Saturday, September 27, 2008

Goodwill online....

Goodwill Too
Something new I found that might interest you. Goodwill has recently started a store online. They offer both gently used items and a few gently used items at discount prices.

Shipping is $7.99 for any order up to 150 lbs... That's a lot of weight!

Check them out and see if they have anything that might interest you and help Goodwills efforts. Their supplies change often, so you might check back if they don't have anything currently.

From their site...
Proceeds from Goodwill Too help support the Goodwill mission: To help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. We achieve this mission through job training, employment, and personal growth opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Your purchases through Goodwill Too help us provide services to thousands of people each year.

Save some money, help a good cause.

Animation of person pushing a collapsible wheelbarrow across the Goodwill Too Home & Garden banner.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Good deal alert!! Walgreens $5 coupon & overlap days!

Just got an email from Walgreens with a link to a coupon good this Fri & Sat, Sept 24-25 for $5 off any $20 purchase.

They have changed the wording on the coupon from previous coupons, so pay attention here. You now have to spend $20 after all of your other coupons, including manufacturer coupons in order to take the $5 off of your order.

This is still a great deal! If you haven't done the previous deals I posted for the week this would be a good time to do it. Also, if you can find the Reach Ultraclean toothbrushes or floss that are 2/$5 and the Crest mouthwash that is $4.49 you are halfway there!

Reach 2/$5 gives you a $5RR= FREE
Crest Mouthwash $4.49 gives you a $4.49RR= FREE
=9.49 total for these 2 items
Just need another $5.51 to reach $20 and then take $5 off of your order.

If you need milk and cookies buy 2 Oreos, Chips Ahoy, or Nutter Butters (which are 2/$5) and a gallon of milk $3.19(as featured on the front of the add) and get a $3RR (Almost free milk!)

$5 cookies+ $3.19 milk=$8.19
+ $9.49 from above= $17.68

Need $2.32 to get to $20
Buy filler item, rebate item, or something you need

$20-$5= $15 + taxes
Get $5RR for Reach, $4.49RR for mouthwash, $3RR for cookies & milk

$15-$5-$4.49-$3= $2.51 for $20 of merchandise ... almost 90% savings!!


For the last several months
the coupons and rebates in Walgreens EasySaver catalog have overlapped and many stores will let you use both coupons on a product (if there is one from each month) as well as a manufacturer coupon and you can send in for rebates for each month on these two days as well.

This will happen this month as well, today and tomorrow.

Do these deals in combination with the $5 off $20 coupon and you've really saved some $!! See some examples of deals with the coupon and find a link to the coupon here.

Here are a few deals I'm aware of and hope to do tonight:

1)Garnier Products 25.4oz are $6.99
Buy 3 for a total of $20.97
-$1 manuf. coupons X3= -$3
Oct. $3 off each = -$9
Rebate in Sept EasySav. catalog for $10
$20.97-$22=$1.03 profit(minus your taxes) + $1 if you opt for Walgreens card

2)M&M's on sale 4/$10
Oct. EasySav. coupon $1/2
Sept. EasySav rebate $5
=$10-7=$3 for 4 bags of candy - $.50 if you opt for Walgreens card

3)Platex Sport Tampons $4.99
Sept. ES. coupons $2
Oct. EX coupon $2/2
Buy 2= $10
- $4 Sept coupon
-$2Oct coupon
= $4 total (or $2 each)

4)Jergens 10 oz lotion $3.99
Sept ES coupon $1
Oct. ES coupon $1
= $1.99

4)Glade Scented oil Candle w or w/o Holder $5.79- $5.99
Sept ES coupon $2
Oct. ES rebate $2
Manufact. coupon $2
= FREE after rebate
You can do this up to 4 rebates ($8)

Frugal Dishes...

I've read several times that you can use vinegar as a rinse-aid in the dishwasher. I was hesitant for a long time to try it because I was afraid of the odor primarily, but I was also getting rinse-aid at a reasonable price with my coupons at the store.

A few weeks ago my bottle ran out and I found I only had one left in my stockpile. I decided to go ahead and try the vinegar to see how it worked before I spent any more money trying to restock my supply of rinse-aid.

I'm happy to say that I have used vinegar in my rinse-aid compartment of my dishwasher for at least a month now and find it works wonderfully. Actually, it probably does even better than the rinse-aid! Hubby and I will occasionally use a wine glass with dinner and I always had to check them over for spots with rinse-aid... not so with the vinegar. They come out beautiful!

The odor I was so worried about??? There is none. The only time I've smelled vinegar at all is when I filled the dishwasher compartment with it... nothing since.

Now.... what to do with that last bottle of rinse-aid?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Giveaway... KnowHim Kids clothing

Moms by Heart is having a giveaway from the kids clothing line at If you've looked at Christian clothing before you've probably seen the brand KnowHim around and their clothing is always very nice.

Check out Moms by Heart to sign up for your chance to win and for a direct link to the KnowHim website.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fireproof Movie....

There is a new movie coming out this weekend, Friday 9/26 to be exact, that I have heard rave reviews about on our local Christian radio station. They talked about the production of it and how many volunteers they had to put it together... astounding! Most everyone was a volunteer aside from their star Kirk Cameron and a few others.

You can catch “The Making of FIREPROOF,” a behind-the-scenes special, on Daystar Thursday at 9 a.m. There are lots of other interviews, etc that you can learn more about here. And of course, check out the trailer here.

This looks to be a great inspirational movie for couples, whether married or dating I would recommend it. I'm excited to check it out... just got to find a time when Hubby and I can get away for a few hours.

If you are planning to see it please try and do it opening weekend if you can. I heard a tidbit on the radio yesterday that the number of viewers on it's opening weekend determines how long it will stay in theaters. This is one that American couples should all be exposed to and it would be great if we could keep it around for awhile!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Shopping this week...

We're off to preschool today. My little guy just loves it! He's such a "people person" anyway.

While he's in school I try to get all of my shopping done for the week. I usually head for the deals at the drug stores on Tuesday and the grocery on Thursday. Sometimes I just mix it all up depending on where the best buys are that week.

I plan on getting to Walgreens and probably CVS today... I have some ECBs about to expire, and there are some great deals at Walgreens this week (see my last post) that I hope to maximize by going both days this week.

I haven't really spent too much time studying CVS yet. Just a glance at their add told me that Walgreens was better this week so that's where I concentrated my efforts.

I will be looking at Meijer before Thursday morning and hopefully will have a few good buys to share with you there. One that I know I will be trying to do is the Glade gel plug-ins. They are $1.79 in my store & are giving you a $2 catalina (coupon for next visit) with each one. There is a B1G1 free coupon from the newspaper that makes this a moneymaker. Beyond that I have to do my research.

I believe I read reports that Glade deal is working at Kroger and possibly Kmart as well if you don't have a Meijer near you.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Walgreens 9/21

Walgreens deals good this week....

Crest ProHealth Mouthwash $4.49 gives $4.50 RR (good through 9/27)= FREE

Reach Ultra Clean Floss or Ultra Clean Toothbrushes Buy 2 for $5 get $5 RR this week= FREE

Some Visine is $3.99 (this good all month!)
- $2 or $3 manufacturer coupons that are available
-ESC $2

Robitussin/Dimetapp Buy 2 get $5RR, Buy 3 get $10RR through 10/31
There are coupons available here for $1 Robitussin
here for $2 Dimetapp

Triaminic $4.99 gives $2RR
-$2 coupon here
= $4.99-$2 coupon= $2.99 - $2 RR= $.99 each

Pepsi 12 pk products
3/$11 get $2RR = 3/$9 or $3.33 each

Adidas Antipersperant $1.99 with ISC
-$1 $.99 each

Buy 2 Packs Nabisco Cookies (2/$5 this week) AND One Gallon Milk ($3.19 in my local add), receive $3 in RR.
So for $5 in cookies(2 full size packages) + $3.19 in milk= $8.19- $3 RR= $5.19
I count this as basically getting the milk for $.19. 2/$5 on the cookies is good in my area!
There have been reports of coupons for$1 off milk when you buy cookies, so if you find these kudos to you!

Possible scenario...
Transaction #1
Buy 1 Crest Prohealth Rinse $4.49
Buy 2 Reach RR products = $5
total = $9.49 get $5 RR and $4.50 RR= FREE

Transaction #2
Buy 2 pkgs of cookies and gallon of milk= $8.19- $5 RR from Reach = $3.19 get $3RR= $.19

Transaction #3
Robitussin on sale 2/$10
buy 3= $15- $3 coupons from here.
$12-$4.50RR from trans #1= $7.50
get $10 RR

In total you spend $7.69 + tax out of pocket and have $3 and $10 RR remaining. (out of pocket would be less for Dimetapp w/$2 coupon but I used Robitussin because I figured more of you would use it than the Dimetapp, you can mix and match on these 2 products and get what you need).
$3-$10-$7.69= $5.31 profit (-taxes) and you got all that above to take home!
**** Rinse and repeat as many times as you like and have fun!

You can use those leftover RR for items you need, or for an added bonus use them toward the September EasySaver Rebates that are free this month.

Please be a courteous frugal shopper and allow others to go ahead of you when you have several transactions. Also, try not to clear the shelves so others can enjoy the deals as well.

Also a reminder!!!
You can't use a RR that you earned on a product to earn again on the same product... for example, if you purchase the Robitussin and get a $10 RR you can't turn around and spend it towards another Robitussin deal. The computer will recognize the coupon as the same deal and not give you another coupon. Do it once and you'll never forget to pay close attention again. :)
See Walgreens 101 on more details on how to do deals at this store (from my money saving blog).

Been away....

It's been several days since my last post... sorry! Hubby's brother got married Saturday and we spent some time with his family Friday and Saturday.

His dad was in town, he has a home in North Carolina and one in Florida and we only usually see him if we go visit him or if a major event happens here. Hubby would like to see him more often, but due to the drive and getting time off work we just can't. We like to spend some of our vacation time on vacation and not just visiting family. He doesn't know his dad well because his parents divorced when he was young, but would like to have a chance to. We spent some time with him Friday evening and Saturday evening and had a good time visiting. I know Hubby and his brothers would have liked him and his wife to have spent a little more time here before they headed home.

I feel for Hubby because my family is intact and well. When we started dating he would come over for dinner with my family and we would all sit at the table and eat together and then either sit in the same room and watch television together or pull our a board game or card game and all spend the evening together. That was something he never remembered his family doing and relished coming to my parents home for the evening. Sometimes I wish I could change his childhood and memories and give him that experience but then he wouldn't be the man he is today that I love so much.

You hear so much that children of divorce, more often than not, end up divorced themselves because they didn't have the example of a good marriage modeled to them. I worried about that for a long time when we started to date seriously until one day he told me that he never wanted to divorce in his life because he saw what it did to his family, and he and his brothers, and would never want that to happen to his family. Since then he's said it multiple times and uses my family as an example in his life. He's learned from them a life lesson... you may not always get along or agree with everything, but you have to compromise and work together even when things are tough. If you can get through the tough stuff, there's always beauty on the other side of it.

Hubby and I are so different in so many ways. He's and extrovert and likes to be the life of a party, I'm the quiet one visiting off to the side trying not to draw attention to myself. He's the last born and I'm the first, he's the one that's ready for bed early and I like to go to bed late and sleep in, he's the spender and I'm the saver, and those are just a few of our differences. Sometimes it's hard to see how two people who are so different can work together so well, but I feel like that's where God has some humor and where God allows us to compliment each other. It remains that we both vow to love God and follow Jesus together until our mission here is complete.

We've had our situations and shortcomings, we've fallen and had a major struggle along the way, but with God's help we always find our way through these things together and better for it. We have determination to stick it through the tough stuff no matter how hard it is, how much it hurts, or how many times we have to step down and say "I'm sorry." God intended that if a man needed a companion that he be joined with one woman for life so that he not fall to the desires of the world.

I'm happy to say that 13 yrs of marriage for me has been good. I dearly love my Hubby, he makes me laugh, drives me crazy, and he's handsome too :) All those year together seem so much shorter, guess they say time flies when you're having fun!