Monday, April 6, 2009


Friday Night Bo dropped me off at Hobby Lobby and he head down to Winn-Dixie. When I got there he had hit the meat sale. I think his best deal was lamb for $1.63. Bo cooked it for Sunday lunch and it was excellent.
I can't believe it Bruno's is having triple coupons. I went there on Sunday, but I forgot to take a picture. As you can tell by how wet the paper is we had a ton of rain on Sunday morning.

I also messed up my CVS order this week so no picture of my purchase.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Today is our third anniversary. Yes, we have heard it all about getting married on April Fool's.
Bo and I went on our not so cheap honeymoon to Hawaii.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It came

My P&G Coupon book came today. WOW! There are some great coupons in there I have already seperated them out and will put them in coupon book tomorrow.

Monday, March 30, 2009


Bo was really excited about this weeks CVS purchases.
What I purchased. Great deals this week or at least I thought they were.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Weekend Deals

CVS bargins = $10.00 out of pocket $13.00 back in Extra Bucks.
Started a coupon binder. I sure hope the $20.00 was well spent.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Walgreens - Redbox

Okay, Bo and I hate Walmart! (I'll get into our reasons in a later post.) We never ever go there, but we love Red box. So, we have made several trips to Walmart just to visit Red box, but the other night we pulled into the Walgreen's parking lot and we saw the this empty Red box. We both got excited. Now, we don't have to walk into any store and we don't have to fight for a parking place or anything. Red box is great and now that it is at Walgreen's it is prefect.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Sorry, this is so late, but this is what I purchased at CVS this week. I can't find all of the receipts, but I know that it took 3 transaction, and I spent around $12.00. I also got back $6.00 in extra bucks. I was lucky to have found the gift card coin purse at 90% off making them $0.39. I know that they will come in handy for a Bunko loser gift sometime.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Christmas Cards

Yes, these are my Christmas cards for December. No, I didn't purchase these at a great rate. I did one better than that, I got them for FREE! My boss and his wife were cleaning out their garage. He brought a box to work for us to go threw, and I found these. Now all I have to budget for is stamps, and the picture to go inside.


We went and visited Bo's grandmother this weekend and she had a great surprise for me - coupons. There were six packs of coupons.

Weekly Menu

I have found that Bo and I stick to a menu better if I have some idea for the month. Some thing always comes up and we move dinner items to the next month. That has always happened with my monthly plan and now it seems to be happening with my weekly plan, but we are still trying to stick with it.

Monday - Microwave Meatloaf, Mashed potatoes, & corn (hold over from last week) I'm not a big fan of meatloaf, but I'm willing to try this since it is one of Bo's favorite. His mom gave me the recipe. Hopefully, it will be as good as hers.
Tuesday - Frozen Shrimp Scampi, Mac & Cheese (I'm going to sewing and need something quick)
Wednesday - Honey Bar-B-Q Ribs, Salad & Baked Potatoes
Thursday- Leftovers
Friday-Mexican Pizza & Salad
Saturday - Steaks, Baked Potatoes & Salads

I'm going to try and stick with this plan this week.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Found It

I had read on Hot Coupon World that perfume gift sets were 90% at some stores. I went to 4 different stores before I found them. I know that this sounds odd but I love the smell of Fantasy by Britney Spears, but I would never pay full price. I am willing to give up a $1.99 for it. Thanks Hot Coupon World for letting me know about this great deal.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

March's Menu

I guess I should have posted our monthly menu, but after I got it all set Bo came in and changed some of the plans for the month. So this our menu for this week.
March 1st - Lunch - Left over Chinese
Dinner - Left over homemade Deep Dish Pizza and a Salad
March 2ND - Dinner - Left over homemade Deep Dish Pizza (it's now gone)
March 3RD- Southwest Salad
March 4Th- Church
March 5Th- Microwave Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and corn
March 6Th - Out to Eat
March 7Th - Out to Eat
March 8Th - Lunch - Out To Eat
Dinner - Left Over Meatloaf

I have budgeted it and we are going out to eat this weekend.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Weekend Update

First off it snowed today, which in south Alabama is a big deal.
Bo and I visited Goody's Clothing going out of business sale. While we were there they marked down all of there items to a dollar. I found 9 items that I really liked. I won't feel bad if I only wear them once or twice at that price.

I also went to CVS. I had to get some real medical stuff, but while there I found these bathrobes that someone on Hot Coupon World mentioned they were ringing up at 90% off. Man, what a deal a bathrobes for $1.49. The cream one is going to my mother who always wears a bathrobe. I think the pink one will be part of a gift.

We also visited Winn-Dixie. This weeks managers special was pork tenderloin. They were a little over $7.00 and a little over $6.00 a piece. What deals they have on Friday night? Who knew that grocery shopping would become part of our night out?

Also our Circuit City has 8 days left so Bo and I plan to make several trips there this week. We have our eye on a few things.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Weekend Update

I had one of my best shopping trips at CVS today. I even found Centrum on clearance and I had coupons. Bo uses these vitamins so I started a stockpile.
First Order: NyQuil Liquid $4.99
DayQuil Caplets $4.99
Maylanta Ultimate Cherry $3.65
Maylanta Ultimate Mint $3.65
Centrum $4.00
Centrum $4.00
Coupons - $1.00 off sent by CVSfor Cold Med
$1.00 off Centrum
$2.00 off Centrum
$1.50 off NyQuil
$5.00 off $25.00 order
Extra Care Bucks Used- $1.00
Extra Care Bucks Earned $5.00 for NyQuil
$6.00 for Mylanta

Second Order: Viva Paper Towels - $7.49
Juicy Fruit (filler) - $0.99
Extra Care Bucks Used - $2.99
Extra Care Bucks Earned - $2.00 from Viva

I also wanted to share with you the chicken that we got on sale Friday night. It turned out great. Very tasty!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Night Fun

Bo and I had fun tonight,and we found tons of bargains.

First we went to Circuit City. All we really found were DVDs marked down to 50% off. I got all the ones below for $24.00 with tax. Unless we were renting from the Red Box these were way cheaper than going to Movie Gallery.

Then we went to Winn-Dixie and we use some free coupons to get this Dr. Pepper and Oreo Cakesters I tried the Cakesters and I don't really like them, and I was so looking forward to trying them. I thought they were just a little disappointing.

As we were getting our items out of the cart to check out the meat manager made an announcement that he had Whole Chickens for $0.59 a pound. Bo told me to go get one, but I told him he had to go with me. We put our items back in the cart and headed to meat department.
This what we left with...

Split Breast - $2.09

Pork Stir Fry - $1.71

Pork Stir Fry - $1.83

Beef Spare Ribs- $2.83

BF N/Y Strip - $3.26

BF N/Y Strip- $2.33

Ground Chuck Patties - $2.08

93% Ground Beef Patties $2.07

And what we actually went to the store for - Pork Shoulder Country Style Ribs Buy One Get One Free - $9.11


I went to CVS this week and I got all of this for $4.75 OOP. I earned $16.99 in Extra Bucks. I'm going to purchase more Mylanta , if they have it.

Monday, February 16, 2009


Sorry it has been so long since I've posted. I had a really really good day at CVS.
I got all the items pictured for $4.35 with tax, and I got $7.98 back in ECB. It took two purchase, but I was really happy with everything I got today.

Monday, February 2, 2009

February's Menu

I hope to stick with this menu this month. Something always happens and it get a little messes up.

1st - Lunch - Shredded BBQ Chicken on Baked Potatoes with Corn and Salad
Dinner - Supper Bowl Party
2nd - Left over Hamburgers and Baked Beans
3rd - Chili
4th - Church
5th - Quick Chicken Quesadillas, Salad & Black Beans
6th - Eat Out
7th - Grouper Athenian over white rice

8th- Lunch - Deep Dish Pizza Casserole
Dinner - Creamy Chicken with artichoke hears & mushrooms
9th - BBQ Pork Chops, Salad and Tator Tots
10th- Fish Sticks and Mac N Cheese
11th- Chili Dogs & Tator Tots
12th- Leftovers
13th - Eat Out
14th - Lasagna, Bread sticks, & Salad (Happy Valentine's Day)

15th - Out of Town
16Th - Church Wild Game Supper
17Th - Seafood Stew
18Th - Enchilada Dinner
19Th - Leftovers
20Th- Eat Out
21st - Steak and Baked Potatoes

22ND- Lunch - Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich with tomato soup
Dinner - Italian Chicken
23rd - Chicken Helper
24Th - Swiss Steak w/wild mushroom barley
25Th- turkey breast with mashed potatoes, corn & salad
26Th - Leftovers
27Th - Eat Out
28Th - Sweet & Sour Shrimp with rice

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Coupon Book

Did anyone else get this coupon book. There are some great coupons in it.


Last night Bo and I went to Books-A-Million after dinner mostly to walk around and to see if they had a book I was looking for. While we were there I spotted their Christmas clearance. I purchased all of this stuff for $11.00 with tax. The gingerbread man is called a Puzz Pal. It's like a stuffed animal that is also a puzzle. I just loved the Moose and he was only a dollar so I had to get him. The UNO game was $3.00 and it is Disney which makes it even cooler. There calendars were on sale for $3.00, but they didn't have much left to choose from so I picked the Hello Kitty one. Who doesn't love Hello Kitty. The Ty Beanie Babies will be part of the shoe box gifts we put together.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Nothing Exciting

I got skunked at CVSon Sunday night. They were out of everything. So on Monday at lunch I went to the CVS in the not so good part of town. This is what I got. I paid $8.00 out of pocket and got $3.00 back.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thursday Night Shopping

Tonight Bo I did our normal Friday night shopping on Thursday this week.

We went to Target because I have heard that they were having a good toy clearance sale. Well, all I came out of Target with is this puzzle. It was a $1.48. Normally it would have been $4.99. My aunt loves puzzles, and this one is going to go to her.

I had a $10.00 register reward from the other night, and we needed to get some birthday cards for Bo's twin cousins. I just love reading cards. It took us a while to find perfect ones for them. I also had to get two of these $1.00 flashlights and $0.75 sunglasses. My total out of pocket was $1.48.

We also went to TJ Maxx to take park of there 15% off sale. I had to pick up a pair of Spanx tights and two over the door organizers. I hope they help with keeping the bathroom clean.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tonight Shopping

Bo had a meeting at church tonight. After his meeting we drove about 20 minuets away to the K-Mart. This is what I got with the Super Doubles. I didn't do all that great, but I didn't do that badly either. Before coupons my total was $70.80. After coupons my total came to $32.99. Not the best deals, but I'll take it.

While Bo was in his meeting I ran Walgreens. I got these two items they reached the $20.00 required to get my $10.00 in register rewards. I hate the thermometer that we have now so I was more than willing to buy a new one, and Bo likes to take DayQuil when he has a cold. So these will be going in our medicine cabinet.
With both of these purchases I have reached my $50.00 in P&G Brands offer. So now I'm going to send off for my $120.00 in coupons. Can't wait to get them.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I've been sick

I have had an upper respiratory infection that turned into Bronchitis so needless to say I haven't gotten any good deals. I hope to get back into the swing of things tomorrow.

I did want to share with you a few things that happened before I got sick.

Sorry that the picture below isn't the best. But I wanted to share the story about this navy blue blazer with you. When Bo and I went to New Orleans I mentioned to Bo that we needed to look for a good deal on a navy blazer when we got home. Well when we got home and went back to work my co-worker came into the office caring this brand new jacket with the tags still on it. I asked her what it was for and she told me that she wanted to know what size Bo wore. She told me that a friend of hers was cleaning out her fathers closet after he had died. She found this jacket and wanted to find someone who could use it. This jacket fit Bo perfect accept it was a little long in the sleeves and a little big in the stomach. We took and had it taken in. So for $25.00 Bo has a new jacket. Isn't that great. Thanks for thinking of us Lindy.

I picked up these stockings at Hobby Lobby when they had there 90% off sale. I got these 5 stockings came $4.80. I am going to take to work to decorate with next year.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Weekly CVS Dollars

Yes this pile of wet paper is my CVS coupons and dollars that I earned this week. My $16.00 worth of ECB. Bo separated and started the laundry tonight. We had several loads to do, but of course he picked the one with my pants that had my ECB in them. Bo just laughed when we found this. This coming from a man who washes his wallet at least 4 times a year. I guess I'll have to start over earning more bucks.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Weekly Trip

Here is what I purchased this weekend:

I went to Publix for the basics. The best deals there were the Publix saltines, the penny item, and the Wall-E cup and plate both were $o.50 a piece. As of right now I'm going to give them to my nephew for his birthday. My total was $30.68. Store coupons $2.42. Vendor coupons $3.50. Advertised Special Savings $14.07. Advantage Buy Savings $0.07. In-Store Special Savings $6.28.

We also went to Bruno's that had special coupons in the paper this week. The Bryan Cocktail Sausages were on sale for $1.99 and the Fresh Express was $1.39. Couldn't beat those prices.

This weekend I traveled to visit my family. While I was there I went to CVS to get a few deals. Their CVS had a lot of Christmas items left and it was 90% off. I picked up a few more Christmas balls for my work Christmas tree. I spent a little over $11.00, but a lady at work will pay me for the SoyJoy bars. After I receive her reimburstment I will be under my $5.00 mark.

I wanted to share with you a cute little dish that my aunt gave me this weekend. She also gave me a bag of what are in my opinion the best potato chips. Hartley Potato Chips Bar B Q chips are just wonderful. As you can see Bo and I opened the bag and dived in and started to eat them as soon as we got them.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

CVS Again This Week

I was reading I'm A Money Magnet and she gave me a the idea to look for Febreze candles on sale at CVS. Well mine weren't $1.99, but they were on sale for $0.79. I asked the guy if they would take the $2.00 coupon. I was hoping that they would round it down to $.079. He wouldn't even try.
The Johnson's shampoo was on sale for $2.99 with a $1.00 coupon on it and the $1.50 coupon CVS sent me. Making it $0.49.
The Christmas paper was $0.29 a roll. Can't beat that.
The Centrum is actually what I went to CVS for. It was on sale from $9.99 to $6.99 with a $3.00 off coupon.
My total came to $8.02 less than what the coupons are at regular price.


It isn't my contest, but Bargin Brianais giving away a Smartshopper . I think this would come in handy. So go check it out.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

CVS Deal

I showed up at CVS today with my list and coupons. But I got lucky and the Christmas merchandise was marked down to 90% off. I made two different purchase.

First Purchase:
Aleve 100 Tab $8.00
Alka Seltzer $5.00
Alka Seltzer $5.00
Conditioner $2.99
Glade Refill $5.49
Glade Refill $5.49
Colgate $ 6.99

Coupon & ECB: $36.25
Total Paid: $3.73

Second Purchase:
Christmas Garland $1.29
Christmas Garland $1.29
Christmas Paper $0.39
Christmas Paper $0.39
Christmas Paper $0.39
Christmas Glass Balls $0.39
Rudolph Mini Ornaments $0.79
Viactiv $6.00
Neo to Go $5.00
Monistat $15.00
Band Aid Nascar $4.19
Band Aid Hello Kitty $3.00

Coupons and ECB : $36.58

Total Paid: $2.09

I missed my $5.00 mark by $0.82. I hope to do better next week. I did get another $14.50 back in ECB to use next week.

New Years Weekend Savings

Okay my weekly goal is not to spend more than $60.00 OOP. So this what a I purchased.

I went to three different grocery stores not including CVS.

This is what I got at Publix. I ended up spending $28.38. I had $2.70 in vendor coupons, $8.78 in store coupons, $20.66 in advertised special savings, and $o.39 in-store special savings. My total savings was $32.53.

At Bruno's I only wanted to pick up some meat that was on sale. I spent a total of $11.25 there with a total savings of $2.88.

At Winn-Dixie I had $30.00 in gift cards so I didn't count towards my OOP expenses. Not counting my gift card I spent a total of $9.84.
My total spent at the grocery store was $49.28.
I also wanted to share a picture of Bo and I on our trip this past weekend. My husband and I had a lovely dinner at Brennan's on New Years. Bo's cousin made the reservations and we joined him and his wife for dinner. It was a great weekend and the first time I have been to New Orleans since Katrina. Bo and I actually went to New Orleans two months before Katrina. It still isn't completely back, and you can still see destruction from the hurricanes including Katrina and the ones following it.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

January's Menu

Bo and I are going to try and eat at home as much as possible this year. We will only plan dinners and lunches on Sunday all other days are dinner only. We will also budget to eat out once a week mostly a our favorite Mexican restaurant. I will try to hold to this, but I know sometimes there are changes threw out the month. The following is what I plan to make for January:

Week 1
January 1 - New Orleans
January 2 - New Orleans
January 3 - New Orleans

Week 2
January 4 - Lunch - Pigs in a blanket
Dinner - Turkey Breast Sandwiches and Soup
January 5 - Chili
January 6 - Easy Italian Pasta
January 7 - ?
January 8 - Leftovers
January 9 - Eat Out
January 10 - Cornish Hens

Week 3
January 11 - Lunch - Sweet and Sour Shrimp over Rice
Dinner - Spaghetti
January 12 - Weeknight Stroganoff
January 13 - Swanson Pot Pies
January 14 - Mexican Pizza and Rice
January 15 - Leftovers
January 16 - Eat Out
January 17 - ?

Week 4
January 18 - ?
January 19 - Black Beans, Chicken and Rice
January 20 - Baked Pork Chop Dinner
January 21 - Seafood Stew
January 22 - Leftovers
January 23 - Eat Out
January 24 - ?

Week 5
January 25 - Lunch - Breakfast
Dinner - Western Chicken Potatoes
January 26 - Quick Chicken Quesadillas and re-fried beans
January 27 - Crispy Shrimp with Chinese Dipping Sauce
January 28 - Citrus Chicken with peppers
January 29 - Leftovers
January 30 - Eat Out
January 31 - ?

Friday, January 2, 2009

Roll Tide!

I'll let you know how the game went when I get back. But until then to make my husband happy I'll say Roll Tide, but I won't wear an Alabama shirt to the game.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

I hope everyone has a good holiday. January 1st is always so freeing to me because it is like I can start all over. This year my husband, Bo, and I will be celebrating in New Orleans. Bo is a big Alabama fan so we are going to the Sugar Bowl. I would like to say that we are cheap in our everyday lives so that we can afford to take nice getaways. We view this as our trade off.

To help hold myself more accountable. I decided to post my money new year's resolutions. Here they go:

  1. Spend no more than $5.00 OOP at CVS each week. This may mean that I don't get all of the deals. But I can live with that...I think.
  2. Try to only spend $60.00 a week at the grocery store. I know that many of you do better than this and I'm trying to get there. I'm just not there yet.
  3. Use as many coupons as possible.
  4. Track all savings and spending.
  5. Create a monthly menu and post it.
  6. Learn new ways to save.

Again Happy New Year.