Archive for February, 2008

CVS Deals! All this for $6.35!

I made my weekly trip to CVS today and I got some really good deals!  I got all this plus one bottle of water!                                         CVS Deals 2/27/08

I did this in two transactions.
Transaction #1:
(2) Stayfree Overnight $10.00 
(1) Fusion Razor  $9.99
(2) Bags M&Ms (BOGO free)
(3) Boxes Kleenex  $2.97
(1) Bag Valentine’s Candy Bracelets
Total:  $26.94
Coupons:  $4 off Fusion razor,  $2 off 2 packs of Stayfree, $0.50 off 3 boxes Kleenex, $1 off 2 bags M&Ms
ECBs used:  $15
Total OOP:  $5.54!
ECBs earned: $8

Transaction #2:
Assorted Valentine’s Candy (clearance at 90% off):  $1.92
Tylenol Children’s Cough and Cold:  $6.99
Crest toothpaste (on clearance) $1.65
Total:  $10.56
Coupons:  $0.75 off Crest, $1 off Tylenol (clerk forgot to take the coupon off–I’m going to return it tomorrow and try to get that $1 back!)
ECBs used:  $8 
Total OOP:  $0.81 cents!!!

I am now completely out of ECBs!  I hope CVS has some really good deals next week.  They have been a little sparse lately!  But still, I think I did pretty good today!

As far as my budgeting goes, I’ve done pretty well.  I’m am starting to think before I purchase something and I really ask myself if it’s in my budget and if I really need it.  I am feeling so much better and less stressed about my finances.  I have kept my checkbook balanced and have been using cash more.

Some other changes I have made include utilizing the local library more.  I bought 3 Jodi Picoult books (my absolute favorite author)  in January and I realized that those cost me $42!  What was I thinking?  I have been able to get 3 from the library (which I quickly read!) and they have 2 more on order for me!  We have a very small library here in town that is part of a larger group of libraries.  So they are able to borrow from each other and when I request a book they usually are able to get it in just a few days time.   I also have been getting movies there as well.  We have Netflix, which Aaron pays for, but we only get one movie at a time.  Sometimes it’s a movie that I am not interested in so I will stop by the library and pick one or two out for me or the kids.  They have a pretty good assortment.  Last week I got Brokeback Mountain–which I’ve been wanting to see since it came out–and this week it is Finding Neverland.  They’re not new releases but they are movies I have been wanting to see.  Might as well see them for free!  

Target Toy Coupon

Here is a coupon for $5 off a $25 toy purchase at Target.  Enjoy! 

New Page about Couponing

See the little tab up above?  I added a new page with some couponing tips.  Check it out!

My Latest CVS Deal (Huggies)

Sorry I don’t have a photo this time either!  It’s been way too long of a week for me.  Anyway–I decided to take advantage of the Kimberly Clark deal and stock up on Huggies.  I am normally not a Huggies fan.  I have been loyal to Pampers for the last six years.  However, Madalyn is using the potty more and more now and the Huggies Pull Ups are actually pretty good.  And they have princesses on them so Madalyn really loves them! 

So I got:

2 packs of 36 count Huggies Pull Ups $8.99 each – 2 $2 coupons
1 medium size pack (don’t remember how many) Huggies Overnights $8.99 – $1.50 coupon
1 pack Huggies wipes $5.99 – $0.75 coupon

Total $32.96 – $6.25 in coupons=$26.71 OOP and I earned $15 in ECBs.  I spent a little more out of pocket but it was something I needed anyway and I with the ECBs I really only spent about $11.

I also bought lots of Valentine’s stuff on sale for 75% off.  I got my niece and nephew some treats and my kids some treats and some candy for my mom and dad.  I used to feel guilty when I waited until after a holiday to buy someone something but I knew I wasn’t going to see my family until after Valentine’s Day anyway, so I just waited and saved myself a lot of money.  It’s not how much you spend on something anyway, it truly is the thought that counts, right?!    

Free Country Home & Fitness Magazines

My mom sent me the link to StartSampling and at some point in the past I had already joined–and soon forgot that I had joined!  I was happy for the reminder as you can find some neat free stuff on here as well as coupons and other tips.  Right now you can sign up for a FREE subscription to Country Home magazine (20 issues) and Fitness magazine (22 issues)!  Pretty cool, huh? 

 And be sure to check out the helpful hints section!  You can find all kinds of cool ideas there!

Frugal Fridays


So here is my frugal idea for this week.  I haven’t actually implemented it YET but plan to next week.  I am going to learn how to groom my dog.  I had budgeted $30 out of my next paycheck for the cost of taking Buddy to the groomers.  He is long overdue and is quite shaggy at this point and I was hoping I’d have time before our trip to North Carolina.  But then I started thinking about how much money I spend at the groomers each year.  Now I don’t groom Buddy as often as I should.  I’m sad to say that he gets a little neglected in that department.  On average, he goes to the groomers about 2-3 times a YEAR!  (Yes, I know.  I’m a terrible doggy mama.)  Did I mention he is a cocker spaniel?  So he gets pretty darn shaggy sometimes.  When he can no longer see through his ‘bangs’ then I know it’s time to get him groomed.  

So to save some money (and have a happier, more frequently groomed dog) I am planning on investing in some dog clippers and doing it myself.  I found these Wahl clippers at Petco that cost not quite $40.  So after my second time of clipping him they will have paid for themselves.  My only worry is clipping his nails.  He hates having his feet messed with and I have never had any good luck with that! 

If anyone reading this has any advice for me I’d appreciate it!  I’ll post the before and after pictures next week!    

Super Savings Saturday

Crystal over at MoneySavingMom encourages people to post their super savings of the week.  Well, I have to confess I went a little over my budget the last 2 weeks due to Annagrace’s birthday.  But since I just started this whole budget thing 2 weeks ago, I hadn’t really had any time to save up for it!  So I’m okay with that.  It’ll get better.   But I did get some good deals at Food Lion yesterday.  No photos because I was in a hurry to get everything put away before Annagrace’s birthday party!

I found some really awesome coupons on Thrifty Florida Mama’s site and since I was going to Food Lion anyway to get milk, I thought I’d give it a try.  I got:

5 pk of Mac and Cheese
2 boxes Cheese Nips (BOGO free) 
6 pack Cottonelle toilet paper
2 loaves of Martin’s bread (BOGO free)
1 box Eggo waffles
1 gallon of milk
2 bags of potato chips
2 cans baked beans
2 bottles Purex laundry detergent (BOGO free)
My total before MVP and coupons=$45.00
After MVP and coupons=$25.00

I saved $20 and got a lot of stuff!  I’m hoping to stretch my next grocery shopping trip out until after we return for a trip to NC.  I usually go every 2 weeks, but I think we will have enough stuff to stretch it out to 3 weeks!  That will cut my grocery budget down for this month considerably. 

I’m outta here for today.  I plan to clean out my closet and my linen closet today–fun times.  Gotta go pick up a paper too and check out the new CVS deals for this week! 

February 2008