Couponing My Way To The Islands!

Friday, January 29, 2010

~BOGO Clarification~

Some of you are confused as to when you can use BOGO coupons. This is the best way I know to explain it:

If a store is running a BOGO sale(Buy 1 Get 1 FREE), you CAN use 2 coupons.
(Example: Loreal BOGO makeup $10 can use (2) -$3 coupons on those 2 products being purchased, which would make the total $4 for 2 Loreal makeup)

If you have a BOGO coupon (the store is not running a BOGO sale), then you can NOT combine it with another coupon.
(Example: Loreal makeup sale $10 can use a BOGO coupon, which would make your total $10 for 2 Loreal makeup)

I hope this make sense and helps you figure out your deals.

Many blessings~

~Update on Razor Deal~

I've spoken to several of you regarding the razor deal at Walgreen's this week (I posted a few days ago). It seems as though Walgreen's makes up the "rules" as they go. On Sunday when I was there they decided to put a limit on the razors, even though a limit was not stated in the ad. Literally, the manager was making up the rules as he went. This is why I do not prefer Walgreen's. I do minimal shopping there due to the lack of customer service and the attitude given to the consumer. I make it a point to be beyond nice to every employee I encounter in the store.
Testing my theory to see if they would not honor the deal now, I went to a different Walgreen's on Wednesday night to try the deal. The lady at the register got very nervous and said that the manager would come and explain to me about the razor deal. He came over and explained that he could (rather would) not honor deal. I explained that the other Walgreen's honored it and he said they didn't know what they were doing. Ha! I told him thank you, but I would not be needing the razors. I only came in to get the deal.
Most places honor the deals that are printed in their ads. I'm SHOCKED that Walgreen's is taking this stance. This is not the first time I've heard of them doing this. So, if you went in to get the deal and they denied you...Sorry!

Please don't get upset with the cashier or manager. They are only doing what someone has told them to do. Yes, it is annoying...However, you will not get very far or be very successful at couponing in the future if you throw a fit. I've seen it happen before and I was super embarrassed for the lady. I'm pretty sure she will have a label for life at that store with all of the employees.
Remember me writing about how important favor is when you are a couponer? There are many times my coupons will beep for some reason, but the cashier will put it through because they know I am honest couponer. Sometimes coupons will beep for no reason (even if you have the exact item that is listed and pictured). Each cashier has the right to deny any coupon. If you are nice, 9.99 times out of 10, they will push it through. A friendly smile goes miles!
No free razors or free anything is worth losing your creditability. I always think about how I would want to be treated if I were behind the register. I promise, Jesus would not throw a fit over not getting FREE razors!
Many blessings this rainy Friday :)

~2 Coupon Inserts Scheduled~

There are 2 coupon inserts scheduled for Sunday, January 31st:

1 SmartSource
1 RedPlum

Happy Clipping!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

~What Stocking Up Looks Like!~

Some of you have asked how much I buy of something when I'm stockpiling. Below are examples of cheese and chicken. I did not use coupons on either items, but I did buy them at their lowest sale price available. Now I will have enough to last until they go on sale again! That is the beauty of stocking up...You are in control of how much you spend. You can wait for an item to go on sale and purchase it on your terms, not be frantic because you ran out and have to pay full retail prices.

*Kroger shredded cheese (mixed varieties)

*Tyson Split Chicken Breasts (100% Natural & Hormone Free)

Have a blessed Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

~Tip of the Day!~

If you don't have money to pay for it (cash), then don't buy it until you do.
This is a tough one! We all want things on our own time, not usually when we can afford them. I'm part of this crew too! However, my sweet hubby and I don't take any vacations or make any purchases unless we have the money to pay for it now. It would not feel like a "vacation" if we had to pay for it when we returned. No thanks on that!
The funny thing is that so many times while you are waiting and saving for that item, you realize that you really didn't want it that much anyway or you find a different one you like better. Trust me, you appreciate everything sooooooo much more when you know what it is like to want and dream of it!

Happy Tuesday!

~FREE Post-It Sample!~

Go HERE to get your FREE Post-it sample!

Monday, January 25, 2010

~Walgreen's Yesterday~

Walgreen's has a couple of items that I could not pass up this week. Remember to get a rain check, if they are out of the item! My Walgreen's had tons of these razors. However with this deal, they will probably go quickly. Again, ask for a rain check if they are out :)
My cute hubby went in to purchase a few of these too. Once he got back into the car with us I asked him how it felt to check out and the total to be $0.00? He said "That was AWESOME!" I like to share my joy with him and let him experience it too!

Bic Disposable Razors
Buy 1 at 6.99 Get 1 FREE sale
-B1G1 Bic Disposable Razors q

Sure for Men Deodorant
$1.50 with in-ad coupon
-$1.50 q (from the 1/24 SS)
FREE after coupon!

Have a great Monday!

~Procter & Gamble Coupon Booklet!~

Go HERE to sign up for a booklet that has $15 worth of Procter & Gamble coupons in it from Save-a-lot.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

~Big Lots 20% Off Coupon!~

Go HERE to print a 20% off Big Lots coupon! Valid Jan. 23-Jan. 31st.

~2 Coupon Inserts Scheduled~

2 coupon inserts are scheduled for the Sunday newspaper.

1 SmartSource
1 RedPlum

Happy Clipping!

Friday, January 22, 2010

~Another chosen!~

More exciting news...another reader got chosen for the diaper study! Yeah Rach!!!

~Dinner last night~

Tacos w/ Pinto Beans

Last night I was tired and so I went to my "go to" meal...Tacos! Easy to make and we all like it ;)

Taco meat-less than $1
Pinto beans-.79 (1 can)
Tortillas-.30 (used 3 from a $1 package of 10)

Total=$2.34....Plus there is enough left to eat for lunch today!

~The Limited Coupon!~

Go HERE to print a coupon for The Limited! It is for $15 off any $15 purchase, $30 off $100 or $50 off $150. Coupon is valid through Feb. 3rd. You could get something super cheap or possibly FREE with this coupon!

~$1 Baked Lays Coupon!~

Go HERE to print a $1 off Baked Lays coupon!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

~Tip of the day for Thursday!~

Eat at home!
If you read my blog, you probably are already eating at home a great deal. However, eating out at restaurants is the #1 budget buster. So, to stay on task for 2010, set a realistic dining out budget and stick to it. Yes, we do eat out...that is a reality. I love to dine with my little family, so we have a column in our budget for that.
Thursday Blessings~

~$10 Betty Crocker Coupon Booklet!~

Go HERE to sign up for a $10 coupon booklet from Betty Crocker!

~Milk Coupon!~

Enter a drawing to win FREE milk for one year. Even if you don't win, you still get a great coupon to print! Go HERE to print a coupon for a free gallon of milk with any $100 grocery purchase.
*This coupon can be used for Organic Milk too!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

!Graco Stroller Recall!

Graco Recalls Strollers Due to Fingertip Amputation and Laceration Hazards!!!

Go HERE to see if your stroller is one of them!

~Dinner last night~

Tuesday Night Dinner Totals

Tonight I tried something new and it turned out AWESOME! This is what I put in the dish:

1 chicken breast (cut into little pieces)-$1
1 can cream of mushroom soup-.30
2 cups Velveeta-?$1??
1 bag of broccoli-FREE
1/2 can of milk-FREE
1/2 can of Rotel-.25
1/2 bag of noodles-.50

Total= Around $3 bucks for a really yummy meal. Plus, I made enough for my hubby to take with him for lunch on Wednesday. He ate enough for 2 people tonight...he liked it that much! ;)
You could easily make this into a meal for a large family just by adding more chicken and noodles. I make a similar (mexican)dish when we have our families come to visit us. There is always plenty to go around.
If you have any questions about this recipe you can email me or leave a comment.

Wednesday Blessings~

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

~Tip of the Day!~

Use less meat!

I always use less meat than a recipe suggests. I have found that if a casserole calls for 4-5 chicken breasts, 2 will actually do the trick. The less meat you use, the more money you save!

~My Walgreen's Trip~

2 Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes
$2 each
-TWO $1.50/1 Wet Ones (Printable Coupon)
= $1
Get back $1 in RRs
FREE after coupons and RRs!

4 Vicks NyQuil/DayQuil product
$5 each
2 Puffs Tissues
$2.49 each
-$2/1 Nyquil q
-(3) $1.50 Nyquil q
-(2) Free Puffs when you buy 2 Vicks products coupons from the 12/27 P&G
Pay $13.50
Get back $10 in RRs

So,after coupons and Register Rewards I paid $3.50 for all of this! It would have been even better if I had (4) $2 off coupons. Since I didn't, I used the $1.50 off instead. A great deal anyway you slice it ;)

Monday, January 18, 2010

~Family Circle Magazine FREE!~

Sign up HERE to get 3 FREE months of Family Circle Magazine! I get FREE magazines all of the time now. It's great!

~My Kroger Trip~

5 Birds Eye Steam fresh Veggies
Reg. $1.89
Sale $1
-.35q (tripled)

5 Pillsbury crescent rolls
sale $1
-(4).25 q (tripled)
-.50 (doubled)
-.40 shortcuts
-.50 shortcuts
total for 5=$5
paid .10 or .02 each!

4 Pillsbury cinnamon rolls
Reg. $1.59
sale $1.00
-.40/2 q (doubled)
-.40/2 q (doubled)
-.40 shortcuts
=.50 each

Tony's Pizza
Reg. $2.33
sale $2
-.50 q (doubled)

-.50 (doubled)

Sun Chips
-$3.79 q

2 Pillsbury brownie mix
Reg. $1.99
Sale $1
-.40 q (doubled)
=.20 each

2 Hunt's sugar free pudding
Reg. ?
Sale $1
-.30/2 q (tripled)
=.55 per package

Peter Pan peanut butter
Reg. $2.69
sale $1.50
-$1 q

2 Maruchan noodles
Reg. .99
Sale .89
-.50 q

2 Barilla pasta
Reg. $1.49
Sale $1.39
-.75/2 q
=$1.01 per box

Total= $44.51
Paid= $7.12
*That is a savings of 84%!

*The FREE items! I heart FREE stuff!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

~Target Special K Deal~

Ran into Target today and noticed they were having a Special K deal. Buy 2 Special K cereal (other Special K items were included also) on sale for $2.39 and get a FREE box of Special K Fruit Crisps.

2 Special K cereal
Reg. $3.24
Sale $2.39
total $4.78
-$1/2 Target q
-$1/2 man. q
=$2.78 or $1.39 per box!

Special K Fruit Crisps
Reg. $3.24
Sale $2.39

3 Johnson's buddies
-$1 q

Paid = $2.78
*Saved 78%!

~Dinner-Friday night~

Breakfast Burritos

other ingredients-.50

Total was $3.50, but made enough for us to eat twice. Basically, I made my hubby's favorite meal and it only cost me around $1.75 per dinner. Yeah!

Friday, January 15, 2010

~Thursday Night Dinner Totals!~

Baked Ziti, spinach salad w/ garlic bread

other ingredients-.25
spinach salad-.50 (probably not even that much)
bread-FREE! (used the white bread that I got for FREE at Kroger and put some butter & garlic on it and put it in the oven for 8 minutes)

The total for this meal was around $3.05 and it made enough for 2 dinners, so technically it cost me around $1.50 per dinner.

This is our favorite Italian meal!

~2 Coupon Inserts Scheduled~

There should be 2 coupon inserts in the Sunday paper.
1 SmartSource
1 Procter & Gamble

Happy Clipping!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

~Johnson's Baby Coupons!~

Looking for Johnson's baby product coupons? Go HERE to the website and look on the right side of the page.

~Tip of the day for Thursday!~

Set a budget! This seems like it would be such an easy task, well it isn't! It may take a couple of months to get the budget finalized. It is KEY to living within your set amount each week/month. You must keep track to stay focused. Make every penny count. On paper, on purpose. It is amazing how far money will go when you are purposefully spending it.

Happy Budgeting!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

~Wednesday Dinner Totals!~

Wednesday night dinner menu:

Chicken & Beef Enchiladas

8 tortillas-.80
burger meat-.50 (leftover from something else)
enchilada sauce-.75
sour cream (only used on half)-.25
pinto beans-.70

I made enough for 2 meals (dinner & lunch) for both of us. Total was $4.50 for 2 dinners or $2.25 per dinner.

~Walgreens photo deal~

Wednesday, January 13th only, use code FANFREE and get a FREE 8×10 photo collage from Walgreens.

~Another Kroger Trip!~

Made a quick trip to Kroger again yesterday for the last day of the "Crazy Meal Deal". My hubby LOVES Special K, so I stocked up. Here are my deals:

Buy 3 Special K products for $7 and get a free milk, eggs, bread & gravy!

4 Special K
Reg. $3.69
Sale $2.33
-$1/2 q
-$1.50/2 q
=$6.82 total for 4 boxes

Reg. $2.99

Reg. $1.00

Reg. $1.59

Reg. $1.69

Chocolate Milk
-$2.99 q

Total= $25.02
Paid = $6.82

~Tip of the Day for Wednesday!~

Open the blinds! When it is cold and the sun is shining, open the blinds and let the sun warm up the room. This really does work well in the winter! The back of my house has 8 windows that are in the master bedroom, dining room & living room. The sun warms those rooms up in the afternoon during the winter.

Have a blessed Wednesday!

~Quaker Oats $1 Coupon!~

Quaker Oats $1 printable coupon HERE!

Offer good until 4/31/10!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

~Tip of the Day!~

Don't keep the road hot! Try to plan your trips out so that you are not wasting a bunch of gas (and time) running around every day. It feels so good to not be running crazy everyday. Make a list, get a plan of attack before you leave & go save some money!

~CVS Deals~

I'm probably not going to CVS this week. However, I did want to share a few good deals that were in the ad.

GE Reveal Light Bulbs (4-pk)
2 for $6
- (2) $1/1 coupons from 1/3 Smart Source insert
Receive $2 ECBs
Final Price = $1 each

Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner
Buy 2 for $6.97
- $3/2 coupon from 12/27 P&G insert
Receive $2 ECBs
Final Price = $.99 each

Scope Outlast Mouth Rinse
-$1 coupon from 12/27 P&G insert
Receive $1 ECB
Final Price = $1.49
Another student/reader just got the call to be part of the diaper study. Yeah Jamie! Nothing beats FREE diapers! Woohoo :)

Monday, January 11, 2010

~Monday Night Dinner Totals!~

Chicken, steamed broccoli, rice w/ carrots & mashed potatoes

Chicken (cooked in slow cooker all day)-$1
Steamfresh broccoli-FREE!
Rice w/ carrots-FREE!
Mashed Potatoes-.40

As you can see we had an entire meal for 3 of us that cost me less than $1.50! Plus, I cooked extra chicken to make enchiladas tomorrow night.

Woohoo, I love saving money and having a plan!!! Have you started figuring up how much each meal that you prepare is costing? If so, how is it going? You can always leave a message or email me at, I love hearing from you all!

Be Blessed!

~My Little Peach~

My conversation today while eating lunch with my 3 year old.

"Mommy, where did you get these peaches?"
Me: "At Kroger"

3 yr old: "Were they on sale?" (with brow raised)
Me: "No"

3 yr old: Looking shocked with big eyes!
Me: "But, I used a coupon on them"

3 yr old: (Sigh of relief) "Oh, okay Mommy"

I love that at 3 years old she is already understanding certain concepts of money. I also love that she wants to buy things on sale and get a good deal. She will ask me often if we got a good deal on something. When I say yes, it makes her very happy!

~Redbox Movie Code~

We heart Redbox at our house, especially FREE movie codes!

Use code: RBXLUV10 and get one FREE movie rental.

Offer expires 1/11/10.

~My Kroger Trip Yesterday~

My Kroger trip this weekend was pretty good. I had gone earlier in the week for fruits & veggies. I love these small trips!

3 Maruchan noodles
Reg. .99
Sale .89
-.50 (doubled to sale price)

Budding Turkey
Reg. $4.39
Sale $2.20
-$1 q

Grande Chips
Reg. $3.49
Sale $2
=$1 q

5 Johnson & Johnson bars
-$1 q
=.09 each (could have gotten these for a few cents cheaper elsewhere, but not worth the trip & needed to use these coupons before expiring)

Buy 3 Special K products for $7 and get a free milk, eggs, bread & gravy!

3 Special K
Reg. $3.69
Sale $2.33
-$1/2 q
=$6 total for 3 boxes

Reg. $2.99

Reg. $1.00

Reg. $1.59

Reg. $1.69

Total $34.64
Paid $8.65
*That is a savings of 75%, not bad considering I got milk, eggs & bread too!

~Monday Tip of the Day!~

Save Water!
Turn off the water when washing your face & brushing your teeth. This saves on your bill and the environment :)
Wait until the dishwasher is full to run it.
Wash large loads of clothing. Try to wash as much as you can in cold water rather than hot. That will save you money too!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

~2 Coupon Inserts Scheduled~

Expect 2 coupon inserts this weekend.

1 Red Plum
1 Smartsource

Happy Clipping!

Friday, January 8, 2010

~Dinner-Friday night~

Chili w/ beans

meat-.50 (didn't use much)
chili seasonings-.65
tomato sauce-.50
corn bread-.40


~Awesome Deal!~

Target has a BabyBjourn baby carrier for $24.99 plus free shipping in Chocolate brown. I have never seen one this cheap! I've been told that Wal-mart has this same one for $80 right now. So, if you are in the market for one or want to give someone a nice gift this is for you! I'm sure these will be gone fast!
Go Here to see product!

~$5/5 Healthy Choice Coupon!~

$5 off 5 Healthy Choice frozen meals coupon HERE!

~Tip of the day for Friday!~

Light Bulbs:

Switch light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs. Check the watts on each lamp and make sure you are not using a 100 watt when a 60 watt is needed. Wasted energy!
I try to use as much natural light in my house during the daytime. If I only need a small amount of light, I plug in a lamp with a low voltage bulb.

Saving money is really about changing habits. If you can change your habits then it is easy. Most of my "Tips of the Day" are simple things to do. Sadly, most people would rather complain than do them. My challenge to you is to decide to make some changes in 2010 to save your family money!

Have a great Friday!

~Smart Balance Coupons!~

Smart Balance printable coupons HERE!

*This one is for you Denise ;)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

~Thursday Dinner Totals~

Noodles w/ broccoli-.50
Garlic Mashed Potatoes-.89

Total meal less than $2.50.

~Tip of the day for Thursday!~

~Tip of the day~
Use less product! I am bad about this. Personally, I use too much much shampoo, conditioner, dish soap & laundry soap. I'm aware of this problem and am working on it. We all would automatically save money if every member in our household were using the correct amount of household items. I encourage you to do an inventory check of how much each person is using and see where you can cut back. This may take educating your family on what the correct amount actually is.

Do you have a pre-teen/teenager that has a particular expensive personal product that they love & use too much of? If so, you might consider making them pay for that item one month out of their allowance. Sometimes we all just need to know the value of an item. My guess is after that, the product will last a great deal longer!

~$2/2 Nabisco Coupon~

Get your $2 off 2 Nabisco cracker coupon HERE!

~Dinner last night~

Last night was awesome because my hubby made dinner for us! Always a treat ;)

The menu consisted of breakfast for dinner:

Bacon- $1.25
crescent rolls-FREE

So, we ate for around $1.50 again. Plus it was super yummy! Thank you to my sweet husband. You're the best!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

~Dinner last night~

Dinner menu last night:

Tacos w/ guacamole & pintos

Taco meat-less than $1
Pinto beans-.79 (1 can)
Tortillas-.40 (used 4 from a $1 package of 10)
cheese-probably .25 worth of the package

Total meal = less than $2.50! Plus I had enough taco meat & pintos for us to eat it again for lunch today! So, technically the meal was less than $1.50. Woohoo! This is why eating at home saves BIG!!!!

I encourage you all to have a list of what I call "go to meals". They are quick, easy meals that you ALWAYS have on hand. For me, tacos are one of my favorite "go to meals". I have several variations of how I make the tacos and different types of meat that I like to use. That way my family never gets tired of them :)

I hope this is helping you all. Several of you have asked me how I feed my family so inexpensively. We eat really good food and it rarely comes out of box! I try to make my time in the kitchen as efficient as possible. I don't really enjoy cooking, but I love feeding my family good food! Blessing them, blesses me.

~Tip of the Day!~

Tip of the day is something else new I'm going to be posting on my journey to save you money in 2010....I'm going to list some things that I already do and may have posted about previously, but since this is a new year, I thought it would be a good time to start thinking about saving in every way....not just by using coupons!

Tip of the day:
*Turn down the thermostat in the winter! We keep ours at 65 (yes, it is a bit brisk), but we just wear cozy clothes when at home and it is fine. By doing this, my electric bill is $75-$250 cheaper than my neighbors with the same floor plan. Plus, it helps with my daughter's allergies to not have so much dry air. It seems like having a warm house would do the opposite, but it is really hard on people with allergies.
Also, your body does adjust to the temperature. It really isn't cold, just brisk at times. My daughter is never cold. Actually, she takes her socks off because her feet are hot every day. So, I never feel bad about keeping the thermostat on 65 :)
This will be an adjustment for those of you in the 70's. Do it a couple degrees at a time. If you keep it at 72, then do 70 for 2 days before dropping into the 60's.
I'd love to hear from those of you willing to try this. I promise, you will save so much money by doing so.

Wednesday Blessings~

~Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon!~

Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon HERE!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

~Something New!~

I'm excited to be telling you about one of the new things that I am going to be doing in 2010! I'm going to be listing my dinner menu, but also listing what the entire meal cost me to make for my family. This may be a bit tricky at times, so it won't be down to the penny. However, it will be very close! I'm doing this to encourage you to eat at home more in 2010. It really is so much cheaper and so much healthier than fast food.
Menu last night:
salad w/ spinach leaves added (paid $1 for salad kit and then just over $2 for the large bag of spinach, both will last for at least 6 salads)
baked chicken (marinaded with Lowry's...paid .50 for the entire bottle)
rice & broccoli (FREE after coupons several months ago!)
salad dressing- Paid less than .10 for the entire bottle

*We had large salads with the baked chicken chopped and served on top. The rice & broccoli was the side dish. By chopping the large piece of chicken, I was able to use only one large breast.

Total = $2.00 or less

This was a really good and healthy meal that only cost me $2.00 at most. Can't beat that! Plus, it was easy to make ;)

Happy cooking!

~CVS Photo Deal!~

CVS is offering 50 FREE prints for new registrants. Go HERE to sign up!

Monday, January 4, 2010

~Wal-green's Free Electrosal~

Electrasol Powerball Tabs (20-pk)
-$2.50 coupon from 1/3 Smart Source insert
Get $1 Register Reward
Final Price = FREE!

*I did not get this deal because I have an energy star dishwasher that does not clean well (at all) with these tabs. I can use regular Electrasol and it is fine, but there is something about these tabs that doesn't do well with my particular dishwasher. Anyway, thought it was a great deal and still wanted to pass it on!

~My CVS deal this week~

This is what I got at CVS for the week. I love these light bulbs!

GE Energy Smart Light Bulb (1 pk)
-$1 coupon from 1/3 Smart Source insert
Received $2 ECBs (good on next purchase)

Final Price = FREE!!!

~50 Prints for 50 Pennies from Snapfish!~

Great Snapfish photo deal! 50 prints for 50 pennies by using code NEWYEAR50...go HERE for details!

I just ordered my Christmas photos last night. It feels so good to already have them ordered. I'm going to try to be better about that this new year.

Happy Monday morning!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

~5 Inserts Scheduled Sunday!~

This is super exciting to start the new year off with 5 coupon inserts!!! Be sure to buy a paper or two or three. This is a great way to start saving big in 2010!
Coupons scheduled:
1 General Mills
2 SmartSource
2 Red Plum

Happy Clipping ;)

Friday, January 1, 2010

~Happy New Year!~

Happy New Year!
Thank you to all of my faithful readers, students & friends. 2009 was a great year of saving BIG! Wishing 2010 to be a year of financial breakthroughs for you and your family.
I'm going to be changing up a few things on the blog. So, be sure to check in and get excited!

In His Grace~