Thursday, February 23, 2012

A pretty sad blog!

I'm so sorry I've been ignoring my blog!! I'm just too busy right now between work and everyday life. I can't even tell you the last time I went to Walgreens or Rite Aid-- thank goodness I had a massive stockpile of household and personal care items because if not I'd be paying full price right now!

I'm hoping to get a Target trip in this week still, but I have a lot of coupon sorting and deal hunting before I do so. One of these days I'll get a minute and get back into super couponing mode... but for now, I'm just catching some deals on groceries at Meijer. I don't plan on getting rid of the blog, but it will probably be pretty boring still for awhile-- hopefully you find the links and favorites on my sidebars helpful and can use them to get to all the current deals.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Meijer Deals!

We had another showing on Wednesday so I figured I'd do some deal shopping. There are plenty of deals at Meijer this week, so the kids and I (plus the dog in the car) headed to Meijer for some deals. We had an hour to kill so we ventured over to the toy section (which I usually avoid when I have the boys) and found a great clearance toy for my youngest's birthday in March.

I did two transactions so I could do the Mott's deal twice- and here were my totals:

$107.42 before sales and coupons
-$38.09 sales
-$41.50 coupons
$27.83 subtotal
+$2.35 tax
$30.18 OOP! That's 72% savings!

When we were in the toy clearance, I found a Glow-doodle on clearance for $7.49- normally $14.99. That's going to be a great birthday gift for my almost 3 year old! Some of the other highlights of my trip were $.19 tuna (great donation items!), $.79 Batman toothbrushes (great reward for the boys being good while shopping), &.75 Barilla pasta sauce, FREE Pictionary card games, FREE Bic pens and super cheap Motts applesauce and apple juice.

Check out this week's Meijer deals using the links on the top left sidebar.
See-- I do still coupon!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Still not getting any breaks!!

Sorry to give yet another post saying that I'm just too busy right now to get caught up blogging! I started a new job the beginning of the year and I'm working a few more hours each week (still part-time, just more hours) and between that, showings and everyday life, I've got my hands full. We had showings Friday and Saturday (we were suppose to have 3 but one cancelled because of the snowstorm) and we have showings tomorrow and Wednesday... and then we may be having some second showings over the weekend. I can't even let my house get messy right now! This puts us in the mid-forties for the number of showings over the past ALMOST year of having our house on the market. The end of January will be our one-year anniversary of being on the market-- yuck! Not an anniversay to be proud of-- but we're still getting good feedback, and usually managing to be in the top-2 or 3 for most people.... but still not a single offer. I'm hoping the new paint in the kitchen and new table helps- our realtor came over and took updated pictures Friday and was very impressed with the update.

So, once things start to settle down, I'll be back to posting. After taking quite a break from the drugstores, I did manage to have a decent Rite Aid trip last week... I just haven't had a minute to post the picture! I did get a few minutes today (thanks to having the day off work for MLK day!) to get some inserts organized and even clipped some coupons. They're not in their fancy little spots in my binder, but they're at least clipped! I'm hoping I can get some time to get some coupons for freebies and do some free shopping on Wednesday during that showing...

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

I'm not sure about all of you, but I'm very glad the holidays are finally over! The past couple months I've been pretty busy and haven't done much couponing. My coupon binder and folder are a complete mess! This week I hope to get my binder back in order and purge my old coupons and inserts.

Here's a great posting I found last year that Bargains to Bounty did about knowing when you can purge coupon inserts- check it out here. One of the challenges I have with keeping whole coupon inserts is finding the time to go through old inserts and knowing when I can get rid of the whole insert. Bargains to Bounty solves that problem using a regional coupon database on The Coupon Mom's site. I was going to do a big coupon purge in December but figured I might as well wait until after January 1 since so many coupons expired then.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Has it really been almost a month since I've done any postings?? Yikes!! Like continues to be crazy-- instead of focusing completely on saving money, I'm trying to make more money by picking up some extra hours at work. And with two little kids, just a few extra hours a week makes a HUGE difference- it really throws off my schedule! I'm still couponing, trying to focus on getting my grocery bill back down (I did have a good week at Meijer but I was just way too lazy to post about it) and shop frugally for Christmas.

I was successful with the storage unit purge... and with the first real snow this week, I was even successful at getting 2 cars back into the garage! It was a nice area to store things for a little while, but it was time that everything found its new semi-permanent home because I'm tired of one of my van doors being frozen every morning.

I am both sad and glad to admit that it has been over a month since I've done any drugstore shopping. It's nice because I have built up a nice stockpile of household and personal items and can take some time off, but we are running low (down to only 36 rolls) on TP now so it's time for me to start watching for some good TP and paper towel deals, as well as any other fun drugstore deals. I have a friend who now has a 17 year old living with her so I'm anxious to find what good make-up and teenage girl fun freebies I can find to welcome her to the neighborhood.

I hope everyone is busy finding lots of great Christmas deals! I didn't do Black Friday shopping- I did my Black Friday shopping online on Thanksgiving-- we got some super deals and could do our shopping in our PJ's. I really will try to get back in to blogging-- I really do want to start hitting the drugstores again.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Distraction update

I've still been forcing myself NOT to blog until I finish my storage unit purging.... and I am SO happy to report that after 2 more loads tonight (and several over the weekend), I have ONE remaining item left- which I have to wait until my hubby can help me move it. We'll get that home hopefully tomorrow and avoid paying any more storage unit rent-- yippee!

I'm still making myself spend time each day sorting and purging things- I bought a new shredder last week and was able to consolidate 2 file boxes into one (do I really need paperwork, receipts, birthday cards and other similar items from the early 2000's?). My dumpster was full again by Saturday (trash day is Thursday) which I am proud of because it means I'm actually getting stuff out of here!

I'm pretty sure next spring I'll be blogging about a tax audit-- I'm sure we're going to send up some huge red flags when I try to write off half the stuff we donated between Goodwill and the Salvation Army... oh well-- at least it's out of my house and I won't be paying a monthly charge to keep it!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Another end of the month coupon printing reminder

It's almost the end of the October already, so now is the time to make sure you get all your coupons printed before they reset.

Remember, if you use Swag Bucks , print your coupons there-- you might as well earn Swag Bucks AND save some money!

Check my sidebar for links to other printable coupon sites (Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, etc.)

Keep checking for the next couple days because the end of the month and beginning of the month coupons are always resetting, coming and going! You can usually count on a few really good ones to appear and disappear within hours!

Friday, October 28, 2011


Yes, here's another posting apologizing for the absence of postings. Right now, I've shifted my priorities a little to saving money in a little different way. When we first put our house on the market in February, we thought it would be a good idea to rent a storage unit (a big one- 10x20) and move some excess furniture and storage bins into it so the house didn't look as full. We had a LOT of furniture in our house, and removing several pieces does make the house look larger. The unfinished portion of our basement was crammed full of storage bins and toys that we rotated out and removing those items opened up a lot of space.

Well, it's the end of October and we still haven't sold our house. We've had tons of showings and open houses (we're up to 40+ now) with great feedback and still not a single offer- it just haven't been the right buyer yet or the right time yet. So, about two weeks ago I decided that $85 per month on storage unit rent was NOT a good use of my money and have been working to sort and purge enough to get the things we still may want back into the house. I started out by working on the items we had kept in the basement, and am happy to report that after 2 weeks and many trips back and forth from the storage unit I've taken two HUGE loads of clothes and household items to Goodwill and have I think we're up to 11 empty storage bins that were previously housed in the storage unit.

Does your house need a good purging? I had good intentions with lots of the things I'm finally purging-- someday, I will lose enough weight to wear those clothes again, so-and-so gave me this item that I don't have a place for, I could sell that at a garage sale.... but the reality of it is for us right now that at $85 per month, the value of anything I could potentially get from a garage sale next season would not offset the cost of storing the stuff for now.

My personal challenge now (I don't know if I can accomplish this or not) would be to try to empty the unit before the rent is due in mid-November.... I'm not quite sure if I'll accomplish that- but I'm sure making great progress so far!

Friday, October 14, 2011

It's Mega Swag Bucks Day!

It's Mega Swag Bucks Day today! This means more Swag Bucks for your same everyday searching. Make sure to check special offers (you don't have to sign up for anything, just browse through them and you now get 2 points), answer the daily poll and check for surveys each day for one point each to get 4 extra points each day which really do add up!

You can also print coupons and you get 10 Swag Bucks per redeemed coupon- I'm just starting to see the points started to get credited regularly. Check out my posting about all the different ways to earn points. It's a great way to get free gift cards and rewards for everyday internet surfing! My favorite reward is a $5 Amazon gift card for only 450 Swag Bucks.

I don't have the toolbar and still earn tons of points (I don't want any more programs running on my computer). I just keep signed into Swag Bucks all the time and use them to find the websites I'm visiting.

Another great thing about Swag Bucks is you can refer friends and family and you earn points for their wins as well up to 1000 points! So I do ask that if you do decide to sign up, please use the links in my Swag Bucks postings or put down Sarahspendsless as your referral.

Are you signed up for Swag Bucks yet? Do you have any questions about it? I was very hesitant at first, but I'm earning $10-$20 per month in Amazon gift cards and love it!

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

SUPER couponing at Target!

I had a great shopping trip at Target this week. I ordered more Huggies Overnites from Amazon a few weeks ago and was really disappointed when they arrived to find out that Huggies changed the Overnites. I wrote to Huggies and let them know how disappointed I was, and they sent me TWO coupons for FREE BIG packs of diapers! Not free jumbo packs, free BIG packs (around $20 each!). I was very happy to see Target was doing a gift card promo this week- buy 2 big packs at $18.99 each, get a $5 gift card. So, not only could I get 2 free packages of diapers, I could get a $5 Target gift card! Awesome!

2- Huggies Big Packs of diapers- $18.99 each (buy 2 get a $5 gift card!)
2- FREE big pack coupons
** 2 for FREE!! PLUS $5 gift card! **

4- Target Trail Mix- $2.50
2- $1.50 off 2 Target printable
** $1.75 each! **

Transformer toy- $9.99
$5.00 off Target mobile coupon
$5.00 off Target printable
** FREE!! ** My son is going to LOVE this for Christmas- and I will too since it was FREE!!

$69.11 before coupons and discounts
-$8.86 sales
-$50.98 coupons
** $9.27 OOP!! PLUS $5.00 gift card earned!! **

I'm pretty happy with this Target trip-- Of my $9.27 OOP, $2.28 was tax! I bought the trail mix because it's yummy and the Target registers can be tricky when you're getting a gift card deal. I needed to spend at least $5 OOP so the gift card deal would work without any problems.

Yippee for FREE diapers and a gift card to spend later!!