I've been trying to clean out our computer/junkroom this week. It's not going so great. A few minutes ago I knocked over one of my favorite pieces of junk, an old cast iron and glass gumball machine. Oh, and somehow I managed to cut myself on the leg in the process. I couldn't face cleaning it up right away so I sat down to compose myself and this post. Just shoot me.
Cheap by Choice is a fellow couponing, deal-seaking blogger, and she's having a coupon giveaway. Whether you're an avid couponer, or just getting started, you should check it out. Go here for more info. Good luck!
I came across this post from Coupon Mommie today and it reminded me of the gift baskets I made for Mother's Day and forgot to tell you about. Knowing that our mothers and my Nana have just about everything they need, it's sometimes hard to figure out what to buy them for occasions such as Mother's Day, so this year I made them gift baskets from my stockpile. I know for instance that my Nana likes to use Dove products, so when CVS has deals on Dove, I stock up. I've forgotten exactly what I put into each of them, but it's stuff like shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, body wash, lotion, soap, razors, and deodorant. Gifts like these always seem to be appreciated and I think many people like getting gifts that are useful. The Dollar Tree has a pretty good selection of baskets and plastic containers, and shredded paper to use as filler, as well as gift basket wrapping kits, which contain one clear plastic bag and a "pull bow" for a dollar each. So, if you've started couponing and don't know what to do with all of the stuff in your stockpile, try making some gift baskets!
Better late than never, right? I actually had the menu plan mostly done last night, but forgot about posting it till now. I really got into planning the menu this week and decided to just go ahead and plan meals for the next month. That's right, I have a month's worth of meals planned. After I get this posted I'm gonna go ahead and type up the next few week's menus so I won't be late getting it done again.
Meals for the week of Monday, June 15 - Sunday, June 21
Monday 6/15 Breakfast - Cereal Lunch - Chinese buffet Supper - Mini meatloaf, mashed potatoes, baby lima beans
I'm getting better at this couponing thing. I just thought I would share last week's CVS trips with y'all.
Transaction 1 1 Bayer Contour meter on sale for $14.99, regular price $79.99 had a coupon making it free. (Gonna give it away). 2 Dawn dish soaps 2/$2, used a $.50 coupon and a $.25 coupon. Earned $6.00 Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) Used $2 ECBs Total out of pocket (OOP) $1. 05 in taxes Saved $83.97
Transaction 2 1 Gillette Fusion razor sale $7.99, regular $9.99, used a $4.00 coupon 1 King sized Hershey's candy bar $1.00, used "free coupon" up to $.85 1 Hershey's Bliss sale $3.50, use $1.00 coupon 3 Reese's Select Clusters $3.50 each, used 3 $1.00 coupons Earned $9.00 ECBs Used $11 ECBs OOP $3.98 Saved 27.60
Transaction 3 Dove body wash, sale $7.00, regular $8.69, used $1.25 coupon Dove shampoo , sale $4.00, regular $4.99, used $1.00 coupon Dove conditioner, sale $4.00, regular $4.99, used $1.00 coupon Dove deodorant,sale 2/$5.00, regular $3.49 each, used $1.50 coupon Earned $10.00 ECBs for buying Dove Used $10.00 ECBs OOP $5.95 Saved 20.40
Transaction 4 Febreze Noticeables, sale $7.00, regular $8.49, used $1.00 coupon Febreze Air Effects, sale $2.00, regular $3.29, used $.50 coupon M&M's King size, sale $1.00, regular $1.59 M&M's regular size, sale $.67, regular $.89 Used $10.00 ECBs Earned $5.00 ECBs OOP $.29 Saved $14.09
Transaction 5 4 - 12 pack Coke products, regular $4.79, sale $3.25 each Earned $3.00 ECBs for buying 4 Used $5.00 ECBs OOP $8.56 Saved $11.16
Total OOP for all CVS transactions - $19.83 Total saved for all CVS transactions -$146.06 (I think all my math was right!)
*Edit* Shelby asked why I did so many transactions, so I thought I would explain that. It's to "roll" the Extra Care Bucks (ECBs). ECBs are "$ off your next purchase" coupons that CVS gives you for purchasing certain items, and ideally, you want to use them to purchase items that give you more ECBs. I started out with $14 ECBs that I already had from last week's transactions. On transaction 1, I used $2 ECBs but earned $6 more, so that put me up to $18 ECBs. Transaction 2 I used $11, but earned $9 more, so tht put me at $16ECBs, and so on. When you break up your transactions, it gives you more chances to use the ECBs you have to earn more, which results in getting a huge discount by using the ECBs. I don't know if that made it any clearer, but you can email me if any of you have questions. I'm no expert though. If you're interested in couponing, check out Hot Coupon World. You have to join the site, but it's free and SOOOO worth it. Once you join, click the Forums tab at the top, scroll down to Swingin' Deals and click Drug Stores, then click on the CVS subforum. There is tons of information about how to get good deals at CVS there. There are forums for just about every grocery and drug store out there, and they're always updated with the current deals. I've found it really helpful to see how others "coupon", Yeah, I'm so adjective, I verb nouns. toothpastefordinner.com
Around here we really like chocolate and peanut butter. Actually I'm pretty sure I've posted a couple of other peanut butter and chocolate related recipes. Mr. McHacker has been gone a lot lately and I wanted to make something yummy for him to come home to tomorrow. I think he'll enjoy it, I know I will. I hope y'all have a happy Friday and a great weekend.
Yeah I've been neglecting the blog a lot lately. I have some things I keep meaning to post and just haven't. Maybe I'll get around to it someday. But anyway, This post is to tell you about a funny blog I've been reading for a couple of months. It's called List of the Day, and it's frakkin' hilarious. If you're sensitive to foul language or vulgarity, don't click it. If you're sick and twisted like me and so many others, click and enjoy. I was reading this one today and literally laughed out loud like 18 times it was so funny. Just wanted to share the funny with any of you who wanted it. Hope you're having a great week.