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15% off at Walgreens

March 31st, 2011 at 09:15 pm

When reading some blogs yesterday I saw there was a 15% off at Walgreens coupon good for today only. I sent it to my mom and today we went there after walking. I got an diabestes A1c self test for 19.99 - $3 for 15% = 16.99 + I got a $10 RR. It does 2 tests.

I also found a $4 DVD of Hairspray. The original with Devine, Sonny Bono, Blondie and Rick Lake. I like that version better than the remake with John Travolta although I did like him in the remake. I don't have a VHS anymore and I am only replacing a few of the movies I had before - mostly musicals.

I did my quarterly financial review today and I've made $17K the first quarter, almost enought to last the whole year. A good start.

I finished reading my book Burn by Linda Howard. Romance - very good.

a good potato chip substitute

March 30th, 2011 at 09:17 pm

I had to get a blood test today and afterwards went to King Soopers to pick up another prescription. It was a transferred one, so I got another $25 put on my KS card. The prescription was $1.60. You get 50 gas points for each prescription and I saw I was only $13 away from .60/gal. So I wandered thru the store to see what I could find for $13.

I got 4 Snickers easter candy eggs for free. They were $1 each and I had 2 $2/2 coupons. I got 3 bottles of Joint Juice for free using 3 $1 coupons that was over half right there. I got a big bag of dried white beans and found some hearty grain rolls in the day old section.

As I was wandering I saw a bin of small bags of Pop Chips. They looked pretty good. I decided to try them since they put me over my $13. They were really good. They had good crunch and good flavor. Only 100 calories vs 160 for 1 serving of potato chips and only 25 calories from fat vs 90 for potato chips. I'll have to start looking for coupons for them.

My latest $5 Amazon gift card came thru from Swagbucks and I ordered 3 more free books from Amazon with it and the 5 others I already had.

I finished reading the library book River Marked by Patricia Briggs. Paranormal - excellent.

more free toothpaste and cheap potpies

March 29th, 2011 at 06:14 pm

I went to Safeway this morning and got an 8 lb bag of potatoes for $4. $5 - $1 produce coupon. I also got 8 Marie Callander single serve potpies for .61/each. 4 Turkey and 4 Chicken

15.92 - 8 potpies @ 1.99/each
-5.00 - $5/$15 Safeway coupon
-6.00 - 4 $1.50 off any Marie Callander pie

When we were little and mom was a single mother to 2 girls we lived on potpies. You could get 10 for a $1. I still like them but rarely buy them because they have gotten very expensive.

Next I went to Walgreens and got paid a little bit to buy 2 tubes of Colgate toothpaste. I put $20 in RRs from last week on a Walgreens gift card and paid with a different gift card from earlier RRs so no money out of pocket.

6.00 - 2 4oz tubes Colgate toothpaste
.28 - taxes
-3.00 - 2 $1.50 q's
3.28 - got back a $4 RR so made .72. These will be donated to the food pantry.

2.03 - 7 Snickers eggs
.07 - taxes
-2.00 - $2/2 q

I finished reading my book Cinnamon Skin by John D. MacDonald. Mystery - pretty good.

Point, Click and Save - book review

March 28th, 2011 at 07:19 pm

This book is written by Rachel Singer Gordon who hosts the blog mashupmom. It's basically an overview on using coupons, saving money and making money on the internet. It has some good suggestions and points you to several legitimate websites. I think this would be a good book to give to a friend of mine for xmas. She's a stay at home mom who is always looking for ways to make a little money and stay at home longer. I'll see if I can find it at Border's the next time I have a 40% off coupon. Smile I got it from the library.

There hasn't been very many good deals lately that I've wanted and I haven't been inspired to blog. I found $2 off folger's coupons today online and printed them out to give to my dad. That's his favorite brand.

Walked at Walmart and picked up a Subway for lunch. Spent < $4 and used a discounted gift card to pay.

I finished reading the library book The Jungle by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul. Adventure - very good.

kidney xray and shopping

March 25th, 2011 at 09:11 pm

I had to go in town yesterday to get an xray on my left kidney to see if I am developing any more kidney stones. Won't know the result until the dr appt next month. Mom went with me and we did some shopping while we were in there. We went to SmashBurger for lunch - mom paid, not sure why, but she insisted.

We went to Bed, Bath and Beyond and I got this cool salad spinner that I've been wanting. I saw it in January at Crate and Barrel. I had a 20% off coupon and paid with a discounted gift card. It was around $22 with taxes.

At Target I got 3 more bottles of vitamin D and Fish oil. On sale for $5/each plus I had a $4 and 2 $1 coupons and a $5/3 Target coupon making them $4 for the 3 bottles. I added my points to the Nature Made wellness program - another 240 points.

Today I went to Staples and got a cartridge of blue ink - paid $4.71 using my reward checks and a discounted gift card.

I went to King Soopers and got another prescription refilled - spent $7.32 and used a $10 Target prescription coupon to get $10 more in groceries added to my KS card.

I got 8 more boxes of Ronzoni pasta for free, 2 pouches of bumblebee tuna, a Zone bar and some milk. All of it was free after using the RX coupons. 4 boxes of the pasta, 2 tuna and 1 Zone bar go to the food pantry.

I also went to Safeway for produce I bought grapes at .99/lb, 1 potato, 1 banana and 3 stalks of celery for $5.06. I used a $1 off $5 coupon and a $2 OYNO coupon and paid using a discounted gift card.

I finished reading the library book In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz. Romance - very good. I've quit reading 2 books about a 100 pages into them in the last couple of days. One was just boring and the other was a dumb woman book, which I hate. Books about women who will do anything for a guy because he's sexy are ridiculous. Oh, so he's a serial killer, but he's so cute! BAH! Makes me want to gag Smile

denver museum of natural history

March 23rd, 2011 at 09:02 pm

My sister, youngest niece and I drove up to Denver yesterday to go to the Natural History museum. My niece has been wanting to go and I invited her because it was spring break. Turns out her mom took the week off and wanted to go too, so we all went. Since she drove I bought lunch for all of us at Subway on the way there. Spent $14+.

The museum was very expensive and not that good. They have a special Pirates exhibit right now and of course that was extra and the planetarium was also extra. $12 entrance fee, $8 Pirates, $5 planetarium. $25 total. Niece got a student discount so hers was about $7 cheaper.

The place was packed, which surprised me, but I guess some of the Denver schools are still in session and there was several school groups and tons of people. I hate crowds. The best thing was the Russian gem carvings - very cool. The dinosaurs are always neat, the mummies were so-so. The animals were interesting. The Pirate exhibit was geared towards 10 year olds and ok. The planetarium was good, but only 25 minutes long. It was narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. Over all too much money for not enough bang Smile

Sister and niece had to have a snack and drink halfway thru. $2 for a candy bar. What a rip-off.

But it was still a good outing, got to spend time with niece. We stopped at Black-eyed pea on the way home for dinner. Spent $12.71 and brought half of my chicken and a roll home for tonight's supper.

My niece got her tonsils out this morning, hope she starts feeling better soon. She's been feeling sick since Oct last year. She's had several colds and mono, plus strep throat. This should help.

I got my oil changed in my car today, car wash and air filter. Spent $55 for everything after coupon. They were very fast - it's a local shop.

I went to Walgreens and got 24 ct Theraflu for $4.99. Used a $2 coupon and got $1 back in RR. I have a rebate on this so I will make about $3 on the purchase.

I finished reading my book Renegade by Lora Leigh. Romance - very good.

good food pantry shopping

March 21st, 2011 at 09:13 pm

I dropped off another 6 bags of groceries at the Food pantry today. I finally had a month where I donated more than a 100 items again. It's been awhile since I was able to do that, when I first started in 2008 and 2009 it was easy and I rarely had less than a 100 items in a month, now I rarely reach that amount. I went to Walgreens and King Soopers to get some items to donate before going to the pantry.

At Walgreens I made money on Reach toothbrushes and got free Snickers easter candy. The candy was 2/$1 and I had 3 $1/2 coupons, so 6 free eggs.

The toothbrushes were on sale for .99/each when you used the Walgreens in-ad coupons. I had 2 coupons for $2/2. So I made a penny each before taxes, but I also got a $4 RR for buying the 4 brushes.

King Soopers is having another one of their mega sales where you get $5 when you buy 10 items in the sale. The total was:

-10.00 - mega sale I bought 20 sale items
-19.28 - coupons
- 9.04 - last of my RX coupons
FREE groceries + made .05 cents, wish I had remembered to bring my reusable bags and made another .15 cents. I remember about every 3rd time even though I keep them in the car.

The food pantry gets

3 Zone bars - FREE
9 boxes Ronzoni pasta - FREE - made .01 on each one
2 bottles Franks Red Hot Sauce - FREE - made .50/each
1 box Oat revolutions oatmeal - .29
3 pouches Bumbleebee tuna - .49/each no coupons but good pantry donation item and I needed 3 more things to get the $5 off.
4 Reach toothbrushes from Walgreens

For me I got bananas, 3 tubs country crock butter, 3 Ronzoni pastas, and 1 store brand pepper grinder.

I also transfered a prescription from Target and got another $25 off groceries put on my card. I spent $5.80 for the prescription.

I got a $100 Subway card for $90 at Plastic Jungle. I eat there a lot, especially in the winter since there is one in the Walmart where we walk.

I got enough swagbucks to order another $25 Amazon gift card. I have over $25 in credit now, so can place an order when the card processes.

I finished reading In the Dark of Dreams by Marjorie M. Liu. Paranormal - pretty good.

family lunch

March 20th, 2011 at 08:42 pm

My oldest niece came down from college for her dad's 50th bday party yesterday, so today I met her, my sister, other niece and parents at Chili for lunch. All the time I will have to see her this trip, but every little bit is precious Smile I had the California club without the avocado and spent $10.

She has really long hair and got it braided and some added in. It took 10 hours. She is beautiful, but I don't know how her neck can hold all that hair.

Before meeting them I went to Walgreens and got 2 packs of Tena security pads and made $1.82 on each one. On sale for 9.99 with a $10 RR. I had 2 $2.50 coupons so after taxes I made a profit. Will donate these. Put a $10 RR from last week on a Walgreens gift card.

I finished reading my book The Dreadful Lemon Sky by John D. MacDonald. Mystery - very good.

menu options

March 19th, 2011 at 08:18 pm

I made a master list of menu options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and veggie sides today and printed it out. I've done this before and I find that it really helps me in planning menus and grocery shopping. Ever since my surgeries last year I haven't been eating that well. It's mostly hit or miss and a lot of junk and too many restaraunt meals. I need to get back on track and I think this will help. I know just listing the options makes me want to start making them. They all sound so good to me right now.

Now I just need to buy the groceries and follow thru. I also plan to start tracking what I eat again. Last summer when I was doing the $25 challenge and tracked everything I did really well and even lost 5 pounds. I'd like to get back to that way of eating.

I finished reading the library book Hidden Empire by Orson Scott Card. Sci/Fi - very good.

Friday errands

March 18th, 2011 at 07:37 pm

We had an unexpected snow storm last night - only an inch or so, but it was in the high 60's yesterday. The moisture is good.

I went to the library, bank and Walmart this morning. At Walmart I got a couple t-shirts and 2 boxes of oatmeal. The oatmeal was only .25/each after coupons and will go to the food pantry.

I finished reading my book A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James. Romance - very good.

carpet shopping

March 17th, 2011 at 09:50 pm

I met a friend for lunch yesterday at SmashBurger. So good - spent $7.50. Afterwards we went to Lowe's and Home Depot to look at carpet. I found several I was interested in and checked out one of the sample boards at Lowe's for $25. Refundable when returned. I'd like to get Stainmaster carpet, but I'm still debating.

We went to Target where I got another prescription transfered and got a $10 Target gift card. The prescription cost .80.

I got 3 bottles of Nature Made vitamin C at Target. 90 ct. $5.04 each - 3 $1 manufacture coupons + 1 $5 Target coupon wyb 3. I put the points in the Nature Made wellness program and I got enough to order a $7 coupon.

I got 2 loaves of Oroweat whole wheat bread for .95/each. $1.50 on sale - .55 coupons. I hadn't read the grocery ads when I bought these or I might have waited. Safeway has the Oroweat jewish rye bread on sale for $2.79 yesterday and today only. That's a very good price for rye bread. I put the two loaves I bought yesterday in the freezer and figured I could get 3 more in, so I bought 3 of the jewish rye bread loaves today.

I also got 24 cans of Green Giant veggies for .24/each at Safeway. 12 green beans and 12 corn that I will donate to the food pantry. I dropped off 6 bags at the food pantry today. When I did my totals I noticed I've donated a lot of stuff this month, but I haven't spent hardly anything. I have room in my budget to buy some more stuff to donate. I'll have to figure out what's the best bang for the buck.

I finished reading the library book Dragon's Fire by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey. Sci/Fi - very good.

monday errands

March 15th, 2011 at 07:33 pm

I ran my errands late yesterday since mom wanted to walk in the afternoon. It was really nice walking outside. First time this year at her house. There isn't a hint of green yet though. We are 44% below where we should be on moisture this winter. All our snow went elsewhere, which is nice, but we need some rain or something to make up for it.

I went to Walgreens and got 8 Right Guard deodorants for free, except for taxes. They were on sale buy 1 get 1 and I had 4 BOGO coupons. I spent $1.34 on taxes.

At King Soopers I picked up 2 prescriptions for $2.81 and 3 Yakisoba mac and cheese for free. On sale for .99 and I have coupons for .50 that doubled. I need to go back this afternoon and get 3 more of these.

All the deodorants and yakisoba's get donated to the food pantry.

At Safeway I got 3 more of the jello temptations. I spent .97 and got a $2 OYNO coupon back.

I finished reading my book Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley. Romance - pretty good. New author for me.

it never fails

March 13th, 2011 at 07:41 pm

So since I did my bottom line yesterday, of course I got more insurance forms in the mail yesterday. It never fails Smile These were from August of last year when I was in the coma. They were lab/path services. Another $1500 in costs which were all discounted. So now the total is $208,500. I don't understand why it takes so long for hospitals/doctors to do the paperwork on medical costs. That's more than 6 months ago. I was still getting bills for my real father's illness 2 years later.

I bought a $50 Elephant Bar gift card from Plastic Jungle yesterday for 15% off. This is for my dad's bday next month. Poor guy has his bday on April 15th - he hates it. I also got a $50 McDonald's gift card at 15% off from Gift Card Rescue. Saved $15 total.

I finished reading the library book Legacies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill. Sci/Fi. - pretty good. Kind of an American version of Harry Potter. Not quite as imaginative, but still good. It's for young teens, which I didn't know when I got it. I like Mercedes Lackey and just got it for that reason.

the bottom line

March 12th, 2011 at 06:28 pm

I haven't gotten any new bills for my 3 surgeries last year in a month or so, so maybe they've all come in now. If I didn't have any insurance I would have been charged $207,025.00 - I would have had to go back to work for 10 years to repay that.

Because I have insurance they deducted $100,508.00 from the bills. The insurance company paid $105,558.00. I paid $4,500.00. I know the numbers don't add up, but I have prescriptions in there too.

It is insane what medical care costs when you aren't insured and even when you are. But it's almost twice when you aren't.

I finished reading my book The Empty Copper Sea by John D. MacDonald. Mystery - very good.


March 11th, 2011 at 09:25 pm

That's how I feel today. So sore. I didn't sleep well, since I normally sleep on my right side and it hurt to do that. This morning everything was achy and stiff. I went ahead and walked outside again and ran some errands. I think I'll try to take a nap this afternoon.

I mostly needed produce so I went to Safeway. I got 3 lbs onions, 2 large potatoes and 5 bananas. I had a $1 of $5 produce coupon. I got 2 half gallons of Welches grape juice for .77/each and my best deal was 3 packages of 3 Jell-O temptations.

5.97 - 3 packages Jell-O 1.99/each
-3.00 - 3 $1 q's
2.97 - I got back a $2 OYNO coupon. These are delicious. I got the lemon pie ones. Yum, yum, yum. The packages have .75 coupons inside so I think I'll do this deal one more time.

I also went to Walmart. They have a new coupon policy that I really like. Now when you have coupons that are for more than the price of the item, Walmart lets you use the overage on other items. It used to be, they wouldn't let you use them at all. I had enough overage today to pay for a book I bought and all the taxes.

5.61 - 3 40 ct sheets of Gain dryer sheets
.44 - taxes
-9.00 - 3 $3 coupons
2.95 - profit

1.94 - 2 2 load packages Purex 3-in-1
.15 - taxes
-6.00 - 3 $3 coupons
3.91 - profit

I finished reading my book A Tapestry of Spells by Lynn Kurland. Sci/Fi - very good.

I fell

March 11th, 2011 at 04:58 am

Mom and I were able to walk outside for the first time in a long time today. Somehow I tripped on a curb and fell hard on the sidewalk. I scraped both the heel of my right hand and the back of it. I must have bounced. I hit my right shoulder pretty hard and also hit my head. My knee is scraped slightly and the worst part was breaking two fingernails way below the quick - OW! My shoulder is really stiff right now and my head hurts. I took two pain pills I had left from my kidney surgery. The fall happened at the beginning of the walk, but since it was really just scrapes and bruises I finished the walk.

You always seem to feel it more later that day or the next day.

I finished reading the library book DragonHeart by Todd McCaffrey. Sci/Fi - very good.

live and learn

March 7th, 2011 at 09:14 pm

Well it looks like mjrube94 was right about the Staples rewards and I made a mistake last month using the previous reward to buy the 'free' pens and pencils. I didn't get a reward from them this month. I saved the ad and it does say the reward is after all discounts and rewards applied. So I goofed. Well live and learn. I already donated the pens and pencils, so can't return them. That's ok, the kids needed the supplies and it was less than $10.

I got a whole bunch of cheap candy from Walgreens this morning for .62. I used one $3 RR and got

4 king size bars of Hershey's w/almonds
4 packages Reese's mini cups - king size free w/each King size bar
1 8 ct pack of Reese's peanut butter cups - free wyb 4 king size bars.

Most of this will go to the nieces.

I also got 2 cans of mushrooms for .50/each. I love sauted mushrooms and onions and add them to lots of meals to get my veggie quota in.

I finished reading the library book Play of Passion by Nalini Singh. Paranormal - very good.


March 6th, 2011 at 07:46 pm

Well I finally finished my taxes. I do my own, but this year I had some new forms to figure out, because of the amount of charity contributions I made. On the form it talks about the government reduce paperwork act, what a joke! I have 8 pages of forms to fill out and I only owe $164 in taxes for the whole year. That's how much of the 10% penalty on the $10,000 I withdrew on my IRA that I have to pay.

Because I used most of the money I withdrew to pay for medical costs I don't have to pay the 10% on that portion of the withdrawl. I guessed pretty close and am happy with that amount. I had an income of 13K+ and deductions of 15K+.

I got a check for $12 from buying the Swiffer duster last month. I only spent $8.97 so that was nice. It paid for the part of the refills that wasn't completely paid for by the coupon I had.

I finished reading my book The Sleeping God by Violette Malan. Sci/Fi - sword and scorcery type. Very good, this was a new author and I'm happy to see she has more in this series. I've put the next one on hold at the library.