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Following is a list of the freebies I’ve received over the last couple of weeks. This picture was actually taken on Nov. 3, so it almost time for a new Freebie post.

  • Crest Pro-Health sample w/coupons
  • Crest Pro-Health For Me sample w/ coupons
  • Dr. Oz “Just 10 lbs” wristband
  • Kandoo wipe coupon
  • Shout Color Catcher w/ coupon
  • Jergens lotion sample
  • Nicorette Lozenge sample w/coupon
  • SeaPak cookbook w/ coupons
  • Earth’s Best w/coupon
  • Garnier Fructis Shampoo w/coupon
  • Garnier Moisture Rescue gel cream
  • Diesel Colonge sample
  • Coupons from Buy Buy Baby
  • $10.00 Rebate check from P&G
  • CoverGirl Wet Slick lip gloss sample
  • Glory Seasoned cooking base w/recipe cards
  • P&G Sampler
    • Coupons
    • Covergirl/Olay Ageless Serum sample
  • Sutter Breast CancerPack
    • Wristband
    • Button
    • 6 wine glass markers
    • Sutter wine rebate form
    • Breast cancer info. booklet

I went to Target  on  Saturday and other than the fact that they cheated me out $2.00 in coupons it was a pretty good trip.  I will be returning  two of the Friskies because I never let Target get away with cheating me out of money.  This is my shopping list for this week.

  • (2) turtleneck  shirts for my daughter-On clearance for $2.00/ea
  • Sweater for my daughter-On clearance for $6.20
  • (2) Huggie Pull-ups $8.99/ea
    • used (1) $1.50 Target Q
    • used (2) $2.00 printable
  • Large bag of Nestle candy -$2.49 on clearance
  • Bag of M&M candy -$.67 on clearance
  • (2) Large bags of Hershey Kisses -$1.22/ea on clearance
    • used (2) Target printable
    • used $1/2 manu. 9/26/10 SS
  • (8) single containers of Meow Mix -.45/ea
    • used (4) $1/2 manu. 9/26/10 RP
  • (4) Friskies Party Mix-$1.34/ea
    • used (2) Target printable
    • used (4) $1/1 manu.  (Register only took off 2) 8/22/10 SS or 9/12/10 RP

Forgot to include in the other photo

  • (1) Alexia Sweet Potatoe Fries-$2.19
  • Berenstain Bears book-$1.00
  • MP Sandwich bread-.99
  • MP hot dog buns-$1.19

Total  OOP $31.73 including tax  Total saved $38.80 

My daughter celebrated her first Halloween this year and went to her first Harvest party.  She had a ball.  Running around and playing with the other children was the highlight of her day.  I am really not keen on raising her to celebrate Halloween in the traditional manner with the ghouls and goblins. However,  I do like the Harvest parties that many churches and organizations have as a safe and fun way to celebrate the beginning of fall. 

First Costume-Renaissance Princess

We were invited to attend a Hallelujah Harvest party at  Joy Baptist Church in Westland, MI  by one their members, Dicey.  I met Dicey while I was shopping at Target with my mom and my daughter one Saturdayand she  invited us to attend the Harvest party at her church.  While we were at the party, the members were so kind and welcoming that I will definitely be visiting again for their Sunday service.










There was plenty of food and lots of activities for all ages including  hay rides, a candy hay mound and a bonfire.  There was also a chilli cook-off and Smore’s by the bonfire.  The festivities ended with the trunk or treating.  My daughter has more candy than she could ever eat, but mommy is willing to make the sacrifice and help her eat some of it.  

Conagra Foods currently has  two rebates you can  submit.  FYI, one of the rebates end on October 31, 2010. 

The new  rebate includes $30.00 in coupons and a $5.00 Walmart gift card when you spend $25.00 on  participating brands. 

Participating Brands include:

  • Rotel
  • Hunts
  • Swiss Miss
  • Orville Redenbacher
  • Reddi-Wip
  • Pam
  • Parkay
  • Marie Callendar’s

You can go here  for details on the new rebate which doesn’t end until January 2, 2011

You can go here  to view the details  and print the form for the rebate that ends on October 31, 2010

While cleaning out my coupons yesterday, I discovered that I had $10.00 in ExtraCare Bucks (ECB’s) from CVS that were going to expire that day.  I haven’t done a lot of CVS shopping lately because my stockpile is getting a bit unruly.  It is starting to take over my basement, so I have tried to limit my CVS shopping,  hence the forgotten ECB’s.

I have heard that some CVS will take expired ECBs, but I wasn’t taking any chance so I went to CVS with the intent to just spend my ECB’s not to try and roll them in to new ECB’s. Here is what I was able to get in two transactions (ECB’s were from two differnt cards) and $1.74 OOP.


  • 6 boxes of Kleenex facial tissues $.99/ea.
    • used  (2) $.50/3  MF Qpon 10/3/10 SS
  • 2 bags of M&M fun size candy $2.00/ea
  • 2bags of Snicker fun size candy $2.00/ea
    • used $1.50/3 MF Qpon 10/10/10 RP
    • used $10.00 ECB’s

Total Value $13.94 including tax   Total OOP $1.74  Total Savings $12.50

Before I get to my shopping trip, I have to begin with the “Tale of the Free Pizza.”  During Meijer trip on  October 17,  I purchased 4 large California Pizza Kitchen pizzas because I thought they were on sale  for $2.50 each.  As it turned out, the store had  put the sign up a day early and the sale was actually for the individual pizzas which were going on sale the next day.

I knew when I checked out that my total was to high, but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. It wasn’t until much later that evening that I looked  at my receipt one more time and  realized that instead the pizzas being $2.50 each,  they were actually $5.00 each.  When I bought the pizzas, I used $8.00 in CPK coupons and  I thought I would be  paying $2.00 out-of-pocket for all four. When I learned that I had paid $3.00 for each one,  I almost had a sucker stroke.  One thing I knew for sure,  was that those pizzas were going back.

I didn’t  return them until I went shopping this past Saturday.  I hated returning them because I knew the store would have to trash them, but I could not bring myself to keep $20.00 worth a pizzas.  When I took them back,  the CS Manager mentioned that they would have to throw them away. I explained  what happened  and she offered to give me the difference if I was willing to keep the pizzas.  I said okay and  she refunded me the difference plus and additional $2.00 as a “Thank You” for agreeing to take the pizzas back home.  Therefore,  I actually got them for free.  That is what I call good customer service.  If only Target would be that customer friendly.


This trip was mostly about stockpiling on items that were super cheap, but I also picked up a few necessities as well.  

  •   15 cans of DelMonte stewed tomatoes-$.99/ea.
  • 10 cans of assorted DelMonte vegetables-$.79/ea.
    • used (2) $1/5 MF 9/19/10 RP
    • used (2) $1/5 MMB
  • 5 cans of DelMonte fruit-$1.00/ea.  
    • used (1) $1/5 MF 9/19/10 RP
    • used (1) $1/5 MMB 
  • 42 packs of Kool-Aid-$.10/ea. 
    • used (3) B10G4 free MF 9/26/10 SS
  • 2 bottles of Miracle Whip-$2.00/ea.
  • 1 pack of Angel Soft bath tissue-$5.49
    • used $.50/1 manu. (doubled to $1.00) 9/19/10 RP
  • 1 box of Ronzini Healthy Harvest pasta
    • used $1/1 printable (The $1/1 has been replaced by $1/2)
  • 4lbs of Ground Chuck from Angus (Not pictured)
  • (2) 10 lb bag of russet potatoes 

Total before Savings & Coupons $113.53    Total OOP $ 64.80    Total Savings $48.73 or 43%

***Disclaimer*** I have been trying to finish this post for over an hour. The formating is not cooperating apparently, there is something wrong with WordPress.  Please forgive me if things look out of sorts. I had two choices  either scrap the post altogether or publish it “as is.”  I choose to publish it.

I had a pretty uneventful shopping trip this week. The cashier tried to tell me that “one per purchase” meant I could only use one coupon per transaction, but after I explained the difference, she grudgingly scanned all my coupons.  I am so tired of the “purchase vs. transaction” debate.  I didn’t purchse a lot because they didn’t have my daughter’s formula and a couple of other items  on my shopping list.  It was still a good trip. 

  • (1) Bag of Lays Baked Chips – $2.79
  • (4) Premium saltine crackers – $1.99/ea
  • (2) Quaker Life bars – $2.39/ea
    • used (2) $1/1 Manu. Qpon(Rec’d with sample)
    • used (2) $1/1 Target printable
  • (6) Quaker Instant Oatmeal – $2.50/ea
    • used (6) $2/2 Manu. printable ( no longer available)
    • find another $1/1 Quaker Qpon in the 9/12/10 RP
    • used (4) .75/1 Target Notebook Qpon
  • (12)  The Goodlife Recipe cat food  – .69/ea
    • used (12) $1/1 Manu.  (adjusted  to .69/ea) 9/19/10 RP
  • Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies – $1.44

Target’s registers are so wonky that half of the time I can’t understand their savings calculations.  I am going to list my out-of-pocket costs and savings according to my calculations.

Total product value=$40.25    Total OOP  cost=$8.41 including tax       Total Saved=$31.84 or 79%

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