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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Did you use all your expiring coupons today?

(Made $3 taking home all this stuff)

Well, Today I went back to spend my $20 in Register rewards at walgreens (from the Robitussin/dimetapp deal I posted earlier).

-->There were a ton of coupons expiring today, last day of the year, so I went to use them up as well :)

NO, there were no digital ornaments left.. oh well. You went and bought them all didn't you?

However, I did get $129.94 in items purchased, and will end up with an overage of almost $3 after rebates.

I used my $20 register rewards, $85.24 in store sales/coupons/mfg. coupons, and the last day of using the 20% off employee discount.

So, the total cost after coupons were used, was $18.71.
-minus $7.99 for Revlon free rebate offer found in walgreens easy saver book
-minus $2 glade wisp rebate offer also found in book
-minus $6 in Register rewards received from this transaction(johnson and Johnson and gillette fusion razor)

That is a final cost of $2.72 for $129.94 in stuff purchased

-->Then if i submit for the febreze noticeables rebate of $5.59, that means

I will actually have gotten everything for free and came out almost $3 ahead!

all items purchased in above transaction: 2 four pack thermacare, 5 bottles gillette body wash, 2 Johnsons baby oil, 1 johnsons baby powder, 1 Vaseline intensive care 24.5 oz lotion w/bonus tube, Vaseline clinical therapy lotion, 1 gillette fusion razor, 1 ten pack papermate pens, 2 pkgs sore muscle patches, 2 glade scented oil candle holders, 1 glade wisp, 1 Revlon matte collection eyeliner, 1 febreze noticeables, 2 pkgs skittles for the kids.

-I also did a second transaction for a second fusion razor, 1 johnsons baby shampoo, 2 johnsons baby wash 28 oz, 2 vicks vaporub, 1 vicks digital thermometer, 1 box puffs tissues with lotion(free when you buy 2 vicks products) . Total: $21.99, got $11 in Register rewards back, I paid with walgreens rebate card= FREE with $11 moneymaker!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The past month's coupon saving shopping trip highlights

I know I have been posting very little, unlike my normal posts, but it's the holidays, is all I have to say :)

well, I wanted to share a few really good shopping trips i have had recently couponing.

For example, right now, all the $1 items at target are half off. So with the Rayovac $1 coupon, you can get two pkgs for free. So I planned on getting 12 pkgs free with coupons but ended up being able to get 24 pkgs of batteries, two pkgs of goody ouchless hairbands for my daughter, and another clearance item that was priced at $3.99, all for .92 out of pocket after coupons!

I need all those batteries for all the kid's christmas toys, so it was an awesome find. (and hubby's toys too)

(you can normally get the batteries free with the $1/1 coupon found on the rayovac website)

Another battery related purchase at walgreens:
I bought the 16 count Duracell batteries on sale for 9.99
-used a walgreens holiday reward and a mfg. coupon and paid 2.67 out of pocket for the 16 count pack.
Submitted the walgreens rebate for $3 back on each pack of duracell that you buy (up to 4 packs) So I actually got more back on the rebate than I paid.
I got two packs for 2.67 each and i got $6 back on my walgreens rebate card!!

I got a bunch of stuff for hubby at walgreens one shopping trip:
I bought
2 of the Gillette mens body wash, normally $4.99 each
(he is addicted to this kind now, since I have been getting it with coupons and refuses to use anything else! Before couponing, we bought the generic, cheapest body wash we could find)
I Also got :
2 of the Gillette Fusion Razor cartridge refills, normally $14 each.
2 cans of Gillette Hydragel shaving gel, full size, normally over $4.00 each
1 bag of chex mix snack
2 holiday pencils (stocking stuffers)

With tax, I paid $2.27 out of pocket after store sales and coupons! I even ended up with two coupons left that I didnt even need to use- I dont know how that happened..
-Not that I don't think my hubby is worth more, but why not pay less :)

Today, I bought $20 of adult cold/cough medicine, $20 of children's dimetapp (it is cold season after all!), and $20 of Dr Scholl's gel insoles for hubby, Paid $14 out of pocket for all of it after coupons, and received $30 back in store credit (Register Reward coupons) left over to respend later on whatever we wish.

(through dec 31st, 2008, if you buy $20 worth of either dimetapp or robitussin at walgreens, you will receive $20 back in store credit, which makes it free. with coupons, it is a money maker as you can see)

I have a ton of coupons that expire on the 31st, so I will be going back this week to use up my coupons and the $30 in store credit :)
I have my eye on these Digital xmas ornaments that hold 56 photos. Normally $19.99, they are on sale for 75 percent off at walgreens and using my register rewards, they will be free. They better have some left when i go or else... Now dont you go and buy them all!!!

Oh, forgot, today I also bought $10 in Johnson and Johnson brand baby shampoo/body wash and baby products. paid Less than $3 after mfg coupons and store coupons, and I got another Register reward for $3 back. Which makes the stuff free.

I wish the Dollar Tree took coupons ha ha. I went and picked up a couple of coupon organizers there along with a package of chopsticks- hubby was thrilled about that!!

If you have any questions on any of the above or couponing in general, feel free to email me at froginpigtails at yahoo dot com or leave me a comment here.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Super deals for last minute items and every day crafting, etc.

Through the 24th, Joann Fabrics is having a great coupon for 50% off any item! Click here to print the Coupon GOod for online or in store purchases!!

Steve & Barry's is going out of business. We went there and got some awesome deals for the family. Hubby got 3 pairs of Cotton twill slacks for work for $5 each
Juniors and women's jeans are $5 a pair, T-shirts were less than $2. Children's clothes were nearly gone at the store i went to...
The best deal were Cherry wood & metal hangers and pants hangers were five for $1.00
These were super nice hangers in thick wood. now i can get rid of some of our plastic ones :)

We woke up to snow drifts all around and my 6 year old said, "This is totally AWESOME! We are TRAPPED!!!"

I was thinking, oh yea, it would be so awesome to be trapped in here with 3 kids...wait, isn't that just like every other day of my life? Ha ha

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Making Christmas Ornaments today with the kids: Recipes

We are busy making lots of ornaments for the kids to paint, etc.
This is super easy, super cheap and fun! The cinnamon ones are a little more difficult to do as the dough is a bit brittle before it dries, so I recommend that one for the adults or the older kids.

Baked Ornaments to Paint or decorate:

2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
3/4 cup water
Preparation:Mix until moistened; knead well. Roll the dough, 1/2 portion at a time, about 1/8-inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters, making small punched holes in each for string or other type of hanger. Bake on foil lined baking sheets at 250° for 2 hours. Cool thoroughly. Paint with water colors then shellac and let dry, or coat with Elmer's Glue and sprinkle with glitter while still wet. These ornaments, decorated are not edible, so take care to keep them out of reach of smaller children.

Cinnamon Ornaments
1 cup ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. cloves
1 tbsp. nutmeg
3/4 c. applesauce
2 tbsp. white glue

Preparation:In medium bowl, combine cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Add applesauce and glue; stir to combine. Work mixture with hands 2 to 3 minutes or until dough is smooth and ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Divide into 4 portions. Roll out each dough portion to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut dough with cookie cutters. Using straw or toothpick, make small hole in top of ornament. Place cut out ornaments on wire rack to dry. Allow several days to dry, turning ornaments over once each day. Use to decorate gifts, hang on tree, etc. These last for years and the fragrance does too!! Super Christmas smell :)

-->Find more instructions here such as no-bake painted ornaments:

The website above also has instructions for lots of ADORABLE globe ornaments to make! I have GOT to try the froggy ones :)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black friday shopping today

did you get up early and go shopping today?

Got some great deals like $4 pajamas and $8 jeans for kids at Walmart and $2 DVDs

what i got at walgreens today:

1 electric can opener (xmas for me)
1 electric food processor (xmas for me)
3 colgate toothpastes
1 Video game plug n play (Reg. price 49.99- hubby's request)
1 Snoopy lighted yard decor (buy one get one 1/2 off but only wanted one item)
1 colossal remote control (xmas gift)
3 Ktichen towels xmas print (making crochet towels for xmas gifts)
3 xmas platters (for xmas treats to give away)
1 crayons 64 ct (xmas gift)
2 Ty beanie babies (xmas gift)
6 rolls gift wrap (only $3.18/6)
2 boxes Garbage bags (NEEDED these)
2 pkgs capsaicin patches for sore muscles(also hubby's request)

-Used RR's earned from buying toothpaste, etc. earlier this week
Total Paid for items above: $15.75
Also got $17.50 in RR back

couldnt get the electric griddle cuz no stores at all in our area got any on their truck :(
So, i couldnt buy it on sale today and then get the $10 Rebate for this item. Not happy!!

So, How'd you do?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

black friday shopping deals have begun 2008

black friday shopping deals have begun

with free deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash and shave gel galore

I got paid $2.03 for each colgate total advanced 4 oz. that I bought this morning, got two bottles of cool agent blue mouthwash for the kids for $1.65 for 2, Gillette series full size shave gel was .29 each. Sure deodorant, was free. I got paid .81 for each one i bought!

I paid $10.80 and got $15 in Register rewards back.

Grand Total:

I got paid $4.20 to take home these things today:
3 full size cans gillette series shave gel(Reg. $6)
3 Colgate total advanced toothpaste(Reg. 3.49)
6 Sure deodorant(Reg $12 on sale)
2 Listerine Cool agent blue mouthwash(reg $9)
2 three packs of gift wrap(reg $2)
2 bags of holiday bows(reg $2)
2 pkgs gift tags(reg $2)
1 Box of Russell stover chocolates(reg.8.99)

My kids even loved it.
My 6 year old who loves to be like her big teen sister, confiscated one of the deodorants LOL!
Here is my son, digging into the box of chocolates, without my permission.

'Uh oh, I am caught..."

(after this last picture was taken, he unwrapped the whole box)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Destroyer needs more toys to ruin

(Disclaimer: this posting is strictly fun-no sale is expected)

Someone on your list's got everything?
Bet they dont have these, so make their day and get these now!!

Quantity is limited to items on hand:

Ok, you are getting some really great stuff here, minus a few bite marks etcetera, and in turn you are helping my two older children get some very much needed NEW toys.

(no, I won't mention that the new things will most likely get a little damaged, but we promise that we will be keeping them away from "the destroyer's" clutches for as long as possible!)

My two oldest kids are begging me for something to play with that hasn't been eaten, or broken by their baby brother, "the destroyer". Your purchase today can help them out.

What's included?
Here, you will find some very usable, not to mention, colorful chalk. It is the sidewalk type, fat and round, for kids to easily hold onto, but it can also be used on a regular sized chalkboard( no, a giant sized board is not necessary!). Other uses include coloring on dark paper or furniture for really neat effects! It could possibly work to just amuse anyone that enjoys the chalky taste of things such as tums, etcetera. Those individuals will also, MOST LIKELY really like chewing on these large, mouth sized sticks of chalk. Sorry, they don't come in specific flavors, but that can be a good thing. They will compliment anything else you want to eat them with.

Unfortunately, my son did not like the chalk he started to eat, but don't worry, I am teaching him the lesson of "waste not, want not" by offering this only partly-used, otherwise, perfectly good chalk to YOU!! Help me teach him this valuable lesson at an early age. Especially with the rising cost of such things as gas, his future will be so much the better if he grows up learning to Conserve and reuse.

Tip: Save more money by make wrapping paper with the chalk and some dark paper, just dont rub up next to the gifts, once they are wrapped- you will ruin the effect.

Does the color stain?
One chalk stick is Peach colored, one is (supposedly) black but more of a light black- not jet black.
Since we tested this already, these do not color your teeth at all. If you were looking for something that does, I am sorry.

Can I keep these for display?
You can most definitely keep these for display, or if you are needing to refer back to them, in order to see what the average 15 month old baby's teeth marks look like, or what the measurements are, for research sake. If you happen to have a glass case, for protecting such artifacts, that would be perfect! THe last thing you want, is someone else chewing on them. Then, you wouldn't know which teeth marks for sure, are the original ones :(
I am including in this listing, some closeups of the genuine baby teeth marks, so you can see, that these are indeed made by human, baby-sized teeth.

How much use can I expect out of these?
In case of a chalk emergency, where you need to write a message on the sidewalk in front of your house, you can always just "break glass" and use these 3 chalks. There should be plenty to write several various messages, such as "Dog for sale" "kids for sale" or one of the more popular messages such as "Free husband-must go".

Will my purchase arrive intact?
I will make sure to wrap these in some of the kid's bubble wrap that they play with. They shouldn't cry too much when I use one of their toys as packaging- they are used to disappointments- but we choose to call them "sacrifices". THis was one of the other valuable life lessons I have made sure to instill in them at an early age, Yes I am a proud parent. Proud, proud, proud! :)
There might even be a few unpopped bubbles left for you to enjoy, but this would be PURELY an added bonus and should not be considered as included in the price of auction.
Is it guaranteed to arrive unbroken? There are no guarantees in life, yes, this is anther lesson my kids have learned, and if you are lucky, you might learn it too- or your chalk may arrive completely intact.

If you thought this was a good deal already, you are in for a treat.

Not one, but TWO glittery, sparkle lip gloss containers are also yours! They were full of grape flavored gloss with tons of sparkley stuff in it, just yesterday. So that makes it nearly NEW, wow!
There is actually quite a bit left around the edges, so go crazy with this stuff. Not only does it make anything you put it on super sparkly, but it smells so delicious you will want to eat it. Just ask "the destroyer", he really enjoyed this one!
Nevermind that the container had tinkerbell on it or that his sisters were disappointed again, that he ruined something brand new. He looks GREAT now, with so much sparkle that you need sunglasses to look at him.

I am almost certain the sparkle will last through the holiday season, so it was perfect timing!!
Don't worry about licking the edges of the container, he didn't put that it in his mouth. He just stuck his fingers in and used those, so it's safe!

If you are dying to get your hands on some more of this stuff, I can round up a whole box of extra FREE and nearly new items, but please hurry and bid because my kids will need more toys by then to replace the ones that the destroyer has gotten ahold of while I was typing this up.
He is getting nothing from Santa, according to his sister, so don't worry-
lesson already learned!

albertson's free popcorn this week and more 11/19/08

if you buy 3 jolly time popcorn packages, you get a $ gift card mail in offer.
there are $1 off and $1.50 off coupons on their website. so you can get it super cheap and then also get the $5 gift card for overage= FREE popcorn!!
says 2 offers per household.

Green giant steamers are $1 so free with coupon

Cool whip and jello pudding are both on sale. if you use your $1 off one cool whip and two pudding coupon, you will get one cool whip, and two puddings= 3 items for .92 each.

Mentos gum is .89 on sale. there is a coupon for this

swiss miss cocoa is $1

Dreyers icecream is 2.88, use $1/1 coupon for CHEAP holiday flavored icecream like peppermint, pumpkin, etc

.99 2 liter pepsi products. I dont know if it includes sierra mist, but i have a BOGO for that, so it would be .50 a bottle or 2 for $1

Nabisco crackers are 1.99, if you have any coupons for that...

Pillsbury grand cinnamon rolls are $1.88. Use your $1.25/1 mailer coupon for super cheap cinnamon rolls!

Pillsbury crescent rolls also on sale for the same price. Use the $1/1 printable coupon for .88 a pkg.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

my walgreens Nov 16 week

I am going to buy my christmas lights at Walgreens this week, and get $5 RR back, also getting a Christmas tree. Their price is $19.99 and get a $5 RR back, so they are $14.99. A deal just as good as at big lots and hopefully slightly nicer of a tree..
My girls want a pink tree that they carry every year at big lots.. ugh!!

Chex snack mix is .99 this week and with coupon , it is .39 a bag. good snack item for holiday parties.

two bags shredded cheese is 2 for $3

Campbells soup is 5 for $4 again, get a great deal if you have some coupons left for this.

Rice krispy treats, nutri grain bars and special k bars are two for $5, and get a $2 RR, so final price is two for $3
I am excited about this deal, because I have a couple of coupons for Buy Special K bars and get $1 off milk!! So i can get two gallons of milk for $1.99 or less each, depending on lowest store price.

Puffs tissues are .99 a box. I have some .25 coupons and with employee discount that is about .54 a box

if you get the bioinfusion rebate items during the overlapping easy saver days this week, you can use the $5 ivc coupon in the december easy saver book. for $10 off of two.

Just for men touch of gray hair color is free, sale $7 and get $7 RR back

Suave hair care, dove, or other various items from Unilever are a good deal with coupons, and RR's when you buy 1 to 4 of them

Excedrin pm with coupon is good deal, get $3RR when you buy 2

Huggies jumbo pack diapers are 9.99, minus $1 mfg. coupon, minus the $1 walgreens pharmacy coupon found in the coloring book equals a great deal!

shopping plans this week. Hurry to get your free Breyer's Ice Cream and Sara Lee Pie

Well, Albertsons has yet another great grocery deal through tuesday this week (nov 18)
Buy $20 of groceries, and get $10 back to spend on your next purchase. The stores here, let you spend it on a seperate transaction immediately if you wish, or you can go with your friends and create a shopping train, and pass the $10 on to the next person, and so forth.

THere are some great deals with insert coupons and also the new coupons in the December All You magazine, if you have that one already. I was pleased to find a $1 off Reddi wip cream in the All You. I just got a couple at albertsons with the $20 deal, but you can't have too much for the holiday pies!! So i am going to go get a couple more. You get two Reddi wip for $4 , then use two of the $1 all you coupons and get them 2 for $2 :)
Other great deals included in the $20 sale going until tuesday, include Snack Pack pudding 10 for $10, frozen meals 10 for $10, marie callendars meals, orville redenbacher popcorn, Pam cooking spray, wesson cooking oil, etc. If you have insert coupons for Chef boyardee, you can get a great deal on their products, as they are 4 for $5

My FAVORITE deal at albertson's thru tuesday is you can buy one of the LARGE sara lee holiday Pies, and when you use your albertson's card, You receive a second Large pie FREE plus TWO FREE BREYER'S icecreams absolutely FREE!
Talk about something to be thankful for :)

I always make homemade pumpkin and apple pies, but for that price and the icecream thrown in, I am getting some frozen pies this year too.

I am heading to target also to get some glade boxed scented oil candles. (or refills)
When you buy 4 you get a $5 gift card. With my coupons, I should pay under $2 for four of these gifting items and get a bunch of gift cards to spend on the xmas items I need from their sale this week, like the Yo Gabba Gabba toys of course, bratz dolls, maybe some storage containers...
THey have Stove top stuffing for less than $1 a box, grated or block cheese Kraft 3 for $6 NICE!

I have a ton of coupons for buy 3 goldfish cracker bags and get one free. target has them 3 for $5 this week.

If you need enfamil baby formula, they are giving a $5 gift card when you buy two this week at target.

I am also heading to office depot tomorrow. they have a save $40 instantly on a new HP printer when you trade in your old one. Mine makes a horrific grinding noise when it is done printing and i have to jiggle the cartridge casing when i print something because it will say it is jammed. So, it is quite a scary process when i print out my online coupons!! Maybe i can get a good printer this week.. there is an hp printer reg. 129.99 on sale for $109.00 and if i trade in my old one, i could possibly get a decent price!

Not much i see at fred meyers. i was going to get stove top stuffing, since they are 10 for $10 (or $1 each) but .79 cents at Target is much better!

craft warehouse has a Revolution die cutter for $79.99, but still out of my budget this year. I tried one of these at a scrapping group day and it was so awesome, i couldnt figure out how it worked, but it was so simple to use. you stick these foam, embossed cards in there with the die cut shape you want, you put a piece of paper on top and crank the handle. It comes out on the other side with the shape cut out, like magic...
No electricity required! it is super heavy duty and comes in a nifty little trunk case...cute!
Well, I can dream---

Slowing down during the Holidays?

I apologize to those of you tuning in on our theme days such as fun fridays, mommy mondays, shopping saturdays, etc.
With the holidays nearing and icky cold bugs rearing their ugly heads among my 3 kids, I have not been able to post faithfully.

For the remainder of the year, I will be still posting fun info on shopping deals, coupons, freebies, etc. and also some fun stuff for the kids, but they won't be on certain days.
I will just post info any time during the week, as I find the time on any ol' day of the week! So there may be fun kids stuff posted in the middle of the week, or shopping tips posted at the beginning of the week, rather than on our usual blog schedule.

So please stay tuned in and have a great Holiday!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

shoppin' saturday

I am heading to albertsons for the buy $30 of groceries and get $15 back to spend on your next order. This is going to be big!! some areas have this sale all month. here in my area, the ad says only through this coming tuesday, the 11th.

Old navy is having good sales this weekend I hear, as well as office depot, walmart, toysr us, costco.

you can also use your mastercard to purchase two fandango tickets to the new madagascar movie and get one free ticket on their website.

well i have 4 stops to make today so have fun! will post more later...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Finally I can double at Kmart nationwide!

I have been jealous of all my friends getting to go to kmart to use coupons and the store doubles the value up to $2.00!
Finally I can participate and so can you :)

According to kmart:

"There are currently two scheduled Double Coupon events planned.One is for Super K-mart locations nationwide from 11/12/08 - 11/16/08.Another event is being planned from 11/30/08 - 12/06/08 and will include all K-mart locations (including Super K stores) nationwide. "

Thanks to my friend for tipping me off on this

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Walmart Black Friday 2008 Toys for $10 ?

The whole ad for walmart's black friday will be released on the 24th :)
Here is what we know so far:

The 2008 Holiday Shopping Intentions Survey, conducted on behalf of Walmart, was designed to learn what's on America's Christmas list this year, and what the gift buying priorities are for this coming Christmas season. In addition, the survey measures how the recent economic downturn may affect things ranging from how much consumers will spend on gifts, whom Americans will be shopping for, to how much people plan to give in charitable donations during the holiday season.
The survey finds more than one-third of Americans buy gifts for their children first.

Walmart has identified 10 popular toys, priced each at $10, to help parents get a head start.

The toys are: --
Barbie and her dog, Tanner --
Barbie Mariposa (a beautiful butterfly-winged Barbie) --
Play-Doh Ice Cream Shop --
Assorted Littlest Pet Shop VIPs --
Hot Wheels Trick Tracks --
Hot Wheels Beast Bash --
Fur Real Newborn Animals --
Tonka Light and Sound Vehicles --
Doll Stroller --
Backugan by Spinmaster

In addition to the values, Walmart.com is currently accepting pre-orders for the highly-anticipated release of Elmo Live. The latest Elmo will be available in-stores and online on October 14, but customers can reserve their Elmo Live today by pre-ordering at http://www.walmart.com/elmo.

black friday at toys r us 2008

VIsit this link for a listing of toysrus black friday sales
Items include
Gator Golf Game - $14.99 use the $3 off coupon found in the paper last month and get a great deal on this game

Hannah Montana Light Up Tracing Lap Desk - $14.99

Indiana Jones Electronic Sounds Whip - $16.99

black friday at Walgreens

So am I the only one looking forward to black friday shopping this year?
I hope not!

I will be picking up the remainder of what we need for christmas gifts on this day.
THere are some awesome deals at places like Walmart, kmart, shopko, target, or your favorite store!

To get you started thinking about the possibilities, you can visit this blog to view the ads for Walgreen's black friday and November 27-29 sales. http://blackfridayhcw.blogspot.com/2008/10/wal-greens-2008.html

The 7 hour sale has been reportedly changed to an all day sale, but it couldnt hurt to ask your location for confirmation.

There are some awesome home decorating deals, giftwrapping, last minute items like soda pop, snacks and icecream :) and even FREE toothpaste with RR's. you know your stockings need some of that, ha ha.

I will be listing links for toysrus black friday etc. in a seperate post so get your pen and paper out and start making that list

Monday, October 27, 2008

Nick Jr. Pumpkin Stencils!! Yo Gabba Gabba etc

Go here to find lots of cool stencils for pumpkin carving!!
Inclueds Blue, Dora, Diego and more!


Mommy Monday it's the Season for chocolate

I don't know about you, but we are eating quite a bit of chocolate at our house, due to the holiday Halloween season approaching!

But, if you happen to NOT have enough chocolate in your stash, you can get a box of FREE truffles from Haydee Chocolatier here.

Or if Pizza is more your style, you can get Red Baron Pizzas at walgreens for $2.50 and use a $1 coupon found here.

Myself, we just went to Target this morning and bought 3 Digiorno Brand pizzas and got a $5 target gift card! We bought six, and got two $5 gift cards. I think I am going to use those as part of a Christmas gift for relatives that live out of state. Gift cards are great for mailing, as they don't weigh alot!! :)

I also went to Fred Meyer (kroger) and bought some more Frosted mini wheats (buy 3 get $3 catalina back). On the back of the maple and brown sugar ones, there are movie token thingies. You can collect 5 and get your choice of free DVD's. There are some great kids movies, including classics like Chitty Chitty Bang bang. So now, I have 5 tokens and can get a free kids movie to use for Christmas present!!

The hershey's candy that used to be 2 for $5 at Fred Meyer (kroger), is now 2 for $4. So you can get 8 bags of candy for halloween and get a $5 catalina back, so the bags of candy are around $1.25 each. That beats giving out those tootsie rolls that everyone else hands out that just end up collecting in the bottom of the trick or treat bag!

->Sneak Peek DEAL for KROGER stores:
the Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks and Pop Secret popcorn catalina deals are returning in November. I bought 4 of each last time and received $2.50 OYNO for the fruit snacks and $3 OYNO for the popcorn, so it may be the same deal this time around. Someone on SD got this info from customer service.

Some more freebies for moms:

Order the Free Kitchen Idea Book and Planning Guide is a full color book of ideas for making your dream home a reality. This book is jam packed with ideas for kitchens, baths, home office, entertainment centers, bedrooms, laundry rooms and more. Plus, we provide information on KraftMaid's product selection, cabinet construction and kitchen planning tips – all for FREE. This book is a must when planning your new kitchen!

--> remember to get your free Taco Bell taco tomorrow (Tuesday, October 28) between 2:00 and 6:00pm.

STOP and get your free redbox movie with this code today only: 93NCA5
You can get one for the kids and one for you if you have two different debit/credit cards to use.
One free rental per card number. Then it is free if you return it by tomorrow evening or keep it for two nights and only pay $1, its up to you!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Yo Gabba Gabba Fans celebrate!

My son is absolutely LOVING all the new Yo Gabba Gabba episodes. He especially loves the Birthday episode. Here is some pictures of him with his treasured Yo Gabba Gabba pillow:

Whenever he is tired or crabby, he will run to find his brobee pillow and plop his head down on it. It is sooo cute!!

If you haven't tried out the new baby & toddler games and gizmo effects on the yo gabba gabba website, try them out!
The "Gizmos" are perfect for babies, since every time you move or click the mouse, the gizmos react.

The games are for older toddlers and young Children. My six year old daughter likes to try them out.

You can also watch some of the song videos from the tv show!

Looking for merchandise? My kids got adorable new pj's at walmart featuring Brobee(the little green one, shown above) and Foofa, my daughter's favorite. (the pink one) Target is also supposed to be carrying the line.

I know Hot topic website also carries the stuffed pillows and other small items.

There is also a whole new site for their merchandise at tystoybox.com

-->Keep up on all the news at their blog: brobee.blogspot.com

Fun Friday

Well, my kids missed the last lowe's build and grow workshop making skeletons a couple weeks ago, so I went today online and signed them up for the pumpkin project for tomorrow.

You can go to their website here to sign up for that or for the lowe's racing team semi truck coming up in a few weeks.

Or, Home Depot is offering a free project to make cool leaf presses on November 1. These are great for pressing more than just leaves! Go here to find their kids workshop info

Tomorrow, Saturday the 25th, Toysrus are also hosting a Family Video Game Day. You can try out all the latest games for free from 12-4pm.

On Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Border’s will hold a Halloween Spooktacular. Dress up in costumes for their costume contest, listen to stories or play games.

Don't forget also, for moms, the ALL YOU, Yes you Can, event happening at a walmart near you on either the 25th or 26th. Visit the link above for listings. There will be free samples and fun stuff from companies like suave, crisco, weight watchers, carefree, etc

With Halloween coming up, there are lots of exciting, fun ideas for the kids!
Here are a few of our favorites:

Recipe for Witches Brew: (like trail mix)

This recipe is a guarantee for perfect attendance.
1 C. Blood Drops - Red Hots
1 C. Owl Eyes - Peanuts

1 C. Cats Eyes - Peanut M&Ms
1 C. Chicken Toenails - Corn Candy

1 C. Colored Flies - M&Ms

1 C. Butterfly Wings - Fritos

1 C. Earthworms - Corn Curls

1 C. Cat Claws - Sunflower Seeds

1 C. Ants - Raisins

1 C. Snake Eyes - Chocolate Chips

1 C. Cobwebs - Triscuits

1 C. Lizard Gizzards - Shoestring Potato snacks

1 C. Bat Bones - Pretzels

Phantom Punch

1 Qt. Orange Juice

1 Qt. Seltzer Water or Club Soda

1/2 Gallon Sherbert

Grape Juice
Combine the liquid ingredients in a large bowl. You can add dry ice for a spoooky display! Complete by slicing sherbert into small squares and float on top. Serves 8-10 thirsty ghosts!

Paper Plate Masks Make a silly, scary mask using paper plates and cardboard egg cartons. Cut eye holes in a large paper plate. Cut apart the cups of an egg carton and arrange them on the plate to make a nose, beard, bumps. When you have an arrangement you like, use glue or masking tape to attach the cups in place. Paint the mask with finger paints and add facial features. Let the paint dry. Punch a hole in each side of the paper plate and string a piece of elastic or string through each hole to go around the head.

Paper Plate Spiders Paint paper plates black using finger paints. Let the paint dry. Using white paint, add eyes. You can also use the round paper reinforces used to reinforce the holes on 3 ring binder paper. Using black pipe cleaners, have the children bend legs and glue to the bottom of the plate.

Gumdrop Spiders Cut two black pipe cleaners into eight pieces. Buy black licorice gumdrops. Insert four pipe cleaner spider legs on each side of a gumdrop.

Visit this site for lots of Party games for Halloween!! Witch broom hunt and eyeball bounce and so much more: http://www.partygameideas.com/halloween-games/games-list.php

Toddlers too young for scary stuff? No problem, go here to visit this ADORABLE winnie the pooh halloween website with games, cards, stories, party ideas and more!http://www.newcelebritystudios.com/poohsrainforest/PoohHalloween.html

Lots of cute halloween coloring pages and activity ideas here!http://www.lil-fingers.com/holidays/halloween/

My daughter is having her first field trip today, to the Pumpkin Patch! She was so excited and I can't wait to hear how it went. Happy haunting!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Walgreens Nov 2 – Nov 8 Register Reward Sneak Peek

Walgreens Nov 2 – Nov 8 Register Rewards

Kitchen Appliances – Sale Price $9.99, Buy 1, Get $3RR - Buy 2 – Get $7RR, Buy 3 – Get $10RR
--Kitchen Gourmet; 2 Slice Toaster, Slow Cooker 1.5qt., Hot Pot 32oz, Single Burner, 5spd Mixer, Popcorn Popper, Waffle Maker, Tall Can Opener--Perfection; Garment Steam/Dry Iron, plus much more.

Head & Shoulders, Pantene, or Infusium23 Shampoo or Conditioner (16–25.4oz) – Sale Price 2/$12, Buy 2 Earn $2RR

Gillette Shampoo or 2n1 Bodywash –Sale Price 2/$9, Earn $2RR

Oral B CrossAction Power Toothbrush or 2pk Brush Heads– Sale Price $5.99, Earn $2RR

Zicam Cold Remedy – Sale Price $9.99 – Buy 1-Get $2RR, Buy 2 -Get $5RR

Vicks - Sale Price $4.49, Buy 1 –Get $1RR, Buy 2 –Get $3RR, Buy 3 -Get $6RR

Robitussen or Dimetapp (8oz.) – Sale Price $5.99 - Buy 2, Get $2rr, Buy 3, Get $5rr

Always Infinity Feminine Protection, 14 to 18pk –Sale Price $4.99, Earn $1RR

MiraLAX 14-day – Sale Price $9.99 – Buy 1, Earn $2RR

Tide 2x or Gain Laundry Detergent (48-64 loads) – Sale Price $11.99, Earn $1RR

Prilosec OTC (28ct) – Sale Price $18.99, Earn $3.50RR

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

No more Rush at Big Lots

Ever tried to get to Big lots before their new items are sold out on the very first day??
I have and it can be frustrating!

Now, you can go online and grab those high demand items from Big lots!! As of 8AM today, you can shop online!

"What happens when Big Lots merchandise Buyers find an unbelievably, ridiculously great deal – but there's not enough for all our stores? Simple. They become the Big Lots online deal of the day.One amazing limited quantity deal at 8 AM ET every day.Of course, we may throw a curve ball from time to time by posting earlier, later or by posting more then one deal. While they're available, it's shopping nirvana"

I think this is a great idea and hopefully help you all grab that must have item at their LOW price :)

Monday, October 20, 2008

fred meyer shopping deals this month! october 2008

Well, I was really interested in learning more about shopping at Kroger brand grocery stores, as they have some really great deals and you can receive money back with their catalina program. FRed meyer is the only kroger brand store We have here in the boise ID area.
I tried shopping there last week and we got free Brut deodorant, johnsons buddies soaps, and some other great things including the mini wheats. We love the new flavors! Blueberry is my fave.
So since last week, I have $35 in catalinas(store credit) so far to use towards christmas shopping for my 3 kids.

Verified Fred meyer deals:

Frosted Mini Wheats on sale 2/$6(strawberry, blueberry & maple/brown sugar, cinnamon streusel, vanilla). Use $1 off printable coupon from sidebar. Must buy 3 to get $3 back in Catalinas. Good through 11/2 according to the coupon i got.

I saw a tag for Buy 20 Yoplait Yogurt get 2.00 catalina. I think it ends November 5th.

Buy 2 Carnation Instant Breakfast (looks like all varieties) Get $1.50 back in catalinas.
Valid 10-13 to 11-9.

Buy $15 in Hershey Halloween candy get $5 back in catalinas. the dates were from 10/12/08-10/31/08

Fleischmann’s 3-Packet Yeast- $1.49
Use .40/1 coupon from recent insert.
Final price after coupon: 69 cents
But then a .50 catalina should print out at check out as well. (A catalina is a print-out for a certain value off your next shopping trip.)
Final price after coupon and catalina: 19 cents
**if you buy the jar yeast you get $1 catalina back.

other great deals:
*Cottonelle 4-pack toilet paper $.99, if you have .50 off coupons, this is a great deal!

2 glade refills get $2 catalina

Mommy Monday

Rebate heaven today!!

I found a great website that lists lots of rebates and product offers that you can take advantage of for lots of different products . Here is the link: http://www.couponswap.o-f.com/online.htm
you can even get money back for buying movies like little mermaid, etc.

If you would like to try ZOUT for FREE. You can send in your receipt and upc with this printable form for up to $4 back www.trymefree-zout.com
I bought buy one get one free at walgreens last week, so i will get two free bottles of zout stain remover!

I bought alot of energizer batteries last week too on sale, with coupons, and there are a few different kinds of offers from energizer, that you can find on the rebate website link above.

Enter for a chance to win a trip to pixar animation studios, from disney Pixar WallE and Eureka
Go to eureka.com/walle (found in Better homes and Gardens magazine ad)

Did you know febreze noticeables is guaranteed? you can get a rebate/money back form here:

You can also use the manufacturer coupon to purchase arm & hammer essentials and get a form for their Try me free rebate offer here:http://www.essentialscleaners.com/tryit/index.html

http://www.sargentocheese.com/promot...Doo_Rebate.pdfScooby-Doo™ $3 DVD Rebate OfferGet $3 back by mail when you buy one specially marked package of Sargento®/Keebler® 5-Pack Snacks and your choice of Scooby-Doo™ and the Goblin King (available 9/23/08), What’s New Scooby-Doo™? Season 3 or Shaggy & Scooby-Doo™ Get a Clue Volume 2 on DVD by 12/31/08.

I found a $5 rebate from minute maid as well, when you buy Sleeping beauty, tinkerbell, walle or chronicles of narnia with minute maid products! It was in the better homes and gardens magazine that i got this week in the mail. it also says go to minutemaid.com/disney
so maybe the rebate form is online as well...i tried to look but it doesnt seem to be loading

Speaking of rebates, I am up to over $80 so far this month for walgreens rebate card! It is my second month so i am very excited :) If you want more info for their rebate offers each month, stop in and pick up their monthly easy saver booklet.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

walgreens shopping trip this week

went to the store late this week..

I must say there was an awesome deal on energizer batteries- a luxury for us, since we usually use the cheap dollar store kind.

Dove soap is also incredibly good deal this week.

Didnt end up with much new RR's as there is not much to be had at this time of year.

today i got:

3 rolls bounty paper towels for .50 each after mfg coupon and weekly store coupon

3 large pkgs of Kotex for $4.65 after store sale and mfg coupons and also received $3RR

1 Bic Comfort 3 disposable razor 4 pk, around .38 after ivc and mfg coupons

2 scented oil refills for $1.69 after store sale and mfg coupons (rebate item)

1 cross action tbrush $2.82 after mfg coupon and also received $4.50RR

4 Dove trial size beauty bars, paid $2.05 after stre sale and mfg coupons and got a $3RR

used two RR's from last week

paid $1.04 walgreens gift card(rebate funds)

paid $1.06 oop

Got $10.50 back in RR's

I made $9.44 on this transaction

Second transaction:

7 pkgs Energizer batteries, size AAA, AA, C, D (paid $1.54 each pkg w/store coupon & mfg coupon)

2 glade refills (rebate item) $1.69 after store sale and coupons

4 Dove deodorants $4.62 after store sale and coupons and received $3RR

Arm & Hammer Laundry detergent(rebate item) $1.69

used RR's from last week

subtotal $1.61

paid $3.49 OOP w/tax

got $3RR back

My Total cost: .49 cents.


I then upgraded two of my $3RR's into $4.50RR's by purchasing oral b crossaction tbrushes:

Buy one Oral b toothbrush, and a filler such as the candy bars with the weekly sale coupon.

use the $3 RR and a $1 or .75 cent oral b mfg coupon. pay somewhere between .40 and .75 cents and get a $4.50RR back.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday still came

Nope, it was a no-go. if you read my post about having a bad monday on friday last week, I was hoping that would make up for MOnday and today would be fantastic! No It Wasn't.

Didn't get to do shopping today

Didn't get sewing projects finished, as scheduled

Didn't get Mommy Monday posted on the blog

etc etc etc... fill in the blanks! - including mail didn't go out today like i was needing it to

well what do you do in situations like this?
EAT of course LOL.

here is a free coupon for Arby's Beef n' Cheddar- one of my fast food faves!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Shoppin' Saturday

well, today is my first try at a kroger brand store. anyone have any shopping tips to share?

If you havent already printed all the awesome HIGH DOLLAR coupons for lots of great household cleaning products, go here Promptly to do so! from the Right@ home website.
(perfect for using on rebate items for walgreens oct easy saver)

If your family goes through alot of cereal, like ours does, check out the new coupons on my sidebar coupon widget. there is $1 off any kelloggs, coupons for trix, apple cinnamon cheerios, Kellogg's frosted mini-wheats- including the new flavors of strawberry delight and blueberry muffin. The Blueberry is to Die for delicious!!! Other cereal coupons for boo berry, cinnamon toast crunch, cocoa puffs, cookie crisp, count chocula, Dora explorer. Also there is Foster Farms lunch meat coupons, lots of Pillsbury coupons! Bonne bell etc.

If you know of a good vacuum, let me know. I have to go find a new one today, or the little one's cracker crumbs are going to pile up mighty high...


Diaper Study--free diapers and $10
Arguest diaper study. Boys and Girls who wear size 4 diapers.GIRLS: 1-888-342-7372 ext. 646BOYS: 1-888-342-7372 ext. 634Arquest sends you free diapers, you use them until they're gone, then you fill out a survey. Then on a set date they will call you to read the survey answers to them and send you a check for $10!!

IF you havent gotten your copy of the All You magazine yet, here is a list of what coupons are included, so you can see if it is worth your while this month. (click on the link)

Sick Friday, hoping for a better monday, Bad Mommy Pizza blunder and Walgreens Shopping success story

Sorry i didnt post fun friday for the kids but my 6 year old was sick with a cough all night on thursday night and so she stayed home from school friday. I have been giving her the new triaminic thin strips that we got last week for free at walgreens. It takes me all day to get her to take any liquid medicine, so these are perfect for her! She just puts the very small thin strip in her mouth and then i let her drink some juice afterwards as a reward. Takes less than 30 seconds now to medicate her :)
(You can still go to the triaminic website to print $2 off any triaminic product)

So.. since we basically had a "case of the Monday's" today on a friday, that means Monday will be great, right??

Tomorrow, I am going to make my first Kroger's shopping trip. (stores include Fred meyer, ralph's, fry's, etc). Feeling "iffy" on this, but we will see how it goes...
Supposedly, if I use my coupon to buy one get one free on a glade gel warmer for under $2, I will get two $4 catalinas to use on my next purchase...buy a scented oil warmer for $4.99 minus a $2 coupon and a bogo, and get two $4 cats

Well, tonight was school fundraiser night at Papa John's. I decided to order online, not realizing until I placed the order, that there was no comment box or any way for them to know I was participating in the fundraiser.. UMMMM. Did I mention I had a sick child and a baby to take care of all day? That's my excuse! well, you know what they say about good intentions..oh well.
I must admit it was the BOGO pizza code that enticed me to order online, whoops :)

By the way, the code is "chase" to get a free large 3 topping pizza when you order a large 3 topping pizza. Or "amex" to Buy x-tra large specialty pizza & get free large original crust 1-topping pizza.

My shopping at Walgreens tonight went slightly better than the pizza fundraiser fiasco!

Since employees got 25% off friday only, I saved all the more expensive rebate items for today's shopping trip and even got the Revitalift item continued from last month's rebate book.
Of course, I used a bunch of the awesome new HIGH DOLLAR coupons from the right@ home website. There are coupons for all but one of the rebate items needed for #27 in the October walgreens easy saver booklet. They range from $10 off the automatic shower cleaner, to $2 off Pledge, Scrubbing bubbles stuff, and more!! There is $30 0f coupons on there and you should be able to print them twice...

So anyways, I paid around $25 OOP, got over $27 back in RR's and will get over $25 in rebates(havent figured the exact amount yet.) I even got $1.18 back in change on one transaction!!

I made $2.50 on each oral b cross action toothbrush I bought, for just one example of the great deals i got today. The total amount saved in mfg coupons alone was around $105, not counting any of the IVC/walgreens store coupons!

One of my transactions should have been .84 cents, but ended up being $2.04 instead because they forgot to give me the discount. whoops...

Hope you all have good plans for the weekend. We have errands to run, must replace dead vacuum, get some sewing notions, a few groceries.. and I promised my hubby I would make onion rings. He reminded me at 8:30pm- yeah, I'll get right on it.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Walgreens Oct 26 – Nov 1 Register Reward sneak peek

Walgreens Oct 26 – Nov 1 Register Reward

Rembrandt Dental Care – Buy both products, Earn $10RR
--Toothpaste 2.6 or 3.0 oz. – Sale Price $4.99
--2 Hour Whitening Kit – Sale Price $19.99

Listerine Mouthwash – Sale Price $5.49, Buy 2 Earn $5RR

Pedialyte –Sale Price 2/$9, Earn $2RR

Claritin (45ct, 10mg)– Sale Price $24.99 – Buy 1 Earn $5RR

Sunbeam Warming Throw – Sale Price $34.99 –
Buy 1 Earn $5RR Buy 3 Earn $4RR, Buy 4 Earn $6RR
--Bayer Ascensia Breeze2 or Contour Blood Glucose Monitoring System – Sale Price $9.99
--Alka Seltzer Plus Cold 20ct. or NeoSynephrine Nasal Spray – Sale Price $4.99
--Pain Relief; Aleve, Bayer, Midol – Sale Price $4.99
--Citracal Calcium – Sale Price $8.99
--Antacids; Alka Seltzer, Phillips, Milk of Magnesia – Sale Price $3.49
--One A Day Vitamins – Sale Price $6.99

Walgreens Oct 19 - Oct 25 Register Reward Sneak Peek

Walgreens Oct 19 - Oct 25 Register Rewards

Pringles – Sale Price 10/$10, Earn $3RR12pk
Pepsi Products – Buy 3, Earn $2RR - Sale Price 3/$11Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist pictured

Kraft ProductsBuy $10 in selected Kraft products, get $3 RR (9-26 to 10-25)
Ritz Crackers/toasted chips, Wheat Thins toasted chips, Nabisco Premium crackers, Mac & Cheese crackers, Planters peanuts, & Capri Sun juice boxes. Sale Price 4/$10

Gillette Fusion or Venus Embrace Razor – Sale Price $8.99, Earn $4RR

Always Infinity Feminine Protection, 14 to 18pk – Sale Price $4.99, Earn $1RR

Cold Medicine/Tummy Care – Buy 3 Earn $5RR
--Sudafed or Sudacare – Sale Price $3.99
--Benedryl – Sale Price $6.49
--Pepcid Acid Reducer or Immodim AD – Sale Price $3off
--Tylenol Allergy, Cold, Sinus Relief – Sale Price $4.99
--Tylenol or Motrin – Sale Price $4.99
--Mylanta or Rolaids – Sale Price $4.99

Buy 2 Earn $4RR, Buy 3 Earn $8RR
--Theraflu or Triaminic – Sale Price $4.99
--Excedrin – Sale Price $5.99
--GasX, Maalox, ExLax – Sale Price $4.99
--Keri Lotion – Sale Price $5.99
--Benefiber – Sale Price $9.99
--Eye Care Products – Sale Price $3off

Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold – Sale Price $4.99 – Buy 1 Earn $4.99RR

Kleenex Facial Tissue – Sale Price 3/$4 – Buy 3 Earn $1RR

free magazine subscription to Remedy magazine, coupons

You can get a free magazine subscription to Remedy magazine, and special offers/coupons by signing up HERE.

Recipes from B. Smith and lots more on their website as well! I think it is a 3 year subscription. at least that is the one I got...


Monday, October 6, 2008

Mommy Monday

Buy two French's French Fried Onions products and receive a FREE copy of Mom's Best Meals cookbook. Mail your receipt by October 31, 2008 to
Reader's digest
c/o marketing dpt
260 Madison Ave, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Dream of quitting your job to stay home with the kids? The first step is understanding your expenses. The second? Seeing if your family can cover them comfortably on just one salary.
Use the Parents.com Stay at Home Calculator. It helps you see if this would be an option for you and your family. Great tool!

Arm & Hammer has lots of printable coupons, including ones for laundry detergent that's on sale next week at walgreens (oct12).

-->Here is a great beauty tip for moms using Baking Soda:
Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a creamy face wash a few times a week. "Baking soda is a gentle exfoliant that removes oil from your pores," says NYC derm Sapna Westley.

Other beauty tips-

Mist your face with a refreshing tonic for a pick-me-up anytime. Fill a 3 oz spray bottle with water and squeeze a fresh orange, and add the zest from the peel. "The citrus replenishes your skin and the aroma perks you up," says Spa expert Ole Henrikson.

Ease neck and shoulder tension:
Roll a few bags of chamomile tea in a setamed hand towel(dipped in hot water and wrung out). Wrap it around your neck and rub it from side to side. "The tea scent relaxes your muscles, and the heat may help to loosen up any stiffness", says Susan Knoplfer, Miami chiropractor. "Tilt your right ear toward your shoulder and hold it there for five seconds. Repeat on the left side, this undoes tension in the lower neck so you may actually feel looser all over."

Saturday, October 4, 2008

FREE deals for Walgreens week of Oct 5

there isnt as much stuff to be had as the past two weeks have been, so i am going to focus on the free deals:

Aquafina or SOBE ,FREE
SALE: $.50 after ESQ
mfg coupon for 50 cents off Tearpads or peelies
Total: free!

Glade Wisp Candle, Overage
SALE: 5.99
MQ: $5
TOTAL: Spend 0.99 on one and get $3 RR back
add the BOGO coupon and get two for .99

Garnier Fructis Shampoo Or Conditioner 25.4 oz
SALE: 5.99
MQ: $2
IVC: $3 oct. booklet
TOTAL: 5.99 less 2/1 mq less 3.00 IVC= .99

Visine Eye Drops FREE
AD Q: $2
3.99 less 2.00 ad q, less 2.00 mfg coupon= free

Crest Toothpaste, FREE
SALE: $1.99
MQ: $1
IVC: $1
TOTAL: -$.01

Glade Scented Oil Candle Holder
SALE: $3.99
MQ: $2
ESMIR: Oct #31 ($2 rebate, up to 4)
TOTAL: -0.01 MATH: 3.99 - 2.00 Q - 2.00 rebate = -0.01

Scrubbing Bubbles Wipes
Sale: 2/5
MQ: $1 on any SB bathroom cleaner
ESMIR# 27 1.00 (up to 6)
Total: 2/$5 - 2.50 bogo - .$1MQ - 2.00 ESMIR = -.50 overage

Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush Max Starter Kit
SALE: $3.99
MQ: $3.00
ESMIR: $1.50 Oct, #30
TOTAL: -$0.49MATH: 3.99-3 MQ=0.99-1.50 ESMIR = -$0.49

Glade 4 oz candle
SALE: $1.99 each
MQ: $1
ESMIR: $1 each, limit 10 #28
TOTAL: .01 overage each

Schick Disposable Razors
SALE: $6.99; plus (3) .97 travel size
MQ: (4) $2/1
ES Q: $2 page 16
TOTAL: .10 overage

Walgreens week of Oct 12 Register Rewards deals

2 Liter Soda – Buy 4, Earn $2RR - Sale Price 4/$5Dr. Pepper, 7Up, A&W, Canada Dry, Hawaiian Punch, or Sunkist

Unilever Food Products – Buy $15, Earn $5RR·
Bertolli Chicken Dinner - Sale Price $6·
Hellmann’s Mayonnaise - Sale Price 2/$7·
Ragu Spaghetti Sauce, Skippy Peanut Butter - Sale Price 3/$5·
Breyer’s Ice Cream – Sale Price 2/$7·
Country Crock – Sale Price 2/$3

Dove Skin, Bath, or Hair Care – Sale 25%off – Buy 4, Earn $5RR

Dental Care – Sale Price 2/$6 – Buy 2, Earn $2RR· Crest Whitening or Natures Expression TP, 6oz.· Oral B Advantage 1-2-3 TB· Glide Floss Packs 30ea.

Kotex Products – Sale Price 3/$9 – Buy 3, Earn $3RR·
14-24pk Maxi Pads· 18pk Tampons· 46 or 64pk Pantiliners

Buy 2, Get $5rr, Buy 3, Get $10rr- Advil $6.99- Robitussin $3.99- Dimetapp $3.99- Centrum or Caltrate $6.99Mucinex – Sale Price $9.99,

Purchase 2, Get $5rrAlkaSeltzer Plus – Sale Price 2/$10 – Buy 2, Earn $3

RRVicks (Hand Sanitizer, Liquid, LiquiCaps), Sale Price 2/$12, Earn $4RR

Zicam Cold Remedy – Sale Price $9.99 – Buy 1, Earn $2RR Buy 2, Earn $5RR

Temper Form or Slumber Heat Heating Pad – Sale Price $49.99, Earn $10RR

Heat Sense or Flexible Heating Pad – Sale Price $35.99, Earn $5RR

MiraLAX 14-day – Sale Price $9.99 – Buy 1, Earn $2RR

Omeprazole 42ct - $19.99, Earn $5RR

Always Infinity Feminine Protection (14-18pk) – Sale Price $4.99 – Earn $1RR

Buy 2, Earn $5RR- Tylenol 150 ct. 9.99- Motrin 150 ct. 9.99- Zyrtec 30ct. 18.99

Shoppin' Saturday Lots of Fun to be had for a 6yr old

Oct 6-11, BIg Lots is offering a 20% off coupon. Go on Tuesday to make sure you don't miss out on next week's new items. They are only guaranteed in stock on that day. THey have lots of halloween and christmas items coming in so go take a look!

current and upcoming Walgreens deals:

9-26 to 10-25; buy $10 in selected Kraft products, get $3 RR
Ritz Crackers/toasted chips, Wheat Thins toasted chips, Nabisco Premium crackers, Mac & Cheese crackers, Planters peanuts, & Capri Sun juice boxes.
Oct 5 week:
Glade Wisp Candle, Overage
SALE: 5.99
Use $5/1 mfg. coupon
TOTAL: Spend 0.99 on one get $3 RR back
(I am posting more upcoming walgreens deals through Oct 25th on a seperate thread so you can read it to find out lots more stuff to come!)

--Last day to shop at participating Kmarts for the coupon doubling event is Today. They will double the value of mfg coupons up to $2
--Last day to use the $5 off coupon at Walgreens, today also.

Here are some photos of my 6 year old having a whole lotta fun a few weekends ago, and it was all FREE! (minus a couple quarters for the "rides")

Here she is, just leaving Lowe's after building her very own Pirate ship. She just loves her goggles and had lots of fun as you can see by her face:

Next stop, was the mall, where she rode on some little Rides:

"Maybe if I stick my tongue out, it will go faster!"

(There was a little girl, with no parents in sight that I could see, sitting on the rides, so we shared a quarter with her too.)

Next stop, Free Basketball, carnival style

"way to go!"

Of course, she had to try on at least 3 different halloween accessories on her head at one time!

Friday, October 3, 2008

ANOTHER $5 Walgreens coupon??

Here is what I got last monday. Sorry I didnt post it. Kids in my hair and all that good stuff!
-66.50 earned in Register rewards.
=30.04 earned this shopping trip

I got six bottles of softsoap body wash, Six bottles of shampoo/conditioners, 3 boxes of hair color, 1 tub lysol wipes, 3 toothbrushes, 3 mr clean magic erasers, 1 febreze noticebles, 3 tylenol allergy, 3 tylenol sinus, 1 Gillette fusion power razor and 2 candies(not pictured-confiscated by kids).

-->Wow, there has been one of these $5 or $10 walgreens coupons nearly every weekend lately! I am not complaining though...

I wanted to go today to spend the coupon, but am not going till tomorrow, which is also my birthday :)

We are going to use two $5 walgreens coupons on this:
4 bags of Hersheys snack/fun size (rebate item)
4 bags Hersheys Harvest candies (rebate item)
5 boxes Nature valley granola bars ($3.50 RR)
2 Rice Krispie treats($2 RR)
3 Soda($4RR)
10 Pringles ($3RR)

Softsoap handsoap on sale for .99 minus.35 mfg coupon = .98 for two
Softsoap body wash using $1 IVC = $7.47 minus $5RR earned= $2.47 for 3 bottles
--if you add the $1 mfg coupon printed from the colgate website then you can take $3 more off

$13.50RR earned
and a $4 and a $5 Rebates earned for hersheys

5 Boxes Nature Valley($3.50RR)
2 Sandies cookies, nutrigrain bars or special k bars($2RR)
1 Skin genesis(free after rebate item)
2 Gillette shampoo(rebate item)
3 Infusium23($8RR)
3 Children's tylenol($5RR and awesome deal)
-$5 walgreens coupon
-$2 skin genesis coupon
$2 Gillette couponsx2
$2 Infusium23 couponsx3
$1.50 Tylenol IVC
$1 Tylenol mfg couponx2(i dont have 3)
$1 tylenol coloring book coupon
using a $4RR, $4.50RR and a $5RR

Cost approx. $9
earning $18.50 in RR

also $7.99 in rebates

I may add the nivea mens body wash in , which is an added Oct rebate item this month. Lipsyl and Revitalift have also been added on for the MOnth of October!

Pictures from Last week's Kids Activity

Here are my girls at the Lowe's building activity last saturday. A week from today, there will be another one, which is a skeleton. I posted the link last week.

They made Fire trucks for their little brother this time. Here are the pictures:
Sorry i cant make the pictures line up right on here!!

Fun Friday for Kids M&M's anyone?

My kids are having a four day weekend, so Friday crept up on me today. I thought it was still Thursday since they didnt have school yesterday or today! whoops :)

well with the winter season coming up, we have been stocking up on cold medicine and tylenol for the kids. I got three of them now, so we will be using a lot of it I expect!

Until Saturday, you can get 3 bottles of Tylenol cold medicine for kids or Motrin for a great deal at Walgreens. On sale for $4.99 each, there is also a $1.50 off coupon in the October Easy saver booklet and you can get a couple more $1 tylenol coupons on the tylenol.com website. Once you print your coupon, click the back button 3 times to print your second $1 coupon. That is $8.47 for 3 bottles, plus you will get a $5 Register Reward back, good on your next purchase. So it is less than $4 for 3 bottles of tylenol. YOu can take $2 off the price of each bottle of Motrin as well, if you use the coupon in the walgreens coloring book- found near the pharmacy, and use the $1 coupon on the motrin.com website. If you are new to walgreens and need more info, leave a comment and i will respond.

This coming week from Oct 5 through the 11th, M&Ms are on sale for 2/$4. There is a $1 off 2 in the October walgreens easysaver book, and there were also $1 off 2 coupons in the newspaper last weekend. So you can get two bags of M&Ms for your kids(or yourself) for only $2! IF you have a walgreens rebate card, you can also earn $4 for 4 bags. So that is 4 bags for free after rebate!

YOu could even use Rice Krispies you bought with the coupon I posted last friday, to make cool halloween treats with m&ms for decoration. OR make cupcakes, line them up like a centipede. Use rope licorice for legs on both sides of the cupcakes, and decorate the tops with M&M patterns on the "back" of the centipede. Spoooky

Make Gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and frosting (there are coupons for frosting on our coupon sidebar widget). Use the M&M's in halloween colors to create a spook house!

My kids make these every year for halloween and Christmas!

GO HERE to see literally TONS of cool Treats that you can make for Halloween with the kids and M&Ms and other goodies!!

Alien Invasion Cookies, Dancing Bones brownies, Frankenstein goodie bags, and so much more, perfect for at home treats or for sharing at any party.

Here is the link for ALL TREATS USING M&M's

You know how my girls love pirate stuff, so I am sure we will be trying this Pirate Cake.

So far though, we havent managed to keep the m&m's around long enough to use them for decoration! Four bags have already been all used up. We are going tomorrow to get 4 more for FREE :)

Hey, we might have enough to make these cute crawlin' critters, because they dont require that many m&m's :) Picture shown at the top of this post.

What you'll need:
1 bag MILKY WAY® Brand FUN SIZE® Bars
1 bag M&M'S® Brand MINIS® Milk Chocolate Candies Halloween Mini Packs
1 bag SNICKERS® Brand FUN SIZE® Bars
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1 egg(s)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 16-oz. container white frosting
Orange and green food coloring
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoons salt
30 mini muffin liners
Mini muffin pan

Makes 30 critters using milky way and m&m's

Go HERE to print the recipe

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Shoppin' Saturday Starts EARLY This week! kmart

Kmart is DOUBLING the value of Mfg. Coupons all this week until Saturday, So I am posting this before saturday.

This applies to coupons up to $2 WOW (no IP internet printed coupons)

call 1-866-KMART-4U (1-866-562-7848), from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. (CT) Monday - Sunday to check for your location.

I hear that even if it is not in your location, it is still possible to do this if you go to the service desk.

A friend of mine reports that she got the GIllette men's shampoo, on sale for $2/4 and used a $2 Coupon, so got it free- did it 5 times. way to go!

here are some deals to get you started:
Gillete's Men Shampoo 2/$8Use 2/1 from 9/28 insertsFree After doubled coupon
Pert Plus Shampoo 2.99use 1.50/1 couponFree After doubled coupon
Suave deodorants 1.79Use 0.75 doubled29 cents each after doubled coupon
Kotex Pantiliners $1.49Use 0.75/1 couponFree after doubled coupon
Dove Candy Bars 2.29Use 1/1 coupon29 cents each after coupon
Glade Fabric Spray 3.29Use 1.50/129 cents after doubled coupon
Revlon Nailpolish 4.19Use 2/1 coupon19 cents each after doubled coupons
Right Guard Deodorant 2.49Use 1/1 Manufacturer coupon49 cents after doubled coupon
Healthfood Life Cat FoodUse 1/1 couponFREE after doubled coupon
Good Life Cat Food 4.29Use 1.50/1 tearpad found at Kmart1.29 a bag after doubled coupon
Pounce Cat Treats 1.29Use 1.50/2FREE after doubled coupon
Ziploc Containers 2.50Use 1.50/2 coupon$1 after doubled coupon
Dawn Direct Foam 3.29Use 1.50/1 from Home Made Simple Booklet29 cents after doubled coupon
Lysol Spray 4.79Use 2/1 coupon79 cents after doubled coupon

Have fun shopping.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Holiday Toy Shopping BEGINS with FREE SHIPPING through Oct 5

you can enjoy FREE SHIPPING on your online purchases from Fisher-Price.
Here’s how this exclusive money-saving offer works:

Go to www.fisher-pricestore.com.
Make a purchase of $50 or more by October 5th.
Place your order online or by phone using the code “HOUSE”.
Enjoy free standard shipping.
Awesome way to get those toys that never seem to be in stock at the store and avoid the holiday Rush :)

The winner of Last Week's Contest!

I am happy to announce that Ginny of scrappy designs @ gmail is the Winner of the two
Movie Tickets!!

Way to go, Ginny :)

You have until my birthday, October 4th to claim these or I will announce a new winner.

The rest of you, don't hesitate to enter again in our upcoming giveaways/contests! Remember, Persistence and engaging content is key when entering our blog contests! We love our devoted blog readers and have so much fun running these contests. Keep on the lookout for more fun!

Monday, September 29, 2008

FREE Olay Cosmetic Bag

To get your own FREE Olay cosmetic bag, send in any Olay Definity UPC and a receipt to
TV Guide/Olay Giveaway, PO Box 422, Guilford, CT 06437
Must be received by November 15, 2008. GOod while supplies last. One entry per person. Allow 6-8 weeks for processing. Must be 18 years or older and resident of continental US.

Mommy Monday late

yes i know i am late but here is some awesome stuff for Mommy!!

-->Glam Girls!

You can get Square Blue Sappire Stud Earrings FREE +s/h when you add them to your cart and use promo code 0801. THese are normally $59.95

I just checked and this code still works as of now. I think it is for this month only. You can even order two pair from what I hear, one for a friend..

If you want to register for their newsletter, they offer Free Jewelry either through their direct emails or through weekly drawings on Wednesdays. Go here to Register.

Rouge is a new beauty, fashion and style resource. Rouge is launching with a premiere magazine issue this Fall but will be growing in the future with new issues, a revamped web site and email newsletters.

A new beauty and style magazine brought to you from P&G Beauty and all your favorite beauty brands, including Cover Girl, Olay and Pantene. The premiere issue arrives this fall! In it you'll find:•the seasons’ fashion trends •hot beauty looks •helpful how-to's•expert advice
If you didn't receive the premiere issue of Rouge, download the current issue here. Make sure you subscribe to have future issues delivered right to your door — for free!

Request a free Mother's bracelet from the Shining Light fund, and make a donation to their cause if you wish..

-->Domestic Divas!
Free $10 Coupon Booklet:
Sign up for Betty Crocker's Dinner Made Easy newsletter and get lots of 30 minute meal ideas, access to EXCLUSIVE online coupons, members only contests and more. Plus they send you a free booklet with $10 in coupons.

Healthy treats:
FREE Apple Cinnamon Nutri-grain bar is found HERE.

FREE Sample of Bertolli Premium Pasta Sauce HERE.

Join the All You weekend event Saturday October 25-26 from 10 AM to 4PM. GO HERE to find a location in your area. You will enjoy free samples of products, sponsored by Suave and other companies, you will find ideas for family, home or personal interests- all affordable ideas.
There is going to be a BONUS Holidays Easy Sample bag sponsored by products such as Crisco, Carefree and more.
Speaking of All You- If you havent subscribed to All You magazine yet, you can find it at places like Walmart,etc. It is chock full of great coupons. I think the current one has like $63 in coupons in it. I got the last one, and just one of the coupons I used made the purchase of the magazine worth it!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Shoppin' Saturday Best TOYS of 2008

If you are wondering what toys will be the most popular this holiday season, this list may give you some insight.

American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) gets back to the basics. It features toys for make-it-up-yourself, belly-laughing play that's safe, fun for kids and supports their physical, cognitive, and social development. These toys are a great reason to bypass the hordes of anxious, exhausted shoppers at the usual big box stores and try smaller toy stores with better selection, good service, and a priority on toy safety.

2008 Best Toys for Kids list

INFANT (Ages Birth-12 Months)
1. Busy Bee Discovery Flower (ALEX) Ages 6 months+
2. Together Tunes Too (Neurosmith, manufacturer & Small World Toys, vendor) Ages 6 months+

TODDLER (Ages 1-3 Years)
3. Wheely Bug (Prince Lionheart) Ages 1.5+ (small size), and 3+ (large size)
4. Dexter the Digger (WOW Toys, manufacturer & Ravensburger, vendor) Ages 1.5+

5. Magna-Tiles: 3-D Magnetic Building Tiles (Valtech Co.) Ages 3+
6. Magnetic Mosaics Kids (The Orb Factory) aEURc Ages 4+
Preschool Pretend & Play (Ages 3-6 Years)
7. Road & Rail Play Set- Railway Station (Plan Toys, Inc.) aEURcAges 3+
8. Stablemates(TM) Red Stable Set with Two Horses (Breyer Animal Creations, Div. of Reeves International, Inc.) Ages 4+

9. Circus Ring (Playmobil) Ages 5+
10. Excalibur Castle (Le Toy Van, manufacturer & Hotaling Imports Inc., vendor) Ages 3+
11. 24-foot BluTrack Challenge Pack (MJ Sports dba BluTrack(R)) Ages 3+

12. Sticky Mosaics Jewelry Box (The Orb Factory) Ages 6+
13. Wikki Stix Tons of Fun (Omnicor Inc. / The Wikki Stix Co.) Ages 3 - 11

14. Schoenhut 44-Key Baby Grand Piano (Schoenhut Piano Company, Inc.) Ages 5+
15. Learn to Play Piano (Melissa & Doug) Ages 3+

Games FOR YoungER CHILDREN (Ages 3-7 Years)
16. Zingo! (ThinkFun, Inc.) Ages 4 - 8
17. Qwirkle (MindWare) Ages 6+

Games FOR OLDER KIDS (Ages 8 Years+)
18. Set Cubed, a Curious Game of Clever Connections (Set Enterprises, Inc.) Ages 8+
19. Bananagrams (Bananagrams) Ages 7+

20. Wind Power -- Renewable Energy Science Kit (Thames & Kosmos) Ages 8+
21. Geyser Tube (Be Amazing! Toys) Ages 8+

22. The Original Flying Turtle (Mason Corporation) Ages 3 - 12
23. Mini Super Sports Disk (OgoSport, LLC) Ages 4+

24. Multi-colored Ball of Whacks (Creative Whack Company/US Games Systems, Inc.) Ages 8+
25. Karito Kids World Collection (Karito Kids by KidsGive) Ages 3+

The 2008 Best Toys for Kids list, along with an easy-to-use Toy Store Finder for locating independently-owned toy stores, can be found at www.astratoy.org.

About the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA)
With more than 1000 members, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) is the largest association for companies in the toy and children's products arenas. ASTRA and its member companies promote the growth of the toy industry by delivering products that serve children's best interests.

Details about each toy can be found at www.astratoy.org.
SOURCE American Specialty Toy Retailing Association