Saturday, January 19, 2013

Saving at CVS

I finally managed to get to CVS to pick up a decent deal---a blog-worthy deal. And we needed all that I bought so that makes it nice. I had actually said earlier this week that I needed a good shampoo deal. We are down to about six bottles but they are all a brand that tangles my husband's locks so he doesn't like to use it so I knew that I was going to need to get something different.

I broke this into two transactions (at two different CVS stores):

Transaction #1
5 bottles of Tide detergent (5.94/each)
1 bottle of Dawn (99 cents)

Both items were part of the Spend $30 get $10 CVS Cash card

Total before coupons 30.69
Used 7.25 in coupons and 14.50 in ECBs

Total : 8.94 (+2.04 tax)=10.98 out of pocket
Got back $10 cash card.

So really my total was 98 cents.

Transaction #2
4 bottles of Pantene shampoo (3.50/each)
2 lg bottles of Powerade (1.25/each)
2 Vitamin Water (1.25/each)
5 Dawn dish soap (99 cents/each)
2 Always Infinity pads (6.99/each)

Total before coupons: 37.75
Used 11.25 in coupons plus a $4 off $20 that was loaded on my card

Total 24.88 (including tax)
After using my $10 CVS cash card my total out of pocket was 14.88 but I got another 10.00 card back for spending another $30.

Total for all pictured: 5.86---that's about how much you pay for one bottle of Tide.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Home Organization 101

Two weeks ago, I found a blog through pinterest called, A Bowl Full of Lemons. I am always on the search for ways to make better use of my time. I hate reinventing the wheel each time I get the "organization bug" but that is what I usually do. I spent the last several months looking for home management binders, cleaning plans, etc etc etc. When I found this blog, I found the Home Organization 101 Challenge!  I really thought that it was something that I could do.

The challenge lasts 14 weeks. Each week Toni posts a new room to clean and declutter. One room a week? Yes, I can do this. I signed up on the tail-end of Week One, the kitchen. Week Two was the garage (we don't have one). I should have done the kitchen that week but I had a lot of PTA duties to take care of---excuses, excuses.

Last Saturday, Week Three was the pantry! Can I just say that for about a month I have been saying, "I need to clean out the pantry!" Since I have had the baby, I have been wanting to get back to my couponing ways. But I really needed to get the pantry cleaned out and organized. So this week was perfect for me. In typical form, I waited until the last day to get it done! But it is finally done!!

This is before. Top shelf was cereal, cake mixes and dinner mixes.
Second shelf: misc. stuff--basically the shelf that everything gets stuck on
Third shelf: condiments, canned goods.
Floor: chips, juice, jugs, and everything else.

As you can see it really got out of hand. We were just shoving stuff in there where ever it would go. I didn't really know what we had in there. I took my husband's advice and put hands on every single item. Wow! I had food that had expired in 2008! I didn't know it had been THAT long since I really cleaned out the pantry. It took me several hours (like about 6 LOL) to get it done. In my defense, I have to stop every couple of hours to feed the baby. I also got interrupted several (read: a million) times.

This is what it looks like now! WOOHOO! I rearranged things in a way that I think will be easier.

The cake mixes are still on the top shelf. I moved my stockpiled stuff (ketchup, salad dressing, bbq sauce, etc) up there. On the second shelf is where I moved the cereal so that all the children can reach it. I also put all the pasta, rice, potato things here. The next shelf still has the canned goods along with bottles of vinegar and snack crackers. I tried to organize the floor a little better but it still looks crowded to me. I need some way to organize the chips. At least now they are neat. I will try to think and look for something I can use. There are bins down there too that hold our cookie mixes, popcorn, and baking things (chocolate chips, powdered sugar, etc).

If you want to join in on the challenge, visit Toni over at A Bowl Full of Lemons. Week Four has been posted and it is The Office. I don't have an office *room* but I do have a filing cabinet and some hanging file folder boxes that need to be sorted.

On a personal note, I will post an update-type post soon. It has been a long time since I have been around...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

CVS---Covergirl Money Maker

I know I have not checked in for a while. Honestly, I have been busy with other stuff so my dealing and couponing have taken a side seat--not a back seat, just the side seat. But this deal at CVS was one I KNEW I could NOT pass up! Thanks to the Coupon Wizards, I got a great deal on make up that I don't recall reading about anywhere else. And thanks to Insert Insanity, I had enough coupons to do the deal TWICE!

Covergirl items are buy one, get one 50% off this week and also part of the Buy $30 get $10 gift card. 

First transaction:
1 Illy Coffee drink (not pictured)--on sale for 2.00
2 Classic Blush (6.29 and 3.14)
2 Cheek contour blush (6.29 and 3.14)
2 single blush (4.89 and 2.44)
2 single blush (4.89 and 2.44)

I used (4) $8 off of 2 Covergirl face product coupons (P&G coupon--expired yesterday)
FREE coupon for coffee drink from coupon machine (rang up as 2.49)
I also used $1 ECB.

Total out of pocket: 2.44 (all tax)
Got back $10 gift card (I chose the CVS one, duh!)

Transaction #2:
2 Simply Ageless Foundation (15.79 and 6.29)
2 contour blush (6.29 and 3.14)
4 single blush (2 @ 4.89 and 2 @ 2.44)

Again used (4) $8 off of 2 Covergirl coupons
Used 9.99 in ECBs (they were expiring yesterday)

Total out of pocket: 9.12 (5.78 subtotal; 3.34 tax)
And got another $10 gift card.

So my total out of pocket was 11.56 but I got $20 in gift cards so I made about $9 on this deal. I also have some stocking stuffers for Christmas.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Publix~~The Breakfast Edition

(sorry the picture is a little blurry...)

Today I ran to Publix for just a few things. As you can see it is mostly breakfast type stuff.

My haul today:
4 boxes of Cheerios
2 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios
3 boxes of Frosted Flakes
1 box of Apple Jacks
1 box of Cocoa Krispies
12 boxes of Poptarts
10 boxes of GoGurt
4 boxes of Whole Fruit frozen bars

Cost before coupons/sales: 112.00
Savings: 82.84 (74%)
Total out of pocket: 29.16--That averages to about 79 cents per item. Not bad.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Publix Trip~~7/19/11

Even though I was irritated, I did manage to find a few things today at Publix.

4 Yoplait Smoothie mixes~1.60/each; $1 off coupon= .60
1 Noxema bikini shaver~2.99; $2 off coupon= .99
2 Colgate toothpaste~1.35/each; 50 cent coupon (doubled to $1)= .35
5 boxes of Mini-wheats~1.64/each; $5 off of 5 boxes coupon= .64
4 boxes of Ritz Bits~1.59/each; $1 off 2 coupon= 1.09
2 bags of Eight O'Clock coffee~3.42/each; $2 off 2 coupon= 2.42
6 bottles of Hershey's syrup~90 cents each; $1 off 2 coupon= .40
6 bags of Chex Mix~1.30/each; 50 cent coupond (doubled to $1)= .30
2 boxes of jumbo shells (full price; no sale, no coupon *gasp*)~2.09
2 pr of scissors~1.00; 1.00 off coupon=FREE
3 pks of mechanical pencils~1.00/each; $1/2 coupon=2.00 for all three

Total before: 102.95

Total out of pocket: 26.51

Total savings: 76.44 or 74%