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CVS this week (2/26) 3 razors, 5 blades and a heat wrap for under $3.00!

I forgot to take a picture again, but I did get a pretty sweet deal on razors!  Last summer they were on sale all the time for free or almost free, and it looks like they are starting to go on sale again.  I would recommend starting to stock up on them.  Last year I got the Schick Hydro razor blades for sale, and the razor they go with are finally on sale this week!

Here’s what I bought:

  • 1 ThermaCare Heat Wrap Lower Back and Hip, 1 ct., $3.79 and got $3.79 off next purchase
  • 2 Schick Hydro Power for $9.99, used 2 $4.00 off coupons from 2/26 smart source, and got $8.00 off next purchase ($4 for each razor)
  • 1 Schick Silk Razor for $9.99 and used 1 $4.00 coupon from 2/26 smart source and got $4.00 off next purchase
  • 1 Schick Hydro Refills (5 ct) for $8.49 and used a $4.00 coupon and got $4.00 of next purchase

Here’s how I made it work:

Transaction #1:

  • Bought 1 razor and the heat wraps, and used a $4.00 off from last week, and 1 coupon.  Paid $5.78 (plus tax) and got $7.79 off next purchase.

Transaction #2

  • Bought the refills and other razor, use 2 coupons, and $7.79 off from last transaction.  Paid $2.69 plus tax and got $8.00 off next purchase

Transaction #3

  • Bought last razor, used my 4.00 coupon and 1 of the $4.00 off from last transaction.  Paid $1.99 plus tax and earned another 4.00 off next purchase

Total: I lost my receipt so this doesn’t include tax, but if I had not used any coupons or earned any ECBs it would have cost me $42.25.  I paid $10.46 and have $8.00 off my next purchase!  That means I got 3 razors, 5 refills, and a heat wrap for $2.46!!!

To do this you will need 2 papers from last weekend.  You don’t have to pay in 3 transactions, but if you do you will pay less out of pocket.  If you don’t have any ECBs from previous weeks, make sure you have signed up at CVS.com with your emails address.  The first time you sign up you will get $4.00, plus they will email you great coupons!.

Last- If CVS is out, be sure to have them write you a rain-check so you can get this deal when the razors are back in stock.

You can also get UP2U gum for free and a few other deals…check them out at SoutherSavers.

 

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Beef and Noodles with roasted veggies

Tonight’s dinner was not part of my monthly plan but I had some mushrooms and tomatoes that I needed to use up.  Here’s what I made:

Beef and Noodles:

  1. Start pot of water boiling
  2. Dice 1 small onion and 1/2 package of mushrooms.
  3. Heat a skillet of olive oil with 1 clove of crushed garlic over med high heat.  When garlic starts to sizzle add onion and mushrooms.
  4. When water boils add wide egg noodles and set timer for 7 minutes.
  5. Add diced meat to onion mixture (we used deer steaks)  Cook until most pieces are brown.
  6. Add about a cup of marsala wine to skillet (enough to cover bottom) and let simmer about 2 minutes
  7. Add 1 cup of water and 1 tsp of beef bullion to skillet and let simmer about 5 minutes.
  8. Drain noodles when timer goes off and set aside.
  9. Add instant potatoes to skillet to thicken sauce.  We like to have a little of  the mashed potato taste and texture with our beef and noodles, but if you don’t like this idea just thicken with cornstarch.
  10. Add noddles to beef and stir.

Roasted Veggies:

  1. Cook frozen broccoli in microwave about 4 minutes (until hot all the the way through)
  2. Cover a cookie sheet with foil and place broccoli and grape tomatoes (cut in half) on cookie sheet.
  3. Drizzle about 1 tbs melted butter over veggies and sprinkle with garlic salt.
  4. Broil until the broccoli just starts to brown.

Dinner took me about 20 minutes to make tonight (but that included unloading the dishwasher at the same time, so I could have gone faster).  It fed two of us and I have enough left over for two lunches.

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My attempt at an onion bag scrubbie

This week I saw a blog post about how to make dish scrubbies from recycled onion bags.  I thought I would give it a try, and I even used it as my very first pin on pinterest! It was not as easy as I thought it would be, but Zack did dishes this afternoon and said it worked pretty good.   I usually make our own scrubbies (I’ll post how some other day) and I think I like mine better, but these were a little faster to make.

 

  

I started with one onion bag, and saw it was not going to be enough fluff, so I actually had to use two.

I ripped the label off the one bag, which is not as easy as you would think.  I ended up loosing about 1/4 of my bag!

 

 

Next I folded the bags as you can see above.  It took a few tries to get it the size I wanted cause I like a dish scrubbie to fit my hand nicely.

 

 

I used the sugar ‘n cream yarn because it holds up really well for dishes.  I think it cost under a $1 at Michael’s.  This next step was the hardest.  The original directions I saw said to use a big needle to sew the yard around the edge.  I didn’t want to buy a big needle, but would HIGHLY recommend it if you are going to start making several of these.  I just sorta wove the yard through the onion bag, and had to use my fingers to pull it through most of the time.  Its tricky to get the yard through enough layers so it won’t pull away from the onion bag.

I went around the edge twice, and it looked awful, but you don’t even notice how messy I was in the end.  Once I got to the end I cut my yard and tied a little knot.  After I cut it I realized I should have just kept going with the crocheting, but oh well…next time.

The last step is to crochet around the edge.  I went around once doing a single stitch (I don’t even know if that’s the right terminology!)  On the corners I did 4 stitches in one loop so it wouldn’t get bunchy.

I think if I do this again, it will be much easier!  I just wish onion bags came in some color other than orange!

 

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Weekend coupons

The Sunday coupon preview site was not very accurate for the harrisonburg area.  We did not get the pepsico insert, but there were more coupons in the one insert I did compared to the website.  I bought 2 papers but should have gotten more because razors are super cheap at cvs this week!

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Target deal on diapers and wipes

Each week I look at thethriftycouple.com because they do a great job of finding some of the best deals on diapers.  This week the deals are not the cheapest I’ve seen, but some pretty good prices.  The two that I think are the best are listed below, but look at their site here for more diaper match ups of different brands and different stores.

Target Wipes 180-216 ct. – $3.99

Target brand wipes Up & Up mega packs 180-216 ct. sale for $4.99

Scenario:

 

Target brand diapers Club Box – $19.99

Target has their brand of diapers in the club pack boxes on sale for $19.99 each! This is equivalent to $5 each jumbo pack!

Scenario:

  • Buy 1 Target brand diapers club packs on sale for $19.99
  • Then use the $1.00/1 Up&UP item over $3 = final is $18.99 each (equivalent to $4.75 each jumbo pack)
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Quesadilla Ravioli and taco pasta: My best leftover creation yet!

  Tonight we pretended we were on the Food Network show “Chopped”.  Our mystery basket was whatever was in the fridge.  I had several things that were gonna go bad soon, so here is what I had to work with:  Pasta, Cheese, Pinto Beans, Ground Beef, Mushrooms, Sour Cream, Tomato Paste, Egg Yolks, and Wonton Wrappers.  After much thought, we decided to go in the mexican direction and ended up making up one of the best dinners in a long time!

    

Ingredients I ended up using:

  • 1/2 package portabella mushrooms
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 handful cooked pinto beans
  • 3 egg yolks (these were not needed and I doubt they changed the taste at all, but I wanted to use them)
  • 1/2 box whole wheat rotini
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • water
  • 1/4 c taco seasoning
  • 18 wonton wrappers
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (we had some canned from our garden last summer)
  • cheddar cheese
  • sour cream

To Make:

  1. Brown mushrooms in skillet.
  2. Start water to boil in a pot.
  3. Add cooked ground beef (mine was already cooked) pinto beans, tomato paste, a little water (maybe 1/4 cup) egg yolks and  taco seasoning.  Mix well and cook on medium. You may need to add more or less water to keep it moist and not stick to the skillet.
  4. Add noddles to water boiling water and set timer for 8 minutes.
  5. Fill wonton wrappers with mixture from skillet.  I used about 1/2 tbs per wonton.  Top beef mixture with a little cheese before sealing the wrappers.  (Directions for filling wrappers are on the package- but just top one wrapper, then sprinkle water on the edges, place the other one on top and press the edges) We made 8 raviolis for 2 people and it was the perfect amount.
  6. In another skillet brown the wontons on both sides in a little vegetable oil.  When done, place on a paper towel to soak up leftover oil.
  7. Add tomato sauce to remaining beef mixture and bring to boil until desired thickness.
  8. To serve: Top noodles with beef mixture, sour cream and cheddar cheese.  Serve raviolis on the side.

Time to Make: About 30 minutes, but most of this was deciding what to make.  I don’t have a price on this since it was mostly leftovers.

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Weekend Coupon Preview

This weekend there is only one coupon insert.  I went ahead and bought 2 papers even though I didn’t see any great coupons.  Click here to see what the coupons will be.

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Big moneymaker deal at Rite Aid!

I don’t usually go to rite aid, but this week you can make over $8.00 by buying toothpaste and toothbrushes.  I don’t need either….but for $8.00 I don’t know if I can let this deal go by!  I am copy pasting this from ThriftyCouple.com (you should bookmark this site because its amazing!)

  • Buy 4 Colgate Total Toothpaste for $3.50 each = $14
  • Buy 5 Colgate Toothbrushes for $2.49 each ($12.45) = $26.45
  • Then use 4 of the $0.75/1 Colgate Coupons from the SS 2/12 – $3 = $23.45
  • Then use 4 of the $0.40/1 Colgate Toothbrush coupon from the RP 1/29 – $1.60 = $21.85 (this is the price you will pay out of pocket)
  • Then receive Get 4 of the $3.50 +Up Rewards (from the toothpaste) ($14 back) = $7.85
    Also receive 4 of the $1.50 +Up Rewards ($6 back) = $1.85
  • Finally, receive an additional $10 +Up Rewards for purchasing over $25 (before coupons and discounts) = final is FREE plus an $8.15 money maker after all discounts considered! 

*Even if you do not have all of the coupons, this would still be a money maker by the $30 back in +Up rewards.  Please note, the +Up rewards are like Rite Aid cash that you will receive this time to be able to use next time!

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Free Tide Sample

Get a sample of the new Tide Pods by clicking here

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CVS this week: Free toothpaste and cheap soup

I didn’t take a picture this week, but I did get 2 pretty good deals at CVS this week.  Here’s what I bought:

4 cans of Campbells tomato soup on sale for $0.59 and used a $0.40/4 coupon from the the 2/12 Smartsource. This made each can $0.49 each!

2 Colgate Total Toothpastes, on Sale for $2.75, then I used a $0.75 off 1 coupon from the 2/12 Smart Source, and then you get $2.00 off your next purchase making them FREE!!

This was all I needed this week but go to HERE to see some other deals you can get.

**There are some items you should never have to pay for again….toothpaste is one of them! Be sure to stock up now while they are free.  This week the limit is 2 per CVS card

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