Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Rolling, rolling, rolling....

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. We have been working hard on getting our new office finished and we are finally done! Well, there is still a lot of organizing that needs to happen, but we are up and running. I am so happy we are done - I love this new space!

I have been doing Walgreen shopping but haven't posted about it. I went today and got some awesome deals. Here's how today's trip went:
  • Skintimate Cream Shave, on sale for $2.99 (received a $3 Register Reward for this item making it free!)
  • One A Day Women's 2O Multi-vitamin drink mix, 2 pack, $1.49 (will send in for Easy Saver Rebate #1 for $1.49 back making this free!)
  • Cottonelle refill wipes, 84 pk x 2, $4.99 each (used Wags coupon making them 2/$5, used $0.50/1 x 2 man coupon)
  • Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, 10 pk, on sale 2/$5 (used $1/2 man coupon, received a $2 RR for this purchase)
  • Hershey Kit Kat bar x 2, 2/$1.59 (got these both free with in-ad sale, will explain below)
  • Pringles chips x 4, 2/$4 (used Wags coupon making them 2/$3, used $1/2 x 2 man coupon)
  • Diet Coke x 2, 2/$2.89 (used two Coke Rewards coupons making these both free)
  • Edge shaving gel, on sale for $2.99 (received a $3 Register Reward for this item making it free! I also did this in a separate transaction since the other shaving gel is from the same company and I wanted to make sure I got both RR's.)
  • Chapstick Naturals, on sale for $1.99 (received a $2 RR making this free!)
Total before coupons, rebates and RR's: $38.04
Total after coupons, rebates and RR's: -$5.41
Total saved: That's right - I got PAID $5.41 for the above purchase, keep reading to understand why

Normally I do not count the Register Rewards I redeem in a purchase when I show my numbers because I already counted them on the previous deal. If you count them again, you're double counting and it's not reflecting the true amount you save. However, since I did not post about my last deals, I got to count them on this one. Like my logic? :) Anyway, I redeemed $16 in register rewards so that really took my total down.

When you use Register Rewards to help get more Register Rewards, it's called "rolling". That's a bit of a goal, use RR's to help get more RR's. That way you really aren't spending money out of pocket.

Also, I got the Kit Kat's for free because in this week's flyer it states if you buy a Coke or Diet Coke, you get a free Hershey candy. I ended up getting the two Cokes and the candy free because I had the Coke Rewards coupons to use. Coke Rewards is a point system, sign up for free and you enter points off their products that you can redeem. I had a bunch so I just choose free 20 oz coupons.

I also wanted to notify everyone that Walmart has Gerber sleepers on clearance for $3. They are the blanket sleepers (with footies) and footless kind and come 2 to a pack. They hardly had anything for boys but a bunch of girl ones. I picked a few up for Nadia. At $1.50 a sleeper, that's a good deal! There's also the opportunity to get some free mascara from Rimmel if you purchase the All You April edition magazine (it's Walmart's magazine). There are several good coupons in it this month and you get a $6.47 masacara for free (coupon in the mag). Pam cooking spray is on rollback for $2.88 and there was a $1/1 man coupon in that magazine. I had Pam on my list so I got some cheap cooking spray too!

Saturday, March 14, 2009


I went to the St. Paul Mother's of Multiples Group sale today. A couple times a year this group has a big used clothing and equipment sale. My sister-in-law always tips me off about the sales (thanks Andrea!) and we went today and found some great stuff! Guess this is my "warm up" for garage sale season. :)

Here are some photos of what I picked up:

A pretty sundress for Nadia for this summer. It's made by Blueber: boulevard and someone gave us a dress by the same company as a baby gift when Nadia was born that was 12 month size. I LOVED that dress, I put her in it all the time last summer. So I must really like this company since I was drawn to this particular dress.

A capri and t-shirt set - very cute!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this dress. It's so well made and heavy weighted so it's a perfect cold-weather dress. It feels like flannel, so soft. It's by a company called Chubby Moon which I can't find much info about online except it's a Canadian company. It looks handmade, like it's from a home business or something. Very well made. Anyway, I just adore this dress!!!

Cute polka-dot blouse/possible dress! It's an antique blue with brown dots and accents. Very sweet. This is from a company called Good Lad of Philadelphia. Their outfits run an average of $40-$60. I think I paid $1.50 for this top.

Nice Old Navy button up polo for Viggo. I really didn't find much at all for him there. Nothing that really stood out.

Shoes! Thomas slippers for Viggo; sneakers, sandals and the cutest little red dress shoes EVER for Nadia. I don't think they'd ever been worn, the soles were perfect looking (as is the shoe itself).

A pink poodle backpack for Nadia (Viggo got a yellow bear one very similar to this for Christmas so I knew Nadia would want one too) and a bag of cars for Viggo.

Shopping at this kind of sale was lots of fun! So much to look at. The prices tend to be higher than garage sales but cheaper than consignment stores. I spent $22 for everything which averages out to about $2 per item. Not bad considering these are name brand clothes that are in pristine condition.

Now you tell me....is this not the most adorable outfit ever:I can't wait to get her in it!!! Will definitely have to take a picture.

I love my son to pieces but there's just something about dressing up a little girl!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Forgot to mention this!

If you buy Huggies Diapers please keep all your receipts to send into the Caregivers Marketplace!!!

This company will give you $0.75 per package back on Huggies Diapers (they do Pull-ups and Balmex too). There are a lot of products besides child items as well that they will give you a rebate on so go to the website and look at the qualifying products. You can buy these products from anywhere; Target, Walmart, the grocery store, wherever!

They have changed their program a little since I first did this but it looks like you can register online and send in your receipts that way or you can print the cash back form from online and mail it in. Anyway, when I do this the next time, it will be a new process for me too. But I have sent in my receipts before and did get a check back! So it's totally valid!

I did the Huggies Deal three times this week at Walgreen's so now I can send in my receipts and get $6.75 back from buying diapers. After I get that check, I will have paid $8.25 for 9 PACKS OF DIAPERS!!!! That's less than paying for one pack alone!

If the store is out of the size you need or could use at some point, try seeing if the manager would work a deal with you where you could get a $10 gift card for the store and a rain check so you can buy them when they are in stock again. Never hurts to ask. Or, try another Walgreen's!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Walgreen's Weekend

Awwww. Loooook. It's all laid out like Santa came! Here's what I got this weekend (note: some of these deals were from last week since I shopped on Saturday and Sunday, I'll put the current deals in blue text to differentiate) -
  • Colgate Max toothpaste, 6 oz on sale for $3.29 x 2 (used $0.75/1 x 2 man coupon, received a $3.50 Register Reward x 2 making this purchase a profit of $1.92!) Note: In order to get both RR's I had to purchase them in seperate transactions
  • Walgreen diapers, one premium, one regular, on sale 2/$9
  • Diet Coke, $1.49 x 2 (one not pictured since I drank it, used BOGO Walgreens coupon)
  • Huggies Gentle Care diapers, on sale for $10 x 3 (used $5/1 x 3 man coupons, received a $10 RR for purchasing $25 in Kimberly-Clark items - see ad for details)
  • MN StarTribune paper, $2 x 2 (not pictured)
  • Crest pro-health whitening toothpaste, 4.2 oz on sale for $2.49 x 2 (used $1/1 x 2 man coupon, received a $1 RR x 2) Note: In order to get both RR's I had to purchase them in seperate transactions
  • Red Baron pizza, on sale 2/$5 x 2 (used $1/2 x 2 man coupons)
  • Duracell AAA batteries, 8 pack $5.99 x 2 (used $0.75/1 x 2 man coupons)
  • Garnier Fructis Waves style spray, on sale for $2.99 (used $2/1 Easy Saver coupon, used $1/1 man coupon making this free!)
  • Coffee Mate, on sale for $2.49 and BOGO (used $0.50/1 man coupon)
  • Right Guard deodorant, on sale for $2.99 x 2 (used $1/2 man coupon, received $2 RR for purchasing one - I bought two since my coupon stated $1 off the purchase of 2 so here's an example of how if you buy multiple items that are supposed to generate RR's, you'll only get one RR)
  • Huggies Natural Fit diapers, on sale for $10 x 3 (used $3/1 x 3 man coupons, received a $10 RR for purchasing $25 in Kimberly-Clark items - see ad for details - I also made this purchase seperate from the other Huggies purchase so I'd get both $10 RR's)
Total before coupons and RR's: $125.76
Total after coupons and RR's: $48.28
Total saved: $77.48 or 62%

I got some good deals on items we really needed around the house. Like the batteries, deodorant and Coffee Mate. The diapers are on a fantastic deal right now! You can find those high dollar coupons online here and here. Scroll through the available coupons until you see the Huggies ones and select those to print. DON'T FORGET TO HIT YOUR BROWSER'S BACK BUTTON AFTER IT CONFIRMS THE COUPON HAS PRINTED. Why? So you can get two copies of the coupon of course!

Leave a comment here if you have any questions on these deals!