Wednesday, December 31, 2008

YTD Savings

Around March or so, I decided to create a spreadsheet to help me keep track of my coupon & rebate savings. According to my calculations, I have saved a total of $2,991.09 by using coupons, and earned $1,030.32 in rebates, for a total of $4,021.41!

For 2009, I've decided to keep track of how much I spend at each of my store trips, so I can get a better idea of just how much I am saving (or spending).

So, for those who don't use coupons or do rebates, let this be an eye opener for you that you really can save money with them! Of course, I'm still learning, there are folks out there who spend very little, if anything out of pocket for their groceries. One day, hopefully, I will be just like that.

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Week of 12/28/08-1/3/09

WOW! I can't believe that at the end of this week we'll be into 2009! Where has time gone?! Anyways, here are some deals I think are noteworthy for this week:

Glade Scented Oil candle holder $3.99
Use $2.50 coupon from 12/7 insert
$1 Easysaver rebate
= $0.49 out of pocket

Scotch packing tape $1.99
Use $1 coupon from 11/23 insert
=$0.99 out of pocket

Dawn dish soap $0.99
Use $1/2 coupon from 12/14 insert
= $0.98/2 out of pocket

Fusion Razor $8.99
Get $3 register rewards when you buy one
Use $4 coupon from 12/28 insert
Use FREE Gillette bodywash or shampoo coupon from 12/14 insert
like paying $1.99 for razor & bodywash (or shampoo) after register rewards

Dr Scholls Massaging Gel Insoles 2/$20
Get $10 register rewards when you buy two
Use 2 $2 internet printable coupons
like paying $6/2 after register rewards

Auto Expressions Vent Fresh elite auto freshener $4.99
FREE after rebate from Walgreens
Moneymaker when you submit for manufacturer rebate

Rite Aid
Crest ProHealth toothpaste
$2.49- $1 SCR - $1 manuf (11/30 insert)=$0.49

Orajel Antiseptic mouth sore rinse
$5.99 - $5.99 SCR= FREE

10.99-$1 manuf= $9.99

JC Penney rewards

When doing some after Christmas shopping today, I noticed a brochure about a new rewards program at JC Penney.

Here are the details:
Earn a JC Penney Card bonus when you shop using your JCP card, you get 25% extra points
Earn 1 point on all regular & sale priced purchases when you shop in store, online or by catalog.
Reach 250 point in a month & you get a $10 JCP rewards certificate.

To sign up, go to, enter promo code 1011 where prompted (from the back of the brochure I picked up, in no way associated with myself), register your credit card(s), start shopping & earning points!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Like Santa?

This morning while laying in the bed cuddling, my (almost) 3 year old son, Lucas, rolled over to me and told me I was just like Santa. When I proceeded to ask him why, his response was: "Because you're big and fat!" Boy, was I sorry I asked.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sales this week 12/14-12/20/08

99c Progresso soups w/ in ad coupon, use $1.10/1 IP for 11c overage!
Pampers $10.99, use $1.50 manuf = 9.49

Rite Aid
Gift of Savings program still going on, enter all receipt information to earn your extra rebate up to $20

99c Blistex , use 25c off any manuf = 0.74
Select Xmas movies $3.99 FAR
Nicorette (100-110ct), $10 RA coupon, $10 IP = $32.99
Huggies, $2 RA coupon, $1.50 manuf = $8.99 - $1 caregivers marketplace = $7.99
BOGO Halls sugar free cough drops, use 50c manuf = $1.99/2
Mentos gum, use $1/2 manuf, (2) 55c RA = 88c/2

Super Fresh (ends Thursday 12/18)
Pepsi 12 packs 4/$11 WYB $25 additional items (ends Monday 12/15)
Pampers $10.99 - $1.50 manuf = $9.49

P&G Year of Savings
Purchase $50 worth of P&G products (doesn’t have to be on 1 receipt) & receive a booklet of coupons worth $120+, purchases must be made 12/14 or after

Pampers Gift to Grow program
Enter WEAPPRECIATEU08 for 10 points credited to your account.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Fernando Guerrero press conference

Today at 12pm sharp, there was a press conference at Black Diamond Lodge in Fruitland, Maryland with Fernando Guerrero & his trainer/manager, Hal Chernoff. The purpose was to tell his fans the details of his next fight, to be held here in Salisbury on Friday, February 6, and will be televised on ESPN.

I'm super excited about this, even though I'm not a huge boxing fan, but after watching his first fight here in Salisbury, I'm hooked. He's a super great guy, doing everything he can to get the community together, and even giving back to the communities that support him. As an entrance "fee" to the press conference today, you were supposed to bring a canned good and/or a toy for Toys for Tots. When my husband & I left, it looked like they got a pretty decent assortment of gifts, but the canned good collection containers had already been removed.

Fore more details about the fight, you'll have to keep watch here as I'm sure Joe will have some pics & details to post later.

Here are some pics my hubby & I got with the fighter:

Saturday, December 13, 2008

FREE Sesame Street book from Earth's Best

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Get your free book by mailing in 2 UPCs from Earth’s Best Sesame Street Products, plus shipping and handling. Then one of these four titles will arrive in the mail.