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Weekly Wrap-Up (yes, I know it’s only Monday!) 8/8/10 to 8/14/10 August 9, 2010

Filed under: CVS,Target,Wags,Weekly Wrap-up — Beth @ 11:16 pm

I’m headed off to my brother’s wedding in Oregon for the next week so that’s why I’m doing my weekly wrap up on Monday!  I haven’t seen my family in over a year so I’m VERY excited to go home!


Spent: $6.15

($11.06 w/tax)

Saved: $61.55

90% Savings!

I ended up using my card and hubby’s card this week since the Dulcolax was such a huge money maker.  I had a $5 coupon from All You and a $4 coupon that I printed.  That’s actually were the majority ($6.00!!) of my before tax spending comes from.  I used the $9.99 EB from the second one to buy magazines for my trip and hubby’s FAVORITE pens which were on a killer sale (bogo @ $3.49 and I had 2 $1/1 coupons.  $1.49 for both packs!  Yay!)  I was going to buy the magazines for my trip anyways, probably at the airport for more money, so why not get some other things as well for the same price!  The razers were a killer find.  They are on sale Buy One Get One 50% Off and I used a BOGO coupon and a $3/1 coupon and got 2 packs of 4 razors for $0.38!!!  Heck yeah!!  I even found one bonus pack that had 6 in it.  So for $0.76 (which I used EB for) I got 18 of my favorite razors!  Yippee!!  I ❤ CVS to pieces!!!!



Spent: $4.32

($5.96 w/tax)

Saved: $32.10

87% Savings

I didn’t have any RRs to start out with this week so my out of pocket was a little higher than normal, but I really wanted to take advantage of the free body wash and money making deodorant and contact solution (which I give to friends since I don’t use it…) Oh, and I REALLY wanted some new nail polish, and at 99 cents it was the perfect filler!   The Secret is $2.39 and producing a $3RR!!  You don’t even have to do anything and you’re making money!  🙂  If I wasn’t leaving for vacation tomorrow night, I’m sure I’d have several more trips to Walgreens this week.



Spent: ZERO

($0.63 w/taxes)

Saved: $7.86

100% Savings!

I try to stay away from Target because mine is kind of a pain in the rear when it comes to coupons, but I have a hard time passing up free laundry detergent so everytime there is a $1/1 Tide coupon (in the P&G normally) I end up over there.  This time, I had a couple Clean and Clear coupons so I picked some travel bottles of those up too.


:::So here’s my totals:::

Spent $10.97

($17.65 w/tax)

Saved: $101.51

89% Savings this week!

:::Monthly totals so far:::

Spent: $36.67

($48.97 w/tax)

Saved: $208.75

82% Savings for the month!!




Weekly Wrap-Up 8/1/10 to 8/7/10 August 6, 2010

Filed under: CVS,Food City,Kroger,Wags,Walmart,Weekly Wrap-up — Beth @ 11:47 pm


Spent: $1.57

(2.55 w/tax)

Saved: $34.69

96% Savings!!

Got some good clearance deals on my second trip this week.  My CVS had a bunch of their brand 2 liters for a quarter!  Yeah yeah!


Food City:

Spent: $6.78

($8.26 w/tax)


49% Savings

They were having a pretty decent Con Agra sale at Food City this week.  Buy 10, get $3 off automatically.  I paired that with the 30 cents off 2 Snack Packs and the $1.50 off 4 Con Agra items to get some cheap meals for when the hubby goes back to school.



Spent: $8.09

($9.65 w/tax)

Saved: $28.30

72% Savings!

I also got a gallon of milk that didn’t make it in the picture… I paired the General Mills 50% off sale with coupons (that Kroger doubled!) for some rockin’ deals on some snacks.  These will come in VERY handy on our trip next week.  I’ve been watching sales for a while now, trying to find some cheap snacks that are easy to pack so we don’t have to spend an arm and a leg at the airports!



Spent: $5.35

($6.07 w/taxes)

Saved: $25.01

79% Savings!

My Walgreens had these Photo Stamps on clearance for $4.99!!!  They are regularly $19.99!  Even better, I was out of stamps and these were cheaper than buying more at the post office and they’ve got my cute lil’ doggy on them!  🙂  I’m thinking I’m going to pic up another box next week if they still have some…



Spent: $3.91

($4.79 w/tax)

Saved: $6.00

45% Savings

Yet more travel things!  lol

So here’s my totals:

Spent: $25.70

($31.32 w/tax)

Saved: $107.24

76% Savings for the week


Monthly Totals so far:

It’s only week one, so same as above.  I’m a little over budget this week ($100/month) but I’m under what I was last month at this time!  🙂  I also bought some stuff this week that I normally wouldn’t buy, such as the fruit snacks and so many snack bars… I’m writing the overage off as ok since it’s for our trip home and the little extra out of the grocery budget will save us a ton at the airport!




Weekly Wrap-up 7/25 to 7/31 July 31, 2010

Filed under: CVS,Kroger,Wags,Walmart,Weekly Wrap-up — Beth @ 10:21 pm


Spent: $18.15

($22.18 w/tax)

Saved: $85.59

79% Savings


Home Depot:

Spent: $2.20

($2.41 w/tax)

Saved: $15.74

86% Savings

Thanks to my friend Kristin for the heads up on this one!!!



Spent: $0.29

($1.92 w/tax)

Saved $17.00

99% Savings!!!

I made money on the First Aid Kits and razors…  I probably should have bought something practical like food with the overage, but I REALLY liked the pencil pouch!  So I got it for a make up bag for my upcoming trip home!  🙂



Spent: $0.07

($0.84 w/tax)

Saved: $22.86

99.9% Savings!

I also went back just now to use some expiring RRs to buy my hubby a padfolio for school/church.  He’s had his eye on it for a few weeks and asked me earlier this week if I would work towards getting him enough RRs to buy it so we didn’t have to spend money out of pocket for it.  He was so sweet and I love that he thought of using coupons for it!  Well, I had $6 that are expiring in the next couple days and I’m really not excited about anything at Walgreens next week so we went and got that for him.  🙂  I am now RRless!  😦



Spent: $0.30

($1.21 w/tax)

Saved $12.86

98% Savings

:::So here are my totals:::

Spent: $21.01

($28.56 w/taxes)

Saved: $154.05

86% Savings this week!


:::July’s Totals!:::


Spent: $111.39

($150.82 w/tax)

Saved: $647.12

83% Savings for the month of July!

Over all, I did pretty well this month.  It’s the first month I’ve tracked my spending so closely and I’ll be honest with you, I was a little shocked to see that I’d spent so much!  My goal is to get spending down to $100 a month on food and toiletries, including taxes!!  Next month may be a little off because of vacation, but I’ll be sure to keep you up to date on how #’s are looking!  🙂




Weekly Wrap-up 7/18-7/24 July 24, 2010

Filed under: CVS,Kroger,Moneymaker,Wags,Walmart,Weekly Wrap-up — Beth @ 4:55 pm


Spent: $3.82

($7.27 w/tax)

Saved: $54.97

95% Savings!

Started with ZERO RR and ended with $10RR so over all a 6.18 MM!  Yay for a good Walgreens week!



Spent $24.57

($28.51 w/tax)

Saved $78.78

69% Savings

Oh my goodness!  It was a good week at Kroger!  Free cheese, soap, crackers, and rice cakes.  And nearly free Rice a Roni, Idahoan potatoes, and Q-tips!  Yeah yeah!



Spent: $13.61

($17.47 w/tax)

Saved $32.00

58% Savings!

Thanks to Christie over at Wild For Wags for the Pampers coupons!  I won them a few weeks back and was excited to see that Wal-Mart still had some!



Spent: $0.01

($2.18 w/tax)

Saved: $29.97

100% Savings!!!!


:::So here are my totals:::
Spent: $42.01

($55.43 w/tax)

Saved: $195.72

79% Savings this week!


:::Monthly Totals:::

Spent: $90.38

($123.26 w/tax)

Saved: $493.07

82% Savings so far this month!



Weekly Wrap-Up 7/11-7/17 July 17, 2010

Filed under: CVS,Kroger,Wags,Weekly Wrap-up — Beth @ 4:45 pm


Spent: $14.86

($18.14 w/tax)

Saved: $62.22

81% Savings!!!

I decided to take advantage of the “Buy 10 items, save $5” this week and stock up on cheese.  This will last us a while and when we’re back home next month, I’ll buy a bunch of Tillamook Cheese and ship it back!  YUM YUM!



Spent:  -$0.42

($0.99 w/tax)

Saved: 23.50

100% Savings!

In my first transaction (left) the cashier forgot to scan the in ad coupon for the Daisy and Deans, so she did a return and some how I ended up making money at Walgreens this week.   Not exactly sure how the math played out on that one, but it’s not exactly typical!  lol  I had some RR that were expiring and we needed toilet paper so I used them up this week.  I’m back to $0 RR!  I haven’t quite decided if I’m going to try to build my stock up again or just wait until we get back from vacation and take a break from Walgreens for a couple weeks… I’ll let you know what I decide!



Spent: $1.35

($2.74 w/tax)

Saved: 25.45

95% Savings!

Learned a good CVS lesson this week!  When you buy something that is Buy One, Get One the price of the second comes off at the VERY end.  I bought 4 of the Arizona teas because I was just under $2 short of $20 ( I had a $4 off $20 coupon) which put my oop at $1.35.  If I had know that the 2nd tea counted towards my initial $20 and only bought 2 teas, I could have had an oop of $0.36!  Oh well, I love tea so it’s all good!


:::So here are my totals:::

Spent: $15.74

(21.87 w/tax)

Saved: $111.17

That’s an 86% savings this week!!!


:::Monthly Totals:::

Spent: $49.37

($67.83 w/tax)

Saved: $297.35

84% Savings so far this month!!!



Weekly Wrap-up 6/27-7/3 July 3, 2010

Filed under: CVS,Wags,Weekly Wrap-up — Beth @ 2:17 pm

<—– Walgreens: Spent $1.16 ($7.71 w/tax) Saved $104.56 and have $16RR for next week.

Plus 1 can of soup and 2 Arizona Sweet Teas


Spent $0.52 ($2.22 w/tax) Saved $33.38 and have $5 EB for next week.


I’m really excited about the toothpaste, my hubby is really picky about it and this is his favorite kind so I made sure to stock up!  Over all I did 15 transactions in 8 trips to 3 different store this week at Walgreens and 3 transactions in 3 trips to 2 different store at CVS.  I’m going to a wedding this afternoon in a nearby city and I’m going to try to stop by a CVS to see if they have anymore of the Betty Crocker desserts.   I still have coupons and a 13 cent dessert is too good to pass up!  🙂


Have a blessed week y’all!




Holy MoneyMakers Batman!!! June 13, 2010

Filed under: CVS,Moneymaker,Wags — Beth @ 5:50 pm

Just got back from CVS and Walgreens.  All I can say is WOW.  We’ll start with Walgreens.



Here’s what  I got:

2 Active 3 Nivea men’s body wash $5.99 each

2 Active 3 Sport Nivea men’s body wash $5.99 each

2 Butterfingers $0.39 each

2 Baby Ruths $0.39 each

1 Morton Salt $0.99

1 Schick Hydro 5 $7.99

Total: $34.50


Transaction 1:

Active 3 Sport Nivea men’s body wash $5.99

Baby Ruth $0.39

Schick Hydro 5 $7.99


$3/1 Nivea 5/2PG

$5/1 Schick 6/13SS

$5RR Fusion (last week)

oop:  $1.37 Received $6RR Nivea, $4RR Schick

2.63 Money Maker!


Transaction 2:

2 Active 3 Nivea men’s body wash $5.99 each

Baby Ruth $0.39


2 $3/1 Nivea 5/2PG

The Active 3 is BOGO

oop: $0.38, Received $6RR Nivea

$5.62 Money Maker!!!


Transaction 3:

Active 3 Sport Nivea men’s body wash $5.99

2 Butterfingers $0.39 each

1 Morton Salt $0.99


$3/1 Nivea 5/2PG

Morton Salt in-ad coupon took off $0.49

$4RR Schick

oop:  $0.23, Received $6RR Nivea

$2.77 Money Maker!!



I did the first transaction on my way home from church, and then came home to find that the non Sport was ringing up BOGO (thank you Wild For Wags) so of course I had to run out and check it out.  Only wish I would have know sooner.  I still made money on the 1st and 3rd transactions but that 2nd one was awesome!



Then I moved on to CVS, it’s on my way home and I was on a money making high.   They have Gillette body wash free after ECBs this week.  The ad says a limit of one, but last week the limits weren’t triggering and I was able to do a couple of the deals multiple times so I figured I’d risk it.  So glad  I did!!


Here’s what I got:

2 Gillette men’s body wash $4.00 each

1 10 pack CVS trashbags $1.00

Total: $9.00


BOGO Gillette body wash 6/6PG


oop: $0, Received $8ECB Gillette  AND $1ECB for using my Green Bag Tag

$4 Money Maker!  ($3 w/o the green bag tag)


Over all, I spent $2.02 oop this week before taxes ($5.54 with 9.5% TN sales tax) and got back $18RR and $9ECB  After using $5RR and $5ECB I had from last week, I ended up making $15.98 this week while shopping!!!


Oh, and since my husband already has about 10 bottles of body wash, this will be added to the donation I’m taking to the local shelter this week.  :0)