Wednesday, February 24, 2010

2/21 Weekly Drug Store Couponing Deals

Here are my deals for the week. Not sure I did as well as I could this week but...

CVS Pharmacy

2 Lady Speed Stick Stainguard deodorants "sale" priced at $2.99 each

$2.99-$2.00 CVS ExtraCare Bucks (ECB) =$.99 final cost each

1 Colgate Max Fresh Toothpaste "sale" priced at $2.99

$2.99-$.75 manf. coupon = $2.24
$2.24- $2.00 ECB = $0.24 final cost

1 Almay Intensiti Mascara "sale" priced at $5.99

$5.99- $2.00 manf. coupon = $3.99
$3.99- $2.00 ECB = $1.99 final cost

1 pack of Puffs facial tissue priced at $0.88

$0.88- $1.00 coupon = $0.12 overage

I also got 2 rolls of the CVS Earth Essentials paper towels priced at $0.88 each.

Total before coupons: $17.60
Total after coupons: $10.85 ($3.75 in manf. coupons + $3.00 off $15 CVS coupon)
Total after using $5 ECB: $5.85 oop before tax

I earned $8 ECB back.

Walgreens

Nothing at Walgreens excited me this week but I had $5 in Register Rewards that were expiringso I had to use them. These prices were not the greatest but they were the only things in the flyer that I wanted.

2 Arm & Hammer detergent $6.99-$1.00 manf. coupon = $5.99/2 (they were buy one get one)
2 Arm & Hammer toothpaste $4.29-$1.00 manf. coupon = $3.29/2 (also buy one get one)

Total before coupons: $11.28
Total after coupons: $4.28 before tax ($2 manf. coupon plus $5 RR)

Riteaid

Once again, I spent way more than I intended to here but...

2 40 ct. boxes Purevia sweetener $2.50 each - $3 manf. coupons
2 bags Sunsweet prunes $2.50 each - $1 manf. coupon
2 bags Halls cough drops $1.49 each - $1 manf. coupon
1 Keri lotion 4.99 - $1 manf. coupon
1 4 pk. Cottonelle tissue $2.49 - $.50 manf. coupon
1 42 ct. Cottonelle wipes $2.49 - $.50 manf. coupon
1 Lindt valentines candy @ 75% off - $2.24
1 Simply Saline $3.99 - $1. manf. coupon

Total before coupons: 28.19
Total after coupons: 16.18 oop before tax ($5 off 25 Riteaid coupon + $8 in manf. coupons)

All in all, not a bad week but I'm not sure I got really good prices this week especially at Walgreens and Riteaid.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sleep Training Update #2

So, after checking out and reading a bunch of sleep training books from the library, I'm convinced that we have a system that works for us. Cayden is doing so much better, we have actually had quite a few nights of him sleeping all the way through. It's been amazing. I think he's worried about spoiling us because at least 2 nights a week, he will wake up at least once but I am holding firm. If it's after midnight, I will not get up unless he is hysterical or if he's fussy for more than 30 minutes.

This has worked out well because he usually stops crying after a few minutes and I can hear him playing with his rattle until he falls back asleep. I know he's not hungry because he gets a 5 oz. bottle of breast milk at his last feeding before midnight. Knowing that he's not hungry helps me feel better about not jumping up when I hear him because I know that he most likely wants the boob to help him go back to sleep not because he's really hungry. So, to summarize, this is the plan that has worked for us with mostly good results.

1. Moving his crib to another room.
2. Spacing out his feedings. We haven't been able to get past 3 hours or so but giving one bottle with some cereal in it during the day seems to help.
3.Establishing midnight as my cutoff point and sticking to it. After that he's on his own unless there's something really wrong.
4. Making sure he has a full belly at his last feeding before midnight.
5. Slowly dropping the night feedings. We went from one feeding after midnight to no longer feeding him after midnight.
6. Not going in to attend to him immediately when he wakes up.

There has been crying along the way but I have decided that I need to accept that we have a child who will cry no matter what we do. I just comfort him the best I can and hold firm with nap time and bed time. I still rock him to sleep because it's the best thing for both of us. He still fights going to sleep but we are being a lot firmer about making sure he takes his naps during the day and staying in his crib and putting himself back to sleep when he wakes up at night.

Weekly Couponing Deals

Here are the deals that I plan to take advantage of this week.

CVS Pharmacy

1 Gillette Mach3 triple pack disposable razor "sale" priced at $5.79

5.79-$2.00 manf. coupon = $3.79
$3.79-$2.00 CVS ExtraCare Bucks (ECB) =$1.79 final cost

1 Crest Pro Health Rinse "sale" priced at $3.50

$3.50-$2.00 manf. coupon = $1.50
$1.50- $3.50 ECB = $2.00 profit

1 Crest Pro Health toothpast "sale" priced at $3.50

$3.50- $.75 manf. coupon = $2.75
$2.75- $3.50 ECB = $.75 profit

I also got a Sunday paper at $1.50 and I had a $4 ECB that I had to use this week before it expired.

Total before coupons: $14.29
Total after coupons: $9.54

So after using my $4 ECB, I owed $5.54 before tax and I earned $9 ECB back.

RiteAid

I made some rookie mistakes at Riteaid but first, here's what I bought. I honestly went there only for the Huggies but ended up buying quite a bit more.

Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers $8.99

$8.99-$2.00 manf. coupon =$6.99 out of pocket (oop). This item also qualified for a $3.00 Riteaid single check rebate so final cost was $3.99.

Vaseline cocoa butter lotion, 10 oz. $2.99

$2.99-$1.00 manf. coupon = $1.99 and I bought two so that's $3.98(oop)

Renuzit air fresheners, $.88

.88 x 3 and I had a buy 2 get one free manf. coupon so oop was $1.76

2 Olay Regenerist mousse cleansers $4.99 (these were on clearance for 50% off..regular price $9.99)

$4.99 -$3.00 manf. coupon = $1.99 each or $3.98 oop. Now I only need one more item to qualify for the newest Olay rebate.

So my total at Riteaid before coupons was $27.59. After coupons $16.71. Here's where the rookie mistake comes in. If I had printed off the $5 off a $25 purchase Riteaid coupon, I would have saved even more. So, lesson learned. Always, always, always, take all your coupons with you whether you think you'll use them or not.

I also didn't take the time to plan my purchases at Riteaid very well. I reviewed the ad several times and although there were a number of things that interested me, I decided that I was only going to get the diapers. So another lesson is that if there are things on sale that you really want, take the time to make the deals work.

Lastly, if I had reviewed the Target ad more closely, I could have gotten the Vaseline lotion for .99 after combining my $1 manf. coupon with a $1 Target coupon. Target only had a specific kind of the lotion on sale though and I was able to get the one I really wanted at Riteaid so I guess it was a trade off. I'm not really upset about this because I didn't feel compelled to buy a lotion that I really didn't want because it was $1 cheaper. I was able to choose the one I wanted by buying it at Riteaid.

Walgreens

There was nothing in the Walgreen's flyer that I wanted this week but I did go in and buy 3 four pound bags of sugar for $1.99 each. I used a $5 Register reward coupon so my final cost was $1.15 after tax.

Target

I have been reviewing the Target ad for a few days now and although it's not solely a deal seeking trip, here's my shopping list.

Up DVD $9 (This will complete the requirements for the $5 Birdseye Voila rebate)

Listerine- buy 3 at $4.50 each and get a $5 gift card. I've got 3 $1 off manf. coupon and 1 $1 off Target coupon so I have $4 in coupons total.

$13.50-$4= $9.50 oop. When you subtract the $5 gift card, the final cost is $4.50 so, it's like getting two free.

Purevia sweetener, 40 ct. - $2.99- $1.00 manf. coupon = $1.99

Gloworm (I'm hoping this will help calm my little one when he wakes in the middle of the night)- $9.99- $2.00 manf. coupon = $7.99

So, if I can stick to my list, my total out of pocket at Target should be $28.48 and I will leave with a $5.00 gift card and submit for another $5 rebate for the DVD.

I live in a town with only one Target, so hopefully, there will be some items left when I get there.

Couponing

I've been trying to get into couponing since November of last year. Every week, I faithfully scour the sales flyers for the grocery store, drug stores, and Target to see what good deals I can snag that week. Since then, I've accumulated mountains of toothpaste and mouthwash. It seems as though they are on sale every week. I continue to buy them because one of the justifications of couponing is that you stock up when items are cheap so that you don't have to buy them when they're on sale.

Although I think I am failing miserably at the grocery store with the couponing thing, my cabinets are overflowing with food, I still have items from my last grocery trip sitting on the counter because I can't find any room for them in the cabinets. I've convinced myself that I need new bigger kitchen cabinets and a pantry to accommodate all the food I'm buying. Well, to be fair, couponing or not, the house is 80 years old and still has the original cabinets so it really needs new cabinets. I also think I should get a deep freezer because I have enough Bird's Eye Voila meals, Steamfresh Meals for Two and Healthy Choice meals to feed a small army.It seems the same items are on sale almost every week and with my personality, I feel compelled to buy them because it's something that we would eat AND I have a coupon for it.

Despite all my space issues, my misgivings about how much I'm really saving when you factor in the cost of gas and the time I spend stalking deals, the fact that I am still making rookie mistakes almost weekly, I really do enjoy couponing. Something about it satisfies the achiever in me. I plan to continue doing it until I get to a certain level of comfort with the whole process. I am also determined to do better at the grocery store. I am just not realizing the savings that I could be. It's likely that it's because I refuse to compromise on which foods I'm willing to buy. Some foods just aren't welcome in my house and a coupon is not going to change that.