Tuesday, May 31, 2011

CVS 5/29/11 week

CVS this week was a moneymaker!! :o)  I'm still continuing on my $20 gift card challenge.  Here's this week's break down:
twix bar- $0.50
dove chocolate bar- $0.50
2 crest toothpaste- $3.98, used (2)$1/1 MQ
1 preparation h wipes- $3.99, used $2/1 MQ
2 ivory soap (3 pack)- $0.99, used (2)$1/1 MQ (this was from a raincheck)

used $4 ECB, paid $1 OOP, got $6.99 ECB back and I have $17.53 left on the giftcard! :)

Items purchased on $20 gift card to date:
Purex laundry detergent
Purex laundry detergent
Purex laundry detergent
Revlon nail polish
Revlon nail polish
Revlon nail polish

Twix bar
Dove chocolate bar
Crest toothpaste
Crest toothpaste
Preparation H wipes
3 pack of ivory soap
3 pack of ivory soap

Monday, May 23, 2011


I don't ever shop at Ingles, but well, I branched out this week.  For some reason, I glanced through the Ingles ad this week & there were a few freebies/good deals that I just couldn't let go, so I had to go to Ingles today and here's the break down.

(2) 4C tea: $2.49 ea, (2)$2/1 MQ
(2) french's mustard: $1.50 ea, (1) $1/1 MQ, (1) $0.30/1 MQ
(2) KC masterpiece BBQ sauce: $0.99 ea, (2) $1/1 MQ
(4) sweet baby rays BBC sauce: $0.99 ea, (2) $1/2 MQ
(3) wacky mac pasta: $0.99 ea, (3) $0.40 MQ
(1) chinet napkins: $0.99 ea, (1) $1/1 MQ
(1) 'nilla wafers: $1.99 ea
(2) bananas- $0.52, get $0.55 off bananas when you buy 'nilla wafers

Total OOP- $6.83, saved $31.15

16 items for $6.83!!!  82% savings--woot, woot!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

CVS 5/22-5/28

CVS, oh how I've missed thee.  There hasn't been too much going on there that I've been looking forward to.  My husband bought me a $20 gift card to CVS for part of my mother's day gift & I'm up for another $20 challenge.  If you want to see what I got last time, check out my post here.  I do include tax because I figure, it's part of the "cost."  Although on blogs you will see items listed as "free" you always have to pay tax, so to make it easy on me, I'm using my gift card to pay tax as well. 

Here's this week's purchase and below I'll do the breakdown.  To be fair, I have no clue why I wasn't charged tax today on nail polish, so my receipt is kinda weird, but I'll show you what I did & hopefully you'll have some good luck at your CVS as well!

Transaction 1:
3 purex laundry detergent, 1 revlon nail polish, 1 green bag tag: paid $1.47 OOP, received $1 ECB and $4 ECB back.  Used: $0.99 CVS Q, (3)$1/1 purex MQ, $1/1 revlon MQ, $5.54 ECB

Transaction 2:
1 revlon nailpolish: paid $0.00, received $4 ECB back.  Used $1/1 revlon MQ, $4 ECB

Transaction 3:
1 revlon nailpolish: paid $0.00, received $4 ECB back.  Used $1/1 revlon MQ, $4 ECB

In summary all three transactions: paid $1.47 OOP, saved $36.44.  I have $18.53 remaining on my gift card!!

Grocery Shopping....done!

I went to Publix & Bilo this morning and I have to say I am quite happy with the spending. 
Publix- paid $17.41 OOP, saved $26.79
Bilo- paid $13.98 OOP, saved $19.62

We are going out of town for Memorial Day, so this should get us through the week with some pretty good meals.  So far on the menu: hotdogs, turkey sloppy joes, chicken casserole (not sure yet!), salad or grilled chicken salad and for Sunday lunch we had hotdogs and kraft dinner.  A college roommate of mine used to love this, so I served it one night for Keith when we were on a "poor man's meal" and he too loved it.  Basically just cut up hotdogs in kraft mac & cheese....doesn't get much easier than that.  I serve it with a side of broccoli.  Since I don't eat a lot of meat, I have the broccoli & mac & cheese and the boys get the hotdogs, mac & cheese, and a veggie!

Some of the best deals/prices from Publix-
cashed in my raincheck  for Bic Solei Razors, 2/$5.49, used (2)$3/1 MQs
Smart Balance Spread, 2/$3.50, used $1/2 MQ
Wishbone Italian Dressing: 2/$2.61, used (2)$1/1 MQ

produce deals:
grape tomatoes- $1.50/1
idaho potatoes- $2.99 for 3 lb bag

Best deals/prices from Bilo-
Mueller's Macaroni- $0.86/2
Surf Detergent- $6.38/2, used (2)$2/1 MQ

produce deals:
cantaloupe- $1.97 each
lettuce- $0.88 each
package of mini cucumbers- $2 each (can't wait for ours to start growing in our garden!)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

OMG...Consumer Warning

Reese's Pieces Resealable Pouch

Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Pieces Resealable Pouch
Lately these little suckers appeared in my house and ahhhhhh.....devine!!  They are simply delicious.  I do not advise you to purchase unless you have an extreme amount of will power.  I consider myself to have fairly good will power & I just can't say no!  Luckily only 1/2 a bag of the reese's pieces are left, and then I will not buy any more.  Did you hear me??  I will not buy any more.  Well....until the next sale!! :)

I do want to try these, so they're probably next up!
York Peppermint Pieces Resealable Pouch

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I went to WAGS

Why oh why do I continue to try Walgreens?  I dislike Walgreens.  I always pay more OOP (out of pocket) than anywhere else, but relentlessly I try again.  Okay, today is the LAST day for a while, with the exception of if they have the diaps on sale because thanks to my transaction today, I now have a $3 RR to burn.  I didn't do terrible, but it wasn't great.  I got 2 old spice men's body wash, 1 gillette men's body wash, and one gillette men's deodorant for $4.59.  Not terrible, but not great and I just don't like the Walgreens vibe.  I wish CVS would have some good deals, I have ECB's to use & I really want to start my gift card challenge!!  Oh well, just wanted to chime in on what was happening around here and for those who do shop at Walgreens--keep up the good work.  I'm sure I'll try again, but currently I'm just trying to say no!

Monday, May 16, 2011

WAGS 5/15-5/21

I'm not 100% sure if I'm going to WAGS this week or not.  Every time I go, they are out of stuff and I'm just not comfortable shopping there since their rewards are always so weird, but here's my scenario if I do go.
Buy: 1 gillette deo, 1 gillette body wash, 2 old spice body washes
use- BO gillette wash GO deodorant free MQ, $2/1 gillette bodywash MQ, BOGO old spice bodywash MQ, $1/1 MQ
OOP should be $3.66+tax, get $3 RR back.

I may turn around and get Mach3 disposable razors, but depends on the cost.  They are BOGO 1/2 off.  I have (2) BOGO MQs and a (2)$4/2 MQ.  I would have to get 6 packages to use all of the coupons above.  So, if the cost  of the razors is $5, I would be paying $4.50 OOP after all my coupons, then I could use my $3 RR, and pay $1.50 for 6 packs.  If they are more than $5 a package, I probably won't do it.  I tried figuring this out on my own, so I'm not sure if it works.  If I try it & it does, I'll be sure to post back later! :)


So...CVS has been less than thrilling lately.  I'm so disappointed, especially since I'm always singing their praises!  haha.  My husband bought  me a $20 gift card to CVS as part of my mother's day gift & I've been dying to use it.  I'm doing a self-imposed $20 challenge to see how much I can get for the gift card.  I include tax b/c well, it's my challenge & no one else is participating, so tax is a moot point.  I may get it under way next week, although when I glanced through next week didn't look much better.  :(

If you are interested, here is what I got when I did my last $20 challenge.  I love challenges & was pretty proud of myself:

Oral-B battery operated toothbrush
Oral-B battery operated toothbrush
Gillette Fusion Razor

Crest Pro-Health toothpaste
Crest Pro-Health toothpaste
Always pads
Wet Jet refill

Revlon eye shadow
Revlon nail polish

Revlon nail polish
Revlon nail polish
Single serve kelloggs cereal
Single serve kelloggs cereal
Dial nutri-skin lotion

Crest toothpaste
Crest toothpaste
Irish Spring mens deo.
16 pack of charmin double roll TP
16 pack of charmin double roll TP
Box of puffs
Box of puffs
Box of puffs
Box of puffs

Crest toothpaste
2 boxes of peeps
Crest clinical floss
Right guard body wash
2 packages GUM EZ flossers
2 colgate kid toothbrushes

Mentos gum
Marshmallow egg
Miracle bubbles

3, 12 packs of coke
1 Edge shaving gel
1 PAAS egg coloring kit
1 big bottle of hand sanitizer

1 Blink Tears

2 Biore Facial Cleansers
1 silly bands package

2 Biore Facial Cleansers

On my last 2 biore, I had $1.23 on the gift card and then paid $4.62 OOP....so I guess I got 2.5 biore on my gift card, not really 4! :)


Target put up some great coupons yesterday, go check them out at www.totallytarget.com.  I know you can get free pain reliever (up & up) and cheap feminine products (up & up)...she matches it all up for ya, so just go take a look! :)  There are several other deals for you to score some great savings.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Publix 5/15

There are a few publix freebies and close to freebies I thought I'd let everyone know about.
Travel band aids- $0.79, I had a $0.50/1 MQ, used 6 of them so got $1.80 overage towards other items.
Mahatma Rice- $0.89, I have a few $0.50/1 MQ's, which also give you overage.  I only used 1 this visit.
Yoplait kids yogurt (Dora, Cars, Cinderella)- $4/2, there's a publix $2/2 MQ and you can also use (2)$0.50/1 MQ, making this a freebie! :)
Fiber One yogurt- $2.50/1, there's a publix coupon for $2/2 and you can pair it with a $0.50 MQ, making it $1 for (2)4 packs.
Vlasic pickles- $2.89/2, $0.55 publix coupon (spring saver booklet) and a $0.55 MQ IP, making it $0.35 per jar of pickles

I had a good publix trip, spend $28 and saved $36.  I still have to buy milk and plan to head to Ingles to pick up some boneless skinless chicken ($1.99/lb!).

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Huggies Little Swimmers

I've been a little MIA.  Mother's Day was this past week & I'm working all week, so a bit busy.  But...I saw this on hip2save and had to share.  I hope I can get out to TRU and pick some up before they're all gone!   Swim season is here people.

Little Swimmers are on an unadvertised sale for $6.99 at Toys R Us this week! This is a great sale price considering these are regularly priced around $9.99 at most stores. And you can sweeten this deal even further by using a wonderful manufacturer’s coupon.
*Huggies Little Swimmers 10 to 12 ct $6.99
Use the $2/1 coupon found in the 4/17 SS (Exp. 5/14!)
Final cost as low as $4.99!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

CVS plan for May 8 week

It's time to start getting ready for next week's shopping.  CVS doesn't look all that exciting to me, but it will depend on the coupons in Sunday's paper (if there are any!). 
Freebies this week:
carefree pantiliners- $0.99, use $1 MQ (I checked my stash & only had a $0.50 MQ)
similac ready feed formula- $4.99, use $5 MQ

Some other deals that may be good depending on the coupons you have:
Covergirl makeup- get $3 ECB when you buy $10 (on iheartcvs.com, she says there will be a $3/10 CVS Q and you can pair it with MQ's for more savings!)
Select Cereals- $1.97
Xtra Laundry detergent- $1.49 (don't know if there's MQ out there or not, haven't checked yet!)

I plan to get the pantiliners, possibly the covergirl (depending on what the have--I need some powder), and if the glade includes the candles, I'll do that since I have a free MQ! :)  Check back early next week to see what I got!

As always, check out www.iheartcvs.com for additional information...love her site!

Monday, May 2, 2011

May 1-7 shopping

I'm doing an all-in-one post on super shopping this week.

CVS shopping- I got all the above for $1.18 and got $5.54 ECB's back.  How you ask?
2 colgate max fresh toothpaste at $2.77, (2) $0.75 MQ
2 dove chocolate bars at $1.10, (1) $0.75/2 MQ
3 ivory soaps at 99 cents, (3) $1/1  MQ
used $5 ECB, paid $1.18 and got $5.77 ECB for next time! :)

WAGS- 4 right guard bodywashes and 2 newspapers for $3.03!

Transaction 1- bought 2 papers ($0.99 ea) and 2 rightguard ($4.99/2), used BOGO right guard coupon, paid $2.30 OOP
Transaction 2- bought 2 right guard bodywashes ($4.99/2), used BOGO right guard coupon, paid $0.79 OOP. 

I realize the two transactions don't exactly add up.  The walgreens ad said right guard body wash was BOGO this week--buy 1 for $4.99 & the other is free, the in-store tag said 2/$4.99.  So...when she rang the bodywash up, the first one scanned $4.50, the next one $0.49.  For the first transaction, she put the BOGO Q in as $4.99 and for the second one she put it in as $4.50.   Just one more wacky thing about WAGS!

Last brag...PUBLIX!  I have no picture.  But I got an awesome deal on tostitos chips, tostitos salsa, and pepsi max.
(3) bags of family size tostitos: $2.50 ea
(3) jars of tostito salsa: $2.50 ea
(3) pepsi max drinks: $1.67 ea

used (3)$1/1 bags of tositos, used (3) free pepsi max when you buy a bag of tositos, used (3) $1/1 tostitos salsa when you buy tostitos chips.  whew......  total OOP- $8.99!!!!  WOW!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May 1 Week

I was so excited to wake up to find my paper full of 5 coupon inserts!!!  woo-hooo.  I had to run out and buy 2 more papers.  Hopefully this will make up for the bust of coupons we got a few weeks ago.  I'm headed out to Publix in a few minutes without much of a plan---typically NOT a good idea, but last week was the same deals as this week, so I kinda know what to expect. 

Some freebies I'm taking advantage of this week:

Publix- Bic Soleil Razors- $2.75 each, $3 MQ in today's paper!

WAGS- Right Guard body wash on sale bogo, BOGO MQ in today's paper!

CVS- Colgate Toothpaste $2.77, get $2.77 ECB, also $0.75 MQ in today's paper!
       Ivory bar soap $.99, $1/any ivory bar soap in paper today!!