Queen Bee

November 23, 2009

Still Here

Filed under: Uncategorized — Queen Bee @ 9:52 pm

Sort of. I am out of town with my kiddos and my husband will be joining me soon, yay! I will be back online next week. Have a nice Thanksgiving.

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November 10, 2009

Shopping Trip 11/9/09

Filed under: Saving Money — Queen Bee @ 5:01 pm
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Rite Aid

Rite Aid 11/9/09

I was disappointed with my trip to Rite Aid. The cashier did not take the time to read the coupons I had and as a result I was not credited for the correct amounts. Most of my coupons were- buy this thing and get this other thing free. Shopping with a fussy baby and a lot of coupons makes it hard to pay close enough attention at the register. Despite that I did pretty well.

Subtotal: $40.73 (includes tax)

Less Coupons: $20.99

Total: $19.74

Less Rebate: $2.99

Net: $16.75

(I was shorted $6.98 in coupons, my net should have been $9.77)


Target

Target 11/9/09

Target has some great deals going on right now. The potato head santa was .99 and the 10 glade items will be a net overage of $5. I will likely be going back to Target this week for diapers and more glade products. I received a $5 off $75 coupon at the register. It is easy to get your subtotal to $75 when you are buy large boxes of diapers. The bananas, granola bars and rawhides were $6.86 and things I needed to buy, so it is like getting the rest of the stuff for free because my net for the purchase is $6.70!

Subtotal: $45.67

Less coupons: $23.97

Total: $21.70

Target Gift Cards Received: $10.00

Rebate: $5.00

Net: $6.70


CVS


CVS 11/9/09

Subtotal: $23.99 (after tax)

Less coupons: $11.50

Total: $12.49 (I paid with $6.99 ECB from last week and $5.50 cash)

ECBs Received: $15.00

Net: $2.51 overage

November 9, 2009

What Does Your Day Look Like?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Queen Bee @ 11:37 pm

Yesterday a friend of mine asked me how I spend my days. I thought it might be fun to give you a rundown of a random day in our household. As you can see, my life revolves around my kids:

4:45 am Baby wakes up crying. I go to her room, put her pacifier in her mouth, then lay down on the couch for a few minutes.

5:00 am make some coffee, check MyFrugalAdventures for any last-minute deals (I am headed out shopping today).

Son wakes up and we try to keep in him his room for as long as possible. How can he be up already? He went to bed at 9:30 last night!

5:30 am both kids are up now after each of them kept the other from getting back to sleep.

Feed the kids, grab last-minute coupons, start the dish washer and get dressed (so glad I showered last night!)

6:45 am Husband has left for work already and baby seems sleepy, so I  put her down for a little nap. I do my hair/makeup, cut my sons hair (yes, I said cut, and I bribed him with ice cream), rinse him off in the shower, fed son ice cream (yes, very early in the morning for ice cream) and pack the diaper bag for our outing.

Hair Cut

7:50 am Baby is waking up. Good timing I suppose. Grab a bottle out of the dishwasher that is almost done, it is on rinse cycle, close enough. Head over to CVS for some great deals.

8:40 am Done shopping but too early for our next appointment. Swing by the park for 10 minutes of play.

9:00 am Drop son off at Mrs. Jan’s for a play date. They made cookies and played with cars. Baby and I went to Rite Aid and then Target. Wow, Target has some really great promotions going on! I ran out of time to get what I wanted, but it will work out better to make a second trip this week anyway because some of the deals involve getting gift cards back.

10:30 am Pick up son and head home. Snack time. I make son sourdough bread with butter. This is his favorite food right now. While changing a very stinky diaper in the livingroom son asks for more bread. I tell him to grab another piece himself. I meant for him to grab the bread off the ceramic plate I made it on and place it onto his plastic plate. Um no. He grabbed the ceramic plate and tried to carry it to his seat. Our puppy, who weighs more than him, was jumping around trying to get the bread off the plate. I tried calling the puppy over to me, but it did not work out so well. CRASH!!! There goes the plate. And the puppy got the bread afterall. Of course she chose to eat the bread on the carpet, not the tile kitchen floor. Yes, there was butter on the bread already. Finally done with the diaper I put baby in her high chair with Cheerios and I am able to clean up the plate. Wow, the pieces spread all over the place! Then I feed her a granola bar for the first time.

Granola Bar

12:00 Wow, that all took a long time! Is it nap time yet? Time to clean up the baby. We all go out back and watch Sam play in the dirt. We watched the garbage truck empty our can and threw the ball for the puppy to fetch. When my son started eating dirt I knew it was time to come inside.

Sam Dirt

1:30 pm A change of clothes for my son, potty break, another stinky diaper for the baby, 5 goldfish, cup of ice water, two stories, lights out.

1:40 pm Heat up a cup of coffee and some lunch. I am pretty hungry. Another potty break for son, I am glad he made it to the toilet. Hopefully he will overlap his nap with the baby a little though, she is already asleep. Get Sam back into his room and do devotions.

2:30 pm After getting up several times I realize that today will be a no nap day for son day. Let him get out of his room. I try to keep him busy until Rachel gets up.

3:30 Rachel is up, we all go out back again to play in the dirt.

4:30 Start on dinner. Feed Rachel

5:30 Daddy is home! Dinner time. Hang out with Daddy time. I slip away to read my bible a little more.

Sammy

7:00 pm both kids are in bed. Phew. Clean up kitchen and make some hot chocolate. Time to work on a blogging, emails and considering another Target trip on Wednesday.

8:00 pm I have a date with my husband in front of the TV. Time to relax. Son is usually still up right now so it feels really late already.

November 8, 2009

Drugstore Matchups 11/8/09 – 11/14/09

Filed under: Uncategorized — Queen Bee @ 5:16 pm

Are you ready to put your coupons into use? My favorite site for getting the deal matchups is MyFrugalAdventures

Rite Aid – This week I am planning to make my first Rite Aid trip. The store is a little further from my house, but CVS has not had very many free after ECB deals, so I might have to change my store of choice. Here is what I plan to get this week:

(4) Herbal Essences Hair Care Buy One Get One Free $4.49
Use Buy One Shampoo, Get Free Styler from 10/11 P
Final Price: Get four free

(1) Oral B Crossaction Toothbrush $2.99
Get $2.99 rebate
Use .75/1 from 10/11 P&G
Final Price: .75 profit

(1) Clean and Clear products– items starting at $5.99-6.99
Use $1/1 in ad coupon (it is a store coupon)
And use $2/1 HERE or HERE
Final Price: 2.99-3.99

CVS

Walgreens

Additional Deal:

Cooking Light Magazine subscription for $5. Order by Saturday 11/14/09. I just ordered my subscription. This is through Amazon. This is how I also subscribed to Real Simple for $5 a few months back.

November 5, 2009

Halo SleepSack – $2.99

Filed under: Uncategorized — Queen Bee @ 7:23 am

Today only – Halo SleepSacksare on sale for $2.99. You can buy up to 3 and the shipping is $5. These will sell out fast. Large is already gone.

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November 4, 2009

Wordless Wednesday – Two Kids

Filed under: Wordless Wednesday — Queen Bee @ 1:00 am

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November 3, 2009

Toys At Target

Filed under: Uncategorized — Queen Bee @ 11:39 am

**Updated** The Tag Reading System is actually on sale for $39.99 and the coupons are $10 off manufacture coupon and $10 off Target coupon so the price is $19.99. The matchup for the $13.99 system is for Tag Jr.

There are lot of toy coupons and Target toy coupons available for printing. Couponing To Disney has a great list of matchups if you are interested in early Christmas shopping. I just might have to get the Tag Reading System for $13.99.

Thanks for the heads up Charlene.

November 2, 2009

CVS Coupon Book

Filed under: CVS — Queen Bee @ 8:25 pm

Thanks the Charlene for the heads up on a new coupon book at CVS. I was at CVS today and at the register I was asked if I wanted a free holiday gift guide. Inside there is a coupon for a $5 ECB when you spend $20. Ask for one at the register next time you shop at CVS.

CVS Coupon Book

November 1, 2009

How To Find/Use Matchups

Filed under: Couponing Basics,Saving Money — Queen Bee @ 10:35 pm

So now that you have started saving and organizing your coupons, how and when should you use them?

If you are serious about using coupons you might have to change your shopping mentality a little bit. When you are shopping without using coupons the general rule is that the biggest size the product comes in is usually best value. With coupons though, you are usually able to get the best price per ounce, pound, etc by buying the smallest product possible and match it with the highest value coupon. When comparing prices it is best to figure out the per item price or the per measurement price.

You are going to want to find a blogger (or two or three) in your general area to get your store matchups from each week. I have found a few great blogs in my area and will share them with you.

Charlene at My Frugal Adventures is located in Northern California. None of her grocery stores double coupons. She does matchups for Drug Stores, Grocery Stores and Big Box stores (Walmart, Target, Kmart) all based on her prices. These are usually close to our prices here in Southern California. She also posts various random sales, deals, rebates, samples, etc. She has a ton of posts pretty much every day. If you want to keep up with her posts you will want to either subscribe by email or blog reader.

Nicole at Being Frugal Is Fabulous is also located in Northern California.

Cathy at Chief Family Officer is located in the LA area. Her prices are still a little different from ours in the high desert.

Here is an example of how I use matchups: Here is her matchup for Target for the week of 11/1/09. I highlight the text of the post and paste it into a Word document. Then I go through item by item. If I know I will not purchase an item I delete it. If I want to try and purchase an item I print the coupon  she has linked to and/or clip the coupon she refers to. From Microsoft Word hold down Control and click on the link to get directed to the website with the printable coupon. Then I print the list and take it with me on my shopping trip. I usually end up with more deals on the page than I actually purchase. I don’t always find the right products mentioned and sometimes my prices are different than hers.

Please keep in mind that prices are regional. You can either check the prices against your weekly ad, or just check the price when you are at the store. I usually end up scanning items on the price check machines. I especially do this if an item is reported on sale on a blog, but the price on the shelf is higher. I have not been able to find a great place for grocery matchups yet. It seems that promotions run nationally, but the actual prices of products are often a lot higher in my area than others.

These three blogs should get you started if you are serious about couponing and being informed about great deals. I will start directing you to weekly drug store matchups and how I use them. If I find a better source for grocery stores I will be sure to direct you there.

 Shopping at Target

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