Monday, January 31, 2011

i heart rite aid. seriously.

first let me say I LOVE RITE AID!  seriously, they have the best sales & wonderful customer service.  i hit 4 rite aids (dont worry they are all within 8-10 miles). some stores were already wiped out of the lays chips.  i did mess up the edys/lays deal to get the extra $5 up reward, i didnt feel like returning since i used coupons, etc.  i just went to another rite aid and did the same deal & made sure to get over the $15 mark, last time i was $3 short...grr.  i did 3 separate transactions @ 3 different stores (the 1st one i went too didnt have anything).
8 edys ice creams
10 lays chips
8 stayfree pads
2 cologate toothpaste
2 motrin om (rain check)
2 rite aid chapsticks (fillers)
1 coricidin medicine
4 boxes of milkbones
2 purina beggin strips
2 busy-bones (pups)
total oop: $3.95 ($2.12 of that was tax).
started out with $24 up rewards, got back $33 up rewards.
turns out to be just .09 an item.
total number of items: 41

Friday, January 28, 2011

Coffee-Mate Party!!

I've been selected to host a coffee-mate house party! woohoo! I was so shocked at all the goodies!
I got 2 free coupons for coffee-mate creamer for the party.
cups, napkins, lots of samples of coffee & creamer.
16 invitations for guest with FREE coffee-mate creamer coupons inside.
the game cranium (my favorite thing)!
texas hold'em game complete with a nice silver case (my husband is beyond thrilled about this)
can't wait for friends to come over & enjoy the party with us!


free football jello molders.
coupons for lowes from vocalpoint.
coupon for .99 off a .99 bag of ruffle chohips.
mcdonalds coupons.
coupon for a free (3.5lb) bag of  purina one beyond dog food.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


8 packs of gum.
on sale b1g1 free paired with a b1g1 free coupon = FREE!
tax: .40

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

90% off!

christmas clrx was 90% off at rite aid.  I also stocked up on the free toilet paper, tissues, and a few bags of chips since they were all free after up rewards. I did go to 4 different stores all within a few miles of each other.
total spent: 8.16 (1.78 was tax).
some of the christmas finds were the tree (1.99) wreath, lights, candle holders, ornaments, gift bags, garland, led lights (.29 each), star, yard decor, and a few other little things. i was quite pleased to rack up what i could.

corey was excited about the 'lil tree' he had to get a picture too :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011


LOVE mypoints! cashed in & got a $25 gift card to target!
.....and got a $20 gift card for amazon for taking surveys...thanks to valued opinions.


candy: free after ecb's.
maalox's & gas x: moneymaker of $5.54 after coupons/ecb's.
total spent: $2.53
earned: $12.48 in ecb's.

special k!

12 boxes of special k cereal.
total: $2.52
got back $12 up rewards plus $20 up rewards for the resolutions.

2 crazy little boys modeling their mommy's receipt & rewards :)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bright Beginnings.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of PBM Products. All opinions are 100% mine.

Being a mom is expensive.  We are always trying to look for the best deals on formula, diapers, wipes, etc.  Although my boys are past those phases, I still like to get great deals.  I have severall friends who are pregnant & my younger sister. With many baby showers coming up I love to help & get the necessities.  Who couldn't use diapers?  If the mother is formula feeding about seeing what kind she could use? If you buy on you will get so many additional savings to help lower the cost. Many people think shopping online is expensive....but when you get discount codes & free shipping it can actually be SO much cheaper! Right now is offering 30% cash back when you buy diapers using code GET30BACK.

They also sell Bright Beginnings Formula (available in organic too!). If you're interested in this formula acheck out their Bright Beginnings on Facebook. Chat with other moms about benefits of this product, get information on upcoming sales, and more!  Often times formula is hard to catch on sale or even get a discount. If you use code GET10PCT you can actually score 10% off! They offer free shipping in 1-2 days when you spend $49 or more. offer so many baby items including those that are eco-friendly too!  Honestly, go check out the site & see what deals you can score!



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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sears Heroes at Home.

a very big thank you to sears & their continued support for our military!  we signed up to be part of the sears heroes at home program.  we are very thankful for the giftcards we have received!  a grand total of $189.39!  my husband is beyond thrilled. i'm pretty sure he'll be buying himself a nice toolbox, tools, and a leaf blower :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tabasco Original Red.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TABASCO® Original Red. All opinions are 100% mine.


We are a huge football loving family!  Of course the playoffs are THIS weekend!  I've got my shopping list planned & ready to go.  You can't enjoy a football game without pizza, wings, and chips/salsa.  My husband is making his famous wings which includes TABASCO® Original Red.  Now, I know you're thinking tabasco on wings?  Don't knock it till you try it!  It has incredible flavor!  Now my husband is a bit more into the tabasco because he will add it to eggs, rice, chicken, and whatever else he thinks needs some of the 'flavor'.  He adds it to his pizza as well.  It gives a certain 'kick' to the flavor.

TABASCO® Original Red is different from the typical hot sauces.  It's not really about the heat but rather the simple combination of salt, red pepper, and vinegar that are perfected in a 3 year aging process! This simply enhances the great flavor of the food so you can enjoy every bite!  How is that for trying to get the BEST product?!

Check out their Game-Day Party Menu to see simple & exciting recipes everyone will love!  Now, I'm not to good in the kitchen but my husband is a terrific cook!  I challenge you to use TABASCO® Original Red in some of your recipes.  My favorite by far is are the wings!  So enjoy these playoffs & some good eating!

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Monday, January 10, 2011

look what came!

2 $5 gift cards to starbucks!
thanks to hip2save & project phoenix by aol mail!


if there is one bright side to being sick, it's finding an awesome gift card deal for new prescriptions! farm fresh is offering $25 gift cards for any new or transferred prescription. well, both little eric & myself had prescriptions which means 2 $25 gift cards!  how awesome is that?!

Friday, January 7, 2011

rite aid.

total spent: $13.78 ($2.51 was tax)
got back $22 in up rewards & a $2 scr.
the nerf & 2 picture things are gifts for next chirstmas ;)

and......i'm almost at the $100 mark to earn $20!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


1 sample bag of purina one smart dog food.
1 betty crocker 2011 calendar.
$30 gift card to office depot (thanks to Coupon Pro & Hip2save).
2 magazines: whole living & shape.
2 free coupons for excedrin & terra chips.
free sample of kashi lean cereal plus coupons from vocalpoint.

Parent's Choice.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of PBM Products. All opinions are 100% mine.

I'm not going to lie, I tend to be a brand 'snob'.  When it came to things like diapers and formula's I always thought generic or store brand formula didn't have enough vitamins or nutrients.  Not long ago I had this same discussion with a close friend of mine.  She had switched to a store brand formula because the price was so much cheaper. She compared the nutrients and everything panned out to be equal.  So, I much are mothers wasting by sticking to a brand they THINK is better for their better.  How much could a mother be saving? Let's be honest, we all want to save money!

Some benefits that are EQUAL in both generic and Similac for example are:

-prebiotics to help support baby's immune system.

-milk-based nutrition containing all nutrients, vitamins and minerals for growth and development DHA & ARA, which may support brain & eye development.

-they are available in  23.2 & 12.4 oz sizes.

I just recently read an article over on CNN MoneyWatch Called: switch to generic formula.  One thing I found is that similac has been recalled before because of beetles/larvae may have be found in the powder formula.  Now, most moms would probably thing a name brand formula would be much safer.   I also read that mothers who give their babies similac (or the likes) are paying TWICE as much!  That itself blows my mind. Why pay MORE for a brand name when the generic version is the same.  It's estimated that by switching to generic formula the average person can save up to $600 a year!  The FDA requires that ALL formulas meet the minimum nutrient requirements, so there is 'peace of mind' knowing that your baby will still get the same ingredients as those name brands.  Be sure to check the above article out!  Seems like generic is the WAY to go!  Next time you're out shopping whether it be target, walmart or a sure to check out the formuals.    Compare the prices & ingredients to the generic vs name brand.  I'm sure you'll be shocked at the difference in price!  Feel free to come back & share what you've found!

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Sunday, January 2, 2011


we're finally back from visiting our families.  we had a blast and the kids got entirely too many toys, seriously.  i can't wait until their playroom upstairs is done.  the boys have school tomorrow and im looking forward to getting back to our 'normal' routine.  now i need to tackle mt. laundry. joy.