Monday, October 26, 2009

Premature Return

So I was so determined to return to my coupon shopping a few weeks ago. I had every intention of giving this my full attention. I had my no idea what chaos was waiting in the shadows for me and my family.

I have learned a lot in the past six weeks. I have never been more thankful to God for His mercy, and patience or for the amazing Angels He has placed in my life.

We are starting to see the light at the end of this tunnel. I am recovering from a horrible battle with a sinus infection and bronchitis, and now the LOML is feeling under the weather too.

I must say though that the Stockpile has been a major blessing in this time. the LOML HATES to shop. More than most people, I mean despises it. So while I was down for the count for 9 days it was nice to be able to go get stuff from the garage instead of loading everyone in the car and going shopping.

Princess Random and Captain Obvious will be with their dad this weekend, and we have plans to meet up with some great friends for a fun outing on Saturday. But I will be using my time Friday and Sunday to clip, organize, and hopefully shop. I will be back to blogging my great finds on Monday.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Lowe's Update

So I mentioned that I got those great Lowe's Gift cards as a gift for a trial membership. This ended up being a great deal. I have been putting off purchasing a few things we needed at the house because I dislike the thought of paying full price.

So I used this opportunity to purchase those items. I got a new outdoor trashcan, two large Sterilite storage containers, and my favorite...a NEW SHOWER HEAD!

We have wanted a shower head with a sprayer, and I found a great deal at Lowe's for one that had a hose and a fixed shower head. It is perfect.

The trash cans we have been using outside came with the house. I am pretty sure they were left because they were falling apart, but they served us well enough. It was definitely time for new ones.

I can always use more storage boxes for my stockpile. I like to find them on clearance and stock up. I would have spent all $50 on boxes, but apparently Lowe's is hard on them. I bought the only two that were still in one piece.

CVS is my favorite lunch spot!

My lunch date didn't happen today so I decided to try my luck with a CVS run. I am so glad that I did. I didn't even have my coupon binder with me. Luckily I had my trusty purse size organizer. This is where I keep all of my CVS coupons and ECB's so it worked out great.

This is how I did this.

Transaction #1...
10- CVS Permanent Markers Clearanced $.13 (If you are anything like me, you can never find one)
2- 3 Piece Stationary sets Clearanced $.25
7- Assorted Hannah Montana & HSM Coloring books Clearanced $.39
2- Tide stain Release gel pacs $4.00- 2x $1/1 Mfg c/o (blinkie on the shelf)
1- 12 Pack binder clips $.99 (rain check from july)
2- 2 Pack Dyna Pep Energy Shot $4.99 (rain check from a few weeks ago)
1- LaCross Tweezers $1
1-Lighter $.99

Total Oop $.52

CVS Coupons used
1x $5/$25
$15 ECB

Recieved $11 ECB's

Transaction #2

11- Assorted Hannah Montana & HSM Coloring books Clearanced $.39
1-16 Pack Duracell AA Batteries $10
1- Tide With Bleach Alternative $6 - $1/1 mfg c/o
1- Tide stain Release gel pacs $4.00- $1/1 Mfg c/o (blinkie on the shelf)
3- Tide stain Release liquid $4.00- 2x $1/1 Mfg c/o (blinkie on the shelf) and 1 $1.50/1 mfg c/o
2- Caramello $.89 (these were supposed to be BOGO Free but I missed that it didn't ring that way.

Total Oop $9.28

CVS Coupons used
1x $5/$25
$19 ECB's
Recieved $10 ECB's

So I got all of that for a grand total of $9.80.

Plus I got a rain check for the Dawn Hand Renewal that is on sale for $1. I have $1/1 Mfg c/o's that will make it FREE. My favorite word.

Where Have You Been Hiding?

I would like to apologize for my absence. I have had a rough couple of weeks; personal challenges that I never imagined facing. I have once again come through this battle with the help of God, and the angels he has placed in my life. Today marks my official return to the coupon world.

I have followed all of my favorite sites, and I am ready to get busy again.

It has been a blessing through these two weeks though to have a stockpile, it has made life so much easier.

So here I am back at the beginning. Tonight I am going to go to CVS and maybe Walgreen's depending on the amount of time I have. I really got myself fired up yesterday while Princess Random and Captain Obvious played in the front yard, I got to put away several piles of stuff that was waiting for a home in the Stock pile.

I hope to have a great update for you in the morning, including pictures. I cannot tell you all how much I have missed my money saving excursions. I don't actually remember the last time I made it to the store.

So here goes....

It is the first of the month, make sure you check all of the coupon printing sites.
They all reset on the first.

Also remember to go to Cellfire, U-promise and P&G E-saver to load your coupons on your Randall's and Kroger cards.

Good luck.