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


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


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.

Friday, March 13, 2015

New Favorite Nail Polish Brand?

A couple of weeks ago I picked up the above nail polish to try out. I have been hearing great things about this gel polish but never wanted to take the plunge after realizing that they were $9.99 each. Well, I am sure you can guess but I picked these up for $2.50 each using coupons. The claims of this product are that it lasts twice as long and looks twice as good. Well, I have to disagree:

One day shy of a week after I applied the polish this is what my nails looked like. Granted, I am very hard on my nails and am consistently typing at my job (as you can see from the tips) but I expected more. The finish was the same as any other nail top coats and nothing about the product really caught my attention. One strange thing that did happen was that on two of my fingers the polish started to peel off from the cuticle. It's back to OPI for this girl!

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A product that I will recomend is this nail treatment:

It is a tad pricey (if you don't use coupons) but it is well worth it. As I said above I am rough on my nails but using this product and eating well helped my nails to stop peeling and grow longer and stronger.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My Monthly Make-Up Bag & Jewelry Box: March


In order to help me use what I have, each month I will be selecting different products to use for the entire month. This month I chose the follow items:

The above products are just basic items I need when I do my makeup. Some of these items will not vary month to month because lets be honest I don't have more than one eyelash curler or eye cream. The products I have samples of or more than one brand I will be switching out monthly so I can try out new items, use up products, as well as purge any items or products I dislike.

The palettes I chose to use for the month of March are:

For eyeshadow I will be using the Chocolate Bar Palette and for face products I will be using the bottom half of the Everything Nice Palette.

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Jewelry is another thing that I have but neglect so I will be wearing the above all month. The necklace was our third wedding anniversary gift from the husband and the bracelet my dad and step-mom gave me for Christmas.

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It feels great to finally get use of all the products and items I have but never make the effort to wear.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

CVS Coupon Haul Week of 3/8/2015: Saved 93%

Transaction #1

Colgate MaxFresh Cool Scrub Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste 6 oz: $3.99 on sale for $2.99
(2) Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield Mouthwash: $7.99 on sale for $5.99
(2) Crest Sensitive Namel Scp Fl Paste: $6.49 on sale for $4.79
(2) Irish Spring Signature 3and1 Body Wash: $6.79 on sale for $4.00

Manufacture Coupons:
(2) $2.00 Off Colgate Mouthwash - Coupons.com
$.50 Off Any Colgate Toothpaste 3oz+ - 3/1/2015 SmartSource
(2) $2.00 Off One Body Wash or Gear Body Wash - 2/22/2015 SmartSource
(2) $.75 Off One Crest Toothpaste - 3/1/2015 P&G

CVS Coupons
$2.50 Off Colgate Max, 2in1 Toothpaste or 360 Toothbrush
$5 Off $20 Toothpaste, Toothbrush, or Floss
$2 Off $8 Body Wash, Bar Soap, Liquid Hand Soap

Used $12.00 in ExtraCareBucks

Paid $2.93 and received $12.00 in ExtraCareBucks

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Transaction #2

(2) Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara: $8.99
(4) Jergens Natural Glow + Firming Daily Moisturizer 2 fl oz: $3.19

Manufacture Coupons:
(2) $3.00 Off Covergirl LashBlash Mascara - 3/1/2015 P&G
(4) $1.50 Off One Jergens Natural Glow Lotion - 3/1/2015 SmartSource

CVS Coupons:
$5 Off any Cosmetics purchase of $15 or more
30% Off Body Lotions

Used $12.00 in ExtraCareBucks

Paid $1.83 and received $5.00 in ExtraCareBucks

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Transaction #3

  Physicians Form Ow Bb Lash Mascara Ublk: $11.49

Manufacture Coupons:
$3.00 Off Physicians Formula Mascara - Found on Product

CVS Coupons:
$3 Off Physicians Formula

Used $5.00 in ExtraCareBucks

Paid $1.34 and recived $7.00 in ExtraCareBucks

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Retail Value: $93.16

Paid Out Of Pocket: $6.10

($7.00 in ExtraCareBucks left over for next week)

Saved: $87.06


Monday, March 9, 2015

Coupon Organization

Lately, I have been getting lazy with how I keep my coupons. I am not the person to spend twenty plus hours cutting coupons and keeping a coupon binder. Nor will you ever see me in the store lugging a fifty pound binder around just so I don't forget one coupon. A lot of the past weeks I have relied on coupon bloggers. These bloggers list the best deals every week at each store and which manufacture coupons match up with those sale items. They also inform you where you can find the manufacture coupon whether it can be printed off a website or what exact newspaper insert you can clip it out of. Each week I have been spending less then five minutes putting together my plan for the shop and it's been reflecting in my savings.

Time to get organized, as you see above I had all the inserts together and labeled but had not gone through my stash recently to discard any expired coupons. After getting these organized I decided to do what I do best... excel spreadsheets! It took a while to complete but I manually entered each coupon I have on hand into my computer. Now after putting in a good half of a day to input the coupons (and clear out my DVR) I can now spend the same five minutes a week to prepare for a shop but am getting much better results!

Now when I go to grab my coupons I am no longer overwhelmed and it's much faster to find what I need and get the shop done.

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1st Couponing Haul After Organizing

Looks like my hard work paid off!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Thoughts About Living on the East Coast

To this day some people think Joe and I are out of our minds to voluntarily live on the east coast and commute to work to NYC. Most people that are born and raised in New York or the surrounding areas count down the days to retirement when they will be moving away from the cold and snow. In my opinion if you were born and raised on the west coast seasons are a luxury. I feel extremely blessed to experience not only the famous NYC but to live some place so extremely different from where I was born. It's officially three winters later and I have to admit I still find myself staring out the window loving my view of the snow. Since moving to New York I have officially become a winter lover. This by no means means that I don't crave higher temperatures when its zero degrees out but for the most part I get excited for the cold and snow. Commuting can be strenuous and sometimes frustrating but who gets this view:

I know we won't live here forever but for the meantime I am enjoying every single thing New York has to offer.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sample Saturday: EVA NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask

EVA NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask (Sample Size 2.03 fl. oz.)

$14.99 (16.9 fl. oz.) available at Ulta.com

Pros: The smell of this product is amazing and it does stay on your hair for about a day. The consistency is nice.

Cons: This mask left my hair feeling stripped and I felt that it weighed my hair down. My hair was harder to style after using this product and got tangled very easy.

I would not purchase this product in the future even though it is well priced.

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Look for Sample Saturday blog posts every Saturday :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Record Breaking Winter

This post may cause me to eat my words but I believe that we have officially left Winter 2014/2015 in the past. This was officially our third winter on the east coast and the coldest by far! Our first winter was extremely exciting and every snow storm was welcomed with open arms. Last year we ate our words when we basically got a snow storm every week. Preparing for this winter everyone was saying it was going to be mild because last year was so bad. We didn't end up getting any real snow until mid January but it came with a vengeance. After the snow slowed down the east coast was hit with a cold front. The photo above shows that on our way to work in January the temperature plummeted to negative ten. This is coldest I have experienced here on the east coast. We will have to see what next year has in store for us!

Monday, March 2, 2015

CVS Couponing - One Year Savings Summary

I got this notice in the mail and I thought I would share. As you can see I have saved $1,663.72 in the last twelve months. I have not been couponing for a full twelve months so I am excited to see what I can do in the next twelve!