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Sunday, September 19, 2010

1st Trip of 3 to CVS is a Moneymaker!

OK, I got this down this week!

First I got out my blog tips, my calculator, my coupons, and lots of scratch paper and worked out some scenarios for CVS this week. I plan 3 trips, which will be easy because its my week for the carpool this week and there are two CVS stores near school.

I started with only .99 ECB from last week, and a $5/$25 CVS coupon. The first thing I did when I got there was scan my card and I got a bonanza of coupons! I received a $1 Quilted Northern 12 pk coupon, which is on sale for $5.99. I think I'll work it into my next trip. I got a $2 off any hand or body lotion which I worked into today's trip. I also got a $4/$20 coupon, which I will save for trip #2 as well. In all, I got about 7 coupons, but I probably won't use the rest.

Here's what I got:

3  Nivea Body Wash at 3/$15
2  Quaker Instant Oatmeal at 2/$5
2 Right Guard Total Defense at $2.49 ea
1 CVS Advance Healing Lotion for .99

I used:

$5/$25 CVS coupon
$4/2 Nivea coupon
$2/1 Nivea coupon
(2) $1 Quaker coupons
$3/2 Right Guard coupon
.99 ECB

I paid $8.46 OOP and got back $11 in ECBs and another $4/$20 coupon!

Here's the breakdown on the ECBs:

Buy 2 Quaker Instant Oatmeal get $2 ECB
Buy $15 in Nivea or Eucerin products get $5 ECBs
Buy one Right Guard or Dry Idea get $2 ECBs limit 3

I can't wait to use my ECBs and coupons tomorrow! Stay tuned...

Before I rushed home to watch the Bear vs. Cowboys, I ran across the street to Vons for their amazing chicken sale. I bought 10 pounds of split chicken breasts at .97/lb, and got a couple more packages of raspberries for $1.99 each.

I multitasked through the first half of the game by marinating and vacuum sealing the chicken for the freezer and making rice pudding for The Alien with leftover rice from last night's dinner. I tried a great chicken recipe I found at MoneySavingMom.  I made more with half of my new chicken and put it in the freezer. Here it is:

Put 5 or 6 split breasts in a freezer bag  with a whole garlic clove.
Mix together 1/2 cup soy sauce and 1/4 cup honey and pour over the chicken.
Squeeze all air out of the bag and freeze (I use a vacuum sealer)

When you are ready to cook the dish, simply thaw it overnight in the frig then pour the whole thing into your crockpot. Cook on high 4 hours. Delicious with rice and stir-fried veggies. I think next time I'll dump a bag of frozen veggies or even some fresh broccoli or whatever's on sale right in the crockpot during the last hour or so.

The other half I basically made up a Mediterranean marinade for grilling and froze it.

So, stay tuned...tomorrow is trip #2 to CVS and I'm going to rock Wags, too!

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