Monday, January 26, 2009

Menu Plan: January 26th-Feb 2nd

Last week, I stuck to the plan every day except Sunday. I had forgotten about a meeting at church and one of our pastor's retirement reception right after.

Monday: Red Beans & Rice

Tuesday: Turkey Sandwiches (My Bebe Girl is having a procedure done in the morning (Please say a prayer for her!) and I don't know how long we'll be at the hospital or how she'll be feeling the rest of the day, so no cooking planned.)

Wednesday: DH Closing @ work + church=Taco Bell?

Thursday: Turkey Pot Pie

Friday: Pork Loin with Yams and Corn

Saturday: Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Roasted Red Potatoes

REDBOX Code for January 26th

It's movie night!

Today's code is: 57VH9L

What's REDBOX? Read about it here!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

CVS Show & Tell (January 24th)

I did two transactions at CVs this morning, and I was very surprised they still had the Free-after-ECB's allergy medicine!

Transaction #1:

2 Maybelline Mineral Power Lipsticks
$7.99 each
Earned $10 ECB's (My ECB's didn't print for this automatically. The lipstick was not pictured in the ad, but they were in fact Mineral Power. The manager printed them manually.)

3 American Greetings Cards
.99 each
Earned $3 ECB's

2 Duracell 4-pk batteries
$2.99 each
Used (2) .75 MQ
Used $5/2 CVS Tearpad
1 Hershey Bar
Used FREE item CRT
Used $5/$25 CRT coupon
Used $3.99 ECB's
Paid $10.21 OOP
Earned $13 ECB's

Transaction #2:

2 CVS Loratadine 5-ct
$3.79 each
Earns $3.79 each

3 Puff’s Plus tissues
.99 each
Used (3) .25 MQ

2 Duracell 4-pk
$2.99 each
Used (2) .75 MQ
Used $5/2 CVS Tearpad coupon

Used $3 ECB

Paid $6.88 OOP
Earned $7.98 ECB’s

Walgreens Show & Tell (January 24th)

I was able to find one of the Vent Fresh Elite's at Wags this morning.

I paid for it out-of-pocket ($5.34), but I will get back $5.48 on my Walgreens gift card and $4.99 back from the manufacturer rebate. Details here.

I was really trying to find the Mauna Loa chocolate-covered macadamia nuts for just .50 a bag. They don't carry them in my local stores. :(

Target Show & Tell (January 23rd)

I got some gifts for an upcoming baby shower and some clearance clothing, not pictured. I just wanted to show off my juice deal! I can't remember whose blog I saw this deal on, because it's not one I usually read. Sorry!

3 Ocean Spray Juices
Used (3) $1 Target coupons
Used (2) $1 IP coupons
Used (1) .55 MQ

Travel Tide
Used $1 MQ

Travel Downy
Used $1 MQ

After overage from the Tide and Downy, I paid .38 plus tax for 3 large bottles of juice.

Kroger Mega Event Show & Tell (January 23rd)

I know I saved a lot of money on this trip, but it feels like I spent a lot, too. I guess 12 bags of cheese'll do that. ;)
** Will denote items included in the Mega Event. Essentially, you get .50 off each item ($5 off 10).
3 Frank's Red Hot Sauce**
$1.69 each
Used (3) .50 MQ doubled to $1

2 Pace Picante Sauce**
$1.99 each
Used .40/2 MQ doubled to .80

Kroger Tissues
Used .75 Cellfire e-coupon

Betty Crocker Frosting
Used .50 MQ doubled to $1
Used .55 Shortcuts e-coupon

7 Rotel cans**
$1 each
My region didn't get the MQ :(

Kroger Tuna
Used .75 Cellfire e-coupon

12 Kraft cheeses (Some chunk, some shredded)**
$2.59 each
Used (12) .75 blinkie coupons

Zantac 150
$1.25 on Markdown
Used $1 MQ

2 Olay Quench
$1.89 each on Markdown
Used (2) $2 MQ

4 Softsoap
$1 each
Used (4) .50 MQ doubled to $1 each

Gillete Shampoo
Used $2 PGEsaver e-coupon
Used $2 MQ

2 Mentos Gum
.79 Clearance
Used .55/2 MQ doubled to $1.10

Kroger Cottage Cheese
Used .75 Cellfire e-coupon

3 Armour Meatballs**
$2.50 each
Used (3) .55 MQ double to $1.10 each

4 Orville Redenbacher Popcorn**
$1.99 each
Used (2) $1 IP coupons
Used (2) .40 MQ doubled to .80

Earned $15 off my order for purchasing 30 qualifying items.

Total Paid: $31.81
Total Saved: $85.23 or 75%

Brookshire's Show & Tell (January 23rd)

I didn't have all my coupons clipped and organized when I went Thursday for the Moonlight Madness sale, but I did it first thing Friday morning. That meant another trip to Brookshire's and I found lots more Pop-Tarts (My boys eat these every single morning, and, yes, I know, I'm a terrible mother for it).

Crisco Extra Virgin Olive Oil
$4.99 Sale Price
Used .55 off any Crisco product MQ tripled to $1.65
McCormick Black Pepper
Used .25 MQ tripled to .75
Tony Chacherie's Red Beans & Rice Mix
Used .55 MQ tripled to $1.65
Dromedary Pimientos
Used .35 MQ tripled to $1.05 (Overage! Score!)
BTW, what the heck do I do with Pimientos?
Food Club Salt
French's Mustard
Used .50 MQ tripled to $1.50 (Overage! Score 2!)
Smithfield Sausage Links
$2 Sale
Used .55 MQ tripled to $1.65
Smithfield Bacon
$2.50 Sale
Used .55 MQ tripled to $1.65
Kellogg's Fruit Loops
$2 Sale
Used $1 MQ
Lipton Tea Bags
Used .60 MQ tripled to $1.27
Country Crock
$2.99 Sale
Used .50 MQ tripled to $1.50
No Yolk Egg Noodles
Used .50 IP tripled to $1.50
French's Worcestershire Sauce
Used .50 MQ tripled to $1.50 (Overage! Score 3!)
12 Pop-Tarts 8 ct.
$1.50 Sale
Used 12 $1 peelie coupons
Total OOP: $19.53
Total Saved: $38.98 or 69%

Walgreens Show & Tell (January 23rd)

I did three transactions so I could roll the Register Rewards from the Unilever Promotion into the Pepsico Promotion and back again. Sorry the picture has everything together... I forgot to separate it.
Transaction #1:
8 Sunsilk Products on CLEARANCE! :D
5 were $2
3 were $1.09
Used 4 $2/2 Sunsilk Products from 1/18 insert
Paid $6.20 OOP
Earned $10 RR
Transaction #2:
4 Pepsi 12-pk
$3 each
Used 2 $1/2 peelies (found at Kroger)
1 Doritos
1 Tostitos
1 Tostitos Queso
Used $2 off dip WYB 2 Chips (tearpad at Kroger)
1 Gatorade
Used $10 RR from 1st Transaction
Paid $7.94 OOP
Earned $10 RR
Will send off for $15 worth of Pepsico Coupons HERE
Transaction #3:
4 Sunsilk Products on CLEARANCE
$2 each
4 Skippy Peanut Butters
$1.99 each
Used 4 .40 coupons from 1/18 insert
Baby Orajel Tooth & Gum Cleanser
J&J Take Along Pack
Used $2 off any Johnson's Product IP HERE
Used $10 RR from 2nd Transaction
Paid $3.32 OOP
Earned $10 RR
$17.46 OOP
$89.55 Saved
Still have $10 RR
Will Get back $15 in coupons

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Kroger Show & Tell (January 22nd)

I was supposed to just get milk, but who could resist CLEARANCE with COUPONS?!?!
2 Gallons of Milk
$2.99 each
2 Gatorade Drink Mixes
$1.19 on Markdown
Used (2) $1 MQ

St. Ives Scrub
$1.79 on Markdown
Used $2 IP HERE (adjusted down)
St. Ives Cleanser
$1.79 on Markdown
Used $2 IP HERE

Dove Pro-Age Cream Oil Lotion
Used $1.50 MQ
Olay Mousse Cleanser
Used $1 MQ
Used $1 Esaver coupon
Mentos Gum
.79 Each Clearance Price
Used .55/2 MQ (doubled)
Total Paid: $8.11
Total Saved: $11.98 or 63%
That total saved was according to the receipt and only reflects coupons and the milk’s sale price. It does not reflect the substantial markdowns. I estimate my savings was closer to $35.

My Moonlight Madness Trips

Store #1

4 Dasani 24-pk Bottled Water
$3.50 each

2 Dozen Large Eggs
.50 each

Chicken Tenders
Used $1 off Meat item coupon
Smithfield Bacon
$2.50 Sale Price
Used .55 coupon from 1/18 insert (tripled)
Smithfield Sausage Links
$2 Sale Price
Used .55 coupon from 1/18 insert (tripled)
Sliced Deli Turkey
Used $1 off Deli item coupon
Used $1 off Produce item coupon
2 Food Club Bread Crumbs
$1.50 for the first
.01 for the second
Toaster Scrambles
Used $1 off Frozen Food item coupon
Used $1 IP HERE
Lipton Tea Bags
Used .60 coupon from 1/18 insert (tripled to $1.27)
Wheat Bread
Used $1 off Bakery item coupon
Cotton Balls
Used $1 off Health & Beauty item coupon
Total Paid: $25.07
Total Saved: $33.16 or 59%
Store #2:

2 Dozen Large Eggs
.50 each

Wheat Bread
Used $1 off Bakery item coupon

Sliced Deli Ham
Used $1 off Deli item coupon

Smithfield Bacon
$2.50 Sale Price
Used .55 coupon from 1/18 insert (tripled)

Smithfield Sausage Links
$2 Sale Price
Used .55 coupon from 1/18 insert (tripled)

Toaster Scrambles
Used $1 off Frozen Food item coupon
Used $1 IP HERE

Used $1 off Produce item coupon

Chicken Leg Quarters
Used $1 off Meat item coupon

5 Pop-Tarts 8-ct Boxes
$1.50 Sale Price
Used (5) $1 Peelies on the box
(These were the "20% more fiber" chocolate)

Total Paid: $8.47
Total Saved: $25.51 or 78%

Coupon Preview for January 25th

There are two coupon inserts this Sunday: 1 SmartSource and 1 Red Plum.

For those of us whose Kroger ad runs Wednesday thru Tuesday, there's a few more that will pair well with the Kroger Mega Event such as Pace Picante Sauce, Chex Mix, and Fiber One Bars.

On a scale from 1-10, I'd give it a "5".

For the full preview, check out The Coupon Clippers.

Down to the Bare Bones

December was a lousy month for EasySaver Rebates at Walgreens. I earned a measly $4.40 which has long since been spent.

I have no Walgreens Register Rewards.

At CVS, I spent almost all my ECB's on diapers and laundry detergent last week. I still have $3.99. No CVS gift card.

My Rite Aid gift card only has $3.72 left on it.

And I have a LOT of shopping to do. We need mostly grocery items, but there's a few other things that are just too good to pass up this week.

There are some great sales at Kroger and Brookshire's that will help a little, but don't be surprised if you see a lot of out-of-pocket flying through my blog.

I also intend to check out more Target & Old Navy clearance tomorrow for clothes for my kiddos.

I Am So Easily Swayed...

Did you read my post last week about the ethical dilemmas in Coupon Land?

Jenny at Southern Savers has a new post on the subject of combining E-coupons and paper coupons. I was quite surprised to see this different perspective, but I wholeheartedly agree. These companies are too sophisticated to not figure out a way to let us choose paper or electronic coupon at checkout or just automatically remove the electronic one when we use a paper coupon.

What are your thoughts and opinions?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Oh, Baby! 2

Today's topic? Registries.

Some people think registries are they're own personal shopping list, some people think they're incredibly offensive and greedy.

Here's my 2 cents as both a gift-receiver and a gift-giver: Registries are a useful tool to convey the overall tone of personal tastes and an idiot-proof guide for the clueless. That doesn't mean you should go overboard scanning everything in the store--ahem, Dads.

The following is a list of items you should register for:


Diapers--There's a reason this is first, you need lots! Register for all sizes Newborn through 5-6. I think Pampers Swaddlers and Pampers Cruisers are the best, but every child is different.

Wipes--Ditto on needing lots. My favorite is actually the Wal-Mart Parent's Choice unscented or the Playskool Cottony Cloths at CVS. They're thick and durable--right where you need something to be thick ;)

Ointments--A&D works great for prevention of rashes, and choose another for healing like Desitin Creamy or Boudreaux's Butt Paste

Diaper Bag--It's handy to have two of these. Little pockets and compartments are great.

Travel Wipes Cases--At least 2

Changing Pad--Get the sturdy one-piece style. We had a two piece foam insert kind with our first child and it was horrific.

Changing Pad Covers--At least 2, so you can wash the poopy one. Trust me.

Hooded Towel--You can get by with 1-2 of these. My daughter has the one pictured and I LOVE IT! So plush and absorbant. ($14.99 at Babies R Us--It was a little bit of a splurge but worth every cent!)


Baby Wash--Johnson's Head to Toe is a classic

Hygiene kit--Brush, comb, nail clippers, etc.


Mylicon--for gassiness

Tylenol--for fever & pain

Orajel--for teething

Saline nose drops--for stuffiness


A lot of this depends on whether you're breastfeeding or bottle feeding.

Breastfeeding moms need:

Breastpads--Johnson's in the blue box is my favorite.

Breast Pump--Depends on your situation and how much you'll be pumping. I have pumped maybe a dozen times with three kids. I had a cheapie little manual one and it turned out to be faster and more effective to just use my hand. If you'll be working full-time though, you will most likely need an electric double pump. Unfortunately, the more the cost, the better they usually are. Also unfortunate, most friends and family aren't going to buy a breast pump.

Lanolin Cream--Lansinoh is the most popular brand. Start using this a few weeks before your due date to condition your nipples--they'll thank you for it later.

Formula Fed Babies Need:

Formula--Talk to your doctor about this one.

Bottles--More is not always better. Sometimes it's just more to wash and pile up. I'll tell you more about my favorite bottle later.


I recommend that "gear" like car seats and playards be gender neutral if you're planning on having more children.

Stroller System--We have the infant seat that snaps into a base in the car or into the stroller. The stroller can also be used independently, and it has cup holders, compartments, and great storage underneath. If you have two cars, an extra base is a great idea.

Convertible Car Seat--You can use these right from birth, but I prefer the infant carrier mentioned above for the first several months. After your baby is too big to tote around in a carrier or stays awake for longer periods, a rear-facing seat is needed. After the first year, you can face it forward. Around age 3, it can adjust to a booster.

Baby Containers--These are the swings, the bouncy seats, the jumperoos, the exersaucers, etc. Your baby will like some and not others, and you won't know which until you already own it. Go ahead and pick a few that you like personally.

Playard--Most moms put one of these in their room for the baby to sleep in for the first few months. Then it's great for playtime as they get bigger. Also makes a great travel bed for toddlers.

Wearable Carrier--You can use a wrap or a harness style.


I am pretty unconventional when it comes to the nursery. The only "Baby" furniture in my Bebe Girl's room is the crib. I used two microwave carts in my nurseries. One served as a changing table and I used the other for storage and some pretty display items.

Crib--It's a good idea to get a convertible crib to get more use out of it as a toddler bed and beyond. I also chose one with a trundle drawer for blanket or toy storage.

Bedding--Everybody wants it to be pretty. But before you spend $100's, think about this: Your sweet baby is a little ball of bodily functions. This beautiful bedding will get pee and poo and puke on it. The can't even use the comforter until they're older. Large chains like Wal-Mart and Target have very reasonably priced bedding sets that are super cute and durable. You can also go the "A La Carte" route and register for just the pieces you want. For my oldest son, we only had the bumper and the sheet, whereas my daughter has the whole kit & kaboodle.

Waterproof Mattress Pads--At least two, for when the diapers don't hold it all in.

Sheets--At least two for the same reason.

Blankets--Register for blankets of different weights and breathability. You'll need thin ones, heavy ones, swaddling ones, snuggling ones. And people love buying cute blankets.

Swaddling Wrap--OK, I never had one. I always used receiveing blankets. I'm a PRO swaddler, but it's an artform and not everyone can do it. Newborn babies love being snug-as-a-bug-in-a-rug, and this will help them wake less. That's always nice when you're sleep-deprived.

Burp Cloths--Pretty ones or the plain Gerber cloth diapers work the same. You'll need several.

Here are some items I think you can live without:

Bottle Warmers--Ever heard of a bowl of hot water? (They say not to microwave because of "Hot Spots". I do it anyway.)

Wipes Warmers--What happens when they're used to the warm wipe and you don't have it when you're out and about? I've heard they don't stay warm by the time you get it to the booty anyway.

Diaper Genie--I had one with my first child and just didn't feel like it contained the smell enough to warrant $5 refills.

Baby Sling--I wanted this sooo bad and it absolutely killed my shoulder. The buckle was in the wrong place and it always seemed like she was upside down no matter how I adjusted it.

Special Breast-feeding Shirts--Too complicated for ease of use.

Pacifiers--Not that you won't probably use them, but your baby will probably have a preference. Wait until you know what they like or if they like them at all.

Where should you register?

Wal-Mart--Great for in-store and on-line. Has a pretty lax return policy. Registry is very user-friendly.

Target--Super cute stuff. Difficult return policy. They cycle through merchandise quickly, so if you register early in your pregnancy, some items may be gone by the time people are buying gifts. They send out coupons :D

Babies R Us--The best selection. The best one-on-one service. Somewhat lenient return policy, especially with a registry. Not the best prices.

I don't suggest registering for clothing or toys. Those items are usually more difficult to find on a registry and people just want to buy you what they think is cute anyway.

I am all about practicality and getting the most for your money. That doesn't mean I'm cheap and won't buy quality items.

When I had my first two children just 18 months apart, I searched high and low for the perfect double stroller. I wanted a jogger style with side-by side seats and it had to have a swivel front wheel. When I found it, I plunked $180 down and I've never once regretted it. It was heaven-sent and I have gotten many, many miles out of it.

Of course, this list is not exhaustive, and, as I continue this series, I'll focus on some specific items. I may even throw in a "VLOG". Whatcha think?

Brookshire's January 21-27

As part of The Grocery Gathering at BeCentsAble, I report on the Brookshire’s weekly advertisement. After a crazy holiday season and a lot of missed posts, I'm back! And it's a GREAT week at Brookshire's!

You do need a Brookshire’s “Thank You” card for most sale prices. The card is free and can be obtained at the customer service desk.

Brookshire’s locations in Central Mississippi are currently TRIPLING manufacturer’s coupons up to and including 60 cents. Only one of each kind of coupon will TRIPLE, all others will be redeemed at face value.

Thursday night from 4-10PM is the "Moonlight Madness Sale"! On the front page of the ad, you'll find these coupons:

  • Save $1 off any REGULAR priced PRODUCE item
  • Save $1 off any REGULAR priced FROZEN FOOD item
  • Save $1 off any REGULAR priced HEALTH & BEAUTY CARE item
  • Save $1 off any REGULAR priced DELI item
  • Save $1 off any REGULAR priced BAKERY item
  • Save $1 off any REGULAR priced MEAT item
  • Save $2 off any REGULAR priced BATHROOM TISSUE or PAPER TOWELS
  • Save $2 off any REGULAR priced DOG OR CAT FOOD item
Here are the SALE items for the Moonlight Madness Sale (4-10PM Thursday ONLY):

Dasani Water 24 pk/.5 liter

Food Club Large Dozen Eggs

Patio Dinners
LIMIT 6 w/$10 additional purchase

Food Club Orange Juice 128 oz.
LIMIT 2 with $10 additional purchase

These are the package deals this week:

1. Purchase $10 worth of selected store brand items, and receive a coupon for $1 off your next order, including at the gas pump. This promotion keeps a running total from order to order and does not have to be all in one transaction.

2. Buy One Party Stouffer's Lasagna (90-96 oz) or Enchiladas (57-59.37 oz), get the following FREE: Dole Greener Selection Salad (12 oz), Food Club Garlic Toast (8 ct) or Garlic Bread (16 oz), and Kraft Salad Dressing (8 oz).

There are many "Buy One Get One for a PENNY" items. Here are some good ones:

Food Club Bread Crumbs (15 oz.)
Regularly Priced at $$1.50

Food Club Aluminum Foil (37.5 sq. ft.)
Regularly Priced at $2.59

Food Club Cooking Spray (6 oz.)
Regularly Priced at $1.99

Tostitos Tortilla Chips (9-13 oz.)
Regualrly Priced at $3

Pepperidge Farm Frozen Texas Toast
Regualrly Priced at $2.74 for Garlic
Regualrly Priced at $3.14 for Cheese
*There were coupons in the 1/18 SS insert, but I'm not sure how they will apply considering the promotional price.

Here are some other deals worth noting:

Hall's Cough Drops 30 ct.
Use .50/1 MQ from 12/7 SS, 1/11 SS, or November All You Magazine
Final Price: FREE

Smithfield Bacon
Use .55 MQ from 1/18 SS
Final Price: .85

Smithfield Sausage
Use .55 MQ from 1/18 SS
Final Price: .35

Pillsbury Grands! Refrigerated Biscuits
Use $1/1 IP HERE
Use $1/2 IP HERE
Use .30/2 from many of the Sunday inserts
Final Price: .25-.80 depending on coupon used

Jell-O Pudding Mix
Use .55/3 Blinkie from Kroger (Says DND)
Final Price: .32 each

Kellogg's Cereal (Selected Varieties)
Various coupons in recent inerts
Final Price: Varies

Progresso Soup (18-19 oz. can or 15.25 oz Micro. Bowl)
Use $1.10 IP HERE
Use .50/2 from 1/4 SS2
Final Price: .15-.50 each

Green Cabbage
.44 per pound

15 lb. bag Russet Potatoes

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I Really Needed a Good Sale!

This is going to be the BEST week for grocery shopping!

Kroger is having a Mega Event where you buy 10 participating items and you get $5 off your bill! There are lots of items with coupon matches. No too many moneymakers (like last time), but lots of things that I really need and use. Cheese anyone? When I get to see our local ad tomorrow, I will link you up to a list that most closely fits my region.

Brookshire's is having their "Moonlight Madness" sale on Thursday night along with some really good deals throughout the rest of the week. I post coupon matches later, but go ahead and make plans to be there Thursday night sometime between 4-10 PM. You have to grab one of their ads on the way in--that's where the Moonlight Madness coupons are.

I'm so excited!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Lemonade Award

I'd like to thank the Academy & The Foreign Press...

Just KIDDING!! Actually I'd like to thank Michelle at Tales of the Tightwad! I really like her recent post about Random Acts of Kindness.

"If you are not familiar with what the Lemonade Award is, the Lemonade Award is given by a previous winner to 10 people who have shown a great attitude or gratitude this week. It’s a great way to show these people that you appreciate them."

What to Do Now?

Please share this opportunity with your favorite bloggers by doing the following:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs, which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude! Be sure to link your nomination to your post.
3. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
4. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

Here's the problem--Everybody I would nominate has aready received it and I wouldn't expect them to post it again. I take full responsibility for letting this chain end here. I'm greedy and selfish and I'm keeping my Lemonade award.


Oh Baby! 1

In the last few years, my life has become a parade of pregnant women and baby births. Between the birth of my oldest child and my youngest was a scant 3 years and 7 months. Collectively, I have been pregnant almost 32 months and I have breastfed 23 months. That's nearly five years with a child attached to me in some form or fashion!
And then there's the friends and family that keep popping 'em out! :)

I wouldn't call myself an expert (Yes, I would.), but there's much more that goes into having a baby than becoming pleasantly plump and "glowing".

I hope this series gives you some information you can use, and feel free to ask questions!

First off, I'd like to tell about some books that I think are a must-read:

"She's Having a Baby... and I'm Having a Breakdown"
What Every Man Needs to Know--and Do--When the Woman He Loves Is Pregnant
by James Douglas Barron

Buy this book for your husband. Put it in a cute baby gift bag and give it to him.

Your husband does not have the same visions of pregnancy and birth that you do. Truth be told, he may not be envisioning it at all!

This book is broken down into trimesters and presents itself in list-fashion tips. The stories are heartfelt and humorous. Bonus--the author tells your man about some important guy stuff: i.e.painting the nursery before the ninth month!

Your Pregnancy Week by Week
by Glade B. Curtis, M.D., M.P.H. & Judith Schuler, M.S.

I was warned not to buy one of those pregnancy books that tells you every bad thing that could happen, but I also wanted to be educated and aware of possiblities.

This book was informative, but non-threatening. My favorite feature is the "Week-by-Week" part. You & Dad can read a few pages each week and know exactly what's going on with your little one. The size of your baby is often compared to various foods, which is both tangible and a little fun as a nickname (Hey, how's the Grape today?). There are tips for preparing for a baby logistically, physically, and mentally, tips for Dad, questions for your doctor, and the labor & delivery chapter is very good.

Menu Plan: January 19-25

Last Monday morning, my Bebe Girl's temperature was 104.7. The rest of the week was filled with taking care of her, so there was no menu plan.

Monday: Cheesy Enchilada Pasta

Tuesday: Sloppy Joes with Homemade Potato Chips

Wednesday: Country Fried Deer Steaks with Cornbread Dressing and Green Beans

Thursday: Chicken & Dumplings

Friday: DH closing @ work

Saturday: DH closing @ work

Sunday: Turkey with Mashed Potatoes and Green Peas

I'm back in the saddle!

REDBOX Code for January 19th

It's movie night!

Today's code is: K6W3G4

What's REDBOX? Read about it here!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Walgreens Show & Tell (January 17th)

I found these Garnier Styling products on clearance for $2 each. I used the EasySaver coupon on page 14 to get them for FREE (plus tax).

Total OOP: .42

CVS Show & Tell (January 17th)

Yes, I went back. What can I say?

However, no moneymaking here. Just getting some things we needed.

CVS Supreme Diapers (Not pictured)


2 CVS Paper Towels

$1.89 each

Used $9.98 ECB

Paid .33 OOP

Earned no ECB's but got a $5/$25 CRT

NutraTrim Gum
Earns $3.99 ECB's
CVS Laundry Detergent
$5.79 B1G1 FREE
Microwave Plate Cover
Used $9.98
Paid .33 OOP
Earned $3.99 ECB's

Getting Started (Week of January 18th)

Well, it's been awhile, but I am again attempting a weekly post dedicated to those people who are just starting out on their frugal journey. For those who don't have a binder full of coupons, a stash of ECB's or RR's (or even know what those are!), or a real history of using coupons. Using only this current week's coupons and available printables, here are the best deals of the week:

If you want the 411 of using coupons, click here.


Reading this first might help.

CVS Brand Loratadine Allergy Medicine (5-count)
Earns $3.79 Extra Bucks (LIMIT 2)
Final Price: FREE

Use $2 Internet Printable coupon HERE
Final Price: FREE (or possibly .01 PROFIT)

American Greetings Cards
Prices start @ .99
Earns $3 Extra Bucks when you buy 3
Final Price: FREE with .03 PROFIT

Johnson's Buddies Bar Soap
Use $2/2 Internet Printable coupon HERE or $3/3 Internet Printable coupon HERE
Final Price: .19 each (You can get these FREE @ Target & Wal-Mart, but they make a great filler item at CVS)

Puffs tissues
.99 (LIMIT 6)
Use .25 Manufacturer's coupon from 1/18 Procter & Gamble insert
Final Price: .74

St.Ives Skin Care
Use $2 Internet Printable coupon HERE
Final Price: .99

Duracell Batteries (4 pk AA or AAA; 2 pk C or D; 1 pk 9 volt)
Use .75 Manufacturer Coupon from 1/18 Procter & Gamble insert
Look for a CVS tearpad for $5 off 2 Duracell batteries
Final Price: $2.24 with just MQ or 2 FREE with MQ & CVS Q

***PepsiCo Deal***

Buy $20, Get $10 Extra Bucks (LIMIT 1):
  • $1.25--Sobe Lifewater 20 oz.
  • $1.25--Propel fit water 1 liter
  • $1.25--Gatorade 32 oz.
  • $1.25--Pepsi 2 liter
  • $3--Lay's 10.5-11 oz. (Excludes Baked)
  • $3--Stacy's pita or bagel chips 6 oz.
  • $3--Tostitos 9.5-13 oz.
  • $3--12 pk 12 oz. cans of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew (LIMIT 8)

Then send off for rebate HERE for $15 in coupons.


First, read this.

Orajel Cold Sore Medicine
Submit for EasySaver Rebate #1
Final Price: FREE

AutoExpressions Vent Fresh Elite Auto Air Freshener
Submit for EasySaver Rebate #2
Submit Manufacturer's Rebate (Form HERE)
Final Price: FREE + $4.99 PROFIT!

Revlon Matte Collection Cosmetics
Submit for EasySaver Rebate #3
Final Price: FREE

Mauna Loa Chocolate Covered Macadamias
$2 each
Use $3/2 Instant Value Coupon from EasySaver Catalog Page 4
Final Price: .50 each

****Procter & Gamble Register Rewards Deal***

Buy $20, Get $5 Register Rewards back.

This is an example scenario (Check your ad for all items included and be sure you match your products with the specifications in the ad):

1 Olay Body Wash
Use $1 Manufacturer's coupon in 1/18 Procter & Gamble insert

2 Gillette Mach3 Disposable 3 pk
Use Buy one get one FREE Manufacturer's coupon from 1/18 Procter & Gamble insert

2 Crest Toothpastes
Use 2 $1.50 Manufacturer's coupons from 1/18 Procter & Gamble insert

You would pay $11.98 and get $5 toward your next purchase.

***Unilever Register Rewards Deal****

Buy 4 items, get $2; Buy 6 items, Get $6; Buy 8 items, Get $10

This is an example scenario (Check your ad for all items included and be sure you match your products with the specifications in the ad):

8 Skippy Peanut Butter
$1.99 each
Use (8) .40 Manufacturer’s coupon from 1/18 Red Plum insert

You would pay $12.72 and get $10 toward your next purchase.

***PepsiCo Register Rewards Deal***

Buy $15, Get $5; Buy $20, Get $10 (Some of these prices are slightly better than CVS):

  • $1--Gatorade 32 oz.
  • $1.33--Pepsi 2 Liters
  • $2.50--Tostitos 13 oz.
  • $2.50--Doritos 12 oz.
  • $2.50--Queso Dip 15 oz.
  • $3--12 pk 12 oz. Pepsi products

Then send off for rebate HERE for $15 in coupons.


For pointers on shopping at Kroger, go here.

Cottonelle 4-pack Toilet Paper
Use .50 IP coupons HERE, HERE, and HERE
Final Price: FREE

Frank's Hot Sauce (5 oz.)
Use .50 MQ in 1/18 SmartSource insert
Final Price: .09


You do need a Brookshire’s “Thank You” card for most sale prices. The card is free and can be obtained at the customer service desk. Brookshire’s locations in Central Mississippi are currently TRIPLING manufacturer’s coupons up to and including 60 cents. Only one of each kind of coupon will TRIPLE, all others will be redeemed at face value.

Lipton Tea (16 Tea Bags, 1.25 oz.)
Use .60 MQ in 1/18 Red Plum insert
Final Price: FREE

Frank's Hot Sauce (12 oz.)
Use .50 MQ in 1/18 SmartSource insert
Final Price: .38

Please let me know if you see any other great deals based on this week's coupon inserts and currently available printable coupons. I will continue to add to this as I find more deals!

Also, let me know if any of the links aren't working! Thanks!

Friday, January 16, 2009

CVS Show & Tell (Week of January 11th)

I did many transactions this week, most involving the unauthorized "$3 off any CVS brand item" coupon. I will no longer be using this coupon now that I am aware.

CVS Supreme Diapers
$6.50 Sale Price

Santa Hat
.49 Clearance Price

Used $3 coupon mentioned above
Used $3 ECB's

Paid $1.06 OOP

3 Glade Oil Warmers
$1.89 Clearance Price
Used (3) $2 coupons
(One had to be adjusted down in order to not create an overage)

Paid .40 OOP

CVS Supreme Diapers
$6.50 Sale Price

Used $3 coupon mentioned above
Used $2 ECB’s

Paid $1.61 OOP

3 Febreze Candles
.79 Clearance price (Holiday varieties only)
Used $2 coupon from 12/14 P&G insert
(If you don’t buy $2 worth, this coupon will have to be adjusted down.)

CVS Shave Gel
$1 Clearance Price

2 Nutra-Trim Gum Packs
$3.99 each
Earns $3.99 ECB’s each (Limit 3)

CVS Toddler Wipes

10-pack Purse Tissues

Used $3 coupon mentioned above
Used $7.99 ECB’s

Paid $1.05 OOP
Earned $7.98 ECB’s

CVS Supreme Diapers
$6.50 Sale Price

Used $3 coupon mentioned above

Paid $3.75 OOP
(I totally didn’t have my brain turned on for this one. I only had larger ECB’s and didn’t want to waste any. I figured out a better way to break down my ECB's on the next transaction.)

Cheez-It Twin Pack
$6 Special Offer Price
Earns $3 ECB’s

6-pack Soyjoy bars
$6 Special Offer Price
Earns $6 ECB’s

CVS Travel Size Cotton Swabs

2 Johnson’s Red Cross First Aid Kits
.99 each
Used $3/2 IP coupon
(At one time, these coupons were producing overage. That’s no longer the case and these have to be adjusted down.)

Used $3 coupon mentioned above
Used $7.99 ECB’s
Paid $1.85 OOP
Earned $9 ECB’s

CVS Supreme Diapers
$6.50 Sale Price

Used $3 coupon mentioned above
Used $3 ECB’s

Paid .54 OOP

Chocolate Santa (The Big Guy is in a hundred pieces now :D)
.59 Clearance Price

50 Mini Candy Canes
.19 Clearance Price

CVS Paper Towels

2 Hershey Bars
.50 each

Used $3 coupon mentioned above

Paid .72 OOP

CVS Supreme Diapers
$6.50 Sale Price

3 Febreze Candles
.79 Clearance Price
(Holiday varieties only)
Used $2 coupon from 12/14 P&G insert
(If you don’t buy $2 worth, this coupon will have to be adjusted down.)

2 Kids Throat Cooler Pops (FINALLY!)
$4.99 each
Used B1G1 IP coupon
Earns $4.99 ECB’s each

Afrin Nose Spray
Used $6 coupon from a mailing

3 candy bars (Hmmm, there’s only 2 in the pic...)
.89 each

Used $3 coupon mentioned above
Used $5/$25 CRT coupon
Used $6 ECB’s

Paid $1.79 OOP
Earned $9.98 ECB’s

CVS Supreme Diapers
$6.50 Sale Price

2 Kids Throat Cooler Pops
$4.99 each
Used B1G1 IP coupon
Earns $4.99 ECB’s each

Used $3 coupon mentioned above
Used $7.98 ECB’s

Paid .90 OOP
Earned $9.98 ECB’s

Coupon Preview for January 18th

This month has been a GREAT coupon month so far, and I'm happy to report that this Sunday is no different! There are three inserts this week: 1 SmartSource, 1 Valassis, and 1 Procter & Gamble.

Again, a variety of grocery, toiletry, medicinal, and household items.

See the full preview here or here.

Honesty Is The Best Policy

My Bebe Girl got super sick last weekend and I've been tending to her all week. No time for blogging, but it sure didn't stop me from being a CVSing FOOL! LOL! I did lots and lots of transactions, mostly to stock up on diapers.

Then, I went to blogland today to check out what all I've been missing.

Oh. My. Goodness.

Have you read this post by The Thrifty Mama or this one by Mommy Snacks?

There are some serious ethical and moral issues being presented by these ladies. I really had to take a look in the mirror after reading these posts.

Basically, any CVS internet coupon is unauthorized unless it is found at or e-mailed directly to you.

Additionally, when using Cellfire, PGEsaver, or, these "e-coupons" are intended to be used independently, not in conjunction with paper coupons.

As I said here, "As much as I will use coupons to my advantage, I will not purposefully deceive a merchant or participate in illegal activity. We must maintain our ethical and moral boundaries."

In my efforts to be a Proverbs 31 woman, I need to have "a strong character" and have the "trust of [my] husband". It is not worth saving a few cents if I cannot have those things.

Monday, January 12, 2009

REDBOX Code for January 12th

It's movie night!

Today's code is: H48MX2

What's REDBOX? Read about it here!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Honest Scrap Award!

I have just received my first Blog Award!! Thanks so much from Shynea, better known to us bloggers as The Penny Pinching Diva! If you haven't checked out her blog, you've been missing out. Besides being super frugal, she's super crafty, super funny, and a SUPER Mommy Managing 4 little boys.

Honorees are to list 10 honest things about themselves - and make it interesting, even if we have to dig deep! Second, we are to pass the award on to 7 bloggers we feel embody the spirit of the Honest Scrap.

  1. Blogging came very naturally to me on my personal blog. I felt creative. Expressive. Even, on occasion, witty. I find myself struggling a little with this blog because I'm overthinking each post.

  2. I could not function without my cameras. I have an SLR, a digital, an APS, and a camcorder. I would really like to pursue a career in Photography when my kids are older.

  3. I have to include chocolate in each and every day. The healthy version is a chocolate chip granola bar. I don't usually choose the healthy version.

  4. I have worked in retail doing sales, administration, and merchandising. I LOVED the merchandising! Organizing products all day every day--BLISS!

  5. I really really love my kids. But I'm not a "kid" person. They kinda get on my nerves.

  6. I love to craft, especially scrapbook, but I always have a moment of guilt: I take a beautifully pristine piece of colorfully printed paper with so much possiblity, and I cut it. It hurts me every time.

  7. I have an issue with the whole "Quality vs. Quantity" thing. For the same amount of money, I would rather have 5 mediocre shirts than the one I love. It's a problem.

  8. I hate washing dishes. HATE.

  9. I never wanted own a minivan. Until I owned a minivan! It's wonderful! I have so much space, sliding doors absolutely ROCK, and the TV/DVD is fantastic. It's truly great.

  10. I wanted to be Rainbow Brite when I grew up. So I am. I'm bringing COLOR back. :)

I am passing the award on to these fine ladies:

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Walgreens Show & Tell (January 9th)

I learned about this deal from Erin at Jane4Girls $800 Annual Budget for a Family of 4.

6 Boxes of South Beach Diet High Protein Bars
$2.50 each Sale Price
Used (6) $2 Printable coupons (After the first one prints, hit back and refresh. Repeat until you have 6)
1 Walgreens Cola
Paid with $3 RR
$2.11 OOP
I got the cola so I could pay with the RR (darn--haha). You can't use more coupons than you have items for.
Here's the GREAT part. I submitted this for the Easysaver rebate on page 49. I will get $5 back for buying $15 worth of selected Kraft items! (It had to be the High Protein variety.)

Kroger Show & Tell (January 9th)

Tosha @ Savings Makes Cents alerted me to this deal. It may be expired for those of you with ads ending on Saturday, so check your local store for their current price.
3 Suave Deodorants
$1 Sale price
used (3) .55 coupons from previous insert (doubled to $1)
Paid 12 cents OOP for tax

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Coupon Preview for January 11th

We have the potential for another great coupon week. There are reportedly two inserts, a Smartsource and a Valassis. The preview shows a wide variety of coupons including soups, cleaners & air fresheners, medicines, paper goods, and lots of groceries.

If you read this post, you know that I am now pretty skeptical. Here's hoping!

You can check out the preview here.

CVS Show & Tell (January 7th)

2 Colgate Kids Toothpaste
$2.50 each Sale price
Used (2) .75 coupons from 1/4 insert
Earns $2 ECB's WYB 2

2 Hershey's Bliss
$1.07 Clearance price
Used (2) $1 IP coupons

2 Palmolive Dish Soap
.97 Sale price
Used (2) .50 coupons from 1/4 insert

Cheez-It twin pack
$6 Bonus Pack Special Price
Earns $3 ECB's

Used $9 ECB's

Paid $1.87 OOP
Earned $5 ECB's

It's funny how a trip like this makes me feel like a failure. I guess they can't pay me everytime I go in there! LOL!

Kroger Show & Tell (January 7th)

2 Cottonelle 4-pk Toilet Paper
99 cents Regular price
Used (2) .50 coupons doubled to .99
(Printed from widget on the right)
Used (1) .50 e-coupon

Kroger Value sliced cheese

2 bags of Kroger Chocolate Chips
***I thought these were $1.69, turns out they were just 84 cents!!!***
I went back for 6 more bags!
(This was at the Kroger at Hwy 80 & Crossgates Blvd in Brandon.)

Total OOP: $7.95
Total Saved: $9.28

Cereal Clearance @ Wal-Mart

Check your Wal-Mart's Clearance section for some cereal deals! I only got what I had coupons for, but there were several kinds.

3 Strawberry Delight Frosted Mini Wheats
$1.40 Clearance price
used (3) $1 coupons

Regular Frosted Mini Wheats
$1.50 Clearance price
used $1 coupon

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

CVS Show & Tell (January 6th)

2 One Touch Ultra Smart Meters (for my Father-In-Law)
$29.99 each sale price
Used (2) $30 coupons from 1/4 insert

2 CVS Flushable Toddler Wipes
***CVS brand items are B1G1 50% off***
First one: $1.49
Second one: 74 cents

Hershey Kisses
75 cents CLEARANCE price

Used $3 off any CVS brand item coupon
(Get the details here. This coupon did not scan, but my store seemed aware of it and I had no problems.)

Paid $4.18 OOP
No ECB's earned

Monday, January 5, 2009

Menu Plan: January 4-11

The extent of my menu planning comes from times when the payday was short and the cabinets/refrigerator were getting bare. I would make a plan to utilize the items I had and make them go as far as I could.

My DH and I were discussing today the benefits of menu planning: more healthful meals, kinder to the budget, less last-minute stress and temptation to run out and "grab something".

I don't really know why I haven't jumped on board before, but here is my first attempt at Menu Planning. My husband works in retail, and closing shifts are 1pm to 11pm. I don't typically cook a family meal on those nights. I spoil indulge my boys with their favorites: pizza, mac & cheese, PBJ, etc.

Monday: Enchiladas

Tuesday: Deer Roast with carrots and potatoes

Wednesday: DH closing @ work

Thursday: Pork Chops with cabbage and mashed sweet potatoes

Friday: DH closing @ work--I'm having Movie Night with my Momma!

Saturday: DH closing @ work

Sunday: Don't have DH's schedule yet, but I'm throwing a baby shower from 2-4pm. Pizza?

My Coupon Region Stinks

Well, that title alone could be my post...

But I will explain. I never get all the coupons listed on a preview. I know that I will never get the Covergirl or Revlon coupons. I've never gotten a Pop-Tarts coupon in my paper. Garnier? No way! There are many others, and I just don't know what to expect most of the time.

There was no P&G insert at all in my local December 28th paper.

Yesterday, we only received 4 of the five inserts previewed.

I'm not just writing to complain, however. I want answers! Hopefully, answers some of you can give me! If I subscribe to a national paper, am I more likely to get all the inserts and coupons? What are some other solutions, besides Ebay & coupon clipping services?

REDBOX Code for January 5th

It's movie night!

Today's code is: 37CEA9

What's REDBOX? Read about it here!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

CVS Show & Tell (January 4th)

One Touch Ultra Smart Meter
$29.99 Sale Price
Used $30 coupon in 1/4 insert
***The rebate form inside the box is expired. I will probably call the company and inquire.***

Nasogel Nose Spray
$7.99 Regular Price
Earns $7.99 (January Monthly ECB--Limit 2)
***The rebate form inside the box is expired. I will probably call the company and inquire.***

I used a $5/$25 purchase coupon
I also used $1 ECB

I paid $2.24 OOP
Earned $7.99 ECB's

(Just a note: When you use manufacturer's coupons, you have to pay local sales tax on the value of the coupon. Since I used $32 worth of coupons, I had to pay 7% tax on that amount which equaled $2.24. ECB's and CVS coupons will not cover the tax, but you also don't have to pay tax on their value.)

Walgreens Show & Tell (January 4th)

SlimQuick 2-pack
$4 Sale Price
Earns $4 RR's

4 Boxes of Kellogg's Cereal
$10 Sale Price
Used (4) $1 coupons from 12/14 inserts & peelies
Earns $3 RR's

2 Reynold's Aluminum Foil 20 sq. ft.
99 cents each with in-ad coupon
Used (2) $1 coupons from 11/16 SS insert

3 Electrasol Gelpacs
$3.49 Sale Price
Used (3) $2.50 coupons from 1/4 insert
Will get back $1.50 EasySaver Rebate (Limit 1)

2 Ben & Jerry's Pints
$3 each Sale Price
Used (2) $3 IP coupons (no longer available)

Paid with $4.40 on Gift Card
$10.82 OOP

Got back $7 in RR's and will get $1.50 plus 10% on gift card.

I made a second transaction later at another store to pick up a printer cartridge I had refilled. Last week they had an in-ad coupon for 25% off the refill, and there is an EasySaver Rebate of $5 (Limit 1).
I used a $4 RR
Paid $4.03 OOP
Will get back $5 plus 10% on gift card


Do you keep reading about this "REDBOX" and wonder what-in-blogland we're talking about?

Wonder no more! Here is the lowdown:

REDBOX is a DVD rental machine. That's right--machine. No grouchy teenage cashiers, no making laps around a video store looking for the category your movie is in this week.

All of the REDBOX's in my area are at Wal-Mart. In other states, they may also be at Walgreens. Check for your nearest location here.

REDBOX offers movies for $1 per night per DVD plus local tax. Way better than $4.29 plus late fees if you keep it more than one night!

In all of their generosity, REDBOX occasionally provides promo codes for a FREE night's rental. You can get a FREE code by signing up for e-mails.

On Mondays, REDBOX releases a promo code via text messaging.

These promo codes are good for one night only and they can be used once per credit/debit card. This means that you can rent multiple movies as long as you have multiple cards. You must process separate transactions. You can use two different debit cards for the same bank account as long as they have different numbers on the card.

The REDBOX will authorize $1 to your card. As long as you return the movie by 9PM the next day, the hold will release and there will be no charge. If you keep the movie longer, you pay just $1 per night after the first.

New movies usually release on Tuesday and sometimes on Friday.

At REDBOX's website, you can find out what movies are in-stock at your local machines and even hold a movie at the machine (you must pay online for this option).

Here are some of the current codes for REDBOX:

REDBOX (This one only works for first-timers)

Please let me know if you have a code I can add to the list or if one of these codes isn't working anymore!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Entertainment Book Giveaway!

OK, not here at my site.

Tosha @ Savings Makes Cents is giving one away! She is a totally AWESOME sister blogger who came to my rescue during Black Friday.

I'd love to win--I use my Entertainment Book like crazy!

Target Show & Tell (January 3rd)

4 Arm & Hammer Baking Sodas
54 cents each
Thanks to The Thrifty Mama!

Gerber Blanket Sleepers 2-pk
$6.98 Clearance Price
(I LOVE these!)

2 Baby Tees
Daddy's Girl tote bag
Silver Wristlet/Coin Purse
***All from the $1 spot***

Gift tags for Mom
(Not Pictured)
32 cents

Paid $12.40 on Gift Card

CVS Show & Tell (January 3rd)

First CVS transaction of 2009, and I messed up!
Not too bad. It just made my OOP more than it would usually be.

3 Listerine Agent Cool Blue Mouthrinses
$3.99 Each (Sale Price ends today)
Used (3) $1 IP coupons (No longer available)
Earns $3 ECB's each (January Monthly ECB--Limit 5)

2 Olay Regenerist Cleansers @ B1G1 50% off
$7.99 & $3.99 (Sale Price ends today)
Used $5/2 coupons from a previous insert
Will send off for $15 Gift Card Rebate

Nasogel Nose Spray
$7.99 Regular Price
Earns $7.99 (January Monthly ECB--Limit 2)

20 oz. Dr. Pepper
$1.39 Regular Price
Used FREE item coupon from a previous promotion

I used a $5/$25 coupon from a previous receipt.

Used $2, $2, $5, &$5 ECB's=$14 ECB's

Paid $3.94 OOP

Earned $9 & $7.99 ECB's=$16.99

I also got my $2 ECB from Fall Quarter's Spending
Got a FREE Hershey bar coupon
Got another $5/$25 purchase coupon

Here was my mistake (and the result of poor planning and too much procreation! LOL!) :

The 50% off of the second Olay Cleanser didn't come off until after all the coupons and ECB's. I had given the cashier too many ECB's at that point. It made my balance negative by $2.61. I knew the total seemed off, but I wasn't paying enough attention because my two-year-old has lost his mind. Usually if my balance comes up negative, it's just by a smidge and I'll get a candybar. Since the negative amount was more substantial, I wanted to use it for good. So I ran and got the Nasogel, which was not in my original scenario. (Yes, we could have voided the whole thing and redone it. Nothing wrong with that, I just didn't want to.) Basically, I'm out 95 cents for all this and I'll be getting a $15 gift card from Olay!

REDBOX Code for January 4th

It's movie night! (Yes, on Sunday!)

REDBOX is a DVD rental machine. You can rent movies for $1 per day per DVD.

On Sundays in December, however, they were treating us with a code for a FREE rental. Although it's now January, they are giving us one last code.

Tomorrow's code is: 11moms4uA

You must swipe a credit card for authorization, but it won't actually charge. The code is only good for 1 night, extra nights will charged to your preauthorized card. You can use the code once per credit card.

Thanks to Wal-Mart's Eleven Moms for the notification!

Double Rebate on Vent Fresh Elite Auto Air Freshener at Walgreens

The Vent Fresh Elite Auto Air Freshener is one of the "Free After Rebate" items at Walgreens this month. Of course, if you get the rebate put on a gift card, you get an extra 10%.

How would you like to get twice the rebate?

Print this form to get another rebate for the same product!

Pay $4.99 plus tax.

Get $5.48 back from Walgreens (on a gift card).

Get $4.99 back from the manufacturer.

What a great money-maker!

Thanks to Leah @ MetroPlex Savers!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Coupon Preview for January 4

Holy Macaroni! This is the best coupon week I've seen since August 3rd--yes, I remember, because that was the first week I started couponing seriously!

We're talking about 5+ inserts depending on your area. I can't even pick out some to tell you about--JUST BUY A BUNCH!!!

You can get the full preview at Taylortown or at The Coupon Clippers.

The cheapest newspapers in the Jackson Metro Area are at Wal-Mart for $1.29.

***Last week, everything I read indicated that we'd be getting a P&G insert in the December 28th paper. I searched through a few different papers at a few different stores and could not find any. I've since read about certain regions not receiving the insert at all. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we'll get the P&G insert this week, but it might have been a regional release that we're just not getting.***


I am not a slacker. I do not sit around watching TV (with the exception of Grey's & DH!). I don't get to take naps.

And, yet, to look at my to-do list or my office, that's what one might think. I haven't been able to blog or clean or organize. AND IT'S DRIVING ME BONKERS!!!
I didn't get to tell all of you about these CVS trips:
Profit of $2.44

Profit of $3.66

Profit of 96 cents

Profit of $1.29

No profit on this one. But I only spent 50 cents OOP for diapers! No complaints here! And I'll be returning one of the toothpastes because I was mistaken about the ECB limit.

They're all dead deals now! :(

I didn't get to tell you about the survey that landed me a $20 Target gift card.

I didn't get to show you what I got in the mail from Muir Glen.

I barely squeezed in this Kroger post, but I think that was only helpful to my local readers.

I want to make this blog a place you can turn to find the best deals, but my Bebe Girl and my Rowdy Boys apparently don't. I'll continue in my efforts, but, if there's something specific you'd like to see, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! What do you find helpful on this blog?