Saturday, September 20, 2008

CVS for Sept. 21

Make sure You scroll to the bottom to see my deal ideas and how I plan to get FREE diapers and wipes! (Note: I did all my transactions, the Schick was priced at 9.66 or something like that and the huggies wipes were 2/5. I added in an extra kleenex and ended up only burning a $1 on the whole deal!)
  • L'Oreal advanced revitalift anti-wrinkle serum=11.99 and get back 11.99 in EB=FREE! Use 3/1 coupon and this is a $3 money maker! This is available Sunday and Monday only and the limit is 1!
  • Nivea for Men body wash is 4.99 and you get back 4.99 in EB=FREE! Use 1/1 coupon and this is a $1 money maker! Limit 1
  • Adidas deodorant is 4.99 and you get back 4.00 in EB. Use 1/1 coupon and get this item FREE!
  • Crest Pro-Health 4.2 oz toothpaste is 2.99 and you get back 2.00 in EB. Use .75/1 coupon and get this item for .25!
  • Dr. Scholls insoles are 3.99 and you get 2.00 in EB. Use this $2/1 coupon and get these FREE! limit 5.
  • Speed Stick 24/7 is 3.99 and you get back 2.00 in EB. Use 1/1 CVS CRT and this 1/1 coupon to get this FREE! limit 1.
  • Soy Joy bars are 5/$10. Use a $3/5 coupon here for .50 in overage or use 2 for $1 in overage!
  • Schick Quattro refills or razors for women are BIGI. You should have $4/1 coupons that expire tomorrow. Last time I believe these were on sale for 7.99 so these should be FREE after coupons! You must buy these tomorrow because the coupon expires!
  • Kimberly Clark has a promotion where if you buy $25 worth of items you get 10 EB back! Participating items are: Viva 8 ct. paper towels and Cottonelle 12 double roll packs are 6.49, Huggies Mega packs are $15, Huggies wipes are 2.99, Poise and Depends are $13, Boxes of Kleenex are $1, and boxes of Kotex pads or tampons are $6.
There is a rumor that some skin effects products are 1.99. You should have gotten an email with a $5 coupon in it. If you find a product that rings up 1.99 this is a money maker! Do at your own risk!

You all are going to think I am crazy, but I really want the diapers and that is why I am doing so many transactions!

My Plan!
2 boxes of Kleenex=2.00 (part of KC deal)
-2/10 CVS coupon
-1/1 L'Oreal (wrinkle decrease) coupon ( don't have the 3/1)
=10.99 and get 11.99 back in EB. Overage of 1.00!

1 Nivea for men=4.99
1 Crest Pro-Health=2.99
1 Huggies box of baby wipes=2.99 (part of the KC deal)
-2/10 CVS coupon
-1/1 Nivea coupon
-.75/1 Crest coupon
-.50/1 Huggies coupon
=6.72 and you get back 6.99 in EB! Overage of .27!

1 Adidas deodorant=4.99
5 Soy Joy bars=2.50
1 tub of Huggies wipes=2.99 (part of the KC deal)
-2/10 CVS coupon
- 3/5 Soy joy coupon
-1/1 Adidas coupon
-.50/1 Huggies coupon
=3.98 and get back 4 EB, overage of .02!

2 Schick Quattro razors= 8.00
1 tub of huggies wipes= 2.99
-2/10 CVS coupon
- 2 4/1 Schick coupons
-.50/1 huggies coupons
=.49! loss of .49

2 Dr. Scholls=7.98
1 Speed stick deodorant=2.99
-2 2/1 Dr. Scholls coupons
-1/1 Speed stick CRT
-1/1 Speed stick coupon
= 4.97 and you get 6 EB back! overage of 1.03!

1 Mega pack of Huggies diapers=15.00 (part of KC deal)
-2/10 CVS coupon
-1.50/1 Huggies coupon
= 11.50, and I will get back my 10 EB for the KC deal since this transaction put me at the $25 mark! loss of 1.50

If you add up all my overage and loss I actually come out ahead by .33 cents! To this mommy of a toddler it means I just got FREE diapers and wipes!

Friday, September 19, 2008

23 books for 11.75!

Yes, I have already been to the sale! A friend and I decided it would be worth it to become friends of the library in order to hit the sale tonight. It was a mad house and finding a "legal" parking spot was hard to come by, but I am so glad we went! I was able to find 23 gently used books and got them all for only 11.75! Some are in such good shape they will be good Christmas gifts!

Hope you all have or had fun!

My trip

Last week I received this awesome Dillons (Kroger) flyer in the mail with great Kroger specific coupons! I was able to use them this week to get a few things for FREE!
  • Kroger 16 oz. tub of sour-cream=1.00- 1/1 Kroger sour-cream coupon=FREE!
  • 1 8ct. can of Kroger jumbo biscuits=1.00-1/1 Kroger biscuits coupon=FREE!
  • 1 16 oz. bar of Kroger cheese=2.99-1/1 Kroger cheese coupon=1.99! (this is the price of an 8oz. bar at Aldi)
  • 1 32 oz bottle of Kroger coffee creamer=2.79 -1/1 Kroger creamer coupon=1.79
  • 1 4 ct. package of Cottonelle=.99-.50/1 coupon doubled=FREE!
  • 1 Aqua Fresh toothpaste=1.00 -1/1 coupon=FREE!
  • 3 Johnson's buddies soaps=2.98- 3/3 coupon=FREE!
  • 2 quarts of Dillons brand skim milk on MS for .25/1=.50!
  • 1 12 ct. pack of Coke Zero=4.49- FREE coupon from!
  • 1 Fresh Express Caesar salad kit on MS for .99-1/1 coupon=FREE!
  • 1 pint of Grape tomatoes on MS for .99
  • 1 dozen Dillons large eggs=.99 (Note: Aldi eggs are actually .88/1 this week!)
  • 1 gal. of Dillons milk=2.99
  • 2 Glad Plug ins at 1.89 for 1=3.78- BIGI free coupon=1.89, and I got back $4 off my next shopping trip so an overage of 2.11!
Total after coupons and the $4 off my next order=12.02! My receipt says I saved 69%! I also got $30 credited toward my gas discount and I only spent $16 OOP!

  • 24 oz tub of cottage cheese=.99 with in-ad coupon
  • 1 4 lb. bag of organic oranges=2.99
  • 2 one pound bags of baby carrots=2.98- in-ad coupon of BIGI=1.49 for both
  • 1 lb. package of Oscar Meyer bacon=2.99 with in-ad coupon=1.99 -1/1 coupon=.99!
  • I package of Nestle chocolate chips=1.99-1.50/1 coupon=.49!
  • 1 bottle of Hy-Vee ketchup=.88 with in-ad coupon
Total=8.60! My total savings was 9.19 or 52%!

I thought I would end up getting more than I did at Aldi but I didn't.. oh well!
  • 3 ct. pack of green peppers=.99!
  • 1 lb. package of margarine=.67
  • 2lb. package of long grain rice=1.69
Total= 3.60!

Dillons: 6 FREE Johnson Buddies Soaps!

This past weekend you should have gotten at $3/3 Johnson's product coupon.  You can use this on Johnson's buddies soaps which are priced .99/1 at Dillons.  The best part about this deal is that when you buy 3 you get another $3/3 catalina in return! Here is how it works:
  • Buy 3 Johnson's buddies=2.98
  • Use $3/3 coupon
  • Total=FREE, and get back another $3/3 catalina!
So you can actually get 6 FREE Johnson's buddies soap in stead of just the 3!  When you do the deal a 2nd time you might get another catalina... just keep rolling it!

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Tonight as we ate our delicious meal of Pigs in a blanket accompanied by mac and cheese and pears I realized how cheap this meal really was!  Here is the price break down:
  • Hot Dogs- bought on sale for .59/package at Hy-Vee a few weeks ago
  • Crescent Rolls=.59/tube at Dillons last week
  • Mac and Cheese=FREE from a previous Walgreens deal!
  • Pears= bought on sale for .99/lb. a little over a week ago at Hy-Vee.  We actually just split one between the 3 of us.  So we will say this was .40 for the one pear.
Total for the WHOLE meal=1.58!!!  Folks a tube of crescent rolls usually costs this much if not more!  This meal feeds 4.  We feed our 3 mouths and then have some left over the hubby's lunch. Cost per serving=.40!

I don't know if it gets much better than that... 

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Friends of the Libary Sale!

This coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the Friends of the library sale! It is located in Ag Hall at the Expocentre. Times are as follows:
  • Friday 6-9p.m. (MEMEBERS ONLY NIGHT... you can buy a membership at the door)
  • Saturday 9 a.m. - 5p.m.
  • Sunday 1-5 p.m.
This is a great inexpensive way to purchase used books! If you have been before and would like to give us more info about this please do. I apologize in advance if I bump you at this event... I get a little competitive when it comes to a good deal and I am in a mass crown of people:)

Dillons: Gas Deal

Many of you may already be familiar with the Dillons gas discount. During the time period of 1 month starting from the 1st and going until the 30/31st for every $100 dollars you spend at Dillons (including the chineese kitchen!) you will receive .10 cents off up to 32 gallons of gas per purchase. You can see your totals at the bottom of your receipt. It will tell you how much from your transaction qualified toward the discount and what your overall total is for the month. If you spend $200 you get this discount twice!

Here are some things to know about this:
  • You have to use your .10/gallon before the end of the next month. For example during the month of August I had $200 worth of qualifying money go toward the gas discount. This means I get the discount 2 times or in other words for 2 seperate fill ups. I have to use both of these before the end of September of I will loose them.
  • The "qualifiing" money toward your discount is what your total is before MF coupons! So for the month of Aug. I only spent about $120.00 OOP at Dillons, but had just over $200 in qualifing money toward my gas discount!
  • You get this discount up to 32 gallons per purchase. So to get the most out of this my husband I try and fill up our cars at the same time since each car only holds 15 gallons or less we can get both cars filled within the 32 gal. max range! We fill up one car and pull it foward and then fill up the other one in 1 transaction.
  • Even though only 2 of our Dillons stores have a gas station, you can shop at any Dillons and still earn money toward the discount. For example you don't just have to shop at The 29th and Urish location to qualify for the discount from that gas station.
The 2 Topeka stores with gas stations are the locations at 29th and Urish and the one located up North off of HWY 24. The Urish location will give you .10 off a gallon. The North Topeka Dillons will actually give you .20 off a gallon!

I hope this all makes sense! Please feel free to comment with questions.

Dillons: Glade Plug In Deal

Many of you may have seen this deal posted on Money Saving Mom sharing about how you can possibly get FREE Glade Plugins. I have a friend who tried this deal and it did not work. The Manager of one of our Topeka Dillons said you had to use your 1-2-3 Rewards MasterCard in order for the catalina to print out. Does anybody have any more information about this and if it worked for you?


Hy-Vee for 9/17-9/23

There are some great deals to be had this week!
  • Simons 3 lb. bags of frozen chicken breasts are 5.88 (Aldi is 5.99)
  • Cantaloupe are 1.77/1
  • Royal gala apples are .99/lb!
  • Butter Kearnal canned veggies are .49/1 (Aldi price is .45/1)
  • Hy-Vee brand saltine crackers are .99/1 (Aldi price)
  • Pillsbury cake mixes are .88/1! (beats the Aldi and Dillons price this week!)
  • Nestle Toll House morsels are 1.99/bag. If you were one of the fortunate to get to print the 1.50/1 coupon you can get these for .49/bag!
  • Hy-Vee large eggs are 1.28/dozen... not a great deal, but these packages have $1 off coupons for kraft cheese, wonder bread, and oscar meyer bacon!
  • Hy-Vee 12 oz of honey is 1.99
  • Hy-Vee sloppy joe sauce is .77!
  • Hy-Vee 25 ft. aluminum foil is .88/1
  • Red bell peppers are 3/$2! These suckers are usually 2.99 for 1 at Dillons.
  • Yellow Nectarines are 1.38/lb.
  • Sunkist organic 4 lb. bags of oranges are 2.99 (3 lb. bags or non-organic oranges are 3.79 at Aldi)
  • Green Giant Valley Fresh steamers are 3/5. Use 1/1 coupon here and get hese for .67/1
  • Banquet meals are 10/8
  • Hy-Vee frozen tater puffs or fries are 1.58/1 (seems like this is close to the Aldi price?)
  • Gerber 3rd foods are 5/$3! Use this 1/8 coupon here to get these for .48/1!!!
  • Smuckers all natural peanut butter is 2.48/1
  • 5 lb. bag of russet potatoes is 1.48! (Aldi 10 pound bags are 3.50 and up)
On Page 20 of the ad they have specials with an in ad coupon. Most are limit 1
  • Oscar Meyer bacon=1.99 use 1/1 coupon from eggs to get this for .99/1!
  • Bags of baby carrots are BIGI. Price is 1.49/1 so get 2 bags for 1.49!
  • 24 oz. cottage chesse is .99! (usually $2 and up at Aldi)
  • Hy-Vee bags of marshmallows are .49/1!
  • Hy-Vee ketchup is .88/1 (Aldi price as gone up to 1.15)
Let me know if I missed anything:)

Dillons 9/17-9/23

Great news! The by 15 get $3 off promotion is still going on. Check here to for details and be sure to read the comments section for all the information! You can also see what deals I got last week here! Below are the other great buys for the week!
  • Grapes are .99/lb
  • Dillons 1 dozen large eggs are 10/10 (they have been 1.19 and up at Aldi lately)
  • Sara Lee classic white or honey wheat bread is BIGI (prices start at 3.25... that is 1.62 per loaf.) Not a bad price for Sara Lee.
  • GM cereal and Betty Crocker fruit snacks are 1.88 (as of last week these were apart of the buy 15 get $3 off promotiong.)
  • Cambell's Select Harvest soups are 10/10. Use .50/2 doubled coupon to get these 2/1! These were also a part of the buy 15 get $3 off promotion too... I think?
  • Kroger 16 oz. cottage cheese, dips or sour cream is 10/10 (Aldi price also )
  • Kroger bags of pretzels are 10/10 (Aldi price)
  • Calidad tortilla chips or Mama Lupe tortillas are 10/10 (Aldi price)
  • Kroger cream cheese bars are 10/10 (Aldi price)
  • Kroger canned fruit is 10/10 (beats Aldi price)
  • Kroger bags of marshmallows is 10/10 (Aldi price)
  • Tyson Split chicken breasts are .99/lb.!!!
  • Kroger cheese 16 oz. selected varieties=2.99 (if the 16 oz. applies to the shredded cheese this a good deal. Aldi 12 oz bags are 2.99, so getting a 16 oz bag for 2.99 is better!)
  • Suave shampoo or conditioner is .88/1! Use .50/2 coupons doulbed to get these for .38/1!!
  • Pillsbury cake mix is .94/1 (Aldi off brand is .99)
  • Oscar Meyer bacon is BIGI. Prices start at 5.85. At one point I had 1/1 coupons. If you have these use 2 and get 2 packages of bacon for 3.85 or 1.95/1!
  • Oscar Meyer deli shaved lunch meat is 2/6. Use 1/1 coupon found in the store to get these 1/2!
  • Aqua Fresh toothpaste is 10/10. Use coupons here to get it FREE!
Although many prices reflect the Aldi price this week, it is in my opinion that it is still better to shop Kroger. Why? Because of the gas discount! If you have no idea what I am talking about I will be sure to do a post explaining it later in the day!

Be sure to place any other deal ideas you came up with for the buy 15 get $3 off promotion in the comments section!

Dillons and Hy-Vee

Just a quick note to tell you all that I will post the deals this afternoon. We have a busy morning! I will tell you that the $3/15 items sale is still going on!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Enchilada Pie!

After our failed attempt many years ago at making homemade enchiladas, my mom and I came up with this recipe. To the side I have noted the best price I can get each item and will do a cost analysis at the end.

Enchilada Pie: (Serves 7-9)
  • 1 lb. ground beef, cooked and drained of fat. (1.99)
  • 1 package of taco seasoning (or add in your own of spices... this is what I do) (free or .50)
  • 1 can of refried beans (.45- Aldi)
  • 2 cans of enchilada sauce. You can use red or green. (1.60 for both- Dillons)
  • 1 pkg. or 2 cups of cheese (I prefer colby and m jack!) (1.50- Dillons)
  • 1 package of CORN tortillas (.99- Aldi)
Brown ground beef, drain fat and combine with taco seasoning. Cook according to package directions. Stir in re-fried beans and remove from heat. Pour 1 can of Enchilada sauce into bowl. Dip corn tortillas in sauce and then place in the bottom of 9x13 pan. I usually use 4-5 tortillas per layer. Put half of your beef/bean mixture on top. Sprinkle with a little cheese. Put another layer of sauce dipped tortillas. Spread rest of beef/bean mixture on top of this and sprinkle a little cheese. Put 1 more layer of sauce dipped tortillas on top and pour 2nd can of sauce over all. Top with the rest of the cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until middle is done.

With your left over corn tortillas you can make your own homemade tortilla chips. Just fry them in a little oil, break apart and serve them up with salsa or guacamole... yum!

The total to make this dish assuming you get everything at the best price would be $7.03. If you got 7 servings out of this it would cost $1 per person, if you got 9 it would cost about .78 per person. This is not my most frugal recipe, but it is still good!


Dillons: 21st and Fairlawn

If you go by there I would stop and peak at their clearance items. They have Cover Girl products marked to 1.99 and under. They have lipstick, blush and mascara!!! There were also few Revlon lips liners and nail polishes that I saw as well. With using MF coupons you can get a great deal!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Walgreens: Free Glade PlugIns!

This week at Walgreens Glade PlugIns scented gel warmers are 1.99. There is a rebate of $1 up to $4 in the ES this month. Here is the plan:
  • Buy 4 Glade PlugIns scented gel warmers at 1.99=7.96
  • Use 2 BIGI coupons from this weekends inserts= -3.98
  • Total=3.98 and turn this in for $4 rebate= FREE!

Menu Plan Monday- Sep. 15th

It has been a while since I posted a menu hasn't it? Here is what we are planning for the week!

Sunday: Tacos. Yep that is all we had b/c we were in a time crunch... the tomatoes and lettuce can serve as the nutrients in this meal:)
Monday: Enchilada Pie/salad/tortilla chips/fruit
Tuesday: Sandwiches... we are eating on the go so to speak
Wednesday: Skillet Lasagna/green beans/bread
Thursday: Pigs in a blanket/mac and cheese/broccoli/apple slices
Friday: Pizza!

I have to confess that part of me not posting Menu Plan Monday for a while had been out of my own struggle of comparison (what women doesn't struggle with that:). I was seeing all these other great menu plans that seemed so wonderful and had all the food groups covered. The reality is folks that I don't always get a veggie with dinner and we may not always eat the healthiest meal, and I have to be okay with that! I figure my worth as a wife and mom is not in whether or not we have 7 whole grains a day, although that is not a bad ambition. We are just your ordinary family trying to get by and we haven't gone hungry so that is a start!:)

Happy Monday!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

McDonalds: FREE McCafe!

Some markets in the U.S. have already gotten to enjoy this deal, but from what I understand all Topeka McDonalds are finally offering the Free McCafe Monday deal! Every Monday from 6a.m. to 2p.m. you can get a FREE small McCafe from McDonalds!

CVS: My actual Trip

I usually stick to my plan, but this week I didn't becasue I have already done the Just for Men rebate and the Aleive is only available at the pharmacy and I was at CVS before the pharmacy counter opened. This is what I did instead:
  • 2 Purex=5.98
  • 2 CG wet slicks=7.98
  • 1 CG eye shadow=2.99
  • 1 Excedrin=3.99 (I posted a link to a coupon for this but it is for 24ct. and higher... sorry!)
Total =20.94
- 1 BIGI wet slicks=-3.99
-1/1 CG coupon
- 1/2 Purex coupon
=12.95, and I got back 8.99 in EB.

I burned 4 EB on this deal which I normally don't do, but I had a large EB that was going to expire and I needed to use it! I have to confess that I hate "burning" EBs, but this served as a good reminder for me to remember that since all of the money of the world is God's money, then so are my EBs and he will still provide even in the midst of a few "burned" EBs:)