Sunday, January 25, 2009

Local CVSing 1/25/09



So once again we needed milk and at least two newspapers.
I did 2 transactions at our local store.

Trans #1


1 - Gillette Shampoo $4.99
used 1 MF $2/1 = $2.99 Get $3 ECB
*MIR - Free Gillette Shampoo Coupon

1 - Gallon Deans Vit D Milk $2.99

1 - NutraTrim 48 Ct Gum $3.99
Get $3.99 ECB


Total OOP: $0 (paid w/ $10 ECB from Pepsi) Retail $13.97 = Savings 100%
**Got back $3.99 ECB Nutratrim & $3.00 ECB Gillette


Trans #2


1 - Gillette Shampoo $4.99
used 1 MF $2/1 = $2.99 Get $3 ECB

2 - Muncie Star Newspapers (out of Indpls. Star again, ugghhh!!!) $1.50 each


Total OOP: $0 (paid w/ 2 $3 ECBS from Gillette & American Greetings) Retail $8.99 = Savings 100%
**Got back $3.00 ECB from Gillette (ECB Balance $3.99 & $3.00 = $6.99)
Blog to Date Spending: $303.39
Blog to Date Balance: $1096.63
Blog to Date Retail: $1419.75
Blog to Date Savings:$1116.36


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Feeling better!!!

Although $73.00 OOP today was a little extreme. I stocked up on some things I needed. And all in all after RR's, ECB's, & MIR's -- I think I did pretty well. And that will help me to start rolling the RR's and ECB's again, which will lower my future OOP.

Todays' Tally:

$73.00 OOP
$10.00 RR
$13.00 ECB's
$2.73 MIR - Palmolive
$5.00 MIR - Coors
$15.00 Q's MIR - Pepsi

So considering OOP and rewards = I spent $73.00 but have/will get back $45.73 (for future purchases)
That's why I titled this post "Feeling Better!"

Thanks again and God bless to all of you that have decided to follow our blog.

Walgreens Run 1/24/09


Went to 2 different Walgreens. Did 3 transactions.

10 - 12 pks Pepsi products sale 5/$15

Used 1 MF $1/2

2 - Bags Tostito Chips sale 2/$5

2 - Tostitos Dips sale 2/$5

12 - Ragu Pasta Sauce sale $1.99

used 2 MF's .75/2

used 4 MF's .50/2

4 - Skippy Peanut Butter sale $1.99

used 2 MF's .40/1

used 2 MF's .35/1

1 - Candy Necklace .39

**Can do Coors MIR Buy $20 Get $5.00

***Ended up with remaining $10.00 RR (pepsi)

Total OOP: $38.36 Retail $122.92 = Savings 69%

Blog to Date Spending: $303.39
Blog to Date Balance: $1096.63

Blog to Date Retail: $1396.79

Blog to Date Savings:$1093.34







In town shopping 1/24/09





First stop: Marsh (top picture)


9 Kelloggs Corn Pops sale 3/$4.98
Used 9 MF's $1/1 = 3/$1.98 or .66 each
2 Loaves Generic White Bread .88 each
1 Palmolive Pure & Clean Dish Soap $2.73
Used 1 MF $1/1 = $1.73
MIR for $2.73 = Profit $1.00

Total OOP: $9.62 Retail $32.49 = Savings 71%
Blog To Date Spending: $240.01
Total Budget Balance: $1160.01
Blog To Date Retail $1234.64
Blog To Date Savings: $1003.63
2nd Stop: CVS (bottom picture)
Starting with no ECB's
4 - 12 pks Pepsi Products $12.00
3 - Bags Tostitos Chips sale 2/$6.00
3 - American Greeting Cards $ .99 each
1 - Hershey Bar .89
used CVS free coupon = FREE bar
1 - Bag CV cough drops $1.19
used CVS Free coupon = FREE bag
* Earned $10 ECB Pepsi & $3 ECB American Greetings
* MIR - Pepsi for $15 in coupons
Total OOP: $25.02 Retail $39.23 = Savings 37% horrible but I needed pop and ECB's
Blog to Date Spending: $265.03
Blog to Date Balance: $1134.99
Blog to Date Retail: $1273.87
Blog to Date Savings:$1008.84



Sunday, January 18, 2009

CVS 1/18/2009



Didn't have any ECB's and needed to get at least 2 newspapers. Really don't like shopping when I have to pay retail (not even for newspapers, LOL). So here's what I did. I did 5 transactions total so that I could roll the ECB's and still get a pretty decent % off.


2 Nutra Trim 48 Ct. Gum $3.99 each

2 CVS Allergy 5 Ct. $3.79 each

4 Hersheys w/ almonds $ .50 each

4 Hersheys Special Dark $ .50 each

Used 4 BOGO MF's = .25 each

2 Muncie Star Press Newspapers (they were out of Indpls. Star) $1.50 each


Total OOP: $5.41 Retail $29.09 Savings 82%
Blog To Date Spending: $230.39
Total Budget Balance: $1169.63
Blog To Date Retail $1211.15
Blog To Date Savings: $980.76












Saturday, January 17, 2009

Thank you

Just wanted to thank those of you who have decided to follow our blog. I know right now it doesn't look like we'll be able to achieve this goal. One thing I've learned since I started couponing is that when there is a good sale you stock up. There have been several times (sometimes weeks at a time--when there really aren't any good deals to be found), therefore, I try to stock up on items that I know we will use when they are on sale. Example: Now we are stocked on Peanut butter for the year, pads for at least a year, veggies and boxed potatoes for at least 2 1/2 months (till the next deal), toilet paper for at least 2 1/2 months (till the next deal). You'll start to notice that sometimes I seem like a shop-a-holic and then I'll do nothing for a few weeks or even a month. Hope this blog is helping you guys as much as its helping us. God bless.

Friday, January 16, 2009

SavALot 1/16/09

6 – 24 ct Kelloggs Straws $1.99 each
Used 6 - $1/1 MF’s = $ .99 each
3 --- Gallons SavALot Vitamin D milk $3.48 each
Used 3 - $2 off milk wyb 2 cereal straws MF’s = $1.48 each
3 – Fresh Express Bagged Salads $ .99 each
Used 2 - .75/1 MF’s & 1 $1/1 MF = $ .49 for all 3
1 – Box Margarine Spread Quarters $ .77


Total OOP: $11.59 Retail $26.09 Savings 56% (not good but we needed milk)

Blog To Date Spending: $224.98
Total Budget Balance: $1175.04
Blog To Date Retail $1182.06
Blog To Date Savings: $957.08

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Meijers 1/15/2009


12 Green Giant Steamers Sale 10/$10
Used 12 MF’s @ .50/1 Dbld = FREE
24 Betty Crocker boxed potatoes Sale 10/$10
Used 24 MF’s @ .35/1 Dbld = $ .30 each
5 Hormel Pepperoni Sale 10/$10
Used 5 MF’s @ .35/1 Dbld = $ .30 each
2 Chex Mix Sale 10/$10
Used 2 MF’s @ .50/1 Dbld = FREE
30 Skippy Peanut Butter Sale 3/$4
Used 30 MF’s @ .40/1 Dbld = $ .45 each

Total OOP: $21.85
Retail $152.18

Blog To Date Spending: $213.39
Total Budget Balance: $1186.63
Blog To Date Retail $1155.97

Blog To Date Savings: $942.58

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Meijers 1/13/2009












2 -- Hormel Salami Sale 10/$10
12 -- Hormel Pepperoni Sale 10/$10
Used 12 MF’s @ .35/1 Dbld = $ .30 each
1 – Armour Pepperoni $1.39
Used 1 MF @ .50/1 Dbld = $ .39
2 – Dole Salads Sale 10/$10
1 – Bag Fresh Baby Carrots Sale 10/$10
3 – Loaves Meijer Wheat Bread Sale 10/$10
12 – Chex Mix Sale 10/$10
Used 12 MF’s @ .50/1 Dbld = FREE
8 -- Totinos Pizza Rolls Sale 10/$10
Used 8 MF’s @ .35/1 = $ .30 each
10 – Pillsbury Grands Refrigerated Biscuits Sale 10/$10
Used 10 MF’s @ .25/1 Dbld = $ .50 each
3 – Skippy Natural Peanut Butter Sale 3/$4
Used 3 MF’s @ .40/1 Dbld = $ .45 each
3 – Skippy super chunky Peanut Butter Sale 3/$4
Used 3 MF’s @ .40/1 Dbld = $ .45 each
12 – Betty Crocker Frosting Tubs Sale 3/$4
Used 12 MF’s @ .50/1 Dbld = 3/$1.00
6 – 16 oz Coffeemate (holiday flavors) Sale $1.19
Used 6 MF’s @ .50/1 Dbld = $ .19 each
2 – Friskies Cat Food 3.15 lb bags Sale $3.39
Used 2 IPQ’s $3/1 = $ .39 each
6 – Hamburger Helper Sale 10/$10
Used 2 IPQ’s $ .80/3 = 3/$2.20
5 – Kraft Suddenly Salad Sale 3/$4
Used 5 Peelies @ .50/1 = 3/$1.00
3 – Bisquick 40 oz. Sale $1.99
Used 3 MF’s @ .60/1 = $1.39 each
12 – Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes Sale 10/$10
Used 12 MF’s @ .35/1 Dbld = $ .30 each
33 – Green Giant Steamers Sale 10/$10
Used 33 MF’s @ $1/1 & .50/1 Dbld = FREE

Total OOP: $45.46 (Subtotal $44.97 tax $ .47) Retail $270.16 = Savings 84%


Blog To Date Spending: $191.54
Total Budget Balance: $1208.48
Blog To Date Retail $1003.79
Blog To Date Savings: $812.25

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Stamps for trading





Like I said I am including all money I spend on getting coupons. I needed stamps to do some trading at my favorite couponing place, HCW.

Total OOP: $8.40

Blog To Date Spending: $146.08

Total Budget Balance: $1253.94

Blog To Date Retail $733.63

Blog To Date Savings: $587.55

Friday, January 9, 2009

Meijers 1/8/09




10 – Smuckers 32 oz. Grape Jelly 4/$5
Used 10 MF’s $ .35/1 Dbld = $ .55 each

16 – SpaghettiO’s 6/$3
Used 4 MMQ’s $1/4 (did 4 trans.) = 4 for $1.00
12 – Reese Whips Candy Bars 2/$1.00
Used 6 MF’s $1/2 = FREE

Total OOP: $9.92 (subtotal $9.50 tax $ .42) Retail $43.64 = savings 78%
Blog To Date Spending: $137.66
Total Budget Balance: $1262.34
Blog To Date Retail $725.23
Blog To Date Savings: $587.57















Krogers - 1/8/2009

27 – Cottenelle toilet paper 4 pks $.99
Used 27 MF’s $ .50/1 Dbld = FREE
8 – Powerade Zero 32 oz. $ .88
Used 8 MF’s $ .40/1 Dbld = $ .08 each
6 – Purina One Dog Food 4 lb. bag = clearance $4.85
Used 6 IPQ’s $4.00/1 = $ .85 each
2 – Purina Moist & Meaty 12 pks = clearance $3.69
Used 2 IPQ’s $3/1 = $ .69 each
3 – Freshpet Select Rolls $2.99
Used 3 MF’s $3/1 = FREE
6 – Softsoap liquid hand soap $1.00
Used 6 MF’s $ .50/1 Dbld = FREE
2 – Nesquick Chocolate Milkshakes $ .88
Used 2 MF’s $.50/1 Dbld = FREE
3 – Betty Crocker Frosting Tubs 3/$5
Used 3 MF’s $.50/1 Dbld = $2.00 for 3
6 – Betty Crocker Cookie Decorating Icing = clearance $1.29
Used 6 MF’s $1/1 = $ .29 each
3 – Betty Crocker Cake Mixes 3/$5
Used 3 MF’s Free Cake wyb 2 deco icing & 1 tub frosting = FREE
4 – Veg All mixed vegetables $1.33
Used 4 MF’s $.35/1 Dbld = $ .63 ea
3 – Del Monte 50% less salt veggies (1 corn, 2 gbeans) $ .85
Used 3 MF’s $ .30/1 Dbld = $ .25 ea

Total OOP: $26.52 (subtotal $20.61 tax $5.91) Retail $136.79 = savings 81%

Blog To Date Spending: $127.74
Total Budget Balance: $1272.26
Blog To Date Retail $681.59
Blog To Date Savings: $553.85

Thursday, January 8, 2009

1/8/09 Scotts

2 – 4 pks Cottenelle Toilet Paper $.99
Used 2 MF’s @ .50/1 Dbld = Free
8 – Campbells Chunky Soup $ .99
Used 2 MF’s @ .50/4 Tripled = $4.92
6 – Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta $ .88
Used 2 MF’s @ .35/3 Tripled = $3.18
2 – Del Monte 50% less salt Corn $ .85
Used 2 MF’s @ .30/1 Tripled = FREE
2 – Veg All mixed Vegetables $1.33
Used 2 MF’s @ .35/1 Tripled = $ .56
2 – Betty Crocker Frosting Tubs Sale 3/$5
Used 2 MF’s @ .50/1 Tripled = $ .32
2 – Loaves Kroger Wheat Bread = $ .69
3 – Jello Refrigerated Pudding Snacks Sale 2/$4
Used 2 MF’s @ .50/1 Tripled = $3.00
2 – Powerade Zero $ .88
Used 2 MF’s @ .40/1 Tripled = FREE
2 – Softsoap liquid hand soap = Sale 10/$10
Used 2 MF’s @ .50/1 Doubled = FREE
2 – NesQuick single serve milkshakes $ .88
Used 2 MF’s @ .50/1 Doubled = FREE
1 – Kroger Medium Dozen Eggs $ .88
2 – Franks Red Hot Sauce $1.25

Used 2 MF’s @ .50/1 Tripled = FREE
1 – 3.15 Bag 9Lives Cat Food $4.45
Used MF “Free up to $3.99” = $ .46

Total OOP: $16.18 (subtotal $15.64 tax .54) Retail $59.14 = Savings 73%

Blog To Date Spending: $101.22
Total Budget Balance: $1298.78
Blog To Date Retail $544.80=
Blog To Date Savings: $443.58

Monday, January 5, 2009

CVS 1/5/09





Went to get Kelloggs cereal but at our store it was 2/$5 so no deal.


3 pk Irish Springs Soap $1.49


1 pk Sour Skittles .50


1 Physicians Formula wrinkle reducer foundation 75%off $3.25


Total OOP: $ .27 (subtotal $ .25, tax .02) Retail = $16.89 =Savings 99%

Blog To Date Spending: $85.04

Total Budget Balance: $1314.96

Blog To Date Retail $485.66 =

Blog To Date Savings: $400.62

1/4/09 Newspapers



I thought it was necessary to include any items that I purchsed in order to obtain coupons.

So I purchsed:

5 Indianapolis Star & News @ $1.75

Total OOP: $ 8.75

Blog To Date Spending: $84.77

Total Budget Balance: $1315.23

Blog To Date Retail $468.77 =
Blog To Date Savings: $384.00

Sunday, January 4, 2009

CVS #2 - 1/4/09


Went to my second CVS trying to score 2 more Throat Coolers. No luck only had one, so ......


1 - Throat Cooler $4.99

6 - Maybeline Lip Gloss 50% off = $4.00

used 6 MF's $4/1

Total OOP: $1.68 ( tax $1.68) Retail $54.61 = Savings 97%

Blog To Date Spending: $76.02

Total Budget Balance: $1323.98

Blog To Date Retail $460.02 =

Blog To Date Savings: $384.00

1/4/09 Walgreens

10 - Stayfree Maxi Pads 48 ct. $6.49
used 5 BOGO MF's
10 - Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil $ .99 w/ WAG Q
used 10 MF's $1/1
4 - Garnier Frucis Conditioner $2.99
used ESQ $2/1
used 4 MF's $1/1
3 - Garnier Fructis Shampoo $2.99
used ESQ $2/1
used 3 MF's $1/1
2 - Garnier Frucis Leave-In Conditioner $2.99
used ESQ $2/1
used 2 MF's $1/1
3 - Garnie Fructis Silk Serum $5.99
used 3 MF's $1/1
2 - Garnier Fructis Spray Shine $3.19
used 3 MF's $1/1
1 - Smuckers Strawberry Jelly $2.00
1 - Smucker Grape Jelly $2.00
8 - Christmas Pencils $ .06

Total OOP: $20.25 (subtotal $14.19 tax $6.06) Retail $137.23 = Savings 86%

Blog To Date Spending: $74.34

Total Budget Balance: $1325.66

Blog To Date Retail: $405.41 = Blog To Date Savings: $331.07




CVS 1/4/2009



Did 6 transactions :


3 - Bonus Packs Stayfree Pads 2/$9

1 - Super pack Stayfree Pads 2/$9

used 2 BOGO MF's

2 - Nasogels $7.99

used 1 $2/1 IPQ

2 - Throat Coolers $4.00

used 1 BOGO IPQ

2 - Colgate Total Toothpaste 2/$5

used 2 $1/1 MF's

1 - Listerine w/ small bonus $4.50

1 - 6 pk SoyJoy Bars $6.00

1 - Garnier Fructis Leave-In Conditioner $2.99

used 1 $1/1 MF

1 - Twin Pack CheezIt Crackers $6.00

1 - Hello Kitty Band-aids $3.00

3 - Skittles $1.50

1 - Hersheys w/ Almonds $ .50

2 - Indianapolis Star & News $1.75


used $5/$25 CVS-J&J coupon

used starting $5 ECB & rolled


Total OOP: $5.79 (subtotal $4.39 tax $1.40) Retail $95.72 = 95%
Blog To Date Spending: $54.09

Total Budget Balance: $1345.91

Blog To Date Retail $268.18 = Blog To Date Savings: $214.09




Saturday, January 3, 2009

Krogers 1/3/09 - HAPPY B'DAY TO ME!



















8 - 1/2 Gallons Vit. D Milk --sale 4/$5



4 - Red Gold Tomato Juice --sale $1 each



16 - Red Gold Diced Tomatoes -- sale $1 each



used 4 MF's @ $1/4



8 - NesQuick Milks $1.50 each



used 8 MF's @ .50/1 tripled



1 - Cottenelle 4 pk $ .99



used 1 MF @ .50/1 doubled



5 - Franks Red Hot Sauce clearanced $ .83



used 5 MF's @ .50/1 doubled



4 - Kroger Deluxe Pizzas sale 4/$9



2 - Loaves of Generic Bread $ .88 each



2 - Wacky Mac Pasta $1.63



used 2 IPQ's @ $1/1



7 - Freshpet Select rolls dog food $2.99



used 7 MF's @ $3 (cashier didn't take off one--didnt realize till I got home)



2 - Oscar Mayer Bologna 12 oz Sale $ .99



2 - Oscar Mayer Honey Loaf Sale $ .99



2 - Oscar Mayer Old Fashioned Loaf Sale $ .99



Used $2 OYNO Cat



Paid: $47.12 (subtotal $45.61 tax $1.51) Retail $121.54 = Savings 61%



Blog to Date Spending: $48.30


Total Budget Balance: $1351.70


Blog To Date Retail $172.46 = Blog To Date Savings: $124.16







Thursday, January 1, 2009

1/1/2009 CVS


Trip to CVS: January 1, 2009



4 Dawn --BOGO $1.99 used 4 - .50/1 MF's

2 Olay Reginerists cleansing clothes BOG150% --$7.99 used $5/2 MF MIR: $15 GC

4 Pantene Shampoo---clearanced to $1.57

used 2 - $3/2 MF's

1 Hersheys w/ almonds----$ .50

Can't scan receipt yet, got to figure out why scanner isn't working on printer.

Used $11.99 ECB's

Total OOP: $1.18 ( .25 subtotal, .93 tax 7%) Total Retail: $50.92 = Savings 98%

Blog To Date Spending: $1.18

Total Budget Balance: $1398.82

Blog To Date Retail $50.92 = Savings $49.74

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

The journey begins, LOL!

ChaChing = Deposit $1400.00 into shopping account.


New Balance: $1400.00