Monday, February 28, 2011

Today's Thrifty Adventure...CVS

For the longest time I have been wanting a battery powered toothbrush. My husband got one a few years ago and I have been coveting it. So I was super excited, when I saw the's weekly CVS ad. There it was, my dream come true...What I wanted...for FREE.

CVS had them on sale for $6. So i essentially got 2 of them for free and paid $3 each for the other 2. So I got 4 of them for the price of one.

So I cut out the coupons and went there this afternoon for my lunch break.

I got 4 of them (one for each of us) and I got the Nice and Easy foam color. I used the following coupons:

Oral-B Cross Action Power Toothbrush, 1 ct., or Brush Heads, 2 pk., $6 Limit 2
-B1G1 Oral-B CrossAction power battery toothbrush, PG 1/30 (EXP 2/28)
-$3 off Oral-B battery toothbrush, PG 2/27

And the coupon I got in the mail for the free foam color from nice and easy.

Then I decided to splurge and buy some breath mints (If you know me, spending $1.99 is a splurge for candy).

So my total after everything was $10.37. And I got $7 in extra care buck that I am planning on using later this week to buy paper towels and toilet paper and a few other goodies.

I would say that's a pretty good deal. According to my receipt, it was $38.55 in savings.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My shopping list

The people I speak to about my coupon addiction ask me what my process is before I go shopping each week. So here goes...

My list begins with the help of several wonderful women. None of whom I've met, but I am grateful for them. They are (in no particular order): Michelle at iHeartPublix, Jenny at SouthernSavers, and Liza at Addicted to Savings (i just discovered her blog). These women put together the weekly list, and I use it as a starting point for my list.

Every Wednesday I sit in front of my laptop, cutting and pasting into my spreadsheet. when I have deleted the things I dont want on my list, I begin looking for the coupons. It takes me about 2.5 hrs cutting and printing out the coupons I need and inputting all the info into a spreadsheet (I LOVE Excel).

This is what I hand him each week. I used to even put in the aisle they were in but we switched the Publix we shop at and the new one does not have a store directory.

It's neat and organized and it makes me feel happy. It's nice cause I just input the quantity, price for each item, and amount of coupons I have and the formulas figure out the rest.

Just cause this system works for me, doesn't mean it'll work for everyone else. I have friends who hand write theirs. Either way, it's all good.

In another post, I'll write about how I get my coupons and how I organize them (for those of you who care).

Monday, February 21, 2011

The hardest thing I've had to do

I am known amongst my friends and family to be extremely indecisive. So you can imagine my horror when my husband said: "We need to get a new mattress."

So for weeks we go to store after store. We go to mattress stores, department stores, furniture stores, any other kind of store tha t might sell something that resembles a bed. We saw all kinds of mattresses, high ones, low ones, plush and firm, white, beige, blue, fuzzy, flowery, etc. We even saw some Donald Trump ones (they are so comfortable and so extremely expensive).

The poor kids were so bored, and truth be told, so were we. But we needed to get it done so we endured through it.

Finally, after the long, torturous journey, we pulled the trigger. We decided on a Mattress. A nice Simmons one. It's amazing how many options are available. The lady at the store said that they once did a survey and asked if people would prefer going to the dentist or mattress shopping. The majority chose the dentist. I kinda agree.

I'm excited. It gets delivered on Friday . Now I have to go shopping for a nice (hopefully inexpensive) comforter set. Can't wait.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Shopping ...Publix and Sam's Club

We did our food shopping yesterday. I thought it was a good trip. We got $224.64 worth of food, and paid $62.62 out of pocket. That's a savings of $162.02. Here is a pic of some of the stuff. My husband had already started putting it away before I could take a pic. We got some fruit, and I splurged on some things like Boar's Head cold cuts, Nutella (kids have been begging me for it), and biscottis.

This is what my list consisted of:
  • Buitoni Pasta, Fettuccine, 9 oz pkg (4)
  • Hunt’s 100% Natural Tomatoes, 28 to 29 oz can (4)
  • Ronzoni Lasagna noodles (2)
  • Nonni’s Biscotti 5.52 to 7.4 oz box (2)
  • Lipton Tea Bags 100 ct (4)
  • Finish Automatic Dishwasher Detergent 25 to 32 ct (4)
  • Ricola Herb Throat Drops 19 to 24 ct bag (4)
  • Sorrento Mozzarella Cheese, 16 oz, (2)
  • Green Giant Frozen Vegetables 7 to 10 oz, (4)
  • Chef Boyardee 14.5 to 15 oz, (9)
  • Salad Peppers, 2 lb bag (1 bag)
  • Royal Gala Apples
  • White Seedless Grapes,
  • Wish Bone Dressing 16 oz (2)
  • Premium Black Plums, $1.49/lb
  • Boar’s Head Cracked Pepper Mill Turkey, $7.59/lb
  • Betty Crocker Brownie Mix (2)
  • Athenos Greek yogurt, 5.3 oz (12 - all for FREE)
  • Emerald trail mix, 5.5 oz (6)
  • Mentos mint roll (4 - all for FREE)
  • Sorrentos Cheddar Cheese (3)
  • Nutella
  • Sazon Goya
  • Progresso Bread Crumbs 15 oz (4)
  • Green Giant Canned Vegetables 11 to 15.25 oz can (4)

My pantry was getting a little low, so I was glad to be able to stock up on some stuff. (I just love the way it looks when it's well stocked)

Of course, what we saved at Publix, we spent at Sam's. We spent $107 on meat, but we are well stocked for next month or so. I spent all night seasoning the meat and packing them into individual sandwich bags. That way I don't have to worry about it each day.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

She Speaks: Johnsonville Italian Sausage Program

I've been selected to participate in the Johnsonville Italian Sausage Program!

I have just discovered I enjoy the taste of sausage, so this program will be fun for me to try out.

The program description is as follows:

Turn any regular night into "Thank You Night." While your family might not say it out loud, they'll say "thank you" in their own way. A clean plate, a second serving or five extra minutes at the dinner table could be the way your family shows genuine appreciation for your dish featuring Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

To help you create that perfect "Thank You Night" your kit will come with:

  • 3 coupons for free Johnsonville Italian Sausage
  • 5 additional $1.50 off pass-along coupons to share with friends and family
  • 5 delicious recipes your family will love!
I can't wait!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Survey Sites

Less than a year ago, I came across a blog post of a person who turned surveying almost into a part time job (not extremely lucrative, but a nice way to save money). So I thought I'd give it a try. I started with maybe 1 or 2, but the money wasn't amassing quick enough for me. So, i signed up for more, and rest is, as they say, history.

I really enjoy trying new products (a perk) and sharing my opinion. Here are a few of the panels I participate in:

My Survey - They offer some product testing, they try to make the surveys not as repetitive. The payout is quick and there is a variety of rewards to choose from (gift cards, check, PayPal money, etc.)

Opinion Outpost - Opinion Outpost is nice because they offer a fair payout for your time and plenty of opportunities. Most surveys are worth 20-30 points and take 5-15 minutes. Each point is worth $.10. So they add up quickly. You can cash out rather quickly. It's nice because you can cash out with as little as $5. I cash out at least once a month with at least $20. The only bad thing, they don't deposit into PayPal accounts. It has to be a paper check. I can deal with a that.

Ipsos I-Say - . Each completed survey earns you points redeemable for cash: 50 points = $5. You'll earn an entry into a $5,000 drawing for every survey you complete. Occasional product testing. They send out full sized products, not just little bottles. That's nice!

Inbox Dollars - Get paid to read emails and take surveys. Each day you can participate in a new survey that generally pays $.50 and takes just a few minutes. Payment is by check when your account reaches $30. Super easy.

MindField - The surveys are usually short and the payout is nice. Also nice, you can cash out when your account reaches $5.

Other suevey sites I like, but you have to apply and wait to be accepted into.

Pine Cone Research

-Set up an email account for surveys, good to have them all in one place and it doesn't clog up your personal account.
-Make sure you fill out the profile questionnaires. A bit annoying but it helps limit the amount of surveys you get that you don't qualify for.