Rite Aid Deals 9/27/09-10/3/09

>> Saturday, September 26, 2009

Don't forget about Rite Aid's Fall Gift of Savings Program. Enter your receipts at Rite Aid.com and get up to $20 back on purchases made through 10/17/09.

Purchase $25 to $50 get $5 back
Purchase $51-$100 get $10 back
Purchase over $100 get $20 back.

Weekly SCR Deals

Crest White Plus Scope Outlast Toothpaste $2.69
SCR $2.69
$1/1 Crest premium toothpaste 8/30/09 PG (exp. 9/30)
$1/1 Crest premium toothpaste 9/27/09 PG
Free plus overage after Q and SCR

Gillette Fusion Manual or Power Razor $9
SCR $5
$4/1 Gillette Fusion 9/27/09 PG
Free after Q and SCR

Nivea Lip Care $2.99
SCR $2
$1/1 Nivea Lip Care 8/30/09 RP
Free after Q and SCR

Other Deals

SoftSoap Nutri Serum $3.99
$2 In Ad Q
$1/1 SoftSoap Nutri Serum 8/30/09 RP
.99 cents after Qs

Kellogg's Pop Tarts 8 ct. 2/$3
$1/2 Kellogg's Pop Tarts 9/13/09 RP
$1 each after Q wyb 2


Simplifying Saturday

I haven't posted a Simplifying Saturday post in a few weeks. I've been so busy. We travelled over Labor Day weekend and have been going pretty much non-stop since. Most of my time has been spent painting rather than decluttering but I finally had a chance to get rid of more stuff this week. Our local communtiy consignment sale is going on this weekend so I loaded up a bunch of my girls' outgrown clothing and toys for that. It's always nice to get rid of stuff and make a little money. I went through the tubs of hand me downs this week and discovered that my youngest has plenty of clothing for this Fall/Winter. Yay! I just need to buy her some dress shoes. My oldest daughter on the other hand needs almost an entire wardrobe. She has one pair of jeans, 3 tops & 2 dresses. She does have 2 other pair of jeans that I had bought ahead but they are still too big for her. She is in between 8s and 10s so it's making it tricky to find pants that fit. I was planning to shop at this consigment sale as well for the needed wardrobe items but H1N1 struck at our house this week so we're hanging out at home instead. I'll just hunt down some good sales elsewhere when my daughter is feeling better and I'll be able to use the money I made at the consignment sale to pay for it.

Did you get any decluttering accomplished this week? If so, leave a comment sharing what you did.


Deals Of The Week 9/26/09

Okay, so this would be the week to not follow my example when shopping. After weeks of being under budget, I went over budget this week. I also forgot to give the cashier some of my coupons while checking out and had to pull another coupon out at the last minute when I realized it had expired resulting in a less than great buy on an item. The Walgreens clearance items did not ring up correctly and I didn't catch one of them until after I had completed checkout so I had to get a refund. For some reason, they couldn't give me a cash refund so I ended up with a gift card which was okay but the whole process of trying to figure out why they couldn't give me the refund took forever. That's pretty much how everything went this week though. It was almost comical at times. Hoping for a more positive trend this coming week.


1 Starbucks Coffee $2.39(clearance)
2 Oral B Indicator Toothbrushes $4
2 Mentos Gum $2
2 Aussie Shampoo $5.98
4 Campbells Soups $6.36
2 Welchs Jelly $3.18
1 Tide To Go $1.59(clearance)
$2.80 off Campbells Soup WAGS Q
B1G1 Oral B Indicator
2 .55/1 Mentos
$2/2 Aussie products
2 $1/2 Campbells soup
2 .75/1 Welchs jelly
$1 RR
Total: $13.10
Received $4 RRs


I spent: $58.75
I saved: $40.08

Mega Event Items:
Kraft Shredded Cheese $1.99
5 Kraft Easy Mac $5
1 Capri Sun $2.11
1 Ritz Crackers $2.49
1 Wheat Thins $2.49
1 Kraft Dressing $1.99
- $5 Mega Event Promotion
Total: $11.07
I didn't have any coupons left for the items I bought that would reduce the overall price, however several of the items will count towards the Kraft Back To School Rebate.
I did use the Buy Ritz Crackers Get a free Ritz Crackerfuls Q with this promo though.
In addition to the free Crackerfuls I got free Clean & Clear astringent. $1.99-$2/1 Q adjusted=Free. I bought 3 of these and forgot to give the cashier my $1/1 Clean & Clear Qs for the other 2. So I really got 3 Clean & Clear Astringent for $1.33 each which is still a pretty good price.

Stop by Money Saving Mom and Southern Savers to see more great deals.


Walgreens Deals 9/27/09-10/3/09

>> Friday, September 25, 2009

Monthly Register Reward Deals

Chapstick Fresh Effects $2.99
RRs $2.99
Free after RRs

Emergen-C Immune System 2 pk. $3.49
RR $3.49
Free after RR

Gillette Fusion MVP Manual or Power Razor Systerm $8.99
RRs $6
$4/1 Gillette Fusion Razor 9/27/09 PG
Free plus overage after Q and RRs

Halls Refresh Sugar Free 20 ct. $1
RR $1
.50/1 Halls Refresh October All You
.75/1 Halls Refresh 9/27/09 SS
Free plus overage after Q and RR

Robitussin To Go 2 ct. $2.49
RR $2.49
Free after RR

Trident ExtraCare or Layers Gum 2/$2
RRs $1 wyb 2
$1/2 Trident Gum printable
Free after Q and RR

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Body Lotions 6.8 oz $6.99
RRs $6.99
$1.50/1 Vaseline Sheer Infusion printable
$1/1 Vaseline Lotion 8/2/09 RP
Free plus overage after Q and RR

Weekly Register Reward Deals

Oral B Advantage 1-2-3 Toothbrush $3
RRs $3
.75/1 Oral B Advantage 9/27/09 PG
Free plus overage after Q and RR

Dentek Floss 55 yd. or picks 35 ct. $2
RRs $2
Free after RR

Herbal Essences Hair Care $2.99
RR $2
$1/1 Herbal Essences 8/23/09 or 9/13/09 RP
Free after Q and RR

Theraflu Nighttime 6 ct. 2/$8
RR $4 wyb 2
$2 off Theraflu from Wags Healthy Savings Book (will take off $4)
Free after Q and RR

Gillette Venus Razor $7.99
RR $4
$2/1 Venus Embrace or Breeze 9/27/09 PG
$2/1 Venus Embrace or Breeze 8/16/09 RP
$1.99 after Q and RR

Motions Hair Care 3/$10
RR $5 wyb 3
3/$5 after RR


Coupon Preview 9/27/09

There will be 3 inserts in this Sunday's paper: 1 Smart Source, 1 Red Plum and 1 Proctor & Gamble. Stop by Southern Savers to see a list of available coupons.


Museum Day 2009: Free Admission Saturday 9/26/09

This Saturday, 9/26/09, enjoy free admission to museums participating in Museum Day 2009. Some participating museums will offer this on Sunday. Print your admission card and find a participating museum near you here.


CVS Deals 9/27/09-10/3/09

3 Day Sale

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Body Lotion 6.8 oz. $7.99
ECBs $7
$1.50/1 Vaseline Sheer Infusion printable
$1/1 Vaseline Lotion 8/2/09 RP
Free or Free plus overage after Q and ECBs

Reese's 8 pack .88 cents
.55/1 Reese's product 8/23/09 SS
.33 cents each after Q

Weekly ECBs Deals

Listerine Total Care 16.9 oz. $3.99
ECBs $1
$2/1 Listerine Total Care 4/26/09 RP
.99 cents after Q and ECBs

Reach Toothbrush 2 or 4 pk. $3.99
$2/1 Reach Toothbrush 6/21/09 SS
.99 cents after Q and ECBs

Gillette Fusion, Embrace or Spa Breeze Razor $9.99
ECBs $5
$2/1 Gillette Razor 8/16/09 RP
$4/1 Gillette Fusion Razor 9/27/09 PG
$2/1 Venus Breeze or Embrace 8/16/09 RP
$2/1 Venus Breeze or Embrace 9/27/09 PG
.99 cents Gillette Fusion after Q and ECBs, $2.99 Venus Embrace or Breeze after Q and ECBs

Aveeno shampoo, conditioner 10.5 oz. or nourishing spray 5.2 oz. $6.49
ECBs $2
$2/1 Aveeno printable
$2.49 after Q and ECBs

University Medical Wrinkle Free Kit $19.99
ECBs $5
$5/1 Wrinkle Free Eyes printable at redplum
$5/1 any University Medical Item-CVS $100 Coupon Booklet
$4.99 after Qs and ECBs

Almay Mascara $5.99
ECBs $3
$1/1 Almay 8/2/09 SS
$1.99 after Q and ECBs

$5 ECBs wyb $15 Covergirl Cosmetics
Covergirl Outlast Lip Color, Lashblast, Luxe or Length Mascara $7
Covergirl Simply Ageless blush $10
Covergirl Simply Ageless foundation $13
$1/1 Covergirl cosmetics 8/30/09 PG
Free Covergirl face product with any Covergirl foundation 8/30/09
Final price varies

Wrigley's Slimpack Gum 10-15 ct. 3/$3
ECBs $1 wyb 3
B1G1 Wrigleys slim pack 6/28/09 SS
.33 cents each with Q and ECBs

Other Deals

CVS Pharmacy True Result blood glucose monitoring system $14.99
MIR $14.99
Free after MIR

Febreze Air Effects $2.99
$1/1 Febreze Air Effects 8/30/09 PG
$1.99 after Q

These are the best deals I see. Be sure to check your local ad for other sale items you might need.


DisneyStore.com: Extra 20% Off Graphic Tees

Get an extra 20% off the already reduced prices on graphic tees from Disneystore.com when you use the code GRAPHIC20. Sale prices start at $4.99. Go here to see all of the graphic tees available.


Tylenol Recall

The makers of Tylenol are voluntarily recalling certain lots of Infant's and Children's Tylenol liquid products manufactured between April 2008 and June 2008. For more details and a full list of products included in the recall go here.


Free Chocolate Friday

This is the last Friday to get your free chocolate. Go here to register for your FREE Real Chocolate coupon from Mars. Coupons are limited so register now.


Breaking The Shopping Habit

>> Thursday, September 24, 2009

It's been about a year and a half since my husband and I really started to revamp our approach to handling our money. We've come a long way in how we view needs and wants in our lives and we've eliminated a lot of bad habits.

I think that for me one of the hardest habits to break was shopping for social entertainment. I have fond memories from my childhood of going shopping with my mom and sister. We would go to the mall, eat lunch out, get some new clothes and at the end of the day we'd get a yummy cookie before heading home. I developed a lot of positive feelings about the social aspects of shopping because of that. As an adult I began to follow that same pattern of shopping for social entertainment. And while I don't think there is anything wrong with doing that occasionally as we did when I was a child, as an adult I did it frequently; often weekly. I wouldn't always buy something at the stores but I would still be spending money on lunch out and sometimes a cookie at the end of the day. I really didn't see any problem with it because I was a bargain shopper. I never spent full price on anything. I tried to spend my money "wisely" by learning how to get the high quality clothing I liked at deep discounts. I admit my biggest weakness was buying cute clothing for my kids and Gymboree was and still is a favorite store of mine. I learned how to use sales and Gymbucks to maximize my savings to the fullest. The thing was that even though I wasn't paying anywhere near full price, I was still buying things we didn't really need. I also wasn't following any planned budget for that money. I would usually go on these shopping trips when the bills were paid and we had some extra money so I felt somewhat justified in spending it.

So when we started seriously budgeting and giving every dollar a place to go, I had to begin to reevaluate my approach to shopping. It was honestly very hard at first. I missed going to the mall just because I felt like it or because there was a great sale at a particular store. It was downright difficult to let those Gymbucks earning opportunities slip right on by but with time it began to get easier. I began to find it easier to stay home instead of taking advantage of the latest sale. And I have discovered lately that I hardly think about going shopping just for the fun of it. Shopping is becoming something I do because I need to not something I do because I need to do something fun. I'll be honest, I still have moments when I feel that pull and think I'd like to get out of the house and go do a little shopping but it's much easier to just brush it off these days.

This was a long process for me. I had to learn to replace old habits and ways of thinking about my life and my money with new ways of thinking about them. It all began with the decision my husband and I made to be more responsible with our money; better stewards of the financial gifts we'd been blessed with.

If you are a social shopper and want to break the shoppining habit, here are some of the things I did that you might find helpful as well.

  1. Change your attitude about money.

  2. Set up and follow a budget.

  3. Stop viewing shopping as social entertainment.

  4. Find positive new ways to fill that social need: find frugal ways to have fun with your family, blog, find places to volunteer your time, go for a walk with friends or have a friend over for lunch, etc.

  5. Remind yourself as needed that buying things on sale doesn't save as much money as not spending the money to begin with.

  6. Learn to be content with what you have.

I suspect that with time my attitude towards spending will continue to change. I'm sure there is still some wasteful spending that I do and need to work on but I've come along way and have found a lot of joy in being free from the shopping habit.

If you are a former social shopper, how did you break the shopping habit?


The Body Shop: Buy 2 Get 1 Skin Care

Buy 2 Skin Care products get 1 free during The Body Shop's Semi-Annual Clearance Event. Also get free shipping on all orders over $60.


Boston Market: 2 Kids Eat Free

>> Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Now through October 31, 2009, two kids can eat free with any adult meal purchase of $6 or greater. Kids must be present to claim meals. Go here for more details.


Smokey Bones $10 Off $20 Printable Coupon

Print this coupon to get $10 off a $20 purchase at Smokey Bones. Valid through 10/7/09. Go here to find a Smokey Bones near you.


Free Sample Honey Nut Cheerios And Coupon

>> Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Register here to get a free sample of Honey Nut Cheerios along with a $1 coupon.


Free Sample Kashi Cereal

Request a free sample of Kashi Cereal here. You can choose between Kashi Honey Sunshine & Kashi GoLean Crunch.


Menu Plan Monday 9/21/09

>> Monday, September 21, 2009

I'm trying to get back into the menu planning groove. I was rather uninspired for awhile but I know dinnertime goes so much better when it's all planned out. This is what I'll be serving up this week.

Monday-Chicken Pot Pie
Tuesday-Blueberry Pancakes & Bacon
Wednesday-Black Bean Burritos
Thursday-Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Friday-Easy Chicken Skewers w/ Peanut Sauce*, brown rice, salad
Saturday-Short Order Night
*=New to us recipe
Stop by I'm An Organizing Junkie for more great menu ideas.


Walgreen's Deals 9/20/09-9/26/09

>> Sunday, September 20, 2009

Register Rewards

Oral B Indicator toothbrush 2/$4
RRs $2 wyb 2
B1G1 Oral B Indicator 8/23/09 RP
Free after Q and RR

Thermacare Heat Wrap single pack $2.49
RR $2.49
$1/1 printable
Free after RRs

Roots of Nature Haircare $6
RR $6
Free after RR

Formula 409 32 oz. 2/$5
RR $2 wyb 2
$1/1 Formula 409 8/30/09 RP
.50 cents each after 2 Qs and RR

Sudafed PE $5.99 each
RR $5 wyb 2
$2/1 Sudafed PE 8/2/09 SS
$1.49 each

Auussie Hair Care Shampoo or Conditioner 8 or 13.5 oz., Styling Products 6-14 oz. $2.99
RR $2
.99 cents after RR

Benefiber 28 pks., 48 or 62 dose or 100 ct. chewable $9.99
RR $3
$1/1 Benefiber 9/20/09 SS
$2/1 Benefiber 7/12/09 SS
$2/1 printable
$4.99 or $5.99 after Q and RR

Bic Disposable Razors 4 pk. Women's Soleil $4.99
RR $1
$2/1 Bic Soleil Disposables 9/20/09 SS
$3/1 Bic Soleil Disposables 9/20/09 SS
.99 or $1.99 after Q and RR

Other Deals

Reese's Pumpkin 2/$1 with In Ad Q
.55/1 any Reese's product
Free after Qs

Welch's Grape Jelly 32.oz. $1.59
.75/1 printable
.84 cents each after Q

Campbell's Soup .89 cents with In Ad Q
$1/2 printable(you will need to enter your email address)
.39 cents each after Qs


Walgreens Photo: 30 4x6 Prints For $3

Get 30 4x6 prints for just $3 from Walgreens Photo when you enter the code APPLE30 at checkout. Valid through Saturday, 9/26/09.

You can also get 25% off posters when you enter the code BASKET at checkout through 9/26/09.


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