Cereal Haul and Too Many Times to CVS

I went to CVS twice last week.


2 Colgate toothpastes on sale for $2.50 each from $3.79 each.

4 Covergirl eye shadows for $3.99.

Rimmel Fix and Perfect primer for $7.79.

I forgot my covergirl coupons at home. L

The eye shadow color “fig” was on clearance for $1.99 and did not count toward the “buy $15 of Covergirl, get $5 ecb” deal.

I used 2 Colgate coupons for .50 off each.

Used a CVS coupon printed at the coupon machine for $4 off of $20.

Used 2 $5 ECB printed off from the coupon machine.

Used $11 ecb from past receipts to pay.

Total before: $31.33

Total after sales, coupons, and ECB’s: .75 plus tax

ECB’s earned for next time: $3 from buying the toothpaste

I went in on a later date with my $3 ecb and bought 2 additional eye shadow palettes (not pictured) for $2.99 each on sale from $5.99 each.

I also got a candy bar (not pictured) for .75 on sale from $1.19.

I used a $3/2 covergirl coupon and $3 ECB.

Total before: $13.17

Total after sales, coupons, and ECBs: .73 plus tax

ECB’s earned for next time: only .75 for buying the candy bar.

The associate told me that sale items won’t count for the Covergirl $5 ECB.

So I grabbed two more eye shadows (not pictured) that I KNOW are full price.

2 for $3.99 each.

I used another $3/2 covergirl coupon, plus the .75 ECB I just received.

Total before: $7.98

Total after coupon and ECB: $4.23 plus tax.

ECB’s earned for next time: $5 for finally buying $15 of not-on-sale Covergirl.

Now I have 8 eye shadows…

I was fortunate enough to shop at Homeland during a trip to Oklahoma over the weekend.

Upon my return, I also went Walmart to get some cheap makeup remover and to Albertsons to take advantage of a bogo sale.


Homeland honorable mentions:

Dr. Pepper Ten 12 pack on sale for $3.75 from $4.79.

Used $1 off coupon that was doubled.

Paid $1.75

Tidy cats 20lb litter on sale for $7.59 from $8.19.

Used $1 off coupon that was doubled.

Paid $5.59

2 Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats on sale for $2.34 from $4.69.

Used $1/2 coupon that was doubled.

Paid $1.34 each.

2 Kellogg’s Raisin Brans on sale for $2.19 from $4.39.

Used two .70 off coupons, one doubled (limit 1 of same coupon can double).

Paid .79 for 1st box, $1.49 for 2nd box.

Kellogg’ Krave cereal on sale for $2.19 from $4.39.

Used .70 off coupon that was doubled.

Paid .79.

Yakisoba Noodles on sale for $1 from $1.15.

Used a .50 off coupon that was doubled.

Free!

Crystal Light Mocktail mixes on sale for $2.50 from $3.69.

Used $1 off coupon that was doubled.

Paid .50.

2 Nestle Girl Scouts candy bars (eaten already) for .87 each.

Used .75/2 coupon that was doubled.

Paid .12 each.

Bounty Regular single roll towel for $1.79.

Used $1 off coupon that was doubled.

Made .21!

Covergirl pencil sharpener for $2.49.

Used $1 off coupon that was doubled.

Paid .49.

U by Kotex pantiliners for $1.29.

Used $1 off coupon that was doubled to $1.29.

Free!

Lady Speed Stick deodorant for $2.09.

Used $1 off coupon that was doubled.

Paid .09.

Albertsons honorable mentions:

6 Quaker cereals on sale for $3.79 each from $4.69 each.

Surprise! One (maple and brown sugar Life is on sale for $2) on sale.

BOGO sale took off $15.16.

Paid .96 each.

Walmart honorable mentions:

Almay makeup remover pads for $1.14.

Used $1 off coupon.

Paid .14.

Stayfree pads pricematched to CVS ad for $2.

Used $2 off coupon.

Free!

Total spent: $50.85

Total saved: $115.16

Bic Soleil Savvy Review plus Coupon Giveaway

The Bic Soleil (pronounced “soh-lay”) Savvy is the newest razor with refillable cartridges for women from Bic. These are priced at $6.97 at Walmart and $7.99 at CVS (wait for a good sale).

Shaving Tips provided by Bic:

Shave at Night

Shaving removes dead skin cells and the superficial layer of skin. While this process is healthy, it reduces your skin’s defenses for a couple of hours. Shaving at night gives your skin time to recover its strength and suppleness to resist irritation.

Shave Clean Skin

To help prevent infection and bumps, make sure your skin is perfectly clean before you shave. Apply hot water beforehand or shave after showering. Warm humidity increases skin elasticity and softens your hair, making it easier to shave.

Apply Shaving Cream or Gel

Use shaving cream or gel with Aloe Vera when shaving — it’s gentler on your skin than regular soap and can help lift hair. Lather the cream or gel, then leave it on for two minutes prior to shaving. Once your hair is softened, the razor will glide more easily over skin.

Use a Sharp Blade

Change your blades regularly, especially if you have sensitive skin. On sensitive areas like your bikini line and underarms, shaving with a dull blade can result in red spots.

Comes with 4 cartridges

3 blades with Vitamin E strip

Lightweight with rubber grips

After a test armpit shave (no pic of that, gross), I was pleasantly surprised by how close the shave was. The head pivoted nicely as promised.

However, I must point out a little concern.

I previously purchased a razor just like this in August called the Bic Soleil Shimmer, only it had 4 blades. In fact, I am currently using it as my main razor.

Top is Savvy, bottom is Shimmer

Left is Shimmer, right is Savvy

You can see that the only differences are that the Savvy is a tad shorter, has more grip on the sides, and is more translucent. Looking at the Bic website, the Shimmer is no longer listed as one of their promoted products.

As I generally enjoy a 4 blade razor, I will continue using my Shimmer until I am out of cartridges.

Then I will enjoy the Savvy.

Comment on my blog or Facebook page if you would like a $3 off coupon sent to you, while supplies last!

(The Bic Soleil Savvy and coupons were sent to me by BzzAgent for review. All opinions and images are mine.)

Why is it so difficult for me to look at my receipt before I leave a store?

When I got home from grocery shopping this afternoon, I laid out my groceries to examine the huntress’s kill. There sure wasn’t much on the table. I looked at my receipt and was overcharged $5 for a rack of ribs! Yikes! It may only be $5 to some people, but to me, that’s a whole lot more food! Here’s my loot.

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First I went to Walmart:

3 avocados, .68 each WM price, price matched Sprouts price of 3 for $1. Saved $1.04.

Mango, $1 at WM, price matched Sprouts for .50. Saved .50.

Cantaloupe, $1.68 at WM, price matched Albertsons for .99. Saved .67.

Kikkoman soy sauce, $1.57 at WM, price matched Albertsons for $1. Used .55 off coupon. Paid .45. Saved $1.12.

Parkay buttery spray, $1.68 at WM, price matched Albertsons for $1. Saved .68.

(2) Pure Protein bars, $1.27 each at WM, price matched Albertsons for $1. Used (2) $1 off coupons. 2 for free! Saved $2.54.

Banquet chicken pot pie, $0.88 at WM, price matched Albertsons for $0.50. Saved .38.

Freschetta Pizza, $5.97 at WM, price matched Albertsons for $3.99. Used $1 off coupon. Paid $2.99. (Crazy high for frozen pizza, but this is my favorite brand and it was on sale = splurge) Saved $2.98.

Boneless skinless chicken breast 4.83lb, $1.97/lb at WM, price matched Albertsons for $1.78/lb. Saved $1.08.

Lloyd’s Barbecue ribs, priced at $4.98 in the bin, rang up $9.98 😦 , used $2 off coupon. Saved $2.

Lemon juice, .88.

Walmart total: $24.89.

Total saved: $12.99. (why is this so low?)

Next I went to Aldi to get some goodies that are cheaper than Walmart (if you have a local discount store and you’re not using it, you better check yourself before you wreck your– wallet):

Milk, $1.99 (I noticed it was $2.38 at WM)

bag of Golden Delicious apples, $2.59

Box of tea bags, $1.89

Carton of MSG-free chicken broth, $1.29

Sugar, $2.29

pint of grape tomatoes, .79

peanut butter, $2.29 (is this going up like crazy?)

ranch dressing, $1.29

4 corn ears, .99

1lb turkey breast lunchmeat, $2.89

3 pk green bell peppers, $1.89

eggs, $1.19

12 grain bread loaf, $1.89

Aldi total: $27.76

Weekly total: $52.65

A tad high, not much savings, and those darn ribs! I don’t even like ribs that much. I guess I can’t be a superstar saver every week. Maybe I should go vegetarian…

Walmart and CVS

I had a lot of food on hand for my meal plan this week, so I went grocery shopping for some things that were really good sales.

I went to Walmart this afternoon and grabbed my weekly ads and coupons to get the lowest price on my groceries.

Here’s what I snagged for $41.13

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including an overcharge of 1 bottle of mayo

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Price Matches:

I price matched 2 bottles of squeeze mayo from WM’s original price of $3.28 to Tom Thumb’s price of $2.99 (as you can see, she rang the first one up correctly, then charged me $2.88 for the second and added a third that I did not buy: that’s what you get when you don’t check your receipt). Tried to save .58 cents, ended up overpaying $2.78.

Shredded Borden brand cheese. WM’s price: $2.18. Tom Thumb’s price: $1.67. Used .55 off coupon. Total: $1.12. Saved $1.06.

10lb bag of potatoes.  WM: $3.99. Aldi: $1.88. Saved $2.11.

Kraft Sizzling Salads dinner kit. WM: $2.50. Albertsons: $1.67. Used .55 off coupon. Total: $1.12. Saved $1.38.

Betty Crocker Suddenly Pasta Salad kits (2). WM: $1.88 each. Albertsons: $0.88 each. Used .50 off 2 coupon. Total: $0.63 each. Saved: $1.25 each.

Multigrain Wheat Thins (4). WM: $2.50 each. Albertsons: $1.67 each. Used $1 off 2 coupons (2). Total: $1.17 each. Saved: $1.33 each.

Nature’s Own Multigrain bread. WM: $2.78. Kroger: $2. Saved: .78

Stacy’s multigrain pita chips (2). WM: $2.68 each. Market Street: $2. Used $1 off 2 coupon. Total: $1.50 each. Saved:  $1.18 each.

Regular priced:

Equate brand protein shakes. $4.87.

Mango. $0.68.

Heinz White Vinegar. $1.12. Used $1 off coupon. Total: $0.12. Saved: $1.

Barilla Fettucine (4). $1.14 each. Used .50 off 2 coupon (2). Total: .89 each. Saved: .25 each.

Great Value breakfast bars 18ct. $2.98.

Spinach. $2.18.

Milk. $2.58

Total: $41.13. Saved: $17.51 – $2.20 overcharge = $15.31

 

Next I went across the street to CVS to score some makeup and cereal.

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I picked up 4 boxes of Kellogg’s cereal for $2 each, on sale from $4.39 each. I used $1 off 2 coupon (2). Total: $1.50 each. Saved $2.89 each.

Physician’s Formula wet-2-dry eye shadow palette marked $9.29, but secretly on sale for $2.29. I used $1 off coupon. Total: $1.29. Saved: $8.

Physician’s Formula Matte Collection eye shadow pallette (2). Marked $7.79 each, but secretly on sale for $0.79 each! I used $1 off coupon (2). Total: negative $0.21 each

Total: $6.87. I paid with $2 ECB leaving me to pay $4.87 out of pocket plus tax. Saved: $38.36

 

Grocery total: $46.00 plus $0.06 tax = $46.06

Total saved: $53.67

How to Save Money on Groceries Without Using Coupons

$33.96

I paid only $33.96 by shopping at a discount store and price matching at Walmart

I saved $33.18 by shopping at a discount store and price matching at Walmart.

Today I went to Walmart, Aldi, and CVS with the purpose of buying groceries for the upcoming week. Our budget allows for $200 a month on groceries, which usually gives me $50 a week to spend. To stretch this out further, I use coupons like crazy and score some pretty sweet deals.

But what if you don’t have time to clip coupons?

My favorite discount grocery store is Aldi. This store has grocery items sold at a discount price, for example, milk for .50-.70 less than Walmart. The great thing about Aldi is that most items are made in the same factory as national brand food items. Kraft, for instance, makes the same cheese for Aldi under a different label. Aldi doesn’t accept coupons because most items are their own private label. Using this store won’t get you any free items, but prices are consistently lower than any other store nearby including Walmart.

For items I cannot get at Aldi or for items I can get for less by price matching, I shop at Walmart. You know those flyers you get in your mailbox or with your newspaper for all of your local grocery stores? Walmart will match any price listed in those ads for identical items. You can learn more here.

And of course, CVS, which has a frequent buying rewards program. My CVS total for 5 12-packs of Coke products was $26.45. Since I bought 5 for a promotional sale, it brought the total down to $15. I used $12.32 is Extra Care Bucks (reward money) to pay and only owed $2.68 plus tax. Additionally, I got $5 back to use next time. Not bad!

Goodbye Social Life

It was fun having friends while it lasted. I started my doctoral program this week. I am ecstatic about it, but realize all the sacrifices I must make – free time, friendships, inner happiness…

Ok, that’s a bit dramatic, but for just ONE class on Tuesday, I must come to class prepared to discuss the 205 pages out of the textbook I’m currently reading, in addition to 7 scholarly articles. And I am pumped!

You may think I’m crazy, but the quality of the knowledge that I am learning surpasses any of that which I’ve had before. I am actually motivated to learn!

I said all that to say I wish I could keep updating you on my grocery savings, but I’m going to have to hold off for a bit.

So, it’s been fun. I’ll now return to my closet with a desk in it and read for the next 3.5 years.

I paid $56.43 for $117.01 in groceries

I love saving money and I love eating. Combining the two is peachy.

I went to CVS, Target and Walmart today and got the following for only $56.43:

Groceries for the week

Great prices:
3 80ct boxes of Splenda Essentials sweetener, $3.98 each, $3 off coupons = .98 each
4 Cascade 4pks, $1.09, $1 off coupon = .09 each
Red seedless grapes, $1.88/lb, price matched Aldi’s price of .88/lb
Red Bell pepper, $1.57, price matched Sprouts’s price of .99
8oz sliced mushrooms, $1.98, price matched Central Market’s price of $1.50
Kix cereal, $3.68, price matched Tom Thumb’s price of $1.99, used $1/2 coupon = $1.49
Lucky Charms, $3, price matched Tom Thumb’s price of $1.99, used with coupon above = $1.49
Roma tomato, $1.37/lb, price matched Tom Thumb’s price of .99/lb
2 Johnson & Johnson first aid kits, .97 each, used $1.50 off coupon = .22 each
Target brand eye drops, .97, used .50 off coupon from target.com = .47

Look at what I got for free:

Freebies worth $29.17


*Oops, only 1 nail polish should be pictured
Carmello bar, scanned my card at CVS price checker and a free coupon spat out
Revlon nail polish, $4.99, used $1 off coupon and used ECBs to pay the rest
Bic Soleil Shimmer razor, $8.39, used rain check to bring it down to $5.99, used $3 off coupon, used ECBs to pay the rest
CVS waterproof bandages, 3.69, free coupon from price checker
CVS body wash, $2.27, $3 off coupon was emailed to me
2 Penmate 10pk pens, $1 each, used $1 off coupons from target.com
2 Cascade Action pacs 3pk, .97 each, used $1 off coupons

Spent $56.43
Saved $60.58
Received $19 ECB to use next time (whoo-hoo!)

Mini trip plus way too many freebies (no, that’s not possible)

My sister-in-law was married this weekend! Now I have a brother-in-law-in-law. This is the third day I have been back from the wedding “week”end and I am just mustering the will the blog again. I’ll be honest – I was really enjoying not having responsibilities. I also did not exercise (except for one day) during my six day trip.

Back to real life.

While in Oklahoma, I got to shop at my favorite OK grocery store, Homeland. I grabbed only a few items because the prices are a bit higher than down here. On Tuesday I went to CVS and Walmart to get just a few deals.

Here’s what I picked up.

Homeland, Walamart and CVS


Deals worth mentioning:
Tresseme products $4.89, marked down to $3.29, used $1 off coupon that was doubled = $1.29
Weber Steak seasoning bottle, $2.29, used $1 off coupon that was doubled = .29
Hefty OneZip Freezer bags marked down to $1.31, used $1/2 coupon that was doubled = .31 each
Glad plus Febreze trash bags ($7.37 at Walmart) $5.75 at Homeland, used $1 off coupon that was doubled = $3.75
RePHresh Brilliant tampons $7.39 at CVS, used raincheck to price it at $6.79, used $2.99 in ECB = $3.80 plus received $7 ECB for next time

I got these freebies.

Freebies!


Aussie hair spray: use free coupon I received in the mail from their Facebook page (see pic below)
U by Kotex pantiliners: $1.29, used $1 off coupon that was doubled at Homeland
Revlon Nail Clippers: $1.99, used $1 off coupon that was doubled at Homeland
Wishbone salad dressing: $1.84, used $1 off coupon that was doubled at Homeland
Bayer Advanced Aspirin: used mail in rebate form found in newspaper
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser: $1, used .75 off coupon that was doubled at Homeland

Total before sales and coupons = $73.46
Total after sales and coupons = $39.37
Total saved = $34.09
ECBs rrecieved = $7

When I got home I got all of these freebies in my mailbox!

Mailbox freebies!


First, from Atkins website, you can sign up to receive a free box of products to try, no obligation! My package had 3 protein bars, a recipe booklet, an Atkins quick-start guide, and an additional booklet that shows you the calories in foods at various restaurants. Plus coupons!
Second, I received a free coupon for any Aussie hair product up to $3.99 by liking their Facebook page.
Third, from Vocalpoint, I received a $1 off coupon for Mott’s for Tots apple juice (that I could not find at Walmart…).

More mailbox freebies!


Fourth, I received a full-size tube of lipstick from liking Milani cosmetics on Facebook.
Fifth, my reward from Recyclebank = buy one get one free pizza coupon at Mr. Jim’s Pizza here in Dallas.
Sixth, a free sample of Youth Code from Walmart’s free smaple website.
And finally, a full size pair of Dr. Scholl’s for Her High Heel inserts to try and review from BzzAgent along with FIFTEEN $4 off coupons! Wow! The booklet says the retail price is $12.99, so yikes. I suppose $4 off would help if you were planning to get them anyway.

None of the above products have any catches. All completely free. You need to get in on this “free” business!

July grocery total: $241.64 for 5 weeks of groceries

That’s just under the budget of $250, so that works for me! We budget out $50 a week, but since there were 5 Sundays, I got a lil extra this month.

Look at what I picked up today

Walmart, Kroger and CVS

The shelf cost was $131.98. I only spent $62.33 by ad-matching lower prices and using coupons with those lower prices and with sales at Kroger and CVS. I spent a lot of money this week because I am leaving Alex alone for 3 days and I wanted to make sure he would be taken care of while I was gone. I know he can cook for himself, but I didn’t want to hear “there’s nothing to eat here” on the phone. 🙂

But, wow, look at what I got for free

Freebies!

Coupons used:
2 Organic Farms 1lb carrots, .98 each, used $2 off of 2 coupon from Recyclebank (see post below) = 2 FREE plus overage (overage: when the coupon amount is higher than the price of the product, the extra money is applied to your total)
Kotex U pantiliners, free coupon from scanning my card at the price check machine at CVS = FREE plus overage!
2 Dawn dish soaps, on sale for $1, used .50 off coupons (doubled) = 2 FREE
Herbal Essences mousse, used free coupon from Facebook = FREE
2 Crest toothpastes, on sale for $1, used .50 off coupons (doubled) = 2 FREE
6 3 Musketeers bars, on sale for .50, used .50 off of 2 bars coupons (doubled) = 6 FREE (chocolate mmmmm….)
Reach dental floss, .88, used $1 off coupon = FREE plus overage!
2 Tide single load detergents, .97 each, used $1 off coupons = 2 FREE plus overage!
Revlon emery boards 10pk, .94, used $1 off coupon = FREE plus overage!
4 Pure Protein bars, $1.16 each, used 2 BOGO coupons, then two .50 off coupons = 2 FREE and .66 each for the other 2
French’s classic yellow mustard, on sale for $1, used .30 off coupon (tripled) = .10
Heluva Good french onion dip, $1.58, used $1 off coupon = .58
2 Kraft veggie mac n cheese, $1.38 each, used .75 off coupons = .63 each
3 Herdez 16oz salsas, $1.98 each, used $1 off coupons = .98 each
Skinny cow candy, BOGO coupon = .99 for 2, plus I got back .99 to use next time at CVS!
Fiber Plus cereal, $2.99, price matched to $1.99, used $1 off coupon = .99
French’s Dijon mustard, $2.12, used $1 off coupon = $1.12
Honey Nut Cheerios, $2.77, pricematched a local store for $1.88, used .75 off coupon = $1.13
Rhodes warm and serve frozen rolls, $2.28, used $1 off coupon = $1.28 for 12 rolls
4 Lean Cuisine frozen meals, $1.98 each, used $2.25 off of 4 coupon = $1.41 each
4 Nature Valley granola bar packs, $2.48 each, price matched to $1.88 each, used .75 off of 2 packs coupons = $1.50 each
3 Weight Watchers smart ones frozen meals, $1.98 each, used $1 off of 3 coupon = $1.65 each
Olivari olive oil, $4.98, used $3 off coupon = $1.98
Digiorno individual-sized pizza, $2.98, used $1 off coupon = $1.98
Stacy’s pita chips, $2.68, used .55 off coupon = $2.13
Sundown vitamins, BOGO sale at store, $2 off coupon on one, $1 off coupon on the other = $2.25 each (or $4.49 for one, the other free)
Romano’s Macaroni grill Chicken marsala kit, $3.74, $1 off coupon = $2.74

Some couponing tips

Hello faithful couponing followers. I have received feedback about how I do what I do and I have been trying to be more helpful in my blog to show you, well, how I do what I do. I do not know everything about couponing, but I have picked up a lot of information from reading books at the library and other various websites. I discovered one such website this week: Recyclebank.

Recyclebank is another coupon site, but you gotta work for those coupons. The site is about recycling and going green. To get the coupons, you can watch videos or do little games online that usually take less than one minute. Here are the coupons that I got for free by playing on this site so far:
-Buy one get one free pizza (will be mailed) to a local pizza place, Mr. Jim’s Pizza
-Free one year subscription to Good Housekeeping magazine (which has lots of coupons in it!)
-$2 off of 2 Organic farms coupon (which I used yesterday for 2 FREE bags of carrots)
So it is way worth it as you can see!

Most of my coupons I get from the newspaper.

Dallas Morning News

You can see the Sunday paper costs $3, which is pretty high, but look at the dollar amount of coupons inside. $555! I think I can afford $3 a week to get a newspaper with all of those coupons. AND this week I accidentally got a double of one of the inserts so I got a bunch of doubles. *note: this is the highest coupon amount in the newspaper I’ve seen yet. There is usually about $350 inside, which is still WAY worth it.

Printable coupon sites:
Coupons.com is a website that you can print off valid coupons and redeem them in-store. Tip: try other zip codes like 90210 and you can get different coupons.
Redplum.com is a similar website. They have different coupons than those on the site listed above, but not as many.
Smartsource a the third coupon site with loads of coupons. Tip: try the different zip here as well.
All “other” coupon sites are just these in disguise. Don’t bother searching coupon sites in google, because even though they may have a different name, someone is getting paid for you to go to their site where they have links of these 3 original coupon sites. I just find it easier to get them straight from the originals.

Also 2 other great resources: facebook and the actual product’s website.
Here are 2 things I got in the mail this week from Facebook.

Free Herbal Essences product

I got some free mousse today.

Free Tide stain release, detergent and coupon

Remember how I said a couple of posts ago that Tide’s facebook page is always giving stuff away? This time I got a free full size Stain release pack, trial size liquid detergent and another $2 off coupon all in the mail.

I hope that helps in your accumulation of coupons. There is a lot of money to be saved by those who look for it. (Doesn’t that sound like a Harry Potter quote?)