Sunday, January 31, 2016

CVS Coupon Haul Week of 1/31/2016: Saved 91%

Transaction #1

(2) Softsoap Kitchen Citrus Bliss Foaming Hand Soap: $4.99 on Sale for $3.50
(2) Softsoap Jasmine & White Cotton Foaming Hand Soap: $4.99 on Sale for $3.50
Skintimate Skin Therapy Moisturizing Shave Gel: $3.49
(2) Lady Speed Stick Invisible Dry Power Antiperspirant/Deodorant Wild Freesi: $4.29 on Sale for $2.75
Snickers Bar: $1.29 on Sale for $.99
Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush Blushing Natural: $14.79
Colgate Max Fresh Shockwave Toothpaste: $3.99 on Sale for $3.00

Manufacture Coupons:
(4) $1.00 Off Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap - 1/17 SS
(1) Buy One Get One Free Lady Speed Stick - 1/17 SS
(1) $1.00 Off Skintimate , Edge or Schick Hydro Shave Gel - 1/10 SS
(1) $.50 Off Colgate -

CVS Coupons
$4 off $14 Body Wash, Bar Soap, Liquid Hand Soap, Hand Sanitizer
$3 off $15 Cosmetics - includes eyes, face, lips and nails
$2.50 Off Colgate INSTANT COUPON
Used $20.00 in ExtraCareBucks

Paid $4.43 and received $16.25 in ExtraCareBucks
Will receive an additional $5.00 ExtraCareBucks from the CVS Beauty Club
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Retail Value: $52.75

Paid Out Of Pocket: $4.43

($21.25 in ExtraCareBucks left over for next week)

Saved: $48.32


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

2015 Wrap-Up Quiz

2015 Wrap-Up Quiz

1. What did you do in 2015 that you'd never done before?
Traveled to Mexico!
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I forgot what my goal was so I probably didn't keep it! This year is to healthier than ever!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! One of my best friends from high school gave birth to the most precious baby girl ON MY BIRTHDAY!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank goodness. <-- Same as 2013 & 2014
5. What countries did you visit?
Mexico & Aruba
6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you didn't have in 2015?
Baby… maybe…. <-- Same as 2014
7. What dates from 2015 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
5/19/2015 - It is so exciting to share a birthday!
8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
Receiving a 3.85 GPA!
9. What was your biggest failure?
Debt re-payment – Even though we did very well I had higher hopes for 2014
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Close call but all is okay =]
11. What was the best thing you bought?
xBox for the Husband for Christmas - He was beyond surprised and I love him smile
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My Husband - As always my best friend
My Girls - You know who you are - You are there for me anytime I need and I don't know where I would be with out you
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
None - I don't let others negativity effect me
14. Where did most of your money go?
Commuting to work -  AND TRAVELING!
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going home to visit and being able spend a couple days at my dads
16. What song will always remind you of 2015?
I have no idea
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: A) happier or sadder? B) thinner or fatter? C) richer or poorer?
A) HAPPIER <-- Same as 2013 & 2014
B) Thinner! <-- Same as 2014
C) Same
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Decorating our apartment. <-- Same answer as 2012 & 2013 & 2014
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Being lazy
20. How did you spend Christmas?
Relaxing with the Husband
21. Did you fall in love with 2015?
Nope... still in love. <-- Same answer as 2012 & 2013 & 2014
22. What was your favorite TV program?
I really didn't have much time for TV this year but probably something reality based
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
NOPE <-- =] <-- Same answer as 2014
24. What was the best book you read?
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
None <-- Same answer as 2013 & 2014
26. What did you want and get?
A higher GPA
27. What did you want and not get?
I wanted to purchase a home... but that is in the future. <-- Same answer as 2012 & 2013 & 2014
28. What was your favorite film of 2015?
If I can't remember then probably nothing
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turned 29 and went to rooftop brunch with bottomless mimosas
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A home of our own. <-- Same answer as 2012 & 2013 & 2014
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2015?
Classic/Glam but I am working on expanding my style <-- Still stuck
32. What kept you sane?
My husband
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
Again, no comment <-- Same answer as 2013 & 2014
34. Who did you miss?
My friends and family in CA <-- Same answer as 2013 & 2014
35. Who was the best new person you met?
Two new women who have inspired and helped me find my happiness within the fitness world
36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.
Life is too short! <-- Same answer as 2012 & 2013 & 2014

Monday, January 18, 2016

CVS Coupon Haul Week of 1/17/2016: Saved 88%

Transaction #1

(4) Tide Pods Laundry Detergent + Stain Remover + Brightener: $6.29 on Sale for $4.44
(2) Puffs Plus Lotion With The Scent Of Vicks: $2.57 on Sale for $.99
(4) Softsoap Foaming Hand Soap: $4.99 on Sale for $3.50
(4) Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner: $4.99 on Sale for $4.00

Manufacture Coupons:
(2) $3 Off 2 Pantene Products - 12/27 P&G
(2) $.25 Off Puffs - 12/27 P&G
(4) $2.00 Off Tide Pods - 12/27 P&G

CVS Coupons
$4 Off $14 Pantene 
$4 Off $14 Liquid Hand Soap
$1.50 Off Tide Pods
Used $20.00 in ExtraCareBucks

Paid $8.71 and received $15.00 in ExtraCareBucks
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Retail Value: $73.19

Paid Out Of Pocket: $8.71

($15.00 in ExtraCareBucks left over for next week)

Saved: $64.48


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

52 Books Read in 2015!

The list below is all the books I enjoyed this past year:


5 Stars:
After I Do
Big Little Lies
Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island
Fodor's In Focus Aruba
Lost December
Orphan Train
The Life List

4 Stars:
I've Got Your Number
Paper Towns
Skipping a Beat
Summer People
The Blue Bistro
The Bridge
The Christmas Shoes (Christmas Hope #1)
The Husband's Secret
The Matchmaker
The Perfect Marriage
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
The Secret (The Secret, #1)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
These Girls
What Alice Forgot

3 Stars: 
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
Annie's Baby: The Diary of Anonymous, A Pregnant Teenager
Assholes Finish First (Tucker Max, #2)
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget
Carrie Pilby
Love the One You're With
Magic Hour
Never Never (Never Never, #1)
Save the Date
The Girls of August
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

2 Stars:
Funny Girl
Luckiest Girl Alive
Summer Rental
The Beginning of Everything
The Rosie Effect (Don Tillman, #2)
Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)
 Ugly Girls
1 Star:

0 Stars: (Read for School Purposes)
Nixonland: America's Second Civil War and the Divisive Legacy of Richard Nixon 1965-72
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
The Subjection of Women 
The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns
Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence 


For 2016 I have paired with a couple ladies to once again reach the goal of 52 books read in 2016. Keep a lookout for social media posts using the hash tag #Read52in16