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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Easy Father's Day project

Yesterday my little guy and I worked on a Father's Day gift. I usually try to make a keepsake for my hubby for his special day. The first year I did a shutterfly book that was very easy to put together and best of all it was free!! Last year it was a framed picture of father and son. This year I found some great wooden boxes on clearance at target. I bought it without really knowing what I was going to do with it but for $2.48 I knew I could make something really nice with it at some point.

My little guys hands were to big for the box so I knew I had to use his fingerprints. So I searched on Pinterest for "finger print Father's Day art." Lots of great ideas popped up but I loved the tree idea the most. I had some acrylic outdoor paint left over from another project so I used food coloring to dye it two shades of green and used a brown sharpie to make the trunk.

My little guy was insisting on painting his whole hand & even his foot so I had to work fast! Plus the paint with food coloring was probably not the best idea because it stained his hands but I didn't want to go buy more supplies so we made it work.  

I'm adding a picture inside and lining the bottom with felt so hubby can use it to keep his wedding ring inside the box. I think it turned out pretty nice.
I added three hearts at the bottom and wrote "I love you poppa" on the sides of the box using a silver sharpie. 

I really liked the box, I need to go by the clearance section again and see if they have any more left. I want one too!! :)

I hope you are enjoying making a crafty project for the special dad I your life. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Try good2grow juice w/coupon

I've seen these cute bottles around but could never bring myself to spend a whopping $2.49 on one juice bottle. A couple of days ago I came across a coupon for a free 6 pack refill when you buy 1 good 2 grow juice bottle. I did some research and decided it was a great time to try this juice. It has no added sugar, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives & no GMO. 

Here's the link to the nutrition info for apple juice:

I bought the juice with the Thomas spout which was a veggie blend juice which has less sugar than the apple juice and it was very good. They have tons of different characters to choose from. The best part is that the spout is spill proof!!

You keep the spout part, clean and reuse with the 6 pack refills. 

To get your coupon you can go to the Good 2 grow Facebook page
or go directly to Common Kindness

You will need to set up a login and then you can print your coupons. My local grocery store (Safeway) had an electronic coupon that I loaded onto my card so check your store e coupons to see if your store has one too. 

I paid about $2.50 for the 1 juice bottle and received the 6 pack of refill bottles for free. They are super convenient for picnic lunches or school lunches and did I mention that they are spill proof!! And did I mention that my little guy LOVED the veggie blend juice!! I need to go back and get more juice with my printed coupons!!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Part 2: Targets $10 of $50

So last night I stayed up again to redo my grocery list and organize myself for another target run. I decided to get beef for our hamburger BBQ this weekend. That was the majority part of my purchase. I then figured out from my grocery list what I could get from target. I found myself gravitating to buying stuff I didn't need or would never use so I had to stay focused so it would make sense for my needs. 

I was really having a hard time wrapping my head around paying targets high prices for meats but I convinced myself that the target $10 coupon would bring the actual price down by a lot per lb so that's how I decided to look at this trip. 

One thing I have been doing is having an alternate list of a few items I can buy in case other things from my list are out of stock or not on sale for the price I expected. 

I had seen a list by Moms By Heart that had Zevia priced out to $3.33 but I didn't know if my target had it at that price so that was a big maybe for my list. Luckily it was on sale 3 for $10 and I had $2 off coupons so I bought this soda which normally retails for $5.99 a six pack for $1.33 a six pack. 

When I got to target I was surprised to find lots of packages of beef with $3 off coupons!! This made the beef cheaper than I could have gotten it at other grocery stores where it was on sale!! Whew that was such a relief and great surprise. That allowed me to pick up some yummy clearance items that were not on my list. 

So here is what I bought. 
I also used my $10 gift cards from yesterday so out of pocket I paid $31.66 in cash.

I think this was another great shopping run!!

I didn't have as many coupons this time but those $3 coupons on the meat made up for it!!

Happy couponing!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Targets $10 off of $50 grocery coupon

Last night I stayed up making my plan, my list and gathering coupons into my Target envelope. My goal was to buy $52 worth of groceries for under $36 and I think I even surprised myself. Here's a look at my receipt.

As you know, I have a toddler. So when we got up this morning, I didn't turn on the tv or open the door to the play room. My little guy went to the potty and I quickly got him dressed. I treated him to Starbucks (it's in the same shopping plaza as the target). 

I had my emergency weapons for him: a lollipop, m&m's, his kindle and my phone apps to try to keep him entertained during the shopping trip. Luckily, we didn't need to take out the candy which is reserved only for super emergencies as he doesn't really ever eat candy (unless grandma and grandpa are around). 

There have been tons of match ups but I wanted to buy things that I would normally buy, I didn't want ten boxes of pasta or spaghetti sauce or frozen food (except ice cream of course). So this is the list I came up with.

18 items for $36.15 plus I received 2- $5 gift cards. Pretty good, I think.

Most coupons were from the 5/11 (silk) & 5/18 (skinny girl, skinny cow, banana boat & $10 target coupon) paper, target printable coupons (sargento, bagels, $10 off $59 target coupon also available to print), target mobile coupons (Hebrew & Stonyfield- which for some reason didn't ring up) and the Sargento manufacturer coupon of .55 off of 1 thin slices was in this months issue of Parents and then of course the cartwheel is the last way I saved. 

This is what I bought:
Market pantry popcorn 
Kashi granola bars (on clearance)
Kashi cereal bar
Skinny girl stevia sweetener
Market pantry sweetener
Silk almond milk
Stony field yokids yogurt
Sargento thin slices
Market pantry wheat bagels (2)
Hebrew national hot dogs (2) - for weekend BBQ
Skinny cow ice cream (4) *gift card
Banana boat after sun lotion (2) * gift card

I had a total savings of $39.07 and paid $36.15.

My little guy did fantastic and even helped me push the cart to the cashier. Any longer though and he would have lost it, so I got out just in time, this time :).

Good luck!! Please let me know how you use your $10 off $50 coupon!! I'm making another run tomorrow for meat!

Happy couponing.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wine lovers coupon

I posted last week about a great coupon from Albertsons and there's still time to take advantage of this great deal! Check out the Albertsons Big Book of savings at your local store to get your hands on this coupon.

It's $40 off of groceries (anything in the store) when you buy any 6 bottles of liquor or wine listed on the coupon. One of the wines is Once Upon a Vine. It is on sale for $7.99 when you buy six bottles. The wine would total to $47.94 (remember to take tax into account) and you receive $40 of groceries free!! Or I like to see it as less than **$13 (taking into account the tax)  for 6 bottles of wine. 

**My total ended up being $54.76 for the 6 bottles of wine and $41.19 worth of groceries. 

So here's what you need to know, before you get too excited call your local Albertsons to find out if they even have the wine. Mine was out of stock but I traveled 15 min to a different one that had a few in stock. The coupon states you can buy any variety of Once Upon a Vine. I haven't tried them all but the Big bad Red blend is very good. I'm not a reviewer of wines so here's a link to a review of the wine. My review is that I almost finished the whole bottle in one evening so I think I liked it a little. 

So here are some things to keep in mind. Once you call to make sure the wine is in stock make a plan for purchasing $40 worth of groceries. Have a plan or else you might end up with $40 worth of donuts. You can buy diapers, sunscreen, toys "anything in the store" as the cashier put it. There aren't too many great deals at Albertsons this week so I bought things I needed that didn't have coupons and weren't on sale anywhere else. 

When you go into Albertsons go get your six bottles then begin shopping for the groceries (just to make sure the bottles are actually in stock). Then go find you $40 worth of free groceries.

I hope your trip is much more enjoyable than mine as I had a grumpy toddler with me who thinks he can put any toy in the basket. 

Happy shopping & enjoy your delicious beverage!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


I'm so excited to try out these products that I received in the #VivaVoxBox from Influenster.

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 I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

5 tips for couponing with a toddler

I started actually trying to use coupons about three months ago and since then it's become a lot easier. Here are some tips that I want to share on how to coupon with a toddler. Couponing with a toddler seemed impossible at first, but now that I know a little more about couponing things seem to be getting easier. I'm not sure if it's the meltdowns in the cookie aisle, the trying to climb out of the cart during check out, or the million "mama, mama" moments while shopping that make it hard or if it's just me trying to figure out what the heck I'm doing. The other day I took advantage of a coupon at target and ended up saving $26 from my $55 purchase and even though I followed all my suggestions below I was at the check out stand sweating because I never know what my little guys going to do. So here you go, my 5 tips on couponing with a toddler.

1. Be organized
I think this goes for any couponer but for couponers with a toddler, this is key!! I am a fan of Facebook pages such as The Krazy Koupon lady (  and Hunt 4 Freebies coupons (  and there are many more on Facebook, these sites tell you exactly what to do. They list what and how many items to purchase along with the coupons you need or links on where to print the coupons.  I usually can only make it to one target run a week and maybe one CVS or Walgreens run so I keep a list going throughout the week and which ever store has the most deals or savings listed wins a visit from me and my little guy. 

2. Have a plan
Once I figure out where I'm going I start gathering my coupons using a paper clip. I make my list of the price, coupon amount and any other rewards or bonuses so that I can follow along as I shop to make sure the prices are close to the same. I put all of the coupons for a trip to the particular store together, paper clip them and then put them in an envelope. The list is my plan. 

3. Check it twice while shopping
During my shopping trip I track my items on the list and as I find the items I take the paper clipped coupons and move them into the envelope so that I can double check that I have the coupons needed for the actual items that I am buying. Sometimes I don't end up using all the coupons due to items being out of stock, unavailable or priced higher than I planned. I  still take my big stash of coupons just in case I see something that would be a good deal but I rarely have time to browse and shop just for the heck of it. My little guy can only handle so much before he's ready to be out of whatever store we are visiting. 

4. Pay attention during check out
Normally my little guy gets very antsy during check out so being organized, following my plan and checking my coupons as I shop makes the check out process so much easier. I usually have to place my items in the counter and carry my little guy because he tends to want to get out of the cart by this time. Paying attention to what items are ringing up is very important. In my recent Target run my $3.49 bag of coffee was ringing up at $12,  huge difference, which thankfully I caught before I finished the transaction. I've had many issues during check out due to being preoccupied with my little guy. If he hasn't snacked during the trip this is a great time to give him a snack or maybe get his favorite car or toy from your purse for him to use during this time.  During this particular target trip I even took a lollipop thinking that would help, but no, he doesn't usually get candy and it didn't phase him he licked it once and he was done. 

5. Check your receipt in the car
It's happened several times to me, I'm checking out and can't pay attention to what everything is ringing up as. I always have a general idea of how much the total should be and when I get to the car I double check prices and sure enough I've found some mistakes. Checking in the car is easier for me because if it doesn't get fixed right then and there I know I probably won't have time to come back again and get the price adjusted. 

As I mentioned I'm super new to this and I'm still learning but I'm really enjoying this new "game." I love seeing how much I save my family. So far I've been able to save us a good amount in groceries so that our diapers are paid for with our allotted grocery money instead of spending an additional $60 a month. I've found that I can find coupons for some stuff mostly snacks and toiletries and I've started bargain hunting for meat and produce. It does require me going to at least two grocery stores when I go on my grocery shopping run but it's totally worth it and with a toddler breaking the trip up into two smaller runs makes things a lot easier. 

Happy couponing!!