Wednesday, September 21, 2011

It really is...All about Us!

If you haven't ordered a subscription to the "All You" magazine yet, it is time you do! It is plum full of coupons plus great articles. Do you ever draw a blank when it comes to cooking dinner?? Well, it's plum full of great recipes too! I will highlight a couple here that I have cooked for my family. The recipes are from the August 26th issue. They were quick and tasty! Can't ask for more than that! And you never have to choose between a coupon and the recipe because all recipes are online at

Grilled Spiced Pork Patties with Greens
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Serves: 4
Cost per Serving: $1.89
The pork patties are full of flavor and we all totally enjoyed the yogurt dressing!

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Slow-cooker Meal!!!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 hour
Serves: 6
Cost per Serving: $1.89
This is the best pulled chicken recipe I have tried to date. Tasty-tasty dish and plenty for leftovers....dinner tonight!! :)

Mini Frittatas
Prep: 10 minutes
Bake: 15 minutes
Serves: 6
Cost per Serving: $1.74
Totally fun recipe for dinner. It made more than it said so leftovers were used for breakfast! Eggs should be part of weekly meals...give this recipe a try! It is super easy and great!

I am cooking dinner from the September issue this week. I will let you know how those recipes pan out. Our grocery week runs Thursday-Thursday. Check back to see what happens! :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hit the Target!

Let's not go to extremes here but this shopping with coupons stuff is so much fun!! And Target has turned out to be way more exciting than I originally thought. I must admit...this past weekend, I purchased a few coupons on ebay that weren't in our paper or I preferred to have more than three of the particular coupon. As we were leaving for Target, three sets of the coupons came in the mail. One set was for the St. Ives is .75 cents off any size. Well, guess what??!! Target has that lotion on clearance right now for .67 cents each in the trial size section. Amazing!! There were only 19 but I had 20 coupons so I purchased them all for just the cost of tax. ($1.12) Of course, the 20 coupons did cost me .99 cents so I suppose that total is $2.11! What a great deal!! :)

September is month two of my serious bid to coupon. I have set my goal at shaving $200.00 off our monthly grocery bill. In the first month, I cut the bill by $100.00 and I am well on my way to saving between $150.00-200.00 this month. There is a lot of information to absorb and many tricks to the trade but I am learning every day and I will reach the goal! SOON! :)

Monday, September 19, 2011


Yesterday, I took my usual Sunday trip down to the BP to get another Sunday paper. You never know what you will learn just by talking to people. I managed to pick up the sloppiest paper in the stack-go figure! The cashier was trying to straighten it for me. I told her not to bother--I wasn't reading it anyway. I only wanted the coupons. She looked at me kinda funny....guess she isn't a fellow KCL but she asked me if I was serious. (I already had one paper at home on the counter anyway.) I said Yep! I only want the coupons. Well, she said she wanted the paper and offered to split the cost with me. I snagged my second set of coupons for .79 cents. Score!

Deal at Dollar General!!
If you have the Nivea coupons from the paper--$2.00 off any body wash 8.4 ounce or larger, it is on sale at Dollar General now for $2.00. It is an unadvertised sale. It isn't marked on the shelf but it sure does ring up $2.00. I did this deal on Friday. The cashier was so excited that I only owed the tax! She was so happy for me...asked me how I did it. It was truly a fun experience. I will shop there more often! Nivea is great body wash to get for free! Score! :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Took my first trip to Target since I started couponing. There isn't a Target close to us so it is a bit out of the way. I thought it just might be worth it--and it was! I spent $6.48 and saved $18.89! Oh, what fun!!

Here's how it breaks down. I bought 2 sure deodorants on sale for $1.50 each. I used 2 $1.00 coupons from the paper making them .50 cents each. I bought the Renu contact solution on sale for $5.99.  I used one coupon from and one coupon from Both were $2.00 coupons making the contact solution $1.99. (I hear Walgreens has a deal coming up on the Renu contact solution next week.) I am still building my coupon binder and school supplies are now 75% off. I purchased a pair of scissors for .37 cents regularly $1.50, a binder for my daughter (Had to drag her into this with me...can't go it alone!) $2.50 regularly $10.00, and one more set of index dividers for her as well. Those were .25 cents regularly $1.00.

The little cashier man almost forgot my coupons. Luckily, he remembered because I would've forgotten. But he said he remembered because he did forget a ladies the other day and she picked them up and threw them at him. He said she was quite serious about her couponing! He took it in stride and had a good attitude about it. It was quite funny the way he told the story....but we all have to remember that everyone is doing the best that they can!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Petroleum Jelly?

So over the weekend, I had this Ah-ha moment. I don't why all of the sudden things click together but they do. Let me give you a quick overview...a couple of months ago, I ran out of my usual Night-time PM eye ointment. It's for my dry eye. Wal-Mart was out as well and since it is an expensive medicine and there usually aren't any coupons for it....I choose to use my back-up eye gel in my eyes at night.

I used the eye gel for about a month until I remembered to check Wal-Mart again. In that month, I noticed the fine lines and wrinkles appearing to be worse around my eyes. Weird, right? I surely can't have that so I purchased an "Advanced Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Eye Day/Night Cream" for around my eyes. It may have improved some but it wasn't the results I was looking for at that point.

Then, I start using the Night-Time PM eye ointment again for my dry eyes. During the night, it always manages to leak out of the corner of my eye.  Do you see where I am going with this? The fine lines and wrinkles are improving again. My eyes look much better. Ah-ha...

The base of that ointment is similar to a Petroleum Jelly. I use Petroleum Jelly on my lips and around the outside of the lip every night. It certainly helps them. Why wouldn't it work around the eye?? I don't waste my money on the expensive lip treatments. Why waste it on the Advanced Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Eye Creams? Do you know how much Petroleum Jelly you can buy for the price of one of those? I bet with coupons you can get the trial size free.

Try it! Just a helpful tip to save money.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Vicks VapoDrops Deal

Walgreens was successful yesterday. Vicks VapoDrops 20 count are on sale 2 for $1.79. I used two $1.00 off coupons from 8/28 PG. .21 cent profit. I also purchased Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste on sale for $4.99 ($3.00 register rewards). I used a $1.00 off coupon from the All You Magazine. Total Bill: $4.08 with $3.00 for next time. If you try this deal, look near the register for the VapoDrops. I bought the last two at our store!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Creative Couponing at CVS!

Totally fun shopping trip last Friday at CVS. First transaction--remember I had the $7.00 CVS bucks from last week to use.....I purchased TG Lee Milk for $3.79 ($1.00 CVS bucks reward.) Revitalens 10 oz contact solution ($4.00 CVS bucks reward plus a $2.00 off coupon.) Oral-B Satin 55yards floss ($1.00 CVS bucks reward plus .75 cent off coupon.) Crest Pro Health 4.2 oz toothpaste ($1.00 CVS bucks reward plus $1.00 off coupon.) CVS Heavy Duty Fabric band-aids  24 count (usually 20 but 20% more free in this box and I had the free coupon from scanning my card weeks earlier. Coupon was expired but they honored it just like the little man said they would.) Total: $7.27 with $7.00 in CVS bucks to spend on the next transaction. Total savings: $19.04

Transaction 2: Pringles, 4 each $6.00 ( $1.00 off coupon with 4.) Dawn Dish washing Liquid with Olay 3 each @ .99 each ( Used three .75 cent off coupons) TG Lee TruMoo $3.59 (My daughter had to have it--full purchase coupons--Ouch!!) I used the $7.00 CVS bucks from the last bill $2.49. Savings:  $13.37

Both transactions combined, I spent $9.76 and I saved  $32.41...not bad. We walked out of there with 5 bags of goodies and we were smiling!

I did scan my card as we entered....I got a coupon for another freebie! Try it guys! :)