CVS ~ week of 3/29


CVS – how I have missed our daily weekly sessions…. But FORGIVE me, PLEASE accept me back… Rite-aid ditched me (no more UPS)… I should have known… You were right… CVS is the answer!!!

I need to restart and build back up to the momentum of rolling about $20 worth of ECBs every week and this week is a GREAT one for stocking up… not only for EASTER candy, but on the P&G goods as well… last year I did the DAWN deal (3x – I ordered) and I just ran out about a month ago…. I don’t have the stock of coupons to do that again, but I will for sure do it for what I can!

First – the candy…. Get 4 bags of M&Ms and 3 bags of Hershey (kisses, miniatures, and mini eggs – all great for baking for Easter – or just for eating!) for $8!! 7 bags of candy for $8 = WOWZA!!

Then I will pick one of the P&G deals (below) to roll the candy UPS…. And then I will use the $10 UPS from P&G to get the FREE Tena and buy some Nutella!

AWESOME bargains at CVS this week!!! Who is with me???


M&M’s; 9.9-12.6 oz – 4/$12 = $3 each

-$1 M&M’s 9oz+ (exp Sun 5/3/15) RP 3-22

OR -$1 off 2 M&M’s, Snickers, Twix, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way, Dove or Unwrapped Bites Products, 6oz+ (DND), exp. 4/12/15 (RP 03/01/15)

Get $4 ECB (wyb 4/12 – limit 1)

= as low as “Only $1” each


Hershey’s kisses, eggs, or miniatures & cadbury mini eggs 7.1-15 oz – 3/$9 = $3 each

-$1 off 2 Hershey Candies bags 8 oz+ (cvs coupon on

AND -$2 off 3 Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s, Miniatures, Eggs, Cadbury or Whoppers Bags, exp. 4/5/15 (SS 03/22/15) [8-oz.+]

Get $2 ECB (wyb 3/9- limit 1)

= $1.33 each

Chocolate Nests

 *cute cookies I made (birdnests) with Cadbury Mini Eggs

P&G Deal, Spend $30 and earn $10 ECB

*most P&G coupons only allow 4 like coupons to be used so you may have to split up your orders…


Best deal I see is Pantene Stylers, shampoo and conditioner – 3/$10 or $3.33 each

Available coupons:

-$2 Pantene Styler or Treatment Product, exp. 3/31/15 (P&G 03/01/15) [ETS; Limit 4]

-$2 Pantene Styler or Treatment Product, exp. 3/31/15 (SS 02/22/15) [ETS; Limit 4]

-$2 Pantene Styler or Treatment Product, exp. 4/30/15 (SS 03/15/15) [ETS; Limit 4]

-$5 off 3 Pantene Product, exp. 3/31/15 (P&G 03/01/15) [Excludes 6.7-oz. and trial sizes; Limit 4]

-$5 off 3 pantene products must include shampoo and conditioner or styler excludes 6.7oz (ets, exp 04/30/15) 03/29/15 pg


BUY – 9 Pantene Stylers =$30 – $18 man. Coupons = $12 out of pocket and get back $10 ECBs = 9/$2.00!!


You could also do Shampoo/Conditioner:

9 Pantene Shampoo/conditioner = $30 – $15 mq (3 x $5 mq) = $15 and get back $10 ECBs = 9/$5.00


Or mix and match:

6 Pantene Shampoo/conditioner $20 – $10 (2 x $5/3 mq)

3 Stylers $10 – $6 (3 x $2 mq)

$30 – $16 = $14, get back $10 = 9/$4


Deal also applys to this rebate: -$15 mir wyb $50 covergirl, pantene, olay, secret, ivory, aussie, clairol, safeguard, herbal essences hair & body wash, olay body, head & shoulders, & vidal sassoon color (applies to price paid after coupons) 03/01-04/30


If the “renewal” is included, I may “borrow” a card to stock up on the DAWN during this sale…

Dawn 9 oz – $.99

-$0.50/1 Dawn Hand Renewal, Power Clean, Bleach Alternative or Oxi, exp. 3/31/15 (P&G 03/01/15) [ETS; Limit 4]

* will need to do multiple deals at 4 each to reach the ECB


If you can PRINT 2 coupons, you can get 2 packs of liners FREE:

Tena – bogo 50% off AND get $4 ECB wyb 2 (limit 1)

active liners 26 ct – $3.99

-$2 TENA® Product at CVS Pharmacy Stores (man. Coupon printed from

-$14 TENA Underwear or $7 TENA Pad [request on website, sent by Mail]


And a GREAT price if you are a NUTELLA fan:

Nutella – $2.99

– $2 mfq (2/1 ss, EXPIRES 3/30)

= $.99








Thoughtful Thursday ~


*Dreamin’ of summer…. a friend reposted this pic today and it couldn’t be more fitting…. THESE are OUR boys and THIS is exactly what they should be doing!!!

Thoughtful Thursday ~

A review of the week so far….

  • A MEAL PLAN review – HERE
  • Our Favorite “DEEP DISH” pizza recipe – HERE
  • A fun, easy – no bake, goodie (peanut butter and chocolate)recipe - HERE
  • Favorite Rite-aid deals (last week of earning UPS) – HERE
  • Staring back at CVS – HERE
  • What to buy at TOPS this week - HERE


Some ~ oh so exciting ~ PERSONAL thoughts:

  • March 26th and it is FRIGGEN snowing…. Snowing so much I had to dig through the 87 cases of Girl Scout Cookies still in my car to find my damned snow brush again…
  • BTW – I have your damn Girl Scout Cookies!
  • OH – I also have all your stupid fundraiser chocolate!
  • I need to get better at delivery of above goods or just quit selling them as I never seem to have all the money at once and it sure seems to cost me more than the benefit…. Anyone else pay $40 for a box of candy bars that you never even got one of?? (Let alone $200 for 1 box of thin mints??)
  • Speaking of “these kids” I have a good one for you… the oldest (aka the good child) pulled this one and although I didn’t put it on facebook – where I tell all (LOL) – I do have to document it for future reference…. The house rule is phones have to go on the kitchen counter before bed time…. I have been lax in verifying this has been occurring until I discover the child “who likes a girl” – agh – is on this phone LATE into the night…. So I take the phone and put it on the counter…. When getting ready to go to bed myself, I notice the phone looks “funny” and that is because it is NOT the phone but the IPOD strategically placed in the phone case to fool – someone – someone else though cuz Mama is on it my friends! I raced into said child’s room so fast and sure enough at MIDNIGHT he was “face-timing” away…. BRAT!!! Now there is NO phone usage for 2 solid weeks! But OMG – that is all of Easter vacation…. I am a HORRID mother….. OMG!!!! STOMP, SLAM, UGH!!!!!   (LOL – now we know he is truly my kid after all….)
  • The weekend is upon us and it brings my Friday off with a “Girl’s Night” (whoohoo) and a “Date Night” (Dinner out, no kids – whooohoooo again!) Saturday so I am ready to proceed….


 So – go ahead – give your opinion…. WHAT do you think about any of my HOT topics??


Happy Weekend upon us! What great plans do you have??




Tasty Tuesday ~ Peanut Butter Bon-Bons (no bake with krispies)

Peanut Butter Bon Bons

Peanut Butter Bon-Bons (no bake and with Krispies)


  • 2 TBS melted butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ cup crushed crisped rice cereal( measure out then crush)
  • 1½ cup chocolate chips or melting discs…


Begin by melting the butter, then mix peanut butter in…. add powdered sugar and rice krispies.

Mix until combined. Get your hands in there and mix it well… Form into small one inch balls. I made 2 dozen balls.

Place the balls on a wax paper lined cookie tray and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before covering in chocolate.

Melt chocolate in microwave by heating for 30 seconds then stirring and repeating process until it is melted and smooth. OR melt over a double broiler – I use a large glass bowl in a pan of water…

Place a toothpick in each peanut butter ball and dip each peanut butter ball into the chocolate and roll around until coated. (Using a fork to lift also helps….)

Place the chocolate ball on the cookie sheet lined with wax paper and remove the toothpicks from each ball.

Place the balls back in the freezer to let the chocolate set. It should take an hour or two.

It is BEST to store these in the freezer as well – if you truly have any left to store…



Tasty Tuesday ~ OUR Deep Dish Pizza Pie

Deep Dish Pizza Pie

OUR Deep Dish (AKA thick crunchy crust) Pizza Pie

*Pizza Dough made in Bread Machine

Now I know this is NOT your traditional deep dish pizza, but it is how we make our own deep dish! The crust is a “never fail” pizza crust and when used in a greased baking dish, it makes for a thick and crispy delicious crust! We then double layer the cheese and pepperoni and have the KELSEY DEEP DISH PIZZA PIE!

I love that the crust is pretty forgiving… I can start it in the am and get to it when I get to it… the kids can make their own pizzas or we can make this delicious pizza pie!


CRUST Ingredients:

3 cups flour

1 tsp salt

2 TBS sugar

2 TBS oil (flavored olive oil is delicious)

1 cup and 2 TBS water

1 packet yeast (2 tsp.)

Pizza sauce, cheese and toppings of your choice

In order, place the above ingredients into bread machine and set the dough setting…. Once complete put dough in a greased bowl and spray top of dough. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and a towel and allow dough to double in size… within 1 hour my dough was pushing the top of the towel.

Spread dough into a GREASED 9X13… or 2-9 inch pie pans. You can also use dough on a standard pizza pan or stone but the greased ‘edge’ pans will create the thick puffy crust. Bake dough for 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven… allow to cool to the touch then prepare pizza to your liking….

Turn oven up to 425 degrees ~

Create your pizza; we use sauce, a layer of mozzarella, a layer of pepperoni, another layer of mozzarella and a final layer of pepperoni… it’s like a pizza lasagna of sorts…. Of course you could add tons of veggies at any point…

Bake for 18-20 minutes until cheese is bubbling and outer crusts have browned! YUMMMOOOO

Monday Matchups ~ an overview….

Happy MONDAY my friends!

How are you?? Ready for the week ahead?  What ‘cha got going on??


So for this week, I did a MEAL PLAN – HERE

It includes lots of new recipes to try and this week I will update you on the pizza and peanut butter bon-bons we made. Check it out and share your meal plans with us! We all love new ideas!!


I planned a simple RITE-AID Ups roll (FREE shampoo)HERE

I also reviewed a couple FREEBIES at CVS (mascara – I love it!)HERE


I planned MY favorite deals at TOPS - HERE

It is a new GAS POINT earning cycle and based on the rain checks I have I am hoping to hit $1.00 off per gallon this week alone! Do you get rain checks?


Now – on to the CRAZY week…


SO – favorite meal?? Favorite deal?? Share something with us!!

Weekly Menu ~ Meal PLan


Pot Roast

~ WEEKLY Meal Plan ~

Being “Sunday Funday” I got to spend the day in the kitchen – of course I actually did that on Saturday too… the kids and I made homemade pizzas and these delicious Peanut Butter Bon Bons ~ I’ll share my recipes this week!!

Peanut Butter Bon Bons

I put a HUGE roast in the cooker that we had for dinner with roasted veggies and fresh rolls and there are plenty of leftovers for hot beef sammies later in the week.

In order to prep ahead for the week and make dinner quick and easy; I fried 3 lbs. of burger and premade the taco meat for Tuesday and set aside 2 cups for easy sauce for Thursday. Then I cooked 3 chicken breasts for Wednesday’s dinner – which I put together already as well.

Here is our week plan:

Monday – “Meat-Less Mondays”

Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad with Teriyaki Dressing – found this recipe HERE and can’t wait to try it with a few deviations to our preference…. spring mix, the craisins and mandarin oranges, and toasted almonds AND sunflower seeds! Not sure if my family will AGREE this is a full meal or not, but I am trying to convert them!!


BAKED TACOS – found this recipe HERE, so simple – yet brilliant! I also love that I can prep the meat ahead of time and can quickly and easily throw this in the oven!

Wednesday –

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Pies – found this recipe HERE and loved the sound of it… also appreciate that I can prep them all ahead of time and we can simply bake them for dinner!

Thursday – PASTA NIGHT

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce –

Friday –

BBQ Beef Sammies  – taking the leftover beef from Sunday’s roast and reheating in beef broth then adding BBQ sauce prior to serving…. On garlic butter toasted rolls…. YUMMMMM


Saturday – To cook or not to cook…

Leftovers, Breakfast (cereal), Something New, or eating out – it all depends on what the weekend plans end up being AND whether or not the week’s plan stayed on track… Fill in as needed or have wine for dinner and make the masses fend for themselves – my favorite plan!!

 Sunday –

Chicken Dinner - Not quite sure what to make yet, some yummy baked chicken dish… I’ll have to study some more recipes first!


SO – what are you making this week?



TOPS deals ~ week of 3/22

YEAH – gas points are starting again…. I actually did my best ever last earning period and got 4 full FREE tanks of gas! I have not done a ton of shopping the last 2 weeks so I need to start building up again.

I don’t see any spectacular deals with the BONUS gas points this week, so in order to earn gas points they will have to come from using 10 coupons!

HERE are the deals I am looking at:


Through SUNDAY only: Marie Callenders Mini Pies and cakes – $2

– $.75/1 Marie Callendars ( 2/8 SS) *EXPIRES SUNDAY – 1 DAY ONLY !!!

= Only $.50!


SUPER COUPON IN AD – Maxwell House coffee – $1.99

Wishbone Salad Dressing -$1.69


Dannon Light and Fit Cups – $.50

– $1/4 Dannon light and fit coupon ( 3/22)

= $.25


Cabot chunk cheese – $2.50

– $2/2 Tops coupon ( 3/8 SS)

– OTHER coupons?


DEAL #1 – SAVE $3 INSTANTLY wyb 5 items – QUAKER:

Quaker Life or Captain Crunch Cereal BOGO

Quaker Chewy bars, Oatmeal, or Oatmeal Squares cereal – $2.50

  • Whoohooo I have rainchecks for the last gas point deal!!


Domino Sugar, Flour and/or Nestle Chocolate Chips – $1.99

-sugar coupon from the 3/15 inserts


B2G3 FREE Margherita Pepperoni – One of my favorite deals! (Look for coupons on Deli counter!!)


Doritos BOGO

– $2/2 Tops store coupon – 3/8 SS


Utz Chips B2G3 Free

-USE with “save $1.50 when you buy 1 Utz Chip and 1 Heluva Good dips coupon ( 2/1 SS)”


Betty Crocker Helpers – 3/$5.00 ($1.67 each)

BONUS – Save $2.00 INSTANTLY on Ground Beef when you purchase 3 participating items

-$0.50/1 Betty Crocker Hamburger Helpers ( 3-1 SS)

= as low as $0.67 each AND $2 off ground beef


POM Wonderful Juice 8 oz – $1.00

– $0.50/1 Pom Juice ( 2-8 SS (DND) )

= as low as FREE! (if coupon gets doubled)

CVS ~ week of 3/22

Working on building up my CVS Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) because I fear my Rite-aid deals may be going away…. This is a great week to do a couple deals at CVS!!

Here is what I will do….


l’oreal intenza mascara – $7.99

-$5 off $15 cosmetics (any, printing for everyone 03/22-03/28)

-$3 03/22/15 inserts

Get $5 ECB wyb 2 (limit 1)

= FREE when you buy 2 l’oreal butterfly intenza mascara @ $7.99 = $15.98 – $5/$15 cosmetic crt printing for everyone – (2) $3/1 Qs = $4.98, Get $5 ECB PLUS – 10% back w/ beauty club!!


Sure or brut deodorant – $2

-$1 03/22/15 inserts

Get $1 ECB (limit 1)


Rolling the UPS ~ Rite Aid ~ week of 3/22


Rolling my UPS at Rite-aid this week…

Rumors are flying about the UPS program going away… Rite aid swears the new program will be BETTER… I will reserve judgement but in the mean time I will continue to roll my UPS… be sure to get your paper this week and get your FREE shampoo!!


HERE are the deals I am looking at this week:


DOVE shampoo or conditioner, & stylers – 2/$6

-$3 off 2 dove hair products – 03/22/15 rp

Get $3 UP wyb 2/$6 (limit 4 -march deal)

= 2 for FREE!!


Sure & brut deodorant – PSA $3.50 (ish)

-$1 brut classic -03/22/15 ss

-$1 sure – 03/22/15 ss

Get $2 UP ( limit 2)

= less than $.50 each!!

Thoughtful Thursday


Thoughtful Thursday ~

A review of the week so far….

  • A MEAL PLAN review – HERE
  • Favorite Rite-aid deals (and a FREEBIE at CVS) – HERE
  • Favorite TOPS deals – HERE
  • Most viewed RECIPE this week – BAKED RAVIOLI (YUMMMM!) - HERE


Some ~ oh so exciting ~ PERSONAL thoughts:

  1. YEAH to the new Kohls in my sleepy little (starting to wake up) town! I can now hit Target, Dicks, Marshalls and Kohls all in one plaza… so exciting!! AND they are all essentially ‘behind’ my TOPS, so I may NEVER get home after work now! Have you seen the super cute little flip flop sandals KOHLS is advertising…. Adorbs!! (BONUS note – time to get a pedi!!)


  1. Let it be known that we need another restaurant though… K and I went to Applebees and had to wait over an hour to be seated, then a VERY long time for our food! They were BUSY and it was after 9PM!!


  1. I may have mentioned this before, but I do believe TOASTER STRUEDEL is a gift from the gods…. That stuff has got to be sooooo bad for me – based on how much I truly LOVE it!!!


  1. This week I actually used my FOURTH free gas fill-up from TOPS for this earning period… that is 120 gallons of gas I have got FREE in the past month… That is a $300 BONUS just for grocery shopping! Tell me again how couponing is a waste of time….


  1. Have you ever been sitting somewhere with a fork in your hand and all of a sudden you realize you are gripping the fork so hard that your hand is numb as you subconsciously prevent yourself from stabbing someone in the eye with said fork?? NO?? Just me?? Moving on…..


  1. This week I went to my kids’ band and chorus concert…. And I ACTUALLY really enjoyed it!! There are some kids (not mine, mind you) that can certainly “perform”! I am so impressed by some of the voices belting out great sounds… and a little jealous… I have always wished I could sing… but I can’t… not a single tune… didn’t even make the cut for beginner’s chorus way back in 4th grade…. And I am still traumatized by it… Do you hear me Mrs. Bates?? …. I am STILL traumatized!!!!


  1. It is officially BASEBALL and SOFTBALL season for Chez Kelsey…. I’d like to say, see you in the fall but Lord knows we will roll right into FOOTBALL season, then the HOLIDAYS then right back where we are now…. So never mind, BUT – YEAH baseball and softball are my favorite! I absolutely LOVE watching all three of my kids play and my hubs coach and I sit on the bleachers and just chit chat with my buds planning weekend camping adventures!!!!


So – go ahead – give your opinion…. WHAT do you think about any of my HOT topics??


Happy Weekend upon us! What great plans do you have??





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