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CVS Shopping Trip 7/18 – Photo Books! Great Gifts..Maybe!


This was a little crazy but we did it!  It took a lot longer than my husband and I planned.  That’s life!  With a toddler in tow we did it in a couple hours by going to 2 different CVSs.  We got 4 photobooks for FREE!  OOP= 0.00!

We went to one of my favorite CVSs which is not much of a favorite anymore.  The red coupon machine has been hacked into, seriously, it has the windows desktop on the screen and has been like that for a couple months.  My husband chuckled at it and even tried to see if he could get the program to run.  He had no luck.

Our purpose was to get the FREE photobooks.  I had some ECBs that I wanted to roll over.  $27.49 to be exact! This was a great deal since I could get 4 of them and then get ECBs back.  I even had a $5/$30 coupon! Moneymaker!  This was going to be great.  However, just as I thought I would have such luck.

The Kodak machine didn’t work correctly and then the printer for the machine wasn’t working.  The photo tech was clueless and spent about a half hour trying to get the machine to work, and we all thought he knew what he was doing.  Then he saw our error on the Kodak machine and said we can’t make photobooks.  I showed him the sign and he looked like a deer in the headlights.  He even deleted our print job.  I told him I would go to a different CVS.  He didn’t really understand.  We left.  I was going to give up and my husband said let’s try a different one.  Off we did with my dear daughter smiling and giggling.

We went to another CVS and my husband went in first.  I told him to ask first to make sure they can make them. Big smart smile on my face for thinking that first!  I collected my daughter and we went in.  There my husband was arranging the pictures and before I knew in minutes the printer was ready to print.

After about a half hour or so of printing 4 books a total of 40 pages!  It was done.  However, I wasn’t done yet, I needed the photo tech to put them in books.  She said it would take her about 10 minutes to complete.  I was excited because I could walk around and use the red coupon machine that worked!  I got some great CRTS including a $10/$50 that I was thinking about using and THANKFULLY didn’t use because it would have put me over the $40 ECBs per transaction and CVS may or may not be a stickler for that rule.

My husband took our daughter with him to some of the other stores in the shopping mall and even ordered some dinner.  We all were tired and hungry.  Needed a treat anyway.   Before I knew it, there was another customer that needed the photo tech’s help.  That took another 10 minutes.  Maybe I’m over exaggerating but it took several hours before we got home.

4 Photo Books $7.99



OOP 0.00

ECB $31.96

Profit = $4.47

The funny part is the picture we set up as our front page is really cute of the 3 of us but when the cover is on the page my poor husband’s head is cut off.  The thought is to make the hole larger..we will see.  It will be an event we will always remember! Doubt we will do that again.

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Fantastic Staples and CVS Shopping Trip 7/12!




Click HERE for the Staples Freebies post.  I headed there at 10:00AM this morning, right when they opened and bought several of the $1 and cheap rebate items to reach the mininum $20 purchase to use the $5 coupon.  What a great deal!

2 Staples 8.5×11 Copy Paper $3.69 each = $ 7.38

2 No 2 Yellow Pencils $0.01 each = $0.02 (saved $.98 each)

1 Junior 5in Blunt Scissors $1.00 (saved $0.99)

1 Bic Wite-out Quick dry $1.00  (saved $2.49)

1 Bic Velocity pens $1.00 (saved $3.69)

2 Major Accent Assorted highlighters $1.00 each = $2.00 (saved $2.99 each)

1 Staples Photo Paper Plus $9.99

Subtotal $22.39

-$5/$20 coupon in Ad

Tax 5% = $0.87

OOP Total = $18.26

Will get the following Staples Rebates:

$7.36 for the Staples Paper

$8.99 for the Staples Photo Paper

Cost = $1.91!!!

CVS Trip

I had a $2 ECB that was going to expire this week so I wanted to roll that over and since there were a lot of freebies this week I decided to use the $10 ECB I got from the eyeglass cleaner money maker a couple weeks ago.

1 CVS Cotton Swab 625 count $2.50 (This was a filler and I was looking for it cheap)

3 PaperMate Grip 8 Count pens $0.99 each = $2.97

2 Cal 11×8 notebooks $0.99 each = $1.98 (Donated this to my mother-in-laws school)

2 Cal School glue $0.99 each = $1.98

2 Thermacare Neck 1 count $2.49 each = $4.98  (I had a raincheck from a couple weeks ago.)

1 Huggies Wipes 177 count on discount! $2.99

Used the following coupons:

-1 Thermacare Internet Coupon

-1 Thermacare Internet Coupon

-1 Huggies bath & body Coupon mailer

-2 CVS Huggies Wipe CRT!

-2 ECB

-10 ECB

Subtotal = $0.40

VA 5% = $0.05

VA 5% = $0.07

OOP Total = $.52

ECBS received:

$1.98 Cal Notebooks

$1.98 Cal Glue

$2.97 Papermate Pens

$3 Thermacare (The cashier was wonderful! He knew what to do but I guess getting it to the exact $2.49 didn’t work so it rounded up?)

$3 Thermacare

Profit = $0.41

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Free School or Office Supplies!

CVS and Staples are having a lot of free or cheap school or office supplies.  It is that time of year again!  Plus, you donate some of them too.   In our area, so many schools need supplies more than ever.  It is so helpful for parents and volunteers to help their teachers and students out.


Click HERE for the Staples ad.

A couple things to note about the Staples ad the 1 cent items are only through Wednesday.

The best part is if you buy all of the $1 items and the 1 cent items you should reach the $20 min for the coupon. So, after the 2 paper 3.68 rebates and the $5 coupon it should cost about $7.64!

Plus, make sure you use or get the staples reward card which is free to apply for. You get some perks too.


Click HERE for the CVS freebies from!

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Giant Shopping Trip 5/29/09

Ok did it!  I completed a pretty good shopping trip at Giant.

OOP $56.57.  Not to bad. However, it got lower…

I did have a problem using the X/XX Bloom coupon because you have to have a cashier enter it in or the customer service and this is usually something you want to use first.  I got back $10.25 for that coupon + tax!  Yeah, I was surprised that I got tax back too.

Then the Cat machine didn’t print out my $2 for the Deer Park water deal.  I got $2.00 back for that.

Last, I didn’t get back my $.05 for each bag.  The manager was wonderful in refunding me all of these things and he said there was a way to do this at self checkout.  I got another $.25 for the bags.

After all said and done my OOP came out to $44.07!

The bottom of my receipt says this:
Total before savings: $102.90
Your Total savings: $48.23 + $12.50 (credits above) = $60.73
Tax paid: $1.90
Total: $44.07
I got the following:

About 3 lbs of Chicken Tenders for $8. I scanned the chicken first then used the $3/15 and then scanned my card.
Final Price: $8.04

1 – Giant Whole Wheat Bread – $1.79
Final Price: $1.79

1 – Giant Hot Dog Rolls – $1.34
Final Price: $1.34

2.29 LBS Bananas $.58 per lb (price better at other locations)
Final Price: $1.33

Playtex Bottle Nipples $4.99
Final Price: $4.99

Internet coupons
1 – Crystal Light Drink Mixes, 6-8 qt or On the Go, 7-10 pk- $2
Use $1/1 coupons from widget on the right sidebar of this site.
Final price: $1

1 – Kraft Shredded Cheese, all varieties- $2.50
Use $1/1 coupon from here.
Final price: $1.50

1 – Starbucks Ice Cream, pint– $3
Use $1/1 coupon here.
Final price: $2

1 – Nabisco Wheat Thins- $2.50 (Better deal at Harris Teeter this week.)
Use $1/1 coupon from widget on the right sidebar of this site.
Final price: $1.50

2 – Kraft BBQ Sauce – $1.59 (Better deal at other locations)
Use $1/1 coupon from widget on the right sidebar of this site.
Final price: $0.59 each

1 – Crystal Light Skin Essentials – $2
Use FREE coupon from widget on the right sidebar of this site.
Final price: FREE

3/22 coupons
2 – Nature Sweet Cocktail Tomatoes, 12 oz bag- $1.88
Buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from 4/19, 3/15, 3/22, or 3/29 SS insert.
Final price: $1.38 each


4/5 coupons
2 – Eggo Muffin Tops, Pancakes, Bake Shop Swirlz, or Twirls- $2
Use .75/1 coupon from 4/5 RP insert.
Final price: 50 cents

5/10 coupons

4 – Turkey Hill Chilled Drinks, 64 oz- $1.67
Buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from 4/5, 5/3, or 5/10 RP insert.
Final price: $1.17 each


5/17 coupons
6 – Healthy Choice Frozen Meals- $2.50
Buy 2 Healthy Choice  and use $2/2 coupon from 5/17 SS insert.
Final price: $1.50 each

2 – Ball Park Meat or Beef Franks- B1G1 – $3.99
Use $1/2 coupon from 5/17 RP insert.
Final price: $2.99 Total


No coupons
Deer Park Spring Water, 24 pack- $3.88
Buy 2 and receive a $2 checkout coupon.
Buy 3 and receive a $3 checkout coupon.
Buy 4 and receive a $5 checkout coupon.
Final price after checkout coupon received: $2.63- 2.88, depending on quanity purchased

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Antique Car Show 5/16/09

For a fun filled May afternoon go the Fairfax City Antique Car Show.  My family has gone to these type of events in the last couple of years and they are a lot fun.  The best part is it is FREE to attend.   Plus, you can watch a Model T be put together in front of your eyes!  Kids of all ages have fun and learn a lot too.

Saturday May 16, 2009
10:00 AM–3:00 PM

City Hall (Between Rt. 123 and University Dr
10455 Armstrong St. • Fairfax, Virginia

Click here to learn more!

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Target – Free ReTote Bag

Get a free Target tote bag just by sending in 5 clean used Target plastic bags. Hurry must be postmarked by 11/30/08.

Click here for more info!

Use any 8½ x11″ or larger envelope. Be sure to affix postage and include your return address.
Send your clean, used Target shopping bags to:
121 New York Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08638