Friday, October 31, 2008

Witch Hat Cookies!

LOOK! I made the cutest lil' cookies for Baby Girl's class. I just have to share! They are super-dooper easy to made. I also made Cheese Fingers but I didn't take a picture.

To make the Witch Hats:

You will need Oreo Ice Cream Cones, Archway Dutch Cocoa Cookies, Frosting and M&Ms.

Take an Oreo Cone, put in 1 Tbls M&Ms, frost the top edge, place a cookie on top so the cone is centered on it, tip over so the cookie is on the bottom and let the frosting crust. After its crusted (hardened a little) decorate with frosting around the cone and decorated with some M&Ms. Thats it!

$5 Target Gift Card!

Target DEAL!
But 4 Holiday Glade products or In Stlye and get a $5 Gift Card. You can find the offer HERE and a chance to win a $500 Target Gift Card or other prizes.

Wanna make the deal sweeter? I know you do! Go visit Glade for a BOGO Glade Scented oil Candle.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

KMart Double Coupon Sale!

Well I hit up KMart and made out pretty well. It looks like the cashier didn't scan one of the coupons but whatever I saved big so I won't be calling to complain. I really did get a ton of stuff!
I doubles all of the coupons.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Last CVS trip this month....

Ok so I really wasn't planning on going until I learned about the free shampoo. The Vitamin: you pay $6.99 for it but it comes with a rebate on it to try it for FREE. So It had my name all over it LOL. I had a $4 and a $12 ECB coupons so I had to buy more than just the shampoo to use them, I just didn't feel like paying cash. So I flipped threw the flyer there and found the Nova Max Blood Glucose Monitoring System was originally: $59.99 on Sale for: $9.99 with $9.99 ECB back at the end. So tonight I pretty much turned my ECB into cash with the rebate.

Nova Max $9.99 Saved $50.00
Vitamin Shampoo $6.99

Total: $16.98
ECB Used: $16.00
Total OOP w/ Tax: 1.03

Got ECB: $9.99

Monday, October 27, 2008


Ok so I've been asked why I would buy things that are not useful to me. Well Some things are money makers. For instance I purchased a box of Just For Men Touch of Gray hair dye (not useful to me at all) BUT I payed $7.99, got $7.99 in ECB and found a rebate to receive $8.00. SO I made $8.00 from that transaction. I plan on donating it to my local senior center. Here are 2 scenarios on when its a deal to buy say Soy Joy bars even if you may not like them.

Scenarios #1 W/O Soy Joy

Transaction #1
Bic Comf 3 $5.99
Coupoon: $2/1
Palmolive Soap $1.39
Palmolive Soap FREE
Coupon: $1/2

Get $4 ECB
OOP: 4.60

Transaction #2
Bic Comf 3 $5.99
Coupoon: $2/1
Palmolive Soap $1.39
Palmolive Soap FREE
Coupon: $1/2

Use $4 ECB
Get $4 ECB
OOP: $.60


Scenario #2 w/ Soy Joy
Transaction #1
5 Soy Joy bars 5/5
Soy Joy $3/5
Total After Coupons: $2

Get $4 ECB

Transaction #2
Bic Comf. 3 Shaver $5.99
Coupon: $2.00
BOGO Palmolive dish soap
Coupon: $1/2
Total After Coupons: $4.38
USE $4.00 ECB
OOP: $.38
Get: $4 ECB

Transaction #3
Bic Comf. 3 Shaver $5.99
Coupon: $2.00
BOGO Palmolive dish soap
Coupon: $1/2
Total After Coupons: $4.38
USE $4.00 ECB
OOP: $.38
Get to use for next week!: $4 ECB

Total OOP: $2.76

So if you really want to spend an extra $2.44 just so you don't bring home something that is not useful to you than go for it. But I'm here to save you $$. Just donate whatever you don't want to your local church, food pantry or senior center.

Rebates! Rebates! Rebates!

Arm & Hammer Rebate

Rebates! Rebates! Rebates!

Lysol Rebate
Offer expires: 03/31/2009
You need to buy 2 different products (UPCs) and to mail in a receipt from your child's pediatrician from an office visit.

Rebates! Rebates! Rebates!

Duncan Hines Decadent Carrot Cake
Offer expires: 1/31/2009

$5 Challange

Transaction #1
5 Soy Joy bars 5/5
Soy Joy $3/5
Total After Coupons: $2

Get $4 ECB

Transaction #2
Bic Comf. 3 Shaver $5.99
Coupon: $2.00
BOGO Palmolive dish soap
Coupon: $1/2
Total After Coupons: $4.38
USE $4.00 ECB
OOP: $.38
Get: $4 ECB

Transaction #3
Bic Comf. 3 Shaver $5.99
Coupon: $2.00
BOGO Palmolive dish soap
Coupon: $1/2
Total After Coupons: $4.38
USE $4.00 ECB
OOP: $.38
Get to use for next week!: $4 ECB

Total OOP: $2.76

Sunday, October 26, 2008

EARLY CVS Run today!

Last week my CVS stores ran out of the deals I wanted, SO today I went when they opened (I was determined). But it really payed off.

5 Soy Joy Bars BOGO and B2G1
3 Bic Comf 3 shavers 3 $2 off

Total: $22.97
After Coupons: $14.97
After ECB ($14.68): $.29

ECB Received: $16

So This time I made a little $.74

Friday, October 24, 2008

Max Factor Deal!

I don't have a Kmart around my area, but I had to pick up my husband after work and he was in a town with a Kmart. So I got my BOGO Max Factor coupons (only 2) and went to hit up their BOGO Max Factor sale.

This is what I got:
3D Lip Color $10.99
3D Lip Color $10.99
Foundation $9.99
Compact Powder $8.99

Before Coupons and Sale: $40.96
After Sale: $20.98
After Coupons and Sale: $1.05

So really ALL I paid was my state sales tax!

The cashier said "Are you serious?" I told her it pays to use coupons.

AND! 10/25/08

I got 2 more FREE Foundations! My MIL gave me the coupons that she didn't want and there was a BOGO Max Factor face make up. YAY!

2 Max Factor Foundations $19.98

Coupon: BOGO


The cashier was funny. She wasn't paying attention to the price, she put in the coupons and before she looked up she said "and you owe meeeeeeeeeee....Nothing, um ok" LOL.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Greatest Cure!

Today I feel like something crawled into my head. I have such a yucky head cold at the moment. I was up early since I had a hard time laying down with head pressure. So I got on the computer and one of my girlfriend's where on and said "good morning early bird" so I told her I was sick with some head cold. Well after walking Baby Girl down to school (not fun when your sickly), she showed up at my house with a Get Well basket! How sweet is that! Medicines, tea, lemon, candles, a blanket and movie for the kids so I can relax.

I have to say her kindness and generosity has made me feel better already. Thank You!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cheap Tote Bags!

This was found on, gatta give credit where credit is due!

Three Large Microfiber Khaki Tote Bags: $7.92

Thanks to Janet for sharing this deal! You can either order three of the large khaki tote bags, or two sets of the pink bag trio, and you’ll only pay less than $8 to have them shipped to your door.

Khaki: Click Here, add three bags to your cart, and then enter code BCRAFAPR. Total=$7.92 shipped!
Pink: Click Here, add two sets to your cart, and then enter code BCRAFAPR. Total=$7.93 shipped!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Trip #2 CVS

So I made another trip to CVS today. The thing that sent me there was learning that there is a rebate for Just For Men. So this week Just For Men is $7.99, you get $7.99 ECB back and you can send in the rebate to get up to $8 back not too shabby.

Here was my transaction:

Just For Men $7.99
Powerade $1.69
PertPlus $3.69
PertPlus $3.69
PertPlus $3.69

Total: $20.75
After ECB: $12.47
Recieved ECBs: $14.68
I'll also be sending in my rebate: $8

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Oh CVS your too good to me!

So tonight I really had a great shopping trip!

Dove Nutrium Bar Soap 2 pkg $2.50 Coupon $1.00
Dove Nutrium Bar Soap 2 pkg $2.50 Coupon $1.00
Mylanta $6.00 Coupon $1.50 ECB:$5.00
Brach Autumn Candy $1.29 ECB: $1.29
Tylenol $6.00 Coupon $1.00
Always Pads 4.99 Coupon $2.00 ECB:$1.00
Pumpkin Pail $.99 ECB: $.99
Dove Deoterant 1.99 Coupon: $.75
Dove Deoterant 1.99 Coupon: $.75
Dove Deoterant 1.99 Coupon: $.75
Dove Deoterant 1.99 Coupon: $.75
News Paper for more coupons $1.75

Total Before Coupons(Sale Price): $33.98
Total After Coupons: $24.48
Total After ECB ($12)w/tax: $12.80
ECB Recieved:$8.28
Total Claimable for Flexible Spending! $12.60

Sooooooooooooooooo when all is said and done I would have only paid $.20 for everything!
Not too shabby.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I'm a BzzAgent!

I have to tell you I love being a BzzAgent! There are SO many perks: I get free things to try, things to pass out to other people (samples and coupons), I get points for Bzzing (filing a report when I tell people about my products) and I get to learn about really cool sites out there in the Frog Pond.

The points I get are like cash. I can use my points at MyPoints for gift cards that I pick out. Next time I get enough points I'm going to get the CVS gift cards for my couponing addiction..LOL

I've gotten gift cards for Old Navy and Home Depot so far.

If you like Free things, trying new things out and telling people about it; then you too should be a BzzAgent! Just go to BzzAgent and sign up! Oh yeah tell them leitha2006 sent ya!

Here is a list of the campaigns that I have done so far:
Max Factor
Scrubbing Bubbles(R) Action Scrubber(TM)
Carolina(R) Gourmet Rice
Stonyfield Farm YoBaby and YoMommy Yogurts
ChapStick(R) 100% Naturals
Barilla Tortellini
5 (gum)
Pledge(R) Multi-Surface
LISTERINE WHITENING (R) Quick Dissolving Strips
Eucerin Daily Replenishing Lotion
Hillshire Farm Entree Salads
TABASCO(R) SWEET & Spicy Sauce
The Number 23


I've been getting ready for my youngest son's birthday party. So far I've made the going home gifts for the kids, wrapped the flatware and started decorating the dining room. I really love putting parties together. Now I just have to figure out what to get for the children 12months and under. Any ideas?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The 10 Day Give!

The 10 Day Give is a challenge that is designed to help us get our minds off of ourselves and start thinking about how we can help others.

The thing is, I think most people really want to make other people’s lives better, but with everything going on all around us all hours of the day, we just don’t get a chance. This is an opportunity to choose, on purpose, to give of ourselves. There really are hundreds of opportunities that we overlook each day. My goal is to just grab hold of one of them each day.

For some people that means giving money, for others time is far more precious than money, and for others it may mean their expertise in an area. But, no matter who you are, we all have something to give.

It could be taking someone out to lunch, it could be babysitting for an overworked mom, it can as simple as giving your precious time by taking your mom to the park to talk. There are no rules, no judges, and no right or wrong ways of completing the challenge.

But, I encourage you to sign up for the challenge and decide to give whatever you can - it’s only for 10 days. And who knows, maybe it will become a habit.

So, why not decide to take 10 days to give something to a different person, each day. It doesn’t matter what the gift is, how much it costs, who it is given to, or how it is given. The point is to just to give - on purpose. We hope you decide to join us.


The purpose behind it is to give people an opportunity to:

1. Change the lives of those around you
2. Change your own life by better understanding the joy of giving
3. Make the world a better place one gift at a time


Everyone understands that the laws of gravity will cause a baseball thrown into the air to return to earth. The same creator of gravity says that when you give it will be given back to you. This law applies to everyone and is just as true as the laws of gravity.

Just as you can be certain of hitting the ground after jumping from a rooftop, you can be confident that when you give, it will come back to you. Obviously, that shouldn’t be the motivation behind giving, but it is a law that we can choose to either fight against or benefit from it.

Interestingly, God so strongly desires that we understand this law, that the only context in which testing God was condoned in the Bible was in the area of giving. He really wants people to understand the power in giving. I can tell you from personal experience that every time I have given more than I wanted to or felt like I could, surprising and unexpected increase always followed it. Sometimes in the form of an unexpected raise at work, sometimes money given to me by others, or sometimes just a discovery that leads to huge savings. But since I have been watching to see the law in action, it has been always been proved true.
These are just a few things you can expect to get if you join us…

1. The satisfaction of seeing a little effort on your part yield a lot of joy in the lives of others.
2. The assurance that what you sow you will reap - it will come back around.
3. The pleasure of knowing that you are making the world a better place - remember Pay it Forward?
4. You will get to have your name/website/shoe size or whatever you want proudly displayed on this page for all the world to see.
5. If you complete the challenge, you will receive a badge that you can display on your website/Facebook/Myspace to show your friends how cool you are!


* Start saving ASAP - it will be a lot easier to give if you have money saved up in advance.
* Fill your wallet up with cash, so you can always dole out some cash if you need to…
* I love giving to strangers, but sometimes they can be freaked out. So, proceed with caution!
* If you think your giving could freak someone out, do it anonymously. This can be very fun. You can almost turn it into a James Bond type challenge not to get caught!
* Plan out your giving in advance, but be ready when a moment of inspiration strikes.

What else can I do to help?

* Encourage others to sign up
* Write about it on your website
* Put a banner or badge up on your website (scroll up and look to the left)
* Bookmark this page with Stumbleupon, Reddit, Digg, or any others

What if I don’t have money to give?

Give your time or anything you have that can be translated into value to someone else. Get creative. There is a lot more that you can give other than money.

"My Daughter and I both cut our hair for Locks of Love and are sending it in."

What have you given?


Enter to win a B70 Keurig Platinum Brewing System (arv $200) which comes with the brewer as well as an 18-Cup K-Cup Variety Pack! Just go visit A Wrestling Addicted Mommy's Blog. You have until October 31st to enter, so hurry up! Good Luck!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Coupon Organization!

Here is how I organize my coupons. This was adopted my many women on blogs I've found. Mine isn't 100% done but I wanted to share.

I purchased this cute binder at Walmart on clearance, from all the school supplies. It zips up, has many pockets including some inside for the weekly fliers, a place for pens and my little scissors. I have the coupons in trading card sleeves. I still need to put in dividers for each of the sections.

Another great tip I found was to use a coupon mat to separate them. I just made my own out of the cardboard that came with the trading card sleeves.

Wanna win one? Go visit Mommy Managing Coupon Organizer Giveaway! Good Luck!

What are some of your coupon and savings tips?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

CVS Again!

Here is what I got today! I'll just list the prices after coupons and sale:

Scope $2.99
Puff Tissues $.99
Puff Tissues $.98
Puff Tissues FREE
Colgate Total $2.49
Colgate Total $2.49
Swiffer Starter Kit $7.99
Swiffer Duster Kit FREE
Soft and Dri $3.29
Soft and Dri FREE
Bic Razors $3.29

$4.oo off $20 Purchase
ECB $7.98

Received: ECB $4.00

My Total! OOP: 12.53

Saved: $36.86

I could have done two transactions to make things even cheaper, but it was pure chaos in there so I saved the cashiers the extra frustration.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Christmas Sweaters!

YAY! I just got Christmas sweaters for the family! I love doing early shopping. I got them at, with Free shipping and I'll get 3% for going threw Ebates!

All 5 Sweaters:$114.48
Shipping: Free Saved $7 Code: SAVENOW
Ebates % Back: $3.44
That would average out to be $22.21 per sweater

I also saved on gas to get to the store, my time, frustration searching and waiting in the long lines.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

CVS Thanks!

I can get great deals at CVS!
Here is the break down from Monday Shopping!

Trip #1:
Lady Speed Stick Sale. 1.99 2/$1 off Final Price: $1.49
Lady Speed Stick Sale. 1.99 2/$1 off Final Price: $1.49
Colgate Toothbrush Sale $.99 Coupon: 2/$1.00 off Final Price: $.49
Colgate Toothbrush Sale $.99 Coupon: 2/$1.00 off Final Price: $.49
Colgate Toothpaste Sale $.99 Coupon: 1/$1.00 off Final Price: -$.01
Gillette Wash $4.99 Coupon: 1/$2.00 Final Price: $2.99

Paid at Register: $6.94

Extra Care Coupons Received: $6.oo

Like paying: $.94 for EVERYTHING!

Trip #2

Lady Speed Stick Sale $1.99
Always Infinity Pads $4.98
Colgate MaxFresh 2.99 Coupon: 1/$1.00

Used $6 extra Care Coupons

Paid at register: $2.96

Received Extra Care Coupons: $7.98

Total Break Down:

Like Me Only paying $1.92 for EVERYTHING! It is so worth using coupons!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

How to get the BEST deals!

It's really easy!

1. The most important thing is to look around for what you want to purchase. Don't settle for the first site you find. Look for the sites that are offering Free shipping and/or already reduced prices merchandise.

2. Make sure your signed up at Ebates ! If the store you found a great deal at is part of their participating store then you can save an additional percentage depending on the store. The way Ebates works is: you go to the store you want to shop at from their website and shop at the store. When you finish your purchase a percentage is added to your a Ebatesaccount, every 3 months you can get a check mailed to you, as long as it is over $5.01. If its less or $5.01 then it will be carried over to the next 3 month window. The program is free to you. I ♥ when I just get checks in the mail.

3. Do a simple search at RetailMeNot and get a coupon code for the site you found a great deal at.

You'll be surprised how much you can save.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Great Buy!

I've always wanted to get personalized Christmas stockings for my family, but they where always so expensive. I finally found some at a great price, they where only $7.98 each! I ordered us all the Snowman stockings. I was going to either get girls as the snowmen and boys as the Christmas trees or Parents as snowmen and kids as Christmas trees. I really couldn't make up my mind so I just got us all snowmen stockings with our names on them and one extra blank one for the day we adopt a child. These will be so perfect I ♥ the country style.
Here is where I got them from and I also got $11.97 off with a Coupon Code.
We don't have a place to hang the stockings so also ordered a stocking hanger
from Improvements Catalog.