Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, I know we did. One more holiday to get through before things return to normal. I plan on having a few deals up this week. Probably some Walgreen's and Meijer. Have a great New Year!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Why "on the side"???

First of all, Merry Christmas!!!!!! And being that it is the holidays and I have been busy spending time with my family instead of blogging much, I wanted to fill everyone in on why my blog is called "Deals on the side". I LOVE finding great deals, but first and foremost I am a wife and mother. I love my family and I am grateful enough to be able to be home to take care of them every day. So I thought I would share a couple of recent pictures that show how much fun we've been having lately, and also why my "on the side" has been a little slow lately. I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday. May God bless you and your families.

This is my little munchkin Jaylee. She is almost 11 months old. She's my cuddler and I just can't get enough of her.

And this is my 2 year old Jillian. She never fails to make mommy laugh or cry daily. Just the other day she told me that I am her best friend and she loves me soooooo much. Hahahaha. Of coarse she manages to say cute things like that in between terrible-two tantrums!!!

Yes, that is an extra kid in the high chair! I babysat for a friend for a couple of days this week. Her name is Amaya and she is 7 months old. Surprisingly, everyone gets along fairly well and there were no complete breakdowns.

And tonight, Jillian, with the cookies, milk, and a carrot that she picked out for Santa and the reindeer. That face just spells trouble!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

My Meijer Deals December 20, 2008

My Meijer only doubles two like coupons up to .50 so I had to do two separate transactions today...but I had the nicest cashier! I went over budget this week but I had some extras to get for the holidays and also I don't plan on shopping next week.
*If I don't specify, the coupons came from Sunday inserts*

4 Betty Crocker Cookie pouches 1.67 each
used 2 - .40/1
used 2 - .75/1 printable from my sidebar
= .90 each

1 Bisquick 3.28
= 2.68

4 Franks Red Hot Sauce .99 each
used 4 - .50/1
= FREE!!!

4 Green Giant Steamer Veggies .79 each
used 4 - .50/1
= FREE!!!

4 Ocean Spray Juices 1.67
used 4 - 1.00/1 printable here
= .67 each

2 Dan Active Yogurts
used 1 - .50/1
used 1 - 1.00/1 meijer mealbox coupon
= FREE!!!

4 Heluva Good Dips 1.19
used 4 - .50/1
= .19 each

2 3-packs of Feishmans yeast 1.29
used 1 - .45/1
used 1 B1G1F
= .20 each

2 small cans mushrooms .73 each

1 package of stick butter .89

1 Red Onion 1.09

1 large eggs 1.48

1 large jar Jiffy Peanut butter 3.44
= 2.54

5 6-pack bottles of squirt, A&W, 7-up, and sunkist B2G3F
= 1.59 each

4 Dole Mandarin oranges .99
used 2 - .55/2
= .72 each

4 Mrs. T's Pierogies 1/2 price
1.36 each

2 Betty Crocker Frostings 1.50
used 2 - .50/1
= .50 each

1 head of Broccoli 1.50

2 bags of Milky Way minis 2.00 each
= 1.50 each

1 Aunt Millies Cracked Wheat Bread .88

1 Precooked Tyson Bacon 2.00
= 1.00

2 Mt. Olivia pickles 1.67 each
used 2 - .50/1
= .67 each

6 Yoplait yogurts .50 each
= .37 each

2 Philadelphia Cream Cheese 1.25 each
used 2 - .55/1
= .70 each

2 Juicy Juice 2.25 each
used 2 - 1.00/1
= 1.25 each

2 Meijer Chunk Cheese 1.67 each

1 package cherry tomatoes 2.50

1 bag Tyson Chicken Patties 4.50
= 3.50

Received a $2.00 oyno from buying the 4 Betty Crocker Cookie mixes and the Bisquick (used it on the second transaction)
Received a $.50 oyno from buying the yeast (also used it on order #2)

Total oop - $58.17
Total Saved - $89.57

Friday, December 19, 2008

FREE 8x10's

One from (choose the pick up at walgreen's option) use the code WALFREE

And one from Walgreen's. Also choose to pick this up in store and use the code FREEGIFT

Thats $5.98 worth of photos for FREE!!!! Your welcome!

Meijer Santa Bucks are back!

Yep, and here's a link to your Meijer savings good from Dec. 21-23. Enjoy!

*You may also save ink by picking these coupons up at your local Meijer store*

Meijer Super Saturday Sale Dec. 20, 2008

Some noteworthy items this saturday. First of all, you want to go here and check your local listings. I wouldn't want to lead anyone the wrong way.

There is a Santa Bucks at the top for $3 off Any One (1) General Merchandise or Apparel Item Priced 14.97 or more.
*Limit one coupon per item. Exclusions: grocery, alcohol, tobacco, prescriptions, gift cards, gas stations & C-stops, lottery, postage, park and entertainment tickets, baby diapers and wipes, instore businesses, online purchases, licenses, Meijer Prepaid MasterCard, Meijer Productivity BusinessCard, taxes and previous purchases. Valid in Store only. Good 6 a.m. to midnight 12/20/08.

And another coupon for $5 off Any Purchase of Meijer Gift Cards totaling $50 or more.
*Offer excludes non Meijer gift cards, entertainment, travel and dining gift cards. Limit one Meijer Gift Card Savings Coupon per transaction. Valid in Store only.
Good 6 a.m. to midnight 12/20/08.

6 Pack Bottles 7-Up, Diet Rite, A&W or Sunkist
6 Pack Bottles 7-Up, Diet Rite, A&W or Sunkist

Buy Two, Get Three of equal or lesser value FREE!
16.9 oz. bottles. Plus deposit where applicable.
Limit 1 offer per transaction.

Aunt Millie's Homestyle Cracked Wheat or Buttermilk Bread
Aunt Millie's Homestyle Cracked Wheat or Buttermilk Bread

24 oz. Limit 2. Additional items at regular retail.

Nabisco Mac & Cheese Crackers, Ritz Bits, Snak Saks, Dunk 'ems or Teddy Grahams
Nabisco Mac & Cheese Crackers, Ritz Bits, Snak Saks, Dunk 'ems or Teddy Grahams

1/2 Price
5.5-8 oz. Select varieties.

Sunkist Pistachios
Sunkist Pistachios

2.99 LB.
All natural, tree ripened from California
1 lb. bag.

$1/2 Sunday insert coupon
= $4.98/2 lbs.

Recent DVD Releases
Recent DVD Releases


Horton Hears a Who
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Kung Fu Panda

Thursday, December 18, 2008

My Walgreens Trip 12/14-12/20

I almost skipped this week, but at last minute my husband went to get a prescription filled and came home with a catalina for $5 off $20!!! So I had only mistake was rushing around to make a list and taking my husband and kids with me....I have never spent so much at Walgreens in one trip...but it wasn't too bad.

2 3M packaging tape 2.99 B1G1F w/in-ad coupon
$1/1 (sunday inserts) x2
= .50 each

4 Progresso Soups .99 w/in-ad coupon
$2/4 printable here
= .49 each
there is also a $1.10/1 printable here

2 Sure Deoderants 2/$5
$1.50/1 ESC x2
$1/1 printable coupon here x2
= FREE!!!

1 Energizer Max 9Volt 2.99 w/in-ad coupon
$1/1 (sunday inserts)
= $1.99

1 Energizer Max D 2-pack 2.99 w/in-ad coupon
$1/1 (sunday inserts)
= $1.99

2 Almay Lip Gloss(shine) 2.19 clearanced B1G1F
$1/1 (sunday inserts) x2
= .19 for both!!!

2 Lipsmacker 3-packs 2.29 clearanced B1G1 50% off
$1/2 printable from my sidebar coupons
= $1.22 each

3 color/activity books 3/$1 w/in-ad coupon
= $1

2 Free color/activity books by asking for them at the pharmacy

2 Zooth stage 3 kids toothbrushes 2/$4
$1/2 (sunday inserts)
= $1.50 each

1 Disney inflatable outdoor Christmas decor originally 19.99 marked 1/2 off. Then she couldn't get the $5/$20 to ring up properly so the manager told her to take another $5 off from that item, so it ended up being $4.99!!!

Total oop - $21.31

Total saved - $30.14

And walked out with a $2 RR

My original plan was to roll a $5 RR from the mucinex 4 day sale with the $5/1 in-ad coupon, but it turns out that the coupon and the RR did not corrospond. So no-go with that, bummer! But at least I got some good stocking stuffers.

Here are some other good deals this week that I didn't take advantage of:

DeMet Chocolate Turtles--$0.99
Use $1.50/1 coupon from 11/16 SmartSource inserts (coupon will likely need to be adjusted down)

Coffee Mate Creamer--on sale B1G1 (2 for $2.49)
Use 2 $1/1 internet printable coupons
$0.49 for both

Skippy Peanut Butter--on sale 2/$3
Use $1/2 coupon from 11/16 Red Plum insert
$1 each

Buy 2 Listerine Vibrant White Rinse (16 oz. with free 8 oz. attached) for $5.50 each, Get $5 in Register Rewards
Use 2 $1.50/1 internet printable
$8 oop for both

Friday, December 12, 2008

New Coupon Book offer from P&G

Buy $50 worth of P&G products from 12/14-1/31 and receive a coupon book with $120 in savings on P&G products. Check it out here.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

How I used my $10 Build-A-Bear Gift Card

We had intentions of getting my 2 year old the Kitty with the $10 Gift Card I won, but once we got to Build-a-bear there was a great sale going on with Molly and Hal Moose! The kids loved them and to our suprise they were just marked down that day from $18 to $12/moose. Plus, when you buy 2 you get a storybook (15.99 value) and free calander with any purchase! So.....we got Molly and Hal, kissed our hearts, blew in their stuffing, gave them BIG hugs, and washed them up. Those of you who have been there know what I am talking about. We used the gift card plus a $5 off $10 purchase coupon making our total about $9!!!!

Elf Yourself!!!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

My Meijer Deals 12/7-12/13

Today I took advantage of the Santa Bucks I mentioned earlier for my hubby's Christmas present....Can't list it just incase he decides to check in on my beloved DEALS ON THE SIDE!!!

I also went grocery shopping and I have stocked up well enough in the past that I stayed well under my $40 budget. I'm actually thinking of dropping it to $30 for the winter.

4 Kellogg's Cereal 1.88 each
$1/1 Printable here or (sunday inserts)
= .88 each

3 Chex Cereal 3/$8
$1/2 (sunday inserts) + $3 off instantly when you buy 3
= 1.33 each

2 Liquid Coffee Mate Creamers .99 each
$1/1 Printable here x2
= FREE!!!

1 Large Eggs 1.48

1 Can Bush's Homestyle Chili 1.50
Because hubby just HAD to try it!!!

2 Eckrich Franks 1.50 each
$1/2 (sunday inserts)
= $1.00 each

2 Eckrich Smoked Sausage 1.99 each
$1/2 (sunday inserts)
= 1.49 each

2 Keebler Cookies 2.00 each
$1/1 Printable here
= $1.00 each

1 Velveeta Cheese 4.49
.55/1 (sunday inserts)
= 3.94

1 Frozen Bag Tyson Chicken Breast 4.99

1 Ritz Chips 2.50
$1/1 Catalina from previous trip
= 1.50

4 Quaker Granola Bars 1.50 each
$1/2 (sunday inserts)
= 1.00 each

1 (6 ct.) clearanced muffins from bakery 1.79

Total oop (not including hubby's gift) = $33.68!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Ergo Baby Carrier Giveaway!

Win this Free Organic Embroidered Ergo Baby Carrier Hands Free System from Along for the Ride. Click here for details.

Meijer Santa Bucks!

Here's a link to Meijer Santa Bucks to use December 10-11 only. Could make for some good deals on Christmas gifts you have been procrastinating on ;)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Walgreens 12/7-12/13

I have a leftover $6 RR from last week. Here's my plan:

Transaction #1

3 Robitussin 3.99
$3/1 printable here
= 2.97 + Receive a $5 RR
2.03 Money Maker!!!

2 Schick Razors 6.99
$3/1 ESC (will take off $6)
$2/1 x 2 in this weeks inserts (or $4/1 in December All You Magazine)
= 3.98 (or FREE for the people with the $4 coupon!!!!)

Total $6.95
- $6 RR
= .95 before taxes oop!!

Transaction #2

1 Nivea Lip Balms 2.99 each
.50 ESC
$1/1 (sunday inserts)
= 1.49

2 Reynolds Wrap .99 w/in-ad coupon
$1/1 (sunday inserts)
= FREE!!!

2 Schick Razor 6.99
$3/1 x2 ESC
$2/1 x2(sunday inserts)
= 3.98

Maybelline B1G1
Buy 2 under $8 each
$4/1 x 2(sunday inserts)
= FREE!!!!

Total $5.47
- $5 RR
$.47 Before taxes oop!!

TOTAL TRIP OOP (before taxes)= $1.42

Sometimes I cry because I have no CVS....but with weeks like this, I guess I'll be ok....hahahaha!!! You see, this will not be my last trip to walgreens this week. They have a spend $25 recieve a $5 RR from 12/10-12/13 that seems to be before coupons. So that could be a good deal with these other mid-week deals they have:

Arm & Hammer Liquid Detergent--$1.99 after in ad-coupon (Reg. Price $6.99-$7.49)

Use $1/1 internet printable here
$0.99 each after coupon

Buy $15 in Pepsi Products, Get $5 in Register Rewards back

Plus, I'm only getting a certain amount of the FREE items because there is a limit on them. I will go back later and get more!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Meijer Deals 11/30-12/6

Well, not the best savings, but I did manage to stay under my $40 grocery budget. And with only 5 coupons this trip!!!

2 Juicy Juice 2.69 each
$1/1 printable x 2
= 1.69 each (thought these were supposed to be 2/$5???)

3 Kraft shredded cheese 2.00 each
= $6.00

1 box Ritz crackers 0.00
FREE when you buy 3 Kraft shredded cheese!!

1 bag frozen meijer chicken breasts 4.99

2 Zoo Pals (1 bowls, 1 plates) 2.00 each
$1/1 printable x2
= $1 each

1 Aunt Millies Butter top bread 3.19

1 Aunt Millies Honey hot dog buns
FREE when you buy 1 Aunt Millies Butter top Bread

1 Aunt Millies Honey hamburger buns
FREE when you buy 1 Aunt Millies Butter top Bread

1 package of chicken thighs @ .89/lb.
= 4.81

10 Yoplait Yogurt .50 each
.40/6 doubled to .80/6
= .42 each

1 pork loin 6.75

1 Arm & hammer detergent 2.64
printable coupon here but I already used mine ;(

Total oop $38.36
Total savings $26.21

I still have to get milk and eggs but the milk is 1.99 at Felpausche Thurs., Friday, and Saturday this week, and eggs are .99 at Aldi's.

Free Subscription to SELF magazine!

The first 1,000 people to complete this quiz will recieve a FREE one year subscription to SELF magazine. Hurry, hurry!!

$25 Meijer Gift Card Givaway!!!

There will be 3 winners of a $25 Meijer Gift Card hosted by streching a buck. Contest ends December 5th. Check it out!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

K-mart Doubles!!!!

Here's what I got at K-mart this week. They were doubling up to $2.00 again!!! So I got a bunch of freebies and some really cheap stuff. Just so you know, Kmart does not give if the coupon is over amount of product the computer adjusts your total to free without overage. And they don't accept internet coupons so these are all from Sunday inserts.

2 Vaseline lotion 3.29 each
1.50/1 x2
= .29 each

3 Kotex liners 1.29 each
.75/1 x3
= FREE!!

2 Dove (1 shampoo, 1 conditioner) 3.79 each
1.50/1 x2
= .79 each

2 St. Joseph Asprin 2.39 each
1/1 x 2
= .39 each

1 Tylenol cool caps 3.99
= FREE!!!

2 Tums Smoothies quick pack 1.89 each
1/1 x 2
= FREE!!!

1 KY Jelly 4.29
= .29

3 Hershey's Nuggets 2.33 each
1/1 x 3
= .33 each

2 Tic Tac Chills 1.49 each
= FREE!!!

2 Bags Lifesavers 1.79 each
1/1 x 2
= FREE!!!

3 boxes Kelloggs cereal 2.50 each
1/1 x 3
= .50 each

1 Crest Plus w/scope 3.79
2/1 (found in a package of luvs diapers)
= FREE!!!

Total oop 7.67

and then a $2/1 pedialyte product popped out of the catalina machine so I went back and got:

1 Pedialyte Drink 5.49
= 1.49

1 Revlon Emery boards 1.29
= FREE!!!

Total oop 1.77

So I spent $9.44 at K-mart this week!!!!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Walgreen's Deals 11/30-12/6

Here's what I plan on getting this week:

First Transaction

2 Reach Ultraclean Floss 2/$6
$1/1 (sunday inserts)
= $4 before taxes
Receive $6 RR

*There is also a B1G1 on the Reach Toothbrush. I already used mine ;(

Second Transaction

3 Excedrine 4.99 each
$2/1 (sunday inserts or here)
Use $6 RR
= $3 before taxes
Receive $8 RR

Third Transaction

3 Nivea Lip Balms 2.99 each
.50 ESC x3
$1/1 (sunday inserts)x3
= 4.47

1 Max Fresh Toothpaste 2.99
$1/1 printable at
= 1.99
Receive a $2 RR

2 All Small and Mighty 2x detergent 1.79 w/in ad coupon
$1/1 printable here x2
= 1.58

Use 8 RR
= .04 before taxes

TOTAL OOP (before taxes) $7.04

There are a lot of other deals this week, but nothing else I needed.

Free Batteries at Target

Target has Rayovac batteries in the dollar spot. Here is a printable coupon for $1/1 Rayovac batteries making them FREE!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Using my stockpile today part II

I just had to add to this today because I couldn't get my mind off finding a good breakfast muffin. So here's what I found, and my daughter, Jillian, had a good time helping as usual.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Grease a 12 cup muffin tin.
In a mixing bowl, lightly beat eggs; add milk and oil, stirring until just blended.
Stir in flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon, mixing until only just moistened (do not overmix).
Gently fold in the apples.
Spoon batter into the muffin tin, dividing evenly among the cups.
Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool in pan 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Serve warm or cool; store unused portions in an airtight container.


Using my stockpile today!

Today I wanted to prepare and freeze the sweet potatoes I got for .33/lb at walmart last week.

I steamed all 8.78 lbs of them, mashed and added a little brown sugar and unsalted butter, and stored them in ziplock freezer bags lying flat for easy rewarming.

Next, I was actually looking for a good breakfast blueberry muffin that I could make a couple batches of and freeze, but instead I found this GREAT blueberry muffin strussel recepie that is probably more of a dessert muffin. I found it on a site called This site is pretty awesome. You can tell them every ingredient in your house and they will tell you what recipies you can make.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 cup fresh blueberries (I used frozen)

1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, cubbed
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done. Serves 8.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Cheap Uncle Ben's Wild Rice

Meijer has Uncle Ben's Wild Rice on sale this week 2/$3

Buy 4 = $6
Use this B1G1F print twice
Use this $1/2

= $2.00 or .50 each!!

I'll be posting more meijer deals soon!

I'm a winner!!

I just won a $10 gift card to build-a-bear by entering a giveaway over at Angela's Finds. Thanks Angela! I guess it does pay to enter giveaways! I'm so excited to use this.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Walmart Game Part II

If you missed The Walmart Game Part I Start here


Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, $0.54

$1/2 printable
$0.04 each after coupon
This coupon was for $1/2 - 2lb or 4lb boxes. The 2lb box was 1.12 so I only got 2.
= .62 each

Martha White Cornbread Mixes, $0.33

$0.55/2 Martha White Baking Mixes (11/9/08)
$0.06 each after coupon

Actual price at my Walmart .72 = .44 each

2 Glade Scented Oil Candel, $2
Glade Scented Oil Candles Holder B1G1 (11/2/08)
$2/1 (11/16/08)
Both FREE!!

Didn't have any!

3 Glade Scented Oil Candel Refills, $2
Glade Scented Oil Candles Refill Pack, B2G1 (11/2/08)
$1.50/2 ( available)
$0.83 each after coupons
.83 each

3 Reynold’s Wrap Pop-Ups, $1 (near checkout lanes)
$1/1 printable
or $1/1 (sunday inserts)
FREE after coupon
Didn't find these!

1 Wet Ones, $0.97
$0.75/1 printable
or .75/1 (sunday inserts)
$0.19 after coupon
.19 each

3 Blue Bunny Bomb-Pop Popsicles (12-ct.), $1.50
$1/1 printable
.50 each after coupon

Didn't get these

1 Seapak Shrimp Poppers, $1.25

$1/1 SeaPak printable

$0.25 after coupon

Didn't get these

4 Uncle Ben’s Rice, $1.50
B1G1 from Uncle Ben's if you already printed it (no longer available)
$1/2 printable
$0.50 each after coupons
Left my coupons at home..darn it!

4 Kotex pantiliners (14, 16 and 18-ct.), $1.00
$1/1 printable
$1/1 Kotex Pads (10/12/08)
FREE after coupon

4 Preparation H Wipes (10-ct.), $2.96
$3/1 printable
FREE after coupon
The cheapest one they had was 3.46 and they were out!

2 Hefty One Zip Bags (7-pk.), $0.97
$0.55/1 Hefty Onezip Product (9/28/08)
$0.42 each after coupon
Didn't find anything under 1.50

5 Scotch Lint Roller, $1.37 (near the checkout lanes)
$1/1 Scotch Lint Product (10/5/08)
$0.37 each after coupon
These were 2.37!

2 White Cloud Toilet Paper (4-pk.), $1.69
$1/1 White Cloud (9/28/08)
$0.69 each after coupon
Cheapest White Cloud was 3.00

2 Ziploc Sandwich Bags (25-ct.), $0.75
$0.75/1 printable
FREE after coupon
Didn't find anything under 1.00

3 Durex Condoms, $1.83
$2/1 printable
FREE after coupon
They don't carry this!

1 Guerrero Corn Tortillas , $1.00
$1/1 printable
Free after coupon
Couldn't find these!

2 Boxes of Life Savers Candy, $0.97
$1/1 (sunday inserts)
Free after coupon
Didn't have these!

1 Sally Hansen Implement, there are quite a few things priced at or under $2.00
$2/1 (sunday insert)
Free after coupon

Unfortunately, I didn't leave after that. Here's the extras:

8.78 lbs. sweet potatoes .33/lb.
= 2.90

1 package Easy Ups 8.97
$2/1 snail mail
= 6.97

3 Duck Window Kits - Marked 5.00 rang up 4.00
$1/1 (sunday inserts)
= 9.00

1 package of baking cups .76

4 Gerber 2nd foods Fruits 1.00
= 4.00

1 Blue Bonnet stick butter .73

Total oop $33.30

And just for fun, this is what it would have been if I would have stuck to my list - $7.28!!!! ( we did need the other things though. Especially the window kits..getting cold here!)

My Super Savings Saturday!

I dropped the kids off at Grandma's house around naptime today and did some shopping I have been needing to do. On my list of things to do were conquer that Walmart shopping list, search for a winter coat for Jaylee, renew my membership while getting formula and doing a little taste testing at Sam's Club, and get gas in the van. I did it all. I'll cover the Walmart trip in my next post. Right now I want to show you what I got while I was thrift shopping today. You see, our first daughter was born in August and our second in January. That means when people told us, "you guys should be all set" they were wrong. Jaylee is starting to grow out of her 6-9 month clothes now and I went downstairs to grab the 12 month bin only to open it up and realize it was all summer clothes! Duh, Jillian was 12 months in the summer! So off to the thrift stores I go!

12-18 month Gymboree jumper/overalls 1.99
6-12 month Gymboree jumper/overalls 1.99

12-18 month Gymboree t-shirt .50
18-24 month Gymboree stripped onsie turtle neck 1.99
2T Gymboree Turtle neck 1.99

1 pair of baby Gap 0-3 month pants because I could not resist! 1.99
I have a friend having a girl soon ;)

18 month Circo short-sleeve onsie .50
12-18 months Old Navy Jeans 1.00
12 month Kid Connection stripped, long-sleeve 1.99
18 months Children's Place t-shirt 1.00

3T Old Navy button down sweater 1.99
12 month Kiks playdress 1.99

3T Carters Piggy pj pants (my daughter LOVES farm animals..I just wanted to see the look on her face and hear her say "oink!") 1.99

18 month Little Me winter coat 4.99
12 month Circo snow pants 2.99

So all in all, I spent $27.85 before taxes. I couldn't have even got a brand new winter coat for that!

Friday, November 21, 2008

New Printable Coupons

Free bag of Natural Dog or Cat food enter code go4nc and choose the "your family" option.

Gerber Childrenswear sale

Gerber and Babies R Us.  Shop and Save at Babies R Us Pre-Thanksgiving Sale. FOR ONE DAY ONLY! Saturday, Nov. 22nd.  All Gerber Clothing Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off!

If you're in the market for some baby clothes, pair this One day sale with these Gerber coupons and get a pretty decent deal!

My Meijer Trip 11/16-11/22

Last night had to be one of the best Meijer trips I have made. And I went later in the evening which was nice because there was not a lot of people there. But I did meet one lady who was contemplating over toilet paper. I had an extra $1/1 quilted northern ultra plush and they were on sale for 3.14, which made a 6 mega roll only 2.14. So I gave it to her. She was very thankful.

1 Large Eggs 1.38

4 Green Giant Steamers .89 each
4 - $1/1 (sunday inserts)
= FREE + .44 overage!!!

2 Cool Whips .89 each

1 Meijer wheat bread .99

4 Endust Free 1.89
4 - $2/1 (sunday inserts)
= FREE + .44 overage!!!

2 Ragu Sauce 1.33 each
1 - $1/2 ragu + 1 dry pasta (sunday inserts)
= .83 each

1 Spagetti noodles .67

1 Gerber Baby Oatmeal 2.68

1 6 Mega roll Quilted Norther Ultra Plush 3.14
$1.50/1 (sunday inserts)
forgot to use the $1/1 from
= 1.64 would have been .64!!! Bummer!

1 Hefty waste bags 4.36
$1/1 (sunday inserts)
= 3.36

1 2-liter Pepsi 1.25

4 original Pillsbury crescent rolls 1.25 each
$1/2 (I had to do two transactions)
2 - $1/1 printable
2 - .35/1 printable doubled to .70 each
= .40 overage!!!

2 Pillsbury sweet rolls 1.25 each
2 - .40/1 (sunday inserts) doubled to .80 each
there's also .35/1 printable
= .45 each

3 Idahoan potato pouches 1.00 each
.75/3 printable
= .75 each

5 Knorr side dishes 1.00 each
2 - .60/2 (sunday inserts)
= .56 each

6 Progresso broth 1.66 each
2 - $1.25/1 printable...sorry can't find it anymore
4 - $1/1 (sunday inserts)
= .58 each

1 Meijer tortilla chips 1.66

1 Tide total care 5.99
$1/1 recieved in a sample via snail mail
= 4.99

1 premade Similac Advanced 4.50 (I thought sign said 2/$11, thats why I used the $5 check??)
1 - $5 check from similac
= .50 overage (I misused this...but I didnt realize it :( )

1 3lb hamburger 5.99

I used a $5 off $25 or more that I recieved in that mail last week.
Plus I used a $1 oyno that I found on the catalina machine when I walked up!

Total oop - 25.36!!!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

How I used my stockpile today

My two year old and I started out by making some Fruit and Jello cupcake Jigglers. I saw a recipe for these in the sunday inserts a couple weeks back and they made my mouth water. Plus I have all of that FREE Meijer Jello to use. I didn't have everything they called for so I deviated from the recipe a bit:

2 - 4 serving packages of Jell-O - I used 1 strawberry and 1 orange
1 can of crushed pineapple - I only had I crushed them myself
frozen fruit

drain the can of pineapple into a measuring cup, then add enough water to make 2 cups. Heat water and juice until boiling. Add water and juice to bowl with Jell-O in it. Stir until disolved. Then add pineapple. I also took some mixed frozen fruit, minced it in my magic bullet, and added it to the Jell-O mixture. Pour into cupcake cups and refridgerate for 2 1/2 hours. Their recipe also called for a can of cranberry sauce and walnuts...that could be good.

Then, after naptime, we made daddy some no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies.

1/2 cup butter or 1 stick
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 Tbsp. cocoa
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups quick oats

Heat butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa until a rolling boil. Let boil for 1 1/2-2 minutes. You should have the other ingredients prepared in another bowl and wax paper or tin foil already spread out on the counter or flat surface. Pour the boiling mixture into a bowl with all other ingredients. Quickly mix and spoon cookies onto your flat surface. If done correctly, the mixture should harden quickly.

For dinner I mixed up a concotion. Don't know what to call it, but it was pretty good!

1 lb. venison from our freezer
1 package of green giant steamer (free at Meijer this week with $1/1 coupons)
1 can cheese soup
milk - I didn't measure
potatoes - enough to fill the bottom of a large baking pan
shredded cheese ($3/2 at walgreens this week)
1 jar salsa (I have a ton of these from the $1.50/1 at Meijer making them .39 each)

Grands Biscuits that I got for free at Meijer with $1/1 coupon last week.

I browned the venison while cubbing potates and putting them in the bottom of the baking pan. Layered veggies on top of potatoes and venison on top of veggies. Then I mixed the cheese with milk until it was pourable. Poured that on top and salsa on top of that. Stuck it in the oven, covered, at 400 for about an hour. When it was just about done I layered some shredded cheese on top. Biscuits on the side!

Target Toy Deal

Here's a pretty good deal for the kiddos. Go to and register your children for their Learning Path. In a few days you will recieve an option for $ off Leapfrog products. Choose the $3 off Leap Frog Fridge Toys. Pair that with the Target $5 off Leap Frog Fridge Toys and get the Fridge Farm for only $6.99. My older daughter got this toy last Christmas and she still plays with it and now her little sister plays with it all the time too. The Fridge Phonics is also on price cut to 19.99. So this would be $11.99 after coupons. I plan on snagging me one of these for Christmas.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

More Glade Coupons

Yet another chance to take advantage of the Glade deals going on. Check out some of my recent posts on them here, here and here. Right@home just sent me a link to these coupons:

$1/1 Glade Candle
B1G1F Plugins Scented Oil Refills
B2G1F Scented Oil Candle Refills


The Walmart Game Part I

I'd like to play a little game. It's called the Walmart Game. Here's how it works...I'll tell you what and how I'm planning on getting at Walmart this week and once I've gotten a chance to go I'll report back on what I was actually able to walk out of the store with. I haven't had the best luck with Walmart and I get a little frustrated from my shopping trips there...but I'd like to give them another shot on this huge list of freebies or almost freebies. Sound fun? Ok, here we go:

4 Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, $0.54
$1/2 printable
$0.04 each after coupon

Martha White Cornbread Mixes, $0.33

$0.55/2 Martha White Baking Mixes (11/9/08)
$0.06 each after coupon

2 Glade Scented Oil Candel Refills, $2
Glade Scented Oil Candles Holder B1G1 (11/2/08)
$2/1 (11/16/08)
Both FREE!!

3 Glade Scented Oil Candel Refills, $2
Glade Scented Oil Candles Refill Pack, B2G1 (11/2/08)
$1.50/2 ( available)
$0.83 each after coupons

3 Reynold’s Wrap Pop-Ups, $1 (near checkout lanes)
$1/1 printable
or $1/1 (sunday inserts)
FREE after coupon

1 Wet Ones, $0.97
$0.75/1 printable
or .75/1 (sunday inserts)
$0.19 after coupon

3 Blue Bunny Bomb-Pop Popsicles (12-ct.), $1.50
$1/1 printable
$0.50 each after coupon

1 Seapak Shrimp Poppers, $1.25
$1/1 SeaPak printable
$0.25 after coupon

4 Uncle Ben’s Rice, $1.50
B1G1 from Uncle Ben's if you already printed it (no longer available)
$1/2 printable
$0.50 each after coupons

4 Kotex pantiliners (14, 16 and 18-ct.), $1.00
$1/1 printable
$1/1 Kotex Pads (10/12/08)
FREE after coupon

4 Preparation H Wipes (10-ct.), $2.96
$3/1 printable
FREE after coupon

2 Hefty One Zip Bags (7-pk.), $0.97
$0.55/1 Hefty Onezip Product (9/28/08)
$0.42 each after coupon

5 Scotch Lint Roller, $1.37 (near the checkout lanes)
$1/1 Scotch Lint Product (10/5/08)
$0.37 each after coupon

2 White Cloud Toilet Paper (4-pk.), $1.69
$1/1 White Cloud (9/28/08)
$0.69 each after coupon

2 Ziploc Sandwich Bags (25-ct.), $0.75
$0.75/1 printable
FREE after coupon

3 Durex Condoms, $1.83
$2/1 printable
FREE after coupon

1 Guerrero Corn Tortillas , $1.00
$1/1 printable
Free after coupon

2 Boxes of Life Savers Candy, $0.97
$1/1 (sunday inserts)
Free after coupon

1 Sally Hansen Implement, there are quite a few things priced at or under $2.00
$2/1 (sunday insert)
Free after coupon

So I figure if I can actually find all of these items and they are at the same prices as listed I will spend just under $12.00!!! Anyone want to place bets? Hahaha.

I was able to find most of these deals by searching on these sites:,, and

Papa John's Promotion

Recieve a one-time-use promo code for a FREE medium cheese pizza with any online pizza purchase by signing up to become a Papa John's Facebook fan. You must have a Facebook account to do this....but who doesn't? Offer expires December 1, 2008.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Holiday Taste of Sam's Club

Sam's club is putting on an entire weekend of taste sampling! We are members and received a booklet about this in our mail but, in case you are not a member, members have a one day pass on the back of these booklets to invite a friend for free. Looks like a ton of goodies and I plan on going and getting some of them. Here's a website to check it out.|SMB|HTOS

Organizing my coupons

I've been a little behind lately due to my children being sick. So for two weeks in a row I was unable to clip or organize my coupons. I also had extras from taking our recycleables in and checking out the newspaper dumpster...JACKPOT! Anyone who knows me knows that I can't stand to be unorganized. If I'm unorganized my day goes bad...organized my day can flow smoothly. So yesterday I worked long and hard to get reorganized. When I first started couponing I looked a lot for good organization methods. There are many ways people organize thier coupons, but this is how I've chosen to do mine.
I usually cut all coupons on sunday night, then organize on Monday during naptime, then plan my trips by Tuesday morning. After I cut all my coupons from the inserts I spread all of the catagorized envelopes out on my table and start sorting.

Each envelope has an index card inside it, standing on it's side with the name of the catagory on it sticking up above the envelope. This way the catagory can be easily found.

I am in need for revamping my catagories but here are the catagories I have now (in no particular order):

Air Fresheners
Facial Care/Razor/Ect...
Soaps/Body Washes
Canned Goods
Cleaning Supplies
Frozen Foods
OTC Meds (Misc.)
OTC Heartburn
OTC Children's
OTC Headache
OTC Cold/Sinus
Feminine Hygiene
Eye Care
Salad Dressings
Pet Supplies
Oral Care (Misc.)
Refund Forms
Value Cards

When I'm finished sorting I put all the coupons in thier envelope and put the envelopes into a shoe box.
My shoebox is always equiped with, of coarse, coupons, scissors, a handheld calculator, and extra paperclips to help keep organized in the store.

As I make my shopping lists I take out coupons as needed and put them in a binder clip along with my shopping list for that store. When I'm finished adding items and coupons to that list I put a sticky with the name of the store on the front of it. Then I'm ready to head to the stores! If you are kidless while shopping, those binder clips work great for clipping your shopping list to the cart right in front of you where you can see it.

Walgreens Deals 11/16-11/22

2 Gallons of Milk 2.49 each (only .01 cheaper than Meijer this week, but we needed milk and I didn't want to take the girls into Meijer if I didn't have to)

2 Deerfield shredded cheese Sale 2/$3

1 bag of Chex Mix Sale .99
$1/1 printable here
= FREE + .01 overage
*NOTE - I had two of these coupons and for some reason they said only one would scan and they would not let me use the other one. I will just go back again and use the second coupon*

3 toys originally priced at 9.99
used the $4 off toys marked 9.99 coupon on front page of Walgreen's circular
= 5.99 each
I am pretty impressed with this deal. They had some really good toys there. I may go back for another round. Limit per transaction is 3.

Total oop = 27.02 including tax
Total Saved = $18.08

Target Deals 11/16-11/22

6 Betty Crocker Potatoes (3 flavors) SALE .79 each
- 6 x .35/1 (from inserts)
= 2.64 or .44 each

5 Stove Top Stuffing SALE .79 each
= 3.95

2 Trial size Dove face lotion
- 2 x $1/1 (from inserts)
= FREE + .02 overage

2 Dollar Spot Items (for stocking stuffers)
Baby bowl (2pack) 1.00
Kids cup 1.00

Total oop = 8.81 including tax
Total saved = 14.13

Deals in Detroit - Christmas Shopping

We took the family to Detroit this weekend to do some Christmas shopping at our favorite outlet mall, Great Lakes Crossing. I love, love, love The Children's Place and Carter's in this mall. They always have 70% or more off racks. Here's what I got at The Children's Place for the girls: only one sleeper is pictured.

1 sleeper for Jaylee
2 sleepers for Jillian
= $25/3 or 8.33 each

1 pleated pink skirt 2.99

1 long sleeved babydoll shirt 2.99

2 short sleeved t-shirts 1.99 each

2 cotton skirts (one for each girl) 2.99 each

Total oop = 43.39 including tax

Then we went to the Disney store and everything in the store was 25% off. My 2 yr. old is in LOVE with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse characters. We found this blanket (which is another object she is very fond of) that has all of the characters on it priced at $14.50.

Total oop = 11.xx including tax

Friday, November 14, 2008

Why I'm behind

So if anyone has wondered where I have been, there was a delay in my normal daily activities for the past few days. Both of my daughters were diagnosed with ear infections last week. They were both put on antibiotics. They got better within a couple of days and I thought we were in the clear and our sleep-full nights would resume. Wrong! My 2 year old, then, started getting welts all over her body. It was kind of mild at first but, long story shortened, we were in the ER twice and her pediatric office once to figure out that she is allergic to the antibiotic she was on. Poor girl was going around itching and crying "I've got owies!!" for days! She is better now, although my husband and I listened to her dreaming about "owies!" all night long. :(

Free Photobook from Snapfish

I just ordered my FREE 20 page photobook from Snapfish! Simply sign up or sign in to your existing account before 11:59 pm tonight, create your photobook, and order it. You will need to pay shipping and handling but I have made photobooks from Snapfish before and they are wonderful keepsakes. Completely worth it! So hurry up, there are lots of themes and ways to personalize your photobook.
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