Friday, September 30, 2011

End of month coupon printing

It's almost the end of the September 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!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Getting back into drugstore shopping- Walgreens!

I've taken a couple weeks off of drugstore shopping, but I couldn't pass up the deals at Walgreens this week. I was completely out of women's razors (for some reason I can't bring myself to use any of the freebie men's razors I get) and Walgreens has a great making my favorite kind of razors free after RR!

Here's what I did:

2- Schick Quattro Razors or 4 ct Refills- $8.99 (get $5 RR!)
2- $5.00 off printable previously on
** $3.99 OOP PLUS $5 RR earned!! **

2- Zarbee's Cough Night-time- $5.99 (get $6 RR!)
2- $1.00 off printable on
** $4.99 OOP PLUS $6 RR!! **

4- Johnson First Aid Kit- $.99
2- $1.50 off 2 from in-store display
** $.49 for 2! ** Great donation item!

2- Hershey's Aid Delights- $.59 (filler items!)

I broke this into 3 transactions to lower my OOP... here are the totals:

$53.95 before coupons and discounts
-$16.81 sales
-$15.00 coupons
-$11.00 Register Rewards redeemed
** $11.14 OOP!! ** PLUS I have another $11.00 in Register Rewards left to spend! I'll definitely be going back for more Quattro refills!

Meijer doubles!!

This picture was from a couple weeks ago-- I was in Jackson without kids and went to Meijer there since they double coupons up to $.50! It was an unplanned shopping trip- so I sat in the car for a few minutes before I went in and pulled out any coupon I thought would be a good doubler and then started shopping.

$100.33 before coupons and discounts
-$18.45 sales
-$36.78 coupons
** $45.10 OOP!! **

I was pretty happy with that! It was a great experience- I wanted to see if it made much of a difference to get coupons doubled up to $.50. It definitely helped! I used several coupons that doubled on full price items because it was still a better deal than what I'd get at home without doubles.

I will be going out to Jackson in the next week or two again and have some more coupons set aside to get some freebies after they double. If we ever move to Lansing, I can see that having double coupons will definitely make a difference- I could actually save the coupon until the items are on sale. Until then, I'll just try to set aside coupons that I think will be good to double for the times I'm near a store that doubles!

Sunday, September 25, 2011


It's been TWO weeks since I've been to a drugstore!! Yikes! I guess that's one of the nice things about couponing... you can get really stocked up on certain things and then avoid certain stores for a little while.

Last week I spend some time getting my coupons re-organized-- I've been really slacking on the couponing lately. Now it's time to get focused and save some money! I'm hoping to do better meal planning this week-- the past couple weeks have been pretty hectic and I've fallen back into bad habits- stopping at the store to buy ingredients for dinner and not doing a big organized shopping trip.

I've got a bunch of coupons set aside for Meijer this week. I did really well a couple weeks ago shopping at Meijer- I happened to be in Jackson with my coupons and got to enjoy a bit of double-couponing-- SO much fun! One of these days, I'll post that picture. I'm planning a Meijer trip in the next couple days- it's looking like it could be a good week of saving at Meijer this week!

I will get back into blogging-- hopefully this week is the week for me to catch up!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Making meals for kids more fun

Today was my oldest son's first day of preschool. I had to make sure the boys would eat their breakfast in a timely manner instead of being pokey... so I picked up some fun Bento gear at Amazon and they actually sat down and ate their breakfast today!

I found these great Kotobuki Plastic Egg Molds Fish and Car for $3.28- and also the Plastic Egg Molds Heart and Star for $2.72 at Amazon.

The egg molds come in a package with Japanese instructions... but the instructions were listed on the product description- it's very simple. Boil an egg in water as you normally would hard boil an egg- take the egg out- peel it under running water (so you don't burn your hands) and then put in the egg mold. Set the mold in cold water or in the fridge, wait a little while and then you have fun eggs! I used large eggs and the Fish and Car shape a little better than the heart and star- they would have turned out better with jumbo eggs.

This morning's breakfast- a hard boiled egg cut in half, pancakes and blueberries.

I'm definitely going to be trying more things to make their meals more fun! I keep finding more blogs on Bento lunches and muffin tin meals so I'll be posting more ideas soon. It's another way to save money- finding meals that my kids actually eat so we waste less food!

Monday, September 5, 2011

New Pampers Gifts to Grow code!

Happy Labor Day!

If you are a Pampers Gifts to Grow Rewards member, here is another new code worth 10 points:


Thanks For the Mommas!!

Shopping online?

Ebates is a free rewards program that pays you cash rewards for shopping online. There are TONS of available stores and as long as you sign up for Ebates and use their site to get to the site you are shopping on, you earn a percentage back for each purchase! Some of my favorites are Shutterfly (10% back), Old Navy (4%), Target (3%) and (1-4%). There are tons of stores, so before shopping, definitely check this site because there are WAY too many to mention.

The only thing you have to do different when shopping is going through the Ebates site to get to the site where you are shopping. Each quarter you earn rewards, and after $5 in earnings each quarter you get a check in the mail (the pay schedule is listed on their site). If you don’t earn $5 in a particular quarter you don’t lose your earnings, they just don’t pay out until you hit the $5 mark… Go here to sign up and start earning!

Friday, September 2, 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. I'm earning between 75-100 each day now that I've found so many 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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