My CVS & Walgreens Trip 2/26

27 Feb

I haven’t been couponing in awhile 1) since I started to work part time 18 hours a week and 2) there haven’t been a ton of good deals that I think we need.  But yesterday I found some deals at CVS and Walgreens so I headed out!


Transaction #1

Physician’s Formula products – spend $10 get a $7 ECB
I purchased a mineral foundation stick for $11.29
OOP – $11.29, received $7 ECB’s

Transaction #2

Pantene Products – 2/$7 on sale – buy 2, earn $1 ECB
Use $3/2 MFR coupon from 2/26 Smart Source insert.
Total – $3.97

Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief Toothbrush – on sale $3.99, earn $2 ECB
Use $0.75/1 MFR coupon from 2/26 Smartsource Insert
Total – $3.24

Total – $7.21 minus $7 ECB from Trans #1 = $0.21 OOP


Transaction #1
On the Go Multivitamin Orange Drink Mix – $8 on sale, earn $8 RR
OOP – $8
Transaction #2
Finish Jet Dry Liquid – $3.99 on sale, earn $1.50 RR
Use $0.75/1 MFR coupon from 1/8 Smartsource
OOP – $3.24, earn $1.50 RR

Belvita Cookies 5 pack – $2.99 on sale, receive $2 RR
Use $1/1 MFR coupon from 2/26 Smartsource
OOP – $1.99, earn $2 RR

Burt’s Naturals Cough Drops – Honey – $1.99 on sale, earn $2 RR
OOP – $1.99, earn $2 RR

Huggies Wipes – $2.49 on sale
Use $0.50/1 MFR coupon from 2/12 Smartsource Insert
OOP – $1.99

Grand Total for Trans #2 – $9.21 minus $8 RR from Trans #1 = $1.21 OOP with $1.50, $2 and $2 RR’s left

Transaction #3

Finish Jet Dry Liquid – $3.99 on sale, earn $1.50 RR
Use $0.75/1 MFR coupon from 1/8 Smartsource
OOP – $3.24, earn $1.50 RR

Stride Gum 14 count – $0.69 on sale with in ad coupon, limit 3 – get 2
Use $1/2 MFR coupon from 2/12 Smartsource
OOP – $0.38 for 2

Huggies Wipes – $2.49 on sale
Use $0.50/1 MFR coupon from 2/12 Smartsource Insert
OOP – $1.99

Add in 2 $0.35 caramels for filler in order to use RR’s

Grand Total for Trans #3 – $6.41 minus $2 RR and $2 RR = $2.41 plus $1.50 RR

Transaction #4

Stride Gum 14 count – $0.69 on sale with in ad coupon, limit 3 – get 2
Use $1/2 MFR coupon from 2/12 Smartsource
OOP – $0.38 for 2

Huggies Wipes – $2.49 on sale
Use $0.50/1 MFR coupon from 2/12 Smartsource Insert
OOP – $1.99

Add in 2 $0.35 caramels for filler in order to use RR’s

Grand Total for Transaction #4 = $4.10 minus 2, $1.50 RR’s from trans #3 and trans #2 = $1.10

Transaction #5

Finish Jet Dry Liquid – $3.99 on sale, earn $1.50 RR
Use $0.75/1 MFR coupon from 1/8 Smartsource
Grand Total for Transaction #5 – $3.24, earn $1.50 RR

Transaction #6

Finish Jet Dry Liquid – $3.99 on sale, earn $1.50 RR
Use $0.75/1 MFR coupon from 1/8 Smartsource
OOP – $3.24, earn $1.50 RR

Stride Gum 14 count – $0.69 on sale with in ad coupon, limit 3 – get 2
Use $1/2 MFR coupon from 2/12 Smartsource
OOP – $0.38 for 2

 Grand Total for Transaction #5 = $3.72 minus $1.50 RR from Trans #5 (now, since I am using the $1.50 RR earned on a Finish product towards the purchase of another Finish product, another RR will not print.  I knew this because I wanted to end my transactions).

My Couponing Haul

20 Feb

Yesterday, I had the (rare!) chance to make it to both a Target AND a Walmart! While we try to avoid Walmart as much as possible, this week there were a lot of free items and moneymakers available so we decided to stop in. At Walmart, we picked up 5 Vaseline Aloe Fresh lotions, Theraflu and a Glade plug-in oil warmer – and they paid me $.48 to take it all! This is how:

Theraflu Warming Relief Liquid $4.97
Submit for Free Retailer Gift Card worth $5.00 when you buy Theraflu Product
Final Price: Free

(5) Vaseline Aloe Fresh Lotion, 3 oz $0.97, Sale
Use (5) $1.00/1 Vaseline Total Moisture, Aloe Fresh or Cocoa Radiant, 3 oz. or larger from RP Unilver 1/29
Final Price: Free, Plus $0.03 Moneymaker

Glade Plug Ins Scented Warmer, $.94, Sale
Use $1.50/1 Glade Plug-Ins Scented Oil Warmer from SS 2/12
Final Price: Free, Plus $0.56 Moneymaker

Total OOP: $4.52, with the Retailer Gift Card that makes it $.48 profit!

At Target, I got 3 Advil PM 20 ct and 5 Breathe Right 2-packs because they didn’t have them in stock at Walmart, and I made $1.90! Target normally doesn’t allow overage on coupons, but the cashier I had did – I wouldn’t bank on this though, and would try to get everything at Walmart where they do allow coupon overage so that you can score the same moneymaker deal.

Buy 3 Advil PM, 20 ct $4.39, Regular Price
Use 3 $1.00/1 Advil, 40 ct or larger, Advil PM, 16 ct or larger, Children’s Advil, 4 oz or larger or ThermaCare, 2 ct or larger from RP 1/29
Pay $10.17, Submit for $10.00/3 Pfizer products Mail In Rebate from RP 1/29
Final Price: $0.06 each when you buy 3

Breathe Right Strips, 2 ct. $0.97, Regular Price
Use $1.50/1 Breathe Right Strips 12 ct. or smaller from RP 1/29
Final Price: Free, Plus $0.53 Moneymaker

Total OOP: $8.10, with the $10 rebate for the Advil makes it a $1.90 profit!

Thanks, Krazy Coupon Lady for pointing out these great deals!

Free Face Mask at CVS!

16 Feb

I was browsing through CVS yesterday and found this great freebie – Freeman Feeling Beautiful Face Mask was on sale for $3.99, and had a coupon on it “Try It For Free” with a full rebate! Just fill out the little sticky attached to the tube and send it in with your receipt for a full rebate of the purchase price. I got the anti-stress dead sea mineral one, which I’m super excited to try. Check around your CVS beauty department to see if you can find this deal too!

Free Got2b Hair Products at Walgreens until Sunday!

16 Feb

Walgreens currently has Got2b hair products on sale buy one for $5.99 get one free. Paired with (2) $3 off one full size Got2b product coupon found in Red Plum 2/12 and it makes it FREE!

I got four products (2 glossy anti-frizz shine serum and 2 rockin’ it encore fresh dry shampoo) and had to throw in 2 caramels at $.33 a piece (with all of the coupon deductions, it wouldn’t let the last coupon go through because of taxes so I had to get 2 caramels). Grand total? $.76!

Dry shampoo is amazing for those days when I straighten my hair and want it to last longer than a day, when I accidentally use too much product in my hair and it looks greasy, or when I do a light work out and don’t have time to shower so I was pumped when I saw that I could get some for free with this deal! I also read about how your hair can freeze if you go out in the cold with wet hair, which can lead to breakage and frizz and a remedy (besides blow drying!) was to work some serum through you hair and tuck it under a hat before you go out. I’ve been trying this out over the past few weeks and it’s worked wonders! I no longer need hairspray and my hair feels so soft – another score!

If you have these coupons, run on over to Walgreens before this awesome sale expires! And don’t forget, if they’re all out get a rain check 🙂

Homemade Bread Pumpkin-Style

10 Feb

The other day I was in a baking mood and was poking around in my cabinets to see what I could come up with. I ended up finding some cans of pumpkin (my mom and my boyfriend’s mom stocked me up over the holidays – they are the best moms ever!) and I also noticed that we were running low on bread. So what’s a girl to do? Throw it all together and make homemade pumpkin bread!

Now this isn’t a dessert bread like most pumpkin breads are. This is a bread you make hearty sandwiches on or dip in your soup. With a tang similar to sourdough and the density of a wholegrain bread, this bread was exactly what I was craving.


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 3-1/2 cups unbleached whole wheat bread flour

  1. Pour the warm water into a medium bowl and whisk in the yeast. Let sit until frothy — about 10 minutes. Then add your brown sugar, olive oil, and pumpkin and whisk until smooth.
  2. Whisk together the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a dip in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in your wet ingredients.
  3. Start mixing everything together with a spatula. Eventually, you will use your hands to start kneading the dough. Keep kneading, and adding more flour as necessary, until you have a ball that’s elastic, but not sticky.
  4. Put your dough ball inside a lightly oiled large boil, flipping over once to coat both sides with oil. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let rise for 2 hours.
  5. Once the dough has risen, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Then, tear the dough ball in half and roll into a loaf shape.
  6. Place in a bread pan and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the top is firm to the touch.

I made one loaf and froze the other half for a loaf later. I pulled it out of the freezer this morning and plan on making it to go with a nice Valentine’s day breakfast – maybe heart-shaped pumpkin French toast?!

Greek Yogurt, Anyone?

8 Feb

Greek yogurt is a great way to get some extra protein in you diet, not to mention it is absolutely delicious and gives you some extra calcium and vitamin D too! Now, I’m normally a Chobani girl but when it’s not on sale 10/$10 I just can’t justify paying the $1.39 per cup for it so I’ve been exploring other brands of Greek yogurt that have come on the market. Brown Cow is so creamy and not as tart as Chobani, but again – same cost problem. Yoplait recently came out with a few different lines of Greek yogurt, and not only are they frequently on sale but Yoplait puts out a lot of coupons too! This past weekend at Shaw’s, they had Yoplait YoCrunch Greek Yogurt Parfaits BOGO (normally $1.39 a piece). I also had a coupon for $.55 off two, which my store would double to $1.10 off so this made for a great deal of 2 yogurts for $.29! They also have coupons on their facebook page too if you “like” them but they weren’t as good of a deal as the one I found in the paper. I grabbed the strawberry and peach ones and decided I’d try them this week in my lunches.

Oh my goodness am I glad I did, they were phenomenal! The strawberry one tasted like any other strawberry yogurt but was still delicious. The peach, however, was out. of. this. world. I normally don’t like fruit at the bottom of my yogurt but it was outstanding! With 11 grams of protein per cup and 20 grams of sugar (mostly in the granola on top) this is a great addition to a meal to give it a bit more heft. I’ve also tried the non-parfait Yoplait Greek yogurts and they too are delicious, healthy and are only $.99 a cup!

The flavored kinds are great to eat all on their own, but I also buy the plain flavor as well and use it as a healthier substitute for sour cream in many of my recipes. Can’t tell the difference in taste at all, but I’ll tell you one thing – it keeps you full a lot longer!


Fast, easy and cheap way to make beans!

7 Feb

One of the best ways to save money while eating a healthy diet is to buy dry beans and cook them yourself. One pound of dried beans makes about 6 cups cooked, so if a can of beans is $0.79 and contains 1.75 cups on average, and a pound of beans costs $1.09 and can make 6 cups cooked, to get an equivalent amount of canned beans it’s cost you almost $2.70!

I used to make them by the rinsing/soaking method, which took forever and a day. But, I recently discovered a new way of cooking them while perusing the internet and decided to test it out. Basically, 1 pound of rinsed and sorted dried beans + 8 cups of water. Stick it in a crock pot and let it cook on high for 4 hours and that’s it! Drain the beans and they’re ready to go. I drained mine and then put them in 1 cup serving sizes in the freezer for a quick lunch or dinner piece. Such a time saver!

Even better than black beans, I made some garbanzo beans. You know what that means…HUMMUS! I made my trusty hummus recipe, but was craving something with a little more zip. I was poking around in the fridge trying to find something I could throw in there, and I found tobasco pickles. Yes, it is odd. Yes, it tasted delicious! With only a slightly greenish tinge, it tasted just like regular hummus with the loveliest little kick of tanginess. Delicious! I also froze a bunch of chick peas too for a hummus crisis… it’s just too easy!




Quick and Dirty Butternut Squash Soup

7 Feb

Butternut squash soup is my favorite soup in the entire world, I could eat it by the gallon! Actually, I could eat butternut squash (or anything orange really – pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots, etc.) itself in mass quantities.  So I came up with a super quick and dirty recipe to satiate my cravings when they strike…

1 medium butternut squash
drizzle olive oil
1.5 T curry
1 can coconut milk
1 t black pepper

  1. Cut the squash in half and scoop the seeds out. Drizzle with olive oil and place outside up in the oven at 375F. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until soft when pricked with a fork.
  2. Take the squash out of the oven and let cool until just warm. Scoop the flesh out of the skin and place in a medium sized pot on low heat. Mash with a fork or potato masher.
  3. Add all other ingredients. Mash and continue to heat up.
  4. Once warm, remove from heat. Pour into a food processor and process until smooth.
  5. Either pour directly into bowls, or put back on stove (depending on how hot you like your soup!) You could also just let it sit until cool, then put the lids on and stick it in the fridge/freezer for a quick dinner during the week. Yum!

In a hurry? Substitute one bag of frozen, pre-chopped butternut squash for one medium butternut squash and save yourself about 40 minutes! Just throw the entire bag into a pot and start at the middle of step 2. Depending on the season this could also save some serious cash.



And we’re walking!

6 Feb

Mason started walking yesterday!!!!  He took 9 steps yesterday and walked right to me.  I got it on video and my husband was right there to share it with me.

It made me teary to think of all the milestones he has hit.  Just yesterday alone he wowed me with his abilities – he climbed up into his rocker and out of it, into and out of a laundry basket, and walked from the couch to the baby gate.  I can’t believe he is going to be 1 NEXT MONTH.

Cloth diapering is still going great – still with the disposables at night though.  His butt is just too large with the number of inserts we need for nighttime.

He also said DAD the other day.  Not dada – DAD.  We got that on video, too!

I learned that for him to walk better to leave him barefoot in the house, but his feet get pretty chilly on our hardwood.  I’m currently looking for a good gripper slipper for when it’s just too chilly – any suggestions?

Free Dog Food, Valentine’s Candy and more!

6 Feb

I did a 3 store mini shopping trip today!  Here’s my deals….


Aquafresh Toothpaste 4.6 or 6.4 oz – only $.99 with in-ad coupon
Use $0.75/1 Aquafresh Advanced, Extreme Clean, White & Shine or Sensitive Toothpaste from  1/1 Red Plum insert or $0.75/1 Aquafresh Training Flouride-Free Toothpaste printable coupon
OOP: $0.24

Mars or Nestle Valentines Candy, 1 or 1.2 oz  – only $0.39 each with in ad coupon
Buy 2 – combine with with $1/2 Mars Valentine’s Day Products from 1/29 Red Plum OOP:  FREE!

Hefty Trash Bags 18-45 pk – on sale $5.99
Use $1/1 Hefty Trash Bag from 1/1 Red Plum insert and use $1/1 coupon from the February Walgreens Coupon Book
OOP: $3.99


Vicks Nature Fusion 8 oz or 20 count – on sale 2/$12
Use 2, $3/1 Vicks Nature Fusion  from 1/29 P&G insert
Earn $3.00 ECB’s
OOP: $6 with $3 ECB’s

Garnier Fructis Shampoo and Conditioner – 2 for $5
Use 2, $1/1 MFR coupon from 2/5 Red Plum
OOP: $3 (could use ECB’s from the first transaction to make this free!)

Blistex Five Star, Complete Moisture, Lip Medex, DCT or Herbal Answer and more 0.15-0.38 oz. $2
Earn $1.00 ECB
Use $0.35/1 Blistex Lip Care Product from 1/22 Smartsource
OOP: $1.65 plus $1 ECB


Lysol No Touch Hand Soap System – regular price $6.99
Use $3/1 MFR from 2/5 Red Plum
OOP – $3.99

Purina One Beyond Dog Food – On Sale $5.99
Use $1/1 Meijer MPerks Coupon (one use only)
Use $5/1 MFR coupon from 1/15 Smartsource Insert
OOP – FREE!  I bought 4 bags and donated to the shelter by me.  Once you use your MPERK though it’ll be $0.99 a bag

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