Saturday, February 28, 2015

Super Savings Saturday: Target, Meijer, Aldi, Save-a-Lot, Kroger

Kraft dressing 1.99 -$1/1 mPerk
Mazola oil 3.69 -$1/1 mPerk
9 Hamburger helper @$1 -$1/3 mPerk, -2 x .75/3 coupons
5 Knorr pasta @$1 - 1.50/5 mPerk
3 packs animal crackers @$1
2 packs pretzels @$1
2 Meijer buns- free items for buy 10 get 11th free
6 packs cookie dough clearance to .80 each, used 3 x $1/2 coupons
I paid $30.45.

Second trip: I had 2 $10 rewards to use. I also had coupons and mPerks and did multiple transactions to maximize Catalina offers. I ended up with:
4 Glade wax melts
1 bag yellow peppers, reduced (4 peppers for 1.27)
1 bag orange peppers, reduced (4 peppers for 1.30)
1 bag red peppers, reduced (4 peppers for 1.37)
4 bags 3# apples 1.50 each
2 cotton marl yarn (large skeins) 70% off
5 fleece yarn (70% off)
5 bath mesh poufs .10 each
20 yoplait yogurt
2 first aid kits .25 each after 50% off clearance and coupon
2 bricks cheese
1 bottle canola oil
4 1# margarine
1 pair underwear - clearance
1 pair earmuffs - clearance
1 pair earrings - clearance
I paid 11.16 out of pocket after my discounts.

pork loin 8.52
eggs 1.50
2-liter pop- free when you spend $10
gallon milk - free when you spend $10
I paid $10.20.

I did three transactions of this:
2 Kotex pads @2.99 -$1.50/2 coupon
Paid $4.93 and got back $2 and $3 on your next order coupons.
Then I did a fourth transaction:
2 gallons milk, cantaloupe, foil, 2 Valentine m&ms candy, ice cream, 2 packs popsicles, 6 skinny cow drinks, 1 ice cream, 2 cards, 3 fruit pouches.

Target: My receipt is all goofy and it reordered my coupons and stuff. I got:
3 packs pull-ups, 2 packs Huggies diapers, 4 packs Huggies wipes, 1 pair Valentine socks (90% off), 4 bags Dove chocolate covered fruit, 4 bags Starburst jelly beans, 2 Valentine clearance m&ms, 2 boxes Plum organics mini frozen pizzas, 2 Eucerin lotion, 2 2-packs Aquaphor lotion, 1 3-pack Softsoap, 4 packs frozen vegetables, 3 boxes tissues, 1 tub Tidy Cats lightweight cat litter, 4 bags Purina beyond cat food, 4 cans sheeba cat food, 2 cans One Beyond cat food, 4 l'oreal shampoo, 6 packs Playtex. I paid $47. 94 after Cartwheel offers, target coupons and manufacturer's coupons. I got back $10 in gift cards from Playtex.

I sent my husband for milk and produce.

February Decluttering

  • I tossed a few opened items that have expired.
  • I sent my husband with a bag of unopen snacks we didn't like.
  • I contributed to my 2nd grader's Valentine's party and girl scout meeting with stockpile items.
  • I went through my toddler's clothes and removed what has gotten too small for her. She's a chunk, just like my other two were at the same age. The other two are now skinny!
  • I donated two large bags of art/craft materials to the community center.
  • I tossed a bag of trashed art/craft supplies. 
  • I sold a grocery bag of books.
  • I filled 7 large black trash bags of items to donate. The items ranged from body wash I used once and the smell was unappealing to outgrown kids clothes, etc. 
  • I dropped off two bags of charity items I made to the knitting store. 
  • I took three large bags of items to the local food pantry. The items included foods and toiletries.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Frugal Friday

I put in an order for copy paper and toner for my work-at-home self-employment. Office Depot repeatedly messed up my order. They kept trying to deliver 1 ream of paper instead of 1 case (with 6 reams). I called and sent emails and was able to keep the incorrectly delivered lone reams at no extra charge, due to the hassle they caused me.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Book Review: Sabotaged

Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey is book five in a series of Alaskan courage fictional stories. This book involves two main characters, Kirra and Reef. The relationship between these two characters is explored through a variety of stressful and everyday situations.

This is Christian fiction but it's not overly preachy or even too obvious that it's Christian in nature. This would be a fun book to lose yourself in on a lazy summer day as you imagine being in the cold north. It would also make a good read for a cold winter day when you just don't want to get off the couch. Grab a mug of hot chocolate, a warm blanket, get your cat on your lap and you'll be all set with this book to read.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Book Review: This Is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?

This Is What You Just Put in Your Mouth? by Patrick Di Justo is a consumer guide about everyday products that most of us use. Some of the ingredients in everyday products are just bizarre. Who would have known that Noxema contains pork derivatives, for example?

This informative book is well-written. It's in language that anyone can understand. Complex chemical names are explained so that even if you didn't have years of general and organic chemistry, you can still understand what's going on.

This would be a great book to bring along while traveling or a good book to keep in your bag for those times when you have a spare ten minutes. Each chapter is short and tells a complete story.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Book Review: God Bless My Boo Boo

God Bless My Boo Boo by Hannah C. Hall and illustrated by Steve Whitlow is a board book for little ones about how to take care of a variety of boo boos. The aches and pains include toothache, cuts and scrapes.

What I liked the most about this book was that it covers everything from vaccines to toothaches, which are all something kids are likely to experience. This book seems like it would be durable even for a rough baby or toddler to handle.

The illustrations are cute and feature baby animals with their mommies, although the animals are presented in a neutral way, so maybe there are some daddies in there too.

This would be a great book to put into the diaper bag and bring along to the doctor's office or to read at home before a sick visit or vaccination.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Super Savings Saturday: Meijer, Joann's, Aldi, Target

Meijer: There were awesome mPerks this week. For groceries, I got:
2 dozen eggs @1.99 -1.00/1 mPerks
4 Swiss miss hot chocolate @1.19 -4 x $1 off hot chocolate wyb 2 Keebler cookies
8 Keebler cookies @1.69 after mega sale
campbells soup .99 after mega sale -$1/1 catalina coupon
campbells slow cooker sauce 1.19 after mega sale -.50/1 coupon
2 boxes crackers @1.69 each after mega sale
2 Olay cleansers @2.00
2 Olay cleansers @6.29
Olay 2.59
8 L'oreal shampoo @2.79 - 4 x $4/2 coupons
Venus razor 7.99 -3.00/1 mPerk
apples 2.06
pears 1.75
box of 4 packzi 2.79
13 Special K bar @1.88 after Mega sale -13 x .75/1 coupons
6 Kraft slices @1.99 after mega sale -3 x 1.00/2 coupons
8 Kraft singles @1.99 after mega sale
8 Parmesan cheese @2.79 after mega sale -8 x .75/1 coupons
2 Dole fruit squishems @2.00 -2 x $1/1 coupons
watermelon chunks .98
-5% grocery reward offer

For general merchandise, I got:
gravy skimmer 2.99 (I've been waiting for this to go on sale)
2 pair slippers 3.00 each -$5/EACH mPerk
2 pairs slippers 4.00 each -$5/EACH mPerk
3 pairs prewalk shoes 4.00 each -$5/EACH mPerk
4 pairs Skidders shoes 6.00 -$5/EACH mPerk
1 pair girls dress shoes 4.00  -$5/EACH mPerk
2 pairs Baby shoes  5.00 each -$5/EACH mPerk
Hello Kitty shoes 5.00 -$5/EACH mPerk

35 packs Goody hair accessories @2.19 -2.00/EACH mPerk

After all that fun, I earned a bunch of rewards. So I did this:
6 packs pull-ups @8.99 -2.50/1 mPerk, -5 x $2/1 coupons
4 packs wipes @1.99 - 4 x .50/1 coupons
-$25 and $10 rewards
Paid $14.41, got back $10 oyno from spending $60 in Huggies.

Second transaction:
2 yarn @2.39 each
2 Campbell's soup @2.69 each, -2 x $1/1
2 milk @2.99
3 capri sun @.89 after mega discount
chimichanga $1 -$1/1 coupon
Campbell's easy cooking soup .99 after mega discount -$1/1 catalina coupon
4 cheese slices @1.99 after mega discount, -4 x $1/1 coupons
-$7 reward
-$10 oyno from previous transaction
Paid $3.99

2 pks green peppers @.69
2 pks mushrooms @.69
3# onions .69

Friskies 3pk cat treats 1.19 -$1/1 coupon
Starbucks Via .32 each after gift card and peelie coupons on boxes