Friday, August 22, 2008


I got an email from Walgreen's today, for a $5 off coupon on a $20 purchase. The $20 had to be after coupons. I decide this would be a good time to get the rebate stuff I haven't picked up yet.

I spent a ridiculous amount of time organizing my coupon binder, but I have gotten so many compliments on it. I think it is much easier to use than the shoebox that I had been using. I have gotten compliments at Homeland and at Walgreen's.

I purchased this at Walgreen's:

2 Pert Plus at $3.79 each

-used two $2 coupons

1 Bioinfusion shampoo at $5.99

1 Bioinfusion conditioner at $5.99

4 Glade jar candles at $2.99

--used four $1 off coupons

1 Walgreens four pack of lightbulbs at $1.99

1 Glade trio candle warmer at $5.99

--used $2 coupon

1 Jane Mineral powder foundation at $4.99

3 Kelloggs Smart Start Cereals at 3 for $10

-used $5 off $20 purchase

-used $3 Register Rewards that I had previously earned.

My total was $39.71

I got back a $5 Register Reward on the Kellogg's cereal.

I also will get $$28.75 back in rebates, with the 10% bonus my rebates on this transaction will be $31.63.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Target Shopping Trip

After all the Homeland shopping today, I decided to see what Target had to offer. I got 6 packages of Pepperidge Farms goldfish crakers. They were $1.33 each. I used six Target printables for 50 cents off each one, making them 83 cents a bag. I used the $2 off Sutton and Dodge Angus beef coupon to purchase 7 packages of meat. I got 2 packages of stew meat and 5 packages of steaks.
My total before the coupons was $48.96.
After coupons it was $27.15!

New Coupon Binder System

This is my new binder system. I found the binder at Walmart for about $11.00. It does zip closed.
The front cover has a pocket I haven't decided how to use yet.
I have three zippered pouches in the 3 rings. I use one per store that I get Register Rewards from. I have one for Walgreen's, Reasor's, Homeland, and I need one for Target. They work great to put the coupons in that I plan to use at that store too. The Target one I will put their internet coupons for their store that pouch.
In the far pocket that is hard to see, I have this week's sales flyers, and the Walgreen's Easy Savers in. I also keep scissors, paper clip, my Walgreen's rebate card, and my envelopes in the littel zippered pouch. I didn't have the envelopes in when I took the picture.

I sort the coupons into categories. I used labeled index dividers to seperate the categories. The coupons I keep in baseball card holders. In the back I have sheet protectors.

The coupon categories I use are:


Breakfast foods

Canned goods



Meats & Dairy



Other Foods


Hair Care


Oral Care


Skincare/Make up




I have seperated the sheet protectors with the labeled index pages, too. The categories in the sheet protectors are:





I have 2-3 stores per sheet protector under the store category. Examples would be Lowes, Home Depot, Hallmark, Bed Bath & Beyond, Old Navy, Gap, Children's Place

I hope this helps.

Rockin' Homeland Deals

I went to Homeland this morning. I haven't been in along time. It was one of my best couponing trips ever. I am sure this will not be great for everybody, but it was for. Somethings I just needed, like the sugar.
I purchased:
2 boxes of Puffs Plus kleexes at $1.00 each
--used two 25 cents off coupons
2 bags of Chex mix at $1.48 each
--used two 50 cents off coupons
4 boxes of Eggos at $1.09 each
--used two $1 off of two boxes coupons
2 boxes for Farmrick cheese sticks at $3.56 each
--used two $1 off coupons
1 roll of Farmland sausage at $1.79
--used a $1 off coupon
1 Farmland smoke sausage at $2.99
--used a $1 off coupon
2 cans of Old El Paso refried beans at $1.55 each
2 boxes of Old El Paso hard tacos at $2.39 each
2 pouches of Old El Paso taco seasonings at $1.19 each
--used two $1 off any 2 Old El Paso products
--used two Old El Paso products, get a free taco seasoning
4 packs of Del Monte fruit chillers At $2.00 each
used two $1 off on 2 coupons
6 Hamburger Helpers singles at $1 each
--used two $1 off of 3 coupons
2 jars of Peter Pan peanut butter at $1.99 each
--used two $1 off coupons
2 Fast Fixin's Popcorn chicken at $2.50 each
--used two $1 off coupons
3 packages of Kraft cheese singels at $2.99
-used three Buy any 3 Kraft products, get free Kraft cheese singles
3 Crystal light canisters at $2.99 each
-used three Buy any three Kraft products, get free crystal light
3 Oscar Mayer Bun length Beef hot dogs at $3.99 each
--used three Buy any three Kraft products, get free Oscar Mayer hot dogs
3 Family Size boxes of Wheat Thins at $4.49 each
--used three Buy any 3 Kraft products, get free Wheat Thins
3 bottles Kraft Salad dressing at $3.39 each
--used three Buy any three Kraft products, get free Kraft Salad dressing
2 Hiland Dips at $1.00 each
--used two 25 cents off coupons
45 packages of Kool-aid at 10 cents each
--these were the Kraft products that I purchased to get the free stuff above
2 Scrubbing Bubbles starter kits at $5.65 each
--I have two mail in rebates to make them free
1 bag C&H sugar at $2.39 each
--used on 35 cents off coupon
2 packages of Farmland bacon at $3.99 each
--used two $2 off coupons
1 Dawn dishsoap at $1 each
--used one 50 cent off coupon
1 Glade plug ins kit at $4.45 each
--used one $4 off coupon
I think this is it!! Whew a lot of typing.
My totals before coupons were $110.96 and $43.91 for a total of $154.87
My totals after coupons were $34.50 and $22.11 for a total of $56.61
I saved myself $98.26 after coupons.
I also will have $10 in rebates to mail in and I got a coupon at the register for $3 off my next purchase at Homeland.
If I subtract the rebates, I will have spent $46.61!
Notes: Homeland will double coupons up to $1.00. Also, they will only double one like coupon per transaction. I have been limited to two transactions per day. That is why this is broken into two transactions.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Getting a routine

It has been a while since I have posted anything. Thursday last week, I left for a girls' weekend. We stayed at a bed and breakfast. It was a wonderful break. I also got to enjoy my biggest hobby, scrapbooking.

School is back in session along with all the extracurrilar activities. I am just trying to get settled into a routine with the boys. Hopefully, we will find the perfect one soon.

I am re-doing the way I am organizing my coupons. I have not planned any deals yet. I did just some grocery shopping today, and used $35 in coupons at Walmart. The only great deal I found was the glade plug ins. They were at the regular price of $3.94, and I had a $4 off coupon on one. I used 4 coupons and got them for just the tax. Not too shabby in my opinion.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The boys were ready to walk to school. They didn't want their friends to see me taking their pictures. Noah is in fifth grade, Ben in third, and Caleb in first. The school was all decorated to welcome the kids back. There were balloons outside the front doors and tied on their chairs.
Caleb was upset we were not riding bikes to school. See his scowl. He let me walk him to class, but didn't want me to come into his classroom.

For the first time since first grade Noah wanted me to walk him to his class. However, I couldn't go in the classroom. I had to nod goodbye to him from the pod.
Ben wanted me to walk him to class, but disappeared, waving goodbye, the minute we walked in the front doors of the school.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Weekly deals

This week Walgreen's did not have enough of the items I needed. I price comp'ed everything at Walmart. Kellogg's has a $10 mail in rebate for 10 qualifying items purchased on one receipt. I have 2 addresses I can have this mailed to. So, I needed 20 items on 2 receipts(10 items per receipt). The prices were so good I ended up buying 28 boxes of cereal (split between 2 receipts). Walgreen's had the cereals 4 boxes for $10, then you receive a $5 Register Reward to use on your next purchase. Walmart price comps this as 4 boxes for $5. So, you tell them that they were on sale at Walgreens's for $1.25 a box.

In all I purchased:
10 boxes Frosted Flakes(hubby's favorite cereal) (10 * $1.25)=$12.50
10 boxes Raisin Bran(Blue Eyes likes) (10 * $1.25)=$12.50
8 boxes Smart Start(Green Eyes likesss0 ( 8 *$1.25)= $ 10.00
=$35 for 28 boxes of cereal
-$14 coupons (14 coupons for $1 off 2 boxes of cereal)
-$20 rebates (2 $10 Mail in rebates)
=$ 1 for 28 boxes of cereal after rebates and coupons.
I already have the rebates copied and ready to go in tomorrow's mail!!!

Walgreen's had dawn on sale for 99 cents. I had 5 coupons for 50 cents off each bottle. So I purchased 5 bottles for 49 cents each.

Walgreen's had the Glade Air and Fabric odor eliminator on sale for $1.49. I had one coupon for $1.50 off of one bottle. So I got this one bottle for free! I like this one for the price.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Checking off the old list

We had a day full of appointments, including haircuts for the boys. Blue eyes and brown eyes wanted their hair to be short. Green Eyes didn't want his cut. He wanted it long. So, the stylist and I convinced him to thin it out and it wouldn't be so hot.
The boys are gearing up for a night of movies and a campout in the family room. This was on their list of things to do this summer. I have convinced them to let me do something off my list before school starts, and then they can do something off of their list. At least the lists are getting shorter. They still want to have a water balloon fight and a day of bowling!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


It is the last full week before school starts. We have all the school supplies purchased and ready to go to school. Clothing has all been purchased--at least for now. Last minutes doctor and hair appointments have been scheduled, and we are getting those done. Now I need to plan some last minute family fun for the boys. I'm not too sure what to do. It is so hot outside I am miserable. Two of the boys have started the two hour soccer practices. I think that is ample time for me to be outside. Today it was 107 when I drove by the bank. I watch them practice, just sitting in a chair, dripping wet with sweat, and I can't imagine how miserable they are running for two hours! When I went to my CPR and First Aid training on Saturday, they discussed the effects of the heat. That was very timely.

Monday, August 4, 2008

What a weekend

Friday was spent with everyone going to the eyedoctor and shopping. Saturday I spent taking CPR and First Aid courses. Hubby and I worked on putting a new desk for me together. I started it while he was at work. I was proud of myself until Hubby tried to put the drawers in. I had put the rails for the drawers in upside down. It meant the desk had to be disassembled. Like my mother said "For better or for worse". Hopefully this is the worst! So that was Saturday.

Today I spent working around the house. All the new clothes from Friday meant it was time to see how many of last years clothes still fit the boys. I didn't realize how much they had grown until they were trying on last winter's clothes. The pants and sleeves were way too short. I think I will try to sell what I don't pass down to the younger boys at the Fall Just Between Friends Sale. It is in about three weeks, so I will have to work to get everything laundered, pressed, and tagged.

On an ironic note, one of the animals had been doing it's job behind the TV all week. I kept getting onto the dog. Well, Friday night I discovered it had been the cat. I scolded her and took her to her litter box. The dog was following, wagging his tail as if to let me know he was glad the cat had been caught. I went to put the cat in her litterbox so she could be reminded where to do her job. The door wouldn't open! I had put the box back together wrong when I changed it last. Boy, did I feel guilty. My poor animals.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Happy Birthday Hubby

Hubby's birthday was today. His sister and her family were in town. We went out to dinner then came home for brownies and ice cream.

Today I did some massive shopping. We have a tax free weekend, and I found lots of sales. I shopped Penneys, Dillards, Gap, and American Eagle. I purchased 16 pairs of jeans, lots of shirts and shorts, jackets, backpacks, and soccer slides.

Green Eyes goodies. Brown Eyes goodies.
Blue Eyes goodies.