Rite Aid Weekly Ad (through 8/30):Pert Plus Shampoo/Conditioner $2.99 - $2 Rite Aid rebate - $2 coupon from newspaper = $1 profit French's Mustard $.99 (I also found one with a $.30 coupon taped to the bottle) = $.69 Frank's Red Hot $.99 - $.50 coupon = $.40 Heinz Ketchup 32 oz $1.79 Drano Max $2.99 - $1 Rite Aid rebate = $1.99 Duck Brand Packing Tape free after Rite Aid rebate Rite Aid $30 gift card with transferred prescription printable coupon here Rite Aid 25 free digital prints with purchase of 25 prints...also 50 free 4 x 6 prints with new account! McDonald's Free Southern Style Chicken (or Biscuit) with medium drink purchase coupon was in the Parade newspaper insert or also available here ...free fast food is not necessary "a great deal" in my opinion but getting it once in awhile is ok I guess especially since it was free and it worked well for a quick dinner for us...I had leftovers the night that Mike got the sandwich (no fries). Buehler's (weekly ad through Sunday) 5 lb basket of Freestone peaches for $3.99 Arm & Hammer Essentials free after rebate at this link (I couldn't get the coupon to print but it still ends up free even though I didn't get the $1 profit) ______________________________________________
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This is a fun picture...Last year for Mike's birthday I surprised him by putting a cake and balloons in his office so that he would see it when he went into work in the morning. The cake was made to look like a hamburger. (I didn't make it). And I was proud of myself for pulling off the surprise since the building to his office just happened to be unlocked when I "went to the grocery store" and was able to drop everything off without anything looking suspicious.
We are heading to Detroit for the day tomorrow to celebrate his birthday, so that's why I am posting this a little early...
I hope you have a fun and special 33rd birthday, Mike! I love you!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
- It is very likely that the fewer trips that you make to the store, the less money you will spend. (Due to being away so much of the month, I was not as organized in my shopping or my meal planning.)
- Cooking meals while away from home may be more expensive than what you are used to at home but still less expensive than eating out.
- Increases in the cost of food are apparent and inevitable due to the economy and inflation - do the best that you can, but plan for some flexibility in your budget (such as taking money from your "going out"/entertainment budget) and evaluate to see if it is time to increase your grocery budget a little bit when costs go up. (I was still under budget for the month, just not below my own frugal goal.)
- Unexpected necessities happen, especially when it comes to medical care. We spent almost $20 in ear drops, decongestant, and an ear curette to try to avoid an unnecessary trip to the doctor, but...that's OK...the important thing is that Mike got what he needed. Sometimes a trip to the doctor really is necessary. (I am also relieved that he can hear me again - it's kind of funny because he keeps saying how loud everything is now.
...We did get in on a deal earlier in the week through Amazon Prime. Mike was able to get the movie Flywheel for free. (It was pretty neat because he has been thinking about getting the movie - it's produced by the producers as Facing the Giants - but just didn't feel it was the right time to buy it - then it turned out through this deal that he got it for free!!!) Unfortunately this was a one-day deal, so it is no longer available.
The good news is that today starts a new month!
Some money saving opportunities:
- Anyone that uses PayPal may be interested in checking out Yahoo Revolutionary MoneyExchange. It is a new competitor for PayPal but the nice thing about MoneyExchange is that there are no fees associated with the transaction, unlike PayPal. Mike signed up and got free stat tracker for fantasy football ($15 value) and $10 deposited into his account. If you are interested, please let me know because there is a referral bonus offer as well.
- Borders.com is having a promotion where you get $5 off any item through August 8th. You can read about it here.
- Get $6 in coupons for Cheerios at CheeriosChallenge.com (I'm not sure, but I think they email you 1 $1 off coupon each week for 6 weeks)
As always, there are many other deals over at Money Saving Mom, but those are the ones that caught my attention this week.