Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Latest CVS Trip!

I am slowly but surely getting a hang of this CVS shopping thing! This past week I went in and bought these items for a total of $2.42 out of pocket, and actually MADE money on the deal!

How did I do it?

The Ivory soap is on sale for 99 cents this week, and there was a $1/1 coupon in Sunday's paper! Final cost = FREE!

The deodorant is on sale for 2/$5 this week, plus get $2 back in ECBs. I had a coupon for $1/2 (also from Sunday's paper!) Final cost = 2/$3, but I got $2 in ECBs so it equaled out to just $0.50/each!

The Dawn dishsoap is on sale for 99 cents and I had a coupon for $0.25/1. Final cost = $0.74!

The Colgate toothpaste is on sale for $2.99 and get $1/back in ECBs. I had a $1/1 coupon, so the final cost was just $0.99/each!

My total at the register came to $7.42, but I had $5 in ECBs so I spent just $2.42 out of pocket!!!

AND I got $3 back in ECBs!!! PLUS a coupon for $1/1 Nivea body wash!

I'm loving CVS. :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Any "Southern Living" Lovers Out There?

Amazon has done it again. A number of yearly magazine subscriptions are currently on sale for just $5!!

And yes, this includes Southern Living!

Other magazines offered at just $5 are Health, Essence, Coastal Living, Golf, This Old House, and Sunset.

Check out the deals here!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Did You Know... can use Save-A-Lot coupons at Publix? I didn't know that before today - but I'm going to try it tonight!

If you go here, you can print out a coupon for $5 off any $20 purchase. Sweet!

(Thanks Frugal Fun & Fortune!)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A New COACH Coupon!

Who wouldn't love a new Coach purse for Christmas? Coach just released a new 20% off coupon here. It's only good at Factory Stores, but lucky for me I have one less than 30 minutes away! :)
Anybody else out there love Coach purses?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Guess What I Got for $2.09 at Target?

Yes, I spent just $2.09 tonight at Target. What did I get for that?

4 cans of Del Monte Green Beans
2 cans of Campbell's Tomato Soup
1 package of Betty Crocker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

How did I do it?

Del Monte Green Beans are on sale at Target this week for $0.50. (The sign on the aisle said $0.66 but I knew it was in the mailer as $0.50 and it rang up that way.) I printed out a coupon for $1/4 bringing the price to just $0.25 per can! Print the coupon here! (Look toward the bottom right hand corner).

Campbell's Tomato Soup is on sale at Target this week for $0.60. I had a coupon for $0.50/2 bringing the price to just $0.35/each! The coupon is here.

Betty Crocker Garlic Mashed Potatoes are on sale at Target this week for $0.79/each. I had a coupon for $0.40/1 bringing the price to just $0.39! Print the coupon here.
I'm loving this couponing thing! :)
Have you found any great deals this week?

A Fabulous VERA BRADLEY Deal!

Today (and today only!) Vera Bradley is having a great sale on their Zip-Around Wallets.

These are usually $38 and today they are just $15! Now granted this is only a sale on a few select patterns, but this would make a great gift for someone! Go here to check it out!

Friday, December 11, 2009

FREE Christmas Music!

From December 1 until Christmas Day, Amazon is offering a FREE Christmas song download every day!

It is a pretty random assortment of artists (everyone from Jars of Clay to Lady Gaga) and my favorite so far is either Casting Crowns "Joy to the World"

or "The Coventry Carol" by Mediaeval Baebes (who I have never heard of before!) It totally brings me back to my classical singing days.

So go here and check it out. Let me know which songs you like the best!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A GREAT Deal on Magazines!

Through December 12, you can get several magazine subscriptions on Amazon for just $5!

Yes, that's right. A full year subscription for $5. Can't beat that!

Personally, I'm thinking about getting this one:

With all the coupons in GH, I figure it will pay for itself...right? :)
You can also get other great magazines like Cosmopolitan (usually $51.40 for a year!), House Beautiful, Marie Claire, Redbook, and several others. See all the options here.
But remember: the deal is only good through December 12!
Let me know which one(s) you decide to get!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Art of Couponing

I am always amazed by people who are faithful coupon-cutters. You know the type - the ones who "save" more at the grocery store than they spend?

I'm trying to learn this art. And tonight I bought $39.35 worth of groceries for only $17.21!

Very exciting.

I'm still very new to this. I have always been the occasional coupon cutter, grabbing the Sunday paper when I think about it. But the probability of those coupons actually making to to the checkout belt have been slim to none.

But recently, I discovered the joy of printable coupons online. Mailers like Red Plum and SmartSource also have websites with coupons to be printed. Convenient.

Then I've been taking a look at the Publix Weekly Ad. I love Publix. They always have great "Buy One Get One" deals. And the best part? You can use two coupons on top of those items that are already "Buy One Get One".

For instance:

These Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix packets are usually $2.19/each. They are "Buy One Get One" right now at Publix. So that brings them down to $1.10/each. I had two $0.40/1 coupons. So the final price? Just $0.70/each!!

Beat that! :)

Do you have any good couponing tips to share?

A GREAT Aveda Deal!!!

Any other Aveda lovers out there? Through today ONLY, you can get a FREE Body Care Trio and 2 FREE samples with ANY purchase!

Just enter coupon code BODYGIFT129 at checkout!

Also, for the next three days you can score FREE shipping on any order--NO offer code needed!

I went ahead and purchased this Rosemary Mint Hand and Body Wash 1.7 fl oz for a total of $4. There are also a few shampoos and conditioners for $3.50! At checkout I entered coupon code BODYGIFT129 --which added on the FREE Body Care Trio set! I was also able to choose 2 FREE samples! Finally cost for all of that... just $4.28 (and that includes tax)! Yay!

(Thanks, MojoSavings and Hip to Save!)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Walking Challenge FAIL

Well, I wore my pedometer for three days.

Then I forgot to wear it yesterday. And today.


What I have learned? 10,000 steps is easy if you go to the gym in the morning. Not so easy if you don't. As in this morning. Slept until 8am. Felt great, but no gym. So I'm trying to run every errand for my office today to get my booty moving.

The good news? I went to the gym 3 days this week. Gotta look on the bright side! :)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My Husband - The Blogger!!!

Yes, it's true - my husband is blogging! What is he blogging about? Sports, of course!

Here's the backstory. As long as I have known my husband (which is A LONG time!) he has been obsessed with sports. Seriously obsessed. As in he has read every issue of every Sports Illustrated magazine since he was in the third grade - front cover to back cover. Every word.
He has more sports knowledge than he knows what to do with!
Here are just a few sports photos from throughout the years...

He went to school to be a sports journalist and he currently works for the St. Petersburg Times as a high school sports correspondent. But it's a freelance type job, so he never really gets to showcase his knowledge other areas of sports.
Enter - the blog! Please post it on your blogrolls, pass it on to family and friends, and leave him some comments! Thank youu!!!

Steppin' It Up!

Two things I have learned about wearing a pedometer:

1. Wearing it to the gym in the morning gives me a great head start.
2. It is impossible to wear my pedometer with a dress.

I have gone to the gym the past two mornings (yay me!) and logged 11,211 total steps yesterday. Today I am already at 6472 after going to the gym. That time at the gym makes the 10,000 steps so much easier to obtain! But I am also trying to make the little changes - parking further away, walking to the mailboxes, volunteering to run errands at work, etc. We'll see if it pays off. :)

I'm not quite sure what to do with the whole no pedometer with a dress thing. I don't have to wear a dress to work, but I like to every so often! Any suggestions?