fooled by the small print

I must be a bit out of practice.. I went into CVS today for just a few items that I saw in this weeks ad without checking out other bloggers or Hot Coupon World first….

I THOUGHT I was going to get 2 ECB’s for buying my gallon of milk… but I totally missed the whole section below it in the ad that states that you need to ALSO buy 4 boxes of cereal. 😦

Here’s what my ad said:

Milk 2.79

2 Extra Care Bucks

=.79

“It’s like getting your mild for .79!

Then down below it, there’s a sale on cereal 4/$10 and THEN a statement about the 2 ECB’s WHEN YOU BUY BOTH in small print.

Well, I am a bit annoyed about this… it was VERY misleading if you ask me!

Anyway…

The Crest Pro Health deal worked just fine

I bought 2 Crest Pro Health for 2.88 each used a .75 off coupon and a $1 off coupon…and earned $4 ECB’s =.01 OOP for both!!!

I also picked up a raincheck for the FREE after ECB’s Edge Shave Gel.

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Not much to tell

I don’t know what it is, but I’m just not getting thrilled about any CVS/Walgreens deal lately. I can’t wait for some great ECB offers.

Seems like there are some good deals coming up soon on Easter stuff… but we don’t do the whole Easter basket thing in my house anymore (what do bunnies laying eggs have to do with Jesus dying on the cross anyway??).   But here’s a sneak peak at next week’s ad anyway:Sneak Peak

I am happy to report that I earned another 10 FREE ECB’s for completing a CVS Advisor Survey a few weeks ago, so that will come in handy on some of my basic needs this week like toilet paper. 🙂

I did run to Publix this week on Monday… but didn’t have any super good buys worth mentioning. I’m still maintaining my under $50/week grocery budget, but my kids are starting to get bored with the Frosted Flakes and Granola Bars that are  still stuffing my stockpile!

Anyway.. sorry I didn’t have much to say today.. I’ve been busy working on my business website this week. I finally started a business blog today… I don’t know why I never did it before!!! Check it out if you’re interested in photography and you live in the N. Florida area. 🙂 www.memoriescaptured.wordpress.com

Have a nice week!

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Someone likes me. ;)

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I just discovered that Lynn over at Mom’s Loot has included me in her list of favorite bloggers and passed along this award to me!

*blush blush

Thanks so much Lynn!

I guess I’m supposed to list 7 things and blogs I love for you.

7 Things I LOVE:

1. Jesus Christ my savior, my Lord, and my friend!

2. My family.. of course. 😉

3. My Golden Retriever Lucky Star. (see photo)

4. laying in a hammock. (on my wish list for mother’s day)

5. watching lightning

6. keeping a prayer journal

7. music that makes my soul sing.

7 of my Favorite Blogs

(not all are frugal, but they are creative!)

1. Fiddledeedee- awesome Publix matchups I check here many times a week.

2. Kingdom First Mom– she’s probably won lots of awards and won’t even notice this one, but I love all of her site.

3. To Love Honor and Vacuum- a great blogger & author

4. The Musings of Joanna Reyburn- not a “frugal” blog.. but a very interesting woman.. I love following her musings.. she has a heart for Jesus just like me. 🙂

(Johanna- if you come here and check out this award.. please visit my other blog where i write more about my walk with the Lord instead of saving money. 😉

5. Biblical Womanhood– a site I check often to keep me a balanced wife!

6. God’s Divine Design– this is my sister in law’s brand new photography blog!! (I’m a photographer too by the way!!)

(shameless self plug goes here:)

7.Our Daily Blessing- Life – this is an online friend of mine who is blogging through her battle with cancer and her son’s lifelong health battles.

Thanks again Lynn! 🙂

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So.. if I listed you here, grab the award at the top of this post and forward it on!!!

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List in Hand….

At Publix today I’ve prepared my shopping list online again.

Shopping List

Bakery

Muffins, 4-Count
Using FLIP $2/$5 Bakery coupon
Lender’s Bagels Buy 1 Get 1 FREE1
Sourdough Round French Bread
Using FLIP Bakery Coupon from above

Produce

Florida Grape Tomatoes Buy 1 Get 1 FREE1
Using $2/$5 FLIP Produce Coupon

Trop50 Orange Juice Beverage .Buy 1 Get 1 FREE1 -$1 recent insert

Florida Strawberries3 FOR $5.00
Part of my Produce deal for the FLIP

Grocery

Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper Buy 1 Get 1 FREE1
$1/3 IP- Get 6 boxes.. use 2 q’s=  .66 a box!

Classico Pasta Sauce2 FOR $4.00

$1/2 IP

2.00

Knorr Sides Buy 1 Get 1 FREE1
75/2 recent insert coupon
Dole Fruit, Gel, or Parfait Bowls Buy 1 Get 1 FREE1
$1/2 IP
Del Monte Fresh Cut Vegetables  79¢
.75 off 50% less salt = .04 each!

0.79

Keebler Cookies Buy 1 Get 1 FREE1

Entenmann’s Little Bites .Buy 1 Get 1 FREE1

Chef Boyardee.89¢

Dairy

Yoplait Yogurt Buy 1 Get 1 FREE1
1.50 IP (print 2!) = both FREE!

Meat

Whole Chicken
79¢ lb

And of course, I’ll use a CVS $10/50 or $5/30 leftover in my binder from the past. (My Publix honors expired $/$ competitor q’s)

Next I’ll run by CVS for:

(I live in a limited area with a smaller weekly ad)

2 Gallons of Milk $3 each= 6.00 (I will earn 2 ECB’s)

2 bottles of Dawn dish soap= $2 ( I will earn 1 ECB)

Coupons used:

$1 dawn from home mailer

.50 dawn recent insert

5 ECB from last week

Spend 1.50 Earn 3 ECB.

(Yes, I know I’m “losing ECB’s here, but I’m happy with spending them for milk!!!)

Then I’ll skip by Walgreens and pick up:

Pepsi 12 packs…

They are on sale 3/$10.92  and there’s a Walgreens Flyer q for B3G1. So I’m going to pick up 5.

Why 5? Because in addition to the Walgreens Coupon I’ve printed out 2 of the Diet Pepsi B2G1 coupons!

Buy 3 get 1= 4 rung up at register

those 4 are good towards 2 more free!

total money= 8.42 for 5 12 packs!

(i’ll be using my gift card so this will be free to me)

UPDATE! Receipts now in hand too!

Publix: Savings- 139.94  Spent 84.09!!!

CVS- Spent 8 ECB NO CASH… earned 3 ECB back  and will be drinking FREE MILK all week!

Walgreens: also mixed in a Flintstone Vitamin stacking deal ($2 off in this week’s ad, $1 recent insert, and $1 off Walgreens Coloring Book!) Spent a total of 16.07.. all on my gift card from January’s rebates!

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Back in the Saddle at Publix

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Whewwwww… it’s really been awhile since I’ve “shopped”. Quite literally I don’t think I’ve been shopping more than once since mid. February. (Last week I made a run on Walmart since I had no coupons nor any time to look online for deals and spent a whopping $170 including new towels and other misc. stuff)

So, with only last Sunday’s paper worth of coupons in hand (along with some I printed last night) I managed to weave myway through the aisles and still managed to save more than I spent. 🙂

I must admit though, that I haven’t had time to “file” my coupons or even organize them… so this trip was NOT EASY!!! I really appreciate my coupon binder during times like this! I’ve got to get back to organizing my coupons before my next grocery trip!

Anyway.. a few of my favorite deals this week were:

Publix cola – On Sale 2/$1 Use Food Lion $1/3 and get 3 for .50! (this link will only let you print once, but it gives you the option to change the number you print out! Make sure you get a few!)

Kelloggs Frosted Flakes ON SALE BOGO. I also found peelies for BOGO on any Kellogg’s cereal… peeled it and combined them for 2 FREE boxes!!

Hillshire Farms Deli Meat 3.99  – .55 Recent insert stacked with -1 Target Printable=2.44

* near my Hillshire Farms section were some blinkies for the following: FREE LAYS wyb Hillshire Farms & Sara Lee Bread. My Sara Lee bread is marked down to 1.99 and I needed bread anyway so I also did this deal!

* On my FREE LAYS was a peelie for $1 off wyb Lays and Lays dip. So I grabbed a dip for $1 less than usual. 🙂

Oreo Cookies BOGO Used $1 off wyb Nabisco cookies & Milk peelie I grabbed back in February. (used 2 of these since we buy 2 gallons of milk a week and the cookies were BOGO anyway!)

Hellman’s Mayo BOGO used 2 IP’s ($1 off- PRINT 2!) got both jars for $2.99 = 1.49 each.

Ken’s Dressing  BOGO a favorite in our house… used this Sunday’s inser Q $1/2 = 2.19/2=1.09 each

Idahoan Mashed Potatoes ON SALE .50 each Buy 3 use .75 off IP q= 3/.75!!!  (we’ve never had these before, but for that cheap I’m gonna try them!)

Well, those are the ones I remember the most! Overall I came home with a receipt today that reads:

Total Spent: 71.44

Total Saved 79.24!!!

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Moving+Shopping=NO TIME!!!

Sorry I’m not able to post!!!! We are in the  process of moving and getting settled into our new home! No time to shop let alone blog!!!

I hope to be back sometime next week!!

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CVS Plan 2/9/09

xtracarelogo1I haven’t been to CVS in awhile now! To be honest, the deals haven’t been that great lately, and I’m about to expire a 10ECB so… here’s my plan for today.

4- 12 packs Coke (2 day coupon) $11

4 boxes Wheat Thins $4

1- Gillette Fusion Razor  $7.99

Subtotal: 22.99

Coupons:

$4.00 My coke Rewards coupons (4x$1)

$4.00 Wheat thins ($2/2 x2 found at Publix)

$4.00 Gillete Fusion Razor recent insert

New Subtotal: 10.99

Pay with 10 ECB and .99 plus tax.

Earn 4 ECB

I am in the cherry picker stages, so I really don’t buy things I don’t need. My stockpile is already full most things!

I will also keep my eye out for the following deals:

Mylanta Ultimate Strength Cherry ringing up at 3.65  (use $2 q here) Earn $3 ECB= 1.35 moneymaker! Learn more Here

CVS cotton rounds makeup remover pads 25 ct. (upc 0 50428 08619 3) .99 Buy 2 Earn $2ECB= .02 moneymaker! Learn more Here (this deal is even better if you have a CVS skincare coupons!)

UPDATE:

Actual Purchase today:

4 Coke 12 packs

2 Wheat Thins

1 Gillete Fusion Gamer Razor

1 Mylanta Ultimate cherry

Subtotal: 24.74

Coupons & ECB spent:  24.74

tax: .37 OOP

EARNED: 7 ECB

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