Monthly Archives: February 2010

CVS Run, 2/25

I had two quick transactions planned for CVS today.  I’m almost out of Zyrtec again and recently got a great coupon for $6.50 off in the mail.  It’s on sale this week and I saw a couple other good deals I planned to get with it.  What sweetened the deal even further was when I stopped at the “magic coupon machine” and it printed me a $5 off $15 purchase coupon.  Awesome!  Here’s how it turned out…

Transaction #1:

  • Zyrtec, $18.99 on sale – $6.50 MC = $12.49
  • Almay Intense I-Color mascara w/ bonus free eyeliner, $5.99 on sale – $2 MC = $3.99, earned $2 ECB’s
  • Total = $16.48 – $5 off $15 – $4 ECB’s = $7.48 plus tax, earned $2 ECB’s, saved $23.50 (76%)

Transaction #2:

  • Colgate Kids’ 2-in-1, $2.99 on sale – $0.75 MC = $2.24 – $2 ECB’s = $0.24 plus tax, earned $2 ECB’s, saved $3.05 (93%)
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Copps Results, 2/24

Everything pictured below cost a grand total of $36.17 purchased in two transactions and I saved $48.19 (57%).  Yay!  This afternoon I did some math and figured out I had just enough to split into those two transactions so I could double 10 coupons.

Here are the highlights of each transaction:

Transaction #1:

  • 6 boxes GM cereals, $20.34 – instant $10 off – $1.25 MC – $1 off 3 MC (doubled) – $0.75 MC (doubled) – $0.55 MC (doubled) = $4.49 (less than 75 cents per box!) and earned coupons good for $1.75 off eggs and $3.50 off milk to be used next week!
  • Pop Tarts, 3 at $1.99/box (cheaper than advertised price cut) = $5.97 – $1 off 3 MC (doubled) = 3/$3.97
  • McCormick taco and guacamole seasonings, just $0.34 each after 50% off sale (got 5 total)
  • 6 Roundy’s canned veggies at $0.48 each = $2.88
  • $0.15 bag refund
  • $3.50 off purchase from last week’s Personal Perks

Transaction #2:

  • Gorton’s fish fillets, $2.93 at 30% off – $1 MC (doubled) = $0.93
  • 2 Johnsonville Beddar w/ Cheddar smoked sausage, $7.78 – yesteryear coupon – $1 off 2 MC (doubled)= 2/$3.87
  • Betty Crocker fruit rollups/shapes, 4 at $1.99 each = $7.96 – instant $4 savins – (2) $0.50 off 2 MC’s (doubled) = 4/$1.96 (less than 50 cents per box!) AND earned $2.50 off next shopping order thank you coupon from GM!!
  • Country Crock BOGO, 2/$3.39 – (2) $0.40 MC’s (1 doubled) = 2/$2.19
  • 6 $0.79 avocados = $4.74
  • $1.99 strawberries
  • $0.99 potatoes
  • $1 English muffins
  • $0.15 bag refund

I also picked up a few necessities, like bread, milk, and produce.  I ended up skipping the Chi Chi’s Salsa, as the mild was sold out.  I also skipped the $0.88 Westpac frozen veggies as the sale didn’t include the types I needed to stock.  If your kids like fruit snacks as much as mine do, today is the day to buy them!  After the thank you coupon, I got 4 boxes for FREE plus $0.54 overage.  Definitely looking forward to shopping next week with all my GM bonus coupons!  Also excited to make and freeze three batches of guacamole for a total of $5.76.  Anyone who likes guacamole knows this is a good deal!  🙂

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Copps Deals for Tomorrow (2/24)

Here’s what I have planned for tomorrow at Copps.  I’ll show prices w/ all coupons doubled, but I don’t yet have my totals figured out to see if I can do two transactions.  Some items on this list are just good stock up prices.

  • McCormick seasoning mixes, 50% off (no coupons to match, unfortunately, but hoping to combine this w/ $0.79 avocados to make and freeze guacamole for a good price)
  • Johnsonville Beddar with Cheddar, $1.98 yesteryear coupon from insert + $1 off 2 MC (doubled) = 2 for about $3.89 (like BOGO)
  • General Mills cereals, buy 6 get $10 off plus free milk and eggs coupon for future purchase – various MC’s (I have $1.25 off Chocolate Cheerios from Pssst…, $1 off 3 MC, $1.50 off 4 catalina, printable $0.55 off Chocolate Cheerios, printable $0.75 off Multigrain Cheerios) = fairly cheap cereal depending on which flavors are included in sale and which coupons can be used
  • Country Crock, BOGO – (2) $0.40 printable MC’s (doubled) = 2 for about $2.40?
  • Pop Tarts, 4/$9 – $1 off 3 MC (doubled) = 3/$4.75
  • Chi Chi’s salsa, 2/$4 – $1 off 2 MC (doubled) = 2/$2
  • Sara Lee bread, $1.79 – $0.55 MC (doubled) = $0.69
  • Minute Rice, 25% off – $0.50 MC (doubled) = ? depending on package size
  • Gorton’s fish fillets, 30% off – $1.00 printable MC (doubled) = $0.65 or more depending on package
  • Strawberries, $1.99
  • 5lb. Potatoes, $0.99
  • Betty Crocker fruit snacks, $4 off 4 – (2) $0.50 off 2 MC’s (doubled) = 4 for about $2?
  • Canned veggies, $0.48
  • Frozen Westpac veggies, $0.88

I’ll update later w/ actual totals and transactions.  I’ll also be getting $3.50 off my purchase from last week’s Personal Perks reward.  There are more sale/coupon matchups out there, but these are what I’m planning to get.  Common Sense with Money has a more complete list.  Happy shopping!

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Cake Fun!

I’ve meant to post this forever and finally getting to it now.  Just wanted to share pictures of the themed birthday cakes I made last year for the kids.  For Emily’s birthday in August we went with a horse theme.  She is quite obsessed with horses at the moment.  Here’s how that turned out…

The boys requested an R2-D2 cake for their birthday, being Star Wars fans thanks to Daddy.  🙂  I wasn’t sure how well I’d pull this one off, but I think it turned out pretty decent.

Can’t wait to see what ideas the kids have for me this year.  And hopefully I’ll post the pics in a timely fashion!  😉

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The Results Are In…

**Sorry for the delay!  Meant to post this right away but didn’t have the camera handy to upload the picture and then life took over!  🙂 **

I put my Copps plan into action today (2/17), and although things didn’t go exactly as planned, I still made out pretty well.  Everything you see below cost just $45.96.

Here are the things that didn’t work as planned and contributed to my totals being slightly higher than expected:

Transaction #1:

  • Coupons for Hunt’s, Healthy Choice, Ro-Tel (Con-Agra) did not double.  This is the first time ever at Copps where coupons that said “Do Not Double” actually did not double!  Usually they go through anyway, but since Con-Agra was giving me $5 off my next purchase in addition to the $5 in coupons I used, I can’t complain too loudly.  No coupons were doubled at all on this transaction, so my two transactions were kind of a waste of time, except that I used that $5 discount on Transaction #2 as planned.
  • I added a couple extra items I needed for this weekend, which came to $6.37.
  • I swapped out 2 Healthy Choice meals for 2 Kid Cuisine meals as one of my coupons didn’t match and these were $0.50 cheaper.
  • Planned total was $13, actual total was $23.62, a difference of $10.62.

Transaction #2:

  • I added quite a bit of produce for this weekend, as well as an extra bag of baby carrots (which are usually out of stock when priced at $1).  This added up to an extra $5.55.  Another extra item I needed was $1.58.
  • All chicken packages were over 1lb., so after my doubled coupon, I paid $0.85 for the package I chose.
  • All other sales and coupons matched, coupons doubled
  • Planned total was $14, actual total was $22.34, a difference of $8.34

If you shop at Copps regularly, you probably know about the new Personal Perks program.  They tell you that if you spend a certain amount in one week, you’ll earn $ off your next purchase.  My Personal Perks goal for this week was $70, to get $3.50 off.  According to my receipt, I spent $72.53 this week and reached my goal, even though I actually only paid $46.  Loving that it totals before sales and coupons!!  Overall, I saved $51.21 which is 53%.  I’m always happy when that number is over 50%!

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Planned Shopping at Copps Tomorrow, 2/17

I have two transactions planned out for Copps tomorrow to take advantage of some decent sale/coupon match-ups.  Thought I’d mix things up a bit and share my shopping list instead of posting what I got afterward.  Here’s the plan…

Transaction #1:

  • 4lb. bag oranges, 2/$5
  • Ore-Ida potatoes/fries, 2$5 – $2 in store coupon = 2/$3
  • Hunt’s diced tomatoes, 10/$10 – $1 off 4 MC (doubled)= 4/$2
  • Rotel tomatoes, 10/$10 – $1 off 3 MC (doubled)= 3/$1
  • Hunt’s tomato sauce, 5/$4 – $1 off 5 MC (doubled)= 5/$2
  • Healthy Choice meals, 5/$10 – $1 off 2 MC (doubled) * 2 = 4/$4
  • Golden Oreos – Free MC = FREE

Total= $17 after doubled coupons – $4 off next grocery purchase from Pilsbury (earned last week) = $13

$5 off next purchase earned from spending $15 on selected ConAgra products.  (Hunt’s, RoTel, Healthy Choice MC’s are from a mailed booklet requested online from ConAgra foods.  Free Golden Oreos coupon from a facebook promo.)

Transaction #2:

  • Chicken breasts, $1.99/lb. – $1 MC thank you from Old El Paso (doubled) = 1lb. free
  • Kellogg’s cereals, 4/$10 – (2) $1.50 off 2 MC’s = 4/$7 – $3 off milk = 4/$4
  • Green onions, 2/$1
  • Gogurt, BOGO – $1 off 2 MC (doubled)= 2/$1 or less
  • Pace Salsa, 2/$6 – $0.60 off 2 MC (doubled)= 2/$4.80
  • PAM, $2.75 – $0.35 MC (doubled)= $2.05
  • Grands Biscuits, 10/$10 – $0.30 off 2 MC (doubled)= 2/$1.40
  • 2 gallons Milk, about $4.50
  • Baby carrots, $1

Total= about $19 after doubled coupons – $5 off next purchase from ConAgra foods (earned in Transaction #1) = about $14  (coupons above from newspaper and online-linked)

Looks good to me!  I also have a list of extra items I need to buy for a Pampered Chef party I’m hosting on Friday, but I’m not including those on this list since they are not part of my regular shopping, nor are there deals on these items.  Hope this helps everyone plan their Copps shopping this week.  I’ll update w/ my actual totals after I go to the store to see how well my plans worked.

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Music and Valentines

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  It’s been a busy weekend here and I’m feeling pretty worn out.  Last night I played my second concert with the Manitowoc Symphony, “Romancing the Piano”.  The concert went very well.  We performed Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Gounod’s Symphony No. 1, and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2.  We had a spectacular pianist perform the Chopin.  It’s not much fun for the orchestra to play, with four flats, a lot of rests, varying tempos, and long-held notes, but it did sound beautiful.  My stand partner for this concert turned out to be someone I knew from college.  Back then she was the UW Oshkosh Symphony’s principle violinist.  Now, she also plays viola and joined our section for this concert.  It was fun to catch up, even though we didn’t really know each other back then.  By last night, my fingers were pretty sore after three rehearsals, practicing at home, and the concert.  They haven’t had that much of a workout in quite some time!  It is wonderful to have the opportunity though and I look forward to seeing what we’ll be playing for the season’s final concert in April.

Valentine’s Day has been pretty low key this year.  I picked up some treats for the kids to give them this morning and they thought that was neat.  I also picked up a funny card for Brian and one for this kids to give him as well.  They felt very important signing their names and presenting the card to daddy.  I made some red velvet cupcakes earlier this week, which I frosted in white and sprinkled with red sugar and put heart shaped gummies on top.  Those will be a fun dessert tonight after the shrimp alfredo I’ll be making for dinner. 

We went to the mall this afternoon to check out some sales and get the kids some jeans.  While we were there, Brian decided that I “needed” a proper necklace to wear for my concerts and other special occasions, so we picked something out at one of the jewelry stores.  It was far beyond what I would expect and I hesitated to spend the money, but hubby took over and made the decision for me.  So, thank you honey, for a very unexpected and beautiful gift.  Now, I just need to go shopping for the perfect concert outfit to go with it!

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