Friday, August 12, 2011

My trip today =)

So tonight I went to CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens.  I hardly EVER go to Walgreens, I really just don't like that store. BUT ANYWAY.

Rite Aid!

2 Arm and Hammer Toothpastes
2 BiC Pens.

Total OOP: $2.92
Got Back: $6 UPs


4 Nature Valley Bars
2 Keebler Jumbo Fudge Bars
2 Bags Gardetto's
2 Secret Deodorants
2 Great Lash Mascara's
2 Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blasts
1 pack of Sponges.

TOTAL OOP: $11.81
Got Back: $4 ECBs and a $10 Gas Card


(4) 2 Packs Expo Markers
1 Orange Slices

OOP: $0.54

It was a pretty good day for me!!! =) =)

Anyone else have any good shopping trips this week?!

Why I coupon

A lot of times I get asked the question, "Why do you coupon?" Now normally I say something along the lines of "Well, to save money."

But really, it goes beyond that.

I coupon to save money yes, and that is one of my main reasons for doing it, but I'm not just saving myself money, I am saving my family money as well. You see, I shop for my family, they do their own grocery shopping, at least for fruits and vegetables and meats and things, and I do the rest of their shopping.  I shop for their shampoos and conditioners, their hair things, pills they may need, body washes, lotions, and other things that I can get cheaper than they can. Sometimes I shop for their foods that don't need to be frozen or refrigerated as well.

Another thing is I can do other things with the money I save.  I can go on vacation, we can but new appliances, we can redo the house, or we can put that money away and save for a rainy day.

Another thing is because I LOVE to coupon.  Couponing is my thing, it is one of my hobbies, and I love to do it.  Being able to clip my coupons and organize them in my binder makes me smile, it helps me to de-stress.  I love it, it makes me happy.  Plus, my fiance loves it because he gets to watch sports, UFC, or wrestling while I coupon.

There are a lot of reasons why I coupon, but those are a few of the major ones =)

So, now a question: Why do you coupon?  Do you use the money you save for other stuff or do you save it?

Let me know in a comment below! =)

Sunday Coupon Preview 8/14

8/14 Smartsource.
Ken's $1/2 16 oz. dressings (9/30/11)
Ken's $1/1 any ken's marinade (9/30/11)
Ken's $1/2 8 or 9 oz. dressings (9/30/11)
Resolve $.50/1 laundry pre-treat product (9/25/11)
General mills $1/2 general mills cereals listed : boo berry, cinnamon toast crunch, cocoa puffs (any), cookie crisp (any), count chocula, dora the explorer, franken berry, golden grahams, kix (any), lucky charms (any), reese's puffs, trix (9/24/11)
Up2u $1/2 packs of up2u gum (9/30/11)
Up2u $1/1 any 3 pack (9/30/11)
Hamburger helper $.75/3 any flavor hamburger helper, tuna helper or chicken helper home cooked skillet meals (10/8/11)
Yoplait $.50/2 cups any flavor yoplait greek yogurt (10/8/11)
Cottonelle $.75/2 4-packs or $.75/1 12-pack or larger toilet paper (9/25/11)
Cottonelle $.75/2 flushable moist wipes (not valid on trial size) (9/25/11)
Huggies $1.50/1 package of huggies diapers (9/10/11)
Huggies $3/1 pack of huggies little movers slip-on diapers (9/10/11)
Huggies $.40/1 package huggies baby wipes (64ct or larger)
Pert plus $1/1 pert plus 3-in 1 or 2-in-1 product (ets) (9/30/11)
Sure $1/1 sure anit-perspirant & deodorant product (9/30/11)
Kleenex $.50/3 boxes (50 count or higher) or one bundle pack of kleenex facial tissue (ets) (9/25/11)
Kleenex $.50/2 boxes (50 count or higher) of kleenex ultra-soft, lotion or anti-viral facial tissue (ets) (9/25/11)
Post-it $2/1 lable product purchase of $5 or more (9/18/11)
Post-it $1/1 super sticky notes purchase of $5 or more (9/18/11)
Post-it $2/1 tab, flag or pocket product purchase of $5 or more (9/18/11)
Post-it $2/1 not dispenser purchase of $5 or more (9/18/11)
Goodnites $2/1 package of underwear (jumbo pack or larger) (9/10/11)
Kleenex $.75/1 package of kleenex hand towels (ets) (10/9/11)
Danimals $.50/1 danimals pack (10/9/11)
Welch's $1/1 64 oz grape juice or juice blend (any flavor) (9/15/11)
Revlon $1/1 color cosmetics product (9/18/11)
Dentek $1/1 floss pick $2 or more (10/9/11)
Dentek $3/1 dental guard (10/9/11)
Air wick $4/1 freshmatic ultra or freshmatic compact starter kit (9/25/11)
Air wick buy 2 get one free freshmatic ultra refill (9/25/11)
Air wick $1/1 scented oil double fresh warmer (9/25/11)
Air wick $1.50/1 freshmatic compact refill (9/25/11)
Air wick $1/1 flip & fresh (9/25/11)
Johnsonville $.55/1 package breakfast sausage links or patties (9/30/11)
Playtex $2/1 gentle glide tampons (18ct or larger) (10/9/11)
Playtex $1/1 sport body wipes (10/14/11)
A1 $1/1 bottle of a.1. steak sauce (10 oz or larger) (9/18/11)
Reese's or kit kat $1/3 bags snack size candy (9 oz- 22 oz) (9/18/11)
Biore $2/1 biore product (ets) (12/31/11)
Garfield's $5 off $20 minimum purchase required (10/31/11)
Garfield's $5 off $20 minimum purchase required (10/31/11)

8/14 Redplum
Advil 40 ct or higher, Advil PM 16ct or higher, ThermaCare 2 ct or higher no trial $2.00/1 (10/8/11)
Angel Soft Bath Tissue two(2) 6 Double roll or larger $1.00 (11/14/11)
Brawny paper towels two (2) 2-roll or larger $1.00 (11/15/11)
Centrum or Caltrate no trial $2.00/1 (10/8/11)
Clearasil product $1.00/1 (9/25/11)
Cheer products $1.00/2 (11/30/11)
Dimetapp, robitussin, Advil congestion relief or children's advil no trial $1.00/1 (10/8/11)\
Advil 40 ct or higher, Advil PM 16ct or higher, ThermaCare 2 ct or higher, Centrum or Caltrate, Dimetapp, robitussin, advil congestion relief or children's advil $5.00/3 no trial (8/27/11)
Era product $1.00/1 (11/30/11)
Febreze with gain product $1.00/1 (9./30/11)
Gain Detergent $1.00/1 (9/30/11)
Gain dishwashing liquids $1.00/2 (9/30/11)
Hefty One Zip bags $1.00/2 (11/30/11)
Hillshire Farm Lunchmeat, packages $1.00/2 (9/17/11)
Hillshire Farm rope or link smoked sausage $1.00/2 (9/17/11)
Mr. Clean liquids or sprays $1.00/2 (9/30/11)
Kudos Milk chocolate granola bars 10 ct carton $1.00/2 (10/9/11)
L'Oreal haircolor product $2.00/1 (10/9/11)
L'Oreal haircolor product $5.00/2 (10/9/11)
Luigi's real Italian product .50/1 (9/24/11)
Milk-bone dog snacks $1.50/2 (10/14/11)
Milk-bone healthy favorites dog snacks $1.00/1 (10/14/11)
Milo's Kitchen brand home style dog treats 3.3oz or smaller $1.00/1 (10/8/11)
Milo's Kitchen brand home style dog treats 10oz or larger $1.50/1 (10/8/11)
Olay regenerist Moisturizer no trail $3.00/1 (9/30/11)
Buy one Olay Pro X, Regenerist or total effects moisturizer get one Olay body wash FREE up to $7.99 (9/30/11)
Pup-Peroni dog snacks 4.8oz or larger $1.50/2 (10/15/11)
Scotties facial tissues 5 boxes or 2 multipacks $1.00 (9/17/11)
Sensodyne products excludes 0.8oz $1.00/1 (9/30/11)
Sensodyne products excludes 0.8oz $2.50/2 (9./30/11)
Snausages or Snaw Somes! dog snacks (9.75 oz or larger) $1.50/2 (10/15/11)
Suave Body Lotion prodcut 18 oz or larger $1.00/1 (9/11/11)
Suave Body Wash products Buy Two (2) get One (1) FREE up to $3.00 (9/11/11)
Suave Deodorant product .75/1 (9/11/11)
Suave kids shampoo or conditioner products .50/2 (9/11/11)
Suave Men shampoo, conditioner or styling product .50/2 (9/11/11)
Suave Professional shampoo or conditioner Buy one get one Suave Professionals dry shampoo or styling product FREE up to $3.50 (9/11/11)
Superpretzel pretzel dogs product .50/1 (9/24/11)
Vanity Fair Hand Towels $1.00/1 (11/16/11)
Vanity Fair Napkins $1.00/2 (11/16/11)
Vanity Fair Plates $1.00/2 (11/16/11) 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Yippy =)

So once again, I went to CVS and Rite aid today! WOOT WOOT! I'm going to Meijer, I just havent gotten there yet. haha.
I have pictures today, so here we go:


I got

(2) Dove Shampoos
(3) Dove Conditioners
(5) Dove Hairsprays
(2) Revlon Lipsticks

TOTAL OOP: $1.71

And I got $6 ECBs and a $10 Gas Gift Card back!! =)


(3) Listerine Mouthwashes
(4) Crest Mouthwashes
(1) Neutrogena Concealer
(1) Oral B power Toothbrush
(1) Viactiv
(1) Bengay

TOTAL OOP: $17.87
PLUS I got back $15 UPS and a $10 SCR for the Crest Mouthwash and a $2.99 SCR for the Oral B =)

Yay! =)

Monday, August 1, 2011


I went to CVS and Rite Aid.  Now normally I don't do a lot of shopping on Sundays but I had a bunch of coupons that I wanted to use that expired yesterday, So I had to go =)

At CVS I got:

1 Tresemme Shampoo
3 Tresemme Conditioners
3 Revlon Lipsticks
2 Fusion ProGlides

OOP: $12.71 GOT BACK: $19 ECBs

At Rite Aid I got

2 Fusion Pro Glides
4 Gillette Body Washes
4 Nivea Body Washes

OOP: $8.12 Got Back: $10 UPs

I think I did pretty good. =)

My fiance LOVES the Fusion Proglide Razors, it's all he will use, so we buy the actual razors instead of buying the cartridges, haha.  Those things are EXPENSIVE even with a coupon, so it's always cheaper to buy the Razors when P&G releases a $4 off coupon and the stores give back $5 in rewards.

How did your weekend go? Did you score any sweet deals?


A song for Monday Blog Hop! =)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sunday coupon Preview

7-31 P&G coupon insert
Always Pantiliners 30 ct+ Save $1 (8/31)
Always Pads, Clean or Feminine Cleansing Cloths .50 (8/31)
Always Infinity 14 ct+ Save $1 (8/31)
Bounce Dryer Bar Save $.50 (8/31)
Bounce Dryer Sheet or Dryer Bar refill Save $.25 (8/31)
Bounty Towels or Napkins Save $.25 (8/31)
Bounty Napkins Save $.25 (8/31)
Braun curzer trimmer Save $5 (8/31)
Braun Series 3, Series 5 or Series 7 Shaver Save $10 (8/31)
Cascade Save $1 (8/31)
Charmin Save $.25 (8/31)
Clairol Hair Color Save $2 (8/31)
Covergirl Save $1 (8/31)
Covergirl Save $1 (8/31)
Crest 3D White Professional Effects or 2 Hour Express Whitestrips Save $10 (8/31)
Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid, Vivid, Stain Shield or Gentle Routine Whitestrips Save $5 (8/31)
Crest Toothpaste 4oz+ Save $.50 (8/31)
Crest Rinse 946ml+ Save $2 (8/31)
Crest Toothpaste 4 oz+ Save $.75 (8/31)
Dawn Save $.50 (8/31)
Downey Liquid or Dryer Sheets .25 (8/31)
Duracell .75 (8/31)
Duracell Rechargeable Batteries or Charger or 6 pack Hearing Aid Batteries Save $1 (8/31)
Fixodent Adhesive Save $.50 (8/31)
Fixodent Cleanser Save $.75 (8/31)
Gillette Body Wash Save $2 (8/31)
Gillette Deodorant Save $3/2 (8/31)
Gillette Clinical Deodorant Save $3 (8/31)
Gillette Fusion Skin Care Save $2 (8/31)
Buy one Gillette Fusion ProGlide Cartridge, get free Gillette Fusion ProGlide Shave Prep (8/31)
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor Save $4 (8/31)
Head & Shoulders Save $.50 (8/31)
Iams Naturals Dry Dog or Cat Food Save $1 (8/31)
Iams Premium Protection Dry Dog or Cat food Save $1 (8/31)
Iams ProActive Healthy dry dog or cat food Save $1 (8/31)
Iams canned dog or cat food B3G1F (8/31)
Ivory Body Wash or Bar or Safeguard bar or liquid hand soap Save $.50 (8/31)
Metamucil Save $1 (8/31)
Metamucil Fiber Singles Capsules or Wafers Save $1 (8/31)
Olay Pro-X Facial Moisturizer or Pro-X Clear Save $5 (8/31)
Olay Regenerist Moisturizer Save $3 (8/31)
Buy Olay Body Wash, Bar or Hand and Body Lotion, Get free Satin Care Shave Gel to Save $3.99 (8/31)
Oral-B Battery Toothbrush Save $3 (8/31)
Oral-B Floss or Oral-B Floss Picks 30 ct+ Save $.75 (8/31)
Oral-B Stages, Zooth or Crest Kid’s Manual or Power Toothbrush Save $.50 (8/31)
Oral-B Stages, Zooth or Crest Kid’s Toothpaste Save $.50 (8/31)
Oral-B Replacement Brush Heads 3 count+ Save $10/2 (8/31)
Oral-B Replacement Brush Heads 3 ct+ Save $3 (8/31)
Oral-B Pulsar, CrossAction Advance or any two Indicator or Cavity Defense Manual Toothbrushes Save $.75 (8/31)
Pantene Save $1/2 (8/31)
Pringles Super Stack cans Save $1/4 (8/31)
Pringles Snack Stack or Stix Save $.50 (8/31)
Pringles Fat Free Cans Save $1/2 (8/31)
Puffs Singles .25/3 or one 3 pack Save $.25 (8/31)
Scope Mouthwash 710ml+ Save $.75 (8/31)
Secret Flawless, Scent Expression or Fresh Effects Deodorant Twin Pack Save $1 (8/31)
Buy two Secret Scent Expressions or Fresh Effects deodorants, get one free Secret Body Spray to Save $5 (8/31)
Swiffer Wet Jet or Sweeper Vac Starter Kit Save $5 (8/31)
Swiffer Sweeper or Swiffer Dusters Starter Kit Save $1 (8/31)
Swiffer refill or Dust & Shine Save $.75 (8/31)
Tampax Pearl Compak B1G1F to Save $3.99 (8/31)
Tampax Pearl or Tampax Pearl Compak 18 ct+ Save $1 (8/31)
Tampax 18ct+ Save $.50 (8/31)
Tide Detergent Save $1 (8/31)
Tide Stain Release .50 (8/31)
Tide Stain Release 26-50 powder, 15-34 ct Duopack or 36-68 oz liquid Save $1.50 (8/31)
Buy one Venus Refill, get Save $5 off Venus Razor (8/31)
Venus or Downy Disposable Razor Save $2 (8/31)

7-31 RedPlum Coupon Preview
AXE Shower gel or Detailer Buy One get One FREE up to $5.99 (9/24)
Caress Tahitian Renewal, Cashmere Luxury, Daily Silk, Evenly Gorgeous, Velvet Bliss, Glowing Touch,Sheer Twilight or Scarlet Blossom 12oz body wash or larger or 6-bar pack or larger .75/1 (8/28)
Degree Men or Women PREMIUM Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant or Body Mist Save $1.00/1 (8/28)
Degree Men or Women Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Save $.75/1 (8/28)
Domino Light or Amber Organic Agave Nectar , bottle Save $.75/1 (9/30)
Buy any One Dove Women’s Deodorant (Ultimate or Clincal Protection) and get a FREE Dove Men+Care Antiperspirant (2.7oz) or Deodorant (3.0oz) no trial/travel up to $5.50 (8/28)
Dove Beauty Bar 6-bar pack or larger no Men+care Save $1.25/1 (8/28)
Dove Body Wash 10oz or larger no Men+care Save $1.00/1 (8/28)
Buy any one Dove Shampoo or Conditioner no 40oz, trial or travel sizes get One Dove Treatment FREE up to $6.00 (8/28)
Dove Men+Care Body and Face Wash 13.5oz or larger OR Active Clean Shower Tool Save $1.00/1 (8/28)
Dove Men+Care Body and Face bar 6-bar pack or larger Save $1.00/1 (8/28)
Hellmann’s product 16.5 oz or larger Save $.40/2 (8/28)
Jimmy D’s product Save $1.00/1 (9/30)
Lipton Tea bags, Lipton to go, or any Iced tea mixes Save $.60/2 (8/28)
L’Oreal Excellence or Excellence to-go shade Save $2.00/1 (9/25)
L’Oreal Root Rescue product Save $2.00/1 (9/25)
Magnum Ice cream Save $1.00/1 (8/28)
Q-tips cotton swabs product 170 ct or larger Save $.30/1 (8/28)
Ragu Pasta Sauce, jars Save $.40/2 (8/28)
Skippy Peanut Butter product 15oz or larger Save $1.00/2 (8/28)
TRESemme Shampoo or Conditioner no trial Save $1.00/1 (8/28)
TRESemme Styling product no trial Save $1.00/1 (8/28)
Vaseline Product 3.1oz or larger Save $1.50/1 (8/28)
Wish-Bone or Western Dressings Save $1.00/2 (8/28)
Coupons COULD be different in your area.  =)
Have fun and happy couponing!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Woot Woot! My shopping trips from Saturday!

I love to shop, and couponing makes me feel like I can because I'm really not spending much money =)

So I went shopping on Saturday and I got some pretty sweet deals. =)

My first stop was Rite Aid, now my Out Of Pocket cost is pretty High on this one, and I could have split it in to two transactions, but I wanted to save my UPs+ Rewards for my next trip, so I just did one big transaction.  So here Goes:

4 boxes of Zantac 75- $7.99 Each
2 Boxes of Samy Fat Foam Hair Color- $8.99 Each
1 Box of Kotex U Pantiliners- $1.00 Each
10 Gatorades- 5/$5
5 Arizona Green Teas- $0.67 Each
1 Listerine Mouthwash- $4.99

Total: $73.44

(4) $5 off any Zantac
(2) $3 off Samy Hair Color
(1) $1 off Kotex U
(1) $0.25 off Gatorade
(1) $2 off Listerine
(1) $1 off Listerine
$4 UPs

TOTAL OOP: $35.03

And I got back $20 UPs and a $3 off $15. =)

Next was WalMart:

(4) Cascade 3 Packs- $0.97 each
5 Boxes of Kashi Cereal
2 Breakstones Sour Cream Dips
16 Vitamin Waters
1 Cottage Cheese
1 Magazine

Coupons Used:
(4) $1.00 off any Cascade
(2) $3.30 off Breakstones Dips
And the Kashi I price Matched to Target because they had it Buy 4 Get one Free! Plus I used (4) $2 off Kashi Cereal.

TOTAL OOP: 23.22!! =)

Did anyone else have any good shopping trips!?!?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Planning My sopping trips

I probably take the long route when I plan my trips, but hey, it works for me =)

When I buy my papers on Sunday morning I take out the Coupon inserts and the store ads.  Now I go to 5 stores a week, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, Meijer, and occasionally the local grocery store if they have something cheaper than Meijer.

So anyway, I take the store ads and separate them in to two piles, one set is for my fiance, we go through the ads and circle the things we want and need.  After that I make a list for him and a list for me and compare them. Then I go back through his with him and cross off something that he may WANT but not need or something he can wait for.  I do the same with my list.

THEN I go through and see what I have coupons for.  After I have all that done I make a "Master List" for each store.  I paperclip my coupons by store and put them in my accordion file so that they don't get mixed up.

I do scour the internet for other deals and steals that I may have missed or that weren't advertised, but I don't always find things.

I also go to Wal Mart once or twice a month because sometimes they have better deals than other stores and I can get overages that I can use for meat or produce.

I also take my binder into the store with me, so if I see a deal that I missed I can grab it and check if I have a coupon. =)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Rite Aid Shopping Trip

Let me just say first that I NEVER got Rite Aid, I would always do really well at CVS and Walgreens but when it came to Rite Aid I wouldn't do very well.  I don't know if it was just my planning or what, but I didn't understand it.

Now however, I do, and I LOVE Rite Aid.

So here is my Saturday Shopping trip! =)  I went two separate times, so this really isn't a typical split transaction.

Trip 1:

2 Gillette Mens Body Wash- 2/$8
2 John Frieda Full Repair products- BOGO 50% off
5 Gatorade- 5/$5
2 Jergens Natural Glow- $2.49

BOGO Free Gillette Mens Body Wash
(2) $5/1 John Frieda
(2) $2/1 Jergens Product
$7.38 in UPs+ Rewards

Total Out Of Pocket: $11.78
Saved: $35.81
Got Back $13 UPs+

Trip 2:

5 Gatorade- 5/$5
2 Jergens Natural Glow- $2.49
4 John Frieda Products- BOGO 50%
4 Gillette Body Wash- 2/$8

(2) $2/1 Jergens
(4) $2/1 John Frieda
(2) BOGO Free Gillette
$13.00 UPs+

Total Out Of Pocket: $15.87
Saved: 48.91
Got Back $20.00 UPs+

Ok, so if you DO NOT know what UPs+ Rewards are read on:

Rite Aid has a customer loyalty program called wellness+, It is free to sign up and there are several perks to being a wellness+ member.  One of my favorite perks is the UPs+ rewards.  When you look through a Rite Aid ad certain Items will look like this:

What that means is that if you have a wellness+ Card you will get $2.00 back to use on your next purchase.  You will  NOT get $2.00 off your purchase of the Colgate, but at the end of your transaction when you get your receipt at the bottom there will be a part that says: +UP Reward $2 off from the purchase of Colgate. These rewards can only be redeemed at Rite Aid, but they are great to have, they can REALLY lower your Out Of Pocket Cost. =)

Do you enjoy shopping at Rite Aid?
Have a Great shopping Trip you would like to share?

Share it Below!

Have a great Day!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Woo Hoo!!!

So Ladies and Gents!

I have been having such a good time couponing and saving money that I want to share it, and what better way to do that than to create a Blog!

First, let me say that I don't consider myself an "Extreme Couponer" I DO NOT buy 100 of the same item, and I do not clear shelves (I HATE SHELF CLEARERS.) Plus that show is making it harder and harder for those of us who use coupons correctly.

Second, I DO buy stuff I don't have coupons for.  My family is very "brand specific" and sometimes we need something that I don't have a coupon for.  That is fine with me. Plus we eat a lot of fresh foods and not to many processed foods.

Third, These are my REAL savings.  I may not save a ton, but even a few bucks here and there count. =)

Fourth, I AM a member of CVS and Rite Aid customer loyalty programs.  So when I buy certain Items at CVS I get ECBs( Extra Care Bucks) and at Rite Aid I get UP Rewards.  Those are equivalent to money at that store so it can be used for your next purchase.

Fifth, Normally I try not to break my trips up into to many transactions, I try to stick with one big one, but sometimes you can only get a certain deal if you do smaller transactions, so I do. =)

And I think that's about it!
Welcome to my blog!! =)