Sunday, October 26, 2008

Kamrt Super Doubles Trip

Well, I am back. Despite my daugther having pink eye and a fever and being up with her; I woke up at 7am and headed over to our closest Kmart. It's about 20 minutes away. I got there just as they opened. I hadn't been there in over 2 years and I never shop Kmarts so I didn't know what to expect. The employees were friendly. BUT, the store was so overpriced! They had a very limited selection, so I wasn't able to get a lot of things I was hoping to buy.

Here is my trip:
1 package of Pantyhose
7 greeting cards
2 tubes of toothpaste
4 bottles of Gillette Shampoo
3 10 pks of Gillette Slim Razors
1 bottle of Visine
2 bottles of Maalox Antacids
4 bottles of Tums
1 box of Pepcid AC Max
4 cans of Cat food
2 bags of Dry Cat Food
2 packages of Cat Treats
2 other brand packages of Cat Treats
4 pacakges of Dog treats ( donate to shelter)
3 HUGE bottles of PUrex Fabric Softner
3 boxes of 2000 flushes blue tablets
2 containers of Clorox Wipes
1 canister of Oust Spray
1 bag of Gummie Life Savers
1 box of Special K Cereal
2 boxes of assorted flavor teas
1 box of ice cream cones
1 package of Wet Wipes

Total was: $145.65
After Double Coupons: $30.12

Then I got 2 $1.00 on your next shopping order catalina's. So I went back and used a rimmel coupon and got an eyeliner.
Eyeliner: $5.79
Minus Double coupon: $2.00
Minus Catalinas: $2.00
Paid after tax: $2.05

I bought 55 items so that comes to about 60 cents an item. :) The cat and dog treats will go to the shelter!

Also, yesterday, I went over to Walgreens.
Walgreens has their $5.00 off a $20.00 order. AND I had register rewards, SO, I went over there.
I got:
3 pairs of kids socks
1 bottle of Pink Eye Relief
1 bottle of Acid Controller
2 bags of shredded cheese
one kids squirt water gun

Total: $25.32
Total after coupons and RR's: $8.98

So, those were my deals!
Now, I am still dealing with a 8 year old with Pink EYE!! Back to taking care of her!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Kmarts all across the US are doing Super DOUBLES this weekend! My local one included! I am so excited. I organized my coupons for the last hour. I want to be ready for this one!

The new ALL YOU Magazine is out.

The new All You Magazine is out. It's Nov. 21st issue. They raised the price!! BUMMER! $2.24 instead of $1.77.
There are a few coupons in it. Some of the highlights are:
50 cents off White Castle Froze Cheeseburgers ( my kids like this as a snack)
$1.50 on 3 Healthy Choice Mixers (Find them on sale and they will be a good Deal for working moms!!)
Glade Coupons: Including a BOGO pull ins and Scented Oil Candles refills.
Buy a Mascara and get a Free Eye Shadow from RImmel
$1.00 on one package of Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats. Blueberry, Strawberry or Brown sugar. Yummy!
Free Ore IDa Steam and Mash Potatoes when you purchase 2 Ore Ida Frozen Potatoes.
Save $1.00 from White Cloud TP.

There is also a free sample of Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipe.

This is just a sample of coupons. There are a few more. We shall see what sales are going on and try to make it worth the $2.24 I paid for the magazine!!!

Book It is back!

My kids got there BOOK IT coupons this week from school. Book It is a program set up by Pizza Hut to encourage kids to read. My son had to read 8 books, my daughter 10. They turn the paperwork into their teacher and they get a coupon for a free personal pan pizza. So we went to Pizza Hut tonight. Our total was just over $6.00. I got a personal pan pizza and each of us got a drink.

We don't eat out much, but $6.00 for my family to go out to dinner. Not bad! I really commend Pizza Hut for doing such an awesome program!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Tote Bags!

I am not a huge enviromentalist. I believe we have to help the enviroment, but not at the extent some people push it. But, I must say I love the reusable totebags I am seeing at many stores. I have collected a few free ones already, including yesterday when Logli's had them. It's a great way to cut down on the amount of plastic bags in our house.

So, here is an offer for one from Target. You will get a coupon for the beginning of the year and then you can go to your store and pick one up! You do have to pay for the postage, but if it's a nice reuseable bag, it will probably be worth it!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Went out shopping!

We still had lots of food in our home, but I had some EBC's and RR's that I wanted to use before the expire, so off I went...

First stop
I won't write everything down that I bought, but here are the photos. Before Coupons: 137.10, after coupons $61.05
Some of my best deals were 16 bottles of tea ( all free after coupons), and the chicken breasts cost 93 cents!

$58.90 everything in the photos plus 6 jugs of cat litter!

CVS Pharmacy:
Before coupons: $35.47
After coupons: 11.49
And I got $10.57 in ECB back for the next trip!

Kwik Trip:
4 bagged milks, 3 pounds of bananas and 4 potatoes
Total: $7.77

Before coupons:$10.78
After coupons: .25

Before coupons: $30.31
After coupons: $10.06
I am getting back $10.50 in rebates

6 pk socks
1 girls pencil and eraser set
1 boys pencil and eraser set
Before coupons: $9.32
After coupons: $4.83
My son needed not a great deal, but very much needed!

Toys R Us:
2 Kenex toys
1 Littlest Pet Shop 2 pk.
Before Free Birthday Gift Card: $6.30
After Gift Card: 3.15

Bath and Body Works:
Total after coupons: $2.53

Here is the photo from Sears, Toys R US and Bath and Body Works:

Before coupons: $45.65
After coupons: $4.27
I got $9.00 in Register Rewards
And I am getting $15.48 back in refunds

So Total all together:$313.82
After coupons, ECB's, RR's and gift cards: $164.30
I am getting $10.50 in Menards Rebates and $15,48 in Walgreens Rebates.
I got $9.00 RR's and $10.57 in ECB's for next trip!

One more note to add. I drive a yellow VW Bettle. I fit all this stuff plus my two kids in their car seats! It can be done!!! Good deals and great gas mileage!!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Trip to Shopko!

My husband had to get a prescription filled, so I found a coupon for a $25.00 gift card from Shopko when you transfer a perscription. So, we headed over there to fill it.

Since I had a $5.50 gift check from the last super combo rebate, I grabbed my coupons and headed out.

So, Transaction one:
My husbands prescription and a $25.00 gift card. :) Thankfully, his prescription is partially covered by insurance.

Second Transaction:
School Batman Set (it has folders, notebook, pencils, eraser, sharper, zip pouch and little assignment notebook)
School Barbie Set ( same as above)
3 pocket folders
1 eraser set
1 chip clip
Cascade Dishwasher Powder
2 bottles of Dish Washer Spot Remover
Before Coupons: $17.87
After coupons and $5.50 gift check: $3.79
And I got the $25.00 gift card for next time. :)

So, just a quick stop at Shopko! And some school supplies for next year!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

In the Mood to shop....

I am almost never in the mood to shop. I don't like the stores when they are busy and I don't like just wasting time in a store. BUT, the other day I was in the mood. I can't tell you why, but I just felt like looking around.

So, I had to go to Walmart to pick up envelopes for my home office. 94 cents. I could have gotten out of the store spending 94 cents. But I didn't. I looked around. I found one of those bike racks that attaches to a car so you can tranport your bikes. We have 4 bikes, this one held 3, but my husband has been wanting one of these for a long time. They typically range from $50 to $100. This one originially priced $58.98. This one was on clearance for $15.00!!!! I was thrilled. Brand new ( we had been looking at rummage sales for one). So, of course, I bought it.

Then I found flip flops for my son for next year, clearanced for $1.50. I found a tent camping game stool thing ( wish I could describe it better). Originally, $24.00, it was clearanced at $6.00. It's a cooler for drinks and a game thing on top. Anyways, I picked that up for our camping. Then, my kids ( who are learning to fish), found fishing gear on clearance. They each got a tackle box with kids sunglasses and fisher lures for $1.50 a package. They were both thrilled with their goodies. My husband picked up some fishing bait on clearance ( normally $10.00, each package was $2.00 on clearance). I also found a yard game, crochet. The set was clearanced for $5.00. It was $18.00 originally. The kids were happy because we love to play yard games. We have so many games to play. This is how we spend family time. This game was made for 4 people..perfect for a family of 4.

So, when we went through the cashier line, my total came to $40.60. I wasn't sure I was happy that I saved so much money (since the bike carrier itself was $58.00) or if I was disappointed I spent money that I hadn't planned on spending. My husband was thrilled because he got some fishing gear. My kids were thrilled because they got cute kids tackle box set with goodies. My husband was also thrilled that he got "his" bike I guess it was worth it for the $40.00....right??

That is why I write this Frugal Notes Blog....Frugality is different to different people. We try to not spend any money that is not planned or budgetted. I rarely shop, but I just felt like looking around. I could have spent alot more buying these items at full price. I could look at this as,"We just spent $40 on "wants" and we could have spent 94 cents just getting my envelopes". Or I could look at this as," Yippie! I just saved us a bunch of money on things the kids and hubby have been wanting! Good Shopping Trip!!"

What do you think? :)

Frugalmommie as been on WITI FoxNews6 Television Milwaukee, WTMJ620 Radio, Several local newspapers, The Wisconsin State Journal, and is in a feature article in All You Magazine in the April 2009 edition.