Saturday, February 28, 2009

I found a great CVS today!

We were out at Camp Blanding today so we decided to stop at the CVS in Starke. Let me just tell you, we had the nicest cashier ever!!! We went about 4:00pm today, but I noticed all the tags for tomorrows sales were already up. The cashier told me that you can get tomorrows sales today. I knew I had read about some people getting them on Saturday after 6:00pm, but I never heard anyone say you could get them all day. She was also nice enough to give us tomorrow's ad and the March rebate book. I had no problem with any of the extra care bucks printing for tomorrow's sale. One of my EBC's for this week's sale didn't print though. So this extra nice cashier just took my receipt and printed me the ECB I was missing. I couldn't believe it. If it was at my usual store I would have had to call the 800 number and have them fix it. I was very impressed. Oh yeah, I did good too. I got all this stuff for only $2 after coupons and ECB.
I won't be driving an hour each week to get to Starke, but if you live near this store just know you are lucky!!!!! I'll post the deals for cvs a little later.

Huggies coupons!!!!!

Go to and print high dollar coupons for Huggies. They have $5.00 off 1 huggies gentle care product and you can also print $3.00 off any natural fit product.I don't really know how much these diapers cost since my twins are now six, but I'm sure they will be on sale somewhere. If you don't have babies you could always by these for a baby shower.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How do you save money on vacation?

I know that with this tight economy a lot of us will be skipping vacations or staying closer to home. Some of you, like me, will be going out of town to visit family or just get away. I want to be a frugal as possible, but still have fun. Here are some ideas that I have come up with. Please let me know what ideas you have.
1.We bought an entertainment book for the area we will be traveling. We will get BOGO free coupons the restaurants and area attractions.
2. you can use and buy certificates to the area you will travel. Unfortunately for us, the area we are going to doesn't have any participating restaurants.
3. Use your Mypoints account to get gift cards to restaurants in the area you will be going. We got TGIFridays (I know, I'm regretting that after last Sat....LOL) and Outback.
4. If you have any other reward cards that offers giftcards as a perk. I had a credit card that I no longer use, but I had acquired points that I could cash in for a $25 TGIFridays gift card.
5. Call the hotel you will be staying in and make sure you are getting the best rate you can possibly get. We called the hotel that we will be staying in after we had already seen a quote online. They quoted us a higher price per night. We mentioned that we had seen a cheaper price online. Well after talking to her for a few minutes we got our rate cut in half. We got a weekly rate because we are staying 6 nights. They didn't just offer this rate to us even though they knew the length of our stay. We had to keep asking about a better rate. From now on if I am staying over 6 days I will always ask about a weekly rate. (by the way this rate was not given to us online either)
Let me know if you have any other ideas for me.

Huzzah! Publix

Took a trip to Publix today. Matt even said it was picture worthy.

Total spent on our excursion was 105.75. Total saved was 89.31. Total out of pocket was 16.44.

We saved 84%. Woo hoo love me some Publix.

We also bought a some meats thanks to Auntie Myrice's $5.00 off coupon but did that separately to use the coupon.

Olivia also had her first free Publix sugar cookie. She was just in heaven.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Free Arby's Roast burger

Get your coupon for a free Arby's Roast Burger. . All you have to do is purchase a drink and use this coupon to get a free a free Roast burger. This is good thru March 9th.
Thanks to Deal Seeking Mom for this info.

Get a free Sub

Go here to sign up for a free sub from Quiznos. You will get an email that you can print the coupon.
Thanks to Frebies for moms for this info.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Oh a Shopping We Did Go

So... hubby and I made it to Publix and Winn-Dixie this weekend to hit some sales.

At Publix we bought most of the BOGO's as well as 4 packages of meat. If we had stuck to our list we would have been even lower but the meats were a really good buy so we had to deviate from the list.

Our total spent was $277.12 our savings was $157. 25 total out of pocket was 119.87 a savings of 57%. Not too shabby.

We then hit Winn-Dixie where shopping is not such a pleasure. One of our coupons wouldn't scan the customer rep came by asked us if we had already used the coupon. We told her no and then she checked the coupon box to make sure. It's so nice to be trusted. She then went to the manager who said if it wouldn't scan they couldn't take it so we had her void the items.

Our total spent was $99.32 our savings was $58.10 total out of pocket was $41.22 a savings of 58%. Not too bad either.

So basically we got $376.44 worth of groceries for $161.09 and saved 57% total.

A few side notes on Winn-Dixie. Use the self checkout registers. They are a lot less picky. The overworked, underpaid and fed up associate will just wave their magic "oops you did something wrong card" at the scanner and override any issues in about 4 seconds. They really don't care.

When checking out, 1st Scan all items 2nd scan coupons 3rd scan the card. If you scan the card first the computer sees the 2nd item in the BOGO's as free and will fry a circuit if you try to use 2 coupons after scanning the card.

The people who work in our store on Beach and St. Johns Bluff are really nice so we usually don't have a problem.

Have a wonderful week everyone

Saturday, February 21, 2009


I had the worst resturant experience I have ever had tonight at TGI Fridays. You know I'm mad because it is 10:38pm and I am at home blogging and I still have not had dinner. Everyone who knows me, knows that I love to eat out. I am really trying to be frugal and save more money so I have reduced eating out to once a week or less. When I do go out to eat I want a nice experience. Luck was not on my side tonight. Long story short, we sat down at our table at 7:20pm. Our food arrived at 8:15pm. The steaks Jim and I ordered medium were well done. we sent them back. The server took the plates and our sides. The kids ate their kids meals. At 9:00pm the second steaks came out well done also. OMG what is wrong with these people? At that point we had lost patience and our appetites. We just wanted to pay for our kids meals and leave. The manager came over to talk to us, but his attiude was not great. He told us "yeah, we shouldn't try to cook them a third time". No joke!!!! I didn't want you to. Anyway, the server brought our check and they charged Jim and I for our drinks and side salads which totaled and extra $10 on our bill. I paid $21 for 2 kids meals and some drinks?????? I am not happy. I fully intended to pay for my kids meals but you could have at least comped our drinks since we are leaving your resturant after 2 hours and we still have not eaten. Wow!!! Unbelievable. Don't worry I have already sent their customer service a nice little email tonight. I realize it was not the servers fault and yes, I did tip him.

A clip clip here and a clip clip there

Matt told me to post this for you Kelly because he wasn't sure if you knew about it or not. If so maybe others will find it useful. This is a list of hundreds of printable coupons in alphabetical order. Some of them are website coupons that come and go but hey it's worth a shot. Click here to give it a try. Happy hunting

Friday, February 20, 2009

Publix 2/19 - 2/25

Lots of great deals at Publix this week. I went today and saved $152.01!!!!!!! Yeah, I was so excited. I spent just $78.11 for for $230.12 worth of groceries!!!!! Can't beat that!!!!!! This is some of the deals I did.

Totino's pizza rolls BOGO free $3.99
used (2) .35 cents/1 coupons

Green Giant frozen veggies 10/$10
Used .50 cents/2 coupons
I bought 15 of these and used coupons now I am going to mail in for Pilsbury/Publix rebate. I will get a $10 gift card to Publix

Contessa Shrimp BOGO free $6.79
Used (2) $1.50/1 printable coupons ***see southern savers for list of printable coupon matchups*****

Sargento shredded chesse $2
used .50 cents/2 coupons

Pork Chops $1.79 lb

Ronzoni pasta BOGO free

Progresso Chicken broth BOGO free
used internet printable $1.25 off

Ragu pasta sauce BOGO free
Used .75/2 coupons

Juicy Juice BOGO free
used $1/2 coupon

Crisco 100% extra virgin olive oil BOGO free
Used $1/1 coupon

Huggies Baby wash/lotion/shampoo BOGO free

Covergirl nail polish $3.29
Used $2/1 publix store coupon
used $1/1 manuf. coupon
final price= .29 cents

Revlon tweezers $2.99
Used 2.50/1 publix store coupon
used $1/1 manuf. coupon
final price= free + .50 cents overage

Zatarains rice mix BOGO free
Used .75/2 coupons

I also used a $10/50 dollar purchase Winn Dixie coupon!!!!!

20 free 4x6 prints from Walgreens today only

Get 20 FREE 4x6 photo prints at Walgreen's when you order the prints online and use the code ONEDAY at checkout. Hurry because this is only good for today. Order these prints to be picked up at your neighborhood Walgreen's. You don't have to pick them up today, but they do have to be ordered today. Get these ordered today so when you have extra can start that scrapbooking album.
Thanks to Freebies for Moms for this info.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Target Clearance

I finally got a chance to stop by Target today. They had their Valentine items 75% off. So to all my friends who always ask me how I decorate for every holiday, this is my secret. 75% is the way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Our CVS Trip

We took our weekly trip to CVS today and picked up quite a few things.

Total cost before discounts
Total after out of pocket after coupons and ECB's
We saved 79% and have 2 ECB's for next week
Woot! CVS

Free REDBOX code 2/16

Today's free REDBOX code is: M7DM23. You can use this until 12 midnight tonight. You will be able to rent a movie for free. Just make sure you return it by 9pm tomorrow night.

Children's birthday party ideas

I just love a themed birthday party, but I usually get too carried away and spend way too much money. I loved the post that Steals and Deals did on creative themed birthday parties. You can check it out here and here

New code 70%

Starting today, 2/16 - 2/19 using code PREZ you get 70% off your purchase. This is a great deal. We love to have several of these on hand in case we want an affordable meal out. We even used one this weekend. They are good for an entire year. Thanks to Southern Savers for this info.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

My CVS trip 2/15/09

I spent $6.00 total for all this stuff + 2 Cadbury eggs that Jim ate already. I realized after I got home that I forgot to use 2 ($2) coupons so I would have spent $2 total. I am happy with this purchase anyway because the price of one of the hair products is normally $6. Here's what I did:

Cadbury eggs- sale 2/$1
used .50 cvs coupon

Pop tarts- Sale $2 box
Used $1/2 coupons

Colgate total advanced- $2.99
Used $1/1 coupons
Get $2.99 ECB back on each (limit 2)

Got2B hair products BOGO free
used $2 off coupons

Stayfree $3.79
Used BOGO free coupon
got $4 ECB back

Dr. pepper 20 oz $1.39
used coupon to get it free

Johnsons buddies soap $1.19 each
Used $1/1 coupons

Used $5/30 CVS coupon from email

Total OOP after coupons and ECB $2.25
Got $10 ECB Back
I lost about $4 ECB so I figured this total sale was $6!!!!!!

Ahhh Shopping Here Really is a Pleasure

We took our weekly trip to Publix today and bought tons of stuff.

We bought
Creamer 4 bottles
Hershey's candy 4 bags
Scotty's tissues 3 boxes
Kraft Dressing 2 bottles
Glade spray air freshener 2 cans
Pupperoni 4 bags
Milkbone soft 2 bags
Hefty Contractor bags
Pillsbury dough 2 packages
Scott tissue 3 4 packs
Soft scrub 2 bottles
Betty Crocker cookie mix 4 bags
Uncle Bens rice 6 bags
Idahoian Potatoes 3 bags
Revlon tweezers 2
Flatout Bread 2
Shedd's spread potatoes 2
Shedd's spread butter 2
Oatmeal 1 canister
Hormel meals 2
Betty Crocker Cake mix 2
Betty Crocker frosting 2
Beech nut baby food 10 jars
Juicy Juice 2 packs
Publix brand Mylanta 1 bottle --Thanks to the tummy bug from Liv's daycare

Our total bill 178.55
Vendor coups 37.10
Store coups 12.00
Advertised Specials 47.20
Advantage Buys 11.62
Total Savings - 107.92

Total out of pocket 70.63 with tax

We saved a little over 60%

We would have saved more if it weren't for the Mylanta and the expensive contractor bags.

We saved more than we spent. The cashier was really impressed, said it was the longest receipt he had ever had and highlighted our receipt for us.

The guy in line behind us just watched and said "How much did you save?"
We told him about 107.00 he said "Wow, that's really smart"

Woot Publix

Now to plan the CVS trip :)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Publix update

I went into Publix again today to pick up some items to make subs. I found a really great deal. The Healthy Ones Honey ham or Turkey breast 8 oz tub is on sale for $2.50. (original price $3.29) I had .75 cents off manuf. coupons from the paper (sorry, I don't remember which week) and I had $1 off Publix store coupon that also came out of the paper. I ended up paying .75 cents for each container of meat!!!!!!! I hope you can take advantage of this sale too.

Friday, February 13, 2009

$4.00 off Purina Coupon

All of us who have pets know just how expensive pet food is. The kind people at Purina are giving away a $4.00 coupon and will donate $1.00 to your local animal shelter for each bag sold using the coupon. Click here to answer the cute little survey and get your coupon.

Great deals at JCPenney

My roving sales reporter, Selina,(lol) called me today and told me about some great deals she got at JCPenneys. She said they have a 75% green tag sale. A lot of items are marked $2.97, $4.97, and $6.97. I was out tonight so I stopped by the Regency Mall JCPenney. We found some great deals. Unfortunately the girls department was pretty wiped out. The boys had tons of clothes left. I got Avery and Drew jeans, shirts, and even a Jaguar hoodie for $2.97 each. In the Men's sports section we racked up on some cheap Jaguar apparel. We are ready for next season. I also got a few things in the women's section. I noticed sales in other areas as well. I saw luggage and bedding, etc... all marked 75% off.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Publix 2/12 - 2/18

This is a great week to get some stockpile items at Publix. I went today and spent$33.99 OOP. I saved 88.41!!!!! WooHoo!!!!!!
These are some of the deals that I got:

Farm Rich Quesidillas BOGO free $7.69
Used (2) $1 off coupons
Final price= $5.69 for 2 bags

Post cereals BOGO free $3.89
Used $1/2 coupon
Final price= $2.89 for 2 boxes

Ritz crackers $2.50 each
I bought 2 boxes and used $2/2 coupon
Final price= $3 for 2 boxes

Juicy Juice 8 pkg. juice boxes BOGO free $2.99
Used $1/2 coupons
Final price=$1.99 for 2 cases
******I bought a lot of these for our trip over spring break*********

Green giant Valley fresh Steamers 50% off
I used .50/ 1 coupons
final price= .39 cents each bag

Hershey's candy 19.75 oz BOGO free $5.49
Used $2/2 coupon
Final price= $3.49 for 2 bags

I also bought some poptarts that had $1 peelie coupon on the box making them $1.39/ box.
I bought multiples of these deals. You can always go to coupon clippers to purchase the coupons you don't have.

Check out other great deals at Fiddledeedee

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Stories By Everyone Valentines

I got my free Valentines in the mail yesterday from Stories By Everyone. I was impressed with the quality and the speed of the order. These were completely free, but I would definitely use them in the future. You can check out my post here if you have no idea what I'm talking about.

Free Real Simple reciept organizer with purchase

Real Simple is offering a reciept organizer for free when you buy certain items. Click here to find out more details. Thanks to Money Saving Mom for this deal.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Check out this blog

I found a great blog called coupon saving family. Go check out Julie's blog. She is from Jacksonville. She has a link specifically for deals found in Jax.

Make up clearance

Nordstrom is changing the logo on their makeup, so they're selling everything for $1!!! The make-up line e.l.f.(eyes-lips-face) has been bought out by Nordstrom and will be re-packaged with the Nordstrom name on it.

They are getting rid of the entire make up in ELF packaging. They are selling everything for $1. You do have to pay shipping. They have everything - powder, mascara, lipstick, brushes, you name it!

Go to

When you check out there is a space for a coupon code.

Use CAROLINA and save an additional 50% on orders up to $15.00.

Or use RADIO for "buy one and get one 50% off" depending on how much you spend. It could be more than the $7.50

Thanks to Never2late2save

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Family Trip To Walgreens

So Matt, Liv and I took a trip to Walgreen's to get a few things.
We started with

$3.00 in rewards

We had to do do 4 transactions and I think that the people at Walgreen's hate us now but it's all good. There are a lot of Walgreen's in town.

Trans #1
1 Fusion Razor
used $4 coupon
used $3 rewards
total was less than tax so we added Liv's school Valentines at $1.99
Total - out of pocket $2.62 and got 6 reward dollars

Trans #2
Fusion razor
used another $4 coupon
and got back 6 reward dollars
Total out of pocket $5.62

Trans #3
12 roll pack of Scott toilet tissue 11.79
used 1.00 mfg coupon
used Walgreen's coupon for $4.80 off
Used 6 reward dollars from first transaction
Once again tax was less so we added a baby bottle
Total - 2.62

Trans #4
Another bottle they were on clearance and Liv likes them
1 Pert shampoo
2 Colgates
2 m&m's and 2 Snickers for overage
1 Cascade detergent
4 cans of Progresso

Used Walgreen's and manuf. coupons for Pert
Used 2 Colgate coupons one was booted back
Used 4 manuf. coupons for $1.10 off of each can of Progresso plus Walgreen's coupon
Used $1.00 manuf. off Cascade
Used 6 reward dollars

Total Out of pocket 6.09

Now the grand total Before coupons and sale 72.20 total out of pocket after coupons and sale $17.83

We saved 54.37 or 75%

Woot Walgreens!

Free Gillette Fusion razor

Gillette Fusion Gamer Razor
reg price $11.99
sale price $7.99
use $4/1 coupon from today's paper (2/8)
get $4 ECB back
final price= free

Gillette Fusion Gamer razor
sale price $8.99
use $4/1 coupon from today's paper
get $6 register reward back
final price= free = overage

You should grab a few extra papers today. There are 4 packs of coupons today.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Free Mr. Clean Eraser

Click here to get your free Mr Clean mini eraser. I love them. They can get any kind of mark off of a wall.

Treat your Valentine to lunch next Sat.

The Chick-fil-A inside of Regency Square Mall is having a Valentine Special next Saturday (2/14/09). From 11:00am until 7:00pm you can get 2 combos for the price of 1. No coupon required.

Target sponsors Free Wed. nights at the museum

Target is sponsoring free admissions to select museums across the United States. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville is on the list. You get free admission every Wed. night from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Click here to get more details or to see if there is one in your city.

Store closings

If you live in the Jacksonville area, I wanted to let you know that several stores at the Regency mall are going out of business. Hallmark, Carlton Cards, & Limited Too. Carlton Cards has 75% of all their merchandise (except Valentine's cards). All other cards, frames, collectibles, wrapping paper, etc... are 75% off. We found some great gifts for Mother's day, Teachers appreciation, etc......

My Harris Teeter Trip 2/7

We had a great trip to Harris Teeter tonight. I got $137.48 worth of groceries for $27.23!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, I love triple coupon time!!!!!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter is tripling coupons again this weekend through midnight on Sunday. Southern savers has a nice layout plan for the trip.

Happy Shopping.

McDonalds drink deal in Feb.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

cute comic

Click here to check out this really cute comic strip ad. This is not anybody we know...Jim, Amy, Matt......just to name a few...LOL.

Publix deals 2/5 - 2/11


Wise Cheese Doodles (Buy one bag for $2.99 get one free)
Use 2 .50 cents off 1 printables
Makes them $1 per bag

Campbell's select Harvest Soup 18.6 - 18.8 0z can (2 cans for $2.39)
use .50/2 coupon from 02/01 smart source
makes it about .95 cents each

Kozy Shack Pudding (so, so good!!!!!) 22oz tub BOGO at $2.89
.25 cents off 1 coupon from several magazines Family circle or Ladies Home Journal
Use 2 coupons and it makes them $1.20 each.

Farm Rich French Toast Sticks, 16 oz box BOGO at $3.29
Use .75/ 1 farm rich printable here
Use 2 coupons and it makes them .90 cents a box

Betty Crocker fruit snacks BOGO free at $2.59
.75 cents off 2 printable here
or use .50/1 coupon from 2/1 smart source (newspaper)

Kelloggs frosted mini-wheats 14.5 to 20.4 oz BOGO at $4.19
Use $1.50/2 coupon from 1/18 Red Plum
Makes them $1.35 each

Knorr Sides 4 to 6.4 oz packages BOGO @ $1.49
Use .75/2 coupon from 1/18 red plum
Makes them .37 cents a bag

Uncle Bens country Inn rice, 6 oz box, BOGO @ $1.49
Use $1/2 coupon from 1/11 Red Plum or printable here
Makes them .25 cents each

Other Sales

Reddi Whip Whipped Cream $2 each
Use $1/1 Reddi Whip from Dec All You magazine
Makes it $1 a can

Gerber 2nds foods $1 each
Use food Lion printable $1 off any Gerber item
Makes it Free!!!!!

Mitchem deodorant $1.79 each
use $1/ 1 mitchem printable here
Makes it .79 cents each

Yoplait Yo-plus digestive yogurt (4 pack $2.00)
Use $1.50/1 printable here
Makes it .50 cents a pack

Thanks to Southern Savers for all the info.

Monday, February 2, 2009

$10 QVC credit

Join QVC as a new member and get a $10 credit. I went to the clearance section and got a light up hanging star lamp for free using the credit.

Click here if you are interested.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Free Valentine Cards

Today Only!!!!!! Sorry this is the last day, but it only take a few minutes to make these cute personalized Valentines. They are completely free, even the shipping. I didn't even enter credit card info. I clicked right past that page and it worked because my total was $0. Go to Stories by Everyone to create your very own cards. Enter the code Valentine under "have a coupon?" and then hit recalculate to see your $0 balance. You do not have to enter credit card info. Just click submit your order. There are 10 different designs to choose from. I think it said I would get them in about a week. Plenty of time to get them out before Valentines day. Thanks to Freebies 4 Mom for this info.