Bargain Hunting

Here’s my latest deals…

At Goodwill, an autumn-themed scrub shirt  at 50% off in excellent condition for $2.00

At CVS I used my card and my husband’s card.  I had no Extrabucks on either, so I had to start from scratch.  I did 4 transactions and got everything pictured for $7.91 out of pocket, but I now have $13.50 in Extrabucks so it’s a $5.59 moneymaking deal!  I’m hoping to roll some of these bucks next week. has a 25% off any one item at Peebles printable coupon. I used one on a pack of clearanced underwear for my husband for $4.39 and one on a pair of clearanced Skechers tennis shoes for me $7.49 (regular price was $60.00!)

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that it’s been nearly 2 years since I shopped at a Wal-Mart. (Haven’t missed it a bit!)  I always had so many problems with them not accepting my coupons and my local stores did not follow the corporate coupon policy.  I decided to give them another shot today and it actually went well. (I did carry a copy of the Wal-Mart coupon policy with me just in case.)  I had a very nice cashier who accepted all of my coupons.  She did have to call another cashier over on one that said I didn’t purchase the right item (I did have the correct item) so I thought trouble was coming, but she manually entered it without a problem.  I made sure I had my camera in my purse just in case I saw a creature to send to!  My mom was still approached by a stranger in the parking lot wanting to know if she knew of anyone who needed to rent a house. C-R-A-Z-Y!  I’m sure I won’t be making Wal-Mart a weekly or even a monthly shopping stop, but I did leave with a few freebies and I didn’t have to fight to use my coupons.  Here’s what I got…

Missing from the photo is a package of Fiber One Yogurt that I had a FREE coupon for (value of $2.12)

(3) Sponges .84 each  – had (3) $1.00 off coupons so I got a little overage!

(4) Bic pens $1.00 each – had (4) $1.00 off coupons = FREE

Cetaphil lotion $5.97 – had $5.00 off coupon = .97

Large Bandages $1.50 – had $1.00 off coupon =.50

(2) Armour All Protectant $2.37 each – had (2) $2.00 off coupons =.37 each

CVS 5/10/10

I feel like I finally have time to get back into my weekly deal shopping!  My stop tonight was at CVS (or FREE-VS).  I have three cards (mine, hubby’s, and Mom’s) but I only had one $4.50 ECB on my Mom’s card so that’s what I used. I did two transactions. 

First transaction:

Carefree panty liners  $1.00   (had $1.00 off coupon = FREE)

(2) Bayer Baby Aspirin $1.00 each (had two $1.00 off coupons = FREE)

Kotex U Pads $4.99 (had $1.00 off coupon)

Stayfree Pads $3.69 (had $2.00 off coupon)

Used $4.50 ECB and paid $1.66 out of pocket.  I earned back a $4.99 ECB for the Kotex and a $2.00 ECB for the Stayfree.  Moneymaker!

Transaction #2

(2) Right Guard anti-perspirant $2.49 each (had $3.oo off 2 coupon)

Hydro 3 Razor $8.99 (had $5.00 off coupon)

(3) Milk Duds on clearance for .39 each (fillers)

Used the $4.99 and $2.00 ECB’s from the first transaction and paid .88 out of pocket.  Earrned back $4.00 ECB for the razor and $4.00 ECB for the Right Guard.  Slight moneymaker.  Now I have $8.00 ECB to work with for next week!

Oh, and Goodwill is just down the street.  I snagged three cookbooks at $1.00 each. 

Strawberry Pie

This morning I made two strawberry pies.  This recipe is easy and inexpensive to prepare, but so tasty!  (If you are a frequent Walgreens shopper I’m sure you have plenty of Royal gelatin in your pantry too. I often use it as a “filler” item when it’s on sale.)

Strawberry Pie

1 baked deep dish pie crust

1 quart strawberries

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 small package strawberry gelatin

Slice strawberries and place in the baked pie shell. Combine sugar, water, and cornstarch and cook in a saucepan, stirring constantly until clear.  Remove from heat and stir in dry gelatin.  Pour over the strawberries.  Refrigerate.

I also made a batch of freezer jam and I still have a bunch of berries left. 

I wonder what I’ll make next……any suggestions?

Super Savings Saturday – The Strawberry Edition

Happy Saturday!  This morning Roger and I went to pick strawberries, something we’ve never done together.  It was a sunny and breezy morning – ideal weather.  We went to Adams Acres which is just a short 10 minute ride from the Creek. We each picked a bucket full.  Of course the best part is eating while you pick! 

Today’s other good deals were (2) FREE 2-ounce bottles of men’s body wash from Bath & Body Works – totally FREE, not even tax.

A free tote bag from Kroger. 

(2) FREE bottles of Soft Scrub cleaner and Lea & Perrin’s for .49 at Target (after coupons, of course.)

Rachael Ray Kid’s Cookbook at Goodwill $1.00.

I also had a great shopping trip at Save-A-Lot spending just $25 on this week’s groceries after coupons – sorry no photo.

24-Carat Cake

I tried out a new and easy recipe today that I wanted to share.  Several weeks ago there were some great Betty Crocker cake mix coupons that when doubled made for nearly FREE cake mixes.  I stocked up on a few flavors.  Here’s how I used a carrot cake mix this afternoon.  It’s called 24-Carat Cake.

24-Carat Cake

1    package Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® carrot cake mix
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup raisins
1 tub (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting
  Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms only of two 8-inch or 9-inch round pans with shortening or spray bottoms with cooking spray; lightly flour.
  In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil, eggs and pineapple (with juice) with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in nuts, coconut and raisins. Pour into pans.
  Bake 8-inch rounds 40 to 45 minutes, 9-inch rounds 30 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Run knife around sides of pans to loosen cakes; remove from pans to wire rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  Fill layers and frost side and top of cake with frosting. Store covered in refrigerator.




First, what’s wrong with this picture?  Yes, label says chunks, but it’s slices.  I needed crushed, but I didn’t have any.  I ended up saving half of the pineapple for breakfast tomorrow and put the rest in the food processor for the cake.  Think I should notify Food Lion?


Super Savings Saturday – the yard sale edition

I got up early yesterday to shop at a few yard sales and found some really nice bargains!  I was happy to find several like-new shirts to help out my wardrobe.  Prices ranged from .25 to 1.00.  I also found some shoes, a skirt/jacket set, a cookbook,  hankies for my husband, an old Elliott Sadler hat and an adorable hand-knitted purse for the fall.

My husband found 3 suits for 3.00 each and several shirts for .50 and 1.00. 

I couldn’t leave behind this vintage Fisher Price muscial clock that was just a quarter.  It’s from the 1960’s.