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.


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.


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.


Total spent: $50.85

Total saved: $115.16


“Why aren’t you going to Albertsons anymore?”

This is what my husband asked me on Sunday. He was concerned because he knows that Albertsons (and the other grocery stores in our area) double and triple coupons. By shopping only at Walmart like I have been the past few months, I am not taking advantage on those extra savings. Lately I have found that the extra savings are minuscule compared to driving to three different stores. Must be a summer lull. However, if there is a great deal that I can only get by double/triple coupon savings, I’ll definitely do it. Free trident layers gum just isn’t worth the extra trip. Walmart is making it so easy since they changed their policies this year to ad match and take coupons (competitor coupons, too!).

I also heard a rumor that they will be doubling/tripling coupons this fall. Then Walmart will be the perfect storm. No one will be able to compete. Sad for my friendly Albertsons store, but my loyalty goes out the window if I can save extra money to go on vacation.

One thing I have noticed since shopping mainly at Walmart is that my savings amount number has diminished. The Walmart receipts do not tell me how much I save, so I have to manually add up my coupons and ad match savings. I noticed this week that bananas were priced .36 a pound when last week they were .49/lb. There’s savings right there, however, the receipt doesn’t tell me that so it’s hard to keep track. I am still saving, I just don’t know how much.

Here’s what I picked up on Sunday

$59.63 BEFORE ad matching and coupons

After ad matching and flashing my coups, I spent only $42.94! I saved $16.69 just by ad matching other stores and coupons, this is without sales!

Ad-matches and Coupons used:
Fuji apples, $1.27/lb, ad-matched Albertsons for .99/lb
Peaches, .99/lb, ad-matched Sprouts for .47/lb
Zyrtec 5ct, $5.27, $5 off printable coupon from walmart.com = .27
Classico Pasta Sauce, $1.98, $1 off 2 coupon = $1.48 each
Green Giant canned veggies, .88, ad-matched Tom Thumb for .69 each
Arm & Hammer Carpet powder, $1.54, .50 off printable coupon from A&H’s website = $1.04
Atkins Protein shakes 4pk, $5.48, ad-matched Tom Thumb for $4.99, then used a $2 off printable coupon = $2.99
Old El Paso Tortilla Stuffers meal, $2.50, $1 off coupon = $1.50 (BONUS: I have a mail in rebate form that I will send an get $2.50 back in the mail. I actually made money!)
Ruffies 50ct, $3.97, .50 off coupon = $3.47
Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch, $2.37, ad-matched Tom Thumb $1.79, then used two .75 off printable coupons from coupons.com = $1.04 each!

Saving money isn’t as hard as you may think. You get as much out of it as the effort you out it. I get the Sunday paper and cut out the coupons. I get the weekly store circulars in the mail. I circle things I think I may have coupons for. If they are good deals, I price match at Walmart and fork over my coupons = voila. Money stays in my pocket.

It’s that easy!

A pretty good shop

Alex came with me to grocery shop Sunday afternoon. It was another pick and choose day since we have most things we need for our upcoming weekly menu already stockpiled in the pantry.


We went to CVS to roll over some ECBs, Albertsons to pick up some bogos, and finally to Walmart to price match my other ads. The shelf cost of all of these products is $133.21. We only spent $54.35 by using coupons with sales. We saved $78.86! We also have $9.99 to use next week at CVS!

Free items:


Suave deodorant (reg. priced $1.49)
2 Kraft Mac & Cheese Homestyle ($3.19 each)
Nivea Body Wash (3.99)
2 Bic 3 Comfort Avanced packs ($2.50 each)
Schick Hydro 5 ($9.99)
2 Dial body washes travel size (.97 each)
Colgate 360 toothbrush ($4.99)
Oral-B Xact toothbrush ($5.99)

We also got a raincheck for the Albertsons brand Zyrtec. The sale was buy one get two free. I bought the last one, so customer service gave me a raincheck for 2 free next time I come in.

Not too shabby!

My weekly grocery trip

On Sunday, I went to Albertsons (just bread, bbq sauce and mushrooms) and Walmart to price match things in the ads I got in the mail. I planned six meals on the e-mealz list. Thanks to previously stockpiling, I only had to get a few items to complete my menu, even after a vacation without shopping. The rest of our grocery money went to snacks and produce, yum!

I spent $41.17 for all of the items above. These items normally cost $66.34. Not a great savings, but I used only six coupons. You don’t have to be an EXTREME couponer to save money. Every little bit helps.

Here’s what I got for free:


-Cottonelle Fresh Wipes, $2.49
-Noxema Bikini Razors, .97
-Kc Masterpiece BBQ sauce, $1.50
-Wilkinson Disposible razors, .97
-Pert Plus travel size, .97

Honorable mentions:
Doritos, $2
Blue Bell, $2.99
Pineapple, .99

We’re going home to visit our parents this weekend. A full Memorial Day weekend planned with cookouts, garage sale-ing, visiting my brand new baby niece, and, of course, shopping at Homeland where they double coupons up to a $1. A store couponers dream about!

By the way, Walmart is having an ice cream social this Saturday at 5pm. Free ice cream!

$40.40 for our groceries

Lily was out of cat food on Wednesday so I made a quick stop to Aldi to pick some up. I also got eggs and bacon. That bring last weeks total to $44.24.


I went grocery shopping today because on holidays, the Sunday paper does not provide coupons. Therefore, there is no need to wait until Sunday. Here is what I got from Albertsons and Walmart for $40.40:

$40.40 for these groceries

The shelf cost of these items is $78.75. I saved $38.35!


French’s Spicy Brown Mustard ($1.99)
3 Reach dental flosses (.88 each)

    Honorable Mentions

C&H Sugar, $1.19
Navel oranges, .40 each
Del Monte Pineapple, .99
1lb strawberries, .99
2 DiGiorno Pizzas, .49 each
Blue Bell half gallon ice cream, $1.98

$43.97 for our groceries this week


Thanks to a great sale at Albertsons and price-matching Kroger’s sale at Walmart, I saved $59.92 by using coupons! I also received $16.48 to use next time at CVS. My total bill would have been $103.89.

My only free items were Crest 500ml mouthwash and a travel size toothpaste.

Here are the honorable mentions:
2 Niagara 24ct water – .99 ea
Coke and Sprite 2 liters – .59 ea
Allegra 24 hr 30ct – $9.99
3 DiGiorno pizzas – .44 ea
Vitaminwater – .25
2 Doritos – $1.84 ea

$49.78 for Jeans, Allegra, Makeup, AND Groceries?

Would you pay $190.24 for the following?

Not me! I only paid $49.78 and saved $140.46 by using coupons with sales.

Look at what I got absolutely free:

A few of my Free items!
-(2) 24-ct packs of Niagara Water (2.50 each)
-Aluminium Foil (2.89) (not pictured
-Always pantiliners (2.99) (not pictured)
-(3) No-nonsense knee highs (not pictured)
-Maybelline FitMe Foundation (7.99) (not pictured)
-Maybelline Sheer Powder (5.99) (not pictured)
-Charmin 12 ct double roll toilet paper (5.99) (not pictured)
-(2) Snack Artist tortilla chips (2.99 each)
-(2) Vanilla Coke Zero 12 packs (5.99 each)
-Biore Facial Cleanser (8.29)
-Tide One Load Detergent (.99)
-Mossimo Skinny Jeans (19.99)
-Up&Up Floss (.97)
-(3) Nature Valley Granola Bars 4 pack ($1 each)
-(4) U by Kotex pantiliners (1.24 each)

Couponing is worth it! Booyah!

$49.76 for this week’s groceries

Perfectly in the budget! I’m telling you, this paying cash for groceries thing really does wonders!

I tried price-matching at Walmart on Sunday. I know, I know, I talk badly about Walmart and groceries, but Paul, from I Heart the Mart has easy to follow steps on how to price-match.

So I went. And then still went to all of the rest of my stores, ugh. Take Tom Thumb for instance: Buy one, get one free Round London Broil Roast, PLUS I had a $2 off Tom Thumb meat purchase coupon. Walmart doesn’t price-match BOGOs. And like I’ve said before,Walmart will price-match only sales advertised in the flyers. So the every day low prices at other stores are lower than Walmart’s, but I can never get those low prices by price-matching.

Most of the things I went to price-match for, my Walmart did not carry. Strange. The popular Gatorade coupon that is “buy one Gatorade Prime and one Gatorade Recover, get one Gatorade Perform free,” could not be used because my Walmart did not have Prime or Recover!

I have another Walmart that is just four blocks away, so I won’t give up on it yet. It would just be nice to not bounce around to different stores, but you better believe me, I will for the better price.

Some of you are thinking, “Why waste the gas to do that?” If you live in a rural area, that would be pretty wasteful, but I live near 2 Walmarts, 2 Tom Thumbs, 3 Krogers, 1 Albertsons, 1 Aldi, 1 99 cent only store, 2 CVS’s, and 3 Walgreen’s… all within 2 miles, so mathematically it makes sense for me to drive all the way to the 99 cent store to get only a gallon of milk for 99 cents.

Here’s what my $49.76 got me on Sunday:

Check out my freebies!

Here are a few great deals!


Purex 3-in-1 laundry sheets, 99 cents
Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste, $2

  • I got back $3 ECB to use next time!
    • Kroger

    I did two transactions at Kroger. They are having a promotion where if you buy ten specific items, you get $3 off at checkout, followed by a $3 off catalina coupon to use for your next visit.
    Transaction #1: 6 cans of Chef Boyardee ravioli, 1 Banquet Pizza and pudding meal, 1 El Monterrey Tornados, and 2 boxes of Golden Grahams Breakfast bars… all for 38 cents, yes, that’s right. Thank you coupons.
    Then I had an extra $3 to use on Transaction #2! Some good deals from my second transaction:
    Tasteful Selections Potatoes, BOGO (best potatoes!)
    Sundown Fish Oil Vitamins, BOGO, I used a $2.50 off coupon as well (Because my husband is a hypochondriac, this month he thinks he is going to die of heart disease… Sarcasm [I love you, honey!])
    Colgate Toothpaste, free!
    Schick Hydro 3 Razor, $1.99 (Booyah!)


    I see on the receipt now that is “Walmart,” one word. When did they drop the hyphen? When they added that star to their logo? I need to get with the times.
    French’s Spicy Brown Mustard, 28 cents
    3 Aveeno Facial Cleansing bars, 87 cents each (Merry Christmas presents)
    Cantaloupe, 88 cents, price-matched Sprouts
    5.1 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, $6.58, Price-matched Albertsons for $1.29/lb
    Cocoa Puffs Cereal, $1.14, price-matched Albertsons (my favorite cereal = anything chocolate)

      Tom Thumb

    Sun Drop 2 Liter, “free” coupon in Sunday’s paper (yippee!)
    1 lb Buddig Deli Cuts Turkey Breast, 99 cents


    It really stank going anyway after I price-matched some items at Wally World, but, like I said, Wally did not have everything I was going for.
    Niagara water 24 ct, $1.69 (99 cent store is selling this for $2.99! yuck)

    It can be done! Stick to a budget. I had a lot of things on my list that I had to cross off before I left because it would push me over budget. But do I really need Cadbuury Bunny eggs?

    08/15 Grocery Shop

    These groceries cost $291.10, but I didn’t pay that much:

    I only paid $66.47 by using coupons with sales!
    I saved $224.63 just today. Wow!

    Look at what I got completely free:

    Here’s how I did it:

      Tom Thumb

    Olay Cleansers at Thumb are on sale for $4.76. I got six for only $14.28 with 3 BOGO coupons. I also have a $10 mail in rebate when you buy $25 worth of Olay products. Since the 6 before coupons were priced $28.56, I qualify for the offer and paid only $1.42 for the other 3! PLUS I got another $10 off at checkout for buying $25 of Olay products from Tom Thumb, so it comes down to I got 3 free and got paid $1.90 each for the other 3 to take them off of the shelves! 🙂 (3 not pictures because I did not realize this until NOW!)
    Select scents of Glade jar candles are on closeout for $1.99. I used a $1 off coupon combined with a $1 off e-coupon, making it free!
    Select scents of Glade scented oil candle tins are on closeout for $1.99. I used a $1 off coupon combined with a $1 off e-coupon, making it free!
    Dial Hand Soap is on sale for .88. I used a .50 off coupon that was doubled, making it free!


    Pillsbury Sweet Moments refrigerated desserts are on sale for $1.99. I used a $1 off printable coupon combined with a $1 off e-coupon, making it free!
    Nature Valley Nut Clusters are on sale for $1.99. I used a $1 off printable coupon combined with a $1 off e-coupon, making it free!
    Revlon Emery Boards 2pk are on sale for .94. I used 3 $1 off Revlon coupons, getting 3 free!
    Chex Mix is on sale for $1.99. I used a .50 off coupon that was doubled, combined with a $1 off e-coupon, making it free!
    Bugles are on sale for $1.99. I used a .50 off coupon that was doubled, combined with a $1 off e-coupon, making it free!


    Right Guard and Dry Idea deodorants are on sale for $4.49 each BOGO. I used 6 BOGO coupons, getting 12 free!
    Stride gum is on sale for $1.29 BOGO with store coupon. I used a $4/6 coupon, making six free, plus a little extra in my pocket!


    Smart Balance Sour Cream is on sale for $1. I used 3 .50 off coupons that were doubled, getting 3 free!

    Other great deals:
    Purex 3-in-1 is on sale for $5.99 at CVS. I used a $3 off coupon and got $2 back at checkout, paying only .99!
    HP printer inks at Walgreens are buy 2, get $10 at checkout!
    Cheer Detergent at Tom Thumb is on sale for $4.99. I used 5 $2 off coupons, paying $2.99 each, then got $10 back at checkout, so it’s like I paid .99 each!
    Purex detergent is on sale at Kroger for $1.99. I used a .35 off coupon that was tripled, making it only .94!
    Sunny D is on sale at Kroger for .78. I used a .25 off coupon that was tripled, making it only .03!

    I got loads of detergent and deodorant! I am very excited because now I can start on my Christmas gift baskets. Everybody needs home and body products! Another good thing to do with overloads of free stuff is donate it to your local shelter. Some companies send this stuff overseas to the military as well. Just google and see what you can find!

    8/09 grocery shop

    All of this

    costs $140.17. By using coupons with sales, I only paid $55.29. I saved $83.88 today!

    Look at what I got for free:

    Here’s how I got them free:


    -Crazy Meal Deal: buy Land O’Frost lunchmeat and any Kroger sliced cheese, get iceberg lettuce, 6-pk Deja Blue water, Claussen pickles, grocery bag (not pictured) and cinnamon rolls free!
    -I played the Kroger spin and win game on Kroger.com and won a free Rockstar energy drink that was loaded onto my Kroger card. (2.19)
    -Lady Speed Stick (not pictured) on sale for .88. I used a .50 off coupon that was doubled, making it free!
    -Febreze Set & Refresh (not pictured) is on sale for $2.50. I used a $1 off e-coupon from kroger.com and a $1.50 off coupon, making it free!


    Bic Soleil Razors are on sale buy one (6.29) get one 50% off (2.70). I used two $3 off coupons, leaving me with a balance of $2.99. I paid the rest with ECBs, making it free. I also earned one ECB for green bag tag.

    Practically free deals!


    C&H Sugar 4lb (2.69) is on sale for $1.89 with store coupon. I used a .50 off coupon that was doubled, paying only .89!
    Pillsbury cake mix (1.79) is on sale for $1. I bought 2 and used a store coupon to bring them to .88 each. I used a $1/2 coupon, paying only .38 each!
    Mission corn tortillas are on sale for $1. I used .75 off coupon, paying only .25!

      Tom Thumb

    Ziploc baggies (4.49) on sale with store coupon for $2.49. I used a .40 off coupon that was doubled, paying only $1.69!
    Cottonelle 12-pk double roll (8.99) is on sale with store coupon for $4.99. I used a $1 off coupon, paying only $3.99!
    Pillsbury Sweet Moments Lava Cake (3.09) is on sale for $2.50. I used $1 off e-coupon from tomthumb.com and a $1 off manufacturer’s coupon, paying only .50!

    Happy Shopping!
    Happy Shopping!