Wednesday, December 22, 2010

In A Pickle

A sandwich just isn't a sandwich without a pickle. I have been out of pickles for a week. It leaves my sandwich so blah.  I went to the pickle aisle of the grocery store and stared at the price of my beloved jar of Vlassic Stackers pickles. $2.50  for a little jar.  I couldn't bring myself to pick it up.  I know I can get it for less than $1.50 with coupons at Publix, once they go on sale. ugh... what to do?  I mean, geez, it's only a dollar difference!  C'mon, what's a dollar?

I will tell you what a dollar is:

A dollar is 40% of the total cost! If you were going to buy a large item, such as a t.v. Would you pay $500 for one, or would you wait for it to go on sale for $300?  It's only $200, after all.

A wise man once told me, "It's not what you earn, it's what you save."  Those little dollars add up quick. If I spend a dollar on pickles, I spend another on something else. And it continues on.  I can wait for those pickles to go on sale.  I must, I must! But, for now, I will get some Mt. Olive pickles at Publix that are buy one get one free, which makes them about $1.40 a jar. They will do for now....while I'm in a pickle...until Vlassic goes on sale. :)

Go ahead and laugh. Say I'm crazy. I don't care. :-p

Friday, August 13, 2010


I've made some videos about my coupons and stockpiling... enjoy!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

blueberry + cream= heaven

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

It is sooo good! We made the full fat version and it is heavenly.  I want to eat all of it!

 First, I prepared the blueberry sauce with the frozen blueberries we stashed away in May.

1/4 cup sugar
 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
 1/4 cup water
 1/2 cup and 2 tbsp fresh or frozen blueberries
 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
 In small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch.  Gradually stir in water until smooth.  Stir in blueberries and lemon juice.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.  cover and refrigerate until chilled.  

 Then I made the graham cracker mixture:

1 cup and 2 tbsp graham cracker crumbs
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted

In a large bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, sugar and cinnamon.  Stir in butter.  Pat into an ungreased  baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool completely on a wire rack.  

I didn't put it in a pan that big because the recipe was too big for my ice cream  maker so I halved it. These measurements are good for a 1 1/2 quart ice cream maker.  Do you know how tempting it was to eat these cracker crumbs by themselves! ?

 So, then I was ready to make the ice cream!

In a large bowl whisk the ice cream ingredients.  
Ice Cream ingredient mixture:
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 (3.4 oz) package instant cheesecake or vanilla pudding mix (i used cheesecake)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Fill ice cream freezer cylinder.

Crumble graham cracker mixture in bottom of container. ( I only had a bowl handy)

Then, the icecream mixture, and then the blueberry mixture go on top.

 Keep layering the crumbs, blueberries and ice cream. 

Then you swirl it ( I used a butter knife) and put it back in the freezer. 

 It was SOOO YUMMY! 

Austin gave it thumbs up! 

Now, I'm thinking about changing it up.  I'm trying to figure out a lactose free version...and maybe a low fat one too.  I've read that goat milk is lower in lactose, maybe that would be good too. No matter how it's changed, I'm sure it will be good... after all it's ICE CREAM!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mailbox Freebies

I love checking my mailbox! I'm getting all kinds of free stuff this week! Good thing too because the sales aren't that great this week.

I got these coupons from and I don't have to buy anything to get them free!

 I got this free recycled bag from Green Giant, and was surprised when they also sent a coupon for a FREE  5 lb bag of potatoes!

I got all this stuff free in my mailbox a couple weeks ago... lots and lots of coupons, and free pack of gum.

 More free gum Brian picked up for me yesterday while at Wal-Mart.  He used  eight $1 coupons from 6/13 SS newspaper. 

FREEEEE GUM, now that's something to chew on! ;)

Out with the BAD, and in with the GOOD

"Where the heart is willing, it will find a thousand ways. Where it is unwilling, it will find a thousand excuses."
~ Arlen Price 

"The best way to predict the future is to create it." ~Unknown

Today and every day from now on, I am throwing out the excuses.  The past two years have been full of nothing but excuses.  So, it's out with the bad, and in with the good.  It's time to be with people who will find a thousand ways to be there for me, like I have been for them. It's time to stop making people a priority, who only make me an option.  LET THE HEALING BEGIN! 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


 **oh I almost forgot to tell you about the Kraft rebate! If you buy $30 worth, you get $10 back.  Even your free item qualifies for this, since it rings up on your receipt and then deducts it back off.  So, my Nabisco cookies, Planters Trail Mix ,Athenos Hummus and  A-1 steak sauce qualifies for this. I also had bought two bags of shredded cheese too.  So, my receipt shows that I spent $30, but because of bogo's I actually only spent $15. Then I will get back $10....which means I only spent $5 for $30 worth of food!! Thank you Kraft!

Love to shop here. Love to save here. I love their motto. :)
Spent $75.52 and Saved a total of $109.43!
Some of these deals require your Publix to accept Target as a competitor. Check with your store to be sure. 

(6) El Monterey Tornado -2 for $4
 used  six $1/1 coupons 5/9 SS
=$1 each

(6) Jose Ole Taquito- bogo 4.99
used six $1/1coupon 4/25 SS
=$1.50 each

 (4) Planters Trail Mix- 2 for $3
 used  two $1/2 coupon 3/7 SS
AND one target coupon buy 3 Planters get 1 FREE
=.63 each

(4) A-1 Steak Sauce-bogo $3.95
 used one target coupon buy 2 get 1 free
 = .99 each

 (8) Hefty One zip baggies- bogo 2.29
 used four $1/2 printable coupons from HERE & HERE (2 COUPONS FROM EACH SITE)
 = .65 each

 (4) Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta- bogo1.79
used two $1/2 from HERE
 =.40 each

 (4) Athenos Hummus - 2.99
used two buy one get one from HERE AND
 used two $1/1 coupon from 4/25 SS
 = $1 each!

(4) Nabisco Chips Ahoy cookies - 2.99 bogo
used one buy three get one free Target coupon from HERE
 = .94 each

 (3) Dr. Pepper 8 pks - 3 for 10
used  Publix buy two get one free coupon from their Yellow Advantage Flyer
=$2.22 each

(2) Grape tomatoes bogo 2.99
 =$1.50 each

 And then I always add a coupon to the end of my final total.  I usually use Albertsons $5 off $50 total. But, this time I used Winn Dixie's $5 off $30 total.

A couple days after the shopping trip, I ran across a couple more coupons and we used those too!

.42 each!

 Mott's Medley's- bogo 2.95
 used four $1/1 coupon found in Publix's Summer Savings booklet.  (the store had these coupons stuck to the bottles already!)
=.42 each


 Wayyy back in February, this lady in Sweetbay Supermarket was handing out Fisher nut samples and giving away coupons. She gave me three $1/1 coupons. I kept them until I found a deal! 

(3)Fisher Fusions Snacks- 2 for $2
 used three $1/1 coupons I had been holding for a very long time. :)  

 WOOHOO! It's been a great shopping week! 

 Publix's BOGO sale ends here in Tampa Bay Area on Wednesday.  So, Thursday starts the new week! And I already know I'm getting FREE Morningstar veggie patties! YAHOO.

If you want to score some of these deals and have questions. Drop me a line!!! :-D   I would love to help!

Week of Good Deals


 Deals good thru 5/29
All this for $3.61

We did really good at Target this past week.

Bounty paper towels-.99
- used three $1 coupon on one found in 5/16 RP

Tide trial size soap-.99
used six $1 coupon on one found in 5/2 PG
=FREE (going to put these into a gift basket)

Benadryl itch sticks-2.29
used $5 off 2 coupon found in 4/11 RP
=FREE +overage

KC Maserpiece bbq sauce-1.42
used two $1 off one coupon found in 5/9 SS
= .50 each

Hydro Schick razor-6.99
-used one $5 off one from 5/9 SS AND stacked with Target's $1 off one found on their site.

Bounce dryer sheets 45 ct.-1.94
-used two .25 off one coupon found in 5/2 PG AND stacked with two Target's .75 off one found on their site.
=.94 each

**Deals  are good until May 29! **

  I found all these good deals by reading You can find more deals there!

My final total was $3.61 for all this stuff. I saved $24.47.  Not too shabby!

Now, on to Wal-Mart.  The cashier almost didn't take the coupons. She said there has been a  lot of fake printed coupons coming through their store. She checked with her manager and it was approved. YAY! No fake coupons here! Here is what we got from there:

 Three items for .47!

Bic Pens- $1 off one package coupon from HERE  It is a bricks coupon, so you just hit your back button and print out another coupon for a total of 2!  If you have more than one computer you can print extras!

Armor All- use $2 off one coupon found HERE.

Not sure how long these deals are good for.  I found them on hip2save site . See link above.

I LOVE CHECKING MY MAILBOX!! Look what I found in it this week!

3 Tomato Basil Wheat Thins
3 Vanilla Caramel Latte (Maxwell House)
1 coupon for FREE Kraft Macaroni Cheese Dinner
1 coupon for FREE Kraft Deli Deluxe Cheese

Yesterday, I checked my mail and got:  ***I got these from facebook***
1 coupon for FREE Hood Simply Smart milk
1 coupon for FREE Bailey's coffee creamer

What do you find in your mailbox?

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Go ahead and argue with me all you want... but, I got the best Mother's Day card. Better  than anyone else's.  For the past 2 years I have cried on friendly shoulders, and cried in my own silence...that my little babies are growing up and changing into grown men.  It feels like losing someone.  No more pinky fingers to hold while crossing the street and no more home made Mother's Day cards.

Except, this year I received the BEST card EVERRRR.... I keep opening it and re-reading it all day. :-)  It is so special to me, even though it's not home made. And that is because it makes me so proud... proud that I did SOMETHING right.  Proud that, even though I can't go back and right all the wrongs, and fix all the mistakes...or even go back into time and make them little again... I'm proud that my boys are growing into loving men.

(double click on the card to read the fine print)  Gosh...I hope they don't mind I'm sharing it. But, I just gotta. 


Happy Mother's day to all you mom's out there! It's a hard job, but very rewarding. :)

Friday, April 9, 2010

It's a little late...but I'm still here

I haven't been posting any on my blog lately, because I have been trying to start an official coupon blog.  I am NOT a computer guru! Oh, how I wish I were! I can't wait to get it up and running.  I'm also battling some big time allergy problems right now. I'm hoping that when I get the new a/c installed I will start feeling better.  Cross your fingers for me too! When I get my energy back to normal I plan to do some shop alongs, so my friends can see how easy it is. 

Anyways, it's been a little while, but here's a super fantastic job we did shopping a few weeks or so ago.  Thank goodness we have a freezer and extra pantry!

Okay, are you ready for this?  We got $206.57 worth of groceries at Publix for only $31.70!

I have never had so much food in my house! It almost seems crazy, ya know?  And then, I read how this one lady only has 3 people in her household and she has 50 boxes of cereal! I thought wow!!  I guess as long as the expiration dates are good and you have the space, why not?  After reading that, I had to go count my cereal! I have 25 boxes...and there are 5 people in my house. TEEHEE.  Anyways, everyone in the family loves the new extra pantry.  Even Angel admitted that she likes to look in there JUST to look in there. LOL  Here, take a peek!

It's like a  mini grocery store!  The other night we ran out of ketchup and I was thinking...thank goodness I don't have to run out to the store to get some! Who wants to drop everything they are doing and run out to get JUST a bottle of ketchup?  And who wants to eat their french fries without it???  And the best thing is...I didn't pay full price for it....AND I didn't have to waste my gas!  MAJOR WIN!!

I got the pasta you see in there for only 0.085 cents a box! And the oatmeal was only .75 a box.  The cereal ranges from .60-$1.50.  The Ritze crackers were FREE, and the canned corn was only .19 a can.  Uncle Bens rice was .25 a box.  That's all I can remember off the top of my head. LOL  

Be looking for my new blog coming soon. I will have many tips listed, and be giving stuff away! Hope to see you there! ;)  It's a great deal to save!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Free samples pay!

Don't think it pays to get free samples in the mail?  Check this out! I got this from  It is a sample of Kashi cereal and it came with four super duper coupons! I'm using two today along with a Target coupon at Publix today, to get three boxes of cereal for .33 each! AWESOME!

If you get free samples in the mail be sure to always look for the coupons.  You will always find at least one!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

I messed up

On the last Publix trip I made... we made a goof.  We accidentally picked up the (6) Organic sauce , which isn't B1G1.  AND... I also picked up the wrong Right Guard deodorant. I noticed that goof while at the store.  So, I told the cashier and he found the correct deodorant that was B1G1..but he forgot to take off the 2 deodorants that rang up wrong. So, back to the store it all went.  We got $28.28 back.

This is where it got fun!   Went back to the store with some more coupons and got all this stuff:


Guess how much money all of this stuff cost! You are just not gonna believe it!  

$18.50 for all that stuff! 

(2) 17 oz boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch $3.99 B1G1 use two $1/1 HERE
= $1 each

(6) Ragu Sauce @.27 B1G1  used two .60/2 in 1-31 Redplum (could use three of them)
=.84 each

(2) Smuckers Uncrustables $2.00 each used two $1/1 HERE AND two .55/1 found in the Healthy  Meals Healthy Kids booklet found at front of store.
=.45 each

(6) 4 pk Frusion Smoothies $2 each, used six $1/1 in 2-24 Smart Source AND six Buy One Get One free coupons found in Healthy  Meals Healthy Kids booklet found at front of store.
=.25 each

(6) Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers B1G1 $2.39, used four.40/1 in 1-03 General Mills insert (EXPIRES 2-28) AND two .50/1 HERE
= four for .80 each
=two for  .70 each

(2)14.4 oz Muir Glen organic diced tomatoes $1.50 each , used two $1/1 HERE AND one $1/2 store coupon from little booklet called Italian Days found at front of store or HERE
= FREE!!

(8) Weight Watchers yogurts, .50 each, used four B1G1 from 1-17 Smart source AND four B1G1 store coupon from Healthy Meals Healthy Kids booklet found at front of Publix store.

(2) 15.25 oz Green Giant  Corn, $1.25 B1G1, used $1/1 store coupon in Italian Days booklet found at front of store or in link shown above.
=.13 each

(1) Excedrin Migraine (used coupon that I received in mail for signing up for it FREE awhile back)

AND.... these were not on sale but got them anyway.... going to use them in the veggie dip we got B1G1 on a previous week. 

(1) baby carrots  for $1.69
(1) celery hearts  for $1.99

Best part is:   I still have $9.78 left over from my refund!!!

After getting the stuff in the car, Angel trudged her empty cart back to the store (It was almost closing hour). As she was leaving, there was a lady hollering at her from the ATM machine. It was the customer that was standing behind her in the Publix line. She said, "Excuse me, exactly how much money did you just save?"  Angel told her, that it was like 60 bucks.  "And how much did you spend?" she asks. Angel tells her that she spent about 18 bucks.  The lady then asks, "could you please tell me how you saved all that money?"  Then Angel tells her that most of the items were buy one get one free and that you have to use 1 coupon per each item, even the free item.... and that you can also use a store coupon AND  a manufacture coupon per item.


That lady's mouth dropped! LOL  What a fun way to end the evening. :o)  Happy shopping everyone! ;)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Catalina deals galore!

This is the first I have heard of this! A national Catalina deal.  These should work in any store that has the Catalina machine. 

You know how much of a milk girl I am ... so the milk deal is a big time YAY!

Purchase 3-4 (three or four) Kellogg’s Cereals (10oz+), Receive Catalina goof for one (1) Free Gallon of Milk
Purchase 5-6 (five or six) Kellogg’s Cereals (10oz+), Receive Catalina goof for two (2) Free Gallons of Milk
Purchase 7+ (seven or more) Kellogg’s Cereals (10oz+), Receive Catalina good for three (3) Free Gallons of Milk
runs 3/19 – 4/10/10 

Find the rest of the deals here:   

HERE  Thanks Coupons, Deals and More

Getcha Coup On~~

Coupon Filing

 Put coupon inserts into a hanging folder labeled with the date. 

People have been asking me how I make my coupons, this is a little peek into my coupon world. 

This is where my coupons start. I put the entire coupon insert (do not cut the coupons yet) into a hanging file  folder with a date. Put it in the box.   Then, later.....when I sit down to make my grocery list, I pull the coupons I want to use out of my filing box shown above, cut them out (ok, you can cut them out now), and I sort them into my folder.

My handy dandy coupon folder

 I just love this folder.  It makes shopping with coupons easy if you are one of those shoppers who likes to get in and get out of the store. EWwww, I bet you are one of those people, aren't you? LOL Most coupon addicts use a big binder with baseball card inserts to organize their coupons.  I might graduate to that system later. But, for now this system works for me.    Here's how it works...

My Publix list is in the very first pocket.

First I check the coupon blogs to see what Publix has on sale with coupons.  I locate the coupons in my filing box and then put them in that little pocket in the front.  My shopping list is made with each item's quantity and how much it will cost per item. My list slides down behind the pocket very easily, so I can refer to it while shopping. :)  This is also where I put my competitor coupon..mainly the $5 off $50 Albertson's coupon. 

Hidden pocket! And  the coupons are in a separate pocket. 

This folder has so many pockets! I love it! I slide in the Publix weekly ad to the left of my list and any other booklets I might need.  This is what you see when you turn the page....

More pockets!

And more pockets in back! 
I have pockets/pages for Publix, CVS, Walgreens, Target, and WalMart. We find most our great deals at the first 3 stores listed, though.   You could actually label each pocket...but I have not had any problems remembering which pocket goes with each store.

So, after I gather my coupons and make my list...I just grab this notebook to take along with me to the store.  I pull out the coupons and as I am shopping, I place the "used" coupons back inside the pocket. Easy!  

My coupons pulled out and ready to shop!

This is everything you need to shop with coupons! It is a very simple system. Most of my time is used at home and not inside the store. That's the part I like the best.   This little folder only cost about $4 at Walmart. It's a great way to getcha coup on! :o) 

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Here's how we did:

(1)Stacy's chips- FREE  coupon for being facebook friend
(1) pkg Oreo golden cookies-FREE coupon for being facebook friend
(10) Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers meals- .50 each coupons in All You magazine

 Buy one get one free deals: Always use 1 coupon per item.

(8) Healthy Choice Fresh Mixer meals-$1.00 each --$1.50/3  PRINT
(4) boxes of Kelloggs cereal- $1.51 each PRINT & PRINT
(4) Mrs. Pauls fish- $2.32 each
(4) bags of Birds Eye Steamfresh meals for two-$2.00 each  $1.50/1  1-17 Smart Source
(2) Pillsbury cookies ready to make- $1.05 each PRINT
(2) Keebler Cheesecake Middles cookies-.75 each PRINT
(6) Yoplait Fiber One yogurt 4 pks- .25 each $1/1 PRINT
(6) Birds Eye steamfresh veggies- .70 each   used six .50/1   1-10 Smart Source
(6) 3 pound bags of The Goodlife Recipe cat food- .25 each (went ahead and picked up for my sis's friend)
$2/1 coupon 1-24 Red Plum -( used 6 coupons)
We were really happy to see the expiration dates on cat food were good til December!!
(4) boxes Betty Crocker fruit snacks- $1.17 each (had previous coupons)
(4) Jose Ole taquitos- $1.50 each $1/1   1-17 Smart Source Coupons- used 4 coupons
(2) Kens Steakhouse Marinade - .90 each  $1/2    1-10 Smart Source

Items on sale:
(4) Fisher snacks - 50 each $1/1    2-7
(2)  50 ct boxes of Ziploc bags- 1.25 each (was going to use for sale, but realized I would come out ahead by buying the larger boxes)

(2) boxes of Cheerios -$1.50 each

There were so many other good deals that I did not get.  If you would like the full list you can go to    click on Weekly Ads at the top.

This is what we got from Target:

5 Quaker Instant Oatmeal
5 Quaker True Delight granola bars (6 pk)
4  four packs GE Reveal light bulbs

All for $9.61!!!  Plus we got two $5 Target giftcards!  YAYHOO!  I would share how we did it except yesterday was the last day! ;)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Super Bowl Savings

Publix was out of some of my stuff! :(  Dixie plates and napkins, GONE. Kellogg's Granola, GONE.  Glass Plus, GONE. Forgot the Quaker coupon for my cereal. :(

BUT, we did get:

(4)jars of Claussen picklespears for   $1 each
(6) Nabisco Crackerfuls for .40 each
(2) Nabsico Wheat Thins for .35 each
(8) Kraft Mac n Cheese for .50 each
(2) Kraft Cheese slices for $1.25 each
(4) 32 oz jars of Kraft Mayo for $1.45 each
(4) French's mustard for .45 each
(6) Marie Callendar's Al Dente frozen dinners for $1.05 each
(2) Lloyds bbq beef for $1.75 each
(2) cartons of College Inn broth for .25 each
(4) Kraft 8 oz shredded cheese for $1 each
(2) cartons of Edy's icecream for $1.73 each
(2) pkgs of Ball Park hotdogs for $1.72 each 
(2) Helluva Good dip for .55 each
(4) 5.6 oz pkg Pupperoni dog snacks for $1.10 each
2) 100 oz Wisk laundry soap for $4 each
(1) Gallon of FREE MILK
(1) 1/2 Gallon of FREE CHOCOLATE MILK
(1) dozen of FREE EGGS

PURDY DARN GOOD. :)   I'm working on that charity box too.  Already have a special person in mind for it.  :)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I Am Expecting

 It's so sad that some people feel they have to stoop to telling lies.  I have no room in my life for lies.  The people who love me know who I am and love me for who I am.   I do not have to worry about anyone believing lies. I am a good person.  I know it...and God knows it.  And that's really all that matters to me.  Does it hurt? Yeah.  But, maybe I had my expectations too high.  I had my hope in the wrong place.


I am no longer placing my hope in people. They just let me down.  From now on I'm placing my hope in God.  I'm placing all my expectations in Him.  I am going to expect Him, to give me peace, love, comfort and happiness...just as a pregnant woman expects to give birth.  
I don't understand why things have happened the way they have.  But, I do know that God has good things planned for me.  And maybe what "I" wanted....just wasn't good enough.  :)

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Romans 12:2

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Awesome Use of My Time

This week at Publix was a gooood week! I spent $45.26 and saved $104.66!  That's 70% savings!
Some of the good buys I got were:

(4) Uncle Ben Rice - .25  each
(4) Taco Bell kits- $1.35 each
(2) Aunt Jemima syrup-$1.45 each
(8) Dole Fruit cups-.97  each
(2) boxes Quaker Instant Oatmeal - .99 each
(2) Morning Star veggie pattie boxes- $1 each
(2) Soft Scrub- .75 each
(2) Aleve 24 ct- .05 each!
(6) Hunts diced tomatoes- .21 each!
(5) boxes of cereal - $1.66 each
(4) Birds Eye Steamfresh veggies- .49

My extra closet is beginning to get full! But, that's okay because we will eat all that food! :)  After leaving Publix, my sis then  picked up some meat on sale at Sweetbays.  She got three london broils and four packs of skinless chicken breasts and 2 packs of Purdue ground chicken  for $45.83.  That's enough meat for about 1 1/2 weeks in my house.  I still have ground beef and some chicken breast and a roast in my deep freezer.  Don't you just love those?  If you don't have's a good way to save money.  Can you believe my sister managed to get all this done and back home in ONE HOUR?? She rocks! Thank you, Angel!

So, my sister just got around to making the Walgreens trip for me.  Since I have been feeling extra bad this week...she has done most of my trips.  Unfortunately, since we waited so long...they are out of the Sure deodorant that we planned to get for free.  I haven't called to ask if they offer rain checks and how that would work with store coupons. But, we still did pretty good.  Here's our loot:

We got all of this for **drum roll please** $16.16!  And that's including tax! We managed to get six of the Bic razors, which have 7 cartridges in each package! (they were free!)  So, what do you think? Am I crazy?  :)

Here's the rundown:
(2) Dijorno Pizzas  $5 with free sprite
(6) Bic Hybrid razors  **All free**
(4) Chex Mix  .50 each
(1) 2 liter Sprite  FREE
(4) cans Manwich  .44 each
(4) liquid CoffeMate .25 each
(2) Velveeta Mac n'Cheese   $1 each
(3) Pert Plus for Men 3 in 1 $1 each (plus $2 register reward for next trip)
(2)Arizona tea drinks  one we made a penny and the other we made $1.01 yes they paid us for buying it

And last but not least...Wal-Mart.  Four packages of Tuna free.

Just how long does it take to find all these deals and cut the coupons?  It takes me about 3 hours at most a week.  I do most of it while I am watching t.v.  That's pretty good use of my time. What do you think?  Would you be willing to take that much time out of your week to save this much money? It's a no brainer for me!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Lesson Learned

I had planned on this spectacular deal of a rebate. I was supposed to spend $30 of Unilever product and I would get a $10 Publix giftcard back.  I figured it up to be  $30.22( but in actuality I would have only spent $10 because of BOGO sales and coupons).  Well, I purchased my items and got home to fill out my rebate when I realized my items only totaled $28.32!!  What happened? I had it all figured out at home before I went to the store. This is what happened: I made the mistake of looking at a blogger's prices at a Publix in another state! Dangit! I am so totally bummed.  It was still a good deal regardless, but dang...I wanted it all free. :)

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As you can see it would have been an EXCELLENT deal. Part of me wanted to go do it all over again. But, I realized I would be spending $10 dollars just to get $10 dollars back.  And do I really need  four more butters, two more jars of mayo, and two more cartons of icecream??  LOL  So, anyways....this is my lesson learned.  I will be sure to check the figures with my store before I make my plan next time.  It is just a bummer that all of the items have to be on the same receipt per rebate instructions. What about you? Would you go on another shopping trip? Here is the link to the rebate:

do the rebate here and show them who is boss :)

So, even though I didn't get my rebate, I did get some really awesome deals at Publix.  I was able to get:

10 Healthy Choice Entrees for 50 cents each
6 Betty Crocker fruit snacks for 86 cents each
4 boxes of 13 gallon, 45 count Hefty trash bags for $2.50 each
2 Scotties Tissues 75 count for FREE
12 Dannon Light yougurts for 21 cents each
3 Chobani Greek Yogurts for FREE
4 boxes Quaker Granola bars for 97 cents each
4 boxes of Can't believe it's not butter for 25 cents each
2 bottles of Hellman's Mayo for $1.57 each
2 Ocean Spray 64 ounce bottles Grapefruit juice and 5lb bag of  Ocean Spray Grapefruits for  $4

Vendor coupons:  $29.10
Store coupons:     $  9.50
Advertised savings $ 43.31
Advantage buy savings  $2.21

Total savings: $84.12
Total spent:    $63.47

I am also REALLY excited about my trip to Walgreens. :) I got all this for $5.21!

  Wet Ones and the Hershey bars were FREE! WOOT!!

I paid $1 each for 32 ounce Grape Jelly and the Mitchum deodorant.  Oh, and the best part is...I got $3 register rewards to use for my next visit. YAY. I think I'm in love with Walgreens now too. :)


Monday, January 11, 2010

Three Free Things I Got At Wal-Mart

I was able to get all of these items FREE with $1 coupons (thanks to Angel for doing the shopping).  They had all gone on sale at Wal-Mart for less than a buck.  Since I don't have any toddlers, I'm going to pass the Johnson & Johnson Buddies soap along to my neighbor who gives me the free veggies/fruit. The First Aid kits are going into our vehicles...and the floss is going into my cabinet. :) I actually got 5 flosses but, we already broke 2 of them open to use. So, this week I was able to score 5 free flosses, and 4 ten cent toothbrushes (got the toothbrushes at Walgreens).  Oh, and I got one more thing free this week.. at Publix, I was able to get those Cottage Cheese Doubles.

Another great deal we were able to get at Wal-Mart was broth.  We paid .78 each for the carton's and .26 each per can with coupons.

Since my sis, Angel, had gone back out to CVS to get make-up on sale, she was able to pick me up two more All Laundry Soaps for $1.99.  YAY! So, I ended up with four of those.

This week, I can  get two free 6 ounce Lubriderm Daily Moisture Body Lotions at Walgreens,  free trial size bandaids, trial size All soap, and trial size Tide Stain Release at Target. Hopefully my sister will be planning a Target trip this week.  Walgreens is  around the corner from me, right across from Publix. How convenient for me! ;)