Thursday, December 24, 2009

Free Videos: Amazon

We just watched Julie & Julia for free on the PC yesterday night.

Go to this post from Moneysavingmom to see how you can watch free videos too!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Walgreens cheap diapers

From tomorrow for a week

1 pack of jumbo huggies diapers, $8.99
$2 Pullups coupon here
Get back $2 RR

Send in for Caregivers' Rebate, $0.75 each

Total price: $4.24

You can do this many times in different transactions, but take note of your RRs that you'll have to use up!

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Search & Win
Are you using Swagbucks? If you're not, you REALLY should.
Here's why:
*You get to redeem the points for free giftcards. (My favorite is the $5 card for 45 points) I have already redeemed many of them and imagine the money I saved while I buy stuff. Amazon has LOTS of things to sell!
* You don't have to spend a lot of time on it. I spend at most 3 mins a day
* There is no fee to sign up at all!
Here's how:
*sign up here
*Everyday go to the site (or you can download the toolbar) and search SOMETHING. Well, there must be something you were about to google. If not, trying searching your name, your town, your favorite star, product etc etc...
*Click on links, page forward, page back, new search etc...After a few tries, usually I get at least 1 buck. (You can get more!)
*Do this once or most twice a day, cos that's how much you'll get anyway. If you try too many tries and no buck comes in, try another time.
*Get your friends to sign up through you and you can earn through them too! (Thanks for signing through me, cos that way I earn too!)
Go now! Deal

This came to my house today. And it shocked my dad. "You have kitchen towels sent to you??!!"

Yup. This is the deal.

Search with Swagbucks. Read more

Once you get 20 points (if you already have them, it might be worth it for you to exchange for a $5 giftcard). You can only redeem once per account.

At, they sell lots of household stuff, at a good price. (Most of the things I won't buy cos I would buy them at a MUCH cheaper price elsewhere) But I got this pack of kitchen towels at $2.57 (after $5 giftcard).

Hubby had another account, and they have a coupon for the same pack of kitchen towel, ended up paying $1.

Grab the cards before they are gone!
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Free photostuff!!!

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Black Friday 2009 CVS

I'm not going crazy this year. My objective: use 2 transactions of $5 each for the Chase card, so that we get $10 cash back.

So, we got
Complete Contact Solution
Bic Soleil
Colgate toothpaste
Vaseline Sheer Infusion

and paid $2.67 (after the cash back)

Essentially, that's the price of 4 energy-saving bulbs. WOH!
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Black Friday Drugstore Deals

Thinking of doing Black Friday drugstore deals?

Last year we did and earned $18.21 at CVS and Rite Aid. This year we might not be as crazy. But we do need to "blink" our Chase card 2 more times at CVS to earn $10 (that'll give us a net $10 earning actually) So we might buy a couple things.

I'm not crazy about Wags' deals as usual cos they give RR which I utterly don't like.

So, take a look and see if it's worth for you to make some runs! =)

Great diaper deals Rite Aid & CVS

Here's our loot yesterday.

2 packs Jumbo Huggies, $18.99, 2 $2 MQ
Wipes, $6.99, $0.75 MQ
Complete Contact solution, $8.99

$5/30 coupon
ECBs earned: $5 + $8.99
Rebate (Caregivers' Market Place): $1.50

Total: $10.35 (including tax)

Rite Aid
1 big pack Huggies, $19.99 (I had a $2 coupon which the cashier didn't scan!! She took it...$2 lost...)
1 pack Always Infinity pads, $5.29 (I had a free coupon for this from one of the samples I requested)

$5/25 coupon
Rebate: $5 (Gift of savings)

Total: $10.02

So...if I buy the wipes at $0.01 each (which is a GREAT deal already), the diapers (144 pieces of them) would have cost me $18.21.

That's $0.12 per dipe (Size 4). Pretty good deal!! (normal cost that would have been $0.25 to $0.30 or something?)

Rite Aid should have a even better deal, but the rest of the SCR (FAR) items were not usual...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Grocery/Drugstore Plan Week Nov 19, 22

Here're the deals I may think about this week

2 packs Huggies Jumbo, $18.99 MQ $2 here (try and see if it works for you) or $3 Pure and Natural here
1 pack dipe $6.99, MQ $0.75 (mailer)
Complete Multi purpose solution, 8.99

Coupons: $5/30 here (after you completed the quiz)
ECB: 5 + 8.99
Caregivers' Marketplace rebate: $1.50
Total Coupons: $4.75 (or if you use Pure and Natural, $6.75)

FOR ME (I don't have coupons anymore for Huggies)'ll be $13.73 for everything.
That's around $4.30 per pack of dipe I guess (considering $5 for wipe). Not bad. If you have coupons, it'll be a MUCH better deal!

Rite Aid

Benevia Nutrition Drinks, $7.99, $5 MQ here (sign up for free) but it's for "BALANCED Drink" I have no idea if they are the same or not, SCR $7.99
Huggies Big Pack diapers, $19.99, $2 coupon (I printed somewhere for a box)
MQ $5/25 here
Super Day/Night Colon Cleanse, 17.99, SCR 17.99
Gift of savings (YES it's HERE AGAIN!! From Nov 22-Dec 24): $10

You need to top up some amount to $51 for the gift of savings to be $10 (I have free Luvs coupon to use) and I can use up my $20 GOS from last time, yeh!

Final price: -$0.50 for all of the above. That's REAL good. Now, let's HOPE we have stock!!

Stop and Shop
Buy $20 worth of Pepperidge Farm product or Campbell's and get $5 off next order
Find different coupons here to match what you'll like to buy

Other than that it's an ok week for SnS

Of course, look out for Black Friday Deals. I'm OK with them this year and I might skip them.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Frugal Living: 10 ways we saved hundreds

So, the foundational post was said. And now onto how WE (again, there are TONS of other ways) saved hundreds of dollars every month.

I know there are TONS of blogs out there that talk about this. I read some of them and mostly I won't have the time to and I feel most of them are MUCH MUCH more in depth and comprehensive than what I can offer.

Here is just a post on what WE did as a family and also in the context of the expensive NYC living.

1. Budgetting
I think this is the most important way how we save. We make sure we have a budget and we track them. Ok, we have a budget. We need more work on tracking. Still, we are able to do a financial report when we need to.

Right now, we use about $60 (our budget is a little higher) on the average per week for grocery and maybe less than $50 for household?

2. Planning ahead/Stocking up
We use the stocking up mentality. Buy when the value is good so that we don't need to pay for them at usual price when needed. We have ample stock of toothbrushes, toothpastes, shampoo, soap, razors, personal items, cereal, diapers and wipes. Most of these (except diapers, wipes and sometimes cereal) we get them for free/earn.

We also plan ahead for gifts. We buy them when good deals come. So it's good to have a gift list on hand to think about gifts. For eg, I bought my Christmas gifts for friends in the beginning of this year!

3. Limit/delay purchases
One BIG way we learnt to save was to limit or delay purchases. We often wait to see if there are deals. or coupons. or sales. Or to see if we REALLY do need what we wanted to buy. This is a great way to make sure the things that come into our home have their uses.

4. Coupons/coupon codes

Manufacturers' coupons
You can clip them from newspapers (Sun), the circulars that come on Wed/Thu (in some NYC areas) and also get them from samples you ordered online. Sometimes you see them along the aisles in supermarkets.

Some supermarkets (like Stop and Shop here) double coupons. Which means as long as I use a coupon under a dollar in SnS (e.g. $0.75) they take off $1.50. They often have dollar double days which is real yummy.

Sign up at the websites of products you use (like Huggies, Pampers, etc) and you get sent coupons too.

Internet Manufacturers' coupons
My favorite site:
or smartsource
or you just get the links from the kind souls who link them in their frugal blogs.

Usually you can print 2 per computer. DO NOT photocopy cos they have unique codes.

Not every store takes IP. So, ask first.

Store coupons
Many stores have their own coupons. E.g. target, or CVS (printed on the receipts) and Walgreens (on their ads or booklets) Usually you can stack them with manufacturers' coupons. The usual practice: Use MQ (Manufacturers' coupons) first, then store.

Coupon codes
You can often search for coupon codes if you're buying things online. These help a lot!

It is wise to always check on coupon policies before using them.

5. Menu planning/grocery lists
To start off, we have to plan menu (plan every meal if possible). For me, I plan dinners (lunch are usually leftovers). This will turn into grocery lists.

This prevents impulse buying.

What I do every week is, on Wed the circulars come, I browse them (esp Stop and Shop and the drugstores) and the coupons that come with them. Then I plan my meals according to the sale items, the things left in my fridge and other things (like what my hubby is craving for). The I write the grocery list to-buy. On Friday when the sale week begins darling hubby takes my list and coupons and makes a grocery run.

6. Drugstore Runs
The drugstore runs were what started us off on this journey. Never knew they can be so "lucrative". Here are some intro to how things work in these drugstores and how we do it in NYC.

We are at a point I don't usually buy things (even if they are free) unless they earn. (Or unless we need them of course). Yes we actually get TONS of things FREE.

The frugal community online has given me SO much in this. They often write about the deals so that it's easy for me to look and follow.

My favorite site is moneysavingmom. I love her values and I trust her deals.

I also go to hotcouponworld to preview deals/coupons. This is a great forum!


This is possibly my favorite store. They are great with coupons and I like the way ECBs are used.

Basic idea: Buy things from CVS that give ECBs (almost like CVS cash). Use the ECBs earned for next purchases. Whenever possible, use a $/$$ coupon (eg $5 off $20). Stack with MQs and get more returns.

Read Moneysavingmom's CVS 101
here. She gives a clear teaching on it.

Rite Aid
I like Rite Aid, cos they use a rebate system. You pay first and they pay you back in a form of check. But our Rite Aid are often poorly stocked.

Basic idea: Buy things from RA that gives SCR (Single Check Rebate) and use MQ whenever possible. RA has been giving out $/$$ coupons which are GREAT.

RA are not exactly supposed to take IP (internet coupons), but I think it depends on cashier/store. Mine does.

This has become my least favorite store because I don't like the Register Reward (RR) system.

Basic idea: Buy things from Walgreens that gives RRs (like Walgreens coupons). Use ONE RR in next transaction, but it counts as ONE MQ.

Read Moneysavingmom's Walgreens 101

7. Swagbucks
On top of saving (reducing expenses), we are earning through very easy means. (easy not meaning we earn a lot, but meaning it does not take too much of our time)

Our favorite at the moment is Swagbucks. You search the web through SB every day and most of the time you can get at least 1 buck. Accumulate 45 and you can snag an Amazon $5 giftcard. This is VERY significant if you think of the things you can buy from Amazon. From gifts to books... And often Amazon has free shipping after $25.

I really don't spend over 5 mins everyday on this and I think it's a GREAT way to earn a little money but makes a huge difference when you buy things you usually need to.

Sign up

8. Ebates
When you buy things online, always look out for a middle man by which you go through so that you earn some cash backs (maybe like 3% or 5%?). There are lots of them. I stick with eBates cos it's easier to accumulate through one site instead of multiple. You get sign up bonuses. After you accumulate $5 they send you the money (I opt for paypal so it's easier)

9. Free samples, instant wins, giveaways
I sign up for free samples we would need at our household. They often come with coupons so they are great. But always remember, sign up for a "spamable" email account first and use that for all these.

I also do some instant wins (like
Huggies) but I don't do it A LOT cos it wastes time.

Last thing we do here are giveaways. In the frugal blogs every week there will be giveaway lists (from baby items to coupons). You can browse through them and sign up for the ones you think your family need. I used to do this quite a lot, but now I only signed up maybe once a month or when I have more time on hand. But I won quite a bit of giveaways!!

10. Eat out deals
There are often eat out deals (restaurant deals, birthday deals) so we still are able to have some eat out! We got a couple of certs (they are often $2 for a $25 cert), which means you spent about $15 for a really good meal for 2 (or more) with the certs.

Frugal living: the lessons I learnt

This blogpost comes about because more of my friends in church are starting drugstore-deals and wanting to learn more about frugal living. I'm absolutely fired up about this because I believe good money management is a blessing to the breadwinner (mostly husbands in this case) and will teach us about contented living.

Since Mission R.I.C.E started last August, these are the biggest lessons I have learnt from our attempt at frugal living.

1. Focus: Relationships over Frugality!

In the beginning, it is SO easy to get overboard and carried away. With the wonderful resources of the frugal blogs, we can get SOOOOO many deals, save SOOOO much money and get TONS of freebies. I remembered when I was quite hooked, reading and searching. I remembered when I was quite affected, utterly crushed with every "bad deal" (no stock? won't take coupon? didn't calculate right?). I remembered when I was quite agitated, wanting the family move fast/change schedule so that we can do our "runs"!

Then I realize, what is the point of frugality (and saving money FOR the family) when I'm "away" from the family? So, God helped me to let deals go (even the REALLY good ones), and relax when deals don't turn out or stocks are gone. In return we had a more balanced family life. My children have more of my time and my hubby doesn't HAVE to do the runs every week. And since we're saving, we also do not forget to give and to celebrate (there are many frugal ways to celebrate, but if there are some special things we really love to do as a family, I'll think it's still worth some splurging!)

Now I clip coupons (only from the Wed circulars and only the ones I think I might need) and I don't even organize them (egad!). Lots of time saved.

Now I do the "runs" maybe once or at most twice a month?

I wrote another blog here before about this.

2. Benefit: Training over Results

Discipline is more important. True, saving hundreds of grocery/household money and thus increasing savings is so captivating. But I also realize the discipline of menu-planning, grocery list-writing, thinking through every purchases is better! Such discipline trains my character than my pocket.

Process is more important. In fact, one of the greatest phrases I learnt about money-management and kids was "don't say 'we can't afford it' or 'it's too expensive for us'". Cos that means IF you can afford it one day, you can buy it. Then the child has the wrong teaching: earn as much as I can so that I can "afford". But say more "we don't need this. or this is not of good value"

Integrity is more important. I learnt through some hard lessons that it's better to "lose" some money than lose your integrity. If the deal doesn't smell right, or the coupon is not legitimate, DON'T go near it.

3. Emphasis: Values over Deals

It's not about getting the deals. It's about the lifestyle change. The willingness to live on less and to give up more. We may not get the snacks/peripherals/eat outs as much as we used to (then again, we had more potato chips/cereal than before! haha), but we can really save and still eat great food. We may not be able to get that particular shampoo we dearly love, but we get to choose from 5 different other brands that come free. When mentality/values are altered, then we really can make a significant financial difference.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Stop and Shop deals

This week the deals are kinda slow.

But you can possibly still catch the Kleenex deal or the Huggies deal at Walgreens before tomorrow ends.

Also at target, you can get their own UP wipes for $0.54 per pack (40 wipes). Not bad a deal.
It's $1.54 here in my store, get $1 off coupon here (The good part is you can print as many as you like, but go slow at the store, remember to leave some wipes for others!) This promotion ends 12/5 so take your time.

The only deals I see worth mentioning are the Stop and Shop deals

Daisy Sour Cream, $1.50, $0.60 MQ (that will double) with the SS insert this week
Final Price: $0.30 each

Dannon Yogurt, 10 for $4, $1 MQ (inserts from before)
Final Price: $0.30 each (for 10)

Birds' Eye Frozen Veg, $1, $0.50 for 2 MQ (this week's insert)
Final Price: $0.50 each

Multigrain Cheerios will be free again! Go here for the blogpost

Maybe everyone's waiting for the Black Friday deals! =)

OH! next week, starting 11/22, Huggies will be 5 ECB with purchase of $20 Huggies products at CVS. Good for keeping those coupons!

Monday, November 9, 2009

50 FREE 4X8 or 5X7 photocards shipped

Go to Freebies 4 Mom's blog (I do like her blog and check it often) and get a great code for 50 FREE 4X8 or 5X7 photocards by Fujifilm, shipping included!!

It does not expire until end of Nov, so you have lots of time to design a Christmas card!

I have my baby announcement cards now! YEH!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Stop and Shop/Rite Aid

Stop and Shop Double Dollar Coupon deals from 10/30-11/5

Coffee Mate Liquid, $2, $1 Coupon here, Final Price: FREE
Progresso Soup, $1 each, $1/3 coupon here, Final Price: $1 for 3

Rite Aid (Before 10/31):

Huggies Diapers Jumbo, $9.99, $3 SCR, $1.50 MQ mailer(If you have), or $1.50 (only Little Movers/snugglers) here or $3 (Pure and natural) here

Vaseline Sheer Infusion, $4.99. $4 SCR, $1.50 MQ here

St Ives, $3.99, $3 SCR, $1 MQ (inserts)

Kotex Pads, $2.99, $2 SCR, $1 MQ here

Use $4/20 here

Final Price: Free and possibly overage!

Another deal that I MIGHT try (this is for this week or next)

Pampers box, $19.99 (that's 82 pieces for size 4), $3 mailer MQ
a filler
Use $4/20
That'll give me about $0.16 per dipe. Not bad.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Rite Aid at it again!

Another new week of freebies!!! This time I'm even more excited, cos Zucol works SO WELL for us (it's homeopathic). And I heard so much good things about Sambucol. Other things look interesting, like the sore throat stuff...

Ok, here are the coupons match up for OVERAGE!!

Blink Tears, $1.50
Chestal Cough syrup, $1 here

Apparently you can find the sambucol coupon in the box.

There used to be Little Allergies coupon in the insert (I could not find mine)

And remember the $5/25
coupon to make the deals SWEETER!!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

One more great Rite Aid Diaper Deal!

Rite Aid is giving out $10 gift card if you buy $30 worth of P&G specified products. I'm going only for the diapers (pampers only)

Big pack is $19.99 this week.

You can buy 2, use a $5/25 coupon here (expiring Dec 19 2009)
and then get back $10 gift card.
Use Pampers coupon if you have to sweeten the deal
And remember this counts towards the Fall of Savings too!

For me, I already got a pack together with my big snag on Sun (that makes THAT pack $2.99)
(I've reached the max of Fall of Savings cert, $20)

Now, my transaction will be:

a big pack of diapers, $19.99
Sinus buster, $8.99 (only FAR item I haven't bought)
Use $5/25 coupon

Get back $8.99 rebate
Get back $10 gift card.

The pack will cost me $5. GOSH! (That's $0.05 per size 3 dipe!) STOCK UP!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

BIG Snag: Rite Aid, CVS, Wags *Edited*

Great weekend!

WALGREENS: 2 packs of Huggies Dipes, jumbo
2 $2 coupons
Caregivers $1.50
Final Price: $4.25 per pack!

3 packs Quilted Northern
$6.99 X 3
Coupon $1 X3
ECB $3
1 Tums
1 Snickers
Coupon $0.85
$5/25 coupon
Final Price: 13.49 for all (that makes $0.38 per roll of TP with free TUMS and chocolate)

Rite Aid: (*Edited*)
1 Big Pack of Pampers, size 3 (96 pieces)
And the rest in the pic (right in front of diapers) are free after rebate items (we sort of need them too with cold, sore throat etc)
Used $5/25 coupon and 1 $1 Simply saline coupon

Got another simply saline (and used $1 coupon) and 1 throat cooler (used $1) in another store

Will get back $20 for Fall Savings.

That makes my big pack of diapers at $1.99!!!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

LOTS of great deals this week!

I'm so excited I just have to post this quick!

It's that time of the year Rite Aid helps the allergy/cold sufferers! (Boy do we need these in our household). TONS of free stuff. Take a look!

Starting Sun. (So, if you buy before 10/17 you can still get your
Gift of Savings!!) That'll make it sweeter. Use a $5/25 coupon here.

Other Coupons available:

Throat Cooler, $1 (I have lots of them from the free ones I bought last year I think...gotta check expiration date)
Simply Saline, $1 (From insert before)

Other deals:
Pampers Big Pack, $19.99 (I should have MQ for this. $1 from P&G Saver)

CVS Deals:
There are 2 free after ECB deal (so-so, I don't need them)

But you can get pretty decent TP too:

Quilted Northern 12 pk, $6.99, $1 ECB. $1 MQ
here, Final Price: $4.99 (that's...$0.42 per roll), Limit 3

Huggies diapers, 2 for $18
RR $4
2 $2 MQ
$1.50 Caregivers Rebate
Final Price: $4.25 per pack

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Hanes REAL deal: 3 hours left!!

I just got 14 sweats (pants/shirts) for my kids and me (for now and later too!!)for $50 shipped. Isn't that a great deal or what???!!!

Go to Hanes (if you have ebates, go through ebates and get 4% back!!).

Grab the sweats or anything you like. I love the sweats and kids' sweats are like $4!!. Use link15 as promo code. to get 15% off. The code seemingly ends today.

Crank up to $49 (AFTER discount) and you get free shipping.


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Stop and Shop Double Dollar Deals

YEAH! It's here again! The double dollar coupons are coming up pretty frequently and I LOVE IT!

Alright, here are the deals I've got on my hand. Remember you have to spend $15 (try if you can...AFTER coupons to be safe) and you can use 4 $1 coupons.

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, $2
MQ $1 here
Final Price: FREE

Danimals Drinkable Yogurt or crushable cup, $2
MQ (sometime back) $1
Final Price: FREE

Dan Active Yogurt, $2
MQ $1
Final Price: FREE

Other non-coupon deals
SS Big Daisy Bread, $1
Pillsbury and Betty Crocker cake mix, $1
Stop and Shop Frozen Veg (16 oz), $1

Monday, September 28, 2009

Rite Aid better deal

Last week I thought I was getting a great deal out of Rite Aid. But in the end I didn't get the Ivory soaps (no stock).

BUT! We managed to get my hubby's favorite Gillette Fusion Razor for free. That's even better!!!

3 packs of huggies dipes, $33 3 $2 coupon (printable)
1 Always Infinity Pad (THE BEST IN THE WORLD), $7
1 $1 coupon
1 Proantinox, $6.99 1 $3 coupon (from the videos)
1 $5/20 coupon

Gillette Fusion, $9
MQ $4

OOP: $37.79

Rebate (Rite Aid): 23.99 Rebate
(Caregivers): 2.25 Rebate
(Gift of savings): 10

Total cost of the above: $1.55!!

FREE Uncrustables

Anybody wants free peanut butter/jelly sandwich?
Get free uncrustables today (for the first 20000 who submit a after school tip)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

FREE Gillette Razors and other deals

Here are the deals I see this week (and will be taking advantage of hopefully):


Gillette Fusion Razors (My hubby has been using this since last year cos we got a lot for free), $9
SCR $5
MQ (P&G Saver) $4
Final Price: FREE

Crest Toothpaste, Oral B Advantage toothbrush, Outlast toothpast, $2.69
SCR $2.69
Final Price: FREE (I'm sure there are MQ out there for these)

Remember the gift of savings going on!!


Gillette Fusion Razors (My hubby has been using this since last year cos we got a lot for free), $8.99
RR: $6
MQ (P&G Saver) $4
Final Price: FREE with overage!

Dentek Dental floss or picks, $2
RR: $2
Final Price: FREE

Halls Refresh sugar free drops, $1
RR: $1
Final Price: FREE

There are lots of other free stuff, like Oral B toothbrush, Emergen-C booster, Vaseline lotion, Robitussin, Chapstick...

A good week to go to Wags I think.

I don't like RR at all, but I can use it for the soda deal (which my hubby wants)

4 12-pack (7-up, canada dry, A&W, Sunkist or Hawaiian Punch) for $10.92


Dannon Yogurt, 10 for $4, MQ $1 (recent insert), Final Price: $3 for 10

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Rite Aid SUPER deal!!

3 packs of huggies dipes, $33
3 $2 coupon (printable)

1 Always Infinity Pad (THE BEST IN THE WORLD), $7
1 $1 coupon

1 Proantinox, $6.99
1 $3 coupon (from the videos)

1 $5/20 coupon

STILL have to buy (forgot) Ivory soaps, 4 packs of 3-pack, $4

OOP: $35.99
Rebate (Rite Aid): 18.99
Rebate (Caregivers): 2.25
Rebate (Gift of savings): 10

Total cost of the above (INCLUDING 4 packs of Ivory soaps): $4.75!!!!
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Giveaways Week Sep 17th

I signed up for these this week:

$10 Panera Bread Giftcard from Calico Cash (we love Panera!)

Stop and Shop Gift card from free2bfrugal (Now THAT will be MIGHTY useful!)

Target gift card from bargain fun

Berenstain bears living light series by a frugal friend (I love the bears books)

$10 Target gift card by Smart Cents Mom

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

We won a month worth of diapers!

From the giveaways we signed up last week, we won a month worth of Luvs diapers (and a diaper bag)!! WOW!

No, Luvs is not our prime choice, cos it's thin, but it's the BEST choice for new borns when they change dipe like every 2 hours. And Luvs is priced MUCH cheaper than the others.

Just in time for #3!!

Thank you, The Thrifty Mommy!!

Cheap Dipes, cereal, wonder bread and more! (Rite Aid and Stop and Shop)

This is a great week for deals! (Stop and Shop and Rite Aid)

RITE AID (From Sun 9/20)

Huggies Deal:
Buy 3 packs jumbo (I'll go for snug and dry), $33
Use 3 $2 coupons here (you'll need 2 coms)
Watch 20 short videos (I know a pain right? but you get more coupons) get $5/20 here
(This is the part I'm not sure-->) Use $2 Rite Aid coupon with the video you watched (make sure you watched the huggies one) -I'm not sure how many you can print and if they really would stack them
Get back $10 Rebate (Rite Aid)
Get back $5 Gift of Savings (You'll get more gift of savings if you spend more from now till Oct 17th!)
Send in for Caregivers' Marketplace Rebate, $2.25

Final Price: (let's say, with NO Rite aid coupon) $1.58 per pack!

Other deals:
Proantinox (a cranberry extract thingey), $6.99
Use $3 coupon with the videos you watched (choose the proantinox one)
Get back $6.99 Rebate
Final Price: Better than free!

I might be getting a pack of Always Infinity (the BEST pads the universe had seen) at $7 ($1 off coupon and $2 rebate = $4)

So, with huggies, proantinox and Always, I'm $4 shy from getting a $10 gift of savings gift cert! That's great!!

STOP AND SHOP (from Friday 9/18)

Cocoa Puffs & Kix Cereal, $2, $0.75 coupon here, Final price: $0.50 each!
Trix and Cinnamon Crunch (my hubby's fav), $2, $0.55 coupon here, Final Price: $0.90 each!
Giant Steamers, $1.67, $0.50 coupon here, Final price: $0.67 each (for 12 oz pack)
Wonder Bread, $2, $0.55 coupon here, Final Price: $0.90 per bread!

And by the way, if you like Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauce (the only sauce our family eats), it's on sale for $0.99!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Target Kashi Deals, $0.38 per box of cereal!

Buy 5 Kashi cereal this week at Target, $2.88 each

Use $1.50 coupon here (you'll have to use 3 computers though) to print 5 of them

Get $5 giftcard back

Final Price: $0.38 each!

We like Kashi cereal cos they are really healthy and when they are this cheap, you should stock on cereal!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Giveaways week Sep 11th

I signed up for these giveaways this week!

Pedoodles shoes (18 mths to 3 yrs) from Momma in Flip Flops sponsored by Baby Half Off

$10 Stop and Shop Card by Deals-R-Us (my grocery store!)

personalized chore chart by My litter of six (really cute!)

$10 Target gift card by the Alaskan Bargain Hunter

Boogie wipes (these are great!) by Never2late2save
$10 Target gift card by to save a penny

Umi shoes by Mommies with Cents

A month's worth of Luvs diapers by The thifty mommy

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wise potato chips 8 oz for $0.50

Wise Potato chips on sale at Stop and Shop starting for a week since 9/11, $1.50.

Get coupon here for $0.50. After doubling, you pay $0.50 for them! If you're like our family, you'll stock up!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Stop and Shop Dollar Double Great Deals

I was so upset that the circulars did not come until we came back from grocery shopping! Cos...then I saw the double dollar coupons at Stop and Shop. UURGGHH!! There are some great deals for those!!


Danimals Drinkable Yogurt, $2, there were some $1 coupons out (including this week's SS)
Final Price: FREE

Activia Yogurt, $2, $1 MQ (this week's SS and past weeks too?)
Final Price: FREE

Bar S Hot dogs (on the other spectrum from Nathan's, but hey! they'll be free!), $0.99 each, $1/2 coupons here.
Final Price: 2 package FREE

Mission Flour Tortillas or corn tortillas(30 ct), as low as $2.29, $1 MQ (out sometime back)
Final Price: $0.29 per pack

Aren't they great deals? Go grab them. I boo-hooed for some lost free yogurt, but it's ok, the double coupon thingey seems to be quite regular now.

Remember, spend $15 before using the coupons!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Stop and Shop $3.30 14 Hebrew National dogs

At Stop and Shop this week (starting Fri 8/21) , you can buy 7 ct Hebrew National Beef Franks for $5.30, and get another 7 ct free. (I have no idea why would people sell a 7 ct franks!! I got the info from Peapod, anyone has gotten the HN Beef franks before? Is it really 7 ct?)

To make it sweeter, get 2 $1 coupons here, and get both for $3.30!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Good buys: Stop and Shop. Almost FREE Lipton!

I'm not doing CVS or Walgreens this week, but got some good buys from Stop and Shop!

Split Chicken Breasts, $0.99/lb!

Dannon Yogurt, 10 for $4, MQ (this week's SS) $1/10, $0.30 each!

and this is a really good one

Lipton tea bags, 16 count, $1.09. MQ $0.50 here. $0.09 after MQ!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Giveaways Aug 11th

I signed up for these giveaways:

$20 CVS Giftcard at mojosavings. Now that is a GREAT giveaway!

$5 Amazon Giftcard at Coupon Teacher. I'll love to use this!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

CVS Bargain: $2.25 per pack of dipe

Got my CVS snag!

2 packs of Huggies Jumbo (Stocking time for baby!)
1 Revlon Mineral Mousse Make up

Used 2 $1.50 coupon (Thanks, C!) I just realized you can also get the coupon here
Used $5/25 coupon
Sending in for Caregivers' Marketplace rebate, $1.50

Total: $4.50 for all

Great buy!!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

CVS $5/25 coupon

Watch a video (with question) abt 5 min? and get a $5/25 coupon here!
This can be used for (this week starting Sun):
Revlon Colorstay Mineral Mousse Make up, $9.99, ECB $9.99
Huggies diapers, 2 for $18, $4 ECB (If you have MQ that'll be sweeter), or else at least Caregivers Marketplace's rebate ($1.50)
That're essentially getting 2 packs of diapers for...$7.50 or less! I'm getting for baby to come...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Walgreens $5/25 deal

There are many deals going around to use that $5/25 coupon Wags gave out (only good Wed/Thu). But most of them require way more many coupons I have and also too many RR (I don't like RR at fact that's one of the reasons I have not been to Wag for a long time).

BUT! I LOVE their ultra toilet paper. EQUAL quality as Charmin. So this was how I used the coupon.

3 packs 12 rolls Wags TP, $5.99 each
1 GUM Toothbrushes, $3.49, RR $3.49
1 VITAMIN conditioner, $3.99, RR $3.99

1 roll of double roll thick Wags TP at $0.40 each after this transaction.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Giveaways week Aug 3

Actually some of these are ending soon...I just haven't been in the giveaways for a while. But I do wish to win some of these!

Wallies peel stick chalkboard by the suburban jungle. This is so cool it'll be great for a gift I know for someone!!

Coupons and $20 Target giftcard by the frugal find. I can always use one of these.

Hide and Seek Frog messenger bag by suburban saving mom. This is SOOO cute I know Ian would love it!

Pediped shoes by Two of a kind (I always love shoes for my kids)

Snags at CVS/Rite Aid

We got mainly what we needed at CVS at a great deal and at Rite Aid...well, the stock is PATHETIC.

2 packs of pampers dipes, $20, $5 ECB, $4 MQ ($2 each)
2 Folgers coffee. 2 for $5 after ECB
2 Dawn dishwashing liq, $0.99, $0.70 MQ
1 folding chair, $10 (that we really) need)

$5/30 coupon

We spent $29.19, got back $6.50 of ECB (+ Spring spending savings)

We should have spent $10 on that chair (which we were about to buy somewhere else) spent $12.69 on the dipes, coffee and dawn. PRETTY cool.

Rite Aid
Venus razor, $7.62 (+tax), $2 MQ, waiting for $5 rebate, spent $0.62.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Free Cheerios and yoplus

Here're our free multigrain cheerios and yoplus!! =) Though we did overspend this week...$74 for groceries and fruits...oops...but we got TONS of stuff...most likely we'll spill into next week.

Plus, I'm like a little girl...we got "featured" (actually more like mentioned) in my favorite frugal blog,
Money Saving Mom!! haha....
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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Grocery/Drugstore Planning Jun 31, Aug 2

I'm back!

This week is quite exciting I have to say. I haven't gone to CVS for SUCH A LONG TIME!!

STOP & SHOP (Double $1 Coupon Days!)

Buy $15 worth of groceries (to be safe, buy at least $19), use 4 $1 MQ and it'll double!

Here're my good buys this week:

Multigrain cheerios, 4 for $6 (must buy 4)
4 $0.75/1 coupons here, here and here
Final price: Free!

Yo-Plus Yogurt, $2 (4-pack)
$1/1 coupon here
Final Price: Free!

Yo Baby Yogurt (I'm not getting this, but this is a great buy!), $4.29
$1/1 coupon here
Final Price: $2.29

Pampers Diapers Jumbo, 2 for $20
$5 ECB
2 $2 MQ (P&G Saver this week)
Final Price: $5.50 per pack

A lot of free after ECB back-to-school stuff!! (got to take a look!)
I received a $5/30 coupon. this will come in real handy!


A lot of free after rebate stuff too!

I'm looking out for these:
EZ tape, $1.49
Crest toothpaste, $2.79
Wethers' Original, $2.99
Renu contact lotion, $9.99
Venus razor, $7 ($5 rebate, $2 MQ P&G saver), Final price: free
And you can print a 5/$25 coupon here
Final total: Money-making!!

Stop and Shop FREE Multigrain Cheerios

I haven't placed ANYTHING on this blog for such a long time I wonder if my friends still bother to come.

Anyhows, this Friday there's a great Multigrain Cheerios deal I just have to post.

Buy 4 at $6 (Have to buy 4). Print 2 coupons here and 2 coupons here for $0.75 each. Since Stop and Shop doubles, you get free cereals!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Grocery Apr 10th

Today we spent about $50 on the above (there's still some more...milk, other it might near to $60 this week). Attempting no CVSing, so that's it for Grocery and household. Within my budget.

BUT! Out of this, $9.88 is for fruits! We have a HUGE fruit budget cos our kids LOVE fruits and I think I should eat more fruits at my stage of pregnancy.

The best buy this week:
Kashi frozen entrees - free (YEH! more to add to my freezing food/1st trimester pile)
McCormick taco seasoning - FREE! (after $1 coupon from
Butter - $0.89 after coupons
Chicken (those 2?) - $5.41

Last week, because we're freezing foods, we spent $55.09 on household and grocery (NOT BAD!)

Also, I think next week (unless there are AWESOME deals, I'm trying to skip grocery, except for eggs, milk and fruits) I have quite a bit of food stocked up for 1st trimester blues.

Kraft First Taste's coupon for a free deli sandwich just came in today. How lovely!
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Giveaways Week Apr 9

I signed up for these givewaways

Little Fit Hats from two of a kind. (like a cap for kids, My son would LOVE this!)

Who wouldn't love a $25 Target giftcard? from STL mommy.

Nursing Tank (I'll need more of these soon!) from mommies with cents

Pikkolo Baby carrier (looks cool!) by Thrifty and chic mom

10 cans Libby vegetables and a tailgate kit from couponing101

Safe Sippy cups from lady bug soup

Hair sprinkles (these look SOOO adorable) by ladybug soup

Brita Filter by Common sense with money