Salvation Army Finds & a Linky Party!

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to our local Salvation Army store

and while I was there, I picked up these…

How much you ask??  Well, the price tags said $2.35 (each), which is a fantastic deal…

But when the cashier rang me up, the total cost was only $3.30!!!

I had forgotten that everything is 30% off on Wednesday’s – yahoo!!!!

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They found a new home in my pantry…

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Now all my tea and sweeteners are nice and organized!

Not too shabby for $3.30!

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Now it’s your turn!

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Link up a post about anything you’ve worked on lately!

* Link back to my blog please! Buttons can be found on the right side of my home page.

* Link directly to your specific post…

* Please only post links that you haven’t previously posted.

Please Don’t:

* Don’t link up your SHOP, STORE, OR ETSY…

* Don’t link up your GIVEAWAY.

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Happy linking!

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Home Stories A2Z

CVS Deals ~ 2/22/12

I scored at CVS this week!

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I love it when the receipt just keeps coming & coming…

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Here’s how the deals breakdown:

Slim Fast Shakes 4 pk ~ $6.49 reg price, $5.00 sale price + $1.50/1 coupon = $3.50


Wisk Laundry Soap ~ $8.99 reg price, $4.99 sale price + $1/1 coupon = $3.99


1 bottle of Vitamin Water ~ $1.77 reg price, $.99 sale price = $.99


3 boxes of General Mills Cereals ~ $8.40 reg price, $5.97 sale price, $1/3 coupon = $4.97


Schick Intuition 3pk refill ~ $12.29, $8.99 sale price, $2/1 coupon = $6.99


4 Fructis Styling Aids (Hair) ~ $18.66, $11.96 sale price, 4 – $1.00/1 coupons = $7.96


Dial Nutriskin Lotion ~ $6.99, $4.99 sale price, $1/1 coupon = $3.99


Total Cost = $32.39

Here’s where it gets fun!!  I had $21.00 in Extrabucks from my last shopping trip…

My total is now $11.39 + tax, for a grand total of $14.22!!!!!!


So my receipt says I saved a total of $58.17 and

it shows the Extrabuck amounts I need to receive the next reward…

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Here are the Extrabucks I earned for my next trip ~ $10.00 total!!!

I also scored a couple more coupons…

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I would say that this worked out to be a very profitable trip to CVS!!!

CVS Deals 2-3-12


My total is a little higher than I like to spend at a drugstore but there were some great offers from buying multiples of certain products so I decided it was worth it in the long run.
Total spent at CVS: $60.18
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Total Saved at CVS: $54.80
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Total Extra Care Bucks earned: $21.00!!!!!!!!
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For a grand total of $39.18 for all of the items pictured below ($114.98 regular priced) !!!!!!!!!!!!
Not too shabby if I do say so myself :’)

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Grocery Deals 2-2-12

I found some fabulous deals at Stater Bros & Albertson’s this week!


Here’s a link to Money Saving Mom’s blog where I go to find Stater Bros deals…

And here’s a link to Save at Home Mommy where I find my So Cal Albertson’s deals…(I found this link at The Krazy Coupon Lady’s website here.)

Here’s a look at my finds at Stater Bros…

Pork Spareribs are on sale for $1.99 per lb so I grabbed 2 large racks for my freezer stash.  I was also able to get frozen pizzas for $3.49 a piece & Ragu pasta sauce for $1.00 a jar!!!

Total spent at Stater’s: $64.63

Total saved at Stater’s: $42.56

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Here’s a look at my Albertson’s deals…

Albertson’s sent out a “book of savings” this week with their ad & it’s loaded with great coupons like: Dennison’s Chili for .99 cents…1 lb bag of baby carrots for .69 cents & Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey (16 oz) for $2.50!!!  I was able to add some manufacturers coupons to some of the Albertson’s coupons for even greater deals:  Delimex 25 ct Beef Taquitos – $4.99 with in-ad coupon…down to $2.99 with $2/1 manufacturers coupon!!!

Total spent at Albertson’s: $28.63

Total saved at Albertson’s: $27.56!!!!!!

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I’ll hopefully be hitting CVS, Rite Aid & possibly Target this weekend…stay tuned!

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My Growing Stockpile

I’ve been using my new couponing methods for less than a month now and am already seeing great results!

Today I did my grocery store shopping for the upcoming week. Because there were so many great deals at the grocery stores this weekend I ended up spending my week’s grocery budget & will skip the drugstores this week.  It was well worth it though as I was able to stock up on many items including chicken & ground beef.  Click here to see my drugstore savings from last week.

Here’s the lowdown on my purchases:


**Spent $65.82

***Saved $67.03!!!



**Spent $78.51

***Saved $93.87!!!


Stater Bros:

**Spent: $53.30

***Saved: $32.03!!


Total Spent: $197.63

Total Saved: $192.93!!!

Basically, I brought home just under $400 worth of groceries for under $200…

A savings of 50%!!!  YAHOO!!

Here’s some photos of my growing stockpile that I keep all over the house & in the garage…

Pantry drawers are filling up…

Fridge & freezer are pretty packed too…

I’m blessed to have an extra refrigerator in the garage – it’s ugly but it still works!

Some of my 36 rolls of paper towels that I scored at CVS last week!

More paper towels & toilet paper – ran out of room in the cupboard!

Onto my bathroom…

And lastly, the master closet…

Black Friday Tips!

With Thanksgiving just ten days away that means Black Friday shopping is almost here! Last year I found some great time-saving resources on the internet so I thought I would share them. Being a new I-phone user I also have a few apps that I just recently found and am hoping that I will be an ultra-organized Black Friday shopper this year!

Here is my favorite website for Black Friday

The main page gives you updates on all of the “leaked” Black Friday ads, current online deals and also allows you to sign up for email alerts so that you get notified immediately when they publish new ads.

The 4th tab “Store Hours” has been updated for all of the current leaked Black Friday Ads. The chart displays when the store opens on Black Friday, store hours for Thanksgiving Day if applicable, and when Early Bird or Doorbuster Specials end. Very important info to have for planning your day!The 3rd tab “Black Friday News” lists all of the deals (online & in stores) that are currently being published.

 Kohl’s Fri 12:00am, Sat 6:00am 12am to 1pm

Old Navy Fri 12:00am, Thurs 9:00am-8:00am

Sports Authority 5:00am-3pm


Target 12:00am

Here are a few more Black Friday sites you may be interested

in checking out:         


And here are the iPhone apps I’ll be trying out this year:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Grocery Game Results

Grocery Game Results…10-12-10

Rite Aide

My first stop was at Rite Aid…and boy did I score!

Six bags of Halloween candy, 2 bags of cough drops, a 3 pk of Tums, a box of haircolor,

a box of toothpaste, a bottle of shampoo, a tube of hand cream and eyeshadow!



Did you see my total out-of-pocket???  $10.54!!!  Woot Woot!

My total savings was $22.50 ($14.50 in coupons/wellness savings & $8.00 in UP Rewards)

I also earned another $5 in UP Rewards to use on my next shopping trip!


















I almost saved as much as I spent!

My total out-of-pocket at Ralphs was $130.32…

My total savings (Ralph’s card, coupons & digital coupons) was $127.30!!

I am so excited that I stayed under my grocery budget this week!!!

It’s not easy feeding a family of five (that includes 2 teens & one pre-teen) on $150 a week!

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