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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Last trip to CVS for 2010

My husband is the BEST guy in the world! I guess that is why we are celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary today. He took me to CVS and actually went in and bought some items with his card, guess which items he bought? hehehe. He is such a trooper!!!!
I bought:
1 Tide $5.97 got $1.00 ecb
Charmin $4.99 got $1.00 ecb
1 Tone $3.88 got $3.00 ecb
Used 3 $1.00 mq, one for each item and $8.79 in ecb from last trip
Paid OOP $4.09
Then I bought 2 secret deodorants for $5.00, used 2- .50cent mq and $4.00 ecb from the first transaction. I paid only the tax which was .35 cents!!!

Hubby bought:
always pads $3.00 used $1.00 mq Got $2.00 ecb for 2
always panty liners $3.00 used .50 cent mq
1 tide $5.97 used $1.00 mq Got $1.00 ecb
1 tone $3.88 used $1.00 mq Got $3.00 ecb
Used $10.79 in ecb
Paid oop $2.67
Then he used the $3.00 ecb from the tone and bought the gallon of milk for .19 cents!
All total we spent $7.30 OOP, Saved $52.00 or 88%  and came home with $5.00 ecb for next time!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Publix & Wags 12/ 16

First I will start with my trip to Publix. I got all this FREE, read how!
I didn't keep track of the coupons I used because I had so many. I will do my best to remember them.
4- vanity fair napkins, bogo rain check $2.29 ea, used $1.00 pq = .65 cents each
1 - reddi whip $2.39, used a free coupon when you buy 2 pies PQ & .35 cent mq = .35 Money maker
2- pies 2/$10, used 2 $1.00 IP = $8.00
1- Publix milk $2.45, used $1.00 off milk when you buy 2 cookies = $1.45
1- Dobie Scrubber $1.79, used $1.50 pq = .29 cents
2- 4 way nasal spray $3.99 ea , used 2 $2.00 mq and $5/2 pq = $1.02 Money maker
2- swiss miss, bogo $1.99, used $1.99 IP and free PQ when you buy reddi whip (not sure about these coupons but I think it ended up $1.99 money maker)
1 reddi whip $3.39 (maybe this was free when I bought swiss miss? I had so many coupons for swiss miss and reddi whip the cashier even commented on how good I did! I had mq & pq for both, I wish I wrote it down. I know I had $1.00 pq
2 birds eye frozen veggies, 50% off, used $1/2 = .69 cents ea.
2 birds eye steamfresh veggies, 50 % off, used $1/2 = .69 each
2 Quaker oatmeal, bogo $3.75, used 2  $2.00 IP = .25 cent Money Maker
2 Ore Ida hashbrowns, bogo $2.95, used 2 $1.00 blinkies = .48 cents each
2 Nestle cookies, bogo $2.79, used 2 $1.00 IP = .40 ea
2 Mrs Butterworths syrup, bogo $2.99 no coupon = $1.50 ea
2 Breakstone sour cream 2/$2 used 2 .55 mq = .45 cents ea
2 cool whip, bogo $1.37, used $1.00 IP = .19 cents each
2 planters peanuts, bogo $3.19, used $1.00/2 (I think) = $1.10 each
1 Gatorade recover, $2.00 used $1 blinkie and $1 pq from yellow flyer = free
lettuce $1.69 no coupon
2 Campbell gravy bogo $1.19, no coupon = .60 cents
6 Swanson chicken broth, bogo .97, used .75/5 (I think) = .36 cents each
Overall I  spent $27.08 oop but used a Christmas gift card so it was all FREE!!! Saved $72.29 for about a 72 % savings

Here are my 2 Walgreens trips, once on Wednesday and again on Thursday

Oh how I hate using coupons at Walgreens!!!! This trip was a disaster! I didn't plan ahead so its all my fault. I heard that people were having trouble getting their jingle cash when they spent $25 when they used coupons so I didn't even try for that, I didn't want any hassle. hahaha. In the long run I should have just rang it up all together and saved my jingle cash for next week.
First transaction I bought the activ on and goodys hair ties. The store display for jingle cash had the wrong goodys on it so of course I bought the wrong one and the jingle cash didn't come out! So I returned them and got the new ones and got my $2 jingle cash. I thought I would pay for my second transaction with my $8.00 jc from the activ on....dummy me, my second transaction should have only been about $4.00. This is where things went really wrong, lol. I gave the cashier all my coupons, two of the $2.00 bics didn't ring up and I didn't catch it, so my total came to $7 something....I'm still thinking of using that $8 jc so I start to panic when I need to come up with an item for .60 cents so I grab the closest thing which was a little match box car for $1.29. I figured it will start my collection for next Christmas. So I used my $8.00 jingle cash and payed $1.35 oop. When I got to my car I noticed the mistake mentioned above about the goodies so I had to run back in, got that fixed and went home. Well at about 2:30 am I woke up thinking way did I spent so much money? LOL, so I got up and looked over my receipt and that's when I noticed the other $4.00 in coupons didn't go through. UGH! Now I can't get back to sleep worrying over how will I get my $4.00 back! LOL
So when the sun comes up I head to Walgreens to see what they say....I was going right past there on my way to Publix anyway so why not try. After a few questions and asking another supervisor and saying something about coupon fraud they gave me a $4.00 walgreens card....was all that worth it ????? I got my credit and did some more shopping.
oh and this trip was $11.47 OOP and got $2 jingle
UPDATE: Here is what I purchased:
1 goody hair ties $2.00 and got back $2.00 in register rewards/jingle cash
1 activ on joint pain relief $7.99 got $8.00 jc
4 bic razors (bonus packs) bogo $3.99 used 4 $2.00 mq = free...after going back!
2 jello 2/$1 after in ad coupon
2 oranges and 1 mushroom .39 cents each after in ad coupon
2 milky ways $1.59, used .81 wq and .50/2 IP = .14 cents each
2 blistex .99 cents each, used $1.00 mq = .49 cents ea
1 hot wheels car $1.29

Here is what I got on my second trip:

To feed my frustrations I get 4 big bags of peanut M & Ms on sale for $2.50, used 2  $1/2 mq & the $4 credit.  paid $4.65 and got back $5.00 in jingle cash.
Second transaction:
2 eggs .99 cents each, used .55/2 IP = .72 cents ea
3 butter, rain check for $1.99 ea
2 Toblerone $1.50 ea, used $1 wq and $1 mq = free (I just noticed that I paid $1.50. there was a sign that said 2/$2 on the Toblerone even though its advertised for $1.50. I guess I didn't get them free! If you bought these check the expiration date, mine had a date of August 2010!!!!)
1 activ on, $7.99 got back $8 jingle cash
1 goodies hair ties $2 got $2 jingle cash
OOP 13.39, Got $10 jingle cash
I really need to write things down and slow down while shopping and really pay attention when the cashier rings things up!!! After almost a year of using coupons I still need lots of help and patience!
Can you give me any tips on how you play the drug store game?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

second trip to Publix 12/13

Sorry there is no picture for this shopping trip. My camera didn't want to work! Maybe Santa will bring me a new one :)
Yesterday I didn't have much going on so I decided to go back to Publix to pick up some more chicken and a few other things that I needed.
I found the Noche Buena coupon booklet, there was a big stand up display of them when I walked in! I was able to use two coupons out of it on this trip.
Here is what I purchased:
No coupons used for hot dog buns, yo plus yogurt and yellow onions
1 Angel soft toilet tissue 12 rolls on sale for $5.49, used $1.50 mq from NB booklet = $3.99
1- 3M command hooks $3.39, used $1.50mq from winter family savings booklet = $1.89 (I use these to hang our stockings from our fireplace mantel)
2- 4way Nasal spray $3.99 ea, used $5/2  pq and 2 $1.00 mq = $1.02 Money Maker
1- Swiss Miss cocoa $1.99, used $1.00 Pq & $1.99 IP (both were when you purchased reddi wip) = free
1- Reddi Wip topping $2.39, used .50cent IP & $1.00 pq = .89 cents ( I didn't realize until just now that I got the smaller can of Reddi wip, the coupon says 14 oz. and I purchased 7 oz.). I had a cup of cocoa & whipped topping for breakfast, it was so tasty! I am glad I saved a few coupons for next week when the cocoa goes on bogo sale.
1 - Breakstone sour cream $1.50 used .55 mq = .95. Goes on sale next week. I need to stock up!
2- Vanity fair napkins bogo, used $1.00/2 mq from the NB booklet = .65 each. I also picked up a rain check for the 100 count napkins and grabbed another Noche Buena booklet on my way out, so I will be able to save on napkins again next week if they are in stock.
4- small packs of boneless chicken breast  on sale for $1.99 lb, no coupons = $15.42
2- Emerald whole cashews $5.79 ea, used bogo raincheck & 2 $1.00 mq = $1.90
2 - 7-UP 2 liters .99 ea, used 2 $2.00 off pq ( all the trimmings booklet) when you buy the cashews = $2.02 Money Maker. I really saved by getting the raincheck since I didn't have any of the extra coupons at the time. My only mistake was that the raincheck was for 2 deals, 4 cashews, and I only bought 2. I even had the extra 7 up coupons. I hate when I do that! These cashews are my husbands favorite too!
Overall I saved $45.54 and spent $31.55 or 59%. If you don't count the items that I didn't have coupons for it would have been 91%!!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Publix Shop & Show 12/10

This is the first trip to Publix this month! Last week I just didn't need anything, that was the first week I have missed all year. I really didn't need to much of anything this week but i couldn't pass up the American Express gift card deal and I have been craving a pot of chili and some chicken and black bean salsa tacos. I purchased a $100 American Express gift card for only $95.95! That included the $5.95 activation fee. In this weeks flyer on the back page is a coupon for $10 off!! I will go back and get more since I always pay cash for my groceries I will be saving $4.00 on each card. I just wish I knew about this deal yesterday when I went to Walmart and got 2 $100 visa cards for the kids for Christmas and had to pay an extra $12 to activate them!

Today I spent $44.60 and saved $54.85 = 55% , that does not include the gift card.
Not pictured is the gift card, a gallon of milk and 2 packs of toilet paper.
Here are the coupons used:
Bogo raincheck for 2 deals on the packing tape -$3.49 bogo, used 4 mq $1.00(winter family savings booklet) = .75 cents each
2 Angel soft 12 rolls toilet paper - 5.49, used mq .50cents. I could only find one of my coupons. = $5.24 each
4 Meow Mix- Bogo $4.89, used 4 $1.00 mq = $1.45 ea.
Publix 2% gallon Milk $3.29
2 Chips Ahoy cookies- Bogo $2.99, used $1.50/2 mq and $1.00 mq when you buy milk = .25 cents ea
2 Theraflu $5.39 each, used 2 $2mq and $5/2 PQ = .89 cents each. (not quit as good of deal as when I got it as a $2.00 money maker but still a great deal and now I am stocked up for winter)
4 kidney beans, no sale, no coupons = .75 ea
Mission fajita tortillas, no sale $2.69, used $1.00 MQ = $1.69
2 old el paso taco seasoning, no sale .97, used .60/2 = .67 ea
2 Crystal light pure bogo $3.49, no coupon = $1.75 ea
3 scotch brite dobie scrubbers $1.79 no sale, used 3 $1.50 pq = .29 ea
boneless chicken breast sale $1.99 lb = $3.72
2 Kelloggs mini wheats - bogo $4.19, used $1.00/2 = $1.60. I missed out on the $1.50/1 IP that came out yesterday :(

I also stopped by the produce stand on my way home. I got a bunch of bananas, 3 apples and 3 tomatoes for only $3.10

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

CVS 12/6 Shop & Show

This is my CVS shopping trip for 12/6. I was in a hurry so I didn't have time to look around for more deals. The red coupon machine gave me two stove top coupons last week and of course when I went to use them today they were out of stock. I love stove top stuffing so I might try my regular store to see if they have any. Here is what I got:

Cold Buster syrup $8.99, no coupon, got $8.99 ecb back
Planters flavor grove almonds $2.50, CVS coupon for $2.50 = free
3 bags of Hersheys Kisses 2/$5 & B2G1 free, I didn't get my smart source coupon Sunday so I ended up paying $1.00 each after $1.00 cvs coupon and $1.00 mq. If I had the coupon I would have saved another $2.50 and got all 3 bags for .50 cents!!!! (note to self...always call the newspaper and tell them I was missing coupons!)
4 Zhu Zhu pets $9.88 each, on sale bogo, used b2g1 free cvs IP coupon = $9.88 for all 4!
I have to find out if my granddaughter likes these, if not they will be donated to Toys for Tots.
I used $9.99 in ecb
Paid $13.14 oop
Got $9.88 ecbs for next week
UPDATE: I went to my favorite store today (12/7) and picked up the stove top. While I was there I scanned my card and my husbands card and we both got the Planters flavor grove coupon. I ended up with 2 stove top and 2 bags of almonds for $1.00

Last week deal was so good I went back for more on 12/1
Transaction #1
Complete $9.99, got $9.99 back, used $9.99 ecb = .70 (tax)
Transactions #2
2 Gas X gel tabs $5.99 ea, used 2 $3 IP
2 Gas X prevention $6.29 ea, used 2 $4 IP, $5ecb, $2.99 ecb & $1 ecb = $1.57
Got back $9.99 ecb on gas X
Transaction #3
EOS lip balm $2.99, used $2.99 ecb = free , got back $2.99 ecb
Transaction #4
Pillow Pet $19.99
Used $10 & $2.99 ecb, 20% cvs discount coupon $4.00
Paid oop $4.12
Total for everything in the picture $6.39

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CVS / Publix 11/30

Today I stopped at CVS and Publix. Here is what I purchased:
CVS I paid $1.65 for all this!! I used $22.58 in ecb, $14 in MQ for the Gas X and got back $23 ecbs for next week.
Next stop was Publix. I paid $ 51.98! Saved $44.70.
1- $50 hess gas card, used $10 pq = $40
2- theraflu 2/$7, $5 pq, 2- $2 IP = $2.00 Money Maker
2- eggo fruit pizza $2.79 bogo, used 2- $1.00 mq = .40 ea
4- tomato soup .99 bogo, used $1/4 = .25 ea
4- almonds $2.95 bogo, used 4- $1.00 mq = .48 ea
2- crystal lights bogo
eggs, lettuce, bananas and tomatoes
I Love the gas card!!!! I wish they had that deal more often.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving CVS shop - Saved $102.62 -

This morning my husband and I were at CVS by 7 am. We were the first ones in the store for the sale!!! My store had a special display for most all of the free items, shopping was so easy!!!! We each used our own cards. All together we spent $25 oop, saved $102.62 and got back $52.46 in ecb to use by Christmas!!!!! I think we had had $18 ecb to start. I forgot to tell my husband to check his email for the $5 off $25 coupon and we only used 2 listerene coupons so we could have saved another $6.00 and I didn't have any coupons for the candy or the xtra. We could have saved some out of pocket money by doing more transactions but we hate doing that. I did two transactions and Robert did 3. For all the coupon matchups I used simplycvs.

Monday, November 22, 2010

CVS 11/22 saved 85%

Today I went to CVS and did two transactions using two different cards.

1st transaction:
2 - frosted mini wheats 2/$5 used $1/2 mq
6 - sobe drinks bogo $1.59, used 3 bogo coupons that I finally got in the mail today from playing the online heads or tails game over the summer. =  all Free!!!
1- gumballs, because I had a negative  balance .50cents
Used: $4.50 in ecb
OOP: .37 cents
Got: $2 ecb for cereal

2nd transaction:
2- special k cereal 2/5, used $1mq
1- tglee milk $3.19, no coupon
Used: $3.00 ecb
OOP: $4.19
Got: $2.00 for Cereal
Overall I spent $4.56. Saved $25.70. Got $4 ecb. Saved 85%

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Publix 11/18 Big shopping trip

Today I did a lot of shopping at Publix! I got $187.60 worth of groceries for $75.19. A saving of 60%. Not the greatest savings but considering what I bought I think I did great! I used 50 coupons today :)
This trip probably puts me over my monthly budget by about $50. Still not bad since I bought everything for Thanksgiving dinner and even some for Christmas dinner and holiday baking this month. I will just have to watch what I buy next month.
Here is how I did it:
2 Green Giant broccoli steamers $2.39 ea., both free using the target coupon from yesterdays paper when you spent $25.
1 Publix pumpkin pie, raincheck for $3.00, used $1.00 PQ= $2.00
4 Cascadian farms fruit, used 4 $1 Pq and 4 $1 IP = $1.74 each (half price)
2 oscar mayar pepperoni , used $1/2 tearpad = $2.39 each
1 sister schuberts wheat rolls, used .50 cent mq = $2.00
2 Med. shrimp platters $11.99 bogo = $5.99 each
2 Pie crust crust, used .50/2 IP =  $1.75
2 cool whip, $1.37 bogo, used .50 cent Target q = .44 cents each
2 breakstone sour cream $1.00, used $1IP and .55 mq = .23 each
1 activia yogurt, still not on sale!!!!, $2.39, used .75 cent IP = $1.39
4 nestle cookies, bogo $2.79, used 4 - .75 cent IP = .63 cents each
2 pillsbury pizza crust, $1.67 ea, used .40/2 mq = $1.47 ea. I am going to try and make pepperoni bread. Will post on a later date about this.
2 planters cashews (to feed my husbands nut addition!) bogo $4.29, used $1 mq and .75 tq = $1.27 ea.
2 musselmans applesauce, bogo $2.33, no coupons = $1.17 ea
2 nabisco wheat thins, bogo $2.79, used $1 tq, 2 $1mq = .22 Moneymaker!
2 wheat thin stix, bogo $2.79, used 2 $1mq = .40 each
2 mueller corkscrews pasta, bogo $1.17, used $1.00 IP = .08 cents
2 mueller lasagna, .99 ea, used $1.00 IP = .49 ea
4 hellmanns mayo, bogo $4.54, used 2 - .50 tq, 2 - .75 IP, 4 - .55 hang tags = $1.10 each (cashier took the internet prints and hangtags! We talked about this before starting and she said if the customer insist they will do that. I did NOT insist and I took back 2 other mq that I had but I forgot about the IP's)
4 Crisco  canola oil, bogo $3.85, used 4- .55 mq = $1.37 each (we usually use peanut oil to fry our turkey but this year will try the canola because it was so cheap)
1 Muir Glen tomatoes  & 1 Muir Glen sauce $1.69 ea. used $1/2 pq and 2 - $1.00 IP = .19 cents each
1 Glory collards $1.25, used .90 IP = .19 cents
2 cans peas, bogo $1.29 = .65
4 Heinz turkey gravy, no coupons??? = .99 cents ea
1 mission corn tortilla shells, not on sale $2.09, used $1mq from vendor = $1.09
carrots .99
celery bogo $1.69 = .85 ea
squash $1.72
potatoes $1.99
sweet potatoes $1.50
2 natures own wheat bread, bogo $3.49 = $1.75
eggs $2.55

If your wondering where all the meat is I am stocked up! I buy chicken when it is really cheap and freeze it.  My husband is a hunter so we have all the venison and pork and sausage we need! I am hoping he will get a deer this weekend since our venison burger meat is very low.

Monday, November 15, 2010

CVS 11/14

On Sunday my mom and I went shopping at CVS. I forgot to take a picture of what we bought.

My purchase:
oral b vitality toothbrush for $23, used $10 mq, got $13 eb = free
fiber one bars for $3.99, used .50cent IP, got $3.00 eb = .49 cents
Blistex $2.39, used .55 mq, got $1.50 eb = .34 cents
Used CVS $5/$25 and $8.00 extra bucks
Spent OOP $6.62
Received $17.50 in extra bucks :)
Saved: $34.04

Moms purchase using my husbands card:
2- 28oz cans tomatoes .50cents each = $1.00
3- cans cranberry .88 cents each = $2.64
1 maxwell house coffee $1.99, used $1 IP = .99 cents
1 - 30 dose Miralax $18.99, used $3mq and $3.00 cvs coupon from the red machine last week = $12.99
1 fiber one bar $3.99, used .50 IP, got $3 eb = .49 cents

CVS $5/$25
$6 extra bucks
OOP: $13.11
Saved $26.91

Combined totals= Spent $19.73 oop, Got $20.50 eb, saved $60.95 or 75.5% not counting the extra bucks

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thursday morning shopping

Today I made a bunch of different stops while out grocery shopping.
First I went to Winn Dixie
This weeks deal was if you buy the Charmin you get the lysol, tissues, zest and clorox wipes free. I use all that stuff so I thought it was a good deal for me. Most weeks I don't buy the deal because its just junk food! The lettuce was bogo $1.69. The only coupon I used was for the right guard deodorant. It was bogo and I had a bogo coupon, making them both free! These will be donated since my hubby likes old spice deodorant. I spent$15.87 and saved $19.33.
Next stop..Publix

Yes that's right...I bought 6 turkeys! They were only .59 cents a pound! I love turkey, so every month for the next six months I will eat one! LOL. They only weigh about 10 pounds each, so that will be perfect for the two of us. Dinner one night and then turkey soup and sandwiches for lunch the rest of the week. I might go back and see if they have a bigger one later in the week for Thanksgiving. Today all they had was 10 lbs or 20 lbs. I need one about 15 lbs. or maybe I will buy a butterball. Total cost for all 6 was only $36 and as you can see I have a huge chest freezer to put them in. Here is what else I purchased:
I forgot to write down my coupons that I used :(
 I know I had $5/$50 publix coupon and a coupon for everything else purchased! I spent $60 including the turkeys for a savings of $84.59 or 58%
For all the coupon match ups check out

The tape was $2.19 bogo and I had a $1/3 IP = .85 cents each
yellow rice bogo $1.29 and had 4 .50 mq = .15 cents each
Dip was $2.00 bogo and I had 2 IP for .50 = .50 cents.
Chocolate chips $2.55 bogo,used 2 $1/2  IP = .78 cents each
angel soft $5.49, used $1 IP
sweet potato fries 2/5 used 2 $1 IP making them only $1.50 each
activia not on sale, used 2 $1 IP making them $1.39 each
mushroom soup 4/5 used mq?
stove top .99cents, used $1/2 IP = .66 cents each
frenchs onions $2.99, used mq ?
Not pictured was a 5 lb. bag of flour

I also bought 2 lbs of butter at walgreens for $1.99 each

Last stop was to the produce stand where I spent $4.90. No coupons needed!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2nd Publix trip Spent only .61 cents Saved 98%

I had to go to the dentist yesterday so I knew I would be driving by another Publix this week. This store takes target coupons so I saved some of the deals for this store.
I paid only .61 cents for all of this! I saved $34.70 or 98%.
Here is what I got and the coupons used:
I am happy to finally find some garden delight pasta on the shelves. I had two bogo rain checks for two deals each and 7 $1.00 off blinkie coupons, making it a .16 cent money maker.
The smart balance was only .59cents after a $2.00 mq and $1 pq.
Country crock was .35 cents after bogo and a $1.00 target coupon.
 Vitamin D was  $2.02 money maker after 2 $1.00mq and $6.00pq.
 Both toaster strudels were free after bogo and free mq. ( I know, I know more junk food but come on ...its Boston cream pie flavor! lol. All I could think of when seeing these was an eclair and I was hungry !)
 Muir glen tomato sauce  was a .22 money maker after pq and whole foods q.
 Lettuce was .69 cents after $1 target produce coupon.
 Rubbermaid containers just .76 cents after 40%off sale and $1mq. These were a small mm on Thursday but the coupon from the green flyer expired. I paid .28 cents tax.

Walgreens 11/8 Saved 88%

I stopped at two different Walgreens yesterday. I paid $3.72 and saved $28.48. One of my reach coupons beeped so I lost out on that $1.00 but thats ok I still did great!
8 dental floss, 5 toothbrushes, 3 nivea lip moisturizers, 3 corn muffin mix, baking powder and corn starch.
I had been saving up my reach dental floss coupons, I use a ton of that stuff!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Publix trip 11/4 Saved 79%

I keep telling myself to stop shopping but the deals are just to good to pass up! This week I purchased $131 worth for only $28! I used a ton of coupons, for all the match ups I used Iheartpublix and addictedtosaving. I saved $38.43 in vendor coupons, $12 in publix coupons and $52.66 in sale prices.
I will be donating the os-cal and vivarin, they were both money makers! I am also hoping to donate some of the toaster strudels, they were all FREE. The cookie mix was only .10 cents a box so I will save those for the holidays. I purchased the large rubbermaid containers to put the cookies in. They were suppose to be on sale but the larger ones didn't ring up sale price, I will have to take my receipt back for a refund. They are 40% off and I had a publix coupon and a manufacturer coupon. The smaller size was a .09 cent money maker. The gingerbread graham crackers was an impulse buy but at least they were on sale bogo and I had a mq. They sounded really good :)
Here are some of the prices that I paid after coupons: Hood milk was only .80 cents each, chicken broth .50 cents, steam veggies .95 cents, fiesta grilln beans .67 cents, soup .90 cents, coffee mate .50 cents, bread sticks .79, dip n sticks $1.09, canned veggies .38, yogurt $1.38.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

CVS shop & show 11/1

This is what I purchased this week at CVS on 11/1. I wasn't going to shop at the drug stores this week but I got talked into it by my blogging buddy Cheryl over at Simply CVS! (lol, just joking Cheryl).
 I used two different CVS cards and did two transactions.

Transaction #1: I purchased the Olay body wash and Secret.
 I used $5.00 mq and $1.00 extra buck for a total of $3.09 oop.
 I received a $3.00 extra care coupon for any Revlon cosmetic and $3.00 extra bucks!

Transaction #2: I purchased the Olay, Secret and two Oral B battery toothbrushes.
I used $5.00 mq, 2 $3.00 mq, $6.98 in extra bucks for a total of $1.79 oop.
I received $7.00 in extra bucks

Over all it was a great trip. I spent $4.88 and got $10 in extra bucks
What did you get this week?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Publix trip #2 10/31

I made another trip to Publix over the weekend. Since there were no great deals at the drug stores this week I decided to spend my money at the grocery store. Robert had to run to Walmart so I decided to ride with him. I do not like Walmart so I had him drop me off at Publix which is just around the corner. I forgot the dog food on my first trip (on sale for  $9.99 and had a $2 mq) and wanted to use my $3.00 off the fried chicken family combo meal coupon that was expiring. I got that a few weeks ago when we attended the Bucs vs Saints football game. GO Saints!!! We love fried chicken so for only $7.59 we got enough for lunch on Sunday and Monday!
 I wanted to pick up some more of the great freebies but didn't have much luck. The garden delight pasta was sold out but I did pick up a rain check and found some more blinkies for $1.00 off! I bought 2 more cascadian farms granola bars but they didn't have the peelies on them so I paid $1 a box instead of free, 2 more Quaker true delights but only one had a peelie so I paid .90 each. Have I told you how much I LOVE granola bars? This week I was able to replenish my stockpile, I was almost out!

I bought 4 oscar mayer carving board meats. I had a lot of different coupons for those....Publix, Target, Manufacturer so I only paid $1.25 each. I have never tried the carving board before. It is sliced thick. I am thinking we could use it for dinner some night, just heat up and serve with some mashed potatoes and veggies.

 I found 2 more friskies coupons in my coupon box so I picked up two more bags of cat food for $1 each. Robert wanted a jar of pickled okra, that was not on sale but I found a .75 cent coupon.

Over all I saved 56%. Not to bad considering what I purchased :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

The best thing I like about couponing 10/28

The best thing I like about couponing is that I get to try items that I probably would never purchase at regular price but since using coupons on BOGO items make them super cheap I like to try new things. Each week I will post the new things that I purchased.
On this weeks trip I purchased Quaker True Delights Cafe Squares. Chewy granola squares. They are dark chocolate mocha hazelnut with a chocolatey drizzle. Just one word describes these YUMMO!  I have been fighting off all the candy deals this month since we don't get trick or treaters so these make for a great tasting treat. They normally sell for $2.79. They were on sale BOGO and had peelies for $1.00/1 on the box. I ended up paying only .79 cents for two boxes! That is a savings of 72%. I did not get paid to post this!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Publix Shop and Show 10/28 Saved 81%

Today was another awesome shopping trip at Publix! I purchased a total of $188.13 for only $35.88. That is a savings of 81%. WOOHOO! I used $30.69 in store coupons, $47.25 in vendor coupons and saved another $74.31 by purchasing sale items, most of them were BOGOs.
For all the coupon match ups to this weeks Publix sales I used addictedtosavings and Iheartpublix. For coupon abbreviations check out my page on the lower left.

Here is a run down of what I purchased:
4 Contessa stir frys BOGO $7.99 used $2/2 mq, $1/2  mq and 4 $2/1 PQ from Yellow flyer = $2.00 ea.
2 Breyers yo crunch yogurt BOGO with coupon from yellow flyer 1 $1/1 and 1 .75/1 = .47 ea
2 Coles bread sticks BOGO $2.79 used 2 $1/1 = .40 cents ea
2 Dannon Activia $2.39ea used 2 $1/1 = $1.39 ec
4 Ball park jumbo franks sale 2/$6 used 4 $1/1 peelies and 4 $1/1 pq from yellow flyer = $1.00 ea
2 Chicken tenders BOGO $4.39 used 2 $1.00/1 IP = $1.20 ea
2 Sominex $3.19 ea used 2 $2/1 mq and $5/2 pq from green flyer = $2.62 money maker!
2 Quaker true delights BOGO$2.79 used 2 $1/1 peelies = .40cents ea
4 Cascadian Farms granola bars BOGO $3.99 used 4 $1/1 PQ and 4 $1/1 peelies = Free
2 Cascadian Farms granola BOGO $3.99 used 2 $1/1 peelies and 2 $1/1 whole foods Q = Free
6 Friskies cat food BOGO $3.95 used 6 $1/1 mq = .98ea
3 Lipton soup mix sale .99ea used $2/3 peelie = .33 cents ea
2 Ronzoni Garden Delight rotini BOGO $1.71 used 2 $1/1 mq = .29 cent Moeny Maker
2 Ronzoni Garden Delight Fettuccine BOGO $1.71 used 2 $1/1 mq = .29 cent Money Maker!
2 Healthy Harvest spaghetti BOGO$1.71 used 2 $1/1 IP =.29 cent Money Maker!
1 Kleenex wipe refill $2.39 used a $2.00 Winn Dixie catalina = .39 cents
1 hot dog bun $1.19
1 hamburger bun $1.19
2 V8 juice BOGO $2.85 used $1/2 = .93 cents ea
3 Rotel sale 5/$5 used $1/3 IP = .66 cents ea
2 Muir Glen tomato sauce .89 ea used  $1/2 pq and 1 $1/1 IP = .02 ea.
4 Select Harvest soups BOGO $2.39 used 2 $1/1 IP, 1 $1/2 IP = .45 ea
2 Publix Chocolate milk BOGO = $1.45 ea
1 bag oranges sale $2.50
1 lettuce $1.69
1 bunch bananas  $1.30
2 pears sale .99lb = .92cents
I used $5/25 Save a Lot q and 2 $1.00 Winn Dixie Catalinas
I had a lot of peelies today so if the math isn't quit right that is why.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


The Toll House caramel filled chocolate chip cookies I mentioned in an earlier post today came out YUMMY! The caramel filling is piping hot right out of the oven so we had to wait for them to cool down a little before trying them.
These cookies are on sale for $2.79 BOGO this week at Publix. I used two manufacture coupons making them only .40 cents each. Some of them had peelies! I think I need to go back and get some more!!!!

The best thing I like about couponing

The best thing I like about couponing is that I get to try items that I probably would never purchase at regular price but since using coupons on BOGO items make them super cheap I like to try new things.
On my last shopping trip I purchased a few items that I have never tried before and thought I would let you know what I thought of them.
The Pepperidge Farm Double Chocolate Brownie cookies are to die for! I am glad I only bought one bag of them since they have 140 calories in each cookie! I paid .70 cents and they normally sell for $3.39. I would purchase again.
The Fruit2day juice was really good. I was a little surprised by the chunks of fruit in it. I should have read the bottle. Since these are made with 100% fruit it had 25 g of sugar in the little bottle which is one serving! I paid .50 cents and they normally sell for $2.99. I  did like this drink but I don't think I would purchase again because of all the carbs and sugar. I would rather just eat a piece of real  fruit.
The Pringles Xtreme Ragin' Cajun are super HOT! I love them :) I got these Free and they normally sell for $1.75. I will purchase again.
Today I will bake up the batch of Toll House Chocolate Chip cookies with Caramel filling and post later.
Is there any product that you have tried lately that you love?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Publix Shop and Show 10/24

Let me start by introducing my granddaughter Mia. She was outside playing with the water hose when I got home from shopping and just had to be in my shopping trip picture! It is still in the high 80's here in Central Florida!
Today's shopping was a good one! I saved 75% and found some of the new Harvest of Saving booklets.
I started by stopping by the customer service desk to ask if I could use my expired B2G1 Martha Stewart cleaning products coupons with my BOGO rain check. Publix is so awesome that of course they said yes!!! That meant that I purchased one for $3.99 and got the other 5 FREE!
Here is some of the other deals that I got:
Uncle Bens rice .50 each
Ragin Cajun Pringles FREE
2 dial soap .72 each
Knorr sides .75 each, no coupon just bogo
Nestle cookies .40 each
Carmel filled nestle cookies $1.21 money maker - they had peelies on them
Fruit 2 day drinks .50 each
sour cream .95
4 C grated cheese $1.99...forgot to get my free bread crumbs with this!
Arnold bread $1.95 each
Old El Paso taco seasoning .64, not on sale but I needed it and the coupon was expiring
Meow Mix cat food FREE...thanks to my friend Michelle L.
Sominex $2.62 money maker!
Preparation ointment $1.89
Yakisoba noodles .10 each
Pepperidge Farms cookies .70 each
Today I definitely stocked up on cookies which I don't normally do but the price was great and they looked so good :)
No coupon for the potatoes or eggs.

I spent $25.16
Saved $79.43
A savings of 75%
I used my 2 Winn Dixie Catalinas from my previous post.

Do you see Mia's little chicken in the picture? She insisted!

I get all of my coupon match ups over at and Thanks Michelle and Liza!

Winn Dixie 10/24

I stopped at Winn Dixie to pick up some of the Kraft Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese that was on sale for $1.48. If you haven't had this yet you should try it, its really good! When I checked out I received 2 - $1.00 catalina coupons for my next purchase from Kraft!!! What a great deal. I think I will go back today and get a couple more!
Not pictured is my big splurg on steak. We had it on the grill before I even thought to take a picture. Three rib eyes on sale for $21!!! Yes that was the sale price. They tasted terrific so it was worth it!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

CVS 10/24

Today I went to CVS to use up some of my ecb's (earn cash back coupons) that were going to expire.  In my haste I forgot to use some of my manufacture coupons!  I missed the kleenex and mars cvs coupon for the m&m's. I also forgot to check the TG Lee dairy website to see if I could print out the $1.00 coupon for the milk. I never buy cottonelle so I am sure I missed that coupon too!
I checked out the $100 oral b toothbrush but it didn't have the mail in rebate so I didn't get it. I could have purchased it for $5.00 with the 50% rebate, $30 ecb, $10 manufacture coupon and $5/$30 cvs coupon!
The store manager gave me the bigger pack of cottonelle for smaller pack that is on sale ($9.97) because they didnt get any in their shipment. I needed mouth wash and the CVS brand was on sale buy one, get one at 50% off and I got the case of water for $2.77 to bring my total up over the $30 total.
The clearance shelf was empty today:(

I used a $5/$30 cvs coupon
2 $1 off the arm and hammer total care (IP)
$8.00 in ecb.
Spent $17.12 oop
Saved $31.61 or 65%
Got $1.00 ecb for next week.
I probably could have saved another $3.00 if I checked my coupns better!!! Lesson learned.

Free Toaster Strudels

On Saturday I received my 4 coupons for free Toaster Strudels. I won these playing the Pillsbury  A million morning smiles game online. Go to You can play once a day. I will save the coupons until the pastries go on BOGO sale, then I will get 8 free!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CVS shop and show

Todays trip to CVS was a pretty easy one. I didn't really need anything but couldn't pass up the free gum and razor. I had a $5/$30 coupon that needed using so I bought the Miralax for my mom since it was on sale. I didn't receive any good coupons from the red machine and nothing on the clearance shelf!

Miralax (big bottle) on sale $19.99 used $3.00 IP = $16.99
Razor on sale $8.99 used $4.00 coupon = $4.99
8 Mentos gum BOGO $1.79 and used 8 $1.00/1 = .84 money maker
I used the $5/30 coupon and 2 ecb totaling $11.98.
Tax = .98
OOP was $5.14
I received $5.00ecb for the razor and $3.00 for the Miralax = total of $8.00 in ecb for next week

Monday, October 11, 2010

Wags trip 10/10

I have to admit I really don't like shopping at Walgreens. I went on Sunday to pick up a few cheap items and to use my Nivea rain check from last week. There was only one Nivea left again in the whole store but I had a great cashier who just changed my rain check so I could use it again.

 I purchased:
one Nivea for $1 and used $1 man. coupon = free
one halls cough drop for $1, used $1 q = free + $1.00 rr making it a money maker
two carefree liners $1.59, used in ad q to make them .99 cents and 1 $1.00/2 man. q = .49 cents each
one vicks syrup on clearance for $2.99, used $1.00 man. q

I spent $3.11 oop and received $1.00 register reward for the next trip. I saved $9.69 or 76%.

10/10 Saved $214 at CVS

Today I had the best trip ever to CVS!!!! I went for the free colgate, candy corn,  dawn dish soap and oatmeal using my coupons and came home with a car load! I did two transactions using two different cards. I saved $214.27, spent $20.07 oop, used $12.97 in ecb and received $18.96 ecb for next week. The clerk was just opening up the clearance boxes and started to dump it all in my cart. lol. I had to take stuff out, there was so much. I got arm &hammer dryer cloths for .46cents, three niveas for .29 cents each, stuffed animals for .49 cents, battery operated toothbrushes for $1.47, baby toothbrush .64, a ultra violet toothbrush cleaner case for $1.49 and 16 bottles of old spice body wash for .49 cents each. I usually never bring my coupon box to CVS but today I did. I was able to use coupons for the oral B toothbrushes, and old spice body washes. I had coupons for the total cereal and campbells soup. The M& M's were a filler to get to $25 so I could use my $5 off $25 coupon I got in an email. I didn't have any coupons for the milk or secret but I needed them and they were on sale.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Publix trip 10/7 Saved 65%

This week I bought a lot of groceries! I spent $69.39 and saved $129.25. That is the most I have spent in months on one trip. Most of the veggies were free using coupons from Target, kashi cereal and hidden valley. The pasta and the vitamins had peelies on them making them money makers when combined with the other coupons I had. I used 2 $2/1 farmhouse dressing coupons to make that a money maker too. I didn't have any coupon for the roarin water or life cereal. I ended up getting 6 martha stewart clean for the price of one. I have a few more coupons to get more but I wanted to see if I could find some with hang tags on them.  Next week I will try and keep track better track of the price and coupons used.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

publix trip 9/30

This mornings trip to Publix I saved 80%!!!!  I spent $12.50 and saved $50.66.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Construction has started!

Everyone keeps telling me I should start a blog so here it is! I have no idea what I am doing but I am sure I will learn fast. I created this blog to show how I save at the grocery store by using coupons.
Please keep in mind that I am not a writer just a coupon user trying to help others save money!