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Summer of Projects!! June 8, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — 2asmom @ 4:56 pm

I am naming this summer the “Summer of Projects”. I have about a million and one things to do and I can’t wait to get started! I have a list of things to get done in each room of our house, plus a list for outside. Today I moved furniture around in the playroom and got a bunch of toys ready to put out at our yard sale. Just about an hour of work made a HUGE difference. My plan is to get one thing done per day, although I do have a bunch of furniture makeovers that I’ll work on over the span of a few days.

Speaking of makeovers, I bought this 6 foot tall flamingo planter at a yard sale over the weekend for a whopping $5. I have a “thing” for flamingos. I just love ’em. I have an affinity for all things pink I guess. Here is a photo of my flamingo when I got her home.


She’s wasn’t as much pink as she was yucky, icky, disgusting brown. Here’s a close up.

Poor thing. All rusty and broken. I took care of her though, and here she is today!

Be still my heart. I think I’m in love. I wonder if my husband ever curses himself for telling me he doesn’t care what I do to our house?!


I’ve saved…

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$4312 so far this year on my shopping trips! Just trying to keep track!


Shopping, shopping, shopping! May 18, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — 2asmom @ 3:04 pm

Wow, I have not been doing great with keeping track of my shopping! Here’s a recap:

4/29: 2 Tilex, 2 Clorox, 2 Fruity Pebbles, 2 Schick Hydro Razors, Stayfree, 6 Butterfinger Snackerz, Scotch scissors, 2 Wrigley’s 5 gum, 2 things of milk, Banguet nuggets, Gain dish liquid, 3 baby formulas, Bic lighters. Retail $80. I spent $9 and got $4 back! :o)

4/29: My Easter clearance deals! Most of this will be used for something other than Easter, which is awesome. :o)Bubble machine, bendable bunnies, Swirl Art, 3D egg kit, coloring book, 4 placemats, polka dot bunny, 2 plates, 2 bowls, glitter glue, spatula, socks, Mighty Beans, 2 packs of grass, 4 magic kits, 4 gift bags, 2 buckets, 2 packs of Diego cars, checkers, puzzle kit. Retail $70. I spent $19!

5/1: I got $152 worth of goodies for $28, plus I got $35 back!! I got: 2 John Freida hair dyes, 4 Tylenol Precise, 2 Comet, Bic razors, Noxzema razors, Gum flossers, 3 Pepsi, 2 Colgate Maxfresh, 2 Revlon clippers, 6 Revlon emory boards, Crest ProHealth, 4 pairs of socks, 4 Hershey’s eggs, Hershey Kiss, 3 Egg kits, 2 packs of eggs, Easter potholders, Easter craft kit, Easter book, 2 Where the Wild Things Are activities, and a flower screwdriver. :o)

Here’s the rest of shopping since then, I haven’t even taking pictures!

Food Lion: 2 Tyson nuggets, Popsicles, Pictsweet veggies, McCain fries, Sister Schubert rolls, Huggies. Retail value $37. I spent $16.

Weis: 4 Barq’s 2 liters, 2 Pepsi 12 packs, 2 Silk milk, Yoplait yogurt, Parkay butter, 2 frozen veggies, 2 Digiorno Pizza & Cookies, Perdue chicken, Better Oats oatmeal, 4 Tostitos, Planters Big Bars. Retail value: $87. I spent $35!

Target: Glade candle, bananas, Nivea lotion, Revlon nail color, Up & Up nail polish remover, 3 Up & Up Ibuprofen, Halls, Dulcolax, Up & Up Peroxide, Up & Up Eye drops, Mead Addition and Subtraction flashcards. Retail value $32. I spent $4!

Walgreens: 3 Chips Ahoy cookies, Dulcolax, 2 Pampers diapers, Pampers wipes, Sunburnt Gel. Retail value $42. I spent $15 and got $12 back!

Rite Aid: 2 Hormel Compleats, EOS lip balm, Breathe Right strips, 2 Stopain Roll On, 2 Hylands leg cramp pills, 4 Motts pastries, 8 Act II popcorn. Retail value $80. I spent $1 and got $25 back!

Total saved in 2011: $3995!!


4/24 Shopping Trip April 27, 2011

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My mom and I decided to make a quick drug store run on Easter. I did pretty good for only 10-15 minutes of shopping!

CVS: 4 Dove Men deodorant, 2 Schick Hydro razors. Retail value $42, I spent $1!

Rite Aid: Haribo gummy bears, M&Ms, 3 Musketeer bar (we already ate those, lol), Veet, 3 EOS shave cream, and 2 Hyland’s kids meds. Retail value $32. I spent $0 and got $17 back!!!

Total saved: $73!

Total saved in 2011: $3542!!


4/21 Shopping Scores April 21, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — 2asmom @ 6:23 pm

Here are my shopping scores from this week!

CVS: Green bag tag, 4 Aquafresh kids toothbrushes, Physicians Formula eye brightener, Easter grass, Paas egg dye kit. Retail Value $24. I spent $2 and have $3 in ECBs!

Rite Aid: 12 Nivea Body Wash (I went 3 different times and never cleared the shelves! We didn’t get the mens coupons here so I guess noone was buying them!), Bic markers, Got2B hairspray, 3 Natrol melatonin, 2 Clorox Wipes. Retail Value $125. I spent $6 and have $15 in UPs!

Walgreens: 2 Huggies diapers, Huggies wipes, 3 Scotch tape, 2 dozen eggs. Retail Value $43. I spent $18 and got $5 in RRs and 2 free Redbox rentals!

Walmart: Iron Man toy, Toy Story Connect 4, 4 Heinz ketchup, 2 Franks Red Hot Sauce, 4 Reach floss, Gummy bears, Rayovac batteries, Similac formula, Gerber formula, 10 Nivea body wash. Retail value $85. I spent $3!

Target: 3 pairs of socks, 2 t-shirts, 2 Lysol wipes, Method cleaner, 3 Ore Ida fries, Visine, candle. Retail Value $39. I spent $15!

Total saved: $284 plus $23 in store rewards and 2 free Redbox rentals!!

Total saved in 2011: $3469!

My favorite deals: $1 Bic markers (love them!!), free Easter goodies/Redbox rentals/socks/ketchup/formula to donate/tape/toothbrushes/Nivea body wash, and the super cheap melatonin!


4/12 Shopping Trip April 13, 2011

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Here are my CVS and Target finds from last night! I don’t really need anything, so I’m not buying much unless its something we’re low on or if its free!

CVS: 2 Cow Tales, 2 Circus Peanuts, Russell Stover egg, Essence of Beauty sanitizer, Orbit gum, bubbles. Retail Value $14. I spent $0.97 and got $3.73 back in ECBs!

Target: Green Works dish soap, bra, cardigan, dress, 2 chocolate Peeps, 4 M&Ms eggs, 2 Silk milk, 2 Crest toothpaste, French’s mustard. Retail Value $77. I spent $16!

Here is the dress I bought. I love it! LOVE the pockets! Wish I could get better pictures but my camera batteries are dead, so this will have to do.

Here’s the cardigan I found. I have been looking for the perfect black cardigan for years. Sure, I’ve seen lots of cute ones, but I can not pay full price. This is actually a maternity cardigan, but its a size Extra Small and it is absolutely perfect! Just what I wanted. Plus I paid $3.24-can’t beat that!

Definitely happy with my finds. Especially the cute clothes. :o)


Birthday party on a budget-Gift bags April 11, 2011

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We are getting ready to have my Aaron’s 5th birthday party this weekend. He picked a Spongebob party. (I’m pretty sure the only reason is because last summer he saw this huge pineapple cake at the grocery store, and he’s remembered it up until now. He wants that cake, I don’t think he really cares about the party, lol). I am not trying to spend hundreds of dollars on his birthday. I adore the little punk, but we have a budget to stick to. One of the most important parts of the boys parties (to me anyway) are the gift bags for the kiddos that come. This is so important to me because we love the little munchkins that come, and we want to show them that we love them and that we’re so happy that they came! I have actually been shopping for things for the gift bags since a little after Christmas. Sometimes you have to think outside the box a little, and that’s what I tried to do. Of course its easy to go to Target/Walmart/Party City, buy the big bag of candy and a bunch of expensive Spongebob stuff, but we just can’t do that. In total I spent about $17 total, or $1.54 for each bag. If I would’ve bought these things without trying to save money, it would’ve cost $138! Goodness! Plus since I’ve been shopping here and there for almost 4 months, the money didn’t bother us at all! Here’s what went in the bags.

-Full size Mentos-Regularly $0.88, on sale 2/$1, I had $0.50 coupons, so I got them all for free!
-Air Heads-Regularly $0.88, on sale for $0.69, I had $0.50 coupons, so I paid $0.19 for each 6 pack (only 4 went in each bag)!
-Krabby Patties-$2 for a bag of 30!
-Spongebob Fruit Roll Ups-$3 for a box of 20!
-Chocolate Coins-we thought they could be pirate coins :o)-$1 each on clearance for $0.25 for each pack of 9!
-Glittery balls-Regularly $4 EACH (what?!?!), I got them on clearance for $0.08 each!
-Bob the Glob-Regularly $1.50 each, I got them on clearance for $0.08 each!
-Bubbles-Regularly $3 for a 6 pack, I got them on clearance for $0.50!
-Spongebob baggies (for the candy)-$1 for a box of 20!
-Toothbrushes-Would’ve cost around $30 for all, I got them all for free!
-Pencils-$1 for a pack of six!
-Playdoh-$5 for a 10 pack, I got it on clearance for $1.21!
-Stickers for inside the bags-$1 for 8 sheets!
-White bags to hold everything-I used a $0.50 coupon off of $1.20, so only $0.70, plus I have 20 still left over!
-Stickers to decorate the outside of the bags-Regularly $3, I got them on clearance for $0.74

I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out! I wrote everyone’s name on the white bags, and then Aaron is going to decorate them with stickers. He also helped me put everything in the bags too. He’s very excited for his party. :o)


4/7 Shopping Trip! (and a tiny rant!) April 8, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — 2asmom @ 1:11 pm

I feel like I had a realistic shopping trip last night. Lately all I’ve been hearing about is that new couponing show, which is basically about these greedy, hoarding, shelf clearers who’s every waking minute is focused on coupons and who take 2 hours just to check out and have a grocery store in their garage (not all of them are, but most). That is NOT a realistic look at couponing. You can not go to the store and get $2000 worth of groceries for $1 every week. It isn’t real. Actually if you do a little research, you’ll find that one person on this show uses her coupons fraudulently. She might as well just go in and steal thousands of dollars worth of groceries. People like her are hurting those of us who use coupons correctly (and legally!!). Sometimes I get a lot of negative feedback for being a couponer. I have had cashiers who are downright mean, I’ve been cussed out by people in the line behind me (even though I always tell people behind me I have coupons), I have had people treat me like a theif and one time someone even called me that after getting a lot of stuff for almost nothing… I don’t understand it at all. I always make sure that I use my coupons the RIGHT way. I never clear the shelves. On the show there was a woman who bought 70 bottles of mustard. And her husband doesn’t even use mustard! Who needs 70 bottles of mustard? I will stock up on things that we use, plus I also give things to friends and family when they need it. Couponing lets me help people when I otherwise couldn’t. It allows me to make sure my family has everything they need. It allows me to stay home with my boys and still be able to contribute. I like making my hubby’s hard earned money stretch as far as it can. Couponing and learning how to shop better has changed my life. I remember when we couldn’t wash our clothes because we couldn’t buy laundry detergent until pay day. I will never go back there!

So that is my rant. I’m tired of the negativity associated with couponers. But sometimes I feel like I have the last laugh. Like a few weeks ago when some guy yelled and cussed at me. Well I spent $2 and he spent $90. Take that, jerk!

Ok, onto my shopping trip last night.

Smashed Potatoes game, Candyland game. Retail Value $28. I spent $14!

CUTE $40 Converse bikini, Huggies wipes, 2 M&M eggs, 2 bags of Skittles, 2 boxes of Skittles, French’s mustard, 2 Aveeno lotion, Oral B kids toothbrush, Up & Up Ibuprofen, Brita filters, 2 Visine, Connect 4 travel game, Fisher Price soccer ball, 4 Fruit Roll Ups, 2 Wishbone salad dressing, Olay lotion, Olay cleanser, 3 Ore Ida fries. Retail Value $124. I spent $37!

Pop Goes Froggio. Retail Value $20. I spent $5!

Total saved: $116! Plus I have  $5 Target card, and I will get 4 free Tombstone pizza coupons valued at $7 each!

Total saved in 2011: $3111!

My favorite deals: A cute $40 bathing suit for $6, games/toy for Easter and birthdays, free Aveeno/Olay/Fruit Roll Ups/Visine/M&Ms/Skittles! I spent a total of $20 on the games, and I will get 4 coupons for free Tombstone pizza valued at $28! Woo hoo!


4/4 Shopping Trip! April 4, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — 2asmom @ 11:17 pm

3 Irish Spring body washes, 2 Clean and Clear body washes, Oral B toothbrush, 4 jelly beans. Retail value $37. I spent $4 and got $4 back!

Rite Aid:
2 NYC nail polishes, 2 Hershey’s bunnies, 2 Cadbury Eggs, Reese’s eggs, 2 Hershey’s miniatures bags, 2 Reese’s Eggs bags, Hershey Kisses, Reese’s cups. Retail Value $33. I spent $0.66!! Plus I got $13 back! Woo hoo!

Total saved: $65

Total saved in 2011: $2995


3/31 Shopping trip! April 1, 2011

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Rite Aid:

4 large bowls, 2 Folgers coffee, Kandoo wipes, 2 Air Wick Freshmatic, Lysol cleaner, 2 Lysol Neutra Air, 2 Revlon nail clippers, 2 Desitin, Johnson & Johnson baby wash. Retail Value $68. I spent $3 and got $8 back!


Physicians Formula concealer. Retail Value $6. I spent $1 and got $7 back!


6 packs of diapers, 7 Snickers eggs, 2 Chinet plates. Retail Value $62. I spent $12 and will get a $10 rebate back!

Total saved: $136 plus I’ll get $25 back! :o)

Total saved in 2011: $2930