Saturday, July 31, 2010

Shopping trips for week of July 25th

Wow this week was a great week for shopping and loading up on groceries! Glad this paycheck was an extra paycheck for the month since it had 5 pay periods. I think our cupboards and feezer are filled to the top. Don't think I could bu anything else even if I wanted! Adam asked if instead of getting the nesting thing for cleaning mine was stuffing our house with food items and meant I would have the baby very soon. Hopefully that is the case! We won't be needing to buy groceries for several months- now to just live out of our cupboard and freezers for awhile. I spent $263 and saved $442!!

I won't go into detail about everything I bought, but will give you some match ups so you might be able to get some good deals yourself.

(The prices each is after coupon savings)

6 Blue Bunny Butter $.77 each
90 ct Totinos Pizza Rolls $4.99 each w/coupon
12 Ziploc Fresh Extend Bags $1.49 each
Had 6 $1/2 coupons for 12 of the bags and for the others they had coupon hanging at Hy-Vee for $1 off prodcue for the other 10 boxes.
$10 worth of produce- free (from above deal)

2 Luvs diapers $4.29 each w/coupon
2 Pampers wipes $1.47 each w/coupon
2 Oscar Mayer Deli Creations $1.99 each w/coupon
2 Oscar Mayer Deli Creations $1.50 each w/coupon
4 Kid Cuisines $.75 each ($1.00 coupon found here)
2 Bagel Bites $.24 each
use $1.00 coupon found here
plus stack with $1 coupon found here
2 Red Baron Pizza by the Slice $.99 each ($2 coupon from Sunday paper)
21 Chef Boyardee $.97 each- some FREE after coupons!!
use $1.00 coupon here
plus stack with $1.50 coupon here
2 Danon yogurt $1.39 each
use $.75 coupon here
4 8pks Juicy Juice boxes $1.99 each-FREE after coupons!!
use $1.00 coupon here
plus stack with $1.00 coupon here
4 Del Monte Fruit cups $.82 each
use $1.00 coupon here
3 12 pk Hunts pudding
use $1.00 coupon here
2 El Monterey Burritos Family pack $2.99 total
B1G1 Free coupon (go to their website and I think I signed up to receive offers and got the coupon)
1 Huge serving bowl (for all my garden picking/prep) $1.98 clearance
3 Hamburger Helper boxes
use $1/2 coupon here
plus stack with $.75 coupon found in Sunday newspaper

Alright- sorry, but this post kind of got stopped halfway through! :( I didn't even get my whole shopping trip with coupons typed up- things just got busy. Well, for one, we had our baby girl the day after this shopping trip!

Clarisse Eileen was born August 2, 2010 at 3:18 am and was 7lbs 3ozs 20.5inches. She has tons and tons of long black hair! She has been our biggest baby yet! The other 3 kids absolutely love her! Kellie, when asked to share her with her brothers said "NO!!" then she wouldn't let anyone take a picture of Clarisse. We got Clarisse's name from how we named Kellie. Kellie was born on Adam's birthday so we use Adam's middle name- Kelly and changed the spelling. Then we used my Mom's middle name- Renee and changed the spelling (her request- she likes it better spelled Renae). Thus Kellie Renae! So when it came time to name our second girl, we used Clarisse- my middle name, and Eileen- Adam's Mom's middle name.
I think you will still be able to get some of the deals I posted about- hopefully, if anyone wants to try. At least I had a good excuse! Hopefully I can start posting some more good deals for everyone soon!


Monday, July 19, 2010

Walgreens Trips week of July 11th

I am super excited about Walgeens this week! There is a great deal that you can get lots of RR for free- which means lots of free items in the future!

(Picture is missing another Maruchan Teriakyi Meal-husband ate, 1 popcorn, 2 more Dr. Scholl's, 2 Dawn Dish soap, and 1 Butterfinger- I ate that on the way home!)

1st Transaction:
1 Dr. Scholl for Her Hidden Arch Support
1 Dr. Scholl for Her Rough Skin Eraser

$2 mgf Dr. Scholl Arch Support
2 $5 Store Coupon Dr. Scholl's

Total: $2.40 + Received $5RR

2nd Transaction:
1 Dr. Scholl for Her Hidden Arch Support
1 Dr. Scholl for Her Rough Skin Eraser

$2 mgf Dr. Scholl Arch Support
2 $5 Store coupon Dr. Scholl's

Total: $2.40 + Received $5RR

3rd Transaction:
9 Hamburger Helper
4 Act 2 Popcorn
1 Butterfinger
2 Old El Paso Taco Shells
8 Kraft Mac n' Cheese
2 Maruchan Teriakyi Meals

3 $.75/3 Hamburger Helper
4 $.55/2 Mac n' Cheese
1 $1/2 Maruchan Meals
2 $1/2 Act 2 Popcorn
1 $.60/2 Old El Paso Products
Walgreens Mac n' Cheese coupon- $4.80 off
Walgreens Butterfinger coupon- $.11 off
2 $5 RR from previous transactions

Total OOP: $4.75!!

Total Savings for these 3 transactions were $62.55!

That makes for some really cheap food! Good think the kids and I eat Hamburger Helper and Mac n' Cheese alot!

4th Transaction:
2 Dr. Scholl's Ball of Foot insoles
2 Dawn Dish Soap

2 $5 Store Coupon
2 $2 mfg Dr. Scholl's
1 $.50 mgf Dawn
1 $.25 mgf Dawn

Total OOP: $1.23 + received $5RR

I now have 1 $5RR saved for another purchase!

So far my OOP is $8.38 + $5RR for future purchase with a total savings of $77.30! That is not counting how much more I saved since all the grocery items were also on sale. If I have figured that correctly, I have a 89% savings! Plus $5 to use next time! I hope to do another purchase or two tomarrow to get a couple more RR.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

House Party & Nielson Consumer Panel

I am also really excited about a couple of programs that I may be able to do soon!

I was accepted recently to have a house party for Kleenex hand towels! They sent me a package with 16 boxes of Kleenex hand towels, a $10 gift card, markers, crayons, and paint! All I have to do is have the party, take pictures, and post it to their site! You are suppose to have the house party on the date they have set- it is part of their thing of having tons of house parties all across the country on the same day. The Kleenex hand towel party is on July 24th- my Dad's birthday! So guess what- for Dad's birthday we are having a Kleenex hand towel party! I am sure we will use quite abit with all the little kids and birthday cake and ice cream! It seems to be pretty easy to do. You can go to: and see if you can sign up too! You do everything from their website- even send out your invitations from there. I have also filled out a survey to do the Rubbermaid Clean Little Secrets House Party. Waiting for th e sign up period to end to see if I have been picked to do it. If I am picked, I will get the following for my house party: Rubbermaid Reveal spray mop for host
Rubbermaid rubber cleaning gloves for host
Rubbermaid Reveal spray mop coupons for guests
Goody Hair Ties
Recipe Cards for Solution Mix
eMusic Cards*
Papermate Pens

I also just signed up with Nielson Counsmer Panel today. They send you as scanner and each week you scan the items you have bought at the store, it stores the information, and then at the end of the week you send the information to the company. You earn points that you can use to redeem different items and they also have drawings that you get to sign up for. I completed the survey and at the end it said that I would be put on a waiting list for a scanner to be sent to me as soon as they had one available for my household! I e-mailed the blog that had it advertised that they were accepting applications and she said that she has never be selected to participate and that they never let her finsih the survey so since I got a letter at the end saying I would be put on the waiting list there is a very good chance I have been accepted! Now to just wait and see when I am able to get one!

I am excited about all the free stuff I can get, just by doing my normal shopping and having house parties with friends and family.

Great Deals at Hy-Vee the next two weeks!

Hy-Vee is having a huge 2 week sale for their grand opening for their Peoria store and we get to get in on the deals!

Hy-Vee's store policy is they will accept a store coupon with a mgf coupon, which will make some great deals even better. You can print or look at a store policy at

They also have a coupon match up for their weekly ad! The match ups for the week of July 14 are here:

Here are some of their deals:

Farmaland Hot Dogs $.49 w/SC (SC- store coupon)
Betty Crocker Brownie Mix $.49 w/SC
Earth Grains Eco Grain Bread B1G1 free
Keebler Crackers $1.88
mgf coupon from paper $1/2 Keebler Town House Crackers
Hy-Vee Bologna $.99 w/SC
Knorr RIce 10/$10 Free Rotisserie chicken w/SC
Texas Toast $2.77
mgf coupon from paper $.50
Pizza Rolls 90ct $4.99
Suddenly Salad $.79 w/SC
mgf coupon from paper $.55/2
Sunbelt Granola Cereal 2/$4
GM Cherrios, Golden Grahams and select others 3/$5
you can usually find lots of cherrio coupons in the paper
or go here:
Tombstone Pizzas $2.99 w/SC
$2mgf- Like them on Facebook and you can get the coupon

If you want a coupon, try to find it at . All of the store coupons say limit of 1, don't know if you can get more than the limit or if they will strictly only let you have 1 at that price. Walgreens coupons usually say limit of __ but I have been told by the manager that there really is no limit and you can get as much as you want and they will take off for every item- just as long as you don't wipe them completely out!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Old Navy Price Adjustment Policy

Did you know alot of stores price adjust items that go on sale within 14 days after you have purchased your item? If you bought an item and within the next 14 days it then goes on sale, you can take your receipt back to the store and they will scan it and give you the price adjustment. Below is a copy of Old Navy's price adjustment. You can also go to this link and get a copy of their policy:,1959829&clink=1959829

Price Adjustments
We offer a one-time price adjustment if an item is marked down within fourteen (14) days of the date on your purchase. To obtain a price adjustment on an online purchase, you must call 1-800-OLD-NAVY, or send us an email message at within the fourteen (14) day window. Include your order number in your email message. If you are within the deadline, we'll refund you the difference in your original form of payment.
Items purchased with a promotional discount are not eligible for price adjustments. See promotion for details. However, items purchased with rewards certificates or free shipping promotions are eligible for price adjustments.
A price adjustment for an online purchase will not be made in a Gap, Old Navy or Banana Republic store.
We will not make price adjustments on online purchases for items featured in clearance pricing events in Gap, Old Navy or Banana Republic stores. Sorry, there are no returns or exchanges on final sale merchandise, online or in stores.

There is also a site that will keep track of your items and notify you if there has been a price change. The following is taken from the link below.

Track your purchases at free deal-generating sites that notify you if a given item’s price drops within the time period selected. monitors purchases through 146 retailers, including Best Buy and Staples, while comparison search engine tracks specific items at hundreds of online retailers.
Read more: The Price (Adjustment) Is Right – Spending – Deals –

So if you every buy anything and find it cheaper later have the store scan your receipt to see if you can get a price adjustment. Seems like I always buy something and then it goes on sale a few days later. This way I can still get the sale!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Walgreens Trip 7/12

I made a fast stop at Walgreens tonight and got alot of good stuff really cheap! I didn't get any RR this week and used up all of mine from last week, but bought lots of stuff and will have to stock up on RR next week. I got the following:

2 100ct envelopes $1.29 each
4 pkgs Scunci hair ties 18ct $2.99 each + B1G1 Free
4 bags Davids Sunflower seeds 2/$2
2 Keebler Club crackers 2/$6
4 Right Gaurd Deodorant $3.99 + B1G1 Free
4 pkgs crayons $.49 each
1 Charmin 6pk double toilet paper $3.49
4 Legal Pads of paper $.99 each
2 Salonpas hot patch $1.99 each

Total: $65.69

2 $3mgf Right Guard
2 B1G1 free hair ties- $5.98
$4 off Walgreens coupon- hair ties
2 $1mgf Sunflower seeds
2 $1mgf Keebler crackers
$1 mgf Charmin
$.50 Walgreens coupon- Charmin
$2.80 Walgreens coupon- Legal pads of paper
2 $1mgf Salonpas hot patch
$2 Walgreens Coupon
$12 RR from previous weeks purchase

Total Savings: $59.09

Total OOP: $6.60

The crackers alone were $6! That comes out to each item being only $.24 each! Adam uses the sunflower seeds to keep him awake while he is driving all day and for just a couple dollars more I got 4 bags of seeds plus everything else!

Here is a break down of what everything would cost after coupons not including taking the RR off:
100ct envelopes $.65 each
4 pkgs Scunci hair ties $.49 each
4 pkgs sunflower seeds $.50 each
2 Keebler Club crackers $2 each
4 Right Guard deodorant $.49 each
4 pkgs crayons $.49 each
Charmin toliet paper 6 big rolls $1.99 (comes out to $.009 a square yard!)
4 Legal pads of paper $.29 each
2 Salonpas hot patches made $.01 each

I have heard that when toliet paper comes out to $.01 a square yard- you shoud stock up! Even if you don't have the $1mgf coupon with just the store coupon it comes out to about $.01 a square yard. Everyone- stock up on toliet paper!

I will take a picture of everything in the morning!


Friday, July 9, 2010

Walgreens Trip July 9th

So I wasn't supper excited about Walgreens ads this week, but needed to go to town to get some things for our birthday parties tomarrow- my husband's and my daughter Kellie's 2. I am so glad I went! I could have done better, but it was really really late and needed to get going in order to get everything done I needed. My sister was with me with her new baby so I had her purchase my first transaction since she was going to check out while I was still shopping.

(Forgot to put the 4 dove deodorants in the picture as well, whoops!)

She bought me:
Oral B Advanced Toothbrush $2.99
Used: $2mgf
OOP: $.99 received $1 RR

Transaction 2:
6 bags Purina cat/dog food $1.99
4 Scotch pop up dispeners $1.09
1 Dawn 10.3oz dish soap $.99
2 hand soaps (we were in need of some more!)
1 Colgate toothpaste
1 Colgate toothbrush
2 Kellogg Rice Krispie Treats

6 $2 Puina mgf
4 $1 scotch tape mgf
1 $1 dawn mgf
1 $.75 colgate toothpaste mgf
1 $.75 colgate toothbrush mgf
2 $1 Kellogg rice krispie treat mgf
1 $1 Oral B RR
Total OOP: $8.29 Savings of $38.40
Received: $2 Colgate RR, $2 Kellogg RR

Transaction 3:
1 Oral B Advanced Toothbrus $2.99
4 Lifesavers bags $2.29 B1G1 free
2 Cheeze it cracker boxes
1 $2 Oral B mgf
3 $1 Lifesavers mgf
2 $1 Cheeze it crackers
Total OOP: $6.02
Received: $2 Kellogg RR, $1 Oral B RR

Transaction 4:
4 Dove deodrants 4/$15
4 $1.50 Dove mgf
Total OOP: 9.90
Receied: $5 Dove RR

I had a grand total OOP of: $24.21 but received $12 in RR. I should have split my colgate toothpaste and toothbush purchases to received another $2 RR and I could have added a few fillers to cut down my OOP, but like I said we were in a hurry and it was first time shopping with a new baby for my sister. If I subtract my RR from my OOP I only spent $.44 per item!

I am hoping to go back in tomarrow, well-today, and use my RR to get some Febreeze prodocts so I can turn in that mail in rebate. I would also like to get some Kebbler Cub crackers and cookies for some more RR. So far I had a total savings of: $60.44! I had one more bag of the Purina dog food also, but my coupon beeped. It was a mfg coupon with a target logo on it. I thought we could use them anywhere since they said mgf coupon, but he said it could only be used at Target. Does anyone know if this is true?

My sister who doesn't coupon grabbed a few things for her husband to go home and make some pizzas and received a $2RR that she didn't even know she was going to get. As she was walking around with me she found that Kellogg Special K, I believe, was on sale and she had a coupon for $1 off. Told her how to use her RR and she was super excited to get 2 boxes of Special K cereal for only $2! Maybe I will get her hooked on couponing!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Walgreens & Target info

I am very excited! I have talked with Christie at Wild for Wags at and she has graciously allowed me to post some of her great Walgreens deals! I will be posting a few of my favorite Walgreens deals each week, you can get the rest of the deals by following the link to her site. I will also post the Register Reward deals for each month. Her site is a great site to go to and I would recommend heading over to her site and seeing all the great things she has. My site is not near as elaborate as hers will be.
For a Walgreens weekly store ad go to: Go to this link to learn about Register Rewards or RR. It has alot of great information!

I have also talked to Kerry at Totally Target at and she has graciously allowed me to also post some of her great Target deals! I will post some of the weekly deals and will have a link to her site for the rest. Her site is also a great site I would recommend heading over to and seeing as well.
For a Target weekly store ad go to:

As I do this more and more, I may just figure out how to set up my blog how I want to and will be able to give you better information about deals in the Des Moines area. Please bear with me as this is all a new learning experience for me!

Don't think I will start posting any deals until maybe next week. Not much of interest to me this week. There are some great deals, but just not interested in them. This week I am trying to set everything up for the blog and get things figured out. I also have two birthday parties on Saturday to get ready for! Adam's birthday and Kellie's 2nd birthday!

Thanks Wild for Wags and Totally Target for all this information!


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

More Savings!

I don't have a picture for this one, but we have more savings coming in!!

Walgreens had their Dove deodorant for $1.99 with store coupon and I had a $2 off mgf coupon, so we bought 4 and Walgreens paid us $.04 to buy them. They also had Reach toothbrushes for $.99 with store coupon and I had a $1 off mgf coupon- bought 2 and they paid us $.02 to buy them. If you buy 2 Reach toothbrushes at Walgreens this month, you can get a $2 RR for $2 off your next purchase. They also had their small bottles of Dawn dish soap on sale for $.99 and with mgf coupon I got 2 for $.98. Bought: 4 Dove Deodorants, 2 Reach toothbrushes, 2 Dawn dish soap for a total of: $.98 plus tax! Next purchase at Walgreens was 6 boxes of Kelloggs cereal at $1.99 each with $1 off purchase of 2 so 6 boxes for $8.94! Bought 3 pkgs Twizzlers at $4.50 minus $1 mgf coupon and received $2 RR for my next purchase. Also bought 3 packages of Dentyne gum for $.99. My total for this purchase was $11.43 after I used my RR from the previous purchase, but I also received another $2 RR from this purchase to use on my next purchase.

4 Dove Deodorants
2 Reach Toothbrushes
2 Dawn Dish Soap
6 Boxes Kelloggs cereal
3 Pkgs Twizzlers
3 Pkgs Dentyne Gum
Total: $12.41 plus $2 RR

HyVee also had some great deals- bought 6 40oz bottles of ketchup for $.98 each and bought 10 pkgs of Oscar Mayer bun length hot dogs for $.99 each, but had $1 off 2 mgf coupons for the hot dogs so got 6 bottles of ketchup and 10 pks of hot dogs for $10.83!

While we were in Fort Dodge for the 4th we ran in to Walmart and they had Air Wick Automatic Spray starter kits that included 2 gadgets and 2 refills for the price of one, but they were on clearance for $6 and I had a $4 off mgf coupon making the package only $2! They were originally $13! They also had a 100oz bag of Lysol all purpase cleaner for $2.50 minus my $.50 mgf coupon making it only $2 (originally $5)! Also bought the kids a really neat sprinkler thing that was on clearance for $2. I will have to post pictures of this~ it looks like alot of fun!

I saved about $80 this past week for all of my deals and only had an out of pocket of $29.24! My freezer and cabinets are sure getting stocked up!

~We had a very busy 4th of July weekend- my sister had her baby on July 1st. His name is Stephan Wade he was 7lbs 8ozs and 19in! This started off our busy weekend as we all went to visit everyday!

My Mom and two younger sisters stayed at our house starting on Wednesday and my Dad came up on Friday. Then Saturday we went to the Iowa Historical Museum to see the first ever copy of the Declaration of Independence. This was extra special for our family as Josiah Bartlett signed the Declaration of Independence. He is a distant relative of my husband's family and this is who our second boy is named after.

Then on Sunday it was parade and fireworks! Benjamin and Josiah stood there the whole parade waving with a smile on their face. They could have been one of those kids who ride in the parade on one of the cars. It was so funny! Kellie loved getting all the candy and would pick up a couple and then forget about the rest. We ended up with literally a whole plastic sack full of candy just from our 3 kids! Then we went and Adam and a friend Jacob grilled hot dogs for everyone and we had smores. The boys did sparklers with Uncle Ethan and then it was time for fireworks! Everyone loved them. Josiah almost looked like he was going to fall asleep, but was so fixed in the fireworks he couldn't. Even baby Clarisse jumped at every firework that went off!

Well, I think that is enough pictures for now! As you can tell it was a very busy weekend. Hope things will slow down this week, but we have two birthday parties this Saturday- Adam's birthday and Kellie's 2nd both on the 10th!