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OOP - out of pocket BOGO - buy one get one
WYB - when you buy CRT - cash register tape
ECB - extra care bucks (CVS) mannie - manufacturer coupon
peelie - coupon located on merchandise Q - coupon

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December 31, 2009

CVS 12/31

Since I had some coupons that expired today I thought I better go to CVS and find some deals.  Here is what I got today:

Bayer Contour meter $14.99, get $5
used $14.99 Bayer coupon
2 Olay Regenerist cloths $6.99 each
used (2) $3 Olay coupons
Colgate toothpaste $2.99, get $2
used $1 Colgate IP coupon
used $5/$30 CVS medicare quiz coupon
used $3.98 ECBs
=$1.85 OOP, received $7 ECBs

So even though it's not that great of a week at CVS I was still able to build my ECBs by over $3!  The Bayer meter (which I'll donate) helped get my total up over the $30 mark so that I could use my $5/$30 coupon and scored me an additional $5 ECBs.

The Olay cloths are part of a current $15 MIR so that will be a nice moneymaker for me!  You have until Jan. 24 to do this deal.  This week is a great deal to do it though :)

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December 22, 2009

December Charity Challenge

I cannot believe that Christmas is in just a couple of days!  Are you ready for it??  I have a couple of gifts left to get BUT I know what I'm getting so it's just a matter of making it to the stores.  Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to.  I'm posting the Challenge late again this month.  I did drop the donations off almost two weeks ago, I've just been neglecting the blog so this is the first chance I've had to write up the post.

This month I donated to a different organization.  We had Noah baptized earlier this month and in the church's program it mentioned "Gifts of Love".  Every year our church puts together baskets for families in the area that might not be able to afford food/necessities.  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to donate to my hometown.  I gathered the items (I think I had 5 or 6 bags all together) and sent them with my MIL.  Here are the items that I was able to donate:

Pictured above are:
-6 pkgs. pull-up wipes
-10 deodorants
-11 tubes of toothpaste
-5 shampoo/conditioners
-4 body wash/bars of soap
-3 lotions
-3 razors
-4 shaving creams
-2 facial wipes
-7 feminine products
-4 air fresheners
-1 tylenol
-2 bodi heat pads
-1 ear rinse

That is a total of 53 items.  The approximate retail value of everthing pictured is over $250!!  It still just blows my mind that by combining sales with coupons I'm able to accumulate this much to donate - and that is in addition to stocking my house with essentials :)  And for anyone wondering/questioning I DO NOT clear the shelves when I shop - some items pictured I bought from rainchecks that I had to get because the stores were out of the items at the time.

Now it's your turn!  How did you do this month?  Were you able to donate?  Please leave your link below.  Don't have a blog?  That's OK too - just leave a comment!

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December 21, 2009

CVS Trip 12/21

This is a great week at CVS!  There are quite a few items that end up being free or even money makers - which means you can get some things that you really do need for very low OOP (in my case I'm getting diapers this week!)  I made two trips to CVS today and plan to go back for one more tomorrow.  The second trip I made I had both boys with me so I forgot to get a couple rainchecks.  Here is what I got:

My card:
Pampers $8.88
used $2 Pampers coupon
Russel Stover boxed chocolates $4.99, get $1
used $1 RS coupon
2 Revlon lipsticks $6.99 each, get $5 each
used (2) $2 Revlon coupons
Nivea body wash $5.99, get $5
used $2 Nivea coupon
used $5/$30 medicare coupon
used $18.98 ECBs
= $2.35 OOP, received $17 ECBs (got $1 from my green bag tag!!)

Mike's card:
Pampers $8.88
used $2 Pampers coupon
Russel Stover boxed chocolates $4.99, get $1
used $1 RS coupon
Revlon lipstick $6.99, get $5
used $2 Revlon coupon
Listerine mouthwash $3.99, get $3
used $1 Listerine coupon
used $1 CVS Listerine coupon (CVS flu booklet)
2 bags Lays chips BOGO
Huggies wipes $3.49
used $.50 Huggies coupon
used $2 Huggies CVS CRT
used $5/$30 CVS coupon
used $15.58 ECBs
=$3.69 OOP, received $9 ECBs

I LOVE weeks like this.  I think it is just GREAT when I can buy diapers and by using coupons and combining sales I'm able to get so many things for so little OOP.  This goes to show why CVS is a great store to shop at!!

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December 16, 2009

In Need of a Little Help

So KFYR TV is going to be coming over tomorrow afternoon to interview me (again!!).  They would like the interview to focus on ways to save on gifts/the holidays.  I need some ideas!  Any suggestions you have are greatly appreciated :)  Thanks!

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December 9, 2009

Target 12/9

I ran to Target this morning to do the Keebler deal ($5 GC wyb 5 qualifying products).  I found a couple of other deals along the way.  Here is what I got:

Glad ClingWrap $1.99
2 Toblerone bags $2.99 each
used (2) $1 Toblerone coupons
2 Swiss Miss hot chocolate $.97 each
used (2) $1 Target coupons (adjusted to $.97)
2 Gillette razors $7.94 each
used (2) $4 Gillette coupons
2 DanActives $1.99 each
used (2) $1 DanActive coupons
2 boxes Flipside crackers $2 each
used $1/2 Flipside coupon
3 boxes Cheez It crackers $2 each
used (2) $.75 Cheez It coupons
used (2) $5 Target gift cards
$.10 bag credit
=$14.36 OOP, received $10 in Target gift cards

I had hoped to do the Glade deal again but of course my store doesn't have the correct products so that I just pay tax on the items - grrr!!  I swear they have them in the back room or something!  I got a great deal on everything and it is all stuff that we needed (minus the razors but that deal was too good to pass up!)  You can even sweeten the deal on the Swiss Miss if you have the $.50/2 mannie to go with it.  I DO have that coupon but forgot until I was finished with the transaction.

My Charity Challenge will take place next week.  I can't believe it's almost the middle of December!!  I have my coupon class tomorrow night - wish me luck and that people show up :)  I'll be giving my donations to my MIL tomorrow night (I'm donating to our church this month) and I will post more about it next week.

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December 8, 2009

Upcoming Coupon Class

I will be having another coupon class this Thursday (Dec. 10).  I am slowly getting ready for it.  I haven't had a lot of feedback for it yet so I'm not sure how many people are planning to come.  I need at least 6 to come for it to be worth my time and the rental fee of the facility.  If you live in the Bismarck area and would like to attend please let me know :) 

I will have coupons to look through along with a giveaway worth over $50!!

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December 3, 2009

Join A Full Cup!

Have you joined A Full Cup?  If not, you really should!  It is a great website that helps you put together great scenarios for your upcoming shopping trips AND you can look up any coupon to see where it came from, if it's available online or if there is a coupon for the product you want to purchase!!  I use A Full Cup to locate hard to find coupons AND they have a Target coupon generator. 

Join A Full Cup today - you won't regret it
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December 1, 2009

November Month In Review

This month wasn't too bad.  I was able to build up my ECBs - I now have almost $100 in them!!  My savings percentage was kind of low though: only 82.99% but again I had to stock up on diapers and pull-ups so overall it was still a good month!  The Black Friday sales at CVS did not dissappoint - I built up my ECBs on my cards which is always a good thing.  Here are the final results:

Value of Merchandise:  $459.16
Coupon Total:  $150.99
Tax:  $25.55
Total Cost:  $333.72
ECB Used:  $239.39
OOP:  $78.09
ECB Earned:  $255.63

I will be starting out the month with $99.04 in ECBs :)  This makes me extremely happy!  The year is almost up and I am really happy with my CVS totals!  When I started the year out I didn't think it would be possible to get all of the items I have bought for so little OOP.  I'm hoping that I can keep my savings percentage above 90% for the entire year - do you think I can do it??

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