Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Trying to figure out a schedule!

By schedule I mean...simply....trying to balance trying to save with comparison shopping and couponing, etc...
Since joining a gym, starting back to work (summer vacation is done), trying to coupon and comparison shop...I am trying to also to have normal quality family time with my two kids, dog and husband; as well as, my jewelry making.  My jewelry making has taken a back seat lately...and that is First!  What I am trying to figure drop the couponing, etc..and bring back the jewelry making.  I was making money with that..but with the comparison shopping (with coupons) I am saving.  I everyone...wanted to be wonder woman and do it all.  I am realizing...I just can't seem to balance it all.  I am in the step back and assess mode to see if there is a way to do everything fairly...if not...something has to may be coupons.  It isn't like I spend a ton of time at it...I really don't.

I don't expect responses to this...I just wanted you all to know that I am still here...but in deep thought.  :-)  On top of it son's soccer season starts this week....that means one practice per week and one game.  It will all get straightened out.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Got some Deals at CVS this weekend! (and Kohl's)

Forgive me for not reporting in this summer.  The summer months have been packed as we were enjoying the company of my sister-in-law.  It was so awesome to have her here all the way from Romania!  So exciting!  Just so you know I have had a great reason for not updating.  We had fun shopping and she got to see how our sales and coupons work here.  Of course, I am fairly new to "couponing" but have always been an avid bargain hunter for quality and best prices on pretty much everything.

Alrighty, you came to read about my weekend deals.  What I have learned to do and for most of you it is a big "duh" to match up sales to coupons.  Well, I did pretty good.
I got $56 (appx) worth of items for $23 (Saturday) and today $20+ worth for $10 and some change.  Not bad!
Okay, what I used was my two Buy One Get One Free coupons for Axe Spray and Gel (total of 4 items)..they were on sale at CVS for $4.49 each.  So I paid $9ish for four...and they are typically $5.89ish at CVS each.  Not bad at all!  I also got a $3.00 off ExtraCare Bucks for that particular purchase. 
I also found some infant Vitamin D drops (reg. $8) for $2.00 on clearance.  Anyone that has to buy those knows that is an incredible coupon needed for that kind of deal!
I got our brand of toothpaste we love (Colgate Total Whitening Paste)...Buy One Get One Free and I had a $.75 coupon...making them $2.10 (appx) each...regular $4.99 each.  (I am just a newbie, I know all the experienced couponers don't pay anything ever for toothpaste.  I haven't figured that one out yet. LOL  :-)  I also had a $4.00 off $20 total (for signing up for their emails) and $1 extracare buck for creating my online extracare bucks account...just linking my my CVS card.
(those were my best from Saturday)
Skintimate Shaving Gel..on sale for $1.99 (reg. $3.39 each)..I had a $.75 coupon..making it like $1.25.
Gatorade (reg. $1.99 each)...Buy One Get One Free (bought four total) (equals a $1 each)
CVS brand Wipes on sale for $4.99 (three pack) regular ($7.49ish)
I had my $3.00 extracare bucks from yesterday and applied to the total!
I think we picked up gum (for my son) and marshmellows for hubby...not on sale..but my total for all the above only $10..not bad!

That is my CVS for this weekend. 

We also went to Kohl's and had a 15% shopping pass and only shopped clearance (good stuff) and had also a $10 off total purchase.  Saved $122 and spent $ four shirts, two sports pants and a jean jacket! That was exciting as well!