Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
L'eggs pantyhose, $1, used $1 coupon, net: FREE!
It is so fun to take the Professor along to CVS because he walks out astonished over how little cold cash leaves my wallet. I "bought" the Schick razor and the Tylenol vial for .81 after sale prices, coupons, and ECB's, and then used my store gift card (from a previous return) to pay that .81. So, no money left my wallet and my husband loved it. Both items will show up in Christmas stockings.
I wanted to get the yeast deal that Crystal tells about on her blog, but mine came out differently. The yeast was indeed on sale for $1/strip. And I had the .45 coupon, doubled. But I was given a Catalina for .50 off any purchase, not .50 off more yeast. So it won't be doubled as far as I can tell. That means that my yeast deal ends when my coupons run out. So sad.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
I did most of my bargain-hunting late in the week after spending most of the week with daughter and new baby. At CVS, store #1:
Small J&J Baby Shampoo, $1.99, used $2 coup, .01 overage
3 pks Energizer batteries, $5.29 each, used $5 printable coup, 3 $1 mfr peelies, earned $5 xbucks
2 Robitussin, $4.99 each, used (2) .50 coups, earned $5 xbucks
Dove body wash, $5.29, used $1 coup, earned $1 xbuck
L'Oreal eye shadow, $6.99, used $2 coup, earned $2 xbucks
Stacked $3/$15, $2/$10 coups, used $15 xbucks
OOP $6.13, earned $13 xbucks
I tried to use two more $2/$10 coups, but the cashier at the photo counter wouldn't let me, nor would he let me use the other $1 mfr Energizer coup I had. Also, I later regretted buying the Dove body wash. I spent too many xbucks on it, with not enough gained in return. My oop could have been $1.84.
This store was out of stock on free CVS tissues
So, on to CVS store #2:
CVS tissues, .99 sale, coup for item free
5 pkgs CVS cough drops, .99 each, earn .99 xbuck on each
12-pk CVS disposable razors, $4.49
Total about $10.50, used $2.50/$10 coup, free tissues coup, and $5 xbucks
OOP: $1.89 and earned $4.95 xbucks
I raced through the store while helping out my daughter. Her state tax is over 9%! I bought:
3 Celestial Seasonings tea, $1.50 each, used $1/3 coup
2 Arrid XX deo BOGO, $2.99, used .55 coup on each (net .95 each)
Splenda packets, $1.99, used $1 coup
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, $1.99, used $1 coup
2 boxes envelopes, .59 each
2 bottles spices, .50 each
4 rolls Scotch Magic Tape, .50 each
2 bags Hershey's kisses, $1.50 each, used $1.50/2 coup, net .75 each
Ajax detergent, .99, used .20 coup
Curel lotion, clearance $3.59, used $1 coup
Nivea Firming lotion, clearance $3.59, used $2 coup
Purell Foam Sanitizer rain check from a few weeks ago, net .49, used $1.50 coup, $1.01 overage
I don't often shop here, but I saw several deals, so daughter and I stopped. They were reasonably well stocked on what we wanted.
2 pkgs O-Cell-O Sponges, .99 each, used $1/2 coup, net .50 pkg. I had one more coupon, but the store didn't have enough sponges left for me to use it.
2 tubes Crest Toothpaste, .99 each
2 bags Russell Stover International chocolates, $2 each, used $2/2 coup, net $1 a bag
Whitman's Sugar Free chocolates, sale $4.99, used $2 coup
Thursday, December 6, 2007
A small portion of my angel collection brightens the dining room.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Stealing an idea from Maryanne (see below), I made this branch tree. Mine isn't appropriate for the dining room table because we use our table constantly, but it is a perfect fit for the bedroom dresser. A little bit of Christmas sparkle in a room I don't usually decorate at Christmas. Quick, simple, and free. What could be better?
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I envision using the basket for picnics, perhaps to carry bottles. The roll of wallpaper won't end up on my walls even though I do have a green house. It might make nice shelf liners for my china cabinet, or backing for a shadow box, or a million other uses in crafting. One thing for sure ~ it will last a very long time.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Under the circumstances, I volunteered to prepare all the food and take it up. So we will travel with a raw turkey (in large cooler), potato casserole, sweet potatoes ready to become casseroled, assorted canned goods to be turned into various dishes, fresh cranberry relish, two pies, and low carb cheesecake. It was a busy day in my kitchen. Here is the final result:
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
3 dozen eggs, $1.00 dozen
2 bags m&m's, sale 2/$5, $1/2 store coup, $1/2 mfr coup, net $1.50 bag
small Hershey's candy bars, sale .25 each, BOGO mfr coup (boohoo I only had one coup)
Sunsilk shampoo and conditioner, sale $2.99, $2.00 mfr coup (had 2), net .99 each
Sunsilk cream conditioner, clearance $1.89, $2.00 mfr coup, net: Walgreens paid me .11!
Sunsweet dried apricots 6 oz, sale $1.99, $1.00 coup, net .99 (That coupon might be from my dumpster diving foray)
Tylenol vial, sale $2.49, xbucks $2.49, mfr coup $1.00, net earn $1.00 (yeah!)
Keri lotion $8.49, $4.00 xbucks, $1.00 mfr coup
Olay body wash $4.99 ea, $5.00 xbucks, $1.00 coup on each
Paid with a $2/$10 coup, a $3/$15 coup, and my previous $10 in xbucks, total oop $3.35
xbucks earned for next visit: $11.50
Found some great stuff here.
No Yolks noodles .99, had five .50 coups, all doubled, got five pkgs noodles FREE
Green Giant boxed froz vegs, sale $1.00, had several different coups which got me six boxes for .50 each
cake mixes .89, $1/2 coup, net .39 each
cans of pie cherries $1.50 each. I bought all five remaining cans.
tortillas sale $2.00, $1.00 coup
Sundown vitamins BOGO, combined with one $3.00 coup and three $2.00 coups, I paid .24 for one bottle of vitamin C, and .59 each for three bottles of echinacea.
Eagle Brand sw cond milk, sale $2.00, $1.00 coup
Pet evap milk, .89, .25 coup doubled, net .39
I bought a few other things such as meat and fruit, for a total oop of $29.40. My savings through coupons and sales was $49.54.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
2 Colgate Max Fresh paste, BOGO, reg $2.99, .75 coup
Tylenol 24 ct, .99, $1.00 coup
Total OOP $2.22 plus tax
2 Fantastik sprays, $2.13, $1.00 coup on each (expiring today)
Oxy-clean spray, $2.77, .75 coup (expiring today)
Keebler graham crust, sale $1, .55 coup
Russell Stover sugar free candy, $1.50, BOGO coup (to freezer for xmas stocking)
Butterfinger Stix candy, clearance .25 (to freezer for xmas stocking)
Friday, November 16, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
I didn't buy much here this week because I'm finding my grocery bargains elsewhere now.
Krusteaz muffin mix, BOGO $1.15, .55 off coupon, total .60
8 oz Athenos feta block $2
5-lb Domino sugar $1.99, manfr .55/2 coup, total $1.71 ea
4-pk white tuna BOGO, ea can .74
Pillsbury cake mixes BOGO, .80 ea
(Wouldn't you know, the day after this sale was over, our throw-away paper had a coupon insert with $1/2 Pillsbury cake mixes. Those cake mixes could have been .30 each!)
First trip to CVS:
I had a coupon for $2.50 off $10 in CVS brand products. I bought:
body wash on sale $2.99
Sudafed look-alike $3.49
$11.98, minus $2.50, minus $6.58 xbucks, OOP $2.32
Secret deodorant 3/$5 store sale
travel size Aleve $1.02, .75 off coupon, OOP .27
Second trip to CVS:
I tell the whole story on a separate blog entry on Nov. 6, entitled "These Women and Their Coupons"
Crest toothpaste, $1 store coup, $1 off coupon, OOP .79
Kleenex 200 ct, $1 box, bought 6 boxes
candy bars 3/$1, used a BOGO coupon, OOP on 6: $1.35
Sunsweet apricots 6 oz, on sale $1.99, $1 off coupon, OOP .99
Nature Made vitamin C: BOGO store sale, used one $1 off coup, OOP each $1.99
Purell foam sanitizer, on sale $3.49, store coup $2.50, manfr coup $1, FREE!
travel size Old Spice body wash, .97, $1 off coupon, net gain .03
Dial liquid soap, store sale $1, .30 coupon doubled, OOP .40
And to CVS again:
Ester-C, BOGO store sale, used 2 $1 off coups, OOP each bottle $2.99
Dawn dish detergent, sale .98, .50 off coup, OOP .48
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
- Dawn dish detergent, sale .98 and .25 coupon
- Cold Reduce, $9.99, $2 xbucks and $1 coupon
- Sudafed, $5.49, $5 coupon
- 4 bags candy corn, .09 each
Saturday, November 3, 2007
This was a good ad week, although it was frustrating dealing with their inaccurate registers.
Blue Diamond almonds BOGO, final cost $1.64 each can
Hershey's candy, final cost $1 per 10 oz bag. I bought Miniatures and York Peppermint Patties for Christmas stockings. They are hidden in the freezer now.
Pantyhose .69 each
large bubble mailing envelopes .33 each! I'm serious. The cashier said no one was buying them. I bought the limit at one store, then went to another store and bought the limit again.
Mandarin oranges .39 each. I bought the limit on these too, at both stores, so now I'm well supplied.
I went to a Super Target when I had to ferry a kid to a distant class. I used my second $5 off a $25 purchase coupon.
Frozen turkey .68 lb (It might not be the very best price we'll see this Thanksgiving, but it's a decent price and I thought I'd buy to pop in the freezer)
eggs .99 dozen (This is the best price I've seen in months. Even at Easter there were no sales on eggs in my area)
3 dz corn tortillas .74 on clearance
taco shells .84
I found a basket of bakery items marked manager's special
1 dz chocolate cake donuts .50
Angel food cake .75
6 hoagie rolls .75
6 ww bolillo rolls .79
Also, chicken leg quarters .49 lb
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Our tomato plants are still producing, and tomorrow will be November. My neighbors all ripped out their tomato plants weeks ago, but mine are happily perking along, blossoming, fruiting, and turning red in the sun. The nights are getting cold now, though, and I expect our first freeze could be soon.
These tomatoes are fresh-picked this morning.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
My neighbor is in the habit of giving our family groceries that he doesn't want. Usually it's one item which he gets free at the market, but he doesn't eat. It might be a sack of flour, a tray of cookies, a bottle of soda, that sort of thing. Today he brought over all his leftovers from his football party: chips, party mix, bread (I don't think this was from the party), salsa, and cold pizza. The pizza didn't hang around long, so it's not in the picture.
We're always happy to take what he doesn't want!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
1/2 gal ice cream $1.34
5 lb flour .94
Splenda on sale 5.99 minus $3 off on two bags
20 oz Dole pineapple .72 on clearance (And the store just opened! Why clearance?)
I also scored a few deals at Kroger:
Sundown vitamins BOGO. I bought calcium and Echinachea, each rang up less than $3, plus a $3 off coupon on each. Kroger paid me to take them out of the store!
Hunts tomato sauce .62, minus .25 coupon doubled (had 3), net cost .12 each
Armour Sizzle n Serve sausages on sale for $1, plus two .35 coupons doubled. I paid .30 ea box
2 tubes Crest Pro Health toothpaste $3.29 each, xbucks $3.29 each, minus a mfr BOGO coupon. I paid with previous xbucks so my out of pocket was just .50 for the two tubes, plus I got $6.58 in xbucks. What a deal! BUT I had to go to three stores before I found the toothpaste in stock.
It's only 10 minutes or so from home, but it's not on my usual route, so I stocked up when I headed that direction.
frozen ground turkey .89 lb, I bought 6 chubs
mandarin oranges .45 each
red grapes .99lb
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I hit a few garage sales yesterday and found three needed baby linens:
A new in package crib sheet, a blue thermal receiving blanket, and a white terry cloth changing pad cover. All look new, even though the receiving blanket and changing pad cover are not. I'm always looking for ways to help the new parents.
Note: The changing pad cover turned out to be too small. But it wasn't that much money, so I don't mind. It was worth the try.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
These leaves aren't quite at home, but at least they blend better here in the dining room than in the living room or family room.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I'm so excited about my fantastic furniture find. On my morning walk one Saturday last month, I came across a garage sale in the neighborhood behind our house. They were selling bedroom furniture: bed frame, dresser, and desk; for $30 or $10 each piece. I thought there must be something wrong with it, or else it was fake wood. But no, every piece was well-built, solid wood, dovetailed joints, and in great condition. I rushed home and dragged Heather out of bed. She was especially interested in the dresser, but she hated the shiny black glaze over the original finish. I volunteered to strip it (mommies-to-be shouldn't breathe those fumes), AND to buy the desk too, in case she would want it later for a diapering table. $20 poorer, we carted them home to our garage.
The desk's current home is my studio. I will finish stripping it sometime later.
The dresser, half stripped. It's a lot of work.
Added later: Here is the completed dresser, stripped and refinished with two coats of tung oil. It is now at home in Heather's house.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Yay! The digital camera finally came home from two weeks at summer camp with its owner. Now I can post what I accomplished while they were gone. Once again, I did my favorite thing ~ I found a cotton sheet at the thrift. This one appears to be from the 50's or 60's (because the label looks like the kind that were on our sheets when I was a very little girl). It is very heavy white cotton, twin size, and I made:
1) Jammie pants! I trimmed the hems with some loopy lace trim intended for sheets. I purchased it years ago at a Springs Mills outlet store.
2) A sundress! This is Simplicity 4220, view B. It looks rather ugly on the pattern envelope, but I like how it turned out. I had to take the sides in quite a bit, and I left off the ties. I think they look too juvenile on me. Also a close up of the bodice. The lace trim (at the hem too) is from my stash.
3) A skirt! Actually, only the inset godets came from the sheet. The vertical panels with cutwork embroidery are from three thrifted valences. I was able to cut two vertical panels from each valence, which gave me six panels. The skirt needed eight panels, so I cheated and used non-embroidered areas of the valence to make the final two panels. I hid those at the side back. The skirt isn't hemmed yet, but daylight was quickly fading and I wanted to get the photos tonight.
I was surprised at how much I got from one sheet.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
"Always select or make designs that enhance your daintiness, your femininity, your exquisite delicacy and tenderness. Do this with every stitch of clothing you have, from bungalow aprons to bathing suits, from sport costumes to ball gowns. Endeavor to provide yourself with an entire wardrobe of dainty and cuddlesome garments, each piece as bewitching as the wearer herself." --Fascinating Womanhood, St. Louis: Psychology Press
Monday, June 18, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
The first photo shows the pattern pieces in place. I laid the sleeve piece on the bias to use the cutwork. I really could not think of any other way to lay it out and still incorporate the cutwork areas. In the upper right of the photo you can also see the area I previously used for the collar.
The second photo shows the almost-finished blouse. The lace trim edging the plackets and trimming the sleeves previously edged all sides of the cloth. I just cut it off and zigzagged it on the blouse.
Everything is now complete except the buttonholes because my buttonhole dial decided to have a fit this afternoon. I may have to find a friend with a better behaving machine!
The last photo is a close-up of the cutwork area on one sleeve.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
But I had several problems with it: Firstly, the flutter sleeves didn't flutter; they flew! Straight out! That's not exactly the look I was after. So I tried cap sleeves, but my oversize arms and shoulders looked terrible. I just about decided it would have to be sleeveless (not my favorite look) when I opted to try the short sleeves from my favorite blouse pattern. To make the cap fit smoothly, I had to cut the bodice armhole bigger.