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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I'm really getting the hang of this!/Holiday Weekend Plans

So far this week I have spent $16.67 out of pocket for $107.81 in products. I have $9 in Register Rewards left, too. I'm not sure if I'm done. I might save the $9 RR for next week. My favorite deals were the unadvertised ones: 3-pack Orbit on sale for $1.99 (shelf tag says $3.69) and I had 4 $1 off coupons! I got 12 packs for $2. Three Musketeers (Katie loves them!) with the in-ad coupon .49 ea, buy 4 and get $1.50 RR. That's .11 each! And I got 3 different John Frieda products for $2.50 with coupons, sales, and RR. I'm going to try the new Root Awakening for breakage-prone hair shampoo and conditioner for Treklet. I've got 4 bottles of Dove Men+Care body wash, which were all moneymakers. My husband won't use them, so I think they may be going to Interfaith.
I actually had a few more items than are shown in the picture, but I sent them to Katie in her Valentine care package. She told me tonight that she's out of Kleenex, and I replied, "Not anymore...I got a DEAL!" She'll be home next weekend so she can collect Kleenex, liners 3Musketeers, Orbit and John Frieda Luxurious Volume Conditioner then.
I was a little peeved at CVS today. I had 2 coupons for $1.25 off Chocolate Cheerios. They had it BOGO. The clerk wouldn't take the second coupon because the item was already free. I explained that the free box was a CVS deal and the coupon was from the manufacturer, but she said the register wouldn't take it. Vons accepted 5 coupons for oatmeal last weekend when their deal was buy 2 get 3 free, but I decided not to push it. I still got a good price for the cereal, just not as good as I planned. Then the $2 ECBs I found at the scanner last week was not accepted either, because it came from another card. :-(

So for 2 bags of Goldfish and 2 boxes of Chocolate Cheerios I spent $2.74. Not bad, but not great. Walgreens has been much better for me.

I scored some coupons for free stuff that will be fun to use this weekend. Treklet has a 4-day weekend, so on Friday we will get our FREE bagels from Einstein Bros. on our way to the Birch Aquarium (we're members). On the way home, weather permitting, we will go to Ruby's for our FREE milkshake.

On Saturday, we are going to the mall to get her ears re-pierced. She asked for that last month and, being the bribing parent that I am, I told her she could have them pierced for Valentine's Day if she did her chores without being asked twice until then. I'm happy to say she has earned it! While we are at the mall, I will use my coupon for a FREE sample of Sephora BareMinerals Foundation at JC Penney.

I'm going to use some of the Chocolate Cheerios for a special treat recipe from their website for Valentine's Day. Haven't decided what to cook my hubby that day for dinner, but breakfast is going to be blueberry pancakes (Ralphs has cheap blueberries this week) and sausage (got Jimmy Dean cheap at Vons last weekend). I think I have a metal heart-shaped cookie cutter that I can use to make the pancakes heart-shaped.

On Monday, we will probably hit the Zoo (yep, members here, too). On the way down, we can stop at Einstein Bros. again for a BOGO bagel sandwich deal.

It should be a pretty frugal 4 day weekend!

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