Sunday, December 16, 2012

CVS again

Spent $15
Saved $50.80
Received $15 in ECB's

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Deal of the Week: Pre Thanksgiving CVS shopping

So, the past two years CVS has had awesome deals on Thanksgiving day. This year, they decided to start their awesome deals this past Sunday. I had a $10/$50 coupon too which helped lower the cost even more!
Spent $7.85
Saved $68.08
Received $35 in ECB's

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Deal of the Week: CVS - This is getting ridiculous!

I think I might be able to make a living off of just shopping at CVS :P  Put together a good deal today. I spent a little more OOP (out of pocket) but will be submitting for a $15 mail in rebate from P&G and will be getting an extra $10 back from CVS from their "Beauty Club."  I even messed up and left two $1 coupons for the vitamins at home because I didn't think I'd be buying them.  So, here's the break down:
Spent $29.18
Saved $87.41
Received $11 in ECB's
Will be Receiving: $15 from P&G MIR
Will be Receiving: $10 ECB's from CVS Beauty Club
So basically it's like spending $14.18 ($8.44 before tax!) for $116.59 worth of products! And then receiving $21 in free CVS money!  Wooooo!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Deal of the Week: CVS

CVS has really been coming through these past few weeks! I didn't even really plan on going today, but we needed contact solution and somehow I turned it into an awesome deal :) 

Spent $13.74
Saved $52.35
Received $18 in ECB's

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Deal of the Week: CVS....Again.

Man, CVS has been having some awesome deals. They decided to send me a $5/$30 coupon that I can use (before any other manufacturer or CVS coupons) so I scored another awesome deal!  Sorry, I only snapped 2 pics and they both turned out blurry!
Spent $4.21 ($1.85 before tax!)
Saved $31.47
Received $11 in ECB's!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Fall = (Not) Frugal?

What is it about the fall that makes me want to spend money? I remembered buying a lot of things last fall and feeling so guilty about it that I made a post about it here. Although I have to admit, I love every single thing in that post. I'm wearing the hoodie as I type this, the flip flops were super comfy and worn all summer, and I've already busted out (and worn) my boots this fall (and still love love love them!), and of course I don't regret buying my iphone for 1 second! And the Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Well, so far this fall I've only had one (and it was 50% off at Einstein's because it was Friday...wooo!). 

So anyways, I went to DSW last weekend just to "look." Ha, yeah right, me, go to a shoe store, just to "look."  Well, I actually couldn't find anything I liked or that was comfortable in the regular shoe section (I should mention I was looking specifically for new running shoes). But the clearance section at DSW never disappoints.  I found a pair of running shoes that I LOVED, that fit, and were comfortable, but their price didn't seem very clearance-y to me.  I went back and forth and continued to search the clearance section deciding whether to just suck it up and buy them or not.  That's when I stumbled across a cute, SUPER comfy pair of flats that would be perfect for work and I just couldn't pass them up!

I ended up buying the running shoes, because let's face it, my body needs to have good support when I run, and at one pair of running shoes per year, I think I can splurge a little.  Here's a pic of the beauties:

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Deal of the Week: CVS

I have an CVS. This trip was ridiculous!
Spent $4.93 ($2 before tax!)
Saved $64.38
Received $10 in ECB's

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Deal of the Week: I'm back! CVS...

Sorry, it's been a while! Went to CVS today with a ton of coupons and scored a little but saved A LOT!  It's not too early to start stocking up on Halloween candy!!! (Which I will have to hide from Tom to make sure it lasts until October 31st)!!!

Spent $4.36
Saved $50.37
Received $18 in ECB's!!!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Deal of the Week: Dominick's

Yesterday I ran into Dominick's to grab a few things.  Just a small trip but some good savings!

Spent $7.22
Saved $14.67

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Deal of the Week: CVS

I spent a lot at CVS this week...and even spent some money, *gasp* out of pocket!!  Oh well, I had some ECB's that were expiring and got some good deals :)
Spent $12.57
Saved $45.75
Received $10 in ECB's!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Deal of the week. Target again!

Quick Target trip today. Not quite as good as last time!
Spent $7.29
Saved $14.80
Received $5 Target GC

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Deal of the Week: Target

Lately I haven't had the energy to take pics of any if our shopping trips. This one is from today. Just a quick trip to Target!
Spent $3.45
Saved $16.65
Received $5 Target giftcard!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Deals of the Week: CVS and Dominick's

We were out of town all weekend for a wedding so we didn't do any shopping, but I took today off to get caught up on some things and I made up for not shopping all weekend! 

And yes, that is a lot of cheese and bacon!  But for $0.75/pack of cheese (normally $3.99) and $1.24/pack of bacon (normally $6.99) I couldn't pass it up!!  And they both freeze so well!   AND I only used one paper coupon!! I saved 73%!!!
Spent $31.38
Saved $81.87

The magic coupon machine printed out a few good coupons to let me score some awesome deals.
Spent $1.56 (on giftcard, only $0.43 before tax!!)
Saved $26.85
Received $8 in ECB's and a coupon for a free bottle of contact solution!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Deal of the Week: CVS

Spent $8.32 (On giftcard)
Saved $30.48
Received $6 in ECB's

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

CVS Stats: Mid-Year Update!

I posted my 1st quarter stats back in March.  Here are my stats for the first 6 months of the year:

Began the year with $5 in ECB's, $10 CVS Giftcard from purchases last year, $50 CVS giftcard (from cashing in credit card reward points). Received another $50 GC from credit card points in April.

Total Spent (On giftcards): $108.24
Spent OOP (Out of Pocket): $15.07 (this would have been less but I forgot my GC one time when I went in April...grrrrr!)
Saved $392.83
Total ECB's Received: $119.99 in ECB’s

So that means I've spent $15.07 of our own money for $516.14 worth of merchandise from CVS!  Woooo! How can I not love this store?!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Deal of the Week: Target

The small trips count too!
Spent $0.85 Saved $6.99

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Deal of the Week: Target

Love Target. Got a few things and didn't even buy any clothes this time!!

Spent $7.16
Saved $14.43

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Deals of the Week: CVS and Dominicks

Sorry the pics are ginamormous...blogging from my phone. I didn't really need anything at CVS but I had a few ECB's that were about to expire.  Not a bad trip to Dom's either.  All in all a good week!

Spent $5.55 (on GC)
Saved $22
Received $9 in ECBs

Spent $26.26
Saved $32

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Deal of the Week: CVS

Another good week at CVS!

Spent $3.21
Saved $22.21
Received $8 in ECB's

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Deal of the Week: Target

I went to Target yesterday on my day off to grab a few deals.  Of course I perused the clothing clearance and found a shirt. I think I buy a shirt every other time I go to Target. Although this one was the most expensive in a while ringing up at $12.58!  Oh well, a girl can splurge every once in a while, right?! ;)
Spent $35.28
Saved $34.25
Received $10 in Target GC's

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Deal of the Week: Jewel

I ran into Jewel to stock up on a few essentials and picked up a couple of other freebies. 
Spent $11.63
Saved $29.82
Received $2 cat to use at next visit

Friday, May 4, 2012

Deal of the Week: Jewel

Jewel had another Double Coupon event this week. I wasn't really prepared and didn't have time to organize a good trip and really take advantage of the savings. But I still managed to run in for a few things :)

Spent $9.05
Saved $27.05
Received $5 catalina (coupon) to use on next visit

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Deals of the Week: Target & CVS

I ran to Target and CVS this morning before the Flyers game.  Since it's Earth Day, Target was giving out free mini bags (some Targets were giving out samples and coupons in their bags, but no surprise to me that mine wasn't).  I was kind of hoping for a regular size bag, but whatever, it was free.  
Spent $6.59 Saved $11.56

This is probably the worst CVS trip I've done so far, but I needed some olive oil and it wasn't a bad price. Tom needed some more soap so I bought some with their "Buy 2, Get 1 free" deal. I didn't even have any soap coupons! 
Spent $20.97 Saved $48.74 Recieved $16 in ECB's

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Freebies from my mailbox (and inbox)

I kind of took a break from signing up for free samples, simply because I haven't had the time to even check the few frugal blogs I have on my Google Reader. But last month I was able to sign up for a few good ones on my day off.

Tide Pods sample
Gud Lotion sample (& coupon)
Lipton tea sample (& coupon)
2 Free Coffeemate creamer coupons
Free Domino's Artisan Pizza

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Deals of the Week: Target & Jewel

Spent $5.05
Saved $20.83


Spent $5.07
Saved $20.12

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Deal of the Week: Dominicks

So I had only planned on getting a handful of things from Dom's this week and stocking up at Aldi, but Aldi was closed today for Easter so the Dominicks trip ended up being bigger than anticipated! Spent $65.86
Saved $59.06

We would have saved more than we spent but good ol' Sam tipped the scales in the opposite direction ;)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Deal of the Week: Dominicks

Just a little Doms trip this week!

Spent $12.49
Saved $18.80

Sunday, March 25, 2012

CVS Quarterly Update

I decided it would be fun this year to keep track of how much money I actually spend (as well as how much I save) at CVS. Here are my First Quarter Stats :)

Began with $5 in ECB's, $10 CVS Giftcard from purchases last year, $50 CVS giftcard (from cashing in credit card reward points)
Total Spent (On giftcards): $56.33
Spent OOP (Out of Pocket): $4.39
Saved $178.10
Total ECB's Received: $55 in ECB’s

So basically I've only spent $4.39 of my own money for $234.43 worth of merchandise :D Also, I submitted for $15 worth of rebates so when I receive those checks I will use them as "free CVS money" to keep my OOP cost minimal. Also, I'm only a few credit card points away from being able to submit for another free $50 giftcard :)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Macy's Shopping

Last weekend Tom and I went shopping because he needed some new clothes. We managed to find just about everything he needed, which was great. I, of course, had to peruse the clearance racks at Macy's....and I'm so glad I did! I found 4 long sweaters which are perfect to wear with yoga pants or leggings. I also found a super cute tank top which only cost $3.99 so I couldn't really pass it up! After the 20% discount on top of the clearance prices, it made 3 of the sweaters $7.99 each and one $11.56.

Spent $39.52

Retail $158

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Deal of the Week: Dominicks

Here is our Dominicks trip from today. Not too bad. We did some damage at Aldi (no pic) but stocked up on a lot too.
Spent $24.38

Saved $30.89

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The price of an emergency fund

Regular car repair: $550
Bailey's vet visit: $280
Surprise car repair when it started making a funny sound (and after they couldn't find anything wrong with it at first): $850
Rental car fee (when the car was in the shop): $50
Bailey's teeth cleaning: $160
Doctor visit since we are on a high-deductible health plan: $120
The relief that comes with not having to bat an eye because we worked hard to put money into our emergency fund to cover months like this: Priceless

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Deal of the Week: Dominicks

This is a little late but we didn't do much shopping last weekend because we were sick. Here's my haul from Dominicks. I ran in after work quick today.
Spent: $12.79
Saved: $31.76
Received: Free milk coupon

Sunday, March 4, 2012

More Deals of the Week: Spent $3.48 Saved $43.26

Where do I begin? This might be my best shopping trip ever :) I went to CVS, Target, and Staples. Total spent was $3.48, saved $43.26, and I received $5 in ECB's from CVS and a $5 Target giftcard from Target. See more details below. Target is on top, CVS is on the bottom right, and the ream of (Staples) paper is from Staples :) Target: Spent $2.96, Saved $26.60, Received $5 Target giftcard. This is a great example of how "rolling" Target giftcards can get you some awesome deals.
CVS: Spent $0.69 (just tax) and I used my giftcard so I didn't spend any of my own money, Saved $11.17, Received $5 in ECB's.
And finally at Staples, I spent $6.01 but I'll be getting $5.49 back from a rebate deal making the ream of paper free. I love free paper to print out free coupons!!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Deals of the Week: CVS and Target

Spent $1 (on giftcard, $0.24 before tax)
Saved $10.52
Received $5 in ECB's


Spent $12.63

Saved $14.91

I have been desperately needing a new pillow so I was excited to see that they were on sale this week. I was even more excited to randomly find a 20% off pillows coupon on Target's website!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Deal of the Week: Target shopping

I have a new favorite thing to do on Saturday afternoons....go to Target. There's been some good deals to be had lately by combining manufacturer coupons with Target coupons. Here is last week's haul, including a few groceries and a clearance shirt for me :) Grocery shopping is always better when you can leave with a new shirt!
Spent $15.70
Saved $25.69

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Deal of the Week: Wine? Yes please!

There was an awesome wine deal at CVS this week which resulted in 6 bottles of wine for $0.78 each after discount and rebate!! I took a gamble waiting to go until later in the week, thinking most people don't waste their time with rebates so there would be plenty left. Wrong. I bought the last 6 bottles at my local CVS!
Spent $33.24
Submitting for$25 rebate
Total $8.24 (including tax) after rebate for 6 bottles of wine

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Deal of the Week: Friday Fun Dominicks Deals

I stopped in at Dominicks on the way home from work on Friday to grab a couple of deals.
Spent $30
Saved $29
Submitting for $4 rebate from the champagne

Saturday, February 4, 2012

More Deals of the Week: Jewel & CVS...again

Jewel was having their awesome Double Coupon event last Sunday through Wednesday. They would only double 5 coupons per day, so I went once each day. (Luckily it's on the way to/from work and very close to the apartment)! Here are my totals from Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday!

Spent $15.73
Saved $45.39

I also went back to CVS because I found another good deal I couldn't pass up!
Spent $4.44 (On giftcard, so $0 OOP)
Saved $17.22
Received $6 ECB
Submitting for $5 Colgate/Palmolive rebate

Friday, February 3, 2012

Deal of the Week: Target Trip

I went back to Target this week and scored some awesome deals. Bought: 3 bags of Iams dogfood (which were free with coupons), 2 Lipton pasta sides (I tried looking for the Buffalo Chicken variety that was pictured on the coupon, but they didn't have it), 3 Vicks Vapoinhalers, 3 Coffeemates (I grabbed a fat-free one by mistake...barf), 1 pair of sweatpants (Only $2 after coupon!!), and one 2-pack of baby pants ($1.90 on clearance, my coworker just had a baby and realized she had a ton of newborn onesies but no pants to go with them!!)
Spent $10.76
Saved $27
Received $5 GC

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Deal of the Week: Free Shopping Sunday

I ran out today to get a few things at various stores for free.

CVS items on the right: I paid for everything on a giftcard and I'll be submitting for a $10 mail-in rebate from the Advil. Spent $8 (on GC), Saved $19, Received $10 in ECB's.

Jewel in the middle: Spent $0.70 (tax) with Jewel's Double Coupon event.

Target on the left: Free Iam's dogfood with three $3 coupons in today's P&G Insert

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Deal of the Week: Dominicks shopping

Not great, not horrible. Bailey was more interested in whatever was on the back counter :)

Spent $28.28
Saved $36.05

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Deal of the Week: More Holiday Cheapies at Target!

Bought: 2 Burt's Bees Chapsticks (my fav) for $0.29 each, 1 can of Plantars Creme Brulee Almonds for $0.59!

Yay for 90% off!!! Sorry about the giant picture and poor quality...blogging from my phone.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Deal of the Week: CVS

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I *big puffy heart* CVS!! Today I went to score a bunch of free stuff (great Nivea lip care ECB deal that matches up with some coupons in this past Sunday's paper and some Pantene S&C are on clearance which makes them free (or about $0.07 a bottle after coupons from yesterday's P&G insert). Anyways, are you ready for this? There also happened to be an unadvertised Pantene ECB deal so I unexpectedly got $6 ECB and I also received a $3 ECB from the magic coupon machine (I'm assuming for my Winter spending?). Spent $3.42 ($1.25 before tax) put this on a giftcard I had from previous purchases so $0 OOP
Saved $52.84
Received $14 in ECB's

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Deal of the Week: Post Christmas Shopping

I can't believe I never knew about this before. At Target, (almost) anything that has "Christmas" or "snowflake/winter" themes on it goes on clearance with the rest of the holiday items. I went yesterday to peruse the 70% off items and thought I would check the "regular" aisles becaues I heard not all of the clearance stuff will be in the Holiday section nor will it be clearly marked. I decided to scan a couple of items and I'm so glad I did! The plates scanned at $0.89 each and I had two $0.75 off coupons I could use with them. The aluminum foil also scanned for $0.89 and I had a $1.25 off coupon that adjusted down to $0.89 for free foil! So, total spent $0.28!!