Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Best deals for the week!

Ok, so it is an OK week at CVS, so I'm not just going to post about CVS this week. We made a Walmart run and a Target run is in the works, so I'll just summerize my favorite deals this week!

Progresso Soups are on sale in several places, including Big Y and Price Chopper, for 10/$10. Combine with $1/4 coupon and pay 75¢ per can.

Windex and Fantastik at Price Chopper for $1.99- combine with $1/1 coupon from Smartsource (9/21) or one of the $2/1 coupons that are printable, and get it for $1 or FREE.

At CVS: SoyJoy bars! Abby loves these, so I'll be stocking up. Buy 4 at $1 each, get $4 in ECB. Combine with recent coupons that are buy 2 get one free, and pick up 6 for FREE. Or make it a moneymaker and buy only 4, use one coupon, pay $3 and get back $4 in ECB.

At Walmart: Pilsbury pizza dough tubes are $2, combine with $1 coupon from recent insert, get it for $1. Green Giant Valley Fresh steamers are $1.22- $2.50, and there are $1 off coupons out there. I paid $1.22 for 3 bags of frozen veggies!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

CVS freebies! Two day sale starts Sunday!

There are 3 free after ECB items featured for the Two Day sale: Candy corn, Pumpkin treat buckets, and Safety lights.

I'm going to be maxing this deal out on all three cards in our house- and here's why. The candy corn will be eaten, the extra safety lights will go into the emergency kits, and the buckets?

Hee hee.... Well, Price Chopper had free after coupon Glade Wisp Flameless candles that I just couldn't pass up. They are battery operated, flicker like a candle, and can be used with or without the fragrance insert. So, I'm putting the "candle" part inside the pumpkins, lining them up on the table, and lighting them up! Yay, ghetto jack-o-lanterns!

Other deals of note this week at CVS:

Just for men touch of grey, $7.99, free after ECB. Limit 1
Use $2 off printable from their website, then submit for full rebate. Result? Make $2 on the spot, get $7.99 back after mail in rebate. Make over $9 by buying it (I have no clue what stamps cost- Paul just buys the "forever" ones)? Sure, don't mind if I do! Into the donation box it goes!

Butler Toothbrush 2 pack, $3.99, free after ECB LIMIT 5!!!!!
use with 75¢ off coupon from 8/3 Red Plum insert
75¢ moneymaker!

Powerade, 32 oz, $1.69, free after ECB limit 1
use $1 off coupon from 7/13 SmartSource
$1 moneymaker!

There's also a *BABY DEAL*!!!!
Spend $25 on select baby products, get $10 in ECB back. Included: Huggies Jumbo @9.99, Huggies or Playskool wipes, 42-80ct, $2.79.

I'm doing:

2x huggies jumbo 19.98
2x Playskool wipes 5.58
total before q's 25.56
-$3 (2x huggies $1.50 q- homemailer)
-$2 (Huggies CRT)
-$4 (Playskool CRT)
16.56, get back $10 in ECB.

Basically, spend $3.28 per pack on diapers and get free wipes!

I prefer the Playskool, since it comes in a collapsable pack instead of a box, but it has a sturdy "lid". Fits perfectly in the diaper bag- since I refuse to use the dainty little 10 wipe containers... whoever designed that obviously never met MY babies!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Why stockpile?

One thing I get asked quite frequently is, "Why do you buy so much if you only need one?"

Well, first of all, I have two in diapers- so we don't get out much!

Secondly, we're trying to get out of debt. Counterintuitive, right? Wrong! When I'm stocking up on something, I'm buying it at the lowest price possible.

For example, a couple weeks ago, chicken breast tenders were on sale for $1.88 per pound. To me, that's a really good price! Imagine my surprise when I arrived at the store to find $1 off "reduced for quick sale" coupons on the packages! So, I ended up paying about $15 for 15 packages of chicken! When I got home, it took me about 20 minutes to separate and bag it up into meal-size portions- leaving me with 10 packages of diced chicken, 10 plain chicken tender packages, and 10 preseasoned chicken meals. The best part? The packages thaw quickly!

Which brings me to my next point. Stockpiling saves us from the drive-thru. Life is crazy when your bosses are short, bald, and don't speak yet! Who has time to run to the store and pick up that last ingredient for dinner? Instead, I just keep a list on the fridge of meals that we can make using what we already have. Updating is easy- just cross it off or wipe it off if it's on a white board!

And then there's the reason that is nearest and dearest to my heart- a sense of security. I know that if something happens, we're prepared. Whether it is a weather-emergency, personal emergency, financial emergency, or illness, we're ready for it.

So, you think you want to start a stockpile of your own? Stay tuned for the next segment!

Linens and Things Store Closing Sales!

So, LNT is going out of business. Bad for me- I love their doorbuster deals and the fact that they used to take 20% off coupons, and they tend to have lots of fun kitchen toys.

But good for everyone is the fact that they are discounting and clearancing EVERYTHING! So the $40 gift card I'm still holding on to will come in handy! DH has told me that I have to spend it on myself or stuff for the house- so I'm thinking of getting some new towels if I can't find a bread machine.

Freebies! I love free stuff!

At Target this week: Afullcup.com has a printable Target coupon for lipton teas, $1/1. Buy the 4 pack of on-the-go sticks at the checkout for $1, and get it for free!


Not a smashing week, but go to https://rewards.naturesbounty.com and sign up for a $2 off coupon. Print two, and combine with the Natures bounty BOGO vitamins deal, spend under $1 out of pocket, get back $2 in ECBs. Good filler!

I'm also going to do the Dove deal- It won't be a moneymaker, but we LOVE dove cream oil body wash!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Recipe of the week- Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ok, so I have a confession to make: I have an addiction to pumpkins. Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin muffins, and especially pumpkin donuts! One of my favorite pumpkin applications, though, is pumpkin spice lattes. A can of pumpkin, a lot of experimentation, and an over-caffinated afternoon later- I bring you pumpkin spice latte!

1 cup coffee, brewed strong
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2-1 tsp vanilla extract
1 heaping Tablespoon pumpkin puree
1 heaping Tablespoon dark brown sugar (you can use any type of sugar, but brown works best!)

Blend milk, spice, vanilla, pumpkin and sugar in blender. (I use a magic bullet) Heat milk mixture till hot, then add to hot coffee. Sweeten to taste.

That's the base recipe. I've found that I like a little more richness, since I use 1% milk, so I add a bit of coffeemate. I don't add extra sugar, but then again I don't take sugar in my coffee.

Take the leftover pumpkin and pack it into some ice cube trays. When frozen solid, pop out and bag, then you can make a pumpkin latte anytime you want!