Wednesday, June 8, 2011

some day I will blog again...

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Can I be anymore inconsistent? Probably. But my intentions are good. I've been super busy with ballet and soccer and full time work. Oh yeah, and moving. Can you believe it has been a month and we still aren't unpacked?

We are getting there, but it's hard with my hubby and I both working full time and a kiddo to entertain. You can only get so much done on the weeknights and the weekends are for family time...so there you have it.

About 90% of me feels like I should just have a big yard sale and get rid of all the stuff I haven't touched in the last month, if it's still boxed up I must not need it that bad right? I will have to look in to that this weekend!

Plus my hubby did say today that if I got rid of all my extras I can get an iPad!! Hello blogging on the go! That would be pretty cool! So I guess he meant sell all my stuff to pay for it....hrmmm.

Moving on...I just wanted to pop in and say hello!

I have been logging (not blogging) all of my coupon purchases though so that you can still see my savings even though I haven't been posting.

After the crazy pasta deal at Smiths though nothing seems as good a deal if it isn't free!

I hope to have my pics uploaded soon and will be posting all my great finds!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Today is the day...

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Well friends...today is the big day. My parents will be here and its about to get crazy. We woke up at like 6 am to get our little girl up and ready for the day and to get her off to school.
I of course hit the internet during my wake up time to see what the couponing happs might be this morning.
I'm enjoying coffee and the Today show, which I haven't done in a long time since I am usually in a really big rush to get out the door for work.
I spotted a couple of good coupons, but they are just duplicates of ones I already have.

I did notice yesterday though that the Clean and Clear facewash is on price cut at Target. It is now $3.99 and if you are lucky you have a $2.00 coupon and a B1G1 Free coupon to combine making two $2.00 or $1.00 each. Pretty good considering that just last week they were $5.00 each!

Anyway- just wanted to pop in before things get hectic.

So if I don't get back before the weekends up, Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Soup....from pasta sauce???

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Creamy Tomato-Vodka Soup

• Servings: 8
• Cook Time: 1 Hour & 30 Minutes
• Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Ingredients
• 1 jar (24 oz.) Classico® Four Cheese Pasta Sauce
• 1 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 onions, sliced
• 2 to 3 small cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
• 1 jar 32-ounce (4 cups) vegetable broth
• 1 jar 28-ounce Italian plum tomatoes, with juice
• 1/4 cup(s) vodka
• 6 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
• 1 teaspoon(s) salt
• 1 teaspoon(s) sugar
• 2 cup(s) half-and-half
Directions
1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook 1-2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients except for the half-and-half. Cover and simmer for 30-60 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Using an immersion blender or a food processor, puree the soup in batches (be careful—the liquid is hot). Stir in the half-and-half. Cook in the covered pot on low heat until heated through, 20 to 30 minutes.


This recipe is from Classico in their recipe section, I saw it in a magazine and thought it looked delicious!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Moving is taking away from my couponing obsession!!!

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Hello! It's been a few days...again. We are on our last stretch our new house mates will be here this week.

So the last week had of course flown by and we are in the midst of complete chaos!

Luckily, at this point all of our furniture is moved. All that is left is clearing out the kitchen- which I was saving for last so we can still eat. Which, ironically we have done nothing but EAT OUT for a week! And our bathroom and closet stuff.

We are going from a bedroom sized bathroom and large walk in closet to a closet sized bathroom and a bedroom that is smaller than our bathroom- how is that even possible?

Anyway, I did go to Target for a couple of things Saturday night. I didn't get any of the Nivea body wash because there was only one bottle left, and it made me feel weird, like, why is there only one here? While I was thinking about that, some creepy guy walked up and said hi to me? Then he happened to be everywhere I was in the store, until I ditched him and left!

While I was there I got some orange juice for $1.69, TWO Bertolli Pasta Sauces for $1.48 (.74 each) after coupons. I used 2- 0.75/1 and 1- $1.00/2 Target coupon for a total of $2.50.

I love getting pasta sauce on sale. It lasts usually a year or two and you can dress it up for different dishes, use it on pasta, spaghetti squash, pizza's, as a dip and...drum roll please...as a soup base!! Can I get a woot woot!!! I will post a recipe for that soon

Maybe later today or tomorrow.

I got a couple of other things, but the pasta sauce was the most exciting!

So I went and got my 2 papers Sunday and really, no coupons seem as good to me as that Nivea coupon we got a couple weeks back! That was epic! Body wash for four cents? Yes please! But there were some good ones in there- I won't complain. I especially like the ones with far out expiration dates so that I can match them with sales.

I was online and in coupon mode when my husband said to me "Maybe you shouldn't coupon this weekend, we have so much to do"...um, what? Tell a couponer not to coupon?

That's like telling dough not to rise! Who's with me? I had tried doing my couponing late Friday night when it shouldn't matter to anyone what I am doing anyway...I stayed up until 2 AM organizing my little gems!!

I can't wait to get past this big move this weekend and get my coupon on in full force again!!

How was your weekend? Any good deals?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesdays...

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So, the past couple of days I haven't hit a store or been searching aggressively for coupons.

I am worn out!

Tonight we got all of my kiddos stuff moved down to the basement and her room upstairs cleared out.

It's a nice feeling to have something actually done!

I did send the hubby to Smiths to get some more cereal since today is the last day of their General Mills cereal deal. It's buy 4 for $10 and get a $5.00 gift card back. If you have coupons for the cereal it makes it an even better deal.

I was caught off guard and didn't have my arsenal of coupons- I only had two because I had diminished my supply with this deal the previous week.

It's even a good deal though without coupons so don't feel terrbily bad going in there without a plan of stacks.

I just wanted to touch base and give an update! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Couponing the WRONG way!

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Couponing the wrong way? Is that possible?

Yes, yes it is. The point of couponing is to save money. If you buy things just because you have a coupon- well, you are spending more money to "save" money. In the long run, buying things just because you have a coupon results in more spending and more clutter.

This all never occurred to me until this weekend. I don't typically buy things I don't need so I haven't really fallen prey to this. Now, I mentioned in my previous post that I did have some random items in my purchase piles. Anything from food to household to mini first aid kits. But- the food we will eat and the mini first aid kits we will put in our cars.

I know I will use everything I purchase, and I almost never purchase anything just because I have a coupon. Here are my rules I follow:

I ONLY buy things now if I have a coupon, unless:

- It's produce or dairy that I cannot get a coupon for. Milk, fresh fruit and veggies.
- It's an item you RARELY see a coupon for such as milk, fresh fruits and veggies or clothing.
- It's an emergency.

There are a few exceptions that I make. These exceptions include my personal splurge items like really fancy shampoo, entertainment (I do look for coupons) and a couple other things that I allow myself a splurge on.

Next, when I have coupons, I am buying things I am in the market for. I'm not just out buying because I have a coupon. I get regular things that we need and use. Food, paper towels, toilet paper, personal care items, etc. I guess what I am saying is, I don;t get a coupon and think that I have to go buy it because I got that coupon.

On the rare occasion that I get something that I don't normally use it falls in to these categories:

It's something that I know we will use and is not clutter, for example food.

It's something we use, just another brand, i.e. we usually buy Kraft but I can get a really good deal and multiples of Market Pantry brand for less.

It's something we will use and I want to try, i.e. my recent purchase of Glade Spring room sprays. I don't normally use random room sprays, I use Scentsy products and that includes their room sprays. However- the Scentsy room spray leaves a film of oil all over when I use it, which causes my wood and tile floors to become super slick. This room spray smelled really good {I got the green one that is lime and ginger} it didn't smell like my grandma's house, it doesn't leave a film, and it didn't cost $8 a small bottle either. Sometimes when guests are coming and I didn't have a lot of notice, it's nice to run around and spray the house to freshen it up and not have to worry about a slip and fall hazard! :)

I realized a lot about my shopping habits this weekend and what type of couponer I want to be.

In this economy I want to have a nice food storage, but not so huge that it takes up my whole house.
I want to have a good supply of personal care products and household items so that I can pull from my stock, and stock up at good sales.
I want to accomplish this by spending the least amount of money possible. And when I can, donate what I can to my local food bank and homeless shelters. I can't stand the thought of kids going hungry.

My good friend and I have both always used coupons. Over the past couple of months I think we have both relied on them a little heavier.

This is where I give you examples of how you can coupon the wrong way. Now, don't take me the wrong way- I love my friend dearly- I just thought it was a really good example for my post.

My friend and I made two trips to Target this weekend. Each time we were using coupons.

On our first trip, I spent about $26.00. I had a coupon for all but three items in my cart- and those items were from the dollar section.

My friends bill was $95.00- she also had coupons, but I chalked it up to her just buying a lot more than me and also buying quite a few things that she didn't have coupons for.

We went out again later that evening.

This time everything I purchased had a coupon, or stack of coupons with it. When all was said and done, I left there spending less than twenty bucks. {$20.00}

I was done shopping about 15 minutes in. We spent over an hour of time with her going from aisle to aisle, looking at things and contemplating purchase- JUST BECAUSE SHE HAD A COUPON FOR IT. Stuff she didn't even use and probably didn't need.

What was she looking at? Well, she stared at baby food for about 10 minutes. She had a coupon for some random brand. If you bough 2 items at $3.99 each, you could get $1.00 one of their other products. So right there you are spending $8.00 to save $1.00. At that point if you really want to try the item- just buy the one that you wanted to get the dollar off of. That seems obvious right?

It was obvious when I had a coupon to get $1/1 Mars candy item. I wanted M&M's {which I later got free anyway} that were $2.69 each, I had to spend $5.38 to get the dollar off,making them $4.68 for the two. I didn't need two so I just bought one and left my coupon on the shelf so someone else could use it.

So after leaving the baby food aisle she had to go look at Fisher Price toys because....you guessed it...she had a coupon. But guess what? She didn't even need a toy. So she sat there in the aisle for a good 15 minutes deciding on what to get- then ended up "just getting something"...something she didn't even want or need, just to use the coupon.

Then there was the cosmetics aisles. She bought a few random cosmetic items she never usually uses..because she had coupons.

Now why didn't I say anything? Two reasons- I didn't really think about it at the time, and I didn't want to offend her. But at our weekly coupon meeting, I may bring it up. I will gently remind her that there are lots of coupons she may not use, and that there will always be other coupons out here.

Her checkout at the second Target cost her another $100. I wonder what she would have actually saved if she'd only gotten what she uses and what she needed?

Do you think she is really saving money using coupons? Or do you think the couponing is hurting her budget and her bottom line?

Monday, April 25, 2011

My Weekend Couponing...

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So I had another great deal weekend. I got quite a few things on the cheap, with a few freebies and a couple of items as low as FOUR CENTS!

I've loaded up some pictures so you can see what I got over the weekend. When I was reviewing my pictures, I did notice that there are a few random things in my lots, but I do have a tid bit on my justification for them- that will be in my next post.

Here is my first picture I am sharing:


So Target occasionally has these great deals happening where if you buy a certain number of select products you get a $5.00 gift card.

Both the Mrs. Meyers and the Always pads pictured above were part of one of those deals.

I had coupons for both which made them even better.

Here are the break downs for each "deal" above:

Mrs. Meyers- buy 4 get a $5 gift card, I had 4 $1 off 1 coupons making the equation:

$3.99 x 4 = $15.96 - $4.00 = $11.96

Factor in the $5.00 GC I am getting back, that makes this deal $6.96 or $1.74 each for a great product!

Always Pads- buy 3 get a $5 gift card, I had 2 $1 off 1 coupons making the equation:

$5.14 x 3= $15.42 - $2 = $13.42

Factor in the $5.00 I am getting back and that makes it $8.42 or $2.80 each!

** I used to not buy this whole things are cheaper when you get a gift card or rewards back because your out of pocket is still that of the total you spent. Then I learned that instead of hoarding my gift cards- if I use them that week in place of my "budgeted" grocery money, it really is making my total out of pocket (OOP) less in the big scheme of things.**

Next is the Dove Men Care Body wash. I found these on clearance for $1.98 a piece and happened to have my 2 $1/1 coupons making them .98 each! 98 CENTS PEOPLE! :o)

And my last item in this trip was the Degree deodorant. I had a MFG $1/1 Q, and a $1/1 TARGET Q {Gotta love those stacks} which made this item free because the regular price is $1.97.

My total OOP this trip was $27.34 without tax....but then I used my Target RED debit card and got another 5% off.

I love Target, I always have- I don't work for Target and they do not compensate me at all to post about them or their credit and debit cards. I just really think it is awesome all the ways you can save, including with a RED card!

These deals are the most exciting to me:



General Mills cereal select varieties are 4 for $10.00 and get a $5.00 gift card this week at Smith's. Again, factor in coupons and that makes anything better right?

So here is what I spent:

Of course I am at work and left my receipt at home- so in an effort to finish my post I am pretty confident that I spent $24.32 OOP and received $15.00 in gift cards which makes this equation:

$24.32- $15.00 GC= $9.32/ 12 boxes = .77 per box. 77 CENTS PER BOX!!

If I am off on that I will edit it when I get home. But I know that it was pretty close.

Of course I can't get enough of this deal which ENDS TOMORROW APRIL 26TH! So I went back. One time I did 4 boxes of Total and used 4 $1.00 off 1 coupons making my total OOP $6.30, then factor in that gift card and that makes it $1.30 for 4 boxes or .32 each!

Here are a few more deals, I am just going to stack the photos and highlight the freebies and cheapies:



TOP PHOTO:

Ritz Munchables- 3 at $1 each with coupons
Ritz Crackerfuls -4 at $1 each with coupons
Suave Bodywash- 1 at $1.47 with coupon {I will do better on body wash in next photo}
Glade Spring spray- 2 at $0.99 each with coupons
Classico sauce- 3 ended up at $0.89 each with coupons
Nail Polish- 2 at $0.74 each with coupons
Floss- 4 at FREE each with coupons {I had 4 $1/1 MFG Q's and they were 0.97 each}
Johnson and Johnson First Aid go kits- 2 at 0.22 each after coupons. They just have band aids in them so they are not full kits.

MIDDLE PHOTO:

Lysol Wipes- 2 at $0.39 each
Polish remover- 1 at $0.49 each
Glad Spring Spray- 2 at $0.99 each
NIVEA body wash - 2 at $0.04 each- yes, less than a dime for 2!
M&M's- 1 at FREE! For buying Rice Crispies.

The rest of the stuff was cheap but not as good as the 'under a bucks'

BOTTOM PHOTO:

LYSOL Wipes- 2 at $0.39 each
Floss- 4 at FREE
First Aid $0.22 again and Free M&M's for buying Rice Crispies that were on sale and had a coupon for.