Rite Aid Haul

I know that I go on and on about how wonderful Target it is, because it totally is. However, I know not everyone can make the trip to Target for groceries or other deals. So today, I went to Rite Aid to cash in on some deals I noticed from this week’s ad. It actually only took about 20 minutes because my deals actually matched EXACTLY how I wanted them. This never happens. I hope it’s a sign that better luck is coming! 

Here’s the coupons I used:

– Two .35 off Softsoap hand soap, Sunday paper coupon (on sale this week for .99)

– Four $1.00 off any Satin Care Shave Gel, Sunday paper coupon (regularly $2.99, $2.39 with Wellness Card)

– One $2.00 off Midol 20 count +, Sunday paper coupon (on sale this week for $5.49)

– One $2.00 off (1 week only!) Excedrin 24 count +, Sunday paper coupon (on sale this week for $5.49)

– Two $1.00 off Almay Products, Sunday paper coupon (40% off this week)

– Two .50 off Colgate manual toothbrush, Sunday paper coupon (on sale this week for $2.99 with a $2.00 Up Reward)

I also used a $3.00 Up Reward from a previous purchase and a $2.00 off any purchase of $20 or more from a previous purchase. Before coupons and Wellness rewards, I would have spent $50.78. But with $16.20 in Wellness savings and $16.70 in coupons, I only spent $17.88. That ends up being a 64% savings. Not too shabby! I also ended up with two $2.00 Up Rewards ($4) for a future purchase. So essentially, I spent $13.88!

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I really love saving money. I also learned today that my family is only $10.93 away from a $15 Up Reward due to a $100 worth of purchases in Rite Aids winter savings rewards. This ends Saturday, so you bet we’ll be hitting up Rite Aid to get that $15 off. Happy Savings!

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100 DIYs in 2014

I posted a while back that another one of my New Year’s resolutions was to DIY 100 products in 2014. I’m off to a slow start (life gets in the way sometimes!), but I wanted to share with you what I’ve made so far (other than my 2 posts…):

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(I made the small one here.)

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So far I’m up to #9. I need to get my head in the game…and I’m starting to wonder if I should include my Pinterest meals too? I mean, it is DIY!

Have you kept up with your New Year’s resolutions? Any fun crafts you’re trying? I’d love to hear it!

 

So tonight I did a little shopping…

Tonight my mama and I decided to head down to Salisbury so that we could both cash in on some deals and coupons we had recently received. I also needed to use some birthday rewards (love them. Sign up for as many as you can!!) and, of course, go to Target. I was not overwhelmed with the deals Target had on groceries, but they did have some good ones on beauty products. The few fresh groceries deals they had I gave to my Mom to accomplish tomorrow at Target. I’ll post more on that tomorrow if they end up the way I’m hoping. 

Here’s a picture of the items I bought at Target (minus the shelves I bought on sale for my new office. We’re moving on up at work, and I actually can fit some storage items in my new office! Is it sad that I’m excited about storage? Oh well.)

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Here’s how I got the deals:

4 King sized Twix- These ended up being $1.05 a piece. Print out 2 coupons from coupons.com for .50 off 2 Twix. Also add the Cartwheel from Target for Twix to your app. These are originally $1.24 a piece. Makes for a nice little gift.

3 Goldfish- These were on sale for 3 for $5. Print a coupon for .50 off 2 from target.com. They ended up being $2.82 for all 3. They’re usually $1.66 a piece. I love pizza Goldfish because I may secretly be a 6 year old.

Market Pantry Pasta- I messed up on this guy (whoops). Learn from my mistakes!! These are B3G1 (buy 3 get 1) free. There is a mobile coupon for $1 off of 2 that was sent to phones a few days ago. If you want to get these, text 827-438. They’ll sign you up. This will make all 4 pastas $2 total.

Beneful Healthy Smiles- My dog loves these. Print as many as you can off coupons.com. They are a $1.10 off of 1. Also print a .50 coupon off of target.com and add a 5% off Cartwheel as well. They will be $2.69 a piece, regularly $3.99.

Gold Bond lotion- Use a clipped coupon from a few weeks ago ($1.00 off 1) and print a Target coupon for $1.50 off of 1. Make sure it’s greater than 3 oz! I received mine for $1.99, and it was regularly $4.49.

U by Kotex- They are currently running a deal for buy 3 products, receive a $5 gift card. These isn’t a great deal, but I had $1 off coupons for 2 tampons and 1 box of pads. All together, this was $22.47, including the $5 gift card. I figure, ladies of the world, that we will use them for a while, so why not. This deal will vary depending on what coupons you find. I had cut these a few weeks ago and received one in the mail to use.

Colgate Optic White Toothbrush with Optic Whitening Gel Pen (x2)- This deal was pretty cool. This past Sunday the paper had a coupon for $3 off one of these. Target is also running a deal; purchase one of these, get a free toothpaste (which I need like a hole in the head, but that’s neither here nor there). If you have this coupon, also print a $1 off coupon from target.com. I also had a .50 off one Colgate item coupon as well. Stack these together and the toothbrush (with the whitening pen) and the toothpaste will come to $11.99 total. I had 2 $3 off coupons, so I got 2. The toothbrush itself is regularly $12.99!

Up and Up items- Target is one of the few stores out there that will do sales on their store products. I noticed a 10% off Cartwheel on my app that was available for up to 50 items. Usually, Cartwheels are only good for 4-10 items. I printed all the Up and Up coupons from the Target site. I perused the deals when I got to the store. I ended up getting cotton cleaning pads ($1.38, regularly $2.04), pads ($2.97, regularly $2.97), and 2 hand soaps (.44 a piece).

2 Neutrogena items- I found a coupon online for $3 for 2 items. I printed that just in case I found a good deal. I found one of my favorite face washes for $5.84 and my favorite lipgloss for $3.98. I also knew Checkout 51 (an app that allows you to scan your receipts and get cash back on certain items. It changes every week. It’s really cool- I encourage you to check it out) was running a $2 cash back on 2 items. These ended up being a pretty good deal with the sale, coupons, and cash back.

I also picked up a double pack of Vicks Dayquil and Nyquil on the sale rack for $10.28 total. I had a coupon for $1 that I had clipped in my coupon wallet for a situation like this. $9.28 for those two name brand meds is really good.

I always encourage people to clip coupons to have back just in case a good deal comes up. Here’s why:

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This Venus pack came with a razor, refill, and small shaving cream that was marked down to $6.28. I had a coupon I had cut a while back for $4 off any 1 non disposable razor. This all ended up being $2.28! I was so excited. I love finds like this. Always check out the sale racks at Target; you never know what you’ll find!

I ended up paying $80.27 and saved $53 and some change. I won’t always break down my deals like this, but since I actually went on a Monday and my haul was small, I wanted to share so y’all can have a chance to try things out!

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I also wanted to use some birthday coupons tonight. Victoria’s Secret sent me a $10 off an item $10 or more, so I got this perfume for free. I also got 2 pairs of free underwear (I get a coupon and so does my mom), but I decided not to post that. You’re welcome. I hit Platinum status back in December at Ulta, so I received a free Calvin Klein mascara ($18) and a $10 off any item in the store. I took advantage and bought the Naked 3 Urban Decay pallet, because you usually cannot get Urban Decay products with a coupon. It ended up being $42. Did I mention I already have the original Naked? Oops.

 

Happy Monday all 🙂 

 

Canvas DIY

If you’re like me (aka a total Pinterest junkie), you’ve seen the canvas with buttons on it in shape of a letter. I have a small sign I plan on doing that with. However, I wanted to do something different with a canvas I painted. I’ve been at a loss of what exactly to do. But then, one of my friends sent me an adorable picture of her daughter crafting. She had turned her back, and her daughter took the time to (cutely) cover herself in paint. This reminded me that crafting is supposed to be fun, not stressful. And what’s better than doing a craft that easy enough you can do with your child, but cute enough you can hang in your room to show off?

You will need:

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(It’s my party, and I’ll drink wine when I craft if I want to)

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-painted canvas
-sequin trim
-hot glue gun

I found my trim at Hobby Lobby on sale. I am attracted to anything shiny (or glittery, obviously), so I had to pick it up. I cannot sew, but I knew I’d figure out a use for this.

Take your glue gun, and start writing your chosen letter. Only do a little at a time so the glue doesn’t dry. Push the trim down into the glue as well, so it doesn’t end up peeling off. Keep going until your letter is finished!

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Quick Necklace DIY

So tonight I actually got dinner done, worked out, and got my lunch together for tomorrow in time to craft a little. I know. I was just as shocked as you are.

Sometimes I look through my DIY stash (or hoard, whatever you wanna call it) and get overwhelmed with what to do. I love stocking up with cool things from Michael’s when they do their big sales. Case in point, I found 4 flat (ish) charms with different words on them. They had holes on either side to make into bracelets but the damn things won’t lay right that way. So I got inspired to make one into a necklace with this cute key I’ve been holding onto. Did I mention I like keys? Anyway, this is what you’ll need:

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-chain
-jump rings
-pliers
-key
-charm
-clasp

First, take your chain and figure out what length you’d like your necklace to be. Cut the chain. Then attach your key with a jump ring at the end of your necklace.

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Then, a few inches above your key, decide the placement of your charm. Mine said “Love.” I know, totally adorable. Anyway, add the jump rings and attach it to the chain.

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Then, add your clasp and another jump ring for it to…clasp on to. You’re done!

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Another New Year’s resolution I had was to create 100 DIY projects in 2014. This will be #8. Eventually I’ll make a post with everything I have so far, so watch out for that!

Coupon haul, February 15, 2014

Y’all, it is not secret that I love couponing. People have made fun of my obsession and my posts on Facebook, but I don’t care. I think it’s so much fun and a challenge to get your money’s worth on various products. I also really like helping out my family. They put me through college and have gotten me where I am today, so the least I can do is save them some serious money on groceries.

This is everything I got today:

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This haul included 3 free 12 packs of Coke, 8 types of various dog treats, 4 jugs of Simply Orange OJ, 4 packages of Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes, a free large Tresemme Hair Spray, and various other toiletries and groceries. I paid $86.19 and saved a total of $103.78.   I mean, how cool is that?!

I get asked all the time how I save so much on my trips and manage to get things I will actually use. Before I reveal all those “secrets,” let me just rant for a second. “Extreme Couponing” has given a bad rap to coupons. First of all, this show (shocker!) is not realistic. Most of the time, rules have been bent for publicity. No store is going to let you use 50 coupons in a single transaction and pay you to walk out of the store. And seriously, who needs 500 mustards? It’s just silly. That’s why the more recent shows have been toned down so much on the savings and totals; they knew it wasn’t realistic and changed the way things went on the episodes. Ok, now that that’s done…

I love stores like Target because they have store coupons. If you go to target.com and click on clearance and then coupons, you will find quite a few coupons to be used on various products in the store. You can use a Target coupon and a manufacturers coupon (like you’d find in the Sunday paper and online) together for a higher level of savings. For instance, in this transaction, I purchased 2 Kashi cereals, which were on sale for $2.99 a piece. I had a manufacturer coupon for $1 off any 2 and a Target coupon for $1 off any 2. I used both, which allowed me to purchase 2 Kashi cereals for $3.98, or 1.99 a piece. Target also sends coupons to your cell phone which can be scanned straight from the Passcode App. on your Smart Phone for more savings. They also now have a Cartwheel app. This features various products on sale for a certain percent off specific products. This can be used in conjunction with manufacturer and store coupons for even more savings.

I get my coupons from a lot of different places; Sunday papers (which you can buy at stores if you don’t want to subscribe. You can also buy more than one if there are coupons you know you’d use multiples of), online websites (coupons.com is a favorite), websites of stores (like Target), product websites, and family/friends! You can print a coupon online up to 2 times per computer. I also recently found that there is a smart phone app for printing coupons straight to your wireless printer for even more savings! If you see a coupon online but can’t find a good sale for that product, print it anyway! You never know when you may be out and about and score a huge deal. This also allows you to build a stock pile; more on mine later!

I also love to follow blogs that are dedicated to specific stores and their deals. Totallytarget.com is like my Bible. There are also various other sites online for just couponing and ones dedicated to stores like Rite Aid or Walgreens. Rite Aid is a gold mine for medications, beauty products, and sometimes food. I sit down with my ad every Sunday to see if I have any coupons that match that weeks sales.

To follow up with that, know your favorite store’s coupon policies. Target only allows 4 like coupons per transaction. Harris Teeter occasionally runs double coupons up to $2.00 for up to 20 coupons for some MAJOR deals. Food Lion allows 10 like coupons per transaction. If you know the policies, you’ll know what you’re walking into. And don’t be afraid to ask questions! I was supposed to get a deal today that gave me a free $5 gift card for buying certain items, but it didn’t populate. The service desk at Target gave me $5 cash instead! They’ll work with you, because they want you to come back and see them again.

I love being able to purchase things to stockpile. Beauty products, certain meds, and paper/plastic products don’t have expiration dates. You can freeze cereal and milk (and of course, frozen foods, if you have the space). Canned goods last for a long time. It’s good to know these types of things so you can stock up. Below are some (badly taken) photos of our stockpile in our household.

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At last count we had 35 various shampoos and conditioners, countless body washes/lotions, 13 containers of toothpaste, and multiple pain relievers. It’s good to know we have a lot of this stuff if we ever hit seriously hard times!

Does anyone else out there coupon like me? What are your tried and true practices? Have I convinced you to start? 🙂

Ipsy February 2014

I’m so excited to share this post about my most recent Ipsy bag; it’s my favorite so far! As stated before, Ipsy is a beauty bag that costs $10 a month. The company sends you multi use or full sized samples of various beauty products. Keep reading to see what I received this month!

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This month was (of course!) all about love. It came in a very cute light pink carrying case, which is perfect for carrying make up or jewelry in.

Pop Beauty Plump Pout Mini ($16 full price)- This was a very pretty color and goes on very thick. It will last for quite a while in the small container; a little goes a long way. 

Zoya Nail Polish in Dot ($9 full price)- I have never tried Zoya, but I’ve always wanted to. I was so excited to get this. It’s a beautiful shade of pink, and it’s full sized! That alone pays for the beauty bag itself!

Be Matte Blush by City Color in Fresh Melon ($2.99)- I don’t wear blush, but I may start after this sample! It’s a very pretty shade of pink. A little goes a long way, so this will last for a while. Now I just need to learn how to properly wear blush without looking like a clown.

Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base in One by Tini Beauty in Ambrosia ($18)- This was another nice full sized product. It goes on very pretty, and it’s not too overpowering as some cream shadows can be. I am happy to test this product out.

Moist and Firm BB by IKHN NY in Light ($35.00)- As strange as this sounds, I love the smell of this foundation. It’s a little on the dark side though, even though it’s supposed to be a light color. When summer rolls around and I’m not as pale as Casper, I will definitely use this. I probably won’t buy though, since thats a hefty price tag for a foundation.

 

So what do you think? Have I convinced you to try Ipsy yet?