Monthly Archives: January 2012

Tops Deals ~ week of 1/29/12 and Gas Points are Back!!

GAS POINTS ARE BACK!!!!!!!!!  I like the products they have used, so I am VERY anxious to see how many combos I can put together – I am hoping for at least 4 sets earning about $25 worth of gas FREE!!

* I am not sure why but when I try to code a printable coupon, it is not allowing me to use so I tried to list afterwards.  Just go to and print them there.*


  •  Maxwell House Coffee – $7.99
  • Nabisco Snack Crackers – $2.50
    Buy 2 and use the $1.00/2 printable coupon (
    $2.00 each after coupon
  • Kraft Miracle Whip – $3.50 (This $ seems high…??)
  • Kraft Cheese Singles – $2.50
    Buy 3 and use the $1.00/3 coupon (1/15 SS) 
     = $2.17 each after coupon
  • Capri Sun 10 Pack – $2.00
  • Oscar Mayer Sliced Bacon – $4.00
  • Kraft Shredded Cheese – $3.49
    Buy 2 and use the $0.50/2 printable coupon (
    $2.99 each after coupon
  • Kraft Salad Dressing – $3.00
    Buy 2 and use the $1.00/2 coupon (1/22 SS)
    $2.50 each after coupon
  • Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese – $1.50
  • Kraft Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese – $2.50
    Buy 2 and use the $1.00/2 coupon (1/29 SS)
    $2.00 each after coupon 
  • Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts – $3.00
    Buy 2 and use the $1.50/2 coupon (1/29 SS)
    $2.25 each after coupon 
  • Crystal Light Drink Mix – $2.00
    Buy 2 and use the $1.00/2 printable coupon

$1.50 each after coupon

*There is also a Catalina coupon offer for Crystal Light (valid through 2/5/12)  Buy 3 – Receive $1.50, or Buy 4 – Receive $2.50, or Buy 5 or more – Receive $4!


Deal Idea
Buy (6) Crystal Light ($12)
Use (3) $1/2 Crystal Light printable
=$9 after coupons… plus receive $4 Catalina = $5

AND earn 200 Gas Bonus Points and 30 Gas Points for using 3 coupons ($6.90 max savings)!


It’s like earning $1.90 profit after Catalina coupon and gas savings!  Now I have said it before and I will say it again….  You are going to buy the gas any way so now you are making money for buying items you like and use anyhow!!


I always buy Capri-Suns, so I will also buy 6 of them…. @$2.00 that is $12 minus $6 value of gas = $6, or only $1 each!!  Killer Deal – I may even get 12!!


I will probably make a few more 6 item combos simply because these are good prices – peanuts, cream cheese, sliced cheese and coffee –  and items I normally buy….  For example, cream cheese… I usually stock up when the cream cheese is on sale for $1.  Well here it is $1.50 each or $9.00 for 6, but when I buy the 6, I get 200 gas points valued at $6 – SO $9-$6 gas value = $3 (or only .50 each!!).  I’ll keep you posted on other deals!!


All Other Deals: 

Zone Perfect Bars – $1
$0.55/1 ZonePerfect Bars 2/28/12 (SS 01/22/12)
= FREE after doubled coupon!


Solo Plates, Cups and Bowls – 2/$5

.75¢ Solo cup, plate or bowl (12/4 SS)

= $1 each after doubled coupon!


Vlasic Pickles – 2/$5

.75¢ Vlasic Pickles Jar (1/29 SS)

= $1 each!


Knorr Rice and Pasta Sides – $1.00
Buy 3 and use the $1.00/3 coupon (1/29 RP)
=$0.67 each after coupon!


Kellogg’s Cereal -$2.00
* Rice Krispies, Apple Jacks, Cocoa Krispies, Froot Loops, or Frosted Flakes
Buy 2 Froot Loops and/or Apple Jacks and use the
$1.00/2 printable coupon
Buy 2 Frosted Flakes and use the $1.00/2 printable coupon
Buy 2 Cocoa Krispies and use the $1.00/2 printable coupon
= $1.50 each after coupon!


Ball Park Meat Franks – BOGO Free
Buy 2 and use the $1.00/2 printable coupon (
= $1.50 each after coupon!


Hillshire Farm Polska Kielbasa Rope or Links (13-14 oz.) – B1G1 FREE

$0.55/1 Hillshire Farm Rope Smoked Sausage (RP 01/29/12)
= $1.69 each after doubled coupon!


Lloyd’s Pork, Beef or Chicken Barbecue (18 oz.) – $3.99
$1/1 Lloyd’s Barbeque Product (SS 01/15/12)
=$2.99 each after coupon!


Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage – $3.33
$1.00/1 coupon (1/8 RP)
= $2.33 each after coupon!


Jimmy Dean Sausage Rolls – $3.33
Buy 2 and use the $1.00/2 coupon (1/8 RP) 

= $2.83 each after coupon!

Athenos Crumbled Feta Cheese – BOGO Free
Buy 2 and use the $1.00/2 printable coupon (
= $1.75 each after coupon!


Treasure Cave Cheese Crumbles – $2.49
Use the $0.35/1 printable coupon
= $1.79 each after coupon!



Coffee-mate flavored Creamers, 32 oz – $3.00
(16 oz Coffee-mate is $1.99)

Use this $.55/1 coupon that will double to $1.10

Stack with this Tops coupon on $1 off of Italian Sweet Creme creamer

= FREE to .90 depending on size!

OR – Buy 3 and use the $1.85/3 printable coupon (
= $2.38 each after coupon!


Pillsbury Crescent Rolls or Cinnamon Rolls – $2.00
Buy 2 and use the $1.00/2 coupon (1/8 GM insert)
 = $1.50 each after coupon!


Bison Dip, $1.50
Buy 2 and use the $1.00/2 coupon (1/15 SS)
= $1.00 each after coupon!


Friendship Cottage Cheese – $2.50
Use the $0.55/1 coupon (1/8 SS)
= $1.40 each after coupon!


Carnation Evaporated Milk – $1.25
Buy 2 and use the $0.50/2 printable coupon

= $0.75 each after coupon!


Hunt’s Snack Pack Pudding – $1.00
Buy 4 and use the $1.00/4 coupon (1/1 SS)
= $0.75 each after coupon!


Mueller’s Pasta – $1.00
Use the $0.55/1 printable coupon
 = Free after coupon!


Chex Mix – BOGO Free
Use the $0.60/1 printable coupon

= $0.90 each after coupon!


Keebler Club Crackers – $2.50
Use the $0.70/1 Keebler Club Crackers printable coupon (
 = $1.10 each after coupon!

Furmano’s Canned Tomatoes – $1.00
Buy 2 and use the $0.50/2 coupon (1/29 RP) 
= $0.50 each after coupon!


Everybody’s Nuts Pistachios – $3.50
Use the $1.00/1 coupon (1/29 SS)

 = $2.50 each after coupon!


Musco Black Pearl Small Ripe Olives (6 oz.) – $1
$1.50/2 Pearls or Early California Olives printable
= $0.25 each wyb 2 after coupon!


Lay’s Potato Chips (excludes Baked!) – B1G1 FREE  (2/$4.29)


Red & Green Seedless Grapes – $1.49/lb.


 Tell me – what are you getting at Tops this week?  Are you doing the KRAFT deal?  Will you STOCK UP???


CVS ~ week 1/29/12

Another AWESOME week at CVS!!

Okay, you gotta hit CVS before Tuesday in order to grab your FREE candy and with enough coupons – perfect opportunity to ‘powerhouse’ your couponing and buy 3 full papers TODAY – you can grab FREE speed stick as well.  Do the printables and make $$ on Greeting Cards, then check to see if any of the Physicians Formula has peelies so you grab that FREE as well.  Use your overage from the cards to pay the difference on the Ragu and overall you end up with $46 worth of products for FREE!!  


 Sunday-Tuesday ONLY:  Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bunny, Cadbury’s Egg, Reese’s Single Egg – $0.87

Get $0.87 ECBs (Limit 1)



  Speed Stick, Colgate, Irish Spring Or Soft Soap Products

–All Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick Deodorant – $1.99
B1G1 Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick Antiperspirant/Deodorant (SS 01/29/12)
AND / OR $1/2 Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick Antiperspirant/Deodorant  (SS 01/15/12 R = regional…  Did you get??)

–Colgate 360 Toothbrush – $2.89
$0.35/1 Colgate Adult or Kids Manual Toothbrush (SS 01/29/12)

–Colgate Total or Sensitive Toothpaste (5.8-6 oz.) – $2.74
$0.35/1 Colgate Toothpaste, exp. 2/18/12 (SS 01/29/12)
$1/1 Colgate Total Advanced, Optic White or Sensitive Pro-Relief (SS 01/15/12)

–Irish Spring or Soft Soap Body Wash (15-18 oz.), Bar Soap (3-4 ct.), SoftSoap Liquid or Foaming Hand Soap (8-8.5 oz.) – $3
$1/1 Irish Spring Body Wash, exp. 2/18/12 (SS 01/29/12)
$1/1 Softsoap Body Wash, exp. 2/18/12 (SS 01/29/12)

 Get $6 ECBs wyb $12 (Limit 2)

 Deal Suggestion

Buy (6) Speed Stick Deodorant at $1.99
Use  (3) B1G1 Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick Antiperspirant/Deodorant  (SS 01/29/12)

Get $6 ECBs wyb $12 (Limit 2)
= (6) FREE after coupons and ECBs


 American Greeting or Hallmark Card
B2G1 American Greetings Greeting Card printable from
$2/3 American Greeting Cards CVS printable from CVS Home Page

Deal Suggestion

Buy (3) American Greeting Cards at $0.99
Use B2G1 American Greetings Greeting Card printable  from
And $2/3 American Greeting Cards CVS printable from CVS Home Page
Get $3 ECBs wyb 3 (Limit 1)
= (3) FREE + $3 MONEYMAKER if you print both coupons!!  AWESOME


 Physicians Formula Products  
$3/1 Physicians Formula Product peelie IF you can find one…
Get $7 ECBs wyb $10 (Limit 1)

Look for “Try Me Free Hang Tags”
= As low as FREE


 Unilever Products  – Get $3 ECBs wyb $10 (Limit 1)
–Ragu or Bertolli Pasta Sauce – 3/$5
USE $0.50/1 Ragu Pasta Sauce  (RP 01/29/12)
      Deal Suggestion

Buy (6) Ragu Pasta Sauce at 3/$5 = $10
Use (6) $0.50/1 Ragu Pasta Sauce (RP 01/29/12) -$3.00 = $7

Get $3 ECB = $4

= Total after Coupons and ECB’s, $0.66 each, GREAT PRICE!!


Gotta check out the magic coupon machine and see what is available there too!!

Rite-aid Deals ~ week of 1/29/12

Rite-aid is offering tons of sales and deals this week, BUT they are pretty high value deals that really only work if you NEED and normally would buy, a lot of the things…  I do not have correct pricing detail yet – SO, I am off to Rite-aid shortly to check out the prices and see if we can make some of the deals work….  In the mean time, these are some of the best options and what I am going to grab for now….

  •  Buy of the week (‘specially if you get the 2nd video value coupon):

 Get $10 UP wyb $25 select Centrum Products (Limit 2) – $9.99
   -Centrum Men’s & Women’s (100 ct.)
-$2/1 Centrum Men’s and Women’s, Adult, or Silver – Rite aid video values
    -Silver Men’s & Women’s (100 ct.)
    -Specialist Heart (80 ct.)
-$3/1 Centrum or Centrum Specialist Multivitamin (RP 01/01/12)
    -Pro Nutrients Omega (60 ct.)
$5/1 Centrum ProNutrients printable
OR $5/1 Centrum Pronutrients (RP 01/01/12)
AND $4/1 Centrum ProNutrients – Rite aid video values  

Suggested Scenario:

Buy (3) Centum ProNutrients Omega (60 ct.) – $29.97
Use (3) $5/1 Centrum ProNutrients printable OR
OR Use (3) $5/1 Centrum Pronutrients (RP 01/01/12)

AND Use (1) $4/1 Centrum ProNutrients – Rite aid video values  (use 2 of these if anyone will give you their video value coupon – HI MOM!!)
Get $10 +UP wyb $25 select Centrum Products (Limit 2)

=$0.32 ea. after stacked coupons and UP Reward OR $3.03 MONEYMAKER if you can get an extra video value coupon!

AND here is $5 meds for only .99….  Grab 2 for your stockpile!!

Select Alka-Seltzer Products – $4.99
-Alka-Seltzer Cold Effervescent Tablets or Liquigels (20 ct.)
-Alka-Seltzer (24 to 36 ct.)
USE $2/1 Alka-Seltzer Plus Product (Coupons in: SS 01/29/12, SS 01/01/12, RP 12/04/11, RP 10/23/11)
AND Get $2 UP Reward (Limit 2)
= As low as $0.99 ea. after coupon and UP Reward!

Other awesome UP reward deals that work great if you NEED the products!!

·         Buy $25.00 of Advil, Robitussin, Dimetapp, ThermaCare or Colgate, Get $10.00 Up Reward…

Select Colgate Products – $3.49
    -Colgate Toothpaste Total Advanced (7.6 oz.), Total (7.8 oz.), Optic White (5.5 oz.), or Sensitive (6 oz.)(Excluding Sensitive Pro Relief)
USE $1/1 Colgate Total Advanced, Optic White or Sensitive Pro-Relief (SS 01/15/12)
OR USE $1/1 Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste (ALL YOU Dec ’11)
    -Colgate Manual Toothbrush Optic White, 360 Surround, or 360 Actiflex (1 ct.)
USE $0.35/1 Colgate Adult or Kids Manual Toothbrush (SS 01/29/12)
AND $3/1 Colgate Optic White Toothbrush – Rite aid video values  
= As low as $0.09 ea. after stacked coupons!

ThermaCare (2 to 3 ct.) – $4.99
USE $3/1 ThermaCare Product printable
= As low as $1.99 ea. after coupon!

  • Buy $30.00 of Cover Girl, Olay, Secret, Venus, Pantene, Clairol or Always, Get $10.00 Up Reward

Pantene Shampoo, Conditioner or Stylers – 2/$7
-$3/2 Pantene Product (P&G 01/01/12)
=$2 ea. wyb 2 after coupon!

Also under this Buy $30 get $10 deal, Cover Girl, Olay and Secret are all Buy One Get One 50% off…  If you NEED any of these products, and want to stock up, here are a few coupons from this weeks, 1/29, Procter and Gamble Coupon Insert to use:

Use $2.50/2
 Cover Girl Products from P&G 1/29

Use $5.00/1 Olay Pro-X facial moisturizer from P&G 1/29

Use $1.00/1 Secret Outlast from P&G 1/29

 ·         Buy $30.00 of Dove, Caress, Vaseline and Q-Tips, Get $10.00 Up Reward


SO – What are you getting at Rite-aid this week?? 

Did you get your $20 Buy and Save Reward? 

How high are your Wellness Points?  Let’s share….!!!

Sunday’s Wrap up and Weekly Meal Plan

Okay, hopefully you scoped out the CVS and Rite-aid deals – click on those links right over there on the left…and I swear I am trying to do up some Top’s deals but I am so not excited about Tops when there are not gas points to be earned.  So I moved on to meals and some planning…  AND it’s late and I can’t sleep and I feel like gabbing so ‘buyer-beware’  hahaha!!

First of all, I made an awesome new appetizer – well it’s not new, just new to me making it!  Last week I asked for some ideas and my friend Pamela – oh, you don’t know Pamela??  Well, let me tell you…  This all ties in, trust me…  Pamela was my first baby’s first ever teacher, 3-year-old pre-school as a matter of fact… and being an overprotective crazed Mom (at the time, not anymore of course – I mean really, I have three now – LOL) – anyhow, I was super nervous to meet her and to entrust her with my babe… my sweet, little, innocent, shy boy… BUT as you must have guessed by now, all went well – I mean really, who doesn’t love that boy of mine?  Some of the other kids from that class, now they were a whole ‘nother story – LOL!  So lalala – jump ahead a couple of years – and one day I am innocently googling something for work and one of the options said, “Pamela ____ says…” and I was like, “WHAT – I know her, she was my son’s first teacher, let me click on this and see how she got on the great big inter-web!”  And so I was introduced to:  The Dayton Time and my new OBSESSION with blogs!!  I read all of her posts then saw she had links to tons of other blogs and I went to those and so on and so on….  I was a lurker – except for contests (YES I did win the soap nuts!!) –  for a couple of years just reading all I could until I then found these coupon blogs… and you all know how that went – hahaha!  Anyhow, Pamela offers up AWESOME suggestions when I ask and I often think of telling my ‘how I started in the blogger world story’ so, there it is… stop by and tell Pamela HI and for goodness sake, Don’t call her Pam!!

Wow, goodness, I told you I felt like chatting… anyhow Pamela answered my call for an appetizer by suggesting BAKED POTATO SKINS and luckily she offered up a whole new blog for me to drool over… Check out:  Foodie with Family and wipe your mouth!!  And since I am sharing so many of my favorite links, check these out:  The Pioneer Woman, Southern Plate, The Sister’s Cafe, Our Best Bites, and a new find: What Megan’s Making.   I could go on and on but seriously I have found and LOVED many recipes from these sites…  so check them out and tell me what you think and be sure to tell me what your favorite cooking/foodie blogs are!!

Sunday:   Baked Potato Skins – see I told you it would all tie in, LOL – but mind you these were a meal not just a snack!  I started them to take to a party Saturday but I under estimated the time it would take to bake them first, so my family got to enjoy them instead…  Poor friends from the party – YOU MISSED OUT – although I know you loved the hot chili dip!!  These skins were seriously the best!!  We also had really awesome Stuffed Peppers which my amazing husband cooked up for us! 

Monday:  BASKETBALL practice night, CheeseSteak subs with Fresh Veggies and Dips

Tuesday:  Baked Sausage with Peppers, Onions and potatoes

Wednesday:  I work – so Gramma cooks or LEFTOVERS = C.O.R.N – Clean Out Refridg. Night

Thursday:  SCOUT NIGHT, Spaghetti with Sausage left from Tuesday’s dinner and the Sauce I froze last week!  

Friday:  Turkey Dinner – if that sucker thaws by then!

Saturday:  BASKETBALL GAME and NIGHT OUT for a BFF Jen’s Book Release Party… Hey – check her out too, she is an amazing friend, author and personal organizer (and the one friend I laugh about thinking how completely different we are):  Jennifer Ford Berry

Sunday:  MMMMM, Sunday Roast!!  A HUGE one so I have lots of meat for other meals next week!!

So – now I am tired,” gabby gabby – go to bed”…. check out all the links I mentioned and tell me what you liked, introduce some of your favorites too and tell me what you are eating this week….  SHOP, PLAN, COOK…whoo-hoo!!

CVS deals ~ week of 1/22/12

CVS is the place to go if you need some Estroven – or know someone that would appreciate it – since it’s FREE!  Remember to grab a raincheck if you miss it because CVS generally has low stock BUT they honor rainchecks FOREVER!!  Honestly, I am usually shopping from rainchecks and running a few weeks behind at CVS…and that’s okay!!

So, here are the deals:


Estroven Maximum Strength (28 ct.) – $9.99

Get $9.99 ECBs (Limit 1)
=FREE after ECBs!


 Theraflu or Childrens Triaminic – 2/$11
$3/2 Theraflu Product (SS 01/22/12)
$2/1 Theraflu Multi-Symptom Severe Cold with Lipton Green Tea & Honey Lemon Flavors (SS 01/22/12)
$3/1 Triaminic Fever Reducer Pain Reliever Product (SS 12/04/11)
$5 Retailer Gift Card from Theraflu MIR
Get $3 ECBs wyb 2 (Limit more than 3)
=as low as FREE after coupons, ECBs and MIR! Or only $2 for all 3 even if you fail to do the mail in rebate…. Can you say BAD DEAL DO’ER with me??


 Blistex Deep Renewal, Fruit Smoothie, Silk & Shine, Medicated Ointment or Revive & Restore – $2.87
$0.35/1 Blistex Lip Care Product (SS 01/22/12 R)
$0.55/1 Blistex Cold & Allergy Lip Soother, Five Star Lip Protection, Complete Moisture, or Lip Ointment (SS 11/13/11 R)
$1/2 Blistex Medex, Medicated Lip Ointment or Balm (SS 12/11/11 R)

Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
= As low as $0.32 ea. after coupon and ECBs!


Kotex, Always or Carefree Pantiliners – $.99

Use $.50 Carefree Product (1/8 SS)
= $.49


Kellogg’s Cereal or Bars (5-10 ct.) – 3/$10

$1/2 Special K Product printable
$1/3 Kellogg’s Cereal (RP 01/08/12 R)
$1/2 Kellogg’s Special K Cereal (RP 01/01/12 R)
$1/3 Kellogg’s Special K Bars, Fruit Crisps or Granola Bars (RP 01/01/12 R)

Get $4 ECBs wyb 3 (Limit 5)

= as low as $1.67 after coupon and ECBs! 


 Select Revlon Products – Get $7 ECBs wyb 2 (LImit 1)
$2/1 Revlon PhotoReady Face Product (SS 1/15/12 R)
$1/1 Revlon Eye Products (SS 1/15/12 R)
$1/1 Revlon Lip or Nail Product (SS 1/15/12 R)
AND $3/1 Revlon Color Cosmetics CVS CRT

  Suggested Scenario:

  Buy (2) Revlon Nail Clip Deluxe at $2.99
=FREE after ECBs!


Rite-aid ~ week of 1/22/2012

Okay Rite-aid, I shall see you first thing Sunday am… You once again win my allegiance for deals of the week!

 Let’s start with a MONEYMAKER on some gum, shall we?  How about 12 FREE packs AND $4 to use on the other things you buy…  AND FREE KY and a MIR makes for FREE Just For Men, cheap light bulbs and Maybelline Cosmetics and (probably) the best price available on L’Oreal Youth Code – the moisturizer of the Gawds, I say –  then also super cheap Finesse @ .50 each, $1 Honey Bunches of Oats AND a good price on Folgers Coffee @ $6.99!!

Let’s shop… 

Mentos Gum (15 ct.) or Mentos UP2U Gum (14 ct.) – 3/$3
Buy in sets of 3

Use 3 -$1/1 Up2U Pack (SS 01/01/12 #2)
AND Get $1 UP Reward wyb 3 (Limit 4)
= Better than FREE after coupons and UP Reward!


Then we have the DOUBLE DIPPERS…. The following items are great deals AND count towards the BUY AND SAVE Resolution Reward, Get $20 WYB $100…  I am working on my Mom’s card so let’s see how we do ….


All KY Products – B1G1 50% OFF – Start at $5.39
$3/1 K-Y Product, exp. 3/31/12 (SS 01/08/12 #2)
$2/1 K-Y Product, exp. 2/29/12 (SS 12/04/11)
$2/1 K-Y Product, exp. 2/29/12 (All You – Dec ’11)
AND Get $4 UP Reward wyb 2 (Limit 2)

Suggested Scenario

Buy (2) KY Products: $5.39 and $2.70
Use (2) $3/1 K-Y Product (SS 01/08/12 #2)
AND Get $4 UP Reward wyb 2 (Limit 2)
= Better than FREE after coupons and UP Reward!!


Just for Men or Touch of Gray Hair Color  – $5.99
$2/1 Just For Men printable
AND Get $1 UP Reward (Limit 2)
AND FREE After MIR Just for Men MIR printable
=Better than FREE after coupon, MIR, and UP Reward!

GE CFL Light Bulbs – $3.99
-$0.50/1 GE Compact Fluorescent Bulb from RA Video Values 
AND Get $3 UP Reward (Limit 2)
=$0.49 ea. after coupon and UP Reward!


Maybelline Cosmetics-B1G1 50% / Get $3 UP Reward wyb $10 (Limit 2)
-$2/1 Maybelline New York Face Product (RP 01/08/12)

AND $2/1 Maybelline Eye Studio Color Plush Quad Shadow, or Eye Studio Color Pearls Duo Shadow from RA Video Values
= Final price varies, but should be able to get 2 eye shad. close to FREE ?


L’Oreal Youth Code or Clinical Repair @ $5 Off
-$5/1 L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Kit (SS 12/11/11)
Get $5 UP Reward wyb 2 (Limit 2)

=Final price varies, but this magic potion is worth it!!


Select Candy – 2/$1 (makes nice small fillers to use UP rewards)
-Hershey’s or Reese’s Single Serve Candy Bars
-Hershey’s Valentine’s Single Serve Candy Bars
=$0.50 ea.


Other great deals – NOT part of Resolution Reward:

Finesse Shampoo, Conditioner or Stylers – 2/$6
-$1/1 Finesse Product, exp. 1/30/12 (SS 10/16/11)
AND Get $3 UP Reward wyb 2 (Limit 2)

=$0.50 ea. after coupons and UP Reward!


Select Cereal and Granola Bar Products @ 2/$5
-Post Cereals (11 to 24 oz.) -Quaker Chewy Bars (10 pk.)
$1/1 Post Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal printable
$1/1 Post Shredded Wheat, Grape-Nuts or Post Raisin Bran Cereals printable
$1/2 Quaker Chewy Granola or SmashBar (RP 01/08/12 R)
AND Get $1 UP Reward wyb 2 (Limit 2)

= As low as $1 ea. after coupons and UP Reward!


Folgers Coffee (22.6 to 33.9 oz.) – $8.99

-$1/1 Folgers Gourmet Selections Product (RP 11/06/11)
AND Get $1 UP Reward (Limit 2)
=As low as $6.99 ea. after coupon and UP Reward!


Finish Dishwasher Detergent @ B1G1 FREE ($3.99)
-$0.75/1 Finish Powerball Tabs or Gelpacs (SS 01/22/12)
AND $1/1 Finish Product Jan. RA Video Value
=$1.12 ea. after stacked coupons!


Thoughtful Thursday

Bad Blogger, Bad Deal Do-er, Bad Gambler (not a good poker week either J)…just a BAD week!!  LOL

Do you ever just have one of those weeks??  SERIOUSLY…GRRRRRR!!!  But the only way to turn it around is to TURN IT AROUND!!!

So I started scoping deals for next week and although TOPS is not a favorite during the non-gas points weeks, I see a few good deals that I am working on putting together.  I love that I have a new “friend” Jennifer who scans and posts the Tops ads early for us…  Have you checked her out yet at Simply Family Savings?  She also started a new Facebook page so LIKE HER!!  THANKS Jennifer!!

Looking to CVS, I will tell you that you can grab you some FREE Estroven (a $9.99 value) – my good friend J told me “No Michelle, you don’t need Estroven yet…” so since J is so nice, I will still get the freebie for her!!  CVS is continuing the “Get $10 WYB $30” deal, so we will see if there are any awesome deals there and I do see some SCHICK, REVLON and LISTERINE deals so stay posted!!

Looks like Rite-aid will be my favorite next week and that is because I am almost at my FREE $20 for spending $100 on BUY and SAVE this month…. Mind you I have not spent a penny out of pocket at Rite-aid so far but have accumulated almost $100 with my ‘amazing couponing skilz’!!  hahaha – Anyhow, this week – for my friends needing the Estroven from CVS (and anyone else-of course), you can also MAKE MONEY on KY at Rite-aid this week….as well as Mentos gum!  You can also get finesse super cheap along with Honey Bunches of Oats and Fiji Water!!  Yeah Rite-aid for being the anticipated winner in my savings quest this next week!!

Okay there it is, starting a plan for next week!  I am off work tomorrow but have some serious appetizer making to do for a great friend’s retirement party… any suggestions??  So bored with the same old –same old and although I love perusing recipes, I just want a tried and true winner…  Do tell!!

Also – all three kid’s have PROJECTS coming due… you know the ones – the one’s the parents basically have to do…  Josh has a state to cover/term paper and his state is KANSAS….  (Mr. and/or Mrs Ouweleen???  Any input???)  Delaney has to report and create a file on an ANIMAL she finds cool… but the project is making a cereal box into the report and including additional material in the box…lalalala…  I have never looked up so much detail on the internet in my life!!  Then there’s my little Conner, with the kindergarten 100 items for 100 days project…  Oh what to accumulate?  How about a file with 100 coupons??  At least my work won’t be in vain!!  Maybe I will send 100 pieces of candy – FOR EACH KID – then maybe I won’t have to do any more projects!!!!  Someone send me to my room – PLEASE – I totally need a “time-out”!!!!!!

AND finally (for now) I am also super excited to have been asked to speak to an amazing group about “couponing” and I am starting my detailed “how-to” 101 type series…  I figured the best place to start for NEW people is to learn the LINGO…  Do you agree??  I am working on a detailed list and would love any and all suggestions for that as well….  If you are new to couponing what do you want to know??  If you are not new to couponing, can you remember what was or is the most helpful to you??

Okay – homework for all….  I need an amazing appetizer, I need details on KANSAS, I need an EXCITING animal to report on, I need 100 items that would interest kindergarteners,  and I need ideas and points for my couponing “talk”…  Lay it on me!!


Weekly Meal Plan

Weekly Meal Plan


Sunday (Today) From last week’s plan:  LASAGNA – Made a whole pot of sauce, enough to freeze half for next time I need sauce…and made a huge lasagna so I could freeze half for a quick weeknight meal. 


Monday:  Pork Roast, smashed potatoes, string beans – HOLIDAY = Day off, so will prep. the pot pie for Tuesday as well.


Tuesday:  Chicken Pot Pie


Wednesday:  LEFTOVERS or Grandma’s Meal…  cuz the Mama works!!


Thursday:  Pulled Pork Sandwiches (from the large roast Monday), Tator Tots and Peas


Friday:  Baked Mac N Cheese (Have a new recipe with Gouda), Fried Chicken – TOPS DEAL with a veggie stir fry


Saturday:  All day Basketball = OUT for Pizza…  PROBABLY


Sunday Plan:  Turkey Dinner, Lg. one with lots of meat to use next week…


Except for the Gouda, I have EVERYTHING on this list, so nice to cook hearty meals all from my stash!!

What are you eating this week??



CVS ~ week of 1/15/12

American Greeting Cards

Get $3 ECBs wyb 3 (Limit 1)

=FREE after ECBs!


Almay Intense i-Color Shadow, Liner or Mascara – $5.99

$2/1 Almay Cosmetic Product, exp. 2/12/12 (SS 01/01/12 #2 R)
AND $3 Almay Color Cosmetic from CVS Magic Coupon Machine (CRT)
+ Get $3 ECBs (Limit 1)

=Better than FREE after coupons and ECBs!


Colgate Total or Sensitive Toothpaste (5.8-6 oz.) – $2.77

$1/1 Colgate Total Advanced, Optic White or Sensitive Pro-Relief, exp. 2/4/12 (SS 01/15/12)
$1/1 Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste, exp. 1/31/12 (ALL YOU Dec ’11)
AND $1/1 Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Toothpaste, exp. 3/31/12 (CVS, Reinventing Beauty, Winter)
$1/1 Colgate Total Advance Toothpaste, exp. 3/31/12 (CVS, Reinventing Beauty, Winter)
+ Get $1 ECBs (Limit 1)
=As low FREE after coupons and ECBs!


Glade or Oust Products
*Oust (10-12 oz.), Glade Spray (9.7 oz.) Fabric Spray (22 oz.), Sense & Spray Refill, Oil Candle Refills (4 ct.) Decor Holder, Plugin’s Refill (0.28 – 0.71 oz.) or Candle (4 oz.) – $3
$1/2 Glade Jar or Scented Oil Candle Product, exp. 2/11/12 (SS 01/15/12)
*Glade Scented Oil Plug-In Refills (2 pk. 1.42 oz. Total), Sense & Spray (0.43 oz.), Lasting Impressions (1.42 oz.) – $5
$1 off Glade Plugins Scented Refill, exp. 1/14/12 (SS 12/04/11)
$3/1 Glade Scented Oil Lasting Impressions Holder, exp. 2/11/12 (SS 01/15/12)
$3/1 Glade Sense & Spray Starter Kit, exp. 2/11/12 (SS 01/15/12)
$1.50/1 Pledge, Scrubbing Bubbles, Glade, Fantastik or Windex CVS CRT
$3/2 Pledge, Glade, or Windex CVS CRT

+ Get $4 wyb $12 (Limit 1)

Suggested Scenario


 Buy (3) Sense & Spray Kits at $5 = $15
Use (3) $3/1 Glade Sense & Spray Starter Kit, exp. 2/11/12 (SS 01/15/12)
Get $4 ECB

= $2 for 3 Kits or Better than FREE if you have the CVS coupon as well!! 


~ Still working on a GREAT deal using the CVS Cash Card…  needing TP and PT, so will keep you posted!!

Rite-aid deals ~ week of 1/15/12

Rite-aid has lots of great deals this week, including many more items for the “Buy and Save Resolution Reward – get $20 UP WYB $100”…  Remember, totals are calculated on sales price – before your coupon and rewards.  I am at $70 so far, so $30 more spent will get me the $20 UP reward!!  This week will definitely be a MONEY MAKER, stay tuned for updates!!

These items “double dip the BUY and SAVE deal:

7UP or Diet 7UP (2 liter) – 3/$3.99 and Get $2 UP Reward wyb 3 (Limit 2)
=$0.66 ea. after UP Reward!

Breathe Right Nasal Strips (10 ct.) – $3.99
$1.50/1 Breathe Right Product printable
AND $2/1 Breathe Right Jan. RA Video Value printable
As low as $0.49 ea. after stacked coupons!

Select Oral Care products – $2.77 and Get $1 UP Reward (Limit 2)
-Crest Toothpaste (4.1, 5.8 to 6 or 8 oz)
$0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste, exp. 1/31/12 (P&G 01/01/12)
$0.50/1 Crest Toothpaste or Liquid Gel, exp. 1/31/12 (P&G 01/01/12)
-3D White Rinse (237 ml)
-Oral-B CrossAction Manual Toothbrush (1 ct.)
-Floss or Floss Picks 
$1/1 Oral-B Floss or Floss Picks, exp. 1/31/12 (P&G 01/01/12)
As low as $0.77 ea. after coupon and UP Reward!

Select Tom’s of Maine Products – $3.99 and Get $3 UP Reward (Limit 2)
-Mouth Rinse
-Bar Soap (2 pk.)
=$0.99 ea. after UP Reward!

NewYorkColorMakeup – Prices Start at $1.99 and Get $1 UP Reward (Limit 4)
As low as $0.99 ea. after UP Reward!!

Select GE Light Bulbs – $2.99
-Extra Soft White (4 pk.)
-Long Life Light Bulbs (2 pk.)
$2/1 GE Light Bulbs (in-ad coupon)
$0.99 ea. after coupon!

Select Health Care Products – 3/$15 and Get $5 UP wyb 3 (Limit 2)
Theraflu Packets (6 ct.) or Caplets (24 ct.)
$3/1 Theraflu Warming Relief Syrup or Caplets, exp. 1/21/12 (SS 12/04/11)
$4/2 Theraflu Product, exp. 1/21/12 (SS 12/04/11)
$2/1 Theraflu Product, exp. 1/21/12 (SS 12/04/11)
As low as $1 for all three (3) Theraflu  after stacked coupons and UP Reward!

Ziploc Storage Bags (10-50 ct.) or Containers (3-4 ct.) – 2/$5 and Get $1 UP Reward wyb 2 (Limit 4)
$1/1 Ziploc Containers, exp. 2/25/12 (SS 01/15/12)
$1/2 Ziploc Bags, exp. 2/25/12 (SS 01/15/12)
As low as $1 ea. after coupons and +UP Reward!

Select Deodorant Products – 2/$4 and Get $2 UP Reward wyb 2 (Limit 2)
-Dove Invisible Solid (2.6 oz.)
-Degree for Men Invisible Solid (2.7 oz.)
-Degree for Women Invisible Solid (2.6 oz.)
=$1 ea. after UP Reward!

Mitchum or Lady Mitchum Anti-Perspirant Deodorant – $3.99
$0.75/1 Mitchum Men or Women, exp. 2/12/12 (SS 01/08/12)
AND $2/1 Mitchum Deodorant Product (in-ad coupon)
=$1.24 ea. after stacked coupons!

Tide Laundry Detergent Liquid (75 oz.) or Powder(40 loads) – $8.95 and Get $1 UP Reward (Limit 2)
$2/1 Tide Product, exp. 1/31/12 (P&G 01/01/12)
=$5.95 ea. after coupon and UP Reward!

Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers, Pullups or GoodNites -$9.49 and Get  $1 UP Reward (Limit 2)
$2/1 Pull-Ups Training Pants, exp. 2/11/12 (SS 01/15/12)
$2/1 GoodNites Underwear, exp. 2/11/12 (SS 01/15/12)
$2/1 Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers, exp. 2/11/12 (SS 01/15/12)
$2/1 Pull-Ups Training Pants, exp. 2/4/12 (Walmart 01/08/12)
As low as $6.49 ea. after coupon and UP Reward!



Other Great deals:


Mentos Up2U Gum (14-15 ct.) – $1
$1/1 Up2U Pack, exp. 3/1/12 (SS 01/01/12 #2)
=FREE after coupon!

Blistex Single Pack Lip Balm and Ointments  – 2/$3 and Get $1 UP Reward wyb 2(Limit 4)
$0.55/1 Blistex Cold & Allergy Lip Soother, Five Star Lip Protection, Complete Moisture, or Lip Ointment, exp. 1/31/12 (SS 11/13/11 R)
$0.25/1 Blistex Lipcare Product, exp. 1/31/12 (SS 11/13/11 R)
$1/2 Blistex Medex, Medicated Lip Ointment or Balm, exp. 3/1/12 (SS 12/11/11 R)
=As low as $0.45 ea. after coupons and UP Reward!

Chase & Sanborn Coffee (23 to 33 oz.) – $6.99 and Get $2 UP Reward (Limit 2)
=$4.99 ea. after UP Reward!