Monthly Archives: March 2013

Drug Store Deals (CVS and RITE-aid) ~ week of 3/31/2013

English: Oral-B CrossAction Pro-Health

English: Oral-B CrossAction Pro-Health (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CVS = Freebies on Clear Hair when you get your coupon from the magic coupon machine, Rescue sleep or stress, and up to 2 Oral B Pulsar Toothbrushes!  Also CHEAP (less than $1) Dawn and Schick Razors….  all this makes CVS a “must-do” early in the week – not to mention the clearance Easter goods – LOL!!







Clear Hair Care – $4.99
$0.75/1 Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Haircare Item, excludes trial sizes
AND stack w/:  $4.99/1 Clear Hair Care (Magic Coupon Machine – prints for everyone)
= FREE!! + up to $.75 overage!!


 Rescue Sleep or Rescue Pearls Stress Therapy 28ct. – $8.99
Get $8.99 ECB (limit 1)
= FREE!!




Oral-B Pulsar Toothbrush – $5.99
– $3/1 Oral B Toothbrush, adult battery  Toothbrush 03/31/2013 P&G Insert (exp 04/30/2013) Get

$3 ECB (limit 2)
= FREE!!




Dawn Dish Liquid 9oz. – $.99
– $0.50/1 Dawn Hand Renewal, Power Clean, Bleach Alternative, or Oxi 03/31/2013 P&G Insert (exp 04/30/2013)
= as low as $.49




Schick Hydro 3, 5 or Silk Razors or Refills – start at $9.49 – $12.99
– $4/1 Schick Hydro Silk Razor or Refill, excludes single razor 03/24/2013 SS Insert (exp 05/05/2013)
Or –  $4/1 Schick Hydro Silk Disposable 03/24/2013 SS Insert (exp 05/05/2013)
Or –  $4/1 Schick Hydro 5, disposables 02/24/2013 SS Insert (exp 04/07/2013)
Get $5 ECB (limit 1)
= as low as $.49





Rite Aid = Awesome money maker on Simple, and FREE Preparation H Wipes (cuz – hey you never know!), and FREE Colgate Toothbrush.  GREAT deal on dog food if you need some SPECIAL stuff and CHEAP Gum, Palmolive, Oral B Toothbrush and Biore.


Simple Skin Care – $4.99
$2/1 Simple Product, excludes trial sizes
AND  – $2 Video Value Coupon
Get $2 UP (limit 2)
= FREE!! And up to $1 Money Maker!! 


Preparation H Totables Wipes 10ct. – $3.99
$1/1 Preparation H Product
Get $3 UP (limit 1)
= FREE!!


Colgate Wave Manual Toothbrush – $2.49
– $1/1 Colgate, adult or kids, manual toothbrush, excluding Plus, Triple Action & Extra Clean 03/10/2013 SS Insert (exp 03/30/2013)
Get $1.50 UP (limit 2)
= FREE!!


Cesar Dog Food – 5/$5 (must buy 5)
– (2) B1G1 Cesar Canine Cuisine, any size 03/03/2013 RP Insert (exp 04/27/2013)
Get $2 UP wyb 5 (limit 2)
= $.20 each wyb 5


Trident, Stride or Orbit Gum – $.99
– $1/2 Dentyne or Trident, 9 piece+, singles, multipacks, pouches or bottles 03/17/2013 SS Insert (exp 04/28/2013)
= as low as $.49


Palmolive Dish Liquid – 2/$5 (must buy 2)
– $0.75/1 Palmolive Soft Touch Dish Liquid, 14 oz+ 03/24/2013 SS Insert (exp 04/13/2013)
Get $2 UP wyb 2 (limit 2)
= $.75 each wyb 2


Oral-B Pulsar or Complete Action Battery Operated Toothbrush – $5.99
– $3/1 Oral B Toothbrush, adult battery or 3D White Action, rechargeable Toothbrush 03/31/2013 P&G Insert (exp 04/30/2013)

Get $2 UP (limit 2)
= $.99


Biore Skin Care – starting at $7.99 – $9.99
–  B1G1 Biore, Buy Strip, Get Cleanser Free, up to $7.0 03/03/2013 SS Insert (exp 03/31!!)
Get $5 UP wyb 2 (limit 2)
= as low as $1.50 each wyb 2


Deal to look into – STAY TUNED…

Get $10 UP wyb $30 of selected P&G products! (limit 1)


Tasty Tuesday ~ EASY, Pork Loin in Crock Pot *(< 5 Ingredients)


This pork loin roast is the best!! 

It is super easy and can be thrown in to the crock-pot to be ready when you are!!  Minimal Ingredients creating amazing COMFORT food…If hubby is in charge he cooks much less time and pulls it out to slice.  When I am in charge I leave it in longer and “shred” the pork.  As always be sure your pork reaches 160 degrees.

This is a family favorite served with crispy potatoes and string beans!



  • Pork Loin – I like to buy the whole loin and cut into 1/3s
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken and Mushroom Soup – You really can use any cream soup…
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • Salt & Pepper 



1.       Place loin in crock-pot

2.       Pour soup over loin… sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3.       Cook in crock, low for 6-8 hours or high for 5-7 hours… 

4.       Before you are ready to serve (about 15 minutes), pour milk into crockpot…  stir up milk and soup as best as you can… shake down again with salt and pepper.

5.       Place loin on serving platter and enjoy!!


Sooo Easy… Sooo Delicious!!


My Rite-aid MONEY MAKER!!

 DSCF1301Rite-aid Finds  =  AWESOME!!


I ran in to get the FREE Scunci elastics and work the Schick Deal – I had UPS expiring today so,

at this point, my only goal was to roll the UPS! 


I got the Scunci @ $1.99 – $1.99 UP = FREE


Here is what I found for the Schick deal –

3 Men’s Hydro5 Disposable 3 count – $10.99    ($8.79 with GOLD discount)

1 Men’s Hydro5  – 1 ct.- $11.49    ($9.19 with GOLD discount)

1 EDGE Shave Gel – $3.49    ($2.79 with GOLD discount)

3 Skintimate Shave Gel – $3.49    ($2.79 with GOLD discount)


Gels were the best deal, $1 Manufacture Q and $2 in-ad Q makes them a Money Maker…

Razors had $4 Manufacture Q and $4 in-ad Q that saved $8 on each one…


After Q’s, my Total for the Schick order was:  $2.72 AND I got a $10 UP!!! 


The best part is I am actually only $3.28 away from the second $10 UP…  I have the GOLD discount and get 20% off, so my total for razors and shaving gels was $46.72 (any 1 razor or 2 more gels would have put me at the second $25 mark but I was not paying any attention – I wanted to roll my UPS and this store enforces the 4 coupons per item rule so I naturally just went for 4 of each… no biggie, it accumulates and I will get more tomorrow and add on to my deal ~ making it even more of a MONEY MAKER!!


Are you hitting Rite-Aid this week??  Do tell ~ Let’s Chat!!




Monday Matchups ~ TOPS, $185 for $58 after Bonus Gas Points!!


(Once again my FINE photogrphy skills dominates!  Can’t upload, so took a picture of the camera screen with my phone… SERIOUSLY… LOL… but I couldn;t wait to share my deals!!)

WHOLE TRIP:  3 Orders / $185.59 worth of groceries

– $97.51 Discounts and Coupons  = $88.08 Cost (That is a 47% savings!!)

PLUS – 1000 gas points earned, a $30 value!!

NET Cost = $58.08 for $185.59 worth of groceries….  AMAZING!!!!


Order #1


2 BONUS Gas Point Deals:

6 Crystal Lights and a Peanut Butter AND a Maxwell House coffee, 4 cheeses and 2 Kool-aid Jammers


Total before savings:  $56.76

Total savings (Tops discounts and coupons):  $30.27

Total Paid:  $27.61

Gas points earned:  500 Points (a $15 value)

Net Cost:  $12.61


Order #2


Baker’s Special – $3 INSTANT Savings wyb 6 Items:

2 Sugar, 2 Chocolate Chips, 2 Tops Oil


1 BONUS Gas Point Deals:

5 Dixie, 2 lg. Plates, 2 sm. Plates, 1 cups


Del Monte – $2 INSTANT Savings:

10 Cans Green Beans



4 Duncan Hines Frosting Creations (FREE)


2 Coffee Mate Creamers


Total before savings:  $65.66

Total savings (Tops discounts and coupons):  $31.83

Total Paid:  $34.83

Gas points earned:  300 Points (a $9 value)

Net Cost:  $25.83


Order #3


Quaker $3 INSTANT Savings:

10 Boxes Granola Bars – I found $1/2 Peelies on 5 boxes – the only 5 there…  so of course I bought 10!!

$1.90 per box with $3 off, PLUS additional .50 each off with $1/2 q = $1.40/box!!


Baking Deal – $3 INSTANT Savings:

6 McCormick Spices – at 25% off; 2 Cinnamon for $1.87 and 4 Vanilla for $2.09 = GREAT prices!

Average price was $1.52 after $3 off, PLUS additional .50 each off with $1/2 q = $1.02 each!!



6 Stride Gum (K’s favorite!!) – Sale price didn’t ring up so they actually owe me $7.00!

2 Duncan Hines Frosting Creations (FREE)

2 Gallons Milk


Total before savings:  $63.17

Total savings (Tops discounts and coupons):  $35.41 (PLUS $7.00 owed)

Total Paid:  $28.57 – $7 owed = $21.57

Gas points earned:  200 Points (a $6 value)

Net Cost:  $15.57


Sunday Funday ~ Weekly Meal Plan and some fabulous desserts….

roast pork loin, potatoes

roast pork loin, potatoes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gas point earnings are BBBAAAAACCCCKKKKK!! so I was very busy at Tops today!  I ordered coupons so I am not done with the week’s deals and I can’t get my pictures uploaded (good lawd, issues, issues… but earned $1.00 off per gallon all ready) so I will share tomorrow; but these are the deals I focused on: 

TOPS Deals this week (CLICK HERE)

I also discovered RITE-AID really did have some GREAT deals this week, so I posted them and ran in to grab the razors and a few shave gels!

RITE-AID Deals this week (CLICK HERE)

In addition to the shopping, I did a lot of web perusing and recipe reading and settled on our weekly meal plan… highlight being EASTER dinner (good lord I need to get the baskets ready!!).  Anyone else stress about Easter dinner desserts?  Not the actual meal, but the desserts… I mean there is so much candy and chocolate around but you still need a dessert or two for the big meal – right??  I am thinking Banana Cream Pie… had it the other day at lunch with the girls and it was so delicious!  I need a really good recipe for it AND what is another “lighter” dessert – and by lighter, I really only mean “maybe” not chocolate… you know?!!

Check out these options (surfing can be dangerous – oh my!); 

Cadbury Egg Inspired Easter Truffle

Coconut Custard Pie

Cinabon Cake


Anyhow, this week’s MEAL PLAN ~


MONDAY:  Pork Loin Roast, Peas and Applesauce


TUESDAY:  Roast Chicken, stuffing, salad


WEDNESDAY:  Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich (from Pork Roast dinner on Monday), Raw Veggies with Dip


THURSDAY:  Cheesey Chicken Taquitos (from Chicken dinner on Tuesday), salad


FRIDAY:  Dinner Out – Buffet at the Byrncliff!!


SATURDAY:  C.O.R.N (Clean Out Refrigerator Night) Maybe make quesadilla’s from the left over pork and chicken.  We will NEED room for Sunday/Easter so some creative planning will ensue…


SUNDAY:  EASTER DINNER  – relish tray, antipasto tray, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, corn, rolls, Banana Cream Pie and Maybe a Fruit Tart (?)


What are your plans for EASTER?  Do tell… Let’s Chat!!!

Rite-aid ~ week of 3/24, AWESOME Money Makers!!

The DRAW ~

Schick Hydro 5 Razor

Schick Hydro 5 Razor (Photo credit: theimpulsivebuy)



Scunci, Assorted Elastics (18 Pack) – $1.99

Get $1.99 UP (Limit 2)

= FREE!!


The BEST Deal to Do ~


Schick Shaving Products, Get $10 UP wyb $25 (Limit 4)


$0.75/1 Schick Hydro Shave Gel (SS 02/24/13)
$1/1 Edge Shaving Gel (SS 02/10/13)
$1/1 Edge Shave Gel or Shave Cream (SS 03/10/13)
$0.55/1 Skintimate Shave Gel or Shave Creme (SS 02/24/13)
$0.55/1 Skintimate Shave Gel or Shave Creme (SS 03/24/13)
USE with:

$2/1 Shick Hydro, Edge, or Skintimate Shave Gels (in-ad coupon)


$4/1 Schick Hydro 5 Disposable (SS 02/24/13)
$4/1 Schick Hydro Silk Disposables Pack (SS 02/24/13)
$4/1 Schick Hydro Hydro 5 or Hydro Silk Disposables Pack, exp. 3/24/13 (SS 02/10/13)
$4/1 Schick Hydro Silk Razor or Refill (SS 02/24/13)
$4/1 Schick Hydro Silk Refill (SS 02/24/13)
$5/2 Schick Hydro Hydro 5 or Hydro Silk Razors or Refills, exp. 3/24/13 (SS 02/10/13)
USE with:
$4/1 Schick Hydro (in-ad coupon)

Deal Idea – the Schick hydro 5 disposable razors should be a Money Maker?
~ $10.99, but w/ gold = $8.79
Buy three @ $8.79 = $26.37
-3 $4 MQ = -$12
-3 $4 RAQ (in ad) = -$12.00
= $2.37

– $10 UP wyb $25
= $7.63 MONEY MAKER!!!!!!!
limit four, so depending on stock ~ could be a $30.52 MM!!!


Regular Items, CHEAP ~

Select Easter Candy – $2.99
Hershey’s, Reese’s, or Cadbury Easter Bagged Candy (8 to 8.5 oz.)
-$2/3 Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s, Hershey’s Miniatures, Hershey’s Eggs, Cadbury, Jolly Rancher or Whoppers, exp. 3/31/13 (SS 03/17/13 R)
Reese’s Pieces Pastel Eggs (10 oz.)
Easter M&M’s (9.9 to 12.6 oz.)
-$1/2 Mars Easter Product, exp. 3/31/13 (RP 03/17/13)
-$1/2 Mars Easter Product, exp. 3/31/13 (RP 02/17/13)
Nestle NestEggs (8 oz.)
Palmer Dairygood Easter Eggs (20 oz.)
Get $1 UP Reward (Limit 2)
=As low as $1.49 ea. wyb 2 after coupon and UP Rewards!


Rite Aid Pantry Crystal Lake Water (24 pk) – $2.99
Get $1 UP Reward (Limit 2)
= $1.99!  (Any time I get water cheap, I grab it!!)



More deals to check in to….

 Tresemme – 2/$7

– 2 $1 RA Video Value qs
– 2 $1.75 MQ peelies (found on bottles)
Pay $1.50 and get $2 UP

 = $.50 Money Maker (Limit 2??)


Almay Deal – 40% off, starting at $7.99
$7.99 x 2 = $15.98
-40% discount = $9.58
-$5/2 almay printable from = $4.58
– (2) video value q’s @ $2 each

= $.58/2 or only $.29 cents each

Someone reported seeing “intense eye products” for 5.99 regular price… ??

If so, Eyeshadow trio with 40% discount = $7.18

-$5 off 2 = $2.18
– (2) video value q’s @ $2 each

= $1.82 Money Maker….   AGAIN, if you can find it….??

Finally Friday ~ Planning the Deal-a-palooza!!

It’s “FINALLY FRIDAY” ~ WhoooHooo…   


English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Crazy busy Saturday planned but I am trying to go with the fun of it…  I get to go to a Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication Ceremony – which is one piece of my real job that I actually LOVE (not so much on a Sat. morning mind you, but…) and then I am meeting up with some AMAZING blogging friends that I can’t wait to see and I get to end the day out with my hubs and friends having cocktails!  Then there is still Sunday… the day of rest… you know, the REST of the cooking, the REST of the laundry, the REST of the cleaning, and the REST of the Shopping!!

I am actually looking forward to TOPS this next week…  I have slacked during the past 2 weeks since there was not potential to earn gas points and I am thrilled by what is shown as deals now that we are back to earning the gas points! 


In the mean time, in case you missed any of the highlights….

This week ~

As usual, I posted an easy, delicious recipe on Tasty Tuesday – the picture?  Oh my – I know, I can’t be perfect at everything I tell you…  LOL!  The picture does not do these delicious brownies justice… they are out of this world!!  Check them out HERE ~ Party Brownies!!

There was once again a great deal of random rambling on Thoughtful Thursday, COMPLETELY Crazy (CLICK HERE)… Opinions on any of it??  I would LOVE to hear from you!!

PS – Do NOT forget to use up your existing gas points by 3/23!!!


And now for the new…

Next week ~

Coupons to expect this Sunday:  Both a Smart Source and a Red Plum so check carefully!!   

CVS and RA are being “looked into”…  I will post some scenarios IF/WHEN I find anything worthy…  I am too busy with TOPS right now… 

TOPS:  I compiled all the deals I have so far… Check them out CLICK HERE…  We are talking cheap granola bars, paper goods, baking items and Kraft products ~ It will be a deal-a-palooza!!   I am totally going to be more than ½ way to a FREE tank of gas after just the first week… are you??  Do tell!!

 Finally – You may wish to sign up for the FREE email notifications…  every time “Michelle Talks ~ OUR REAL DEAL” has a post, you will get an email… go ahead, sign up  ~ over there, to the left, scroll down… see the box?  Enter your email and don’t forget to Confirm once you receive the email! 

AND comment… PLEASE!!

Tell me something about your week… or your coming weekend… 

Or your favorite upcoming deal at Tops…

Let’s chat!!



TOPS, BEST Bonus’ (Gas Point and Instant Savings) Deals Compiled ~ week of 3/24/2013

Stay Tuned (soundtrack)

Stay Tuned (soundtrack) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WOW – I have been going CRAZY getting some TOPS deals ready… BONUS Gas Points are back and my theory always has been; you have to buy gas and you have to buy food… if you can use your gas money to buy more food and get FREE gas then you are getting twice as much (food and gas) for your money!!  Right??!!


There are 2 INSTANT save deals where you save $3 INSTANTLY when you buy the specified items… 

The Quaker Products Deal (CLICK HERE) offers super cheap granola bars at only $1.90/box.

The Baker’s Special (CLICK HERE) also offers some amazing prices, like sugar for only $.99!!


There are two awesome BONUS Gas Point Deals as well…

The Paper Goods Deal (CLICK HERE) offers napkins for as little as $.30 per package!

The Kraft Products Deal (Click HERE) offers a ton of stock up options – but I think my favorite is the $.15 Crystal Lights!!


I am going to shop these deals on Sunday and will be happy to report how many Gas Points I can accumulate…  I am estimating my purchases to be about $100 but I will get over 1800 gas points and that is valued at $54… so who’s with me??  Game on??  Stay Tuned!!


TOPS ~ next week’s Quaker Deal!



A Quaker Chewy Granola Bar, chocolate chip flavor.

A Quaker Chewy Granola Bar, chocolate chip flavor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quaker Deal ~ Save $3 Instantly wyb 5

I only see one coupon for the Quaker products; it was a $1/2 Quaker Products in the Feb. All You... but even w/o coupons, the save $3 Instantly is enticing as .60 off each item!


Cap’n Crunch or Life Cereal – B1G1 Free

Instant Oatmeal – 2/$6

Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix and Syrup – 4/$10

Granola Soft cookies – 2/$4

Chewy Bars – 4/$10


My Plan is always about the Granola Bars…

Buy 5 = $12.50

Save $3 Instantly = $9.50 for 5 or only $1.90 per box!

FYI – on a 10 pack, this is only $.19 per bar and my theory is any time I get a full snack type item for $.25 or less – it is a Bar`goon!!!!



TOPS, next week – The Kraft Items BONUS Gas Point Deal!!


English: Current Crystal Light Images posted b...

English: Current Crystal Light Images posted by Ketchum on behalf of Crystal Light (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

KRAFT Products BONUS Deal – Buy 7, Get 200 BONUS Gas Points


There aren’t a ton of coupons available for these items but because of the BONUS gas points, you can imagine that each item is about $.85 less when you buy 7 items!!  What items do you need?? 


Gevalia and Maxwell House Coffees – $6.99

-$1/1 Maxwell House Product, exp. 4/13/13 (SS 03/17/13)

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Kraft Mac N Cheese, 5 Pack – $4.99


Kraft Singles, Cracker Barrel, Shredded Cheeses – 4/$10 ($2.50)


Oscar Mayer Cold Cuts – 3/$10 ($3.34)


Kraft Miracle Whip and Mayonnaise – 2/$6 ($3.00)

-$2 off Kraft Dressing, Miracle Whip Dressing, Kraft Mayo or Kraft Barbeque Sauce wyb Chicken, exp. 4/15/13 (SS 03/17/13 R)


Fun Pack Lunchables – 2/$5 ($2.50)


Sliced Bacon – 2/$8 ($4.00)


Claussen Pickles – 2/$7 ($3.50)


Oscar Mayer Beef Franks – B1G1 Free


Planter’s Peanut Butter – 2/$5 ($2.50)

-$1/1 Planters Product, exp. 4/30/13 (SS 01/27/13 R)


Planter’s Mixed Nuts – $3.99

-$1/1 Planters Product, exp. 4/30/13 (SS 01/27/13 R)


Kool-aid, Crystal Light, Tang – 2/$4 ($2.00)

-$1/1 Crystal Light Liquid Drink Mix, exp. 4/30/13 (SS 03/10/13)


Kool-aid Jammers or Capri Suns – 5/$10 ($2.00)


Here are some scenarios…


BEST Deal – Stock up on Crystal Light

7 Crystal Light @ $2.00 each = $14.00

-(7) $1 coupons

= $7.00 and Get 200 BONUS Gas Points valued at $6.00

= $1.00 for all 7, only < $.15 each!!!


Peanut Butter Stock Up

7 Peanut Butter @ $2.50 each = $17.50

-(7) $1 coupons

= $10.50 and Get 200 BONUS Gas Points valued at $6.00

= $4.50 for all 7, only $.65 each!!!


Capri Suns – You will need them for summer!

7 Capri Suns @ $2.00 each = $14.00

= $14.00 and Get 200 BONUS Gas Points valued at $6.00

= $8.00 for all 7, only $1.15 each!!!


Cheese Stock Up

7 Blocks, Slices or Shredded @ $2.50 each = $17.50

= $17.50 and Get 200 BONUS Gas Points valued at $6.00

= $11.50 for all 7, only $1.65 each!!!


I LOVE all these stock ups….  I need coffee too…How are you going to make the deal work… Please SHARE!!!