Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

I hope everyone is enjoying their time with friends and family.  My family actually did all of our traveling last weekend, so we have spent a wonderful last couple of days just "being" in my house.  Yesterday my girls, husband and I cooked and baked all day long with a very short break in which we tackled the yard as a family.  It was absolutely the perfect day.  My husband and I have this rhythm when we work together that is more like a force, and my girls are always right in the middle of everything.  I have felt thankful for every moment and memory.

While enjoying yesterday it was bittersweet knowing that our homeless friends were out in the cold.  I know that there was an overflow of people out feeding and providing fellowship though, so I was content to stay home and enjoy our time. 

Unfortunately, I have not really seen an super deals to report this week.  Of course I will be posting my tally, but in all honesty I have been making turkey soup to pass out tomorrow and I am afraid that I will not have a great deal other than that to contribute. 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Week 16 - End of Week Tally

I've had a fantastic shopping week.  The pantry is stocked and I was able to score more than a few free turkeys.  Just makes sense that our homeless friends should feel some of that love too:

12 Progresso Soup - My Cost $0, Sales Price $11.88 See how here
2 Ronzoni Pasta - My Cost $0, Sales Price $1.49 See how here
2 Beneful Dog Treats - My Cost $0, Sales Price $4.29 See How Here
1 Turkey - Not Pictured because already donated to Operation Standdown Huntsville for their Thanksgiving Dinner nor will I be adding it to my end totals.
2 Suave Deo - My Cost $0, Sales Price $1.99
10 Campbell's Condensed Soup - My Cost $4.25, Sales Price $6.65 for 10.  I used 2 $.40/3 Campbells from and 1 $.40/4 manufacturer.

End of Week 16 Totals:

My Cost:  $4.25
Products:  $26.30

Running Tally - End of Week 16
My Cost:  $81.48
Products:  $449.56

Thursday, November 21, 2013

How To Use Your $10/$50 Target Coupon at Publix - Part 2

Our goal here is always to get the price of our products before coupons close to $50.00.  Truly, you want your products to be close to $40, so then you get to use the $10 off coupon like free money.  Combine that with Money-Makers (MM) and you can buy all sorts of things for your household for free.  I am going to post my particular shopping trip today (which did not go quite as planned) and refer everyone to this weeks matchup at I Heart Publix.  Keep in mind that there are regional differences in store prices and newspaper inserts, so you always have to keep on your toes.

Here is a list of what I bought and the coupons I used:

4 TRESemme products - $4.49 each.  I used 2 $3/2 Clear Scalp or TRESemme Publix coupon from the pink grocery flyer AND $5/2 TRESemme from the 11/17 Sunday paper.  Register price is $19.16 for 4, My Cost $1.96 for 4.

2 Chinet Napkins - BOGO $2.19.  I used 2 of the $1/1 Chinet Product.  This coupon will be emailed to you, then you can print it twice.  Register price is $2.19 for 2, My Cost $.19 for 2.

2 Sabra Hummus - BOGO $3.99.  I used 2 $1/1 Publix coupons from All the Trimmings AND 2 $1/1 Sabra products.  Register price is $3.99 for 2, My Cost $-.01 MM for 2.

2 I Can't Believe It's Not Butter - BOGO $3.29.  I used 2 $1/1 ICBINB Publix coupons emailed from Best Meals Happen at Home AND 2 $.35/1 ICBINB from the 11/17 Sunday paper.  Register price is $3.29 for 2, My Cost $-.11 MM for 2.

2 Wishbone Salad Dressing - BOGO $2.65.  I used 2 $1/1 Wishbone Publix coupon emailed from Best Meals Happen at Home AND 2 $.50/1 Wishbone.  Register price is $2.65, My Cost is $-1.35 MM for 2.

2 ALL Detergents - 2 for $7.  I used 2 $.75/1 Publix coupons from All the Trimmings AND $2/2  ALL from 11/3 Red Plum insert.  Register price is $7.00 for 2, My Cost is $3.50 for 2.

1 Domino Sugar - $1.99.  I used 1 $.50/1 Domino Sugar.  Register price is $1.99, My Cost is $.99.

 2 Duncan Hines Decadent Cake Mixes - BOGO $2.79.  I used 2 $1/1 Duncan Hines Decadent cake from All the Trimmings AND $.35/1 Duncan Hines.  Register Price is $2.79, My Cost is $-.61MM.

 At this point my Register Total was $41.86, but since I had $-2.08 in MM, I was going to grab some meat.  It didn't happen.  I had my 3 girls, they got hungry, tired and we needed to LEAVE.  I grabbed bread, we already had the Ritz, and lunch meat then headed to the register.

 Order Total  $.52

Grand Total with Tax $3.31, with $69.51 savings

I hope this helps some of you out.  Don't forget to visit I Heart Publix or a similar site before you go shopping!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Money-maker Nail Polish and TRESemme at CVS

I promised a CVS scenario for peanut butter and here it is.  I walked into CVS this morning to scan my card at the big red machine and check nail polish prices.  And what did my wondering eyes appear!!!  A $2/$10 Nail, Lip and Eye coupon AND $3 off any TRESemme purchase.  Wow.  I then headed over to see how much TRESemme was and it's on clearance for $3.74! Combine that with my $5/2 coupon and it's a MM.  AND all Wet 'n Wild products are B1G1 50% off.   I noticed at the very bottom shelf they had polish for $.99 each, making each 2nd one $.50.   Combine that with my $1/1 Fergie, Wet n Wild coupons that's a MM!!!  Now I could definitely buy peanut butter!


I purchased everything in 1 transaction because I am saving my ECB for DreamLites!!!!  Here is the breakdown:

9 Wet 'n Wild Nail Polish - $.99
1 Wet 'n Wild Lip Gloss - $1.99
1 TRESsemme Shampoo - $3.74
1 TRESsemme Shampoo - $3.74
4 Skippy Peanut Butter - $10 (Receive $3 ECB when you buy $10 worth)

The register automatically deducted $.50 for 5 of the Wet n' Wild products.  I know, if I had bought 10 nail polishes it would have been cheaper, but I have 3 little girls and wanted to put 3 polishes in each of their stockings.  Also, I wanted to try the lip gloss for myself.  Total price for all Wet n' Wild was $8.40 before coupons or $3.60 MM after coupons.  The total price for the TRESsemme shampoo before coupons was $7.48 or $.52 MM after coupons.

I then used:

$2/$10 Nail, Lip, Eye etc. CVS coupon from red coupon machine
10 $1/1 Wet 'n Wild/Fergie etc. from 11/17 Red Plum insert.
$3/1 TRESemme CVS coupon from red coupon machine
$5/2 TRESemme from 11/17 Red Plum insert
4 $1/1 Skippy from 11/17 Smart Source insert

Total Price for everything was $3.95 with tax BUT I received a $3 ECB. 

Happy Shopping!!!

How To Use Your $10/$50 Target Coupon at Publix - Part 1

I posted earlier to run and get Sunday's paper because of the $10/$50 Target coupon but I didn't really elaborate on why for those of you that are just starting out couponing.  The reason behind that is because there are so many fantastic deals going on right now not only can you stock up on things like shampoo and deodorant, but if you play your cards right you can end up getting a free turkey or anything else you need for your home!  The trick is to have your total at the register ring up as close to $50.00 as possible BEFORE you hand them your stack of coupons.  It's intimidating at first I know (and quite frankly scary if you're on a tight budget) but if you take your time, write down what you're going to buy, and refrain from picking up "extras" you can really start making your money stretch at the grocery store.  Since the Holidays are upon us and we could all use a little extra cash, I will start posting more of the deals that will hopefully help out.  Remember, you only have until 11/23 to use this one!

TRESemme Hair Spray, Mouse and Shampoo are $4.49.  Use 1 $3/2 Clear Scalp or TRESemme Publix coupon AND $5/2 TRESemme from the Sunday paper.  That makes each one $.49!  There is a limit of 2 coupons for this one, but you can also print $2/1 TRESemme from to get around this (thanks for the tip!)  That will make 2 bottles $.98 each.

Sundown Natural Vitamins are $3.59+.  Use $5/2 Sundown Publix coupon from the Health and Beauty flyer AND $1/1 Sundown from the 11/3 Red Plum insert. There is also a digital Publix coupon available to load.  That makes each bottle $.09+ depending on what you buy.

Ending Today

Suave Deodorant is $1.99 BOGO.  Use 2 $.25/1 Suave Deo from Sunday's paper AND $1/2 Suave products Publix couon from the Health and Beauty Flyer.  FREE, but the limit is 2 unless you use print 2 more coupons from

Beneful Dog Treat $4.29 BOGO.  Use 1 BOGO Beneful from Sundays paper AND 1 BOGO Beneful Publix coupon from All the Trimmings.  This is a possible $4.29 money maker depending on how your store rings up the coupon, but at the very least it is FREE.

Prego Spaghetti Sauce $3.39 BOGO.  Use $.40/2 Prego from the newspaper that will double making each jar $1.30 each.

Mt. Olive Pickles or Relish $2.39 BOGO.  Use 2 $.50/1 Mt. Olive Pickles making each jar $.20.

Campbell's Cream of Chicken $1.33 BOGO.  Use $.40/3 Campbell's from  Buy 6 and use 2 of the $.40/3 to pay $.40 a can.

Part 1 - Scenario/Deal Idea

1.  Buy 4 TRESemme for $4.49.  Use 2 Publix coupons and 2 manufacturer.  Your cost $1.96, Register Price is $17.96.

2.  Buy 4 Beneful Dog Treats.  Use 2 Publix and 2 manufacturer.  Your cost is $0, Register Price is $8.58.

3.  Buy 2 Suave Deo.  Use 1 Publix and 2 manufacturer.  Your cost $0, Register is $1.99.

4.  Buy 2 Sundown Natural Vitamins.  (example is Melatonin for $3.99 each.) Use 1 Publix and 2 manufacturer.  Your cost $.98 for 2, Register price is $7.98.

5. Buy 2 Mt. Olive Pickles.  Use 2 manufacturer coupons.  Your cost $.39, Register is $2.39.

At this point the Register Total is $38.90.  This means what the cashier is going to ring everything up as before your coupons.  Now, this is where you have to spend an extra $11.10 to get to your $50 goal.  You can do 1 of 2 things at this point.  1.  You can buy meat, milk, or cheese or something you need for the week. OR 2. You can make your money stretch even further by buying things you have coupons for such as Campbell's and Prego.  This will make your total lower, but since it is Thanksgiving, lets say that we bought $11.10 of a $.59/lb Publix Young Turkey.  You have now reached $50 at the register you give the cashier your $10/$50 Target coupon first (that is important!), then all of your other coupons, do not forget to enter your phone number for your digital coupons.

Register Price $50.00
Out of Pocket Price $3.33 + tax !!!!!! 
  (If your store actually deducts the Beneful coupons as $4.29 instead of $2.15, your total will  actually  be -$5.25.  Yes, they will have to pay YOU $5.25.)

I will be posting a Part 2 Scenario in the next day or so to match with the new Publix ad. 

Happy Shopping!!!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Week 16 - What I Bought at Publix Today

6 Beneful Dog Treats - My Price (-12.87 for 6), Sales Price $12.87 for 3.  Used 3 Publix BOGO Beneful dog treats from All the Trimmings AND 3 BOGO Beneful dog treats from
the 11/17 Smart Source insert.

2 Simply Potatoes - My Price $.19, Sales Price $2.69 BOGO.  Used 1 Publix $1/2 Simply Potatoes from All the Trimmings AND 2 $.75/1 Simply Potatoes.

2 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta - My Price $0, Sales Price $1.49 BOGO. Used 2 $.75/1 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta.

12 Progresso Soup - My Price $5.88 for 12, Sales Price $11.88 for 12 or $1.98 BOGO.  Used 6 of the $.50/2 Progresso Soup manufacturer coupon from the 11-10 Smart Source insert.

2 Mt. Olive Pickles - My Price $.29 for 2, Sales Price $2.29 BOGO.  Used 2 $.50/1 Mt. Olive pickles from today's paper.

1 17.63lb Publix Turkey.  My Price $10.40, Sales Price $10.40 or $.59/lb.

I also bought some other miscellaneous things today - 3 gallons of distilled water for $3.24, coffee for $3.49, and sugar for $3.29 JUST to get my total to $50.00.  I was then able to use my $10/$50 Target coupon.

After tax, I paid $7.75 for everything!!!  The soup, the pasta, the dog treats and the turkey are all for our homeless friends.  A great start to the week!!!

Also, a huge thank you to and  Without their posts I could not do what I do!

Week 16 - Run and Buy a Sunday Newspaper Now

Alright guys, this is an AWESOME week for getting newspapers.  Personally, I high-tailed it to the Dollar Tree first thing this morning and picked up 10.  Let me tell you why:

1.  There is a $10 off $50 Target coupon in the Target insert in today's paper.  This can be used toward your total purchase at Publix. 

2.  There is a BOGO Beneful dog treats coupon in the Smart Source insert.  Currently at Publix Beneful dog treats are BOGO 4.29 AND you can stack this coupon with the Publix BOGO coupon in the "All the Trimmings" coupon book at the kiosk.  This is a  $4.29 MONEY MAKER guys!!!!!

3.  There is a $.50/1 Mt. Olives pickle coupon that pairs nicely with the current Mt. Olive BOGO $2.29 sale.  Use 2 of the $.50/1 coupons which will double to make your final price $.29 for 2.

4.  There are multiple other excellent coupons including a  $1/1 Skippy Peanut Butter coupon that can be used for a nice deal at CVS and possibly in the next Publix deal I will post about later.

Even if you don't like to coupon, the $10/$50 Target coupon is totally worth the cost of a paper!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Week 15 - End Of Week Tally

What you see before you my friends is 30 cans of soup - cream ofs to be exact.  Since
 Latham UMC CDC did such a wonderful job helping us have food for the next few weeks, I wanted to buy as much as possible to make that continue to stretch.  Not so easy on a $5/week budget and no money makers to speak of!

I bought the soups in 2 different rounds because I only had 5 of the $.40/2 coupons left, then had to use the $.40/4 ones.  The breakdown is this:

10 Campbell's cream ofs - My Cost $.70 ($.07/each), Sales Price $6.65 or BOGO ($.67/each).  I used 2 of the $1/5 Publix coupons and 5 of the $.40/2 Campbell's manufacturer that each doubled.  Crazy how much that went down with quantity.

20 Campbell's cream ofs - My Cost $5.30 ($.27/each), Sales Price $13.30 or BOGO ($.67/each).  I used 4 of the $1/5 Publix coupons and 5 of the $.40/4 manufacturer coupons that doubled.

End of Week 15 Totals:

My Cost:  $6.00
Products:  $20.10

Running Tally - End of Week 15
My Cost:  77.23
Products:  423.26
*****Disclaimer - No cans were harmed in the taking of this picture.  It's a good thing photography is not my job!!!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Another Huge Thank You

I had to mention my huge THANK YOU to Latham UMC the other day for their fantastic food drive, cards and just continued support with the Help Our Homeless Veterans and Citizens organization.  Little did I know that Monday morning there would be even MORE cans of soup and cases of ramen that they collected.  Another 50+ cans of soup AND more cases of ramen.  You guys have been just extraordinary through all of this.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for making things just a little easier for our homeless friends over the next few weeks knowing that they will have healthy food to eat.  You guys are fantastic.

Week 15 - What I Will Be Picking Up

I know, with me it's always Publix, Publix, Publix.  I can't help it.  It is the cheapest place to shop.  But don't veer from your list or get too comfortable because you can also spend too much on an item not on sale too.  Anyway.....there are some fantastic deals going on at Publix this week and here is what I will be picking up for myself and our homeless friends:

Campbell's Condensed Soup - still $1.33 BOGO yeah!!!  Unfortunately TODAY is the last day to take full advantage of this sale.  Use $1/5 Campbell's condensed soup Publix coupon AND $.40/4 Campbell's condensed soup manufacturer coupon (exp. 1/15/14).  I am officially out of the $.40/2 coupon that was available and used them all earlier in the week.  So, if you only buy 5, your price will be $.31/can.  If you buy more to make the coupons match to 20 (use 4 of the Publix and 5 of the manufacturer) then your price per can is $.27.  Since we confirmed last weekend that our homeless friends love the "cream ofs" this is what I will be focusing on this week.

Progresso Soup - BOGO $1.99.  Use $.50/2 Progresso Soup (exp 11/16 or 12/14).  There is also a $.50/2 Progresso soup at  This obviously doubles and makes each can $.49 wyb 2.  I will probably take advantage of this for our homeless friends next week before the new ad comes out.  There is also a $.50/2 Upromise deposit as well - I love money for the babies!!!

Del Monte Vegetables - BOGO $1.25.  Use $.50/4 Del Monte Canned Veg (exp 2/1/14).  This makes each can $.37 wyb 4.  I think this is a decent price for canned veg.  I'm going to pick up the hubs some cream corn because he loves it, but we don't normally buy a lot of canned veg because I put up what I grow in my garden.

Ronzoni Pasta - BOGO $1.49.  Use 2 $.75/1 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest to make the 2 boxes FREE.  I will definitely be picking up 2 for our homeless friends because my family does not like it but they are FREE.

Capri Sun 100% Juice boxes - BOGO $3.99.  Use 2 of the $1/1 Capri Sun from to make them just $.99 each.  That is a heck of a deal for 100% juice boxes.

Purina Cat Chow 3.15lb bag - BOGO $5.49.  Sounds a little high I know, BUT you can stack 2 Target $1/1 Purina Cat Chow coupons with 2 of the $1/1 Purina Cat Chow manufacturer coupons to make them $.74 each.  That is a great deal in my book! 

Prego 100% Spaghetti Sauce - BOGO $3.49.  Use the $.40/2 Prego Sauce manufacturer coupon that expires 1/15/14.  This makes each jar $1.35 - but it is the big jar - 48oz.  I really like to use these as a base when I make sauce then add my tomatoes and veg from the garden. 

Kibbles n Bits Dog Food - $3.99/ Bag - Ends Tomorrow!!!  I noticed this morning that there was a Target coupon for $1/1 Kibbles n Bits coupon.  Stack that with the $1.50/1 Kibbles manufacturer coupon and that makes each 4lb bag just $1.50.  Stock up quick.

Publix Young Turkey - $.59/lb.  These are frozen and at least 10lbs limit 2.  I will be running in to grab my 2 just to put in the freezer because this is the cheapest price I can remember ever seeing!  I cannot wait until the hubs fires up the smoker with one of those bad boys.  Yum, yum.

Happy Shopping!!!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Thank You Latham CDC!!!!!

I have to say a huge thank you to the teachers, parents and students at Latham United Methodist CDC!  I approached Ms. Traci and Ms. Lindsey with a can food drive for the Help Our Homeless Veterans and Citizens organization, and not only did they agree and organize a drive, but the students made cards to pass out to the Vets for Veterans Day.  The preschool alone collected over 75 cans of soup and multiple cases of Ramen.  Thank you guys for all of your support and help, especially the lovely cards.  They were very much appreciated!!!  And thank you also to Ms. Lindsey and all of you who continue to provide the empty containers for us to fill and pass out with clean water - our homeless friends ask for these week after week for cooking and their other needs.  You guys have helped make an awesome Veteran's Day weekend!

Week 14 - End of Week Tally

14 Yakisoba Noodles - My Price ($-.07), Sales Price $6.93
10 Spaghettios/Ravioli - My Price $3.31, Sales Price $11.50
2 Campbells Cream of Chicken - My Price $.30, Sales Price $1.33
3 Right Guard Deodorant - My Price ($-.51), Sales Price $8.49
I bought the Cream ofs as a test to see if everyone would actually like those to eat as soup.  They did!  Since this sale is still going on at Publix, I will be heading there to pick more up.  Please see here for how to do that:
End of Week 14 Totals:
My Cost:  $3.03
Products:  $28.25
Running Tally - End of Week 14
My Cost:  $71.23
Products:  $403.16

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Week 14 - The Game Plan

I have officially been to 2 different Wal-marts and will probably not score my MM I was hoping for.  Darn it!  I was really hoping to load up on hot dogs with that overage.'s a new week for Publix and here are a few things that I will be picking up for myself and our homeless friends:

Campbell's Cream of Mushroom, Chicken, etc. BOGO $1.33 - use the $1/5 Campbell's Publix ad coupon and stack with 2 $.40/2 Campbell's condensed (excluding cream of mushroom).  Or use 1 $.40/4 if you don't have the other.  Total cost is $.15/can.  Probably the best price we will see this season and a great thing to stock up on for those Thanksgiving food drives.

Betty Crocker Brownie Mix BOGO $2.59 - use the $1.5/2 BC Brownie Mix from the Publix ad and stack with $.75/2 BC brownie mix manufacturer coupon.  Total cost is $.17 each, BUT there is a Upromise deposit of $.75 when you buy two as well.  Money for the babies, yeah!!!!

Barilla Pasta BOGO $1.17 - use $.55/2 Barilla Target printable coupon.  Total cost is $.31 each.  I ALWAYS stock up on pasta on this BOGO.  It seems silly not to.

Halls Cough Drops BOGO $1.55 - use $1/2 Halls manufacturer.  Total cost $.23 each.  I'm thinking of grabbing a few of these for our friends since the weather is colder.

Spaghettios and Raviolis BOGO $1.47 - use $.40/3 Spaghettios printable coupon from  Total cost is $.47 each WYB 3.  I think that this is going to be my donation for the week because it is an entire meal.  Correction!!!!  The sale is BOGO $1.15, making them $.31 each when you use the coupon and buy 3.  Even better for my total!!!!!!

Happy Shopping!!!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Week 14 - Taking Advantage

Taking advantage.....of the new coupons from Sunday that is! 
Publix has the Yakisoba noodles on sale BOGO for $.99.  I had 7 of the $1/2 Maruchan or Yakisoba noodles making them ($-.07) My Price or $6.93 Sales Price.  This sale continues through tomorrow if you'd like to take advantage.
Publix also had a Right Guard Deo on Sale for $2.83.  I used 3 of the Publix $1.5/1 coupons, and 3 of the $1.50/1 Manufacturer coupons, making the 3 a $.51 Money Maker for myself, and the total price of deodorants$8.49.
My total cost beginning this week for 17 items is ($-.58).  I love weeks like this!!!!
My coupon buddy Russell who also coupons for the Help Our Homeless Veterans and Citizens said that there was a huge Money-maker (MM) at Wal-Mart with the $10/ 3 Gas X coupon from a couple weeks ago, and I still have some of the MM Schick coupons to use if I can ever find someone in stock!!!
I will be posting new Publix matchups or anything else of note early this week.

Week 13-End of Week Tally

Unfortunately I do not have a picture this week.  Yes, I seem to always be running behind lately!  What is interesting though is that I took advantage of all those BOGO sales on juice.  I was a little uneasy about how a full size juice would be received, but man you would have thought these people struck gold!  Originally I was thinking juice would be good because it would be continued nutrition.  Turns out it was awesome and I will definitely keep juice in mind going forward.

What I bought:

8 Mott's Apple Juice 64oz - My Price $.50ea, Cost $2.99 BOGO (used 8 $1/1 Mott's Juice)
6 Welch's Essential Juice Cocktail 64oz - My Price $..60 each, Cost $3.19 BOGO (used 6 $1/1 Welch's Essential Juice)

Total for the Week:

My Cost:  $7.60
Products:  $21.53

Running Tally - End of Week 13
My Cost:  $68.20
Products:  $374.91