Sunday, May 30, 2010

yet another trip to publix this week...

There are a lot of blogs and websites out there that do this, and do it a lot better than i do. I did want to share this with you though, just to give you an idea of how this couponing madness works. I will also say, this is my 2nd or 3rd trip to Publix this week, so many of the "free" items on special this week, were purchased earlier. Anyway, here are the numbers:
total Value of products: $65.14
Special Price Savings: $15.86 (this is what i saved just because some items were on sale this week at Publix)
Vendor coupons: $17.20
Store Coupons: $15.20
Total Out of Pocket: $16.88 (including tax) for a savings of 74% go me!
Here's the break down if you are interested. i am not going to link to printable coupons because there are many sites that do it better than i ever could. I am just going to tell you how i aved the $$$.
Green Giant boxed frozen veggies (on sale) $1 each
I had two .50/2 printable coupons, and Publix dbls manufacturer coupons .50 or less, so I paid .50 a box
Totinos Pary Pizza $1.49 each
These were not on sale, but my kids love 'em and i had a ton of coupons about to expire. They were all printable either .50/2, which they doubled, or $1/2. I ended up paying .99 each for the pizzas.
Publix Milk $3.39
Country Crock spread (on sale) $1 each
I had two .55/1 publix store coupons from one of their flyers and two .30/1 from a Sunday paper, which they doubled. this means i paid NEGATIVE .15 for each tub. (Publix is one of the few stores which allows overages...where you have more value in your coupons than the cost of the product. While they will not pay you money...the overage comes off your total bill, so you end up saving money on items, like milk, that you don't have coupons for!)
Luigi Italian Ice (on sale) $1.50
I had a .50/1 printable hanging out that i didn't realize i had. Publix doubled it and i paid .50 for my box (6 cups) of Italian Ice.
Sara Lee Poundcake (on sale) $2.29
All frozen Sara Lee desserts are on sale for 50% off. I chose the larger poundcake that my store carries. I had $1/1 printable so this cost me $1.29
Sominex $3.19
This is one of those things you have to watch for. In the green advantage publix flyer there is a coupon for $5/2...and there are a BUNCH of drugs listed. There are several on that list, depending on what is in stock and what your store carries, that will make this deal work for you. i chose sominex because i felt like it was something either i, or my family, would use. (In a deal earlier this week i bought sominex and vivarin...i thought the combination was hysterical!) There are printable coupons available for most of the drugs included on the Publix coupon. I had $2/1 coupons for the sominex. You have to buy two products, in this case costing me $6.38, to use the $5/2 coupon. then add in two $2/1 coupons, one for each box and i have paid NEGATIVE $2.62 for every two boxes i purchased.
Lawry's 30 minute marinades (on sale) $1.38
Here i had 2 printables for .50/1, which they doubled making it .38 each!
Kraft mac n'cheese (on sale) .59
here i had .55/2, printables again, making this about .32 a box
Publix pancake syrup $2.39
free when you buy Cary's pancake i paid nothing but the tax here!
Cary's Sugar Free pancake syrup $2.99
I wish i had a coupon on one of these syrups, but we needed syrup, and at $1.50 each it wasn't a bad deal.
If you are interested in couponing...check out some of the links in my side bar over there --->
they have great posts on weekly specials as well as how to get started links! Happy Memorial Day and Happy couponing!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

new Blogs in the side bar

I spent $2.02 on the items pictures above!! (4 loaves of bread, nutty bars, 2 deodorants, 2 grill mates seasoning blends)

I have started down the road of EXTREME couponing....You will notice some new links under my favorites in the side bar. These are some GREAT blogs that I depend on weekly for free samples and money saving information.

I use to be a Wal-mart i try my best to shop at Publix because they are NICER and i have found that i can actually save more money shopping their sales and using coupons. I would have never believed it....

But this week so far i have gotten FREE croutons, disposable razors, Bic ball point pens, Dip, Olay bar soap, and deodorant. For WAY less than a buck each i have gotten Uncle Ben's Chicken Rice, Lawry's 30 minute marinades, Colgate, publix window cleaner, rotel tomatoes, vitamin D, Sominex, and Oreo Fudge Cremes, and Vivrin.

Trust me, this couponing thing is catching...and oh so much fun!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

cookies! great for Teacher gifts!

I will share with you today...the most amazing cookie recipe ever! People will beg you to make these and ask for the recipe!I got this recipe from Christmas with Southern Living 1997 so yes, its been around for a while!

Heavenly Chocolate Chunk Cookies
2 cups plus 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter or margarine
2 Tablespoons instant coffee granules
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 large egg
1 pkg semisweet chocolate mega (or any size you like) morsels
1 cup walnuts halves (or pecans)

Combine first 3 ingredients; stir well.Combine butter and coffee granules in a small saucepan or skillet. cook over med-low heat until butter melts and coffee is dissolved stirring occasionally. remove from heat and let cool to room temp, but don't let butter harden. Combine Butter mixture, sugar, egg and egg yolk in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer until blended. gradually add flour mixture beating at low speed just until blended. stir in morsels and nuts. drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. bake at 325 for 12-14 minutes. let cool slightly on pan and remove to wire rack to cool completely.

yield 20 cookies.

ok, i make mine "regular" sized and always get about 3 dozen. trust me...these are good!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


a week or so ago there was a talent show at my kids' school. of course my DS had to be in it. He played his recital piece on the violin....Lightly Row. He did a great job...and now the recital is this weekend!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Rockin in the free world!

here are just a few shots from my DD's 6th birthday blowout. I feel sort of like a slacker this i didn't do much for the party. Shrug. It was nice to be able to sit back and not BE the entertainment though! That cake nearly killed me! never again. I honestly can't believe that she's six! where did all the time go????

Now, a week and a half before school's out. I am excited ...and terrified that the kids are going to make me nuts arguing with each other all summer!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

new book!

just finished! love it! want MORE! i am guessing the next book will be about Blaylock and Quinn....either or. One or the other. I don't know how you can tell the story of one without telling the story of both. Surely they will end up together...though V and Butch didn' maybe they won't...but Blay needs Quinn. I want them to work something out. Them hurting this much, just doesn't do it for me, you feel me?

Monday, May 3, 2010

new obsession

If you hang here much, you know i am a bit obsessive about things.
and they are random and ever changing to say the least. but at least i am passionate! ha!
ok well if you love Target, and love a good bargain...check out the new thingy over there --->
click will take you to the most fab website!!!

Other things i am obsessed about..... for all your couponing ideas for Publix, CVS, Walgreens and so many others.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood so good! and the newest one...lover mine...has just come out! but you will want to start at the beginning! so lovely! so not for young adults or children, if you feel me!

the other series i am loving is the Anita Blake series.... also, not for children....the second book is a bit creepy/scary...and they get A LOT more "sexy" about book 9 or 10....but they are a great escape from the mundane days of laundry and shopping lists...

so....that's all i've got today....are you ready for Mother's day? it snuck up on me and i am so very unprepared!