Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I'm addicted to coupons and every penny counts. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your success stories with me as well.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
4 cups of Coconut Milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
Stir the milk and sugar together until sugar is fully dissolved. Add vanilla and pour mixture into electric ice cream maker.
Mike loves making up his own concoctions so he experimented by adding watermelon to it and it was very refreshing. Next he tried adding orange juice and that was super yummy too! This is a great recipe to use for people who can't have dairy, a very nice refreshing drink on a hot summer day!
Monday, May 30, 2011
Three bottles of Aveeno body wash priced at $6 each
One bottle of Aveeno lotion at $7
The sale was buy $25 worth of Aveeno products and receive $10 back in ECB's. I used a B2GO coupon and $3/2 to make my final price $1.50 each.
One Pantene shampoo and one Pantene conditioner - on sale 2/$6.97 with $2 back in ECB's. I used a $3/2 manufacturer's coupon to make my final price 98 cents each.
Two Snickers candy bars on sale 2/$1 with $1 back in ECB's making final cost FREE.
One Trident cinnamon gum priced at $1.29 - I used $1 CVS coupon printed from kiosk to make my final price 29 cents. This is my favorite brand and flavor of gum!
One box Preparation H wipes - on sale at $3.99 with $3.99 back in ECB's. I used $2 online coupon to make my final cost FREE with $2 in overage!
My final out of pocket cost was $20.29 with a total savings of $30.05. I received $16.99 back in ECB's so really all these items only cost me $3.30! I love CVS and the ECB's program!!
Either way, here are the items I purchased this week:
Scott Naturals 6 pack paper towel - on sale for $3.99 and I used $1 manufacturer's coupon to make my final cost $2.99. I also had a $2.50 Walgreens coupon for this paper towel but the cashier would not let me use it. Long story and I was too exhausted to argue so I just left it alone. But it would of made one sweet deal if I could of used it. 50 cents a roll is a good deal but I'm still tempted to return this item because it wasn't at the price I had budgeted for.
Four Cans of Arizona tea on sale BOGO. I used these as my filler items to be able to use two Register Rewards.
Reynolds 75 sq. ft. aluminum foil on sale for $1.99. I used $1 coupon to make my final cost 99 cents.
Got2B Hairspray and Mousse on sale BOGO at $5.99. I used two $2 manufacturer's coupons to make my final cost 99 cents each.
I spent a total of $5.17 and saved $18.48.
Week One - The Art of Being All There focuses on why physical presence is important in relationships.
Week Two - The Art of Acting Intentionally focuses on why intentionality is more important than chemistry.
Week Three - The Art of Risking Awkwardness focuses on when there's a problem in a relationship, love at first sight says it's time to bail. Love at last sight says that's the time to dig in and do the hard work of risking awkwardness or uncomfortable conversations.
Week Four - The Art of Letting Go focuses on our control issues and why it's so important to let go of trying to be in control and having things done our way.
Life is too short and at the end of the day, all that really matters is relationships. Our relationship with God and the people we love. I highly recommend reading this book if you want more meaningful relationships with the people in your life.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from the publisher through the Waterhouse Multnomah. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Friday, May 27, 2011
|$1.47 for all these items after coupons and ECB's.|
Here is what I purchased at Walgreens earlier this week:
Infusium Shampoo - on sale for $5.99 with $2 back in Register Rewards. I used a $2 manufacturer's coupon so my final cost was $1.99.
Two cans of Mandarin Oranges - on sale 2/$1 with in-ad coupon.
Three boxes of strawberry Jell-O - on sale for 59 cents each with in-ad coupon.
Yardley Oatmeal and Vanilla Bar Soap - on sale for 69 cents with in-ad coupon. I used a 30 manufacturer's coupon which made my final cost 39 cents.
Tums Ultra Strength 72 count - On sale for $3.99 with in-ad coupon. I used a $3 Walgreens coupon which printed from the kiosk a couple weeks ago so my final cost was 99 cents.
Reese's Pieces and Hershey's Cookies & Creme Candy Pouch - on sale 2/$5. I used $3/2 manufacturer's coupon so my final cost was $1 a bag.
My final out of pocket cost was $11.78 with a savings of $14.99. I also received $2 back in Register Rewards to be used on my next purchase.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Lipton Tea on sale BOGO at $2.08 - I used 60 cents/2 to make my final cost 74 cents a box.
Bar S Hot Dogs on sale BOGO at $1.78 - I used $1 coupon to make my final cost 39 cents a package.
Vlasic pickles & peppers on sale BOGO at $1.04 - I used two 55 cents coupons to make my final cost 49 cents each.
Lawry Seasoned Salt on sale 2/$3 - I used 50 cents coupon which doubled to make my final cost 50 cents.
Domino Sugar 4 pound bag on sale $2.68 - I used 50 cent coupon which doubled to make my final cost $1.68.
Lawry's Marinades on sale 2/$4 - I used 50 cents coupon which double to make my final cost $1.
Ken's Salad Dressing's on sale BOGO at $1.88 - I used $1/2 coupon which made my final cost 44 cents each.
Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce on sale BOGO at $1.98 - I used $1/2 coupon which made my final cost 49 cents each.
4C Drink Mixes on sale BOGO at $4.98 - I used $2 coupon and $1 coupon to make my final cost 99 cents a box.
KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce on sale BOGO at $1.88 - I used 50 cents coupon which double to make my final cost FREE. But while looking over the receipt, I realize that the sale price did not ring up so I will be taking this back and getting the price adjusted. This is why you always need to pay attention to the register while the cashier is scanning your items. I was distracted with Ty so it's my fault I didn't catch this error.
Reynolds Aluminum Foil 75 sq. feet on sale at $2.98 - I used $1 coupon to make my final cost $1.98.
Dove Men+Care Body and Face Bar Soap on sale BOGO at $3.61 - I only picked up one 2 pack and used $1 coupon to make my final cost 81 cents.
Some items that I needed and didn't use a coupon for were:
Bag of Bananas - on sale at $1.49
Laura Lynn Instant Potato's - $1.50
Oscar Meyer Bologna on sale BOGO at $3.38 - I only picked up 1 pack so my final cost was $1.69.
Nature's Own 100% Whole Grain Bread on sale for $1.97
My final total before savings was $55.75 and after savings and coupons, I spent $20.87 for 22 items. A total savings of $34.88.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Two Gallons of Pet Milk - on sale 2/$5
Two Propel Waters - on sale 2/$1 and I used $1/2 coupon to make both bottles free.
Lance Crackers - on sale BOGO at $2.99 and I used two 55 cents coupons which doubled to make my final cost 39 cents a box.
Surf Laundry Detergent - on sale BOGO at $6.39. I bought one box and used $1 manufacturer's coupon and there was $1 peel off sticker on the box that the cashier used so my final cost was only $1.19. Not every store will combine manufacturer's coupon with a peel off sticker but $2.19 is still a good price for laundry detergent.
Jimmy Dean Sausage - on sale 2/$5 and I used a 55 cents coupon which doubled to make my final cost $1.95 per package.
My sub-total before savings was $33.13. My final out of pocket costs after Bonuscard savings and coupons was $11.06 for a total savings of $22.26.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
There are times it's totally worth the extra minute or two to fill out a form for a free sample. Saturday was one of them! I received a box from SC Johnson Right at Home with their Spring Fragrance collection from Glade. It included 3 cans of air freshener, 1 Glade Sense and Spray automatic air freshener, and 1 Glade Sense and Spray Refill. The Clear Springs scent is my favorite. If you aren't already a member with Right at Home, it's very easy to join, free, and you will receive free samples and coupons. You can join here.