Friday, January 28, 2011

So Much To Tell

My #1 Fan

On January 2, my grandmother passed away suddenly. She was the "#1 fan" of this blog and I suspect probably my "only" reader (lol). She got such a "kick" out of all the stuff I would get for so little and free! When I didn't "post" anything she would email me to find out why. Every week she would tell me how much she enjoyed reading this blog. I just have not had it in me to post since her passing.
I wrote a post in December regarding our celebrating her 90th birthday (it was 12/10). We had a wonderful Christmas with her too!
She was an inspiration to the females in our family. She lived alone in her own home, cooked for herself, did housework, and even yard work. She played cards with her "lady friends" weekly and volunteered at the local museum and library in her town.She loved to embroider, crochet, and knit. Every year she made mittens and donated them to the schools for the children who had none.
She is very much missed!
                                                        My Life Goes On
I have been to Target MANY, MANY, times since my last blog. My cupboard in the basement, that Dave got me last summer, is now completely FULL! All of it either FREE or practically free. LOL!
Everyone got dental floss,and lotion for the girls and Axe body wash for the guys, in their stockings at Christmas.  ( I did forget to hand out the Red Cross Travel kits though LOL. Oh well there's always Easter LOL)!

Let's start with the pictures I took of just the FREE stuff I have acquired this week  :)

The Tide and Reach are 97¢ each and my coupons were for $1.00 off each so not only did I get these free I had an additional 18¢ extra off my total. The Whiska's were on sale for 50¢ each and I had BOGO free coupons which when they scanned they took off $1.00 each,  so I actually got 6 cans for free (3 not shown cause I just realized this happened -woot-woot!!)

Here again 4 items at 97¢ each and coupons $1.00 each additional savings off my bill of 12¢. The Special K were free ( orig price $3.69 each)  There is a total value of items in these two pics of $23.60 ALL  FREE!!

I got my Target card right before Christmas! Everytime I use it I get 5% off my total. Not bad!

The Hair Color was free (reg price $7.79).
Chunky Soups (reg price $1.79) on sale $1.20 each > I paid 20¢ each
Feminine products (reg price 87¢ each) > I paid 12¢ each
Suave (reg price $1.34) I paid 34¢
Olay and Tide each (reg price 97¢) > paid me 6¢
Quaker Oats (reg price $2.99 each)  on sale $1.24 each > I paid 24¢ each

Total worth $25.95 > I paid $1.86 - 5% = $1.77

Chunky Soups (reg price $1.79) on sale $1.20 each > I paid 20¢ each
Feminine products (reg price 87¢ each) > I paid 12¢ each
Sensodyne (reg price 99¢ each) > paid me 1¢ each
Yakisoba (reg price 99¢) > I paid 49¢
Cat Food (reg price 77¢ each) coupons were $1.50 each > paid me $1.46

Total worth $9.83 >  I paid $1.13 - 5% = $1.07
  Special K (reg $2.79 each) 2 boxes I paid $1.29 each & 2 boxes were free
Feminine products (reg price 87¢ each) > I paid 12¢ each
Sensodyne (reg price 99¢ each) > paid me 1¢ each
Tide (reg price 97¢) > paid me 3¢
Olay 2 pks (reg price $2.49 each) > I paid 49¢ each
Suave (reg price $1.34 each) > I paid 34¢ each
Kikkoman Sauces (reg price $1.79 each) > I paid 42¢ each
Reveal 3 way bulb (reg price $2.79) > I paid 24¢
Chips Ahoy ( reg price $1.99 each) > I paid 49¢ each

Total Worth $35.84 > $6.54 - 5% = $6.21

Reveal 3 way bulb (reg price $2.79) > I paid 24¢ each
Chips Ahoy ( reg price $1.99 each) > I paid 49¢ each
Feminine products (reg price 87¢ each) > I paid 12¢ each
Tide and Reach (reg price 97¢ each)  >  paid me 3¢ each
Halls  reg price $1.22 each > I paid 22¢ each

Scrubbing Bubbles Daily Shower Spray (reg $6.99 each) > I paid 44¢ each

Total Worth $31.60 > I paid $3.02 -5% = $2.87

Feminine products (reg price 87¢ each) > I paid 12¢ each
Special K (reg $3.79) > I paid $2.79 for one and the other was free
Halls (reg $1.22) > I paid 22¢
Finish Rinse Aid (reg $3.79) > I paid 34¢
Reveal Light Bulbs ( reg $4.74) on sale $2.00 > after coupons I was paid 50¢
Total Worth $19.07 > I paid $3.59 - 5% = $3.46
TODAY - I had time to wander around a bit and found some GREAT clearance.
Full size sheet set reg price $14.99 > I paid $3.74
Twin size sheet set reg price $9.99 > I paid $2.48 each ( I bought 2 sets) Total worth $34.97 > I paid $8.26

Then I wandered back where I never go LOL.( the mens dept)
Found this pack of Hanes socks for Dave reg price $6.59 >   $3.21 - 5% = I paid $3.05

These 3 whiska were actually free (if you were paying attention at the beginning of this long blog LOL)
Halls $1.22 each > I paid 22¢ each
Chips Ahoy $1.99 each > I paid 49¢ each
Finish Rinse Aid (reg $3.79) > I paid 34¢ each
Reveal Light Bulbs ( reg $6.24) on sale $4.00 > I paid $1.50
Keebler Cookies $1.99 each > I paid 49¢ each

Total worth $24.22> I paid $4.09 - 5% = $3.89

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy............

I simply have not had time to sit and write. I have been busy with work, shopping, cleaning, decorating and trying to find some time to throw baking into it all too. LOL.
I always find time to stop at Target though ( wink, wink  ;)
Here are some of the freebies I got last week.

The Pictureka Games reg price $5.00 each, The Hungry Hippo's games reg price $5.00 each the candles reg price $4.49 each, Cottenelle wipes reg price $3.19, cat food reg price 59¢ each,  everything else reg price 97¢ each
Total value $57.82 > I paid nothing ALL FREE!!

Here are some other deals:

Chex Cereals  reg $2.99 each  > I paid  $1.50 each
Chips Deluxe reg $2.99 each > I paid 99¢ each
Campbells Soups reg 89¢ each > I paid 35¢ each
Stove Top reg $1.49 each > I paid  49¢ each
Suave reg $1.34 > I paid 34¢
Tide reg 97¢  > after coupon I earned 3¢
Cool Whip reg $1.19 each > I paid 14¢ each
Rhodes Rolls reg $2.99 each > I paid $1.49 (if you haven't tried these you're missing out they are amazing!)

Total Value $30.38 > I paid  $11.07

Going out to Target in the morning to hit another great deal or two, and finish my Christmas shopping.
Hope you have a good evening!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

90 Years! WOW!

We celebrated my Grandma's 90th birthday today! Actually her birthday is tomorrow Dec 6!
I mention this not only because it is awesome, but Grandma is my biggest fan here on my blog ! She did mention that she has missed reading it of late. I will try to keep up more on it.

I had some deals at the store today:
Advil   original price$4.19 - I paid > FREE

Country Bobs Sauce original price$3.19 - I paid > FREE

Coffemate original price $3.00 each - I paid > $1.00 each
Quaker Oats original price$2.86 - I paid > 15¢ each

Total Worth $27.96 > I paid $4.45

Yes I have still been doing "Target Runs"!
Finish dishwasher detergent original price $2.50 (on sale) - I paid > $1.00 each
Axe Body Wash original price $3.84 each - I paid > $1.92 each
Olay Body Wash original price $5.04 each- I paid > 4¢ each
Right Guard original price $2.49 each - I paid > 49¢ each
Feminine pads original price 89¢ each - I paid > 14¢ each
Tide 97¢ each coupon was $1.00 each so they paid me 3¢ each
Reach  97¢ each coupon was $1.00 each so they paid me 3¢ each
Secret  97¢ each coupon was $1.00 each so they paid me 3¢ each
Degree Deoderant 97¢ each coupon was $1.00 each so they paid me 3¢ each

Whiskas Cat Food original price 57¢ each - I paid > 29¢ each
Cat Food 77¢ I paid > FREE

Total Worth $50.89 > I paid $13.09

Beggin Strips  original price $2.59 each- I paid > 59¢ each
Purina Cat Treats original price $1.42 each- I paid > they paid me 16¢ each after coupons
Chips Ahoy Cookies original price $1.99 each (on sale)- I paid > 99¢ each
Reveal Light Bulb original price $2.74  I paid > 24¢

Pepperidge Farm Cookies original price $2.99 each  - I paid > 1.50 each  
Total Worth $26.55 > I paid $7.90
                                                                    Dave's Finds

I have not shown any of Dave's finds from work (junkyard). But he has found some great Wilton pans. Most appear to be new (well unused) with price tags still on them.

I wish I had time to get them up on ebay, but I am so behind. The Christmas tree is not up, the shopping is not comepleted and I need to start the baking too! I can't believe I made time to get this blog out but my fans have been wondering if I quit it. No I am just busier than usual these days. But I promise to "try" and get it out more often - so keep checking back!

Have a "good evening"

Friday, November 19, 2010

It's been awhile....

WOW! I didn't realize I had been away so long!
I have had many, many "Target deals" in the past month that I will share (not all at once though LOL)
First - I was in a car accident in October which put a crimp in my life and set me back on getting things done around here. I am fine! My truck is in the repair shop as I write this. It will be "good as new" in a few days. Until then I have a rental car that is hmm "different" is the word. As my sister put it when she also had one like it as a rental this past summer - "it is like riding in a coffin" LOL. It's a Chevy HHR.
Okay enough of that.
I am so proud of myself! I have been coming to terms with "letting go of stuff". I am not as bad as some of the "hoarders" I have seen on television. I do have the problem but not nearly as bad (yet). This past summer and fall I have seen first hand how this can be a problem". So my first move was - after we had the yard sale, everything that did not sell I put on the curb. I then went on craigslist and put out an ad, that it was all out there. Within an hour every bit of it was gone! If I would have waited to haul to the thrift store I fear I may have lapsed.
Next I have been gradually taking things out of the basement and "giving them away" on freecycle. So far I have  given away several boxes of clothing and much misc, that was just gathering dust waiting for that "someday that I might need it".
So here are some pictures of the items I have gotten "free" this past month.

YEP all free and yes there is more free and nearly free stuff .
Hungry Man Dinners $2.79 I paid 79¢ each
Velveeta Shells & Cheese reg $1.79 I paid 75¢
Land O Lakes Butter reg $1.89 each I paid 24¢ each
Lysol Fabric Mist $2.50 I paid 50¢
Vaseline Lotion  reg $2.89 I paid 69¢
Jello Puddings 89¢ each I paid 39¢ each
Beneful Dog Food $1.67 each  I got both free
Whiskas I paid 45¢ for both (BOGO)
Meow Mix I paid 1¢ each
Bic Razors reg $2.99 I paid 49¢
Right Guard 2 pks reg $4.00 each I paid 48¢ for each 2pk
Tide 97¢ each I got all of them for free

Total Value $40.34 > I paid $8.86

More later.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Apples and Target

I have not been posting regularly due to being sooo busy shopping for practically free at Target and putting up apples!
My oldest son brought me 3 bags of apples this past weekend and I just finished the last bag, (peeling, slicing, freezing). I froze 48 cups!
Next,  I need to can the few pumpkins I have gotten so far , a whole 3, had 4 but the squirrels ate on one for 2 weeks. There are 2 green ones still out there and I am hoping the squirrels will leave them to ripen.

I have become obsessed with Target! OMG! I am bringing bags and bags of stuff home for practically nothing!

Last Friday I got all this free!
Actually the Tide and Clean & Clear were priced 97¢ each , my coupons were $1.00 each so I made 24¢ there and the 2 GladePlug ins were $5.04 each and my coupons were $6.00 so I made $1.92 -- so I had $2.16 towards my other items in my cart.
 Total Value of this in the picture above is $29.48 - all for free!!

Also in my cart- I got more deals!

Suave 99¢ - I paid 24¢
Gillette Body Wash $3.54 each - I paid $1.54 each
Lysol $3.39 - I paid 89¢
Axe Body Sponge $3.49 - I paid $2.74 (plus got that bottle of Axe Body Wash free BOGO)
Yakisoba 99¢- I paid 47¢
Revlon Emery Boards $1.27 - I paid 27¢

Total Value $17.21 > I paid $5.53 (after the $2.16 overage from above)

Hyvee was having a sale that day too:

The Quaker Granola Bars (3pks) were $1.00 each - I paid $2.00 for all 5 boxes
Banquet Fruit Pies were 39¢ each I got 10 = $3.90 - I paid  15¢ for all 10! (not each ALL 10 FOR 15¢)
Kraft cheese on sale 2 for $4.00 - I paid $1.00 each on 5

Total Value (sale prices) $18.90  > I paid $7.15

Target again (last Sunday):

Suave Shampoo reg 99¢ - I paid 24¢
Tide Bottle reg $7.49 - I paid $3.49
Glade Spray reg $2.89 - I paid 89¢
Vaseline Lotion reg $2.69 - I paid 69¢
Alpo reg 89¢ each - I paid 38¢ each
Right Guard 2 pk reg $4.00 - I got for free
Glade motion Sensor reg $5.04 - I made 96¢ after $6.00 coupon
Land o Lakes on sale 83¢ each - I paid 38¢ each
Tide pkt, Pantene shampoo, conditioner and 2 Reach Floss 97¢ each after coupons I made 15¢

Total Value $36.73 - I paid $9.11

Then again on Tuesday ( I said I was obsessed) LOL!

Glade Carpet reg $1.99 each - I made 1¢ each after coupons
Suave $1.20 each - I paid 45¢ each
Gillette Body Wash reg $3.54 each - I paid $1.18 each
Vaseline Lotion reg $2.99 - I paid 49¢
Tide pkts 97¢ each - I made 3¢ each after coupons
Reveal 3 Way Bulb reg $2.51 - I paid $1.01
Reveal 4pk reg $3.44 - I paid 50¢
Hersheys reg $3.79 - I paid 50¢

Total Value $38.75 - I paid $9.30

The other day I got a package in the mail. I was really suprised when I opened it up and found a full size Hamburger Helper, along with a sample cereal  and coupon.

Thanks for stopping in. Have a good evening!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Target Run

Yesterday we did what we now refer to as "a Target Run". LOL.
I got these FREE! Actually I made money on these: Tide are 97¢ each and coupons were $1.00 each (3¢ profit each). The Glade starter kit was $5.04 and the coupon was $6.00 (a 96¢ profit!). The Oreo's were just free.

Vaseline Lotions $2.99 each - I paid $49¢ each
Glade Sprays $2.34 each - I paid $34¢ each
Glade Carpet Powder $2.89 - I paid $1.14
Suave 99¢ each - I paid 24¢ each
Gillette Body Wash $3.54 - I paid $1.54
Right Guard 2pk $4.00 - I paid $1.00
Yakisoba 99¢ - I paid 49¢ each
Friskies Treats reg $1.49 on sale $1.34 - I paid $34¢ each
Total Value $40.14 > I paid $7.82

Earlier we had stopped at Wal- mart where I got 2 bottles of Gain free and 1 can of cat food free.
The Gain was 97¢ each less the $1.00 coupon on each netting me a profit of 6¢ LOL.
The cat food was 60¢
The Dentasticks were $2.98- I paid 98¢

Total Value $6.12 - I paid  $1.58

Junkyard Finds
Dave had a "find" this week! Yep another Wilton pan! Just needed a good wash!

I started aggressively attacking the clutter in the basement and around the house. We are hopefully having a yard sale in the next 2 weeks. Whatever is left over will be donated. I need to make room in the basement. We are planning to put a water closet (toilet & sink) in. We also are replacing the drain pipe under the floor to the main line. Yes a major project for the winter.

As for my hip problems - there are good days and bad days! The medicine is no "wonder drug" that is for sure!
Have a good evening!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I'm back!

I went to the doctor last week. I have been waking in the night with unbearable pain in my hips and thighs for about a month. I assumed I had "restless leg syndrome" since the commercials described it the same. LOL.
No I do not have it. However it is worse. I will have to have both hips replaced! Of course we will be trying all the latest treatments to put this off as long as we can as I am so "young" (at least when it comes to hip replacement). I had my first full nights sleep last Sunday. It has been at least 3 months (maybe more) that I have slept through the night.
The new medication is not a pain pill as I have been taking Darvocet and was still in pain. It is what is called an NSAID. I am hoping it continues to work.
Though I am sleeping through the night I am still in a lot of pain. I took some time away from my computor because even sitting is painful. It's probably the chair. I am trying to figure a laptop into our finances. I can then sit in my recliner which I have less pain using. I don't have a fairy godmother to buy me one so I will continue here until the pain is too much.
Anyway - last week I did not shop. Today I did go out for the "weekly needs" and sale items. I did get some good deals. Also one day this week I stopped at Walgreens and got some deals too.
This was Walgreens: Cookies reg $1.99 each on sale 99¢ each less coupons 49¢ each
The Vaseline they paid me a penny each after my coupons!

Our Family Pasta reg $1.28 each on sale 99¢ after coupons I paid 74¢ each
Our Family Fruit Cocktail reg $1.28 each on sale 68¢ each after coupons I paid 38¢ each
B.C Potatoes reg 1.79 each on sale 98¢ each after coupons I paid 49¢ each
Crescent Rolls reg $1.89 each on sale $1.48 each after coupons I paid 68¢ each
Pizza Rolls 40 ct (not shown) reg $3.98 on sale $2.88 after coupons I paid $2.08 each
Total Value $32.18 > I paid $14.26

Plus: I got a coupon at checkout for $1.00 off my next grocery purchase.

Junkyard Finds

Dave had a "find" at work last week also.
Another Wilton cake pan just needs a good washing!

Thanks for stopping in. Have a good evening.