Giant Eagle run

Total: $.47 Savings of: $56.47.

Marsh shopping trip

Total: $2.82 Savings of: $91.18.

Meijer shopping trip

Total: $5.47 Savings of: $36.18.

Giant Eagle money making trip!

Total: -$6.95 after $10.00 mail in rebate! .

CVS run

Total: $.35 Savings of: $45.32.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Recent shopping trips

Giant Eagle
OOP: 5.35 with $10.00 OYNO

5 Playtex sport 2.49 each
 -used 4 $1.00 coupons available here
 -used 1 $1.00 coupon i received from the company
Skinimate 2.00
 -used $.55 coupon from the Sunday paper
Pineapple push up $1.00
Apple bites $1.00
 -used $1.00 coupon from the Sunday paper

I also used a $4.00 OYNO from a previous transaction

They Playtex and Skinimate are part of the spend $25.00 on select products and get $10.00 OYNO. The Skinimate is 2.99 based on shelf price and the Playtex is 4.98 bas on shelf price.

OOP: $12.03 and i got back $10.00 in Target gift cards

I'm not going to post the details of this transaction because i don't think anyone could copy it. The store i went to had a sign up still for the Charmin wipes advertising they were FREE when you purchased a Charmin toilet paper. (I guess it had ended though) They didn't ring up free at the register so i had to get refunded afterwards.  The current promotion is buy 2 select Charmin's and get a $5.00 gift card. There is also a promotion for the banana boat sunscreen - purchase 2 select products get a $5.00 gift card.

OOP: 5.97

I was not happy about giving Kroger my money :) but they had a good deal on the All so i had to go. (This or tide free and clear is all we use on the kids clothes)

3 All 2.99 each
 -used 2 $1.00 coupons available here
 -used $1.00 coupon from a Kroger home mailer
Kroger eggs ??
 -used a FREE coupon from a Kroger home mailer
Kroger soup 1.00 
 -used a FREE coupon from a Kroger home mailer

Monday, May 30, 2011

Heading out shopping? Print your coupons!

If you are heading out shopping for Memorial Day make sure you do a quick search on Swagbucks to see if there are any printable coupons for the stores you are heading out to! There are printable coupons for Old Navy, Children's Place, Kohls, Coach and Carters just to name a few. This is a super easy way to save a bunch on places you are already going!

Everyone have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day!

Shopping trips 5/29

OOP: 1.46 & got back 8.98 in Register Rewards

Can i just say how excited i am about the Ritz? Even when paired with coupons and a sale you can rarely find them for less than $1.00 a box. Sunday-Monday only though they are FREE after Register Rewards!! I will be heading back one more time to get 1 more box....we go through a lot of crackers here:)
This was also done at 2 locations.

2 Ritz crackers 2.00 each
 -receive $2.00 RR when you purchase 1
Ecotrin 3.49
 -used in ad Walgreen's coupon to make the product .99
 -1.50 coupon from the 5/22 Sunday paper
2 Icy hot naturals .99 each
 -receive $.99 RR when you purchase 1
 -used 2 1.00 off any icy hot product from the 5/1 Sunday paper
2 BC aspirin 1.50
 -receive 1.50 RR when you purchase 1
Scott naturals paper towels 3.99
 -used 1.00 coupon from the 5/22 Sunday paper

OOP: -.03 & got back 26.99 Extra Care Bucks
savings of 63.86

2 M&M peanut 2/1.00
 -receive 1.00 ECB when you purchase 2
2 Oral B indicator toothbrushes 1.99 each
 -receive 1.00 ECB when you purchase one (limit 2)
 -used 2 1.00 coupons from the P&G everyday savings booklet (no longer available)
Oral B duel clean brush heads 29.99
 -used 3.00 coupon from a previous package
Preparation H wipes 10 count 3.99
 -receive 3.99 ECB when you purchase one
 -used 2.00 coupons available here
2 Crystal light single serve mix .50 each
 -used 1.00 off ANY Crystal light product CVS coupon from the "Red coupon machine"
Green bag tag .99
 -used FREE green bag tag CVS coupon from the "Red coupon machine"

I also used a $4.00/20.00 coupon from the red coupon machine & 27.99 in ECB from previous transactions.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Marsh shopping trip!

So, until yesterday i had never heard of the grocery store Marsh. I found out though they were tripling all coupons $1.00 and under. This makes for A LOT of free stuff! When i got there this evening i was greeted by TONS of couponers and empty shelves. So, my trip didn't go exactly as planned. I was still able to get a lot for next to nothing! I won't list out all the details because the closest Marsh to my area is 90 mins away, so i doubt many people are going to hop in the car to go. We were in the area of one though today so it kinda justified stopping :)

OOP: 2.82 SAVINGS OF 91.18 (97%)

The only items i paid for were:
1 box of Mini wheat's .89
chi chi tortillas .50
battery .69
town house crackers .49 each

I received a little overage on some coupons also. Everything else was FREE when the coupons tripled!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Shopping trips 5/26

I totally forgot to take pics today....but i wanted to post anyway! I had some great trips today :)

Giant Eagle:
OOP: 21.32 savings of: 46.83 - & i got $14.00 OYNO

4 Solo plastic cups 2.50 each
 -used 4 .75/1 coupons available here
6 Playtex Sport 2.49 each (these are Buy 1 get 1 free but they ring up 2.49 each no matter how many you buy)
 -used 5 1.00 coupons available here
 -used 1 .150/1 coupon from the 5/22 Sunday paper
2 Ball Park beef franks 2.84 each (these are Buy 1 get 1 free but they ring up 2.84 each no matter how many you buy)
 -used 2 .75/1 coupons available here (you will need to refresh the page until you see a Ball Park banner across the top of the website. Wait for it to finish loading and hit "print coupon")
Ball Park deli style hot dogs 4.00
 -used 2.00/1 Catalina that printed on a previous shopping trip
Ground beef 3.51
Fresh Express salad 1.69
 -used 1.00/1 coupon from facebook (no longer available)
2 Butterfinger crisp .49 each (these are Buy 1 get 1 free but they will ring up .49 each no matter how many you buy)
 -used .50/2 coupon from the 5/1 Sunday paper

When you purchase 4 Solo Cups at 2/$5.00 you will receive $4.00 OYNO. If you can print 4 .75/1 coupons, after the OYNO, its like getting all 4 sets of cups for FREE!

The Playtex sport is currently part of Giant Eagle's spend $25.00 on select products get $10.00 OYNO. This Catalina is working off shelf price. Each Playtex sport is 4.98 base on shelf price.  Purchasing 6 of these will get you over the $25.00 mark. Remember though these are on sale for 2.49 a box. If you can get your hands on 6 of the 1.50/1 coupons from the 5/22 paper you will be in for a sweet deal! I only had 1 of those coupons, so my transaction looked like this:
minus $1.50 coupon= 13.44
minus 5 $1.00 coupons=8.44
Therefore after the $10.00 OYNO it is like this is a MONEYMAKER of 1.56!!

OOP: 1.14

Purex 1.98 (priced matched to CVS) Walmart price was 2.97
 -used 1.00/1 coupon from the 5/1 Sunday paper
Mahatma rice 1.16
 -used .75/1 coupon (no longer available?)

The cashier actually entered the Mahatma coupon for $1.00 for some reason

OOP: .67 (with tax) & i got back $2.00 Register Reward

Sucnci hair 2.00
2 Bayer aspirin 3.19 each
 -used 2 $1.00 coupons from the 5/1 Sunday paper
 -used $1.00 coupon found in the Walgreens May coupon booklet (deducted $2.00)
 -used $2.00 off in ad coupon - found in the most recent Walgreens circular (deducted $4.00)

I had $4.00 in coupons for a product that only cost $3.19. Therefore my overage went toward the Sucnci and made my OOP very low!

OOP: 1.23 savings of 5.38

Taco Bell seasoning mix .44
Taco Bell dinner kit 1.29
 -used .75/2 coupon from the 5/15 Sunday paper
Kraft shredded cheese 2.00
 -used 1.00/1 coupon from a "blinkie" machine

OOP: 0.00 Savings of 6.14
Private Selection Frozen green beans 2.59
 -used FREE store coupon I received in the mail
Kroger 16oz Sausage 2.49
 -used FREE store coupon I received in the mail
Zone Perfect bar 1.06
 -used .55/1 coupon from the 5/22 Sunday paper (doubled)

Some of you may know, i HATE Kroger's. I have said i will not give them ANY of my money because i dislike how they have changed their coupon policy. I rarely shop there and when i do, my orders look a lot like this. When they allow stacking again, i will be willing to give them more than just my coupon "cash" :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Current mail in rebates

Mail in rebates are a great way to get a little extra money on a product you may already buy. Most mail in rebates can be turned into a money maker situation when you use coupons. Here is a current list of mail in rebates!

Finesse Rebate:
Purchase any Finesse product between 3/15/11 & 12/31/11 and receive a rebate check for $2.00. Get all the details and rebate form here

Blue Rhino Propane Tank Rebate:
Purchase any Blue Rhino propane tank between 1/1/11 & 12/31/12 and receive a rebate check for $3.00. Get all the details and rebate form here

By Nature Pet Food Rebate:
Purchase any 3.5, 4 or 6 pound bag of By Nature pet food before 7/31/11 and get it free by completing the form here. You will receive a rebate check for your purchase price - up to $12.99

3M/Post-it Rebate:
Purchase $20.00 in 3M or Post-it labels before 7/1/11 and get a rebate for $10.00. Get all the details and rebate form here

Kellogg's cereal Rebate:
Purchase 10 participating Kellogg's cereals and receive a $10.00 gas card. Each household may do this rebate up to 5 times!! All purchases must be made by 12/31/11. Get all the details and rebate form here

Armor All Rebate:
Purchase Armor All Ultra Shine Butter Smooth Wax or Ultra Shine Liquid Polish or any other Armor All product and receive up to $5.00 rebate back. Get all the details and rebate form here

Iams cat or dog food Rebate:
Purchase any 2lb or larger Iams dog food or 1.8lb or larger Iams cat food and receive a coupon for a FREE bag of food (up to 8 pounds or dog food or 4 pounds for cat food) Get all the details on the dog food rebate here & all the details on the cat food rebate here

Febreze NOTICEables Rebate:
Trade up to a Febreze NOTICEables Warmer and get up to $3.50 back by mail. Purchases must be made between 1/1/11 & 6/30/12. Get all the details and rebate form here

Feline Pine Cat Litter Rebate:
Purchase any Feline Pine Cat Litter 7 – 10.2 lb. bag and receive a FREE bag by mail. Purchase must be made by 6/30/11. Get all the details and rebate form here

General Mills Free Movie Cash Rebate:
Purchase 2 specially marked packages of General Mills Cereal and receive $10 in movie cash. Get all the details and enter your codes here. Purchases must be made by 8/31/11

**HOT** Coach 30% off coupon!!

Head over here to print a rare 30% off Coach Factory coupon! This coupon is valid through June 5th, 2011. Please note this is only good at factory locations.

Happy shopping ladies :)


50 bonus Swagbucks when you sign up & Memorial Day extras!

If you haven't signed up for Swagbucks yet, now is the time! Through May 27th, 2011 they are offering up 50 bonus Swagbucks! This is on top of the 30 you will receive for being a new member. When signing up just use the code MEMORIALDAY (case sensitive) to claim your 50 bonus swagbucks!

This Thursday, May 26th Swagbucks will be having a Swag Code Extravaganza! Basically this means they will be releasing more than the 1 or 2 Swag Codes they usually do daily. This is a VERY easy way to earn some extra Swagbucks and help get you to your reward goal! (mine is $50.00 Southwest gift cards)

Why wait? Sign up for Swagbucks today!!

In my mailbox...

Mail days are awesome when you coupon. It's so nice to go to your mailbox and get goodies instead of bills or junk mail.
In the mail Monday i received:
Sample of Head and shoulders shampoo and conditioner & a coupon for $1.00 Cheer laundry soap. (available here)
Nestle Taster's choice coffee sample - 6 varieties (available here)

In the mail Tuesday i received:
Sample of Zantac along with a $5.00 & $1.00 coupon (available here)
Coupons for Huggies, Pull-Ups, Pull-Ups wipes & a Cars 2 game (you can sign up to receive coupons here. I receive coupons approximately 4 times a year)
Sample of Garnier Fruitis Shampoo and Conditioner
My coupon train envelope!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday 5/22 shopping trips!

I'm posting these early this week! :) These are my weekly couponing shopping trips. Hopefully they will help a few of you plan your trips this week

Edited for spelling :)

OOP: 7.47 - Total savings 34.18 - i will also submit a rebate on the Finesse for a $2.00 check back - therefore making my OOP 5.47

1 Finesse Hairspray
 -used 1.00 coupon from the Sunday paper
2 Summers Eve cleansing cloths 1.39 each
 -used 2 .75 coupons available here (doubled to the price of the items)
2 Taco Bell taco mixes .44 each
 -used 2 .75 off 2 coupons (no longer available to print) (doubled to 1.50 each)
2 Taco Bell shells .62 each
 -used 1 .75 off 2 coupon from the 5/22 Sunday paper (doubled to 1.50)
chi chis salsa .99
 - used .50 coupon from the 5/15 Sunday paper
2 Auntie Millie loafs of bread 3.39 each
 -both FREE with current Meijer promotion
1 Auntie Millie hamburger bun 3.39
 -used .55 coupon from 5/15 Sunday paper (doubled to 1.10)
2 Sweet baby rays BBQ sauce 1.00 each
 -used 2 1.00 coupons i received from emailing the company
3 Kraft shredded cheeses 2.00 each
 -used 3 1.00 coupons i received out of a blinkie machine (the little coupon machines you find throughout the grocery store)
2 Deans chip dip .99 each
 -used 1.00 off 2 coupon available here. When you purchased 2 you also got 1.00 OYNO

I rang up the Deans dip first and then used the 1.00 OYNO toward my major purchase.

OOP: .38 with 2.00 in Register Rewards - total savings 12.99

Sunny-D 1.39
Scuni hair 2.00
Huggies little swimmers 6.99
 -used 2.00 Walgreen's coupon (available in the May coupon booklet)
 -used 2.00 coupon from the 5/15 Sunday paper
I also used $6.00 in Register Rewards from a previous purchase

OOP: -.23 with 12.99 in Extra Care Bucks - savings of 19.69

3 Revlon nail polish 4.99 each
 -used 2 $2.00 coupons from the 5/8 Sunday paper
 -used $1.00 coupon from the 4/10 Sunday paper
Trident Vitality gum .99
I also used 10.99 in Extra Care Bucks from previous purchases

When you purchased the Trident gum you received .99 back in Extra Care Bucks for your next purchase
When you purchased the Revlon nail polish you received $4.00 Extra Care Bucks for your next purchase (this item has a limit of 6 - so you could purchase 6 to get the ECB)

Giant Eagle
OOP: 1.34 with $3.00 OYNO - savings of 27.15

Tidy scoop $5.00 (not pictured)
 -used 1.00 coupon from the 5/15 Sunday paper
Earths Best organic crackers 3.29
 -used FREE coupon from the manufacturer
Suave Professional dry shampoo 2.50
 -used FREE coupon from playing an online play to win game from the manufacturer
2 Degree deodorant 3.50 each
 -used 1.00 coupon from the 5/22 Sunday paper
3 corn on the cobs .75
chicken breast strips 5.54
 -used Buy one get one free coupon from the 5/22 Sunday paper
I also used $11.00 OYNO from previous purchases

Total cash spent: 7.19
Total savings: 96.01

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Yay!! I have now earned, in less than a month, my 2nd $50.00 Southwest gift card from Swag Bucks!! I'm soo excited....what could be better than saving an easy $100.00 on vacation? We still have a few months until we need to purchase our plane tickets for vacation so i may try to get at least one more! Although, Jaxon does need a new car seat so maybe I'll start saving up for the very popular Amazon gift cards. They are only 450 Swagbucks...and that can really be earned in just a few days!

Interested in signing up for Swagbucks? Click here

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Current free samples availables!

Want a way to try out products before you buy them? Here is a list of the most recent free samples available.

Sign up here to get a free one week supply of Fish Oil from Nature's Bounty

Sign up here to get 2 body wipes and a coupon for $1.00

Sign up here to request a sample of Rachael Ray Nutrish premium dog food

Sign up here to receive a Poise sample kit

Sign up here to receive a free Neilmed Sinus Rinse bottle with 2 packets

Sign up here to receive a free sample of Goodnites underwear for kids

Sign up here to receive a sample of Garnier Fructis pure clean

Sign up here for a free sample of Loreal Youth Code. You will need to click "special offers and savings" in the bottom left corner and "get sample". Please note you will need to register for a loreal account  to receive this offer.

Sign up here for a sample of Gas-X thin strips

Sign up here to receive 2 packets of Miracle Whip

Sign up here to receive your sample of Purex complete with Zout

Sign up here to receive a sample of Gucci Guilty Fragrance

Sign up here to receive a sample of Power Pill

FREE grilled chicken & pecan salad sandwich at Arbys

Head on over to the Arby's facebook page and print a coupon good for a FREE grilled chicken & pecan salad sandwich when you purchase a 22oz pepsi. Offer is only valid through 5/22 so HURRY!

Do you shop online? Sign up for Shop at Home and get $5.00!

If you shop online at all, you may be interested in a site called 'Shop at Home'. Basically, they give you cash back for shopping at thousands of different stores and companies. They range from any retail store you can think of, to airline companies, to sites like snapfish & entertainment book. The cash back ranges from 1%-35% and changes daily. I have used this when purchasing things from Children's Place & Kohls and have gotten the cash back in my Shop at Home account within 2 weeks (but it can take up to 30 days). Once your account balance hits $20.00 they will mail you a check...Easy as that! It seems like it would take awhile to get to the $20.00, but if you are shopping online anyway, you'll reach that goal in no time.

Just for signing up through this link you will receive a $5.00 sign up bonus! FREE MONEY! So what are you waiting for? (you can also sign up through the link on the side of the page to earn your $5.00 credit:))

Thursday, May 19, 2011

My savings year to date...

Couponing is a super easy way to save your family some money. Who doesn't like a little extra spending cash in their pocket at the end of the month? I have a spread sheet that i use to track my receipts. It helps me keep track of how much we are spending...and how much we are saving! I try to input my receipts daily, but it seems like i usually have a stack of 20-30 to do all at one time! Here is what my spreadsheet looks like so far this year.

This includes ALL household food, toiletries, snacks, health and beauty...pretty much anything but bills. The only thing i am bad at is including rebates....i always seems to forget to list them. Rebates are a GREAT way to make a profit on an item...but we will discuss that in a different thread:)

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MonthShelfCouponsSalesRebatesSavings $My PriceSavings Rate
January $  1,215.78  $     567.29  $     422.91  $        62.74  $  1,052.94  $     171.30 86.61%
February $  1,052.41  $     484.36  $     271.40  $        54.46  $     810.22  $     272.18 76.99%
March $  1,354.16  $     705.57  $     332.64  $        19.99  $  1,058.20  $     331.29 78.14%
April $  1,428.03  $     704.83  $     296.32  $          0.00  $  1,001.22  $     468.10 70.11%
May $     681.80  $     381.13  $     166.45  $          5.00  $     552.58  $     155.81 81.05%
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December $               -    $               -    $               -    $               -    $               -  
TOTALS $  5,732.18  $  2,843.18  $  1,489.72  $     142.26  $  4,475.16  $  1,398.68 78.07%

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Weekly shopping trips 5-15 thru 5/18

I don't have pictures this week of all my trips but i will list them out & hopefully that will help some:)

OOP: 1.43 & i received $3.00 RR

I purchased:
Gillette Body wash 3.34
2 Old Spice body wash 3.33 each
Dove deodorant 3.99
Gillette deodorant 4.99
2 Scotch magic tapes 1.99 each
Scotch envelops 1.99
2 Peanut m&ms - .39 each

I used:
2.00/1 Gillette body wash
Buy one Gillette body wash get one Gillette deodorant free - 4.99
Buy one Old spice body wash get one free - 3.33
1.00/1 Old Spice body wash
1.00/1 Dove deodorant
2 1.00/1 Scotch magic tape (available here)
Walgreen's in ad coupon for buy 1 scotch product get 2 free
$6.00 in Register rewards from previous transactions

The great thing about most buy one get one free coupons is that you can use $x.xx/1 coupon also on the item that you are not getting free. so, for example, i used a Gillette buy one body wash get one deodorant free. So, i could use a $x.xx/1 body wash coupon also!

You'll notice the random m&m's...i needed these as "fillers" so i did not have more coupons than items (Walgreen's counts all register rewards as Manufacture coupons and not store coupons)

Giant Eagle
OOP: 5.49 and i received $4.00 OYNO

I purchased:
2 Gillette Mach 3 razors - 6.99 each
Sister schuberts frozen rolls - 3.49

I used:
3.00/2 Gillette Mach 3 eoffer
Buy one Gillette Mach 3 get one free - 6.99
1.00/1 Gillette Mach 3 razor
1.00/1 Sister Schuberts rolls

Giant Eagle
OOP: 11.25 with $7.00 OYNO

9 Ragu sauces 1.25 each

This was a GREAT transaction for anyone who doesn't have any coupons to start. (there are currently no Ragu coupons available) Giant Eagle was having a sale purchase $20.00 in select products get $7.00 OYNO. The great thing about Giant Eagle is that the when they have a sale like that (or the razors i purchased above) it goes off shelf cost NOT sale cost. So, the Ragu was 1.25 on sale, but the shelf price was 2.29. 2.29*9=20.61. 9 of them got me over the $20.00 i need, but i only paid 11.25. if you minus the 7.00 OYNO it was like i only paid .47 a jar! That is a GREAT price for pasta sauce and what most would consider a "stock up" price!

Lastly i wanted to include a picture of my most recent CVS receipt. Before couponing i NEVER shopped at a drug store. I always thought they were expensive and over priced. I could never figure out why people would want to waste money there....

If you look at the receipt since March 1st i have only spent 27.29 in CVS. Year to date though i have saved $803.01!! That averages out to $178.45 in savings every MONTH!! If you learn to play the "drug store game" you can get amazing deals...and spend very little!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Weekly shopping trips 5/8-5/14

I've had a very busy week so I'm just now getting around to posting my latest shopping trips. :)


OOP: .35 & i received  $12.00 ECB
savings of : 45.32

Windex - 3.00
Ziploc - 3.00
2 carefree - .99 each
glade sense and spray - 7.00
Tylenol precise - 4.14
3 Revlon eye shadows - 4.99 each
FREE sample of carefree

i used the following coupons:
1.00/1 Windex
FREE Ziploc coupon
2 FREE carefree coupons
3.00/1 glade sense and spray
5.00/1 Tylenol precise
3 2.00/1 Revlon makeup
i also had a CVS coupon for 3.00/10.00 in make up
10.74 ECB

CVS had a deal where you spent $15.00 on Revlon makeup you received $7.00 ECB. Also if you spent $12.00 on certain products you received $4.00 ECB (my Ziploc, glade & Windex qualified for this sale)

I also received $1.00 ECB for my green bag tag (once they scan it 4 times you get $1.00 ECB)

Carefree has been on sale a lot lately and these make GREAT items to donate to women's shelters!


OOP: -.11

I purchased:
1 Easter  egg coloring kit - .10
1 Noxzema bikini razor - 1.97
1 Bic comfort 3 razor - 2.88
2 Wilkinson razors - .97 each

**not pictured**
2 Dailys premixed frozen drinks - 1.99 each (these are like frozen margaritas that already have the alcohol in them!)

i used the following coupons:
2.00/1 Noxzema razor
3.00/1 Bic razor (select styles)
2 1.00/1 Wilkinson razor (coupon available here)
2 2.00/1 Daily's mixers (coupons available here)

Giant Eagle:
I had 2 trips this week because my husband wanted beer & i wanted to take advantage of the diaper deal!

OOP: 15.47 & i also received $8.00 OYNO
savings of: 33.00

I purchased:
2 pampers big packs - 19.99 each
1 Sam Adams beer - 8.49

i used the following coupons:
2 $10.00/1 pampers
$13.00 in OYNO from a different transaction

OOP: $13.33 & i got back $13.00 OYNO
Savings of: 40.55

I purchased the following:
2 Sensodyne travel sized toothpaste - 1.39 each
Gillette Fusion razor - 9.99
2 Hellman's Mayo - 3.00 each
3 Ragu sauces - 1.25 each
Venus disposable razor - 6.99
wishbone salad dressing - 2.50
wishbone salad dressing - 1.50
cubetti meat - 5.99
tomatoes - 2.50
2 right guard deodorants - 1.00 each
pepper - .78
onion - .41

I used the following coupons:
2 .75/1 Sensodyne toothpaste (doubled to 1.39)
$4.00/1 Gillette Fusion Razor
$4.00/1 Gillette fusion razor e-offer
.75/1 Hellman's mayo (doubled to 1.50)
1.00/1 Hell mans mayo (available here
FREE Venus disposable razor
Buy one get one free right guard
2 .40/1 Wishbone (available here)
i received the cubetti free because it rang up more than the price advertised!
i also used a $3.00 OYNO from a previous purchase

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I reached my Swagbucks goal!!

I have been working hard the last 3 weeks to get 5795 Swagbucks so i could get a $50.00 Southwest gift card. Well.....I REACHED MY GOAL!! I am super excited and can't believe i was able to do it! It was no where near as hard as i thought it would be and it awesome to know our plane tickets for vacation will be that much cheaper:) I am going to try to get another $50.00 gift card by July so we can save $100.00 on the plane tickets!

I hope this post will help some people decide to FINALLY sign up for Swagbucks! I have been a member for a few months but just started really trying to reach my goal. What could be better than getting a free gift card just for searching the web, doing a few surveys and watching a few videos! :)

Interested in signing up for Swagbucks? join here. I hope to see a few more people decide to try it out! If you need help learning what the heck to do, feel free to ask!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Giant Eagle run 5/5!

Giant Eagle starts their sales on Thursday. If there are great deals i like to go the first day...just to make sure i get what i want. I hate messing with rain checks:)

So....here is my run from today!

OOP: 11.14 & i got back $12.00 OYNO....so basically everything was FREE!!

Here is the breakdown for anyone looking to try a deal!

2 lysol wipes - 2.00 each
1 lysol all purpose spray - 2.00
1 lysol multi surface cleaner - 2.00
when you puchased 4 select lysol products you received 2.00 off instantly - so 4 for $6.00
i had the following coupons to match with the sale -
2 1.50 off 1 lysol wipes
1 .75 off lysol all purpose cleaner (doubled to 1.50)
1 .75 off lysol multi purpose cleaner (doubled to 1.50)
Total = 0.00!!

2 tampax pearl 4.00 each
1 always infinity 4.00
when you purchased 3 you got a coupon for 3.00 OYNO
i had the following coupons to match with the sale -
1 tampax pearl eoffer 2.00
1 always infinity eoffer 1.00
1 tampax paper coupon from the 5/1 sunday paper for 2.00 (i actually had 2 of these, but used a lower value coupon on accident for the other box)
1 tampax coupon for .75 (doubled to 1.50)
1 always infinity coupon for .75 (doubled to 1.50)
Total=4.00 & you get back 3.00 OYNO

For the next set you had to spend $10 and you would get back 3.00 OYNO. I did this deal 3 times (and i will probably go back and do it once more) The 10.00 amount is figured in the SHELF price not the sale price of the items
i purchased:
3 colgate toothbrushes 2.50 each
2 lady speedstick 2.00 each
1 speed stick 2.00 each
3 colgate toothpaste 2.50 each
i used the following coupons -
3 .75 off any colgate toothbrush (doubled to 1.50)
3 .50 off any speed stick or lady speedstick (doubled to 1.50)
3 .75 off any colgate toothpaste (doubled to 1.50)
Total - 9.00 & i got back 9.00 OYNO

Tide 5.99
.35 eoffer
.75 coupon (doubled to 1.50)

i also had a 4.00 OYNO & a 2.00 OYNO that i used on this transaction.

Total savings of 49.93!!

I have a TON of each of these items already...but for free, these make great items to donate or you can resell at yard sales etc ;)


If you are on my facebook you probably have noticed a lot of Swagbucks post. I am guessing many of you have no idea what swagbucks is...well hopefully this post can help explain it to you:)

How does SwagBucks work:

Swagbucks is basically a search engine like Google. Although, unlike Google, with Swagbucks the more you search...the more you earn! When you register for Swagbucks, you will get started with 30 SB (swagbucks). You can either search by going to to the Swagbucks homepage or you can download the toolbar. I chose to download the toolbar because it reminds you to search & makes it super easy. (There is a field where you just type in what you wanna search for!) It produces the same results as Google would but will reward you for searching a few times a day. You can usually win swagbucks 3 to 4 times a day & the value is anywhere from 7-50 SB. You will not win with every search, but if you search for things a few times in the morning, a few times in the afternoon & a few times in the evening you should be able to get a few wins. You will know you have won Swagbucks when you see something similar to this above your search results:

What do I do with my SwagBucks I earn?:

It will take a little time to start having your Swagbucks build up. Once you start to get some though, you can head over the the swagstore and see what is available to redeem your SB on. (if you have the toolbar installed you will just click on the "redeem" tab) The most popular option by far is the $5.00 Amazon giftcard for 450 Swagbucks. It may seem like a lot, but if you search and use the features of SwagBucks you will collect the points in no time. (lately it takes me 2 days to get enough for the $5.00 Amazon giftcard). There are tons of other prizes available - giftcards, electronics, movies, jewerly, clothing..and MUCH MUCH more.

How can you search more Swagbucks or Swagbucks quickly?

**If you install the toolbar you will get 1 SB daily just for having it installed!
**There is a daily poll you can take to earn 1 SB (under the "earn" tab on the toolbar)
**You can click on "trusted surveys" daily to earn 1 SB (under the "earn" tab on the toolbar)
**There is something called "NOSO" (under the "earn" tab on the toolbar) NOSO stands for "No Obligation Special Offers". You can do this everyday to earn 2 SB. Click on the "start earning now" once you are in the NOSO page. It will show you 4-10 "special offers" click SKIP or SHOW NEXT OFFER" for each one. once you are completed it will ask you to type in a phrase...type it in and you earn SB.

Doing the 4 things above will earn you 5 SB daily.

You can also watch "swagbucksTV". This is MUCH easier to do with the toolbar installed. Swagbucks tv is basically short 2-3 minute videos. They range from how to make a meal, to how to garden, to new clothing styles. You will click on a video to watch and let it play. You don't actually have to watch the video. You can minimize it and go about whatever you were doing on the computer. If you click the "watch SBTV" on the toolbar every min or 2 you can click a new video. Once you "watch" 10 videos you will earn 3 SB. I usually do this while i am on the computer anyway, so it's an easy say to earn a few extra Swagbucks.

There is also a tab called "special offers". Once you click special offers you will see 6 different tabs with different activites you can do. They range from just providing an email to receive newsletters, to "liking" a company on facebook to taking surveys. I do recommend you sign up for a different email account if you do the special offers. I also stay away from any that say things like "free iphone" or "win 500.00"....they are a little sketchy.  The surveys alone can get anywhere from 30-90 swagbucks. Some are long and boring...but it is a super easy way to earn SB. If you qualify for all the surveys daily you can earn near 300 swagbucks a day!

Lastly there is a tab called "trusted surveys". These are other surveys you can take. They are usually worth around 50 SB. They are usually a little shorter than the special offers survey, but i find it is harder to qualify for these. When you are in the trusted survey tab there is a link that says "profiles". Click on it and take all the surveys about you. You can earn close to 75 SB by doing this!

Even more ways to earn!

Fridays are Mega Swagbucks day. This means you can usually win more times from searching and they are usually higher valued wins.

There are also special codes that are released daily (1-3 times a day) These codes are usually located on their blog, facebook page, or homepage. You can use cheat sites though to make it easier to find the codes ;)


What are you waiting for? the sooner you sign up for SWAGBUCKS the sooner you can start earning!


Free samples are always awesome!! They can take what seems like forever to arrive (and usually you have forgotten all about it) but it makes getting the mail fun when you get freebies for different products instead of bills all the time:)
Here is a list of the current free samples i found available:

Dove daily treatment conditioner

Cottonelle Fresh wipes for you and a friend

Playtex Sport

John Frieda Root Awakening

Emergen-C Purex complete with Zout

Aveeno Haircare sample

P&G everyday savings coupons

Garnier Fruitis haircare sample

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