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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Decorate on the cheap

Here is how I find ways to decorate my house on the cheap and still stay in style.Make a list of the types of things you're looking for curtains, lampshades or whatever. Keep in mind the colors and patterns that suit your overall decor. Then start browsing your favorite consignment shops, retail stores or even wal-mart but always look in the clearance or damages first. Don't forget to search in seasonal areas too. Many items you will find can be used all year. The catch is don't go "looking" for the perfect item, let that item find you.
Here is a great pair of lampshades that found me. I was browsing a clearance aisle in wal-mart and there in a pile of unrelated items-blanket, lunch coolers and something I wasn't too sure what it was used for... I found them. Originally $14.97 but now only $1.50!!!
There is a down side to my method, it will take longer to find your items, but if you are not in a hurry or just redecorating this can save you tons of cash. Plus if you're like me the "hunt" is half the fun. Happy Hunting

Harris Teeter Triples- Day 2

I went back to Harris Teeter this morning for day 2. I saved $27.78 with coupons and my vic.

I bought:

1 20oz. Palmolive dish soap
2 bottles of mentos gum
2 pouches of Betty Crocker potatoes
1 jar of Dole mandarin oranges
2 boxes of Uncle Ben's Rice
3 boxes of frozen green beans
2 bags of frozen brown rice
1 bag of flipz chocolate covered pretzels

paid- $4.00 including tax!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Harris Teeter Triples- Day 1

I was so excited about triple's today I woke up before 4am! Crazy I know, but true.

I tried to get the stuff I knew we could really use and not just the free stuff that wasn't as necessary.

1 Frechetta Pizza
3 Lysol toilet bowl cleaners
1 Warm Delights brownie bowls
3 betty crocker potatoe pouches
2 cans of Campbell's Cream of Chicken soup
1 box of Act II popcorn
1 bag of green valley fresh steamers frozen vegetables
3 boxes of frozen green beans
1 bag of shredded reduced sodium chesse
1 box of Farm Rich Cheese sticks
1 big jar of Welch's grape jelly
1 half gallon of White Wave soy milk

I got the shredded cheese and the cheese sticks- free!

grand total- paid out of pocket- $11.58
my savings was- $45.87

How To Shop Rie Aid

Ok, here's the post that was promised on how to get the best deals at Rite Aid and pay the least amount possible.

Rite Aid has a video values program. By going on Rite Aid's website you can watch video clips about different products they sale. The videos are approx. 30 seconds- 2 min. each. After you watch a video all you have to do is enter the security code that's given. You can chose which videos you watch by category, brand, etc. Each video will give you a coupon for that product or similar product by that brand. Each video is worth 1-2 credits. When you watch enough videos and earn 20 credits you can print a $5 off $20 coupon. You can chose which coupons you want to print. They're stored in your account so you can go back later and print the ones you haven't previously printed.

The great thing about these coupons is that you can use them with manuf. coupons and in ad coupons. Therefore you can use up to 3 coupons on one item! Paired with sales this could give you some really cheap stuff! I used a video value coupon today with a manuf. coupon and got Johnson and Johnson Baby Lotion on clearance for .41! Don't forget to check the clearance racks.

Rite Aid has recently started a Welness Program. This is similar to CVS extra care program. You sign up for a card, have it scanned every time you make a purchase. You earn 1 point for every $ spent on non perscription purchases, 25 points on pharmancy. When you get so many points you get extra savings off everything you buy every day etc. They also send you printable coupons too.

Happy shopping at Rite Aid!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Printable High Value Coupons- free with triples!

There is a new high value Crescent Rolls coupon available. If your store doubles (or triples) this will make for FREE rolls!

.70/1 Crescent Rolls printable

(thanks Merissa!)

If you are a Harris Teeter fan, one more to print for tomorrow…

-.75/1 Summer’s Eve product (will make 12 oz body wash FREE)

Thanks Southern Savers

Tip Of The Day

Hi Everyone!

Here is your tip of the day!

Do you ever check the clearance shelves in the drug stores? Well, you should! You can use coupons on clearance items and get them even cheaper. I've gotten several things on clearance at Rite Aid and used several coupons on these items and saved quite a bit. It's not just at Rite Aid you can use coupons on clearance items anywhere! Don't just assume it's all junky stuff on clearance and walk right by! It's worth your time to stop and look.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday Rite Aid Bargins

Rite Aid has many good deals this week. They're made even better when paired with in ad coupons and manuf. coupons from this week's paper.

1 pck. of Revelon eye shaddow
2 bottles of Johnson and Johnson baby lotions
3 6oz. tubes of Colgate total toothpaste
1 can of Raid Ant spray
1 Lady Speed Stick deodorant

paid- $4.78

I had a $2 off any revelon product coupon, plus a video value rite aid coupon for $2 off any cosmetic purchase over $2.99
The toothpaste was 3/$6.99 and I used 3 .75 coupons
The baby products were half price on clearance, then I used 2 $1 coupons on each
There was an in ad coupon for the ant spray that was $1.99
The deodorant also had an in ad coupon making plus a manuf. coupon making it .50

I also had a coupon for $5 off $20 purchase.

Rite Aid Monday Savings (April19th)

I know this is a week late but last week we weren't blogging due to the giveaway. I will be posting a post later this week on how to shop at Rite Aid and how you can get these deals too.

Last week I bought:

1 bottle of Listerine mouthwash
2 bags of jelly beans
10 packs of bubble gum eggs
1 box of kotex lightdays
1 5oz bag of Bugles
2 Reece's dark chococlate peanut butter cups
1 bottle of Mentos gum
2 bottles of Sundown vitamins

This all was $21 before coupons
I used a $5 off coupon $20 purchase
$2 off vitamin purchase coupon
$1.00 off Sundown coupon- on sale Buy 1 Get 1 Free
$1.00 kotex coupon
.25 off Bugles coupon- on sale .99
Easter candy was 75% off

I walked out of Rite Aid paying only $7.70 for all this!

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Winners Are...

Congratulations to our giveaway winners Andrea and Shanna! Be sure to contact us within 48 hrs. ladies at with your mailing address. Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your ideas. Look for new and exciting things coming soon!

Friday, April 16, 2010

1,000 Hits Giveaway

Hi everyone!
We have made it to 1,000 hits!!! To celebrate we've decided to give away some prizes but we need your help. There are 3 ways to enter and if you do all 3 you'll increase your chances of winning.

1: Become a follower on our blog (our current followers are already entered once)

2: Leave a comment below on this post about how we can improve our blog (things you would like to see or what would encourage you to continue coming back)

3: Leave another comment on the next post below with your favorite frugal tips

For your efforts we're giving away 2 prizes by random drawing- $100 in coupons or a surprise frugal gift pack!
Deadline to enter is Friday April 23 @ 12am
We will be posting the winners user names and you will have 48 hours to email us @ with your name and address. (anonymous user's names must leave a name in their post to qualify)

Good Luck and God Bless

Your Frugal Tips

We can't wait to read all of your frugal tips. Leave them below in the comments. Hope you win one of our fun prizes. Even when the giveaway is over be sure to come back and share more tips!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Four Free Items- Paid No Tax On Two

This week I did really good on getting free stuff.

I bought two rolls of CVS toilet paper, they were on sale 2/$1.00. I had a store coupon for $1 off any cvs paper product. I didn't even have to pay tax! The cashier was surprised too! Yesterday I went to Family Dollar and used my 2 coupons for $3 off Snuggle Dryer Sheets. They are regularly $3 a box for 70 ct. at Family Dollar. I only had to pay tax on the two boxes which was .47 for both of them. I had a young guy cashier and he couldn't believe how cheap I got them. I told him it was what you called knowing how to coupon!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Yard Sale Tips

Do you love shopping for furniture, clothes, and little things for your house? Do you like to buy adorable name brand clothes, unique toys, and useful gear for your kiddos? Are you in need of some kitchen appliances, plates and silverware, or a nice serving dish? Do you also hate the ridiculous price tags attached to these items? Then it looks like you need to learn how to shop at yard sales! If you feel a little overwhelmed about starting a yard sale treasure hunt, here are some tips for a more successful “shopping” trip.

Planning is Key

  • Plan what you want to buy - Have an idea of the items that you want or need so that you don’t wander around aimlessly. Sarah at Clover Lane talks about how she keeps an index card in her purse with the items and specific measurements for which she is looking. By doing so, she was able to furnish her whole house for a great price. When buying clothes for children, it might be a good idea to bring the child or one of his outfits along with you to make sure they will fit. Second, know a few name brands before you go. For example, I’m not going to buy second hand Walmart (Faded Glory) clothes even for 50 cents, but I would buy an Ann Taylor sweater for $2. Last, remember that some items should NEVER be purchased second hand, such as breast pumps and car seats. Yard Sale Queen has a great list of items not to buy. Remember that safety regulations are always changing and that many companies recall toys, appliances, etc. that have been proven to be unsafe. Be sure to check the safety and quality of each item before you purchase it.
  • Plan what you want to spend - A good budget is important to saving money. You may have only spent $20 on a car load of stuff from yard sales, but if that means you can’t buy groceries later that week, then you did yourself and your family a disservice. If you are searching yard sales for a couch, make sure you have decided beforehand what you are willing/able to pay for one, but try to be fair. It is unlikely that you are going to find a seller willing to let a couch in good condition go for only $10. Make sure that you have enough cash on hand to pay for the item, as most sellers are not willing to accept any other form of payment. Be sure to give yourself a little wiggle room in case you find a deal that can’t be passed up, even if it isn’t on your list.
  • Plan when/where are you going to look for it - First, check local papers and the online resources listed below for advertisements. Most sellers will give a quick description of their items in their ad, giving you an idea of which sales you want to be sure to visit. In most cases, neighborhood or church sales are a better option than individual sales. They provide many items in one location, giving you a better selection and saving you time and gas money. Also look for sellers who really want to get rid of stuff, for example moving and estate sales. In planning your arrival time, keep in mind that the best items are available early in the day. Some sellers will even allow buyers to purchase items before they have officially opened for business. However, the best deals are often available later in the day, as the seller is more interested in moving the merchandise. Last, remember that the more you shop the more you will find. Maybe you will make yard sale shopping part of your weekly errand run (during the yard sale season) or maybe you will keep track of your favorite annual sales on your calendar and plan to make a yearly visit. But, even the one stop you make a summer could result in some serious savings. Just go as often as your schedule allows.

But Flexibility Doesn’t Hurt

(The advice here may seem to be the exact opposite of my first point, but every frugal shopper knows that deal seeking requires a delicate balance.)

  • Flex on purchases - Just because something is on your list doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy it. You may not be looking for a new tablecloth, but if you find one that you love and it is $1, go for it! Or maybe you stumbled upon a tea cup that will make the perfect gift for a friend, or your next crafting project. Yard sales and their wares are unique, so don’t pass up an opportunity to buy something at an amazing price just because it isn’t on your list. This is similar to the overall principle of Southern Savers. You stock up when the prices hit rock bottom, even if you don’t need the item at the moment. A few words of caution: 1) stay in your overall cash budget, and 2) don’t buy something you will never use just because it is an incredible price. Remember, a clutter free home is priceless! Use your best common sense when making purchases at yard sales.
  • Flex on prices - You may have planned to spend $20 on a bookshelf, but find one that is absolutely amazing for $30. Your first option is to barter with the seller. They might meet you in the middle, or they might take your offer. Haggling is acceptable at a yard sale, but remember that you are far more likely to get a good deal if you are cheerful and polite. If the seller will not lower the price, your second option is to try to come back later in the day. You risk someone else buying it, but then again you might find a better one at the next sale. If you seem to hit it off with the seller and feel comfortable leaving your number, you could ask them to call at the end of the day if the item has not sold.
  • A word about haggling - It really only applies to higher priced items. It is not considered in good taste to offer a quarter for something that is already marked at 50 cents. (C’mon folks, where else can you take a dollar and actually not spend it all in one place?) However, to work a deal with smaller items, buy several of them. For example, I once went to a yard sale where they had a big bin of matchbox cars for a quarter each. I offered the seller a couple dollars for the whole bin, and she took the offer (it was later in the day), so I got them for my nephew. Another example is lamps. If a seller has two or three identical lamps for $4 each, ask if they will take $10 for all three.

Have Some Fun

Be a serious deal hunter, but don’t make shopping a drag. Just as well planned grocery trip is much smoother than a quick run close to meal time, there are a few things you can do to make treasure hunting more enjoyable. Don’t go when you’re hungry, tired, the weather is bad, or you’re in a rush. Bring some snacks and a water bottle. Leave the kids at home if at all possible. Bring a friend or family member who loves to bargain hunt as much as you do. Do what ever you can to make yourself comfortable and calm so that you can lengthen and enjoy the experience.

Last, as you peruse items spread out over lawns, garages, and church parking lots remember to look past the current state of an object and see its potential. Sometimes an item can be re-purposed for another function, fixed if it is broken, or beautified if it is ugly. A coat of paint can revamp a piece of furniture. A scrap of ribbon or lace can change a boring lampshade into a unique piece. An old galvanized wash tub can become a tub for serving drinks at a cookout (this is an actual deal that I got for $1). There are an infinite number of things that can be turned into unique storage containers. Keep an open mind and be creative!

Thanks Southern Savers

Friday, April 9, 2010

Free Bacon- Paid No Tax!

This week Harris Teeter had Oscar Mayer 12oz turkey bacon on sale for .99. I had a .75 coupon from a few weeks ago off any oscar mayer bacon. I used the coupon and the computer tried to double it, but it was more than the bacon cost so they just subtracted the $1.01 I owed off the coupon! Nothing like free, not even paying tax! I was prepared to pay it but wasn't going to argue with them :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Buy 1 Get 1 Free Printable For O.J.

Tropicana Juicy Rewards is offering another one day only printable coupon for orange juice. Today only use 1 Juicy Reward point to get:

B1G1 Trop50 Juice 59 oz

If you are new to Juicy Rewards you can use these codes when you sign up to start out with some points.


Use your points for discounts to museums, online shopping, printable coupons, or save the rain forest.

A deal this week

Head to Walgreens and get:

$1 RR wyb (2) Tropicana Juices $3 ea

**Deal Idea**
Buy: (2) Trop50 Juice $3
Use: B1G1 printable coupon
-$1 off Trop 50 RP 3/14
Total Due: $2
Get Back: $1 RR, makes it 50¢ ea

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Good Rebate, Spend $10 Get $25 In Coupons!

Conagra has a rebate going on now through the end of May. When you buy $10 of their products you will receive a $25 coupon booklet. Remember, with rebates you can pay less with coupons but the $10 will come off the actual shelf price. Some of the brands included are
  1. Hunts,
  2. Peter Pan,
  3. Hunts Manwich,
  4. Parkay, Snack Pack,
  5. Wesson,
  6. Pam,
  7. Banquet,
  8. Eggo Beaters
Here is the link for the rebate form. It says supercenter receipts on the form but from other bloggers who have done this rebate in the past, you don't have to purchase the items at wal-mart. Also the coupons in the coupon book begin with 9 so they can't be doubled. But I still think it would be a good rebate to do.