Friday, July 31, 2009

Publix Steals and Deals This Week

As I have posted about before, summer is quickly flying to its end. Which means I will be packing a preschoolers lunch and snacks five days a week. My stockpile has been demolished by the boys being home all day. Keep in mind this was not my only grocery shopping, so I don't feed my kids garbage all the time.

4 boxes of Ritz crackers bogo $3.89
used 4 $1/1qs
4 Trix Yogurt 6 packs bogo $2.79
used 2 $.75/2 qs
4 Dole Fruit w/gel bowl 4 packs sale bogo $2.35
used 2 $1/2 qs
6 Pop Tarts bogo $2.39
used 2 $1/2 and 2 $.55/1 qs
2 Cherrios bogo $4.39
used 1 $1/2 q
3 Jello pudding 6 packs sale 3/$5
used 3 $1/1 qs
2 Kraft/Velveeta mac and cheese bogo #2.49
used $1.50/2 ip here
6 Muellers Pasta bogo $1.39
used 2 $1/3 qs
2 Pringles sale 2/$3
used $1/2q
2 Hunts Ketchup bogo $1.59
used 2 $.20/1 qs
Also used a $5/30 Publix Coupon
Spent $23 and saved $65!!
There are some other great deals I missed because I didn't I had already used the coupons in other deals, but you can catch them all here at HCW

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: dog or small horse?

This is one of my dad's dog, Chowder. My boys are not comfortable around dogs, especially large ones, Chowder puts them at at ease. He has the sweetest nature, but is one of the freaking hugest dogs I have ever seen. That is my 4.5 foot tall almost 9 yo in the picture with him.

And since this is not a totally wordless Wednesday, I want to say sorry for not posting since last Wed. I have been really sick and miserable, so and coherent thoughts had to be put into my psychology final.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Back to School on the Cheap

Last year

This summer is flying by at lightning speed and before I know it, school will be starting again. For the first time, all three of my boys will in school 5 days a week. (wait! whats that sound? Oh just me sobbing again.) I want my boys to have all the "cool" stuff for back to school that I never had, but could never afford to do it all at full price. So as they get older and need more, I am looking for ways to save money and get quality items.

Last month I scored huge at Old Navy getting almost all of the boys clothes for $103. Before savings it was over $400. I happened to get lucky and catch a 50% off of clearance sale AND had a $45/100 coupon from I mentioned that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Old Navy's kids clothes?

Using Kohls rewards for signing up all of my email addresses, I managed to get 10 packs of socks for the boys for free! They were on clearance 90% off for $1.10.

In the past I shopped penny sales for supplies like pencils and glue sticks (why the hell does each kid need to bring like 30 glue sticks?), but so far this year I have not seen any penny sales. While I wait for those sales to pop up again, I am shopping at CVS and Walgreens for freebies and super cheap items.

I found great deals on backpacks and lunch boxes last fall at Target at 75% off and put them away for this year.

The only thing I left til the end of summer is shoes for the boys, their feet grow so fast it is impossible to purchase ahead.

I am always looking for new ways to save, what are your back to school money saving tips?

Monday, July 20, 2009

CVS and Walgreens Deals: Back to School

Both drugstores were featuring back to school items this week. I now have enough pens to last 3 years. Or a few months, since I lose several a day.

First stop CVS

2 Packs filler paper sale $2 each
Earn 2 ECBS on each limit 2
2 PaperMate 1.2 Pens 10pk sale $.99 each
earn .99 ECBS on each limit 2
2 24 count pencils sale $1.99 each
earn 1.99 ECBS on each limit 2
2 memo books sale $.99
earn .99 ECBS on each limit 2
1 Huggies wipes tub $3.49
used a $2 off CVS q
1 Mens SpeedStick sale $2.99
used $1/1 CVS q
earn 2 ECBS
Paid with 16 ECBs
There was a freebie on binders as well but they were out of stock.
Another notable deal Kodak Picture DVD sale $9.99 earn 9.99 ECBS

Now on to Walgreens

Paper Mate Mechanical Pencils sale $.19
Plastic folders $.19
Bic Highlighters $.49
poster board $.09
erasers $.39

I also stopped by Target for

Crayola Markers $1
Rose Art Color Pencils $.99
Crayons $.22
Glue Sticks $.20 2 pack

We still need more supplies, so keep watching for next weeks deals.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Not so Wordless Wednesday: Boo Boo, the Story

So how did this happen??
We were leave the mall follow a (rare) wonderful shopping trip. All three boys were in good moods and had behaved like angels the whole time. As we prepare to exit JCPenney my littlest Isaiah, just barely three at the time, was lagging behind. I called to him to hurry it up and then I heard it..."BAM! SMACK! THUD!". As I turned around, I heard someone else scream, and I saw my little peanut laying flat on his back bleeding profusely from his head. Dh and I ran to him, before my fat ass got to him, dh had swept him up in his arms. Isaiah was conscious and whimpering, but in shock. I heard other customers FREAKING out around us. I did my best to examine the wounds, he was bleeding so much, but I could tell he was cut clean to the bone in the worst wound.

You know, how it is in moments like this, time seems to slow down. I manage to put together that he had run into a metal table, with sharp edges, placed SMACK DAB in the middle of the exit aisle. NO ONE working in the store offered to help. There were several employees standing nearby and they had witnessed what happened. I frantically searching for something to stop the flow of blood. Finally, a customer came to my rescue. She literally shoved the cashier out of the way and dug under the register for paper towels.

With the paper towels we were able to slow the bleeding. Then I realized we had to get him to the ER. I panicked again...should we call 911? Or drive him ourselves? In his state there was no way we were buckling him into the car seat.

We made the decision to drive, since it had already been a few minutes and he didn't seem to be in immediate danger. As we pulled out, I saw an After Hours Pediatrics in the adjacent parking lot. They were awesome and quick to care to him. After washing him down (he was COVERED in blood), numbing the wound, and giving him a Popsicle, they examined the wound and decided the Dermabond sutures would work best for him. We got very lucky to have the head pediatrician for the entire local chain caring for him.

Long story short (*too late) it took THREE vials of the glue to close the wound. Isaiah gave a few, heart attacks because he kept zonking out on us, but in the end we were home within 2 hours of him being hurt.

PS I am still floored the people who were working in JCPenney made no effort to help.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Boo Boo

last year

this year

There is a crazy story to go with this injury...more to come tomorrow.
Also, I SWEAR my kids do wear shirts... sometimes

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Publix Deals 7/2-7/8

I was not planning on shopping until Monday of next week, but I needed a few things for the 4th and the sales at Publix were too good to miss.

4 Lunchables sale bogo* $2.00
used $1/1 ip**
2 Cool Whip sale bogo $1.99
used $1/1 ip
2 Luigi Italian Ice bogo $2.99
used 2 .55/1qs***
2 packs Jennie O Turkey Burgers bogo $4.49
used 2 $1/1 peelies
4 Kraft Mac and Cheese bogo $1.29
used buy 3 get one free q
2 Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce bogo $2.29
used 2 $1/1qs
2 A-1 Steak Sauce bogo $4.19
used 1 $1/1 ip and 1 $2/1q I would have used 2 of the $2/1 q I used the second one already
2 Hershy Syrup bogo $2.19
used 1 $1/2 coupon
2 McCormick grillmates bogo $1.99
used 2 $.50/1 qs
2 Ball Park Franks bogo $3.99
used $1/2 q
1 Sara Lee Hot Dog buns $2.00
1 watermelon $4.99
used get $3 off watermelon with the purchase of hot dog ans buns peelie (in store)
Twix (for me nom nom) $.85
used free candy bar q
2 HiC juice boxes bogo $2.35
2 Publix Potato Salad $2.49
2 Lays bogo $3.99

bottled water
apple pie
used a $5/50 coupon from Albertsons

total before sales and coupons $100
total oop $35!!!!!

*bogo= buy one get one free
** ip= internet printable can be found here at Hot Coupon World
***qs= coupons

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Old Navy Giveaway

Anyone who knows me in real life knows, I love Old Navy! I big pink puffy heart love Old Navy. So I really hope I win this giveaway! Check out From Dates to Diapers (and beyond) to win a $65/100 coupon from Old Navy weekly