Monday, November 14, 2011

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A Well Being
It Works - Jessica Pena
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Multitasking – All Day, Everyday…
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Mamalou’s Gems
Sprinkle Me Pink
Indiana Coupon Savers
Debs Dealz
Spilled Milkshake
Learn How to Crochet
Learn How to Make Bows
Debras Dollars
Music and Mommies
Pink Dandy Chatter
A Traveling Thought
Sweet Peas & Buddies
Newly Wed, Newly Bred
It Works! - Desirea Garcia
Burning Moon

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Great Deals week of 10/30/11

I had a great day at Walgreen's yesterday!  I did 3 transactions and got a bunch of stuff I will actually use!  So anyway here is what I did:

Transaction #1-
(2) Crest Pro-Health 4 oz. toothpaste 2/$7
(2) Ricola Dual Action Cough Drops $2 ea.
         Total: $11.00
Coupons:  (2) $1/1 Crest toothpaste MQ
                (1) B1G1 free Ricola cough drops 
                (1) $3 RR I had left over from last week

I paid $4.85 out of pocket and received $5 RR for the toothpaste and $2 RR for the Ricola

(1) Pantene 12.6 oz Shampoo 2/$7 so $3.50
(1) Pantene 12.6 oz Conditioner 2/$7 so $3.50
(1) Nivea Body Wash 16.9 oz. $3.99
(3) Hunt's tomato sauce 3/$1 with in ad Q
Coupons:  (1)$1/1 Nivea women's body wash
                 (1)$3/2 Pantene Product
                 (1) $5 RR from previous transaction
                 (1) $2 RR from previous transaction

I paid $1.84 out of pocket and received (2) $2 RR for Pantene and Nivea

Transaction #3-
(2) Crest Pro Health 4 oz. toothpaste 2/$7
(3) Hunt's tomato sauce 3/$1 with in ad Q
(3) single packs Trident gum $0.69 with in ad Q so $2.07

Coupons:  (1) $1/1 crest toothpaste
                 (1) $.75/1 Crest toothpaste
                 (1) $1/3 Trident gum
                 (1) $2 RR from previous transaction

I paid $4.86 out of pocket and received (1) $5 RR for Crest 

I then used that $5 RR from Transaction #3 towards 3 Sunday papers. So in the end I got approx $39 (sale prices)  or $60 (reg. price) worth of product for $13 and I still have a $2 RR reward to use later!  Not bad huh?

Now, if you still have any of those $8/2 Covergirl cosmetics head on over to CVS...this really only works if you have 4 of these coupons:

  Buy (8) CoverGirl blushes $4.99 they are B1G1 half off.  This adds up to $30 and with $32 worth of coupons you pay NOTHING and you get a $10 gift card!  That is an AWESOME deal!

I hope you have a Happy Halloween and Happy MONDAY!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Great Deals This Week 10/24/2011

You all know I think couponing can be very beneficial for the pocket book but I have realized recently that I need to rethink buying everything that happens to be a good deal.  I mean, do I really need to buy a ton of diaper wipes when none of my kids are in diapers (although there are many other uses for diaper wipes, they would dry out before I ever got around to using them)?  Or contact lens cleaner when no one in my family wears contacts?  I think not!  So I have committed myself to only buy things that I will use unless it is going to be a money maker.  Here are some things that caught my eye yesterday while going through various websites, sales flyers, and the newspaper that I will be taking advantage of:

Wal-Mart:  Axe shower gel, 12 oz.  $3.99
                  Use B1G1 Free Axe Shower Gel Coupon
                  Final price: $1.99 each when you buy 2

Walgreen's:  Kleenex Cool Touch Tissues, 40 shts.  $1.50
                    Get $1.00 in Register Rewards when you buy 2
                    Use (2) $.50/1 Kleenex Cool Touch Cpn.
                    You will pay $2.00 out of pocket but will receive the $1.00 in RR making the final price $.50                        each when buying two.
                   Colgate Dental Care, ProClinical, or Total Advance 4 oz. toothpaste $3.00
                   Get $4.00 RR when you buy two
                   Use (2) $.75/1 Colgate Total, Max Fresh, or Sensitive
                   or (2) $.50/1 Colgate toothpaste
                   You will pay $4.50 or $5.00 out of pocket depending which coupons you uses and will receive $4.00 in RR making the final price either $.25 or $.50 each when you buy two.

                    Old El Paso Taco Shells $.99
                     use $.50/1 El Paso product
                    Final price $.49

There were some great deals in the Safeway flyer as well but I threw it out before writing any of it down so take a look at the Nature Valley, Kettle Chips, Starbuck's Frappucino 4 packs for some great deals if you have coupons from the paper and the Safeway flyer!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mix & Match

 Okay, so I kinda missed posting yesterday due to technical difficulties.  But the good news is today you get both cleaning and indulging!  I actually think this topic could be considered both.  Anyway, you know those glass jar candles?  You are nodding your head right?  I really hope you don't throw those away after  the candle burns out that would be such a waste!  The jars and containers from your jar candles can be used for so many different things.  We use them to contain cotton balls, q-tips, flossers, bath salts, decorations (i.e. shells-see pictures), spices, buttons, pens, etc. My favorite candles are the ones from Bath & Body Works.  They smell great and the containers are awesome, my husband and I usually pick up a few when they go on sale.  Michael's also has good candles for great prices, if you can get them on clearance all the better!  You might however do you get the wax out?  Well this is my husbands special secret but I'm gonna tell you anyway!

When you are at the end of the candle put on some latex gloves or use a dish towel to keep your hands from burning (be very careful!).  While the wax is still in liquid form pour out as much as you can.  Then, take a dry paper towel and wipe the remaining wax out.  This all must be done fairly quickly because if the wax hardens you'll end up having to scrape it out or I suppose you could heat it up in the microwave for a few seconds as long as the container is microwave safe. I will usually throw them in the dishwasher at this point just to make sure there isn't any lingering residue (please only do this when there is no more wax in the container, I would imagine you might ruin your dishwasher otherwise.) Now your candle holders are ready for decorative and/or utilitarian uses!

The containers with silver lids are from BBW candles.

Candles from Michael's used for cotton balls and flossers.

Fanfiction rec of the week:  Worth the Burn by My-Bella
A night of Halloween trickery & secrets leads to some unexpected treats for Bella. Will this night of debauchery be a one time occurrence? Or will Bella & Edward risk the burn and attempt a relationship? Rated "M" for mature language & situations.

I figured since we are getting close to Halloween I would recommend a Halloween fic.  This story has some humor, lots of mis-communication, and of course love! Enjoy.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Countdown to Christmas Giveaway Linky - GIFTS ONLY

Hard to believe that we are ready to start Counting Down to Christmas, but if you are a smart shopper and want to get something for everyone on your list, you better start looking now! And what better way to get someone something better or more than your budget affords you than to win it? OutnumberedMama (from Guide to Surviving Motherhood) and Multi Mommi (from Multitasking - All Day, Everyday) are hosting a GIFTS ONLY Giveaway Linky that will stay live through Dec. 24th. So if you have a giveaway that would make a great gift (and be real people - no one really wants cleaning supplies under their tree ;), please link it up below. Come back any time between now and 12/24 to add your giveaways. *We will do our best to delete expired giveaways.
Giveaway contest are a great way to earn Christmas gifts.  My sister's blog The Guide is hosting a Christmas gift giveaway where she will be reviewing and giving away great gifts for the holidays.  Right now she is giving away a Chugginton die cast set which looks great for a boy over the age of 3.  Check it out here and enter to win.  Also, check out the other contests she has going on.  I will be letting you know when new giveaways become available.  Good Luck!


Friday, October 7, 2011

Fun Fall Family Stuff!

Fall is absolutely my favorite time of year.  I love the changing color of the leaves,  the crispness in the air, the fact that most of my kids are in school for part of the day.  One of my favorite things to do this time of year is visit Apple Hill.  Apple Hill is a mountain side community of farms and orchards in Northern California and fall is the best time of year to visit as far as I am concerned!  There are craft fairs, fruit stands, pumpkin patches, train rides, wineries, Christmas tree farms, and of course APPLES!  If you have something like this nearby please take advantage of it.  It is fun for the whole family, supports local agriculture, and provides beautiful photo opportunities.  Also be on the lookout in your local paper for fall festivals in your area.  Many times these are free events and what a better way to get out of the house!  If you are in my area and haven't been to Apple Hill check them out here.