Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Walmart $2.86

I went to Walmart today to use my coupons that were expiring today for free Suave Shampoo and Cascade. They didn't have the size of Cascade that I needed so I had to stop at another store for that. I came out pretty good. My subtotal before coupons was $32.31. My total with tax was $2.86. Here is what I got:
12 Kraft Salad Dressings on Roll Back for $1.58 Less 12 $1.50 coupons
4 Buddies Soaps $.97 less 4 $1.00 coupons
Suave Soap (the larges bottle they had) $3.00 less $3.00 coupon
Rimmel Mascara $6.47 less $6.47 coupon
Total after tax $2.86

Monday, March 30, 2009

Meal Plan

This week I didn't plan what we are going to have each day. I planned a list of suppers we have all the stuff for and will let the kids pick what we have each night. Our week usually starts on Sunday night.

Tater Tot Casserole

Crunchy Taco Bake

Grilled Chicken

Ham and Rice Casserole

Grilled Pork Chops

Chicken Burritos

Manwich and Curly Fries

We had Tater Tot Casserole Sunday Night. I got the recipe from http://frugalmakescents.blogspot.com. My teenagers and husband loved it and want to have it again soon.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Walgreen's Rebates

Well, I finally got all my Walgreen's receipts entered for rebates. I made several trips into the store this week. One was to pick up more of the Fructis products for $.49. One of my trips the cashier was checking the prices to see if he needed to adjust my coupons so they didn't give overage. I was told more than once that they couldn't do that so of course I asked. (The manager had told me that it was FRAUD!) The cashier said that it just came down a couple of weeks ago that they could adjust coupons but they are not advertising it. (I could have gotten all my Fructis products for free a couple of weeks ago but they had told me I could not use any coupons that equaled more than the product even if it was a penny. So I didn't even go to Walgreen's that week.) The Cashier even let me use more than one of the same coupon in one transaction. Another thing they told me was fraud. I think they must have had alot of complaints. There was even a letter to the editor in the local paper about how unfriendly they were to couponers. Anyway, now I know I can get things for free until they change their mind again.

Did anyone do the Hunts tomato sauce rebate? Its so weird. A couple of the cans rang up weird prices like .80 instead of $.99. I guess because I bought a odd number so I had to go back. I ended up with 13 cans for $5.07 and will get back a $5.00 rebate. I shouldn't need tomato sauce for a while. I also got the pledge anywhere cleaner for $3.50 less printable coupon for $2.00 and will get $1 register reward making this $.50 (The Walgreen's manager had also told me that none of the stores were suppose to take internet coupons.) Other rebates I got this time was the $1.00 for ALL, $3.99 for the Free Wal-Zyr, $6.99 for the Free Axe Shampoo, and $2.99 for the free Walgreen's quick gels. I will also get 10% back for getting my rebates loaded on my gift card.

I can't believe it took me so long to figure out the Easy Saver program and now they are doing away with it. The store was here for a year and half or longer before I even knew the program existed. It wasn't until an elderly customer came into work needing a copy of her rebate form and receipts so she could mail in the originals that I thought I might need to look into the program the next time I went in the store. At that time, I didn't shop Walgreen's the way I do now. And to think I might not have found out about the program if the her bank didn't start charging $.25 for copies. Anyway, after making her copies for a couple of months she started bringing me coupons from the local newspaper that she wasn't going to use. We make copies for people all the time but since she was giving me her extra coupons I thought I might need to check with my boss and see if she cared which she didn't.

Only one more month of the Easy Saver program. I hope the whatever new program they come up with will be easy. Rumor has it that they are going to beef up their register reward program. I hope this is not the case. Register rewards are great but are so hard for me to keep up with. Maybe I need to get more organized.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Well, it isn't Sunday or Monday which are the days everyone else posts their weekly Menu. Better late than never. I can't wait to try some new recipes that I have gotten from other blogs but this week will be busy and so I stuck to some basics.

Monday - Grilled Pork Chops, Broccoli, Mac & Cheese
Tuesday - Mexican Chicken, Corn
Wednesday - Spaghetti with Meat Balls, garlic toast
Thursday - ? parent teacher conferences, Scott and Christian has an appt in Springfield
Left overs or out to eat
Friday - Kids will be at their moms Left Overs or Frozen Pizza

Sunday, March 22, 2009

My dog had a accident

My dog had a accident on the cushion of my couch that we have had for about a year. The couch is microfiber and I don't know the exact number of products I have used on it trying to get the smell out. I think I have tried most if not all the products that Walmart has to offer. I think I am going to order Natures Miracle Stain and Odor remover.

Has anyone tried this? Or do you have a method that might remove pet odor? I can't just get rid of the couch. It is still new.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Random Stuff

Just thought I would blog about some random stuff. . . .

The only shopping I have done is some small trips to Walgreen's to use all of those register rewards I got a couple of weeks back. The rewards worked out great as for all of our grocery needs like milk, bread, etc. I also got the free after rebate items and only spent $2.90.

I forgot while the kids were with their moms how much food teenagers eat. I am so glad I continued to stock items that we eat all the time when they were cheap or free. It has been nine-weeks since I cooked every night so I plan on making a menu plan probably on Sunday. When it is just my husband and I, we cook a few nights and eat left overs or frozen pizza the rest. How do you make your menu plan? Do you list out what you are having every day or do you have a list of items available and let everyone pick from the list? I have always just made a list of about eight items and let the kids take turn picking what we have. I don't know if this is the best option so I may try the other for a few weeks and see how it goes. I hope to use my crock pot more for busy nights. I also hope to set aside a day for my step daughter to cook every week. She loves to cook and it is so hard for me to walk away from the kitchen and just let her do what she wants.

Laundry!! How do teenagers have more than one load of laundry a day? There are only two of them. The bad part is they have actually wore all of them. Son has to have All soap or he breaks out. I need to find some good coupons and a really good sale on this soap. My husband and I have been using another brand I got for really cheap while the kids were away but I have to have this kind for him.

I have to sit in a 8 hour class tomorrow for work. Yuck! I won't be doing double coupon day at Fred's this week but I don't need anything. My stock pile has grown alot, but there are still alot of items I have a hard time finding a extra good deal on to stock up like toilet paper and cream soups. Does anyone else have this problem?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Shopping without coupons

I did alot of shopping today. My trip to Edwards Grocery I did not use any coupons but got some good deals. They were having some great Buy One get One Free sales including Hiland Orange juice, Doritos, Lunch Meat and Stomboli which will be enough for supper tonight and tomorrow. I also got some Mccormick brown gravy mix 2/$1., 5 cans of store brand tomato sauce for $1, (4) Chicken Cordon Bleu for $1 each, (2) Roma tomatoes, eggs, frozen spinach, and Cavenders seasonings. My total came to $34.35. My total before sales was $45.10. I don't shop at this store too often. I think it is because they do weird things like have cans of pepper in the cold section with the eggs. It just seams weird to me. I should have gotten a better deal on the eggs but I guess I didn't have enough points on my Key to Savings Card which I am still trying to figure out how it works.
* I just realized they only charge you for one of the Stomboli which was buy one get one free and it was $8.99 so I saved more than I thought I did.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Very Busy

This has been a very busy week. My birthday was Tuesday and my husband took me to eat Mexican. We usually get a combination meal and have enough left overs for the following night. Which works out nice. Two days of no cooking. We have been short handed at work for two weeks so it has been really crazy and I had to work late tonight. This weekend I need to do some major house cleaning. Being sick for a while is really starting to show. I still need to go through all my ads and coupons so I can pick up some kid food as my step children will be here Wednesday for nine weeks. I will have to get back in the routine of menu planning. When it is just the two of us, I usually only cook a couple of nights a week and we eat left overs or something easy on the other nights.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Didn't get to roll those Register Rewards

This past week has been a painful one. I started have severe "double you over" pains in my right side. I was told it was gas pains and they would eventually go away. However, it hurt worse than I hurt before the surgery. Anyway, I didn't get to do all the shopping I had planned on doing. I did roll a few of the Register Rewards and buy some 12 pack of sodas and got some more Register Rewards and got some more tooth paste. I still have a lot of Register Rewards to spend. From what I am reading, there are going to be some Free with .01 overage next week. However, my Walgreen's won't let me use two coupons if it makes any overage. Even a penny. I finally went to Wal-Mart today. The first time in several weeks and I spent way too much money. I guess I should have expected it. The list was pretty long since I haven't done much shopping in the last month.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Lots of Register Rewards

Now that I am feeling much better, I decided to make a run to Walgreen's. There are a lot of great register rewards printing. Here is a break down of the 3 transactions I completed today. #1
Colgate Max toothpaste $2.99 less $.75 manfg coupon
Vasaline Lotion $2.46 less $1.50 Manfg coupon
Total after tax = $3.64
Received $3.50 Register Reward for toothpaste and $2 reward for lotion.
Makes this a $1.86 Money Maker

Colgate Max Fresh $2.99 less $.75 manfg coupon
Carmex $2.99
Vaseline lotion $2.46 less $1.50 manfg coupon
Total after tax $6.87
Received $3.50 Register Reward for toothpaste, $2.00 for lotion, and $2 for Carmex
Makes this a $.63 Money Maker

Milk $2.89
Vasaline Lotion $2.46 less $1.50 Manfg coupon
Less $3.50 Register Reward from transaction #1
Total after tax $.69

I could have broken my transactions up a little differently and been out less up front. However, the cashier I got was not the most friendly so I hated to push it. I got the only 3 lotions they had that were this size. The best part is I still have $9.50 in register rewards to use on my next purchase. I plan on going back later in the week for some additional items. But first I have to search for some more coupons in my mounds of coupons.

Have you been to Walgreen's this week? If so what were your great finds?