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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.

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

Target-
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!

Walmart.com-
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!

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4/4 Shopping Trip! April 4, 2011

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

CVS:
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

Filed under: Uncategorized — 2asmom @ 1:20 am

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!

CVS:

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

Walgreens:

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

 

Our new stools {LOVE!} March 29, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — 2asmom @ 5:47 pm

Two days before Christmas I decided to switch a few rooms around. The dining room-turned-playroom became the living room, and the living room became the playroom. The new playroom is a bit bigger, but it is oddly shaped and just wasn’t working as a living room. Plus, Alex has a few large things-his swing and a trampoline, so this was the smartest choice. I wish I would’ve thought of it earlier!

Anywho, when I switched the rooms around, our table and chairs no longer worked in our living room. There just wasn’t enough room. I loved our table and chairs though. It was a beautiful set from the 50’s. It was just so darned cute. So when I moved the rooms I decided we needed bar stools. Like yesterday. So I listed my table on Craigslist, and began my hunt for some stools. Well, for someone on a tight budget, most bar stools I liked were way out of my range. Even the cheapest ones with backs at Walmart were $50, and I didn’t like them in the least. So I kept looking and I found these fantastic barstools (they are called H2 Hydraulic Barstools) but they were $210 EACH! Since I needed 4, that wasn’t going to happen. So I’ve spent the past 3 months looking and looking and looking. I was starting to get discouraged after noone had even came to look at my table after a month. Then one day I found the stools I wanted on Overstock.com. They were around $87 each. Big difference from $210! Plus I would pay about $30 less for shipping since Overstock ships for $2.95! But I still couldn’t order them until I had the money from my table. Well, the next day I got an email about my table, and a few days after that, she came to buy it. And I was $200 richer. :o) The stools were $356. I had $200. My hubby gave me $100 from our tax refund. So I was still almost $60 short. Last week I ended up with an extra day care kiddo for 3 days. I made $60. It was fate, lol. I was so excited and got online to order my stools. I was checking out when my computer froze. Ugh. While I was waiting on it to start back up I remembered that I could get cash back from Shop at Home. So I checked out through Shop at Home, they had a $10 coupon, which took my total down to $346, and now I’ll be getting a check for around $30. So I ended up getting the stools I wanted, that I would’ve paid $870 for, for about $315!! I’m a happy girl. And after all that rambling here they are!

I love them!! They are bright and funky and totally me. They really made a huge difference in the living room too.

I’ve been working  on this room for a while now, and its slowly coming along! I’ve tried my best to get the best deals I can. We found our couch brand new on Craigslist (it even still had the tags on it!) for $100. I just bought the rug, again from Craigslist, for $25. It costs $300 on Target.com! The TV stand is the bottom part of this fabulous 1960’s hutch that I bought last summer. Again, on Craigslist! I paid $25 for it. I painted it with 2 free paint samples that I had. Score! The top part is being used as storage in my craft room. I just found the chair in the corner at a yard sale last weekend. I paid $10 for it. The wall art was pretty cheap too. To the far left is a beautiful vintage needlepoint that I found at a yard sale for $5. I found a frame at Michaels for $15 (down from $60) that had a few scratches on it. I touched it up with a Sharpie and now you can’t even tell! Jamie bought me the super cute 1970’s gnomes for Christmas on Ebay for about $8. I love those little guys. So cute! I got the shelf at Target for $9. I love the big picture of my sweet boys. I won the 24×36 poster print. I found the frame at Michaels-$15 down from $60, a few scratches, Sharpie, good as new. :o) The birds were a 75% off find at Target that cost under $5.

I still have some things to do in this room. Paint on the walls. New curtains (I’ll be on the lookout for some vintage ones!!). New desk (it’s on the wall that’s not pictured), probably one with a hutch for extra storage. Wall art for that wall. I found a great long shelf for $2 at a yard sale that I will probably use over there. I have a bunch of cute DIY ideas bookmarked that I may use too. I also want to find a small bookshelf with doors to go to the left of the stools. But I do feel like I’ve gotten the bulk of the work done in here, and I’m happy about that! When we first moved in here, I was pregnant and barely got the unpacking done, let alone any decorating. Then Alex came, and our lives were turned upside down. I spent the first 2 years of Alex’s life in a depression I think. For the past 6 months or so I’ve really been working on our house. I basically had to start from scratch so I’m happy with my progress!

 

3/22 and 3/25 Shopping Trip March 23, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — 2asmom @ 1:18 pm

CVS: 3 Physicians Formula make up, 1 Dawn dish soap. Retail Value $30. I paid $3!

Walgreens: 12 Chex Mix, Always liners, 3 M&Ms, Method hand soap, Plackers flossers, Easter chocolate. Retail value $43. I spent $2 and got $6 back!

Target:  Huggies diapers, 2 A&D ointment, 2 Renuzit Crystal Elements, 4 Soft Scrub Total, 2 Scrubbing Bubbles Starter Kits, 2 Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Gels, Up & Up magic erasers, Up & Up lemon wipes, Kashi cereal, Up & Up liners, Spongebob stickers, 3 large gift bags, Crayola Color Explosion. Retail Value $82. I spent $21!

Soap.com: 4 Toy Story gummy vitamins. Retail Value $30. I spent $13!

Total saved this trip: $146

Total saved in 2011: $ 2029!

Favorite deals: 33 cent Chex Mix, Toy Story vitamins-the only ones Aaron will take, the large gift bags for $0.74, and $30 worth of Physicians Formula (my favorite!) for $2! I got a lot of free stuff this trip-that makes me super happy. :o)

**Friday night shopping deals!

Amazon: Case of Luvs Wipes (4-216 packs). Retail Value $31. I spent $7!

Martins: 6 Hanover frozen brocolli, Scotties tissues. Retail Value $14. I spent $3!

CVS: Huggies jean diapers, 3 Mentos mints, 2 Listerine mouthwash. Retail Value $22. I spent $3!

Rite Aid: 2 Lysol wipes, 6 Nutra Nail products, Veet, Blink Tears, 2 Lady Speed Stick. Retail Value $71. I spent $2 and got $14 back!!

Target: 2 A&D ointment, Shout wipes, Capris, 23 Kool Aid packets, Animal decals, 3 Granola bars, face cream, 2 Reese’s cups. Retail Value $55. I spent $12!

Total saved: $165

Total saved in 2011: $2194

Favorite deals: All of my Rite Aid scores (I love Rite Aid!), $2 Huggies jean diapers (they are so cute on my baby’s bum!), and $0.03 for all of the Kool Aid!!

 

3/13 Shopping Trip March 14, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — 2asmom @ 10:19 pm

I had such a fantastic day out. Shopped, shopped, shopped, then had lunch and played bingo with my cousin! It was so nice to escape the house for a few hours. I found some great deals too!

Rite Aid:

Bodi Heat Patches, Thermacare patches, 2 Kit Kats, 2 Reese’s Cups, 3 Pine Sol, 2 Tilex, Purex Crystals, Gain fabric softener sheets, ]2 Little Colds, 2 Motrin PM. Retail Value $77. I spent $7 and got $15 back!!

CVS:

2 Clean and Clear body wash, Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner, 3 Musketeers bar, 2 Physicians Formula makeup. Retail Value $40. I spent $1 and got $2 back!

Walgreens:

Venus Proskin razor, 4 Reach toothbrushes, 2 Irish Spring deodorant, Hershey bar. Retail Value $25. I spent $6 and got $12 back!

Weis:

16 Marcal toilet paper, 7 Marcal paper towels, 6 Airheads. Retail Value $40. I spent $13!

Total saved this trip: $155!

Total saved in 2011: $1841!

Favorite deals: All of it! I spent a total of $27, but got $31 back-its like I was paid $4 to bring all of this great stuff home! :o)

~~Rest of the week’s shopping:
Dollar General- 2 Gain fabric softeners. Retail value $12. I spent $1!

Rite Aid- 3 Dixie paper plates. Retail value $12. I spent $1!

Walmart: 7 Gain fabric softeners. Retail value $30. I spent $10!

Total saved: $42

Total saved in 2011: $1883!

 

3/8 Shopping Trip March 11, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — 2asmom @ 7:08 pm

CVS:

Twizzlers, Revlon lipgloss,  Schick Hydro razor. Retail Value $24. I spent $2 and got $9 back!

Walgreens:

4 Coffee Mate, 2 Softsoap body wash, 2 Pediacare, mushroom garden stake. Retail Value $37. I spent $10 and got $5 back!

Weis:

10 Marcal 4 pack toilet paper, 5 pack of mac n’ cheese, 3 Gortons fish sticks, Smart Balance lactose free milk, 2 Totinos pizza, frozen pretzels. Retail Value $53. I spent $21!

Target:

Binder, 2 Up & Up toothbrushes, Up & Up pantiliners, Neutrogena lipstick, Up & Up cotton rounds, 3 Excedrin, 2 Halls, 3 Aveeno lotion, Up & Up lunchbags. Retail Value $45. I spent $10 and got a $5 gift card back!

Total saved: $116 plus I have $19 to spend on my next shopping trip!

Total saved in 2011: $1686

Favorite deals: The lipgloss and lipstick in the prettiest shades of pink that I got for free. :o)