Tuesday, February 24, 2009

CVS greatness

So I know I told you I would report on my love for the CVS deals and try to explain the workings of it to the best of my abilities. So here ya go

So what you need to do first is go to their website here and get an Extra Care card. This will earn you coupons that can be printed in the store and more importantly will earn you Extra Care Bucks. You can also pick one up in your local store.

What are Extra Care Bucks you ask? Well they are basically like cash, cash to be used on you next purchase which could be the same day if you wanted or up until the date they expire which is usually at least a couple of weeks. The Extra Care Bucks will be printed out on the bottom of your receipt when you purchase items that are eligible. Make sure you don't loose them because I am not sure if they can be replaced. I keep mine in the back of my coupon binder.

So here is a few examples of the CVS goodiness:

This is from a few weeks ago.
I bought 2 Clairol hair colors (cause I color my own hair didn't you know this) anyways they were on sale for 5.99 I had a coupon $5 off of 2 and CVS was giving $2 in ECB so basically I got 2 things of hair color for $4.98!

on that same day I bought 11 Hannah Montana guitar suckers @.10/pc, some shaving cream and some gum.

I turned in a $3 ECB from a previous purchase, used the $5 hair color coupon and a $5 coupon I had printed there that day in the store. I got all these items for $3.67 with tax but if you take into consideration the $2 ECB I got at the bottom of my receipt it only cost $1.67!!!!!

So onto last weeks trip:
They had Cokes on sale $3.50/pc but if you bought $20 you got $10 ECB so of course I did this. Plus a coupon I redeemed for a Bogo free, I got 6 12pks of cokes for $7.50 or $1.25/pc. -side note if you drink alot of cokes in your house and buy lots of 12pks save the Coke reward codes and enter them into their website to earn things, my BOGO free coupon cost me 200pts. But I also just redeemed points for a hotel stay this weekend, 157 pts saved us $11. But if you don't want to save them I will gladly take them off your hands:) wyattabbymom at gmail dot com

Colgate toothpaste: $2.99/pc but they were giving 2.99/pc in ECB which made them free BUT I had coupons for $1 off each so basically I was paid $2 to buy Colgate toothpaste.

Suave: If you bought $6 you got $2 ECB and I had 1 coupon so I got 2 body washes and 1 shampoo for $3.50

I ended the shopping trip with $26.98 in ECB to use on future trips.

and for this weeks trip:
This week was a bit of a slow week so if you looked hang in there I promise it does get better. I went anyways cause there were a couple things I had on my list. I got 2 cans of soup (BOGO), box of Triscuits (they were bogo but only had one box so he gave it to me 1/2 price), a dog bed (5.99)-I will be taking the $16.99 one back to Target, mouthwash (free with a CVS coupon I printed in the store), All detergent (4.99). With my coupons and the ECB I turned in I paid .86 out of my pocket

The great thing about this is you can use coupons on items which some of the time will make them free or even better make you money, they will not pay you money but it comes off your total bill that you owe.

Wanna get some more info from the real experts on the subject? Check out these ladies:
you can thank her for your free Quizno BTW

These sites give you all kinds of info on freebies and good deals not just groceries

Alot of randomness

So I may ramble on a bit but bare with me I have a few different things going on in my head so I will just get them out in one no real point to it post!

Last week my big kid got his report card and give me just a minute to brag. It gives me great pleasure to know that even though I stayed home with him and he never once stepped into a preschool/daycare before entering Kindergarten last year that I didn't royally mess him up. He is so bright and doing great this year and I just have to admit that I am proud to say he gets it from me:)

do you see those awesome grades? E=A S=B not sure why they just don't put that on there since he gets real grades on tests and class work. He got an award for his all E's for the 4th six week and we helped him buy a DS game since after all we are NOT above bribery in this house.

Next thing-Wanna free Quizno? ya know you love them with all their yummy baked sandwich goodiness. Click and fill out the info they will email you a coupon to print out. I did it yesterday so I can vouch for it.

click here to register

Over the weekend we went to a fun and John Deere green birthday party that was complete with a hay ride

The things a girl does to look good

Abby and her beau (aka the birthday boy)

Seriously I didn't even bribe them for this oh so cute photo it was the first one I shot and couldn't believe they were both smiling in a noncheesy way and both actually looking at the camera.

Mommy and her party girl on the hay ride

Saturday, February 21, 2009

kinda sorta tagged

So ok I wasn't exactly tagged for this one but I read her's and she told me if I was reading it I was tagged so here it goes

1. Where is your cell phone?

2. Your significant other?
over there on his laptop

3. Your hair?
in need of color I saw some greys peeking thru

4. Your mother?

5. Your father?
maybe feeding cows or playing in his fruit orchard or something another to keep him busy-must be nice to be retired.

6. Your favorite?

7. Your dream last night?
Can't remember

8. Your favorite drink?
Coke Zero/Diet Mt. Dew but right now I am drinking a Mojito YUM

9. Your dream/goal?
Debt free

10. What room you are in?
Living room

11. Your hobby?
scrapbooking-ditto I just need to apply myself more and do it more often

12. Your fear?

13. Where do you want to be in 6 years?

14. Where were you last night?
home eating pizza and watching WallE with the kiddos-I know you all are soo jealous that we had such a rocking Friday night

15. Something that you are not?
a runner

16. Muffins?
blueberry-oh yea

17. Wish list item?
A really cute little lite lap top-maybe like this

18. Where you grew up?
Same house my entire life til I moved here which is about 45 min away

19. Last thing you did?
put the kids to bed

20. What are you wearing?

21. Your TV?
On Spike watching UFC fighting

22. Your pets?
Well 2 dogs are outside, the other in the laundry room snoring, one cat maybe in the garage, and the other cat-well he has decided he likes the neighbors house more and after 9yrs of me lovingly taking care of him he has left me; after all they keep putting can food out for the "stray" cat!

23. Friends?

24. Your life?
a bit crazy at times but good

25. Your mood?
I'm good right now cause it is finally quiet in here

26. Missing some one?

27. Car?
I luv my mini

28. Something you’re not wearing?

29. Your favorite store?

30. Your favorite color?

33. When is the last time you laughed?

34. Last time you cried?
the other day I'm sure while watching some show on TV but I am a crazy like that

35. One place that I go to over and over?
on the computer-blogs a few that I am loyal to
IRL-Wyatt's school everyday I am his bus ride to and from

36. One person who texts me regularly?
Shane-I luv texting him during the day because it is nice to "talk" to an adult

38. My favorite place to eat?

39. My favorite food?
Mexican and Italian

40. What did you do today?
Went to a birthday party for a wonderful 3yr old and had a fun tractor ride, then came home and got lazy, made hubs pick up cheese dip and chips from the Mexican restaurant and get Mojitos at the grocery .

Play along if you want but I won't call you out personally

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Writer's Workshop Thursday

Choose a prompt, post it on your blog, and come back and sign Mr. Linky!!

The Prompts:

1.) If you were starring on American Idol TONIGHT and HAD to sing, what song would you choose and why. -Um yea I don't sing for a crowd only the kids who are forced to listen in the car

2.) Take a picture of yourself right this minute without primping and explain to us why it is you have not washed your hair today.

3.) I just asked Pat to help me with a writing prompt so here's his: "What do you think about the NBA All Star game"...blech. -Maybe if it was hockey I could do something, but I don't ever watch basketball so I have no clue-I did hear though that Kobe and somebody else shared the MVP-see I told you I don't really have a clue.

4.) What's your number one pet peeve? Develop a punishment for anyone caught in the act. -Oh my there are SOOO many I am a pet peevey person I dislike lots of things, I guess my worst is not putting your kid in a carseat because that is just plain STUPID of you!

5.) Write about something mean you did to a sibling growing up. -Me mean NEVER I was the best little sister oh yea did you know I had a sibling? I think I heard a story of one time she was stuck upside down in a tree and I walked ever so slowly to the back yard to inform my dad while all the blood rushed to her head:)

So I guess that leaves #2 which is very scary but I have looked and saw some other brave mommas doing it so I thought what the heck-so here ya go this is me at 9ish in the morning. Coffee in hand (that would be the favorite Chicago mug I spoke of before), no shower cause well it is only 9 that will hopefully happen later today, yep still not really dressed-just enough to be able to not be embarrassed when dumping Wyatt out at school, Abby is watching Imagination Movers and coloring there behind me

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wordful Wednesday-Happy Valentines day

Happy Valentine's day late

We all had a fun filled day before and Valentines day

Friday we went to school to see Wyatt and his friends and party down with some first graders, it was alot of fun and Abby loves all her friends there

Saturday the kids woke to chocolate and toys and cards and Abby and I got flowers from our favorite man. That night Shane and I spent a rare no kids night out (thanks to the wonderful FIL and Mindy) at what other than a Preds hockey game, oh and dinner before with some friends. It was a great game since we won in a shoot out.

For more Wordful posts go check out Angie at the Seven Clown Circus

Monday, February 16, 2009

My Inner Savy Shopper is Coming Out!

So let's face it the economy sucks right now and if your like us and many others out there going to the grocery and dropping over $100 and leaving with not a whole lot to show for it really sucks-right?

So here is my new plan well it's not so new just improved. I have been a coupon clipper for a while now but while watching Good Morning America the other day I saw them talking about these two moms at BeCentsAble who started this website and now host shows at $25/person showing how to save the most money and get the best bang for your buck at the store. So of course I had to jump on the computer and check it out.

While browsing thru their website I found a couple other sites I really liked and they had all kinds of tips and tricks. So of course I love you guys so much I have to share and hopefully help you save a buck or two the next time you are at the grocery. I am still very new so I am sure the more I look into the sites the better I will get at this savings thing.

First I go to (I LOVE this store and only shop there or CVS) they have their sale flyer online and you can put a circle around the items you want and it makes a list for you, you can also add to your list on their site and then I print it off.

Then I go to Southern Savers click on the Publix link and she will list all the deals that are in the sale flyer but here's the kicker she also list any coupons that have either been in previous coupon mailers or online ones you can go print for free. After printing any she has listed I go thru my stock of coupons and match them up with what I need. They also list tons more great tips than I could put here so check the website out. Check out the "Getting Started Guides"

If there are things I am getting that weren't on the sale list I then go thru a couple sites and do a quick search for a coupon: hotcoupon, swaggrabber, and afullcup are the main ones I check. Southern Savers list some places to check out also.

Then I make a note beside my items that I have a coupon for.

It also pays to know your stores coupon policy-I found and printed out the Publix one and discovered they take competitor coupons (Kroger,food lion, no drug stores) I knew they doubled coupons already (up to $.50), and I also knew on their BOGO free items they only charge half price for each item so you can use 2 coupons when getting bogo stuff-or if your like me I will usually stock up on this type of stuff so you can match the number of coupons to the number of items.

Here's a tip when printing online coupons-keep the screen up after hitting print then once it has printed hit your "back button" and it will start printing again-Yep more than one for those BOGO items.

Also you don't have to stick to the name brand items store brands are usually just as good-usually. There are some things I am hard core name brand like Cokes but I only buy them when they are on sale and I have a big ol stash in my garage. But for instance at Publix Eggo brand waffles are 2/$4 but the store brand ones are $1.89-cheaper unless you have a Eggo coupon and I looked and there were none to be found, BUT I did have a coupon for Food Lion brand waffles and guess what?? You can use Food Lion brand coupons on Publix brand items! So I got 2 boxes for $2.78-and trust me I have 2 picky kids they taste the same. I also had a Food Lion coupon for a bakery item and I used it on a not so much needed but yummy item-Cranberry Walnut bread.

So yesterday was my first time using my new and improved method of grocery shopping. Here's how I did and I had a receipt 2 feet long to prove it:) not really but it was long:

I bought almost 50 items and only spent $71.80 and that is with that impulse bakery item and a rotisserie chicken for tonight's dinner. Now this doesn't include meat because I don't buy red meat (burger, steaks, roasts) because we eat deer and the freezer is full of it:)

I handed over 22 coupons so yes there were things I didn't have a coupon for-milk, eggs,seasonings but pretty much every items was on sale. My coupons were worth $21.50 The Advertised Special Savings (bogo items, 2for deals, etc) were $48 for a total of $69.50 in savings yesterday-WOOHOOO.

Check back and I will be sharing my Love of CVS at a later time-here are a few words to tied you over til then: Extra Care Bucks = cheap or FREE!

Monday, February 9, 2009

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?...

It's a neighborly day in this beauty wood,
A neighborly day for a beauty.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?...

I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.
I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So, let's make the most of this beautiful day.
Since we're together we might as well say:
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won't you be my neighbor?
Won't you please,
Won't you please?
Please won't you be my neighbor?

No seriously I need some new neighbors!

But anyways that isn't my real point of this post, I just had to add that in there after being outside all weekend and really realizing how much we need some new neighbors.

It was truly a Gorgeous weekend here that started on Friday with warm temps that got better as the weekend went on.

I have lived here in TN all my life and will never get used to the unpredictability that is our weather. This month so far we have had lows in the single digits all the way up to 71 yesterday, and that single digit was just on Thursday! I mean seriously it is just nuts, but we are enjoying it while we have it.

So we got out Friday and rode bikes-Abby has been dieing to get out on her new bike and show off her abilities and Wyatt with his newly learned no training wheels skills makes the bike riding so much funner.

Saturday we went to a birthday party then Abby and I went shopping there was a sale at Old Navy and seriously who can resist an Old Navy sale? I bought this dress and some cute jelly shoes-Please tell me you remember jelly shoes! They are so cute and Abby shares my love of shoes so she loves to try shoes on for me!

Yesterday I went to the grocery-I know fun huh? Then came home and Abby and I had picnic outside and then treated my van to a spa day :)

Now I must run on and get some normal clothes on and head out to enjoy this beautiful day before Abby and the little girl I babysit have a fit.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and an apron giveaway!

We have developed a new love of aprons here-mostly for Abby since I currently don't have an oh so cute one to wear, and also thanks to the wonderful Aunt M for making 2 of them for Abby.

So when Mama Kat announced an apron giveaway I was in. After all if Abby is gonna have a cute one shouldn't mommy?

Yesterday we decided to break in Abby's newest apron that she received over the weekend from Aunt M and make some cookies.

First I had to figure out what kind to make, then I quickly realized this would be easy when I found one of those jar mixes in my pantry that had been there for a questionable amount of time, I had what I needed to make them so it was a go.

Abby loved being my assistant and I loved having an excuse to use my new stand mixer

and since peanut butter chips weren't enough I had to add some chocolate for good measure so I cut up a Hershey bar and also threw in some Dove dark chocolate!!

Then you have to taste it to make sure they are acceptable.

and what's the point with being an assistant if you don't get to lick the beaters?

OK so they taste good now spoon them out onto the very well used baking stone

After a few minutes in the oven you will be rewarded with the yummy goodness of these,

let's just hope that I can control myself enough not to eat every last one!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Let's go for a walk in the woods

Sunday we had some crazy unseasonably warm weather so we headed out to enjoy the day-oh and to put our kids to work, after all it's time they start earning their keep around here, kidding sorta

Since the wood supply was running low we went to the farm to cut some more, Shane my lumber jack cut while the kids and I loaded.

It was all going good til the Sprite's came out and the break stretched on

and the work was mostly by the hubs and I after that!

But it was a great day (except for the little mishap my jeans had with a fence) and we walked thru the woods and to the river and enjoyed our great QT together.