Wednesday, October 28, 2009

CVS Greene bag tag

I've been reading about this for a few weeks now, but didn't want to post it until I saw it myself at CVS. There are these Greene bag tags you can purchase for $.99 at the checkout.. You attach them to a canvas bag, it can be one you already have from home, and every time you make a purchase, have the cashier scan the tag. Every 4th visit, you will earn an ECB. Of course, you have to remember to bring and use your canvas bag each time you shop, which I have been having problems with lately. There is a rule though that you can only scan the tag once per day. So if you do multiply transactions during the same visit, you can only scan it once.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Last week's $79.24 shopping trip

I said last week I was going to spend $100 b/c I didn't go shopping at all the week before last, but I ended up only spending $79.24. I actually only spent $59.24 oop b/c I used a gift card at Walmart.

Publix= $118.25 for $43.23. Some items worth mentioning are (I am putting reg price in ()):

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest noodles X4= $.40 each (1.79)

Orville Redenbacher's popcorn- $1.45 (4.89)

Toaster Strudel's X4= $.67 (?)

Chicken NuggetsX2= $2.39 ($5.99)

Bird's Eye Steamfresh VegesX5= $.20 ($2.40)

Bumble Bee Tuna Pouches X2= FREE ($.99)

Peter Pan PB= $.24 ($2.47)

Dawn- $1.50 (?)

Nature Valley Nut Clusters= $.90 (?)

Krusteaz cookies X4= $.14 each ($2.29)

Krusteaz Pancake and Waffle mix X4= $.09 each ($2.19)

Betty Crocker fruit snacksX2= $.50 each ($2.59)

Large Eggs X2= $.60 each ($1.19)

Walmart= $20.01 (paid with gift card)

Tropicana OJX2= $1.66 each ($2.66)

OreIda fries X2=$1.53 each ($2.28)

Starkist tuna pouch X2= $.43 each ($.93)

Dental Floss X4= FREE ($.97)

Bananas= $.39/lb

White Cloud 4 roll TP= $1.00 ($2.00)

Pull-ups wet wipes X6= $.14 each ($1.64)

Vaseline lotion X2= $1.97 each ($2.97)

Schick disposable razors X4= FREE ($1.97)

I made a quick trip to Publix and the new Dollar store on Sunday to get a few things (didn't use coupons). I spent $16.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lots of photo freebies

Check out all of these free photo offers going on now.

Kodak Gallery is giving away 300,000 FREE $15 gift codes to use on anything in their gallery.

Canvas People is giving away a FREE 8X10 canvas or $55 off any size canvas.

If you haven't already, join
Snapfish, and get a free photo calendar and 50 free prints.

Free Halloween Greeting Cards from
Shutterfly when you use the code 3FREECARDS, thru 10/28/09.

Also, don't forget the
free 8X8 20 page photo book from Shutterfly for the price of shipping.

Children's Place: 15% off coupon

Click on the picture to receive a coupon for 15% off at Children's Place, or get the web code to shop online. Or, you could do what I did, thanks to MoneySavingMom, and go through ebates. Sign up for ebates, and automatically receive $5.00, then go to the Children's Place coupon (on the ebates site), use their coupon code, and receive 3% cash back on your purchase in addition to the 15% off. You can use the percentage off even on clearance items. I ordered 5 shirts for Sydney yesterday, and only paid $20, including shipping. It was much easier to sit and order on the computer and have someone else deliver it to me, than to try and take Syd shopping and be back in time for Gates next feeding.

Free Recipe eCookbooks

Go to RecipeLion for lots of free eCookbooks:

Fun Halloween Recipes

Restaurant Copycat Recipes

33 Hearty Crock-Pot Recipes

Quick and Easy Recipes

Pork Chop Recipes

Healthy Recipes

Chicken Casserole Recipes

Thanks MoneySavingMom

Free glominerals gloLoose eye shadow

Become a fan of Glominerals on Facebook, and on Monday, 10/26, if they reach 1800 fans, you will be able to get a FREE glomineral gloLoose eye shadow.

Free Being Girl Sample Kit

Go here to sign up for your free Being Girl Sample kit and receive 2 Tampax Pearl Tampons, 1 Tampax Compak Tampon, 1 Always Infinite Pad, 2 Always Pantiliners, and 1 Always Feminine Wipe.

$1/1 Muir Glen

Become a fan of Muir Glen on Facebook, and click on the link in the box under the image for a $1/1 Muir Glen coupon. Remember to hit the back button and print 2.
You can also sign up at EatBetterAmerica and print 2 more $1/1 coupons. EatBetterAmerica is a great website with healthy recipes. I enjoy receiving their e-mails regularly.

You can get Muir Glen tomato paste at Ingles for just under $1 and at Publix for just over $1, so with these coupons it will be free or close to it. Muir Glen also has other organic tomato products.

Grocery Shopping

Hey everyone,
I didn't go grocery shopping last week, except to send Ben to the store for a block of cheese. We had dinner's brought to us every other night for 2 weeks from our wonderful Sunday School family and some friends, so we had plenty to eat for dinners and lunches. Because I spent no money last week, and my budget is usually $60/week, I am going to spend $100 this week, which still puts me $20 under budget for the 2 weeks. Check back next weekend for this weeks shopping trips.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Kellogg's $10 bonus bucks

Kellogg's™ $10 Bonus Bucks Offer

Buy three specially marked Kellogg's® cereals and get $10 bonus buck to spend on electronics, toys, sporting goods, books, concessions and movies!


1. Buy three (3) specially marked boxes of Kellogg's® cereal and collect the codes inside each box.

3. Receive your $10 Bonus Bucks certificate by mail.

4. Redeem your certificate at a variety of participating retailers. Codes must be entered all at one time in order to qualify to receive the certificate. Codes must be entered by 09/30/2010. Certificates expire 11/30/2010.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Free sandwich, wrap, or salad QT coupon

Go here to print out a coupon for a free sandwich, salad, or wrap at QuikTrip.

Thanks MoneySavingMom

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Publix deals-10/14-10/20

Go here to one of my favorite sites for this week's Publix deals with matching coupons.

Free 8X8 20-page photo book from Shutterfly

Go here for a free 8X8 20-page photo book from Shutterfly for the price of shipping.

The link will take you to facebook to the familytree app.
It will ask you to select family members, but you can hit the cancel button.
Next, look at the left hand side of the screen, and click the Family Fun Poll: Shutterfly or Flickr?
Then, at the bottom of the page, you should see an ad for the free photo book.
It will give you a code to enter on the Shutterfly site. If you don't already have a Shutterfly account, you can sign up for free.Once you sign in and enter the code, you have until November 15, 2009 to complete your photo book.
This would make a great keepsake or Christmas present.

$2/1 Healthy Choice Frozen Meals

Go here and print your $2/1 Healthy Choice coupons. Remember, to hit the back button and print 2. I have gotten numerous free Healthy Choice meals over the last month. They reset the coupon at certain times, and I have gotten my husband to print some from a different computer. I have seen the meals at less than $2 at Wal-mart, Publix, and Ingles.

$25 gift card when you transfer a prescription to Rite Aid

Go here for 2 coupons for a free $25 gift card when you transfer a prescription to Rite Aid. This is a great deal b/c Rite Aid always has lots of items every week that are free after rebate, but I don't like spending the money out of pocket to purchase the items of front. The only time I usually shop at Rite Aid is when I have one of these gift certificates.

The coupons are good thru 11/30/09, so if you have something to get filled within the next month, this would be a great time to transfer, then you could just transfer back to your regular pharmacy next month if you want.

Keebler $10 toy rebate

Buy 5 specially marked packages of Keebler crackers or Keebler cookies and send in the 5 tokens along with this completed form, and receive a $10 toy cash voucher (in the form of a check). Participating products include:

Keebler crackers:
Town House Original, Flip Sides, Town House Toppers, Club Original, Club Snack Stics, Toasteds Party Pack, Cheezit Party Mix
Keebler Cookies:
Jingles, Almond Crescents, Gingerbread Men, Fudge Shoppe Merry Mint Patties, Sandies Simply Shortbread, Pecan Shortbread, Chocolate Chip and Pecan, Dark Chocolate Almond, Cashew and Holiday Rice Krispies Treats Marshmallow Squares

Offer expires 12/31/2010

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Buy 1 Johnson’s Baby Bath Product, Get a Free Bath Toy Frog Gift Set!

Purchase one Johnson’s Baby Bath or Lotion product by 12/1 and get a FREE Baby Bath Toy Frog Gift Set (a $10 value) by mail.
Just mail your receipt to:
Johnson & Johnson / Parents GWP
375 Lexington Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.
Get a $1/1 printable coupon here or here.

Wal-mart Deals

Here are some current Wal-Mart deals, thanks to Centsible Savings.

Last week (the day before I went into labor, I'm actually thinking the Wal-mart trip may have put me into labor), I got the following:

Reach Floss - $0.97
Use $1.00/1 coupon from 8/2 SS (exp. 12/31)
FREE after coupon X 4

Hartz Crunch N’ Clean Cat Treats - $1.98
Use $2.00/1 coupon from 8/30 SS (exp. 10/11)
Free after coupon X 4

Healthy Choice Frozen Meals - $1.67 – $2.00
Use the $2/1 coupon from here
FREE + possible overage! X2

Reese’s Candy Bars - $0.50
Use $0.55/1 coupon from 8/23SS (exp. 10/31)
FREE after coupon X3

Huggies Pull Ups Flushable Wipes 42 ct - $1.64
Use $3.00/2 coupon from 7/19 SS (exp. 12/31)
$0.14 each after coupon X4

Free Bumble Bee Tuna pouches

Go here to print a coupon for $1/1 Bumble Bee Premium Tuna pouch, any size or variety. These are $.99 at Publix, and probably anywhere else. Remember you can print 2 per computer.

Free Playtex Sport sample pack

Go here to get your free sample pack of Playtex Sport. It includes 2 regular unscented, 1 super unscented, and a coupon for $1.00 off. I always sign up for these samples and have built up a stock of extra tampons.
Thanks, MoneySavingMom

Monday, October 12, 2009

This past weekend's $54.89 shopping trip

Well, I'm feeling pretty good about my first shopping trip after baby!
The first picture is CVS and the second picture is Publix.
I spent more out of pocket at CVS than usual b/c I started with a $10 ECB so I had to work my purchases around that. It is always easier to work around smaller ECB's but I am still happy with what I got. I will break down my transactions below.

CVS transaction #1
1 Bayer Breeze glucometer- $14.99
1 Dove bar 6 pack- $7.00
3 Dove shine therapy conditioners- $4.99 each
- $5/$30 purchase coupon I received in e-mail
- 3- $1/1 coupons for Dove hair
- $14.99 coupon for glucometer
- $10.00 ECB
total oop $5.30
earned $10 ECB for Dove purchases, and $5 ECB for glucometer

CVS transaction #2
3 Edy's ice cream- $3.50 each
1 Tone bar soap 2-pack - $1.88
- $1/1 Tone coupon
- 3 $1/1 Edy's ice cream coupons
- $5.00 ECB
total oop $3.83
earned $5 ECB for Edy's, and $1 ECB for Tone

Spent $9.13 oop and have $16 ECB's to spend next trip
Glucometer- made $5 profit
Dove 6-pack and Dove conditioners- spent $3.97 + tax total (Very excited about the soap and hair products since I can only use Dove soap due to sensitivities and I received a sample of the Dove shine therapy shampoo and conditioner in the mail a few months ago and really liked it. I do however have to take back one of the conditioners to switch for a shampoo since I accidentally got 3 conditioners.)
Edy's ice creams- $1.25 each
Tone soap- $.37 profit

Total spent at Publix $45.76.

Some of the best deals after sales and coupons were:

Ground Chuck $1.99/lb

Jenny-O ground turkey 20oz- $3.99-$1 coupon= $2.99

Luigi Italian Ice- $.50

Tyson Chicken nuggets- $3.99

Lysol cleaner- $.35

Hunt's diced tomatoes- $.45 each

Hunt's ketchup- $.38 each

Fiber One yogurt- 2 for FREE, 1 for $.25

Knorr pasta sides- FREE X 2

Bumble Bee Tuna pouches- FREE X 2, 3 for $.44 each

Betty Crocker potatoes- 3 for $.07, 1 for $.30

If you have any questions, please let me know.

The arrival of Gates Benjamin Greene

Sorry for such a long break, but the end of pregnancy and working 4 days a week was a bit too much for me to handle. Anyway, baby is here and now that I am at home, I can't wait to get started blogging again.
Gates Benjamin Greene was born October 4th at 4:28 pm. He weighed 6lbs 15 oz (my smallest baby yet) and was 20 inches long. He is so precious and definitely is a better sleeper than my other two (except for last night), but I guess he has to be with two older, very loud, siblings running around.
This one was a longer labor than Briggs, my second, but not too long. We actually went to the hospital Sat night, Oct 3rd, with regular contractions, about every 3-4 minutes. They continued to be regular, but I never dilated over 1 cm. I requested a shot of Demerol, b/c this is what got my second labor going, but the contractions completely stopped. So around midnight we went back home. I got about 5 hrs sleep, then woke up with what I new was the REAL thing. Went back to the hospital on Sunday morning around 9am and was 3 cm dilated. Thank goodness b/c I told the nurse to lie to me if I was still 1 cm b/c I was not going home. The labor progressed from there. I chose to do an epidural with this one ( didn't have time with #2), and received it around 2:00pm. It only covered my right side and didn't touch my left side. Between 3:30 and 4:00, the anesthesiologist came back to readjust it, and thank goodness it worked this time, but my right side was completely numb, for hours into the night. I couldn't even go to the bathroom by myself until about 3 in the morning. But hey, it worked. Little baby Gates was born at 4:28 pm, after pushing through 5 contractions. He is perfect, with lots of dark hair. His sister and brother love him very much. They constantly want to be around him. Syd wants to help change his clothes and diapers, and Briggs wants to show him all of his toys, very, very close in Gates face so he can see them.
Here are some pictures of my beautiful children.