Money Saving Monday – Walgreens Shopping Trip Spent $5.32, Saved $41.11

I found some great deals at Walgreens this morning! I spent only $5.32 (plus tax) for everything pictured! My total would have been $46.43 without sales and coupons.  Here are the Walgreens coupon match-up deal scenarios that I used:

Transaction #1

Purchased two Vick’s Nyquil/Dayquil – $5.00 each
Purchased one Puff’s Plus Tissues – $1.69

Coupons:

Used two manufacturer coupons for $4.00 off Vick’s Sinex from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert (My Walgreens store was sold out of the Sinex, but let me use the coupon on the Dayquil/Nyquil)
Used a coupon to receive a FREE box of Puff’s tissues when you purchase two Vick’s medicines (from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert)

Total Paid – $2.00, plus tax (AND, received $5.00 in Jingle Cash/Register Rewards from the Vick’s purchase for my next transaction)

Transaction #2

Purchased a Gillette Fusion Razor – $9.99
Votive Candle – $.17 (Bought this using the in-ad store coupon. Needed a filler item in this transaction b/c the Jingle Cash/Register Rewards prints as a manufacturer’s coupon at Walgreens and you can’t use two coupons when purchasing one item.  You have to have two items in your purchase no matter how inexpensive the item is).

Coupons:

Used a manufacturer’s coupon for $4.00 off a Gillette Fusion razor from the 11/28 Sunday newspaper Proctor & Gamble coupon insert
Used the $5.00 Jingle Cash/Register Reward from the previous transaction

Total Paid – $1.16, plus tax (AND, I received $4.00 Jingle Cash/Register Rewards from the Gillette Razor purchase to use on my next transaction).

Transaction #3

Pampers Diapers – $7.99
Voltive Candle – $.17 (once again needed a filler item in this transaction, as explained above)

Coupons:

Used a $2.00 off Pampers coupon that printed at the register during a trip to Walgreens a few weeks ago
Used the $4.00 Jingle Cash/Register Rewards from previous transaction

Total Paid – $2.16, plus tax (AND, I received $1.00 Jingle Cash/Register Rewards from the Pampers purchase to use during my NEXT visit.  Three transactions were enough for today).

I also stopped by the photo department and picked up my two FREE 8 X 10 photo collages that I told you about here. This promotion has now ended.  I received two because there were two separate coupon code promotions going on.

Did you find any great drug store deals this week?  If you have a blog, link up below.  If not, feel free to leave a comment on this post.  Thanks!

Blender Lemon Pie – This Has to be the EASIEST Pie Recipe Ever!

This has been a week full of great food! Tomorrow is my final Thanksgiving gathering, so I will be sharing several recipes that I am preparing for it.  I made the lemon pies this evening so they can chill overnight and be nice and cold for lunch tomorrow. 

This is a delicious recipe that my mom has been making for years.  Better yet, it is SO EASY!  Literally, all of the ingredients are placed in the blender, blended and then poured into either one deep dish pie shell or two regular pie shells (which is what I usually opt for).

Blender Lemon Pies

Ingredients

1 frozen deep dish pie crust or 2 regular pie crusts
2/3 stick butter, softened
2 large lemons, juiced
1 1/2 tsp lemon rind, grated (see funny story here about the lemon rind!)
4 eggs
2 cups of sugar
2 tbsp. flour

Directions

Combine all ingredients in the blender in the order listed above.  Blend until well mixed.  Pour into pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 250 degrees.  Bake at 250 degrees for approximately 45 minutes.  After baking, place under broiler for a minute or two to slightly brown the top.  Watch carefully during this part! After the pie cools, refrigerate. Enjoy!

Food Friday – Swedish Thumbprint Cookies

I have a house full of hungry boys this Thanksgiving weekend and decided to try a new recipe (and I am very glad that I did)!  I made Swedish Thumbprint Cookies. I was very happy with how they turned out and if the rapid pace that they disappeared from the cookie sheet is any indication, they were quite a hit! 

Now, as you can see from the picture, they weren’t perfect “looking” and even a little of the jam cooked out on the cookie sheet. But, the flavor was awesome and I wanted to pass this recipe on in case you want to incorporate it into your holiday baking.  They look festive and are SUPER EASY to make!!!!

 Swedish Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup any flavor fruit jam

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add sifted flour, and mix well. Shape dough into 1 inch diameter balls and place on cookie sheets. Imprint your thumb in the center to make a 1/2 inch indentation. Fill with your favorite fruit jam (I used blackberry. You may recall I got a couple of jars of Polaner fruit jam free during Harris Teeter super double coupons a couple of weeks ago).
  3. Bake 12 – 15 minutes or until golden brown at the edges.

Note – I also added a little brown sugar and a dash of almond extract to this recipe.

A Thanksgiving “Thanks” and a Few Deals To Kick-off Your Christmas Shopping!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday!!!  I could not let Thanksgiving pass without saying a huge “thank you” to all of you who have been following my blog!  This whole blogging thing is new to me (started Sept. 2010) and I must say, I love it!  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it for you! 

Whether I personally know you or you just happened to find my site while searching online, it thrills me to hear back from you about how the grocery/drug store deals, coupon match-ups, recipes, household tips and other things I share are helping you in your own life!!!  If I can make your life a little easier, then mission accomplished!!! 

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend (I am going to take it easy after a big day of Black Friday shopping) and be sure not to miss out on the following deals that I recently posted that you can take advantage without stepping a foot out of the house (most are only valid through this weekend): 

– Free 8 X 10 photo collage at Walgreens. Click here! (ends tomorrow).  I just ordered mine 🙂 

 

– Free 8 X 10 Photo Canvas (pay only shipping). Or, receive a $55 credit towards a larger photo canvas.  Click here! (limited time – ending date hasn’t been announced yet) 


 

– The Restaurant.com $25 Gift Certificate for $2 is back.  Click  here!

 

Restaurant.com Weekly Promo Offer 300 x 250

 

-Mattel Black Friday Toy Sale (100+ toys 60% off, PLUS FREE SHIPPING!). Click here (valid today only). 

FREE Walgreen’s 8 X 10 Photo Collage – Now Through Saturday, Nov. 27

Make sure you have your camera available over Thanksgiving because the photo freebies continue to pop up! Yesterday, I posted about the FREE photo canvas here, but I also just heard about another photo freebie going on at Walgreens that I just had to share. Now through Saturday, you can get receive a FREE 8 X 10 photo collage!  Here is how:

1 – Click here to visit Walgreens.com.

2 – Upload 1-20 photos to use on your collage. I typically use the free photo collage opportunities to print one single 8 X 10 picture.

3 – Enter the following coupon code(s) at check-out:  THANKSGIVING or BFCOLLAGE (There are currently two coupon codes available for this free photo collage, so you can use either one or both). 

4 – Pick up in-store to make it totally free or you can have it shipped to you for $.99.

Inexpensive Christmas Gift Idea – FREE 8 X 10 Photo Canvas ($55 Value)

I ran across this offer and wow, I had to share it with my wonderful friends and readers!  Canvas People is currently offering a FREE photo canvas (a $55 value – you only pay shipping & handling of approximately $15)!  This could be a very special Christmas gift for someone or the perfect opportunity for you to turn one of your favorite photos into artwork for your home. I have previously ordered from Canvas People and felt the quality was excellent!

Here is How to Get Your FREE Photo Canvas:

1.Click here to go to the Canvas People website.

2. Upload a photo and choose your canvas size.  The 8 X 10 is totally free (other than shipping & handling).  Or, if you want to order a larger size, you will get a $55 credit towards it.

Personally, I wouldn’t wait long to order…it is a limited time offer and I am not sure how long it will last.  If you have ever looked into ordering canvas prints, then you know what  a bargain this is!

Tidy Tuesday Quick Tip – A Tennis Ball to the Rescue!

What does a tennis ball have to do with the black scuff marks on your linoleum or hard wood floors?  Believe it or not, tennis balls are an easy, great way to “erase” them. Another bonus?  Kids like to take the tennis ball and look for the scuffs to remove which means housework help for Mom!  🙂

Money Making Monday – Earn FREE Gift Cards, Electronics, Magazines and More with Swagbucks

Last week, I shared here about redeeming my Swagbucks for a $10 Starbucks gift card.   I am excited to get a few FREE caramel macchiatos over the holidays!  Sometimes the smallest things in life absolutely make my day 🙂 I am sure there are plenty of other Starbucks fans out there who may be curious how Swagbucks work!  Don’t drink coffee?  There are MANY other rewards – here are some of the highlights:

Gift Cards & Monetary Rewards – PayPal cash, gift cards from Overstock.com, Amazon.com, Macy’s, Barnes & Noble.com and Target.  For the men or outdoorsy types, Bass Pro Shops, Lowes Home Improvement and REI may be of interest.

Magazine Subscriptions – Shape, Maxim, Working Mother, Seventeen, Wine Spectator and Men’s Fitness (to name a few).

Electronics– Video games, downloadable music and accessories.

Personal Care – Perfumes, colognes, hair products and makeup.

You get the picture and I have only touched on a small portion of the items in the Swag Store!  Whether you want to treat yourself or to earn a Christmas gift for someone else this holiday season, it is definitely not too late to sign up, accumulate Swagbucks and make this happen.  It doesn’t take long for them to add up. 

For example, last week when I cashed my Swagbucks in for the Starbuck’s gift card, it brought my total down to 2 points.  Only seven days later, I am already up to 309!  It only takes 450 Swagbucks to receive a $5 Amazon.com e-gift card or 400 to receive a $25 Restaurants.com gift card, to name two examples. Today, I am sharing tips to help you get started with Swagbucks, as well as some pointers on how to maximize your earnings!

What are Swagbucks and how does the program work?

Swagbucks.com is a website that rewards you with “Swagbucks” simply for doing your regular web searches, taking daily polls, surveys and that type of thing.  You can do as little or as much as you would like with it!  After you accumulate “Swagbucks,” you can visit the Swag Store to redeem your points for rewards, such as those listed above. Let me help you get started:

1. Sign up for a FREE Swagbucks account here. You will receive 30 swagbucks upon signing up!!!

2. Use the Swagbucks site as your search engine. You will be awarded “swagbucks” just for doing your regular internet searches. I find that I will usually win Swagbucks three times a day (once in the morn, afternoon and evening).  It doesn’t seem to increase your chances to continually try to search over and over during the same time frame in which you have already earned Swagbucks.

3. Complete quick daily polls (answer one simple question) found at the bottom on the “Earn” menu on the Swagbucks.com toolbar.  You will earn 1-2 points per day for doing so.

4. Download the Swagbucks toolbar.  You will be awarded 1 point every day when you start up your computer just for having the toolbar.  Then, you will earn additional points for using the toolbar for your searches.

5. Take surveys, watch videos and look out for extra Swagbuck earning opportunities.

6.  Follow Swagbucks on Facebook and Twitter to hear about time-sensitive free swagbucks codes that you can enter directly on your Swagbucks page.

7. Shop online through the Swagbucks website.

8. Trade-in old cell phones, books and video games for Swagbucks.  Click here for details!

9.  Watch your Swagbucks accumulate until you are ready to redeem them at the Swag Store for a great variety of prizes, such as gift cards, music, magazines, electronics and much more!

It is super easy and for any of you who are routinely on the computer anyway, it is a great way to “treat” yourself or if you are tight on cash, earn prizes to use as gifts for loved ones this Christmas.  Good luck and have fun!!!

Search & Win

Money Saving Monday – Walgreens Drug Store Deals – Spent $9, Saved $25

After checking out this week’s drug store ads, I decided to shop the deals at Walgreens.  This decision was mainly due to their sale on Huggies (and, yes, my 1-year-old is almost out of them AGAIN! I feel like I am always buying diapers). My total for everything pictured above was $9.54 (plus tax), with a savings of $25.08!  Here is the deal scenario and coupon match-ups that I came up with:

Transaction #1

Huggies Diapers – $8.99
Olay Body Bars – $2.00 per 2-pack
Travel-size Secret Deodorant – $.98 
Canned Mandarin Oranges – $.39 per can
Scotch Padded Envelopes – $.39 each (in-ad coupon to get this price)

Coupons:

$2.00 off Huggies (manufacturer coupon – click here to print)
$5.00 off when you purchase Secret and Olay products (recent Sunday newspaper insert coupon)

Total Due – $8.54 (plus tax)
EARNED $3.00 in Walgreens Rewards!
($2.00 from Huggies and $1.00 from Olay) which I will apply to my next transaction.

Transaction #2

Two boxes of Playtex Tampons – $4.00 per box

Coupons:

Two $2.00 off coupons (click here to print)
Redeemed $3.00 in Walgreens Rewards from transaction above

Total Paid – $1.00 (plus tax)
Plus, I EARNED $2.00 in Walgreens Rewards
(from purchasing Playtex) that can be applied towards anything during  my next Walgreens’ shopping trip! In that sense, it actually makes my total from today $7.94, as opposed to $9.94.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe – A Thanksgiving Favorite in My Family!

My family had a wonderful, early start celebrating Thanksgiving yesterday!  So much delicious food…let the holiday weight gain begin 🙂 I made green bean casserole for this gathering and although this recipe has been around for years, it is an oldie, but goodie. For those of you who have never made it, it is an easy recipe that only takes minute to prepare and pop in the oven. I wanted to share it today in case any of you are still working on your Thanksgiving meal plans.

Green Bean Casserole

1 (10 3/4 oz.) can cream of  mushroom soup
3/4 cup milk
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 (14.5 oz.) cans cut green beans, drained
1 1/3 cups FRENCH’S® french fried onions

Directions:

MIX soup, milk and pepper in a 1 1/2 -qt. baking dish. Stir in beans and 2/3 cup french fried onions.

BAKE at 350°F for 30 min. or until hot.

STIR. Top with remaining 2/3 cup onions. Bake 5 min. until onions are golden.

Note – I always double this recipe when fixing it for a large group, such as for Thanksgiving. Also, I reduce the amount of milk to 1/2 cup because I feel this makes it set up better.