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I braved the crowds in Target today to pick up a few things. I don’t want to go back there though until Christmas is over. LOL

Deal Sunday Dec. 18

5 cans Campbell’s Condensed Great for Cooking Soups
2 travel size Aquafresh Extreme toothpastes
1 Aquafresh training toothbrush
2 boxes Lipton pyramid teas
2 Playtex toddler cups
2 Eucerin travel size lotions
1 85 ft Reynolds Wrap foil
1 set of earrings
1 Almond Joy (not pictured)

Total out of pocket: $15.95
Total saved: $19.17


I haven’t made my CVS and Target weekend trips yet so I’ll post that in next week’s edition. Earlier this week I bought a few things in Target’s Easter clearance section. I’m ahead of the game for next year. 🙂

3 bags of plastic grass
1 dozen plastic eggs
Spring cookie cutter set
Dudley’s egg decorating kit
Paas egg decorating color cups
Felt Easter basket

Total: $6.24

Deal Sunday

Posted on: April 24, 2011

Alright, kiddies. I’m getting back on my couponing game. With the help of Challenge 2 Budget and The Krazy Coupon Lady I’ve restarted my stockpiling efforts and did really well, if I do say so myself.



Transaction 1:

  • 3 Always Infinity pads (Received $5 gift card)
  • 6 Stove Top stuffing mixes
  • 2 Lysol Disinfecting Wipes
  • 1 Airwick Freshmatic Gadget
  • 2 Airwick Freshmatic refills
  • 1 Glade Spring Aero air fresheneer
  • 1 Seventh Generation Mutli-Surface Cleaner
  • 4 Venus Proskin Razors (Received 2 $5 gift cards)
  • 1 Allegra allergy medicine 5 ct packs
  • 1 Neutrogena Naturals lip balm
  • 6 pack of baby socks
  • 3 pouches Ella’s Kitchen baby food

Total out of pocket $45.12
Received $15 in gift cards
Saved $90.22

Transaction 2:

  • 1 Allegra allergy medicine 5 ct packs
  • 1 Neutrogena Naturals lip balm
  • 2 gallons Horizon organic whole milk
  • 1 pack Up & Up recycled printer paper
  • 3 Ella’s Kitchen pouch baby food

Rolled over gift cards from transaction 1
Total out of pocket $2.69
Saved $9.36

Transaction 3 (right before the store closed)

  • Fisher Price Lil’ Zoomers Spinnin’ Sounds Speedway

Total out of pocket $16.95
Saved $14.00


Transaction 1

  • 4 Aveeno Naturals lotion (received $10 EB)
  • 2 Thermacare Heat Wraps ($4 EB)
  • 2 CVS green bag tags ($1.98 EB)
  • 1 Schick Quattro for women razor ($4 EB)
  • 1 Colgate toothpaste
  • 1 Reach total care floss

Total out of pocket $43.67
Received $19.98 in EB
Saved $23.66


Transaction 2
This transaction got me a round of applause from the cashier.

  • 2 Dove Men+Care deodorant
  • 4 Arm & Hammer liquid detergents
  • 4 Arm & Hammer 2-n-1 dryer cloths
  • 3 Schick Hydro 5 refills (not sure how I bought an odd number)
  • 2 Fuze drinks
  • 1 Glade scented oil plugins refill 2 pk
  • 2 Glade scented oil candle holders ($3 EB for all glade products)
  • 2 Schick Hydro 3 razors
  • 2 Schick Hydro 5 razors

Rolled over EB from transaction 1 plus $.50 EB from Winter spending
Total out of pocket $38.30
Received $3 EB
Saved $102.79

So, I’m back in the game. I have to save money somewhere if I’m going to keep up with rising gas prices.

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Yesterday, the community association put on a Fall yard sale. Can I just say that I LOVE yard sales. Finding that one thing (or a few things) that you’ve been eyeing and paying a fraction of the retail price. I’m a deal hunter and yard/garage sales are right up my alley.

For the house I bought an 18-piece dishware set (6 mugs, 6 dinner plates, 6 saucers) for $9. Two glass casserole dishes for $2.

I only bought one thing for myself. A $30 purse with the tags still on for $10. This will make a great purse/camera bag combo.

For Li’l T I picked up a Fisher Price Sparkling Symphony gym for $5 and some pants, shirts, and a rain jacket for $4.

I wish I could have picked up a few more things but I had been pushing my luck keeping Li’l T out past him morning nap time. Luckily he didn’t cry but responsible mommy took over for frugal mommy and I took him home ASAP.

As a working family we try to save as much money as possible. One way is to go grocery shopping with coupons. As a child we clipped coupons but I never understood the best way to use them. I’ve been following several bloggers and now I understand the timing of using coupons, saving for the proper time, combining them with ongoing sales. I’m exceptionally proud of today’s grocery trip and had to blog about it.

Safeway Haul

Transaction 1
5 boxes Nature Valley granola bars.
Buy 4 Save $4 sale
5 $.50 coupons (self-checkout machine wouldn’t scan coupons correctly so cashier had to manually enter them and she abided by the no doublng notation)
Final price $4.95. Received $3.50 catalina

Transaction 2
5 boxes Fiber One granola bars
2 boxes Cocoa Puffs
2 boxes Honey Nut Chex
1 box Trix
1 box Cinnamon Toast Crunch
1 box Multigrain Cheerios
5 bags Nature Valley Nut Lovers
4 pkgs Knorr Sides
4 cans Progresso veggie soups
2 pkgs Pillsbury Lava Brownies
1 half gallon milk
2 newspapers (not pictured)
2 lbs nectarines
3 lbs grapes

Several in ad, printed and electronic coupons
$3.50 catalina from previous transaction
$2.00 catalina from a previous transaction

Final price $18.21 and received $3.50 catalina

If I had had more time and the lines weren’t so long I would have bought the 5 fiber one bars separately and used that catalina for the final purchase.

So the total for the two transactions is $23.16 minus the $3.50 catalina that we’ll use for a future grocery run. 🙂

Lilypie Third Birthday tickers

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