Monday, January 30, 2012

Menu Plan Monday: January 30th, 2012

This week is going to be full of cleaning and organizing, including putting away our Christmas decorations and getting out my few decorating things for Valentine's Day.  I also have quite a bit of posting to do tomorrow as well to get caught up.  Here's what we are eating this week....

Breakfasts: Blueberry Waffles, Fruit/Yogurt/Flax Smoothies, or Cinnamon Sugar or PB Toast
Lunches: Leftovers, Salads, Golden Corral on Saturday for a meeting

Dinner Choices:
Annie's Mac and Cheese with Sliced Red Turkey Kielbasa
White Chicken Enchiladas with Salad
Homemade Personal Pan Pizzas with Salad
Loaded Pizza Pockets with Salad
$5 Foot Long Subs at Subway
Chicken Tender Salads
Baked Ziti with Garlic Bread, Salad, and Broiled Asparagus

Extras: Homemade White Chocolate Chip Cookies (did not get these made last week)

For more AWESOME menu plans, visit Org Junkie!

Friday, January 27, 2012

ALDI Deals: Starting January 25th 2012!

Here are some of the deals for this week...
  • Appetitos Nacho Jalapeno Snacks 20 oz $2.49 ea
  • Appetitos Frozen Dips, Buffalo Style Chicken or Spinach Artichoke 8 oz $2.49 ea
  • Appetitos Soft Pretzels 21 oz $1.49 ea
  • Brookdale Chili 2-Bean or Habanero 15 oz $1.19 ea
  • Happy Harvest Chili-Style Diced Tomatoes (These are very tasty!) 14.5 oz $0.59 ea
  • Tuscan Garden Blue Cheese Dressing 24 oz $1.99 ea
  • Tuscan Garden Honey Mustard or Peppercorn Ranch Dressings 16 oz $1.39 ea
  • Sweet Baby Rays Buffalo Wing Sauce 16 oz $1.99 ea
  • Mama Cozzi's Pizza Kitchen Pizza Crusts 2 pk Original or Thin 16-24 oz $2.99 ea
  • Mama Cozzi's Pizza Kitchen 12" Ultimate Meat Deli Pizza 28.25 oz $4.99 ea (Sales starts Sun 01/22)
  • Mama Cozzi's Pizza Kitchen 16" Supreme Deli Pizza 47 oz $5.99 ea (Sales starts Sun 01/22)
  • Mama Cozzi's Pizza Kitchen Toasted Ravioli Beef or Cheese 14.5 oz $2.89 ea
  • Clancy's Butter or White Cheddar Popcorn 8 oz $1.49 ea
  • Clancy's White Rounds Tortilla Chips 13 oz $1.19 ea
  • Clancy's Cheese Dip (This goes GREAT with Soft Pretzel Bites from the Dollar Store!) 15 oz $2.29 ea
  • Burman's Yellow Mustard  14 oz $0.69 ea
  • Happy Farms Deluxe American Cheese Slices 16 oz $3.29 ea
  • Happy Farms Cheese Blocks Asst. Varieties 8 oz $1.99 ea
  • Great Gherkins Sandwich Sliced Pickles 16 oz $1.29
  • Casa Mamita Medium Salsa 24 oz $1.79 ea
  • Casa Mamita Salsa con Queso 15.5 oz $2.29 ea
  • L'oven Fresh Hamburger Buns 12 oz $0.99 ea
  • Avocados $0.59 ea
  • Baby Carrots 1 lb bag $0.59 ea
  • Grape Tomatoes $0.99/pint
  • Cauliflower $0.99 ea
  • Broccoli $0.99 ea
  • Celery $0.79 ea
  • Primrose 4" pot $0.99 ea
For more information about shopping at ALDI, visit their homepage!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Menu Plan Monday: 01/23/2012!

Over the weekend I did some more cleaning out and added another banana box of stuff to the flea market pile.  That makes 8 so far!  I hope to continue cleaning out cupboards and drawers throughout the week, and would like to add a few more boxes to the pile of stuff to sell!  This week I am keeping the menu simple, with a few family favorites mixed in.  Here's what cooking this week...

Breakfasts: Fruit/Yogurt/Flax Smoothies, Blueberry Waffles, and/or Cinnamon Sugar or PB Toast with Fruit
Lunches: Leftovers, Grilled Cheese, Leftover Pork Roast, or Tuna Sandwiches, and/or Salads

Dinners:  Choice of...
  • Homemade Personal Pan Pizzas with Salad
  • White Chicken Enchiladas with Salad
  • Chicken Tender Salad with Honey Mustard or Ranch Dressing
  • Potato/Sausage or Bacon/Cheese/Egg Scrambles with Toast and Fruit
  • Out, using a coupon of course!  ;-)
  • French Toast (using bread from the freezer) with Sauteed Apple Slices
  • Crispy Fish Patties with Homemade Tartar Sauce, Baked French Fries and Steamed Broccoli
Extras: Homemade White Chocolate Chip Cookies

For more AWESOME Menu Plans, visit Org Junkie!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Today's Dollar Tree and Rite-Aid Liquors Trips!

No, I did not buy any liquor in the liquor store, I bought newspapers.  And everyone in the store looked at me as if I had three heads, except the nice gentlemen cashier I sometimes have at the regular Rite-Aid store.  I went to the Dollar Tree to pick up a few things and thought they might have some newspapers left, but it was a no go, so I went next door to the Rite-Aid Liquors store to get two instead.  So, here is what I ended up with...
Dollar Tree Trip:
3-14 ct Boxes Generic Zyrtec
1 Saline Nose Spray
6 Pie Slices (for Joe, he eats these throughout the month, sometimes he can make them last two)
2-8 ct Watch Batteries (These are for an uber cute snowman I got from my niece for Christmas, probably my favorite knick-knack I got this year, and I already wore out his batteries!)
1 Silverware Organizer
1 roll Shelf Liner (I used most of mine yesterday!)
+ $0.24 Tax
Total OOP: $14.24

Rite-Aid Liquors Trip:
2 Baltimore Sun Newspapers $2 ea - $0.40 ea card discount = 2/$3.20
+ $0.20 Tax
Total OOP: $3.40

New Coupons!

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  • $3.00 off any one (1) HORMEL® Party Tray 28 oz or larger 
  • $0.55 off any two (2) HORMEL® Pepperoni packages 
  • $0.55 off any two (2) HORMEL® Chili products 
  • $0.55 off any two (2) HORMEL® Premium Chicken Breasts 
  • $0.55 off any two (2) HORMEL® Bacon Bits Products
  • $1.50 off TWO (2) PLANTERS Peanut Butter, any variety and size 
  • $1.00 OFF any TWO (2) packages of ATHENOS Feta, Hummus OR Baked Pita Chips 
  • $0.75 off FRENCH'S® Dijon Mustard 
  • $0.30 off FRENCH'S® Spicy Brown Mustard 
  • $1.00 off any two (2) ARMOUR® Meatball Products 
  • $2.00 off any one (1) LLOYD'S® Barbeque Ribs 
  • $0.50 off on any TWO (2) Pace® products 
  • $1.00 off any TWO (2) packages of OSCAR MAYER CARVING BOARD Meats or Cold Cuts
  • $3.00 off Florastor® probiotic 
  • $2.00 off Florastor® probiotic 
  • Blink® - $1.00 off Blink® Tears Lubricating Eye Drops or Blink® Gel Tears Lubricating Eye Drops

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Weekly Spending Report: 1/15-21/2012!

Here are my spending totals for this week...
  • Monday's CVS Trip: $2.64 oop, Earned $3 ECB's
  • Monday's Walgreen's Trip: $9.30 oop, Earned $6.75 RR's
  • Monday's Rite-Aid Trip: $14.27 oop, Earned $13 UP+Rewards
  • Wednesday's JoAnn's Trip (no post, just 10 patterns for resale): $10.08 oop (should be able to sell for double = Money-maker of $9.92, eventually that is...)
Total OOP: $36.29 - $22.75 Earned Rewards = Net OOP: $13.56, I'll take that!  Hopefully I'll be able to get out tomorrow to at least get my newspapers, but we'll see if the snow and ice cooperate...

    Friday, January 20, 2012

    This week's Walgreen's Trip!

    This week was a good week for Walgreen's I got to stock up on the Advil Congestion relief that I love so much, as well as some other good deals.  I could have had a lower oop, but we needed the cheese, so I just used that as my filler for my second RR.  Here's what I got...
    2-10 ct Advil Congestion Relief $7.99 ea - $2.99 ea Sale - $2/1 and $1/1 MC (newspaper) - $3 RR wyb $10 = 2/$4
    1 Glade Item $2.99 on Sale - $0.75/1 MC (newspaper) - $1.25 RR = $0.99
    1 pkg Deerfield Farms Shredded Cheese $2.39 on Sale (should have been $2 - ugh!)
    1 Thermacare Heat Wrap $2.49 on Sale - $2.50 RR = FREE!
    + $0.18 Tax
    - $5 RR's used to Pay
    Total OOP: $9.30, Earned $6.75 RR's for next week!

    This week's CVS Trip

    Joe and I also stopped into CVS on Monday, and got a couple deals and a prescription.  This is what we ended up with... 
    2 pkgs Cottonelle Wipes $2.99 ea - $0.99 ea Sale - $1/2 MC (newspaper) = 2/$3
    3 Hallmark Valentine Cards $0.99 ea - $3 ECB wyb 3 = 3 FREE!
    + $0.42 Tax
    - $3.75 ECB's used to Pay
    Total OOP: $2.64, Earned $3 ECB's for next week!

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    This Week's Rite-Aid Trip

    Joe and I stopped out to Rite-Aid Monday to pick up the deals for this week.  Not a whole lot going on this week, and nothing is really that exciting, but this is what we ended up with...
    3-2 lts 7 UP Soda $1.69 ea - $0.36 ea Sale - $2 UP+Rewards = 3/$1.99
    2-10 lb bags Rite-Aid Litter (not pictured) $3.29 ea - $0.79 ea Sale - $2 UP+Rewards = 2/$3
    1-4 pk GE Soft White Light Bulbs $4.49 - $1.50 Sale - $2/1 in-ad Coupon = $0.99
    2 Tom's Deodorants $5.49 ea - $1.50 ea Sale - $3 UP+Rewards x 2 = 2/$1.98 ($0.99 ea)
    1-4 pk Schick Quattro Razor Cartridges $11.99 - $3 Sale - $2/1 MC (newspaper) - $3 UP+Rewards = $3.99
    + $1.77 Tax
    - $13 UP+Rewards used to Pay
    Total OOP: $14.27 - $13 UP+Rewards Earned = Net OOP: $1.27!

    New Coupons Avaliable @!

    ALDI Deals: Starting 01/18/2012!

    Here are some of the deals this week at ALDI...
    • Wednesday 01/18 only: Tyson Split Chicken Breasts $0.89/lb!
    • Kirkwood Fresh Chicken Breasts $2.29/lb
    • Kirkwood Fresh Chicken Tenderloins $2.49/lb
    • Kirkwood Fresh Chicken Legs and Thighs $1.19/lb
    • Appleton Farms Pork Baby-Back Ribs 24 oz $7.99 ea
    • Roseland Fresh Assorted Pork Chops and Boneless Pork Country-Style Ribs $2.49/lb
    • Roseland Bone-in Center-cut Pork Chops $3.29/lb
    • Kirkwood Gourmet Chicken Meatballs Select Varieties 12 oz $3.99 ea
    • Steak-eze Angus Philly Beef Steaks 15 oz $4.99 ea
    • Season's Choice Whole Onion Rings 16 oz $1.99 ea
    • Mama Cozzi's Pizza Kitchen Combination Bagel Pizzas 31.1 oz (40 ct) $5.99 ea
    • Clancy's Cheese Extreme Snack Mix 8 oz $1.19 ea
    • Clancy's Traditional or Cheddar Party Mix (like Chex mix) 15 oz $2.19 ea
    • Clancy's Pretzel Sticks or Mini's 16 oz $1.29 ea
    • Clancy's Multi-grain Tortilla Chips 9 oz $1.69 ea
    • Clancy's Nacho Cheese or Ranch Tortilla Chips 11 oz $1.19 ea
    • Clancy's Corn Chips 9.25 oz, Crunchy Cheese Curls or Cheese Puffs 8.5 oz $0.99 ea
    • Kitchen Living 4 piece Scissors Set $3.99 ea
    • Freshline Air Freshener 10 oz $0.99 ea
    • All Apples $1.89/3 lb bag
    • Oranges $1.59/4 lb bag
    • Cuties Clementines $1.69/2 lb bag
    • Del Monte Pineapple $1.79 ea
    For more information about ALDI, visit their homepage!

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    Free Valentine's Gifts - Free Note Cards!

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    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    Menu Plan Monday: January 16th, 2012!

    Last week was a little crazy getting back into the swing of things, plus I helped my mom organize a little, did a little extra shopping, got to visit with friends, and my back went out, so needless to say, my menu plan did not get posted.  I have started planning a little differently to have more flexibility throughout the week, so I make a list of choices for dinners like a have been doing for breakfast and lunch, that way if I feel like cooking something a little simpler, I can without feeling guilty about it.  This is what;s cooking this week...

    Breakfasts: Fruit and Vanilla Greek Yogurt Smoothies with Flax, Light Oatmeal Bread with PB, and/or Cold or Hot Cereal.

    Lunches: Leftovers, Out with Joe's Grandfather (Monday), Salads or Sandwiches using what's leftover or on hand (i.e. Tuna, Chicken, PB&J, Grilled Cheese, etc...).

    Dinner Choices:
    • Homemade Pizza with Salad
    • Annie's Macaroni and Cheese with Coined Hot-dogs and a Steamed Vegetable
    • Spaghetti Bar with Choice of Leftover Alfredo or Marinara with Salad and Garlic Bread
    • Omelets with Sausage (for Joe), Vegetables, and Cheese with Light Oatmeal Toast and Fruit
    • Crispy Breaded Fish Fillets with Baked French Fries and Salad/Steamed Vegetable/or Both
    • Perdue Simply Breaded Chicken Tenders on Salads with Honey Mustard Dressing and Homemade Bread/Rolls
    • Out using a Coupon (possibly Legend's or Friendly's)
    • Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Buttered Egg Noodles, Salad, and Steamed Cream of Spinach
    For more AWESOME Menu Plans, visit Org Junkie!

    Sunday, January 15, 2012

    Weekly Spending Report: 01/08-14/2012

    Here's our weekly spending report...
    • Sunday's CVS Trip: $27.15 oop, Earned $10.24 ECB's
    • Sunday's Rite-Aid Trip: Zero oop, Earned $9.99 Gift Card Refund, $6.20 Cash Refund, and $6 UP+Rewards
    • Sunday's Walgreen's Trip: $4.31 oop, Earned $5 RR and $5 Cash
    • Friday's Big Lots Trip: $14.76 oop
    • Earned $20 for helping my Mommy clean - She is so nice!
    • Saturday's Big Lots Trip: $5.40 oop
    • Saturday's Shopper's Trip: $7.07 oop
    • Saturday's Rite-Aid Trip: $13.08 oop, Earned $13 UP+Rewards and $10 in SCR's
    Total OOP: $71.77 - $85.43 Earned Rewards/Refunds/Rebates/Cash = Net OOP: ALL FREE + $13.66 Money-maker!

        Saturday's Rite-Aid Trip!

        Our last stop Saturday was to Rite-Aid to get my newspapers, as well as a couple of deals I didn't know of on Sunday.  Here's what we ended up with...
        2 Baltimore Sun Newspapers $2 ea - $0.40 ea card discount = 2/$3.20
        2 pkgs High Octane Energy Chews $1.99 ea - BOGO Free Sale - $0.50/1 MC (printable) - $3 UP+Rewards wyb 2 = 2 FREE + $1.51 Money-maker!
        2 Zippo Mini Candle Lighters $9.99 ea - $5 UP+Rewards x 2 - $5 SCR x 2 = 2 FREE!
        + $1.40 Tax
        - $3 UP+Rewards used to Pay (couldn't use more because of the lighters) 
        - $9.99 Rite-Aid Gift Card used to Pay
        Total OOP: $13.08, Earned $10 SCR and $13 UP+Rewards = Net OOP: ALL FREE + $9.92 Money-maker!

        Saturday's Shopper's Trip

        Saturday I also stopped into Shopper's for some essentials.  You would not believe the amount of salad we have been going through on our new 'diet'...
        1-1/2 Gal. 2% Milk $2.59
        1 pkg Dole American Blend Salad Mix $2.69
        1 pkg Dole Mushrooms $1.79
        Total OOP: $7.07

        Big Lots Trips for this Week!

        I stopped into Big Lots twice this week, once on Friday in Eldersburg with my Mom, and again on Saturday in Westminster with Joe.  I got some awesome deals, especially on organic tortilla chips!  Here's how it went down...
        Friday's Trip:
        3 various bags Garden of Eatin' Tortilla Chips (1 bag blue chips not pictured) $1.80 ea = 3/ $5.40
        1 large pkg Bob's 5 Grain Rolled Cereal (I have a bread recipe that using this I am going to try, if it works out, I'll go get some more) $3!
        1 Christmas Present for my husband $3
        1 Bugs Bunny DVD $3
        + $0.36 Tax
        Total OOP: $14.76

        Saturday's Trip:
        3 various bags Garden of Eatin' Tortilla Chips (These are very yummy!) $1.80 ea = 3/$5.40
        Total OOP: $5.40

        Saturday, January 14, 2012

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        Thursday, January 12, 2012

        Rogers' Family Goals for 2012 - including new ideas for this blog!

        This is the first time I have ever made official goals for a year, but I think that I am to a time in my life where they are necessary to keep Joe and I on track, and will give us something to work towards.  Here's that Goals that I have planned for this year, hopefully I will be able to cross everything off this list!

        Family/Household/Personal Goals:
        • Live a more simple life!
          • We already do this some, but I really want to focus more on Joe and starting our family, and less on getting every great deal and being involved in so much - I need to start saying no to excess stuff and activities!
          • Also with this comes living more 'green.'  Joe and I already recycle, use rags instead of paper towels, wash our laundry in mostly cold water, and hang dry our clothing.  Once our napkin stash runs out, we are going to start using cloth napkins as well.  I am also going to start making some of our own cleaning and health and beauty items, which is simple, green, and frugal!
          • Spend January, February, and March cleaning out and organizing the house.  More stuff needs to go!  If I'm sick of looking at it, dusting it, or storing it, it--is--leaving!  This will include clothing, as I (hopefully) get thinner!
          • A combination of these three things should help me to run the household more smoothly and efficiently, as to work smarter, not harder!
        •  Get Healthier!
          • We have started to make some progress here by switching over to more natural sweeteners, and buying more natural (but not necessarily all organic) foods.
          • I would like to add natural meats into our diet, which I have been pricing out, and I think that buying at BJ's is going to be our best bet, especial since I already have a membership, and it's right in town.
          • Strive for five a day, fruits and vegetables that is.
          • Joe and I have also gotten a gym membership at a discounted rate, so we can add some more exercise into our lifestyle.  
          • We are planning to start trying to have a family this year, after I am comfortable with my weight, which means I need to lose at least 50 lbs, but I think I can do it!  We plan to start at 2 days a week, and work up to 4 or 5 by summer.
          • Seek out a 'naturalist'-style doctor, that is close to Westminster, and is affordable.
        • Grow Spiritually!
          • Because Joe and I live at a very busy museum, we very seldom get to actually go to church, but I really want to make an effort to go every Sunday we can.  This probably means we will get to go until April when the museum opens for the season, and sporadically after that, until Christmas time, but it's something that I think is important, and something that we need to get back on track with.
          • I would also like to do some kind of nightly devotional with Joe, maybe read our way through the Bible (if anyone has any ideas, I'm all ears), to help better our relationship with each other, and God.
          • I'm not really sure how spiritual this is, but I think it fits in this category best.  I want to really strengthen Joe and I's relationship.  Not that anything major is wrong with it, but no marriage is really perfect, especially at only 4 1/2 years in.  I'm not really sure how we are going to do this, but I would like to...
            • Make our time spent together, away from the museum as meaningful as possible.  This is mainly in regards to our ocean vacation we take every August.
            • Read about the Love Languages together, possible do the study as well, and focus on meeting the other persons wants and needs in that respect.  (In other words, if Joe's love language is acts of service, then I need to do the things that make him feel happy and loved, and vise-versa.)
          Blog Goals:
          • Increase Postings and Add New Topics!
            • I will continue to post my Weekly Shopping Trips and Weekly Spending Report, as well as my Weekly Menu Plan, and ALDI Deals.
            • I want to make an effort to post at least 5 days of the week.
            • I am going to start a new section for my blog called, Frugal Finds Friday, which will post each Friday with a Linky.  I will post my Frugal Find for the week and encourage you to share yours.
            • I want to start sharing more about Joe and I.  Things we are doing, crafts I am making, books we are reading, placing we are going, etc.  I love to read these types of things on other people's blogs, so why not share them on my own?!
          Finance Goals:
          • Continue to live a Frugal Lifestyle!
            • Continue to shop the weekly deals, focusing only on freebies we need and will use, as well as good deals on things we use daily, like contact solution and food.
            • Start making some cleaning, laundry, and health and beauty items by myself.  This is not only 'green,' but frugal, and better for you I think.
            • As I (hopefully) lose weight, shop for new to me clothes at the Goodwill and local Thrift stores, and then only buying the bare necessities.  If I can't find something I need there, say dress pants, then I will scour the clearance racks at various stores and online, until I find the best deal for what I need!
            • Drive my car more often and leave the Suburban parked!  Also, I am already trying to combine errands, and will continue to work on this throughout the year.  Along with this, I really want to strive to only buy gas from BJ's, as it consistently the lowest in the area, this will take planning on my part, but I think that it can be done.
          • Continue Saving and Paying-off our Debt!
            • This is the first year since Joe and I have been married that we can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel.  We were able to pay off two of our three credit cards, in full!  Plus we have starting putting extra money on the third each month, and have started a savings account.  We can't afford to save much, just about $30 a month, but at least it's something!  We also plan to start putting extra on out loan payment each month, once we have paid off our last credit card - we are definitely on track to being debt free!
          • Earn Extra Income.
            • We live on a very fixed income.  Joe only makes so much money a month, luckily, his income also pays all of our bills every month, so my income is mostly for food, gas, savings, and other various needs and wants.  I want to increase our income throughout the year though.  
            • Joe and I already do a couple flea markets a year, we are going to add at least 3 more this year for a total of at least 5.
            • We are going to look into selling on craigslist, E-bay, and Amazon, as we find things that would suit this selling method better throughout the year.  Which if anyone has any experience with these and has some tips, they would be much appreciated!
            • I am still waiting to hear back about my Medical Transcription final, which I hopefully have passed!  This will hopefully provide some much needed income as well!

          ALDI Deals: Starting January 11th 2012!

          Here are some of ALDI's deals this week...
          • Celery $0.79 ea 
          • Carrots $0.69/2 lb bag
          • Yellow Onions $0.99/3 lb bag
          • Red Potatoes $1.89/5 lb bag
          • Brookdale Chili 15 oz with beans $1.09 ea, without beans $1.29 ea
          • Chef's Cupboard Chunky Soups 18.6-18.8 oz $1.39 ea
          • Chef's Cupboard Home style Soups  19 oz $1.29 ea
          • Chef's Cupboard Condensed Soup 10.5 oz $0.59 ea
          • Chef's Cupboard Chicken Broth Noodle Soup Mix 4.5 oz $0.99 ea
          • Savoritz Oyster Crackers 10 oz $0.99 ea
          • Friendly Farms Low fat Vanilla Yogurt 32 oz $1.99 ea
          • Rice Bowl Couscous Select Varieties 5.8-5.9 oz $1.49 ea
          • Mama Cozzi's Pizza Kitchen Wheat Crust Pizzas Pepperoni or Cheese 27.5 oz $3.69 ea
          • Mama Cozzi's Lite Garlic Texas Toast 11.25 oz $1.64 ea
          • Snow's Chopped Clams 6.5 oz $1.19 ea
          • Sea Queen Encrusted Cod Fillets, Beer Battered or Potato Encrusted 13.1 oz $4.99 ea
          For more information about shopping at ALDI, visit their homepage!

            Tuesday, January 10, 2012

            Sunday's Crazy Rite-Aid Trip

            Well, I usually LOVE Rite-Aid, but after this fiasco of a trip, I am beginning to get a little concerned!  Joe and I stopped in Sunday evening to get a few of the deals for this week, well, after I checked out, I thought my total had been a little high, so I checked my receipt, and it turns out that the Natrol Biotin did not ring up BOGO free, even though it states 'any' in the ad, so the manager did a return of some sort and gave me a $9.99 gift card.  When I checked out I gave them a SCR check to pay, and the manager told the cashier to ring it as a check (should be rung as cash), so it took off the whole total of $19.18, and no one noticed but me.  Then as I was getting ready to type this post yesterday, I noticed that the Chex mix had rung up at full price too, $2.55 ea with my discount.  So today when I took my mom to the grocery store, I ran in to get that refunded as well, and the same manager tried to tell me that only the smaller size was on sale, when in the ad it states '3-8.75 oz,' and this was the 8.75 oz bag!  Luckily one of my favorite cashiers was there, and she had my back, so twenty minutes later, I received my $6.20 back - Ugh!  That's all I have to say, Ugh, but now that I've vented, on to the deals...

            4 bags of Chex Mix $3.19 ea - $2.19 ea Sale/Refund - $0.50/2 MC (newspaper) - $1/4 Rite-Aid Video Coupon = $0.50 ea or 4/$2
            2-100 ct bottles Natrol Biotin $9.99 ea - $2 card discount - $9.99 Sale/Refund - $3/1 MC (All You Magazine) x 2 - $3 UP+Reward wyb 2 (should have been $2, but that's okay!) = 2 FREE + $3.01 Money-maker!
            1 Thermacare Heat Wrap $3.99 - $0.99 Sale - $3 UP+Reward = FREE!
            - $2 UP+Rewards used to Pay
            - $4.99 SCR, incorrectly rung as 19.18
            Total OOP, no tax: Zero!  Earned $9.99 and $6.20 in Refunds and $6 UP+Rewards!

            *I felt kinda bad that I might have cheated them out of some money (like $15), so sat down and did the math, even though the check was rung wrong, and it wasn't my fault, truth be told, that if things would have rung up correctly to begin with, I would have only owed $2.  That makes me feel a little better.  But I really hope that next week goes a LOT smoother!

            Monday, January 9, 2012

            Sunday's Walgreen's Trip

            Sunday, Joe and I also stopped into Walgreen's to roll my RR's.  This is what we ended up with...
            2-3 pks Binaca (I've been looking for these for months for two coupons I had) $1.99 ea - $1/1 MC x 2 = 2/$1.98
            3 cans Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup (for my mom, and if I had known before I was in the store that she wanted them, I would have had a coupon!) $1.59 ea - $1.80 in-ad Coupon = $0.99 ea or 3/$2.97 (mom paid me back for these)
            1 Tom's Toothpaste $4.99 - $1 Sale - $3 RR = $0.99
            1 Energy Bar of some kind for Joe $1.89 - $2 RR = FREE + $0.11 Money-maker!
            + $0.48 Tax
            - $7 RR's used to Pay
            Total OOP: $4.31, Earned $5 RR and $5 Cash from my Mom = Net OOP: All FREE + $5.69 Money-maker!

            Sunday's CVS Trip

            Sunday evening, Joe and I stopped into CVS to pick up a prescription, and some deals.  I am so glad that CVS brought back their value pack deals this year!  I decided to get the limit on the ones I really wanted, before they were all gone, but according to my receipt, I can get at least one more!  Here's what I ended up with...
            3-2 pks CVS Hydrogen Peroxide $2 ea - $1 ECB x 3 = 3 pks or 6 bottles/$3
            3-50 ct twin pks CVS Ibuprofen $4.29 ea - $1 ECB x 3 = $3.29 ea or 3/$9.87 (about $1.65/50 ct box)
            1-100 ct CVS Vitamin D (for my mom) $3.49 - $3.49 ECB = FREE!
            1 PB M&M's $1.19 - $0.44 Sale - $0.75 ECB = FREE!
            2 Ove'Gloves (both Christmas gifts for 2012!) $16.99 ea - $12.74 ea clearance = $4.25 ea or 2/$8.50
            + $0.54 Tax
            - $5 ECB's used to Pay
            Total OOP: $27.15 - gasp!  I also earned $10.24 ECB's for next week!  Net OOP: $16.91!

            Saturday, January 7, 2012

            Weekly Spending Report: 01/01-01/07/2012!

            After two weeks filled with holidays, visiting with family, eating tasty food, finishing my transcription final, and taking a break from couponing and blogging, it is GREAT to be back in the game!  Here's our spending totals for this week...
            • Sunday's Rite-Aid Trip: $8.39 oop, Earned $6 SCR and $2 UP+Rewards
            • Sunday's CVS Trip: $5.73 oop, Earned $8.50 ECB's
            • Sunday's Walgreen's Trip: $11.16 oop, Earned $7 RR's
            • Sunday's Shopper's Trip (no post, just donuts and eggs): $4.38 oop
            • Thursday's ALDI Trip (no post, restocked our baking and snack cupboards): $19.87 oop
            • Thursday's Ollie's Trip (no post, stocked up on trash bags and Crystal light for AWESOME prices!): $14.66 oop
            • Friday's Amish Market Trip (no post, bought 19.08 lbs of Raw Sugar at $1.29/lb and an apple dumpling): $27.56 oop
            • Saturday's Rite-Aid Trip (no post, just newspapers): $3.40 oop
            • I also received a rebate check from the museum for cooking over Christmas, which I will add into our budget, for $47.60!
            Total OOP: $95.15 - $71.10 Earned Rewards/Rebates = Net OOP: $24.05, Savings of 75%!!!!

            First Walgreen's Trip of 2012!

            Our last stop on Sunday was Walgreen's.  Here is what we picked up...
            2-10 ct Advil Congestion Relief (I was so excited to get these, they work wonderful!) $7.99 ea - $2.99 ea Sale - $2/1 MC (newspaper) x 2 - $3 RR wyb $10 = 2/$3!
            1 EOS Lip Balm $3.49 - $0.50 Sale - $2 RR = $0.99
            1 Smart Protein Bar $1.99 - $2 RR = FREE!
            + $0.18 Tax
            Total OOP: $11.16 (had no RR's to use to pay) - $7 Earned RR's = Net oop: $4.16!!!

            First Rite-Aid Trip of 2012!

            Sunday, Joe and I also stopped into Rite-Aid, not really much going on in the way of deals at any of the drug stores, but I did find some chicken bouillon that seems to be more natural than what's at the grocery store, so I was very excited about that!  Here's what we ended up with...
            2 boxes Chicken Bouillon pkts $1.29 ea - $0.26 ea card discount = $1.03 ea or 2/$2.06*
            2 Carmex Chap-sticks $2.99 ea - $0.60 ea card discount - $1/2 MC (newspaper) - $2 UP+Rewards wyb 2 = 2/$1.78
            2 Oral B Power Toothbrushes (bought in two transactions, for two SCR accounts) $7.99 ea - $2 ea Sale - $3/1 MC (newspaper) x 2 - $3 SCR x 2 = 2 FREE!
            1-4 pk Rite-Aid TP $1 - $0.20 card discount = $0.80
            + $0.77 Tax
            - $5 UP+Rewards used to Pay
            Total OOP: $8.39 - $8 Earned Rewards/Rebates = Net oop: $0.39!  Savings of 95%!

            First CVS Trip of 2012!

            Sunday Joe and I stopped into CVS to pick up the deals for the week, and it felt so good to be back to deal shopping after a nice vacation!  Here's what we ended up with...
            3 boxes Special K Cereal $3.99 ea - $1.97 Sale - $1/3 MC (newspaper) - $4 ECB's = 3/$5
            2 boxes Betty Crocker Brownies (1 box not pictured) $1 ea = 2/$2
            1 Bath Set (Christmas present for 2012) $9.99 - $5 clearance = $4.99
            + $0.24 Tax
            - $10.50 ECB's used to Pay
            Total OOP: $5.73, Earned $1 ECB Green Bag Tag, $4 ECB Kellogg's, and $3.50 ECB Quarterly Spending!  Net OOP, all FREE + $2.77 Money-maker!