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


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.


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!

Lotsa savings!

I got lots of good deals this weekend! While I was in Oklahoma, I shopped at Homeland to get my $1 coupons doubled and finished shopping for the week this morning. Here’s what I picked up for $43.95 total.

Homeland $3.75


Most expensive items:
Vlassic pickles $2.99
Blue Bell ice cream $2.77
Vanilla Coke Zero 12pk $2.47
Shredded Parmesan $2.38
Milk $2.19

Cheapest items:
Grande tortilla chips .50
2 Ken’s salad dressings .50 each
3 Libby’s Natural corn .48 each
Sunny Delight .25
Wishbone salad dressing .19
24 Kool-aid packets .10 each

Best percentage savings:
5 Honeysuckle ground Turkey 1.2 lb each, $1 each (usually $2.99 each)
2 Poptarts, .75 each ($2.59 each)

Free items:

Homeland freebies

More freebies

Country Bob’s All purpose sauce, (3.39)
Ronzoni garden delight pasta, (2.09)
Wheat thins stix (3.49)
KC masterpiece bbq sauce (2.19)
Temptations cat treats (1.99)
Taco Bell taco seasoning (1.19)
2 Weber marinades (.85 each)
Hershey dark chocolate bar (.50)
Vlassic pickles (2.99)
4 Power bars (1.50 each)
Pure Protein bar (2.09)
12 Kool-Aid packets (.20 each)
Stride gum (1.29)
2 Nestle 100 grand bars (.89 each)

Our May grocery budget was $50 per week for $200 a month (there are 5 weekends, but we were out of town for a full week). We spent only $183.22 on groceries during the month of May!

I’m going to go eat some chocolate to celebrate.

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!

March Grocery Total = $116.90

I forgot to post about my grocery shopping experience in Oklahoma last weekend. It was a bitter-sweet trip. In Oklahoma, you have to pay tax on your groceries. That hurt my total. Especially having to pay $5.49 on what would have been a free shopping trip. Ya hear that, Oklahoma? FREE. I guess there’s no such thing as free there.

Anyway, one of the joys of visiting my parents is they have a grocery store called Homeland. This store doubles coupons up to one dollar! That’s right – if you have a coupon that says “$1 off,” Homeland will give you $2 off. Wowee! So I make sure to shop here when I am in town.

Here’s what I picked up:

These groceries totaled $119.43, but I only paid $29.43!That includes tax (grrr…) Yes, that includes the SIX Digiorno pizzas back there.

Look at what I got absolutely free (except tax, stupid tax state):

-6 Digiorno Pizzas ($6.50 each)
-2 Nabisco Saltines ($2.99 each)
-Mom’s Naturals cereal ($2.89)
-2 Kellogg’s Nutrigrain bars ($3.59 each)
-2 Kellogg’s special K bars ($3.19 each)
-2 Ronzoni Smart taste pasta ($1.69 each)
-20 oz Coke ($1.49)
-Reese’s Peanut butter cups King size ($1.39)
-Jello Temptations ($2.99)
-2 Banquet fruit pies ($1 each)
-Land o Frost lunchmeat ($2.99)
-Tangelos 1.49 lb (@ $1.09/lb)
-Tostitos Artisan Chips ($3.99)

Total self cost for this month’s groceries = $459.43

Does that sound like YOUR grocery budget?

Total out of pocket cost for this month’s groceries = $116.90

I budgeted $200 for this month so I have almost $85 of unexpected income to put on debt or into the retirement account.

Are you using coupons yet?