Monday, April 13, 2015

CVS MAKE-UP Haul Week of 4/12/2015: Saved 88%


Transaction #1
 
(3) Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks: $8.99 On Sale For $6.99
 
CVS Coupons
$7 off $17 in Revlon Cosmetics
$5 off any $15 Purchase of Cosmetics

Used $5.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
Paid $4.26 and received $12.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
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Transaction #2
 
(3) Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks: $8.99 On Sale For $6.99
 
CVS Coupons:
$7 off $17 in Revlon Cosmetics
 
Used $12.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
Paid $3.00 and received $12.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
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Transaction #3
 
Physicians Formula Argan W/ Blush Natural: $14.79
 
  Manufacture Coupons:
$3.00 Off - Found on product
 
Used $12.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
Paid $.88 and received $7.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
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Retail Value: $71.14

Paid Out Of Pocket: $8.14

($7.00 in ExtraCareBucks left over for next week)

Saved: $63.00

89%

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

California 2015: A Weekend on the West Coast

A couple weeks ago I had the honor of being a bridesmaid in one of my best friend's wedding. I got to spend three short days with the bride and groom and two additional days catching up with just some of my family members. I flew in on a Thursday morning and was headed back to the east coast 6am Monday morning. It was a whirlwind trip but I wouldn't have missed it for the world. 

Jenny and I went to high school together but never met until after graduation. (She was one year behind me) Shortly after we became friends we became inseparable. A couple months down the road Jenny and I met Bobby (Her now husband) they instantly began dating but mutually decided to separate three months later. Year and YEARS after that I would always tease her about marrying Bobby which she would immediately shoot down while turning pink from head to toe. Long story short, they got engaged while visiting us in NYC and the rest is history:





It has been along time sense I have had a large group of friends in one place for a few days and really got the chance to hang out like old times. Weddings in general can be extremely stressful but in this case the joy and excitement outweighed the rest. Each and every time I look at the pictures from that weekend I wish we could all go back. Their wedding weekend was everything it should have been and more, all the gusts left their daily stresses at the door and thoroughly enjoyed themselves for three full days!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CVS Coupon Haul Week of 3/29/2015: Saved 91%


Transaction #1
 
(4) Dawn Hand Renewal Dishwashing Liquid Pomegranate Splash Scent: $1.57 on sale for $.99
(2) Covergirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara 885 Very black 0.44 fl oz: $9.99 on Sale for $6.49
 (2) Pantene Pro-V Normal-Thick Hair Detangler 8.5 fl oz: $6.49 on Sale for $3.33
Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Mousse 6.6 oz: $5.49 on Sale for $3.34
Pantene Pro-V Stylers Shaping Hair Spray 11.5 oz: $7.49 on Sale for $3.34
(2) Tena Serenity Active 26ct liners, 26ct: $4.59 on Sale for Buy One Get One 50% Off

Manufacture Coupons:
(4) $.50 Off One Dawn Hand Renewal - 3/1/2015 P&G
(2) $3.00 Off LashBlash Mascara - 3/1/2015 P&G
(4) $2.00 Off One Pantene Styler or Treatment  - 3/1/2015 P&G
(2) $2.00 Off any available TENA Product at CVS Pharmacy Stores - Coupons.com
 
CVS Coupons
$3 off $10 on Foundation or Mascara
 
Used $15.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
Paid $1.56 and received $14.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
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Transaction #2
 
(2) ZzzQuil Nighttime Sleep-Aid Warming Berry Flavor 6 fl oz: $5.99 on Sale for Buy One Get One 50% Off
(4) M&M's Easter Candy: $4.19 on Sale for $3.00
Maybelline Lash Sensational Wpf Very Black: $7.99
Maybelline Eyeshadow: $4.99
(2) CVS Earth Essentials Select-A-Size Paper Towels 1 roll: $1.87 on Sale for $1.29
(2) Colgate Total Whitening Gel Toothpaste 4.2 oz: $3.99 on Sale for $2.99

Manufacture Coupons:
  (2) $2.00 Off ZzzQuil - 3/1/2015 P&G
  (2) $1.00 Off Two Mars Easter Products - 3/22/2015 SmartSource
(2) $.75 Off One Colgate Toothpaste - Colgate.com
 
CVS Coupons:
(2) $2.00 Off ZzzQuil
$3.00 Off $12 in Candy
$3 Off Maybeline NY Color Snesational 
$2 Off Maybelline NY Face or Volum Express Mascara
$.79 Off Just The Basics Single Roll
$.50 Off Just The Basics Single Roll

Used $14.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
Paid $9.42 and received $11.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
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Retail Value: $121.09

Paid Out Of Pocket: $10.98

($11.00 in ExtraCareBucks left over for next week)

Saved: $110.11

91%

Friday, March 27, 2015

Paleo on the Fly


I always try to have our meals planned out in advance. I hate hearing the question "what's for dinner" even if its me asking myself in my own head. To avoid having to run to the grocery store after work to figure out dinner, I usually do one weekend shop for the week's dinners and lunches. This past Saturday Joe and I headed to our local grocery store and basically just picked out protein that was on special. I wasn't feeling myself on Saturday and didn't think it through. That night I realized that yes we have fish, pork, and chicken but I failed to choose recipes and make sure we have sides or ingredients for those recipes. In the fridge I found two sweet potatoes and in the freezer two boxes of frozen green beans. I decided to mix the veggies with minced garlic, salt, pepper, dried oregano, and a little olive oil. For the pork chops I just seared each side on the stove top and finished them in the oven. The total dinner took a little over thirty minutes to prepare and was extremely tasty.

Eating Paleo can be difficult just because there are a wide range of foods you have to cut out of your diet; But making Paleo recipes is actually a much easier way to cook.

Monday, March 23, 2015

CVS Coupon Haul Week of 3/22/2015: Saved 91%


Transaction #1
 
(2) Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Creme 1 oz.: $1.37
(2) Cover Girl Lashblast Clump Crasher Masc Very Blk: $9.99
(2) Cerave Baby Moisturizing Lotion: $12.49 on Sale for Buy One Get One 50% Off
Sure Invisible Solid Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant 2.6 oz: $3.99 on Sale for $2.00
Softsoap body wash: $4.49 on Sale for $2.99
Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil 16.9 fl oz: $10.49 on Sale for $3.99
Playtex Gentle Glide 360˚ Super Absorbency Tampons: $8.99 on Sale for $7.99

Manufacture Coupons:
(2) $3.00 Off LashBlash Mascara - 3/1/2015 P&G
$1.00 Off One Gentle Glide, Sport, or Pads - 3/8/2015 SmartSource
$10 Off 2 CeraVe Baby Products - 3/22/2015 SmartSource
$1.00 Off One Sure Deodorant - 3/22/2015 SmartSource
$1.50 Off Softsoap Body Wash - 3/22/2015 SmartSource
$1.00 Off Filippo Olive Oil - Coupons.com

CVS Coupons
$5 off any Cosmetic Purchase or $15 or more
$3 Off Playtex Gentle Glide or Sport Tampons 32-40ct
$8 off any two CeraVe Baby products 
30% off Hand and Body Lotions 
 
Used $10.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
Paid $9.10 and received $15.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
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Transaction #2
 
(3) Schick Quattro Womens Disposable: $10.79
Ultra Palmolive Oxy Plus Power Degreaser Dish Liquid 10 fl oz: $1.57 on Sale for $.99

Manufacture Coupons:
(3) $3.00 Off One Disaposable Razor Pack - 3/15/2015 SmartSource
 $0.35 Off One 1 Palmolive Liquid Dish Soap 10-oz - 3/1/2015 SmartSource
 
CVS Coupons:
(3) $3 Off $10 Razors, Blades, or Shave Creams

Used $15.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
Paid $1.44 and received $10.00 in ExtraCareBucks
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Retail Value: $115.21

Paid Out Of Pocket: $10.54

($10.00 in ExtraCareBucks left over for next week)

Saved: $104.67

91%

Friday, March 20, 2015

My Stockpile


Compared to the Stockpiles shown on the popular TV show Extreme Couponers my stockpile looks like a baby. In my head this is more than enough for my husband and I not to run out of things and also to try out some new brands/products. Looking at the photo above it looks like a lot of product but in reality we only keep on hand a few of each type of product (a few more if we really love it) and anything we don't need or doesn't fit gets dropped into our donation box. I am paying basically nothing for the products so might as well share the wealth with those that really need the items.

Stockpile Inventory

My Deodorants - 3
Husbands Deodorants - 7 (just restocked)
My Shampoos - 4
My Conditioners - 3
My Hair Treatments - 2
Baby Shampoos - 2 (to clean makeup brushes)
Lotions - 3
Shave Gels - 4
Packs of Razors - 3
Husbands 3in 1 Shampoo/Conditioner/Shower Gel - 3
My Body Washes - 4
Hair Sprays - 4
Bar Soaps - 2
Bath Treatment - 1
Face Cleansing Wipes - 1
Air Freshener - 1
 Dish Soap - 1
Hand Soaps - 6
Facial Exfoliater - 1
Face Cleansers - 2
Mouth Washes - 6
Floss Picks Packs - 2
Floss - 2
Mascaras - 2
Eyebrow Pencil - 1
Tooth Brushes - 2
Toothpaste - 16 (going to go through these and donate)

(All the items in the back right corner are my Mary Kay items I'm selling)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Five Minute DIY Project


When Joe and I go on vacation I always try to remember to pick up a picture frame that has the name of the place we traveled to. Well, lets be honest most of the time I either forget all together or can't find one I really like. We had a few interesting encounters with locals in Cabo when we were trying to purchase souvenirs so we ended up not getting anything. When I got back home I took to the internet to see if I could find anything. Strange as it was I really couldn't locate any and the few that I did find were just not my style. So then I had an even better idea. I pulled out all the craft/scrapbook things and found everything you see above.

List of supplies I used
  • Making memories rub-ons
  • Scissors
  • 5 x 7 picture frame
  • Favorite photo
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 It took me under ten minutes to complete and I am happier with the finished product than I would have been if I had bought one.