Saturday, March 21, 2015

Super Savings Saturday: Kroger, Target, Meijer, Aldi

Kroger: I got many items from the mega event sale, including body wash and oatmeal. I also got $1 half gallon milk, .99 trail mix, pop, 1.25 strawberries, 1.99 kiwi, .47 teriyaki sauce and .49 green beans that were not part of the mega event. .

Meijer: I mostly got produce that was part of the 10/$10 get the 11th free sale. I got orange, yellow, red peppers; mushrooms; and cantaloupe. I also got manager's special honeydew, a picture frame, two porfolios that were free after mPerks, 6 yoplait and 2 packs of strawberries. I paid $18.63.

Target:
I got 1 can of pringles using a cartwheel for 50% off. I also got 4 tubes of kid toothpaste, 2 toothbrushes, 1 lotion, 1 body wash and 2 shampoo. I paid $3.99.

Aldi:
.69 sweet potatoes, .69 carrots, .99 yellow gold potatoes

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Book Review: MeQuilibrium

MeQuilibrium by Jan Bruce, Andrew Shatte, PhD and Adam Perlman, M.D. offers the reader ways to cope with stress and our responses to it.

This book presents a 14-day challenge on how to change your stress response from one centered around knee-jerk reactions to one that is more effective and less disruptive to the body's rhythms.

What I liked the most about this book is that it teaches you how to reframe and readjust your attitude to situations that would typically make you feel frustrated, annoyed, bored or angry. I also liked the real-life examples and situations. On the other hand, I have a hard time believing that someone could do this, on their own, in just two weeks. I think it takes a lot longer to undo a negative attitude that has taken decades to develop.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Book Review: Words to Dream On

Words to Dream On by Diane Stortz and illustrated by Diane Le Feyer is a hardcover book of bible stories and prayers for children.

At first, I thought this book was a board book for toddlers because the cover is appealing to that type of age group. However, when I opened the book, I found that the pages were just regular weight glossy paper and the print size was quite small.

I think this book should be separated, one into prayers and the other for the stories. I would also make the font size bigger or change up the illustrations, because the small font yet childish pictures don't really go together right. As for the selection of bible stories, I thought the range was good but there wasn't any particular order that they were presented in.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Super Savings Saturday: Target, Meijer, Kroger

Kroger:
2 Kotex, 2.99 each. Use $2/2 catalina coupon. Get back $2 oyno and $3 oyno. New $2/2 coupons print with each transaction!
Second trip:
1st tx: 2 kotex @2.99 -$2/2 catalina q, paid 4.43, got back $2 oyno and $3 oyno
2nd tx: 2 kotex @2.99 -$2/2 catalina q, 2 teriyaki marinade on closeout for .66 (was 2.49), used oynos from tx 1 and paid $.75. got back $2 oyno and $3 oyno
3rd tx: 3 teriyaki marinade @.66, 15# bag rice closeout price 3.65, (was 15.xx!!!). Used onyos from tx 2 and paid .63. 

Target:
8 ziplock storage bags 2.29 each, used $1/2 coupons
3 toilet bowl cleaners @1.70 each, used 3 x .25/1 peelies
Kleenex 6.49, used 2 x $1.50/1 peelies
-$10/40 purchase
-5% red card savings
Paid 22.48.

Meijer:
$53.01 OOP. Meijer. Two transactions.
Jewelry 50% mPerk (happy birthday to me)
shoes on sale $30 -$10 mPerk (happy birthday to me)
cardstock 40% off mPerk (happy birthday to me)
ore-ida fries 1.09 -$1/2 mPerk
gorton's 5.99 -$1/1 mPerk
applesauce $2 -$1/1 mPerk
Nesquick 2.99 -1.25/1 mPerk
rubbermaid 12.00 -$5/each mPerk (I only found 1)
Valentine stickers .10
3 glade @1.09 -$2/3 printable
2 snap peas marked down to 1.61
cole slaw marked down to 1.50
Pampers marked down to $2, used $1.50/1
cheese 4/$9 used 2 x $1/2 printable

apples .88/#
pears .88/#
-$5/50 for paying with mCard

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Super Savings Saturday: Meijer, Giant Eagle, Target, Sam's Club, Kroger

Meijer:
12 taco seasoning .89 each, used $1.50/2 coupons
creamer $1
mint extract 3.29
3-pk romaine lettuce marked down to .99
6 papaya enzyme @3.99 each - buy one get one free sale -$6 instant savings
4 gummy vitamins @3.49 each and 2 @4.09 each - buy one get one free sale -$6 instant savings
4 packs Cracker barrel cheese 2.50 each, -$1/1 coupon on each
Kraft cheese sticks @6.99 -$1/1 packaged cheese store coupon
2 gallons milk 2.89 each -.50/2 mPerk
Always discreet 4.99 -$3/1 mPerk -$2/1 peelie
4 cat food @2.69- 4 x $2/1
3 cat food @3.50 each - 3 x $2/1
pork loin 7.22
3 chimichanga @1.00 each
eggs 1.50
chicken nuggets 2.50
strawberries 1.25
raspberries 1.67 -.50/1 coupon in my email
fruit cup .38 clearance (treat for my son)
grapes 2.57
mushrooms 1.50 clearance
18 cans cat food .41 each -6 buy 2 get 1 free coupons
16 cans cat food .70 each -4 x $1/4 coupons

Target:
4 bags vegetables @.99 -5% Cartwheel -$1/4 Target coupon
3 M&Ms eggs @1.00 -5% Cartwheel
3 Starburst eggs @1.00 -20% Cartwheel
6 Starburst jelly beans @.69 -10% Cartwheel -4 x $2/3 M&Ms, Starburst, skittles jelly beans or filled eggs printable coupon
2 Garnier clearance 1.38 -2 x $2/1 coupons
Clear shampoo 2.48 -$2/1 coupon
4 L'oreal shampoo @5.99 -buy 3 get 1 free sale -4 x $3/1 printable coupons -$2/1 Target coupon
Paid 7.47.

Kroger
tortilla chips 1.25
2 skinny cow iced coffee @1.00 -2 x 1.50/1 coupons
Mountain dew kick start - free Friday offer
Paid .25

Giant Eagle
reduced bananas .99
carrots - free e-vantage offer
4 boxes Lucky Charms cereal 1.99 when buying 4, -$1/1 General Mills cereal store coupon, -4 x .50/1 printable coupons
12 yoplait .50 each, -2 x .40/6 coupons, -.75/1 dairy department store coupon
TruMoo chocolate milk 1.34 -.55/1 coupon
4 Dole Fruit cups 2.00 each, -4x .75/1 coupons, got back a .75 onyo
corn .59 -.50/1 store ocupon
2 packs fruit snacks $2 each, -2 x .50/1 coupons
Starkist tuna $1 -.75/1 catalina coupon
3 mac & cheese cups $1 -3 x $1/1 coupons
2 salad dressing 2.79 each, -$1/2 printable coupon, -$1/1 mailer coupon
-$5/35 mailer coupon
Paid 14.45

Sam's Club- I had to drop my daughter off there to help her troop sell Girl Scout cookies. So during the hour she was working the cookie booth, I did a bit of shopping. I got cinnamon, coconut oil, vegetable oil, honey, kale, suckers, pancake syrup, a cheesecake for my birthday, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, tomato paste, and I think I ate a lunch's worth of samples!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Frugal Friday: Scrappy Draft Dodger

We've had unseasonably cold weather this winter. I've been blocking a drafty area with our sweatshirts but this is messy and annoying I had some mPerks that worked on clearance denim, so I got two pairs and hand-sewed a draft dodger for the drafty spot. Now the coats can get hung back up where they belong!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Super Savings Saturday: Target, Meijer, Aldi, Save-a-Lot, Kroger

Meijer:
Kraft dressing 1.99 -$1/1 mPerk
Mazola oil 3.69 -$1/1 mPerk
9 Hamburger helper @$1 -$1/3 mPerk, -2 x .75/3 coupons
5 Knorr pasta @$1 - 1.50/5 mPerk
3 packs animal crackers @$1
2 packs pretzels @$1
2 Meijer buns- free items for buy 10 get 11th free
6 packs cookie dough clearance to .80 each, used 3 x $1/2 coupons
I paid $30.45.

Second trip: I had 2 $10 rewards to use. I also had coupons and mPerks and did multiple transactions to maximize Catalina offers. I ended up with:
4 Glade wax melts
1 bag yellow peppers, reduced (4 peppers for 1.27)
1 bag orange peppers, reduced (4 peppers for 1.30)
1 bag red peppers, reduced (4 peppers for 1.37)
4 bags 3# apples 1.50 each
bananas
2 cotton marl yarn (large skeins) 70% off
5 fleece yarn (70% off)
5 bath mesh poufs .10 each
20 yoplait yogurt
2 first aid kits .25 each after 50% off clearance and coupon
2 bricks cheese
1 bottle canola oil
4 1# margarine
1 pair underwear - clearance
1 pair earmuffs - clearance
1 pair earrings - clearance
I paid 11.16 out of pocket after my discounts.

Save-a-Lot:
pork loin 8.52
eggs 1.50
2-liter pop- free when you spend $10
gallon milk - free when you spend $10
I paid $10.20.

Kroger:
I did three transactions of this:
2 Kotex pads @2.99 -$1.50/2 coupon
Paid $4.93 and got back $2 and $3 on your next order coupons.
Then I did a fourth transaction:
2 gallons milk, cantaloupe, foil, 2 Valentine m&ms candy, ice cream, 2 packs popsicles, 6 skinny cow drinks, 1 ice cream, 2 cards, 3 fruit pouches.

Target: My receipt is all goofy and it reordered my coupons and stuff. I got:
3 packs pull-ups, 2 packs Huggies diapers, 4 packs Huggies wipes, 1 pair Valentine socks (90% off), 4 bags Dove chocolate covered fruit, 4 bags Starburst jelly beans, 2 Valentine clearance m&ms, 2 boxes Plum organics mini frozen pizzas, 2 Eucerin lotion, 2 2-packs Aquaphor lotion, 1 3-pack Softsoap, 4 packs frozen vegetables, 3 boxes tissues, 1 tub Tidy Cats lightweight cat litter, 4 bags Purina beyond cat food, 4 cans sheeba cat food, 2 cans One Beyond cat food, 4 l'oreal shampoo, 6 packs Playtex. I paid $47. 94 after Cartwheel offers, target coupons and manufacturer's coupons. I got back $10 in gift cards from Playtex.

Aldi:
I sent my husband for milk and produce.