Friday, December 30, 2011

Target & Old Navy Deals 12/30/11

Hit up the dollar section ASAP! The Christmas stuff is on clearance for 70% off, which made for $0.30 headbands for Zoe, 5 little rolls of gift wrap & 2 more hats & gloves for the babes.
And Carters 4 piece pajama sets were marked for $7.49! Sleepwear for kids is outrageously expensive, so for a deal like this I can live with seeing presents & elves for a few more months.
Old Navy was still a let down, but I made out like a bandit in the women's clearance.
Somehow a nice black halter swim suit had been marked down to $0.47! You read that right! Less than half a dollar WTF?
That's about it for today...gonna hit CVS up again tomorrow for some rumored shampoo markdowns on pantene & head & shoulders that will make them virtually free...I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

CVS Deals 12/28/11

Oh my how I love CVS!  The staff is always friendly, and the sales are the best, hands down.
We stopped yesterday to see what we could find, and damn it it wasn't well worth the drive!

First of all, I had a rain check for last weeks Excedrin promotion: Spend $20 get $10 Extra Care Bucks. 
2 Excedrin Extra Strength: $    4.69 x 2 =      Minus 2 $2 MQ
1 Excedrin Migraine: $   4.99 Minus $2 MQ
1 Excedrin PM: $  5.79 Minus $2 MQ
Paid: $12.16   Minus $10 ECB =$2.16 for 4 bottles of sweet relief! 

Also, CVS has their trial size of Zyrtec (5 count) for $5.99 with  $5.99 ECB; so totally free!  They run this promotion pretty frequently, so if you hit it up every time thru the winter you should be ready for when allergy season gets started.

Last but not least I stumbled onto some clearance items:
Rimmel Eyeshadow Quad, normally $6.99 on clearance for $1.79
Goody No Slip Headbands, normally $5.99 on clearance for $2.89
Paid with $5 ECB and
Total spent at the register: $19.81
Total ECB received: $15.99

Can you believe that?  All those goodies for approximately $4?  And that is why I heart you CVS!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Whats In My Mailbox 12/27/11

Nothing much, just a $1.24 check.  It's a rebate from Progresso for a free can of soup. 
I've also in the last week received some Kotex U pads/tampon samples and a Downy fabric softener sample.

Like a said, nothing much, but it sure beats bills in the mail!

After Christmas Shopping

I'm not a huge believer in after Christmas shopping.  Most of the decor that is left over is not my cup of tea, and I already have more gift bags than God himself.  But this year I managed to finish off 4 rolls of wrapping paper and almost all of my ribbon.  Plus I hate it when you have a birthday roll around and the only options are gift bags or Christmas wrapping.  So I thought I'd hit Target, see if I could find something generic and stock up.
Here are the highlights:
-1/2 price Oreos.  Really, how often do Oreos go on sale when it's worth buying?  It's a nice splurge that can rest in the pantry for a month or two until our sweet tooth revs up again.
-1/2 price cookie mix.  Seems silly doesn't it.  The same exact sugar cookie mix but with a holiday theme on the packaging is half off.  Plus a $0.40 MQ makes for a good deal to have on had.  I also got a few gingerbread mixes, I truly think this is the most underrated of the cookies!
-1/2 price gift tags.  I almost bought these in the Christmas section $0.67 for 24, and they were so cute.  But guess what, almost the exact same tags were in the dollar section (making them $0.50 each!) with 80 in the bag.  I guess it pays to pay attention. 
-1/2 price ribbon/bow package.  It's too cute!  Tiny little bows and 4 spools of ribbon in some funky colors. 
-1/2 price tissue paper.  I feel guilty, almost all of the tissue paper I've used for the last 5 years has been reused.  From Elliott's baby shower on I've stocked up and rewrapped.  So I gladly purged the really rough looking sheets, and the ones that I've neglected to use for ANYTHING for the last few years and replaced them.  A few packages of plain red and green, a few of some fun prints.  And luckily most packages come with prints and solids, so I can use the solid sheets for gift giving throughout the year! 
-Also, don't neglect the Hanukkah section.  There was some awesome blue and yellow striped tissue paper packs 75% off. 
-The best deal of the day was on Betty Crocker cake and frosting.  Already both were 50% off.  Minus a $0.75 off both coupon made the cake mix $0.80 and the frosting free!  I bought two sets. 
-I also picked up a little birdhouse ornament, we are the Nightengales, so it only seemed fitting.  Also, so new ornament hooks, they make green ones now that blend in with your tree, smart huh?  And some really cool gold spiral hooks to hang my fancier ornaments.

Thats about it.  Unfortunately the only wrapping paper left were the "premium" rolls, and they were still $2.50.  I figure I'll wait another day or two and stop back.  Otherwise I have some Extra Care Bucks burning a hole in my pocket, so I could hit up CVS too! 

I guess the lesson here is: don't go hog wild.  The discounted popcorn and pretzels are still overprices, as are most of the decorations.  It will all still be there; and cheaper, next time you visit.  And if not, maybe it's just not meant to be. 
Also, take your time and pay attention!  No sense in buying snowman paper when you already have two rolls. 
Now get out there and make the most of that clearance section!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Walgreens Super Deals 12/21/11

OMG I made out like a bandit at Wags yesterday! I love it when I feel that way after shopping instead of defeated.
Here's the rundown:
-Angel Soft toilet paper 9 rolls/$4 - buy 2 packs and get $1 Register Rewards
Total: $7 for 18 rolls of TP
-Popcorn, Indiana family size bags normally $3.99, on sale for $1.99 minus $1 MQ
Total:$1 for the best damn kettle corn you've ever had
-Blistex $0.99 minus $1/2 MQ
Total: $0.50 each!
-Gilette Pro Fusion items are on sale Buy One Get One Free. Did you know you can use 2 coupons on these!?! So I got 2 heating face scrubs (I don't care if it's for men, I love this stuff!), Paid $8.99 minus 2 $2 MQ
Total of $5, $2.50 each!

Now on to items I found on clearance:
-Neutrogena EyeShadow Quads normally $9.98, on clearance for $5.19, minus $2 MQ printed from the website and $1 from the Wags Holiday Coupon Book. Total: $1.19 - what savings!
-Loreal 360 Face Scrub normally $6.99, on clearance for $3.58, minus the $2 Wags coupon
Total: $1.58
-Biore Face Scrub (man I sound like a broken record with the face scrub, but I have hit the big 30 I've got to take better care of my skin!  Normally $8.99, on clearance for $4.29 minus $2 MQ
Total: $2.29
-Almay Pore Refining Make Up normally $10.99 on clearance for $3.29 minus $1 Wags coupon
Total: $2.29

Total Spent: $21.85
Total Saved: $50 give or take

By the time I left I was literally quaking with excitement.  You may think that's totally lame, but to come home having saved $50 just for taking my time, checking my coupons and never leaving home without my binder is totally worth it to me. 
Just think about when you run out of make up or have to pick up face wash at the grocery store and are paying full price for that item.  If you plan ahead, are organized and never fail to keep your eyes peeled for a deal your savings will add up in no time.
It may be $50 saved now, but think about the fact that I don't HAVE to buy full priced face wash for at least 4 months.  That's 4 months I have to find another super deal, to not pay full price or potentially get it for free. 
As my stockpile grows, I'll never be one of those couponers who can say "I got everything in this room for free", but I will say that "Full Price" is the F Word in my house.

Todays Groupon - Don't Miss it!

Today's Groupon deal is for $20 to Old Navy for $10! Holy cow!
Even better, this week Old Navy has 60% off outerwear for the whole family. Elliott will be needing a new coat next year and we might as well get a deal on it.
To make this deal even sweeter, if you are an ebates subscriber, go thru their link to the groupon website and you'll earn 3% cash back.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Family Fun Day

We are so very lucky that Elliott was accepted into the LPS EXCITE program. First of all its free preschool thru the public school system saving us loads of $. Second, its a very diverse program & he has made great friends with kids he might not have known otherwise.
They also do great things for the families like send home a multicultural book each month care of the kiwanis club. And today a local church donated gingerbread house kits to any family that wanted to come to family fun day
Normally I hate stuff like this. I can be a bit anti social, I also am there by myself with the kids and generally feel judged by someone. Today was an exception that will hopefully spur me on to participate more often.
Elliott & I got to decorate a house he was totally proud of. Zoe was quite the social butterfly, and I got to meet some really nice moms.
So cheers to a free day that got me to step outside of my comfort zone & just have fun with my babies!
You hungry?



Zoe's Room Redo

Can I get a resounding "HOORAY" from ya'll?!? The redo in Zoe's room is finally complete. I think it took 2 1/2 months. But I can't complain. Josh works almost 65-70 hours a week, has 1 day off a week most times, and has done an awesome job.
Here's the breakdown:
Removed wallpaper
Filled holes
Sanded
Painted all woodwork
Painted walls
Cleaned carpet
Hung curtains
Moved dresser & crib in from other rooms
Bought and assembled bookcase
Hung shelves
Decorated
DONE!!!!!

Some spots look a little weird yet. I had to accomodate and plan ahead for the Christmas gifts (ie her little kitchen and large toys that will be housed on the dresser.

Also, as we discovered, wall decals are a monumentally bad idea. When removing them from the walls they literally tore up 2 layers of paint and a layer of wallpaper. Elliott's room looks like it's been hit by a bomb, so we weren't going down that road again. So we're waiting to find something sweet to hang behind her bed; but until then, I'm pretty happy with the end results...have a look!
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

$0.99 lil smokies at hy vee!

Hy bee in Williamsburg has their lol smokies on clearance for $0.99, that's $2 off.
I bought 6 packages to freeze & be ready for any time we want to have a Husker Football party!

Playtex Sippy Cups $0.39 at Target!

Ahhh sippy cup, bain of my mothering existance...
Always missing, then found with curdled milk inside.

A good deal on a quality sippy is always appreciated, so here you go!

First, create an account at www.playtex.com , the following day they will email you with a $2 manufacturers coupon. **Tip, if you hit the "back" button two or three times, it will reprint the coupon!

Second, go to www.target.com and hit up their coupon section, there is a $2 Target coupon. Stack these two together for $4 off a sippy! I just got mine yesterday and they are $4.39, so after coupons just $0.39 - hip hip hooray!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Thank You Craigslist!

Agonizing over Elliott's Santa gift is all done! Found an Imaginext Dragon Castle with 4 guys & 3 dragons for $20! Amazeballs! The castle itself normally retails for $40 and the dragons are easily $12 each! What a scene Elliott will wake up to on Christmas morning! That's better than a Wii in a box any day! And a helluva lot easier on the wallet too!

Russ's Market Deals 12/13/11

I'd like to start this post by saying that I'm not a huge fan of Russ's Market.  I think that in general they are overpriced and their "super sales" are average prices.  I also would just prefer to see my items ring up at the sale price rather than wait for my Privelage Plus card to go thru and *hope* it all comes out right.  The two redeeming factor for Russ's are "The Aisle of Shame" and fresh deli meats and good produce.

Normally we stop at the Russ's on 33rd & Highway 2, but I've been diappointed with the clearance items lately and decided to take a walk on the wild side and go to the 17th & Washington location.  What an excellent move!

Braeburn apples for $0.79/lb
Bananas for $0.39/lb
Keebler Crackers 2/$4 minus $1/2 MQ
Lunchables 2/$5 (I would normally NEVER buy these, but each package had a $1 off peel off sticker making them $1.50 each.  Each includes meat, cheese, crackers, oreos and mandarin oranges!)
Fairbury Beef Hotdogs $4.38 - these also had $2 peel off coupons making them $2.38, a great price on the only hotdogs worth eating!

So don't discount a store completely because it's not in the nicest neighborhood, you may be walking out with a heck of a deal!

Formula Coupon - Super Deal @ Walmart

Parents & Grandparents listen up! If you're using formula you'd be smart to log on to www.coupons.com and print out one of these babies today...
$5 off a can of Parents Choice formula!
If you aren't familiar with it, Parents Choice is the Walmart brand baby formula and is FDA regulated to be of the same ingredients as the brand name formulas.
(**Note, we used exclusively store brand formula with Zoe and I'm so glad we did, it saved us TONS of money over the first year of her life!)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

What's in my mailbox!

Oh Luna, Merry Christmas to me!
Free Chocolate Peppermint lipgloss & nutrition bar! Sweetie yeah!


Free Happiness

Last night we were working together as a family (yes, all 4 of us) to put the finishing touches on Zoe's room.  This poor girl is only a year and a half and her living sitiuation is akin to that of a hobo.  First a bassinette in mom & dad's room upstairs, then downstairs.  Then a nursery upstairs.  Then a shared bedroom downstairs.  Finally, our project is complete and she has her very own, totally Zoe-fied room upstairs. 
All the furniture is in place, the cute toys are on display with much care and her little bed is made.  All we have yet to do is hang her pictures and shelves on the wall.  Unfortunately there is a big weird gap in the decorating where the kitchen I got her for Christmas will be...but I'll just be patient.  It will be perfect in no time!
She was so happy in there, I would like to think she knew it was her very own space; but who knows.  She kept getting her box of books off the shelf, checking out her new closet storage and rolling around all over the floor.  Who knew that something as simple as your own space could make you the happiest girl in town.
So happy in fact that she decided to start walking!  Hooray!  We've been waiting and waiting, and waiting some more.  Elliott was on the move by the time he was just over a year old.  Zoe has really taken her sweet old time, she just turned a year and a half last week.  Better late than never though.  The best part was that we were all there to experience it!  Unfortunatley with the hours Josh puts in at work, he misses day to day sweet moments and often major milestones as well.  Not this time.  We all got to see her march her little butt across the living room with a grin on her face, giggling the whole way!  And that moment made all of us happier than anything money can buy!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Help Me Obi Wan...

Well that Wii deal went to hell in a handbasket.  I could not be more frustrated. 
Moments after I posted about my Toys R Us deal I received an email that my order was cancelled as the item is out of stock.  Seriously?  Then I had to email the seller for the Toy Story Mania game thru Amazon to see if I can cancel my order with them. 

I may still actually *gag* GO to Toys R Us today after work and see what I can find.  But I'm so disappointed, it may be time to just consider a good old fashioned toy for my little man for xmas. 

Sigh...

Final Decision: Santa

After much debate, we've reneged on our idea to get Elliott an old fashioned Nintendo for Christmas.
One of the big reasons for wanting a gaming system was to do something together as a family. As an aside, both Josh and I have some serious weight to lose. Additionally Elliott has more energy than the hadron collider.
The decision was made.  We're getting a Wii.  We all get the opprotunity to be up and active.  Its fun and reliable.
So how did a frugalista such as myself approach getting this high dollar item?  Research baby.  I went thru all the Sunday papers and tallied the cost of all similar Wii items.  Gasp, Toys R Us was the winner!  $124.99 for a bundle including Super Mario Bros, remote, nunchuk and console. 
Then I logged on to Ebates.  I'm sure glad I waited until Monday because they bumped up their cash back bonus to 10% today!!!  In total we spent:
$124.99 for the Wii
$39.99 for an additional remote
**Tax $11.68**
Free Shipping to Store
Total: $177.35
Cash Back Earned: $16!

Then I logged onto Amazon.com and utilized the last $10 credit I had on my account from purchasing $5 Amazon Gift Cards with my Swagbucks.com points.  I bought a Toy Story game for a grand total of $11 including shipping. 

Needless to say, Santa is being awfully kind this year.  I'm still worried we're setting the bar high for years to come, but I have to keep reminding myself that this is for the whole family.  It will last long into the future and provide hours of entertainment and exercise to all of us. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

$1.64 Maybelline Mascara @ Super Target

Hit up Super Target today Lincolnite ladies! In the aisle endcap between the home cleaner & animal food section the are some great clearance items! Reeses fast break bars for $0.38! And best of all, the Maybelline Great Lash mascara clearanced from $5.49 to $1.64! Also Revlon lipstick is $3.74, which to me isn't a super steal but I had a $1 Revlon Target coupon, so it wad A-ok!

New Blog!

Well friends, I wanted to let you all know that I've started a second blog.  (Inner monologue: OMG what was I thinking!?!). 

In case you hadn't notice, I'm a little opinionated, pretty sarcastic, and I ALWAYS have something to say.  However this is not the forum for ranting.  I am still fully dedicated to keeping you up to date on the best deals, how to use your coupons wisely and anything else for frugal living I can share! 

But feel free to come check me out at http://www.myveryownsoapbox.blogspot.com/

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I'm so sorry...

This may sound silly, but I'd like to take a moment to apologize for the certain mistakes in spelling and perhaps general odd words that will most likely be appearing in my posts.

As I mentioned previously, we finally stepped into the digital age with some awesome smart phones. So rather than getting to sit down and type at a normal sized key board, here I am pecking away at my cell phone like a fool.

Hopefully eventually we'll have the money to get a laptop for other things that you truly need a computer for. But for now, I'm just happy to be saving $30 a month having cancelled our internet service.

So be patient friends, try to read past my mistakes and hopefully it isn't as bad as I think it is, being a perfectionist and all.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Walgreens deals 12/6/11

Nestle & Mars candies $0.39 with in ad coupon x 3 - $1.20
Triamenic 2/$10 with $3 Register Rewards - used w $3/1 MQ - $1
Simply Orange Juice on dale for $2.99 minus $0.50 Wags coupon - $2.50
Smurf crackers on clearance for $0.25 per bag x 2 - $0.50
Excedrin sale buy one get one half off.
Excedrin Migraine $5.29
Excedrin PM $2.89
Minus 2 $2/1 MQ - $4.20
Eggs $0.99
Dove men's deoderant $3.99 with $3 Register Rewards - $0.99
Sharpie marker $0.29 with in ad coupon

Total: Approximately $11.50 after tax
Pretty decent considering how expensive kids meds can be!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

$0.50 Triamenic @ Walgreens

Note: you will need 2 Sunday newspapers to snag this deal

Wags has their Triamenic on sale for 2/$10 with 3 Register Rewards.
Then use 2 $3 MQ from this Sundays Smart Source. After your RR you are paying $1 for both medications! We've stocked up & are ready for winters worst colds!

A Very Merry Christmas Q & A

I may be a smidge on the unconventional side, but I love all the tradition and memories that Christmastime brings.  This is by far my favorite holiday of the year and I hope for nothing more than to pass that love on to Elliott and Zoe.  Some of my fondest memories of my mom and my youth are sparked when getting out our decorations and it's a day I live and breathe for!  So here are some fun Q & As for you to read and pass along!
1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate for sure, egg nog is vile
2. Does santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? He wraps them in special Santa paper

3. Colored lights on tree or white? Colored, I think it just makes the tree feel "warmer"
4. Do you hang mistletoe? No, I've got all the smooches I need covered

5. When do you put your decorations up? The day after Thanksgiving, we start the day getting the Christmas music blaring and go from there!
6. what is your favorite holiday dish? GBC (green bean casserole), with twice the recommended amount of French's Onions!
7. Favorite holiday memories? 
       Where to start...
  • My mom covering the house in decorations. 
  • Mom accidentally stepping on our dog while putting together the tree then yelling : "Well, what did you think was going to happen?". 
  • Christmas meals with the ENTIRE family at the Cornhusker when I was little
  • Silver Bells with a lisp
  • Candy Cane Lane
  • Our babies first Christmases
  • Being sneaking and getting the lighthouse picture my mom wanted so badly and suprising her on Christmas day
  • The HUGE flocked tree in our Grandma's living room
Like I said, this is my favorite time of the year, I really could go on and on and on!

8. When and how did you learn the truth about santa? WHAT?!?!  I still whole heartedly believe in Santa! ;)

9. Do you open a gift on christmas eve? We used to with my mom, but now we wait for the excitement of Christmas morning
10. How do you decorate your christmas tree? Multi colored lights and ornaments that I've collected from my youth until now.  Every single one is special!
11. Snow! love it or dread it? We live in Nebraska, I hate it.  Mostly because it lasts FOREVER!
12. Can you ice skate? Not even gonna try it, I'm no Dorothy Hamel!
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? One year my mom got my sister and I matching Diamonique channel set band rings.  They are beautiful, timeless and always make me smile.
14. What's the most important thing about the holidays for you? Continuing to foster the love of the holidays and the beautiful memories with my kids
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Pumpkin Pie!  Seriously, get out of the way, because I will trample you.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Watching A Christmas Story all day!
17. What tops your tree?  Right now, a star...I'm looking for something different.  I suggested this:
 Carbon Atom Tree Topper, but that went over like a Led Zeppelin ;)

18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving? of course it is always fun to receive, but my favorite is giving

19. Candy canes: yuck or yum? Yum, in small doses
20. Favorite christmas show?  Thats a seriously tough call.  Probably for myself, Christmas Vacation or Merry Christmas Charlie Brown.  I don't think there could be a more perfect half hour of happiness than Snoopy. 
For the kids, they love Prep and Landing and Santa Claus is Coming To Town
21. Saddest christmas song? Silver Bells

22. What is your favorite christmas song? Holly Jolly Chirstmas, Christmas Island and for some crazy reason Dominic the Donkey ;)

So what about you?  What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions and memories?

Santa Solved!

It's been a very intense debate in our house this year about what to get Elliott from Santa. 
We are in the process of redecorating the kids rooms, and we'd love to suprise him that Santa brought his bunk bed, but the time line just isn't possible. 
Then we thought about a bike, he's 5 now and needs a REAL bike, but every time we mention it to him he couldn't care less.  Plus, I think it's kind of cruel to get a kid a bike and then tell them they can't ride it for 4 more months. 
Right now he's very interested in games.  When our computer was up and running he loved to play games on PBS kids and NickJr, but that hunk of junk has given up the ghost; so we've resorted to games on the smartphone.  He loves Angry Birds, Monkey Blast, Zoo Club and some random memory games.  And I don't feel too bad about it.  It helps develop hand/eye coordination, cause and effect, trajectory, memory and caring for animals.  That can't be bad right?  But its not something we can do TOGETHER. 
Then, I had a moment of sheer genius. 
Nintendo Entertainment System
You got that right...Nintendo.  Straight up, old fashioned and ghetto as all get out!  I think it's a great way to introduce him to real video games without being overwhelming.  Some of those remotes are so big and complicated I can't figure out what to do!  And I can just envision the Wii remote being launched thru out TV or window during an exciting game of bowling. 
Plus, what 30-something didn't love their Nintendo.  Don't pretend like you didn't play Duck Hunt or Super Mario Bros until you were blue in the face! 
Hopefully this will turn out to be a great idea and not a huge let down, but I have the feeling Elliott and I will be play many rounds of Adventure Island 3 and having much more fun than he would playing Angry Birds for the 9,000th time!  Here's to hoping...