Tuesday, December 30, 2008

January Deals at CVS and Walgreens

These are free after ecbs at CVS in Jan. I would try to do this run this week!
Remember there is a $3/15 coupon here (I link to the post) that you can print! Thanks, thriftymama!
Children's Throat Cooler, $4.99, ECB $4.99, Limit 2. Buy One Get One free coupon here
NasoGel Drip free gel spray (we need all we can in this household), $7.99, ECB $7.99, Limit 2. Print $2/1 coupon here.
Nutra Trim Weight management chewing gum, $3.99, ECB $3.99, Limit 2.
Other deals this week:
Huggies Jumbo pack diapers, $9.49, $1
Caregivers' rebate, $2 off 2 packs on my side bar
Final Price: $7.49 per pack for 2 packs
Similac or Enfamil Formula, $22.49
Walgreens' Jan FAR Easysaver looks good, BUT! I've not seen the goods. At TWO Walgreens, I'm almost giving up.
Choose one Revlon
Revlon Matte Collection Blush or Eyeliner $9.99
Revlon Matte Collection Lipstick $7.99
Revlon Matte Collection Eye Shadow $4.99
Orajel Cold Sore Medicine $8.49
$8 rebate:
From 10/19/08 SmartSource:
1. Your name and address
2. the UPC code proof of purchase
3. Dated cash register receipt with item price circled.
Receipt must be dated after 10/26/08. Postmark must before 1/31/09
Mail to:
Orajel October 2008 $8.00 Rebate Offer
c/o Best Marketing Inc.
P.O. Box 180779
Casselberry, FL 32718
Limit one refund per name, family, address.
AutoExpressions Vent Fresh Elite Auto Air Freshener $4.99
MFR Rebate HERE (Thanks commonsensewithmoney!)

Friday, December 26, 2008

Grocery Dec 26

We spent over what we usually do today. But that's because first, I decided to relax this week (it's Christmas!) and also because I got quite a lot of stuff (we can overflow to next week!)

I was super excited to see the "reduced price produce" trolley at Stop and Shop! Yeh! We have mark-downs too!!! So I happily grabbed the 2 packs of bananas for about a buck each. and the apples(6 of them) for $1.50 (with that I cut down 2 for lunch and made the rest into 26 oz worth of babyfood). and the pack of red potatoes (they look old, but hey! I'm not eating them in salad, but cooked...who cares). I was very happy.

And look! Mystic pizzas for $2.17 each! woh! Nice...Nathan hotdogs for $2.64? Steal.

At the Chinese Supermarkets, I got MORE mark-down food! yeh! The big bag of tomatoes, cauliflower & lettuce, veg and carrots for a buck each bag. The tomatoes I cooked into diced tomatoes sauce (they are too ripe for sale at normal price) and they'll make great cheap spagetti. I splurge on sukiyaki beef (rib sirloin slices) and a couple of other stuff...

all the above for $64.17

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Swagbucks - I got my Starbucks Giftcard!

Finally! After...a month and 8 days...I earned 50 points! (I earn an average of 1 point a day and I search an average of 1 time a day)

So I put in my points for a $5 starbucks giftcard! Hey, I did not pay for this, and I didn't spend too much time. I'm very happy.

GO, Swagbucks!! You can earn this quite easily too! (esp with the new swag codes and bigger denominations) Sign up here today!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Grocery/Drugstore Plan

I'm not doing any drugstore this week. I had a great buy at CVS last week and also at walmart, and this week, I'll take a break.

Here's Stop and Shop's deals though!

Many things going at half price, I probably check out...
Nathan Beef Franks
Chi-chi's salsa (I have 2 $1 off 2 coupons)

Other possible buys

Cantaloupe, $1.50

Mystic (this is a GREAT buy) pizza, $3.67, $0.75 MQ here (if you can still find it, I printed 2 and can't see it anymore) and here (for minis), Final Price: $2.17

CVS Dec 21

So few items, such big gains...how can it be?

I got...
Listerine Mouth Wash $2.99, $1 CVS Q, ECB $2.99
Halls Natural drops $2.59, ECB $2.59
Excedrin, $3.99, $2 MQ, ECB $3.99
Complete Contacts solution, $8.99, $2 Q, ECB $8.99
2 Sally Hansen Nail color, $11.98, $3 Q (Reinventing Beauty), ECB $11.98
Reinventing Beauty mag, $0.99
Night light, $3.49 (which we need)

$5/25 coupon

Used $19.67 ECB, $2.39 Money Card, got back $30.54 in ECBs, earned $8.48
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Grocery Dec 20th Saved $48.35!

Today is a crazy day. We had a packed schedule. We're on to vacation tomorrow. Little gal didn't sleep well yesterday night. Little guy has some sneezing going on. And it does not help with all the snow yesterday.

Still I had to ask hubby to do a grocery run. (this week we didn't need to do much, cos we're on vacation). You'll understand why.

ALL OF THE ABOVE for $6.79. I can't beat that. AND...it's not snacks!! It's meal-making stuff!! Look at all the veggies we got!!! 8 packs of steamers, 4 packs of boxed veg. This will bring us through many great meals!!

Thanks to MSM, I also used the free Riceworks coupon for a free pack of brown rice chips.

Look at my plan and all pricing here.

First time hubby used up all the coupons I gave him.

p.s. the total in the receipt is $9.79 cos we spent $3 on cold cut for tomorrow dinner "out", hey, instead of an expensive sodium-packed rest-stop dinner? this is good price.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Swag bucks!

Search & Win

I've posted this before and today found something new so I'm going to invite you guys again!!

Go sign up at Swagbucks now cos it's easier to earn bucks. You can read their blogs or newsletter to get time-limited swag codes! I'm on 43, 7 shy of 50, which i can turn in for a $5 Starbucks card. Hey, that's $5 for almost no work!! When you win, I do too so I definitely appreciate it!

And every Friday there is a 1000 swagbucks to be won! Go!

Free 8X10 pic from Snapfish

Pick up at Walgreens.

Last time it was Walgreens who did this (and it was $0), so this time I can't tell if there's processing fee. Use WALFREE at snapfish
OR, you could use FREEGIFT at Walgreens photo site to get the really free 8X10 photo. Thanks to commonsensewithmoney

Thursday, December 18, 2008

CVS Holiday Sale Dec 21

I'd say if you can go on Dec 21st, GO! I'm sure the stock will run out fast.

Here's everything FREE after ECB.

Listerine antiseptic 16.9oz $2.99 get $2.99 limit 5
$1/1 Listerine Premium 500 mL or larger exp 12-31-08
from CVS Diabetes coupon Book (Benz1968)

Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine nail Color $5.99 get $5.99 limit 2
.50 off Sally Hansen Nail Color, Any - 09-28-08 SS
$3/2 from CVS Beauty Book also referred to as the Reinventing Beauty flyer (get it near the pharmacy for $0.99)

Arm & Hammer Essentials starter kit $2.99 get $2.99 limit 5
MQ $1/1

L'Oreal HIP Metalic eye shadow duos $6.99 get $6.99 limit 2

ThermaCare neck to arm heatwrap 1ct $2.49 get $2.49 limit 3

Right Guard Professional solid 1.8oz or aerosol 6oz $6.00 get $6.00 limit 5
.50/1 IP
here (use code rightguard) link comes in your email when you enter

Zipfizz energy 3ct $5.99 get $5.99 limit 1

Excedrin Express Gels 20ct $3.99 get $3.99 limit 1
$2 MQ

Alteril sleep aid 30ct $9.99 get $9.99 limit 1

Halls Naturals 25ct $2.59 get $2.59 limit 1

EAS AdvantEdge bar 2.11oz $1.69 get $1.69 limit 1

Zantac 150 8ct $4.99 get $4.99 limit 1

EAS AdvantEdge shake 4pk $7.49 get $7.49 limit 1

Benefiber drink mix 16ct $7.29 get $7.29 limit 1

Iceland Health joint relief 60ct $29.99 get $29.99 limit 1 <>

Slimquick 2pk 4oz total $4.99 get $4.99 limit 1

Sleepinal 32ct $8.49 get $8.49 limit 5

Crest Pro Health Toothpaste, 4.2 oz, $2.99, ECB $2, MQ $1

I hope this is what I will get (IF I GET TO GO)

Crest Pro Health Toothpaste
Sally Hansen Nail color X2
Thermal Care X2
Halls Natural

Total: $42.81, tax $3.59 (possibly), coupons $12.50 (including $5/25), earn ECB $41.82
earn $7.92

Now possibly I won't be able to get everything, but everything counts!

Grocery Plan

For the time being let me put up Stop and Shop grocery deals (for me, there are lots of others!). I might not be able to go get them...but let's see...

Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers, $1, MQ $0.60 (IP), Final Price: -$0.20 (Overage!)
Knorr sides, $1.25, MQ $0.75/2, Final Price: $1 for 2
Lipton Dry Onion Soup mix (this is great for lots of stuff!), $1.50, MQ $0.75/2, Final Price: $1.50 for 2!
Progresso Broth, $2, MQ $1.25. Final Price: $0.75 each!
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix (I can never get enough of these), $2, MQ $0.75 (on my side bar), Final Price: $0.50 each!
Chex Mix, $1.67, MQ $0.60 (on my side bar) or here. Final Price: $0.47 each!
Riceworks chips, $2.99, get a free bag coupon. the post here, Final Price: FREE!
Daisy Sour cream, $1.50, $0.50 coupon here. Final Price: $0.50

Monday, December 15, 2008

Walmart Tripping

Going to Walmart again Sun/Mon! I love making these trips to Walmart away from the City, because it means better prices, lovely customer service and great coupon takers.

Here is my possible plan

Campbell’s Spaghettios, $0.49
$0.40/2 Campbell’s Spaghettios Pasta, exp. 12-31-08 (SS 9/21/08)
Final Price: $0.29 ea.

Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers, $1.00
$0.60 printable (I think it's no longer available)
Final Price: $0.40 after coupon!

Muir Glen Fire Roasted Chopped Tomatoes, $1.18
$1/1 printable
$1/1 printable
Final Price: $0.18

Muir Glen Tomato Sauce, Diced Tomatoes, and Fire Roasted Tomatoes, $1.24
$1/1 printable
$1/1 printable
Final Price: $0.24

Nestle Hot Chococlate (10-pk.), $1.00
$0.75/1 printable
Final price: $0.25

Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kit, $0.99 (trial Size)
$3/2 printable
Final Price: FREE

Sure MAX Deodorant$2.50/1
Sure MAX Clinical Power Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, exp. 12-31-08 (SS 10/19/08)
Try Me FREE Rebate
Final Price: Moneymaker after coupon and MIR!

Tide, $0.99 (trial Size)
$1/1 Tide, any size, exp. 12-31-08 (P&G 12/30/08)
Final Price: FREE

Hefty One Zip Bags (7-pk.), $0.97
$0.55/1 Hefty Onezip Product, exp. 12-31-08 (V 9/28/08)
Final Price: $0.42 after coupon!

Rayovac Batteries (types: AA, AAA, C, D), $0.94
$1/1 Rayovac Batteries
Final Price: FREE to ea. after coupon!

White Cloud Toilet Paper (4-pk.), $1.69
$1/1 White Cloud, exp. 12-31-08 (SS 9/28/08)
Or $1/1 here
Final Price: $0.69 after coupon!(Thanks, Stephanie!)

Ziploc Big Bags $3.42
$3 internet printable
Final Price: $0.42

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda $0.48
Use $1/2 internet printable
Final Price: FREE

Arm & Hammer Fridge & Freezer 1lb for $0.72

$1/2 internet printable

Final Price=$0.22 each

Starkist Tuna Creations $1.48
$1 Mailed Coupon
Final price: $0.48

Johnson's Buddies Soap, $1 (or something?)
$3/3 coupon here
Final Price: 3 free soaps!

Gold Bond Lotion Trial size

$2 MQ that doesn't exclude sizes

Final Price: FREE w/ overage

Guerrero Corn tortillas (24-count) $1

$1 MQ here (click on English)

Final Price: FREE

Thank you, Dealseekingmom, and CensibleSavings

Giveaways Week of Dec 15

I signed up for these giveaways

Free Sargento Cheese coupons by
commonsensewithmoney (I love these cheese!)

$20 Starbucks card by
tosaveapenny. (Who wouldn't want that?)

The cutest first aid kid by frugalmommiesof2

$50 worth of burt bees products (I love BB) by hip to save

Safe Sippy Stainless Steel drinking cup by katydidandkid

Starbucks $10 GC and other great stocking stuffers(literally in a stocking) by imnotyouraveragesoccermom

The cutest see kai run shoes by mummydeals

Pillsbury Goodies Basket by STL Mommy

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Drugstore Plan Dec 14

CVS is going to have a MEGA sale/ECB next week, so stay tuned, I'm too excited...will put up the my plan soon and the ad scan link

This week, here's my plan (possibly)

2 Nature Made Vitamin C $5.99X2 (BOGO), $2 Caregivers Rebate (or Multi Vit if I want to use coupon)
EarRinse, $9.99, ECB $9.99
Complete Contact Solution , $8.99, $2 coupon here

$4/20 coupon, $3 on Nature Made vitamins (CVS CRT) if I'm buying Multi

Earn max of $3.42 for all of above

Ad Scans here

I haven't gotten Wag circular
However, with the $5 RR this week, this is what I possibly can get.

Loreal Age Perfect Pro Calcium Moisturizer (yes it's on rebate again!) $19.99, (Rebate $19.99) $1 MQ at Loreal website.

Kelloggs Cereal, $1.99 X2, 2 $1 MQ

Domino Sugar, $1.99

Eggs, $1.50

After $5 RR, I earn $0.53 for getting my eggs, sugar, cereal and a gift!

With the rain tonight, I'm not going out...I doubt the stock though...we'll see...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

My $0.48 Print cards are here!

An amazing deal for a $0.48 set of 30 cards.

The photo quality can be improved but I won't complain.
I'm so sorry that most of my friends couldn't get the codes to work anymore. =(

Cheap Keebler Cookies at Target

Bought 5 Keebler Fudge Shoppe (that's the only variety we have here) at $2.33 each.

Bought Air Wick Luminar at $4.99

Used 5 $1 MQ here for Keebler.

Used 1 $5 MQ (for AW) from past week Smart Source.

Paid $7.06 by giftcard, get back $5 giftcard. I spent $2.06 for the above. SWEET.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Giveaways week Dec 8th

I signed up for these this week.

Babylegs at
gonaturalbaby (these are cute little things to keep baby warm without having to put on/off pants)

$100 Walmart Giftcard by

$10 Target giftcard from SavingSomeGreen

$25 giftcard by LivingasMom

Story time felt $25 giftcard (these are so great!) by thriftyandchicmom

$10 Target giftcard by Frugalfamilyfunblog

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Free Scotch Tape at Walgreens

I cannot believe I missed out this deal today!

Buy 2 3-pack scotch tape or gift wrap tape at $2 and file for $2 rebate. #35 Easy Saver. Get them for free!!
Another deal this week that I might try if we're having the same deal here...
Only from 12/10 to 12/13
Arm & Hammer Liquid Detergent--$1.99 after in ad-coupon (Reg. Price $6.99-$7.49)
$0.99 each after coupon
So...Buy 4 Arm & Hammer Liquid Detergent = $27.96
Use 4 $1/1 coupons (use multiple computers)
give in-ad coupon (should take off $20)
Spend $3.96 plus tax out of pocket, Get $5 in Register Rewards back! (if taxed on actual price we might not get overage, but pay like $1+ for 4 detergent. SUPER good deal)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Homemade Baby Yogurt

I am making yogurt again! cos I just cannot make myself buy another 4oz yogurt for $0.70.
Here's how I make it.
now, I used 1 pack as starter (subsequently I can use last bit of the yogurt as starter), so that's $0.70. Milk is...$0.56 for my 20 oz.
So I made 20 oz of yogurt for $1.26, instead of buying 20 oz of yogurt for $3.50. That's more than double savings. The next batch will only cost me $0.56. Yoo Hoo!
I got the recipe from

Friday, December 5, 2008

Tyr Me Free Chiquita Bites Single

Go here to print coupon for a free chiquita fruit bites single
I have no idea if my grocer carries this. Worth a try! Fill form, 2nd coupon printed will be for free. The 1st is $0.75 off 1 multi/family pack.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Teasta Free Tea

I just ordered two bags of tea(they are not the little samples!) worth $6+ for free at Teasta. (no shipping cost)
You can too! Here.

Thanks, Thriftymama!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Grocery/Drugstore Plan

I don't have much of a plan yet, but here are the worthwhile sales I see...

Stop and Shop (Starting Dec 5th)
Progresso Soup, $1.25 each, MQ $0.55 (double) on 2 [print coupon from my side bar], Final Price: $0.70 each
Chex mix, $1.67, MQ $0.60 (double) [print coupon from my side bar], Final Price: $0.47 each
Progresso Broth is still at $2, MQ $0.50 (double) [print coupon from my side bar], Final Price: $1 each
Betty Crocker Potato also at $1.67, MQ $0.40 (double) [print coupon from my side bar], Final Price: $0.87 each

Domino Sugar $1.99 (use in ad coupon)
Campbell's soup (Chicken noodle and tomato) 2/$1 (in ad coupon)

Spend $25 get $5 off Huggies diapers/products

Possible Plan
Buy 2 jumbo packs at $20
Buy 2 wipes (or wash), $6

Coupons: $2 off 2 packs [print coupon from my side bar], $0.50 MQ for wipes(mailer)
Use a $5/25 coupon, $2 Caregivers

Total: $16.50 (-ECB, $11.50) that'll be $5.75 per jumbo pack...
that's free wipes, and $0.17 per dipe (size 4) or $0.14 (Size 3)

Very Good Deal!!

Another deal could be:
Enfamil Next Step (that's for my babe WHEN she weans), $21.99, - Formula check $7
Complete Contact solution at $8.99, ECB $8.99 this month. Print $2 coupon here to gain an overage!
Use another $5/25
That's $8.74 for the formula (free contact solution for a friend). Well worth it!!


Remember I did a post on spending $1 on a bakeware? Read about it here.

I was a little apprehensive that it won't come, but it did!

You can do it too! Go here to get a bakeware (or anything) for $1 shipped, just remember you'll be enrolled in some free trial...CALL ASAP to cancel. The one I called had an automated msg, so I don't have to speak to a salesperson to cancel.

*UPDATE* I read online about this and apparently not everyone got the "same service" as I did. So, I'll say...keep clear of this site for the time-being. Also, ALWAYS read fine prints and ALWAYS check your credit card bills.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

30 Print Cards for $0.48

Carrie has a great way of getting 30 print cards (with envelopes) for $0.48 if you buy from Kodak and pick up at your nearest CVS. Check out her blog here.

GO NOW!!! Not sure how long these deals will last.

At the same time you get 75 prints free for a month.

A few Reviews

On a whim, I decide to give a couple reviews.

Ever since Mission Rice started, here's my favorite household item I got (free): Always Infinity

It's SO thin, SO absorbent, and so comfortable. This is amazing. When the deals come again, I definitely will get it again.

Here's my least favorite household item that I got (also free) hubby dittoed this: Crest Citrus Burst Toothpaste.

This is the most disgusting toothpaste I've used. Stick to mint! We use it to wash the bathroom sometimes.
My favorite drugstore in terms of service: Rite Aid (surprisingly) and CVS does come pretty close.
My favorite drugstore in terms of stock: CVS definitely (one of them at least)

My least favorite drugstore in terms of service: Walgreens DEFINITELY. It's horrendous. But I have to say CVS has a non-existent corporate service (they never reply my mails) and Walgreens has the greatest corporate service.
My least favorite drugstore in terms of stock: Rite Aid (and Walgreens comes VERY close)

Monday, December 1, 2008

1st Day of the Month

First Day of the month is a great time to...

...pay rent and tithe

...breathe and look forward to a great new month.

...clear your coupons that expire 11/30. (I usually bring out all the coupons that will expire that month in the beginning and at the end of the month I just take out the whole stack with tears.)

...print new coupons! Go to my side bar for the coupons. You can click on the coupons.com logo to go to the actual page if that is easier for you. Thanks for helping me when you print from my site!! If you reached your print limit for the last month, this is a great new month! My favorites this months are:

-Green Giant Fresh Steamers ($0.60)
-Chex Mix ($0.60)
-Huggies ($2/2 or for 1 big pack)
-Green Giant Frozen Bag veg ($0.55)
-BC Potatoes ($0.40)
-Progresso Soup ($0.55/2)
-Green Giant Box veg (0.65 for 3)

With Stop and Shop possibly doubling these, they make very cheap food!