Gotta love free diapers!

30 03 2008
It’s a great time to stock up on Pampers!
Total Value: $40.50
OOP: $0.54
ECB earned: 4.99
There are several Pampers coupons floating around. There were a couple in the P&G insert from 3/2. Also, if you buy Cheerios there is a $1.50 coupon on the back. (Randall’s has an in store coupon for 4/$4 General Mills cereals, so if you use that you can make $2.00 by buying cereal!) If you sign up at they will send you coupons in the mail (probably not in time for this deal, but they are always good to have on hand). Even without coupons, $8.99 for a package of diapers or pullups isn’t bad especially combined with ECBs!

My mall shopping trip

29 03 2008

When you have 2 young kids, you hardly ever go to the mall. I brought Taryn in for her 8 month pictures (they’ll be up as soon as I can scan them!) and I did a little shopping for myself while I was there. Here’s what I got.

At Libby Lu, I got a free Hanna Montana CD for my cousin thanks to this coupon. At Bath and Body works, I spent around $3 on some travel body spray for me and used this coupon to get a free gift bag worth $10. At Victoria Secrets, I bought myself some sparkly eye shadow and eye liner on sale for $10 and received a full sized body scrub thanks to this coupon. Have I mentioned that I love coupons?

Absence makes the heart grow fonder…

29 03 2008

Oh, how I love CVS. Let me count the ways… 🙂 Or at least show you my deals for today! I enjoyed my week off, but it was nice to get back to making money for getting free stuff today!

7 Softsoap Spa Bodywashes
1 Cayenne Pepper
(In two transactions- used 3 ($1.00/1 Softsoap from 3/9 SS) and 4 ($1.50/1 Softsoap from 3/30)+ 2(5/15 CVS coupons)
OOP: $0.00
ECB spent: 16.81
ECB Earned: $34.93 MADE $18.12
3rd trip (not shown)
2 Softsoap Spa Bodywashes
2 boxes Cheez-It
used 1 (5/15 CVS coupon)
OOP: $1.99
ECB spent: 8.99
ECB earned: 12.98 MADE $2.00!

This looked interesting

27 03 2008

Thanks to iMommies for passing on this deal! I looked up some of the discounts in our area and it definitely seemed worth it. Free passes to the museums and Old McDonald’s Farm (for those of you in the Humble/Kingwood area) and 1/2 price on sporting tickets peaked my interest. Take a look and if you end up buying one, put me as a referral! 🙂 If you don’t, then you can just hang out with me and mooch off my coupons.

A day without coffee…

26 03 2008

Does anyone else ever feel like this? I feel like I’m constantly one (teeny tiny) step from a nervous breakdown all the time. I’m very short on sleep today (thanks to my 7 month old), so I know that colors things, but today started out fairly well. It wasn’t a particularly bad morning for us. Yes, Taryn did scream bloody murder while I tried to take a shower and yes, I had to tackle Tori to get her dressed, but these things are minor. I met one of my best friends for lunch today since she happened to be on my side of town (for those of you who don’t live in Houston, “the other side of the city” is a good hour away if traffic is light). It’s always a challenge to enjoy a lunch with a toddler and a baby, but overall, they did pretty well. Then Tori got sick on the way home and messed up her dress and the car seat and added such a lovely aroma to my car that I spent the rest of the drive fighting my gag reflex. When we got home I stripped her down and sponged her off and got both girls down for a nap and managed to get a little rest myself. That was the best part of my day.

Unfortunately it didn’t last long. When I woke up to Taryn’s screaming (who needs an alarm clock when you have babies?), I had a headache and my mom called to say she was coming over (no, those two aren’t related.) Mom came over and we couldn’t even have a decent conversation because Taryn never stopped screaming and Tori never stopped whining and the whole time, I’m just burning with shame about how disgusting my house is. You have to understand, I don’t have one of those judgmental type moms. She understands what its like when you’ve got two kids and she relates to a lot of what I’m going through, but that doesn’t stop me from looking around and seeing the filth through her eyes. I just wanted to sit down in the middle of the dirty floor and bawl. I never seem to be able to get ahead. In fact, it feels like no matter how much I do, the house gets worse and worse everyday. All I’m doing is spinning my wheels and its wearing me down.

Things are looking slightly better. I let Taryn scream bloody murder while Tori watched Harry Potter so that I could clean my kitchen and sweep and mop. Trey and I straightened some more after the girls were in bed and put the CHRISTMAS boxes in the attic. Yup, that’s right- I said Christmas boxes. It wasn’t enough, but it did make a dent.

Easter Garden

24 03 2008

We had a quiet Easter at home today so I used the beautiful weather to work on my garden. Inspired by Frugal Dad and Get Rich Slowly, I’m in embracing the new Square Foot Gardening craze and I hope that it pays off!

build boxmix soilfill boxseparate square foot sectionsplant

Tori and Evie helped!


It’s been fun, CVS, but I think we need a break.

23 03 2008

You all know how much I love my CVS, but I think its time to take a well deserved rest. I love that free-stuff rush, but there is a lot of work and time involved. As my husband pointed out the other day, I’m not doing it to feel good anymore, I’m just doing it to feel normal. 😛 I think its time to set aside the intoxicating sales packed CVS pipe for a bit. Thankfully, the sales look pretty slim this week, so it will be a good opportunity to recoup and organize the ridiculous amount of stuff I’ve brought home in the last month.

These were my last two trips.


Total Value: $35.01

Total OOP for these two trips: $1.64

Saved: 33.37

My weekly CVS stats:

Total Value of Merchandise: $226.08

Total OOP: $25.57

Saved $200.51 or 86%