Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
How about you? Have you found any great coupons on E-bay lately?
Monday, December 29, 2008
$1.00 off 1 Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
$1.00 off 3 Pillsbury Pie Crust, Cookie Dough, Golden Layers Biscuits, or Frozen dinner rolls
$1.00 off 1 Pillsbury thin pizza crust or Pillsbury Crescent recipe creations
$1.00 off 1 Green Giant 19-24 oz frozen bagged vegetables
$1.00 off 3 Green Giant boxed vegetables
$1.00 off 2 boxes of Pop Secret
$1.00 off 2 Cheerios
$1.00 off any multi grain Cheerios
$1.00 off Pillsbury Savorings
$1.00 off Pillsbury Big Deluxe Classics cookie dough, Grands cinnamon rolls, or Flaky twists
Whew! These coupons are great! I am looking forward to using the $1.00 off crescent rolls, sometimes goes go as low as $.99. The expiration date on all of these coupons are 5/31/09. You can still get them! Sign up for your own coupon book here.
Other great freebies...
--Get a FREE sample of Bausch & Lomb moistened lens tissue here. This would be great to keep in your purse or your car to clean your sunglasses!
--Love recipes like I do? Get a FREE recipe booklet from Earthbound Farm Organic here.
--If you aren't signed as a member of LUVs diapers, sign up to receive some FREE Luvs coupons here.
--Want more diaper savings? Join the Huggies Baby Network here for FREE samples, diaper coupons, and a potty training DVD! Cool!
--Get your FREE subscription to Remedy Life magazine by clicking here.
--Close to retirement or planning for retirement? Get a FREE copy of Retirement for Dummies here.
--I love popcorn! Do you? Get your FREE sample of Paradise Island microwave popcorn here.
--Magazines are so fun! I love them - FREE magazines are even better. Get a FREE subscription to Traditional Home magazine here.
There seem to be a lot of FREEbies going around right now. Do you ever wonder where I find out about these FREEbies? There are many FREEbie sites on the web that share FREEbies, although a lot of them come with strings attached. All of the FREEbies that I share I have personally signed up for, so I know they are legit. I just recently found a great FREEbie site called Absurdly Cool Freebie Finder. So far, it seems like a great site for FREEbies, in fact, some of the FREEbies that I shared today can be found there. Check it out - and enjoy this week's FREEbies!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Monday - Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole, green beans
Tuesday - Hamburger Helper Cheesy Italian Shells, garlic toast, corn
Wednesday - We are going out for Sushi with family. I'm nervous.
Thursday - Tuna Noodle Casserole, jello salad
Friday - Polish sausage, fried potatoes, corn muffins
Saturday - Slow Cooker Hearty Beef and Bean Chili, leftover corn muffins
Sunday - Leftovers
I'll try to stick with the plan this week, we'll see how it goes.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
- Your bank or credit union - just ask the next time you go in to make a deposit.
- Your insurance agent.
- Ocean Spray is offering a FREE 2009 recipe calendar which also includes $5.00 in coupons (this is valid in Canada only!). Check it out here.
- Get a FREE calendar from Time Warner cable here (you must be a current customer and enter your account number).
- Xerox wants to give you a FREE calendar, check it out here. You must fill out the form and check "Please send me print samples and the new 2009 calendar."
- Get a FREE 2009 Kids Hemophilia calendar here. This calendar is filled with kid's artwork.
- Register with Oriental Trading and receive a FREE calendar. Check it out here.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Bright Beginnings - this is another formula company offering some great FREEbies, sign up here.
Gerber - sign up for Gerber/Nestle Newsletter and receive FREE coupons and samples. Sign up here.
Do you know of any other great baby FREEbies? Please leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Monday - Apricot Chicken, boxed potatoes, peas (I didn't make these last week)
Tuesday - Hamburger Helper Cheesy Italian Shells, broccoli, garlic toast
Wednesday - Christmas Eve at the in-laws - I think we are having soup and rolls before going out Christmas Caroling...fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.
Thursday - MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! Christmas Dinner at the in-laws, not sure what we are having or what my responsibility is yet.
Friday - Smoked Sausage in BBQ sauce, green beans, twice baked potatoes
Saturday - Ham, cheese, and broccoli bisquick pie
Sunday - Chili, corn muffins
There you have it. I just don't know what this week is going to bring, so I am planning on having to change this up at least once.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
- Gifts of Service - In my family we draw names for gifts so that each family buys gifts for one other family with a small price limit. This has worked great for us, but I do like to give a small token to the family members that I didn't draw. Last year, I gave each family member a coupon for a special service. I offered my newlywed sister a home cooked dinner, a night of babysitting for my siblings with children, etc. I would prefer a night of FREE babysitting to another pair of slippers anytime!
- Simple Gift Baskets - Use a Betty Crocker cookie pouch that you got for next to nothing. Add a wooden spoon (I've seen these at the $1.00 store 4 in a package), a tub of frosting (that also cost you next to nothing), some sprinkles, and cookie cutters. Simple, cute, and inexpensive. Look at your stockpile to see what you have - make a pasta gift basket with some Spaghetti Sauce and Pasta, use a colander ($1.00 store) as the basket. Make a gift basket of toiletries for your single brother in college. Be creative!
- Baked Goods - Everyone loves goodies, give all your friends a plate of assorted goodies.
- Hand me downs - sort of...give your children treasures from your past. When I was little (I can't remember how old) I received a teddy bear for Christmas that belonged to my mother when she was a little girl. Of all of the Christmas gifts I have received, that is one I always remember. This could work for kids too, they could give a favorite toy or other item to their sibling for Christmas.
These are just a few ideas that cost little to nothing, but would be enjoyed by the receiver. You will also probably enjoy giving them!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I went out Monday evening and Tuesday evening, and I am glad to be finished so early in the week. Here is what I ended up with. My first trip was to Walgreen's. I read about a sweet deal on Olay Regenerist products here and decided to take advantage. Here is what I ended up with:
2 Olay Regenerist Face Cleansers - $14.98
2 Listerine Kids Mouthwash - $9.00
2 Oral B Zooth Toothbrushes - $4.00 (stocking stuffers!)
Total before coupons: $29.66
Coupons I used:
$1.00 off 2 Oral B toothbrushes
$1.00 off 1 Listerine Smart Rinse
$.50 off 1 Listerine
$5.00 off 2 Olay Regenerist
Net OOP: $2.53 (I had $19.63 remaining on my Walgreen's gift card) I will get a $15.00 gift card for the Olay deal + I got a $2.00 Register Reward for the toothbrushes + I got a $4.50 Register Reward for the Listerine. It was a great trip. I wanted to use the RR's for some more items, but this Walgreen's didn't have everything I wanted so I went to another and had some issues. But first...my trip to Fred Meyer. I made a few stupid mistakes here too - I was so annoyed with myself! Here is what I ended up with there:
6 Navel Oranges - $2.15
2 gallons Skim Milk - $5.00
1 gallon FM whole milk - $3.25 (this was my first mistake, I grabbed the wrong one, the Mountain Dairy was on sale for $2.50!)
1 gallon Mountain Dairy whole milk - $2.50
3 FM butter - $5.00 (with in ad coupon)
3 FM sour cream - $2.97
1 PS mint chip ice cream - $2.50
1 can Santiam corn - $.67 (this was my second mistake, FM vegetables and broth were on sale for $.33, so I got one of these by mistake!)
3 cans FM broth - $1.00 (with in ad coupon)
5 cans FM veggies - $1.67 (with in ad coupon)
Total: $28.32 ( I didn't use any manufacturer's coupons)
Then it was to a second Walgreen's where things didn't go according to plan. This was my own stupidity, but the cashier was frustrating too. Here is what happened. I planned on using my $6.50 in RR's from my last Walgreen's purchase to get some of the fruit and olives that were on sale. I planned on getting 3 cans of olives, but they only had 2. Well, my $6.50 in RR's would have paid for most of what I wanted with a few cents left over. I wasn't thinking and I went to pay with only the 2 cans of olives. The cashier scanned my $2.00 RR and then tried to scan my $4.50 it kept beeping. My total was $4.73, but the cashier said that it wouldn't let me use it because you can only use one per purchase - I told her I had done it before many times and she kept saying that it wasn't going to work. I just decided to pay the $4.73 and when I got my receipt I realized that my total before tax was $4.35. We all know that you can't use a RR for more than the purchase price - so that is why it didn't work. UGH and double UGH! The stuff I got was still a great deal - and I still have my $4.50 RR, but I really should have thought that one through a little bit better. Anyway, here is what I ended up with there.
2 cans Madame mandarin oranges - $1.00 (with in ad coupon)
2 cans Geisha mushrooms - $1.00 (with in ad coupon)
2 cans Lindsay olives - $1.98 (with in ad coupon)
3 cans of Geisha Fruit - $2.37
Total before coupons - $6.73
Used $2.00 RR
Net OOP: $4.73
Next I headed to Walmart. I hate Walmart, but I needed diapers (which I can get the cheapest there if I don't get them on a good sale). I don't include diapers in my grocery budget, so you won't seem them here. Here is what I ended up with:
3 GV sugar free drink mixes - $5.28
2 GV green chilies - $1.56
1 3# bag frozen BS chicken breast - $5.00
1 bag green onions - $1.12
2 tomatoes - $1.08
1 bag frozen hash browns - $1.88
Net OOP: $16.87
I thought I was done for the week, I had $6.28 left in my budget, but I got my Valley Fresh coupons in the mail, so I decided to hit Albertson's because the sale ended yesterday. I first hit one Albertson's and cleared them out of Valley Fresh Steamers, then I went to another one down the road. Here is what I ended up with:
12 bags Valley Fresh Steamers - $15.00 (on sale 4 for $5)
3 BC frosting - $5.00
4 BC cookie mixes - $6.66
2 BC boxed potatoes - $3.34
Total before coupons - $30.00
Albertson's deal this week was buy $10.00 in certain items, get $4.00 off instantly, so they took off $12.00 bringing my total down to $18.00.
Coupons I used:
12 VF steamer $1.00 off 1 coupons
1 $1.00 off 2 BC potatoes
3 $.50 off BC frosting
3 $.40 off BC cookie mix (I had 4 but one was expired!)
Net OOP: $3.39!!!!!!!!
On my next trip I got:
3 Bisquick - $7.50
1 BC Muffin Mix - $2.50
3 BC boxed potatoes - $5.00
Total before coupons - $20.00
Albertson's took of $8.00 for the promotion leaving a balance of $12.00.
Coupons I used:
4 $1.00 off 1 VF Steamers coupons
3 $.60 off 1 Bisquick coupons
1 $1.00 off 2 BC potatoes
1 $.35 off 1 BC potatoes
1 .40 off 1 BC muffin mix
Net OOP: $5.17
All of this put me just slightly over budget by $2.28 for the week (which I will subtract from next week), but can you believe all the stuff I got!? I would have been under, except for the Walgreen's incident. But still, 6 months ago I never would have believed I could stretch my dollars so far! How'd you do this week?
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Good luck and please e-mail me with any questions!
Monday, December 15, 2008
I used random.org to choose another winner and it was...
Beeb (who is also Super Coupon Girl!) Here is what she had to say:
I wrote about it on my contest blog:
You know the drill, I'll be contacting you by e-mail. Please respond with your address! Congrats!