
1 package of mentos gum. 
I used a $0.35/1 mentos MQ, $3 ECB, spent $0.50 out of pocket(OOP) and got $2.73 ECB back to use on a future purchase.

Monday, April 11, 2011


I'd like to welcome you to the wonderful world of coupons.  I decided to start this blog because couponing has literally changed my life.  I love playing the coupon game and better yet, I love seeing all the savings--my husband particularly enjoys this area!  I have used coupons in the past, but over the last few months I've really learned a lot about how to get the most bang for my buck and I love passing information on.  If you are interested in learning how to use your coupons better and get more and more items for free or close to free, then you've come to the right  place.