Archive for May, 2010

Decoration Day

May 31, 2010
This is a re-post from last year. It really means a lot to my family to celebrate this Holiday. Thank you to all the Men and Women who have served our country to make it as special as it is.

When I was a teenager I had the opportunity to live with my Grandmother in Iowa. I still remember it as the best year of my life. I learned so many things from her and got to know her like I never would have had the chance to. She taught me how to cook, how to clean, how to be on time, what it really means to take care of a house and yard, and showed me many things that I consider traditions. My Grandma never misses the opportunity to visit the grave sites of our family near where she lives. My Grandfather served in World War II and was a prisoner of war.

My Grandma called Memorial Day, Decoration Day and now I do to. Decoration Day started in the South by some strong Southern women. At the end of the civil war, a group of them went out at the end of May and decorated the tombstones of the civil war solders, both North and South. Some didn’t have tombstones of family to decorate so they decorated the ones they could. Many women left what little they had, scraps of fabric and wild flowers. They did it in hopes that someone would be decorating the graves of their loved ones buried far away from home. The tradition grew and was renamed and a National Holiday was born.
But along the way we have lost much of the tradition. So many of us now are transplanted and have no family around to visit, and flowers to leave on grave sites. The spirit of the Day can still remain, don’t loose this tradition. Take your children out and explain what it is all about, visit a veterans cemetery and let them lay flowers on any grave site that they like. Adopt a Grandparent that served in the military, or look for family names similar to yours. Keep the spirit of Decoration Day alive.
This year we “adopted” the parents of a good friend of mine. The Groves were two of the kindest and nicest people you could have ever met. Brother Groves served in two wars and raised a beautiful family. Sister Groves was a gracious and supportive wife who was stunningly beautiful. They lived their lives in a way that I can only hope to live mine. I am so thankful we were able to go out Monday and visit. It was such a spiritual experience for my little family and created such neat conversations with each of the kids, we are more determined then ever to not let the spirit of Decoration Day slip away.

Target: OLAY Money Maker!

May 31, 2010

You have to do this deal by MONDAY night! Your coupons will expire by then!

Photo Credit: Totally Target!

Thanks to Totally Target for the heads up! You might not be able to get exactly the amount of items that you need, but on this one you can mix and match!

Here is the best deal:

Buy 6 Foaming Face Wash ($3.69) = $22.14 AND 6 Age Defying Daily Cleanser $(4.69) = $28.14
= $50.28
USE: (use (12) $2/1 Any Olay Facial Cleanser or Complete Facial Moisturizer 5-2-10 PG x5/31
= $26.28 – $30.00 (get back six $5 Gift Cards)
= $3.72 MM -$20 MIR wyb $50 in Olay Moisturizers Treatments & Cleansers HERE x6/30
= $23.72 Money Maker after coupons, Gift Cards & Rebate

Or here is a smaller deal:

Buy 2 Olay Foaming Face Wash Sensitive Skin 6.76 oz $3.69 each
Total = $7.38
Use 2 $2/1 Any Olay Facial Cleanser or Complete Facial Moisturizer coupon from the 5/2 PG (EXP 5/31!)
(there is also a $1/1 coupon in the 5/16 SS that doesn’t expire until 6/30)
Pay $3.38
Get back a $5 Target gift card
Final cost both items FREE + a $1.62 moneymaker!

Buy 2 Olay Refreshing Toner $2.99 each

Total = $5.98
Use 2 $2/1 Any Olay Facial Cleanser or Complete Facial Moisturizer coupon from the 5/2 PG (EXP 5/31!)
(there is also a $1/1 coupon in the 5/16 SS that doesn’t expire until 6/30)
Pay $1.98
Get back a $5 Target gift card
Final cost FREE + a $3.02 moneymaker!!
*Even without any coupons, you can score both items for just $0.98 after the $5 gift card!

**And don’t forget about the Olay facial care rebate– purchase $50 worth of Olay facial care products (before coupons) and get back a $20 rebate! If you have enough $2/1 Olay coupons from the 5/2 PG, you could turn this into a huge moneymaker after the $20 rebate. Keep in mind that the $2/1 coupon does expire 5/31, so you ONLY have thru tomorrow to make use of this deal! Thanks Collin for the rebate.


Walgreens: Neutrogena Money Maker!

May 31, 2010

Photo Credit Wild For Wags!

While you are in Walgreens picking up all the free stuff they have this week, make sure to grab some of the Neutrogena Bars.

Get $10 RR WYB 3 or more participating Neutrogena Skin or Sun Care products


WINNER: Diaper Bag, 3rd Try!

May 30, 2010

O.K. we have another winner… I am trying for the last time!

It wasn’t that no one wanted it, they never left a contact email address, I tried to find them through their profile but there wasn’t any info there either. I also posted it here and I guess they never saw it… So hopefully Shani will answer her email and I can send this daring bag out to her! Thank you all for entering again. I hope you have a wonderful and safe Holiday weekend!

The Wilde Family:
“This bag is adorable and I will surely let you send it to me! PICK ME! 🙂 With baby number 3 on the way I am looking for a fun new bag…and with having all boys, I need something girly for me! 🙂 This bag is perfect. Anyway…for the holiday weekend we are camping out in our house because all of our stuff will be in the moving truck!”


Walgreens: Deals week of May 30th

May 30, 2010

So my boycott of Walgreens is taking a turn for the worst! They have a ton of free stuff this week as much as I hate to admit it! Thanks to Money Saving Madness, I picked out my favorite deals below:
I will try and make it in and we will see how it goes!

Use the $2/1 coupon from the 5/16 SS

Use the $1/1 coupon from the June Coupon Booklet (will deduct $2)
Final Price: $2 each
*See the ad for even more great prices on items without coupons.

Weekly Deals

Lifesavers on sale buy one get one free or 2/$2.29

Use B1G1 FREE printable coupon available last week (hope you printed!)or

Final Price: as low as FREE

Reach floss or toothbrush $0.99

Final Price: FREE after coupon

Lindsay Olives $0.99

Final Price: $0.49

Kids Aquafresh toothpaste $0.99 after in ad coupon

Use $1/1 Aquafresh Kids Bubble Mint, 4.6 oz + (hand this coupon first)

Final Price: FREE

Ecotrin 45ct $2

Use $2/1 Ecotrin Aspirin Therapy 5/16/2010 RP Insert (exp 7/31/2010)

Final Price: FREE plus $2 in overage after coupon and RR!

Luster While 7 toothpaste $5, Earn a $5 RR

Final Price: FREE after RR

Walgreens A thru Z select multivitamins $2, Earn a $2 RR

Final Price: FREE after RR!

Rejuvicare Ultimate Skin, Hair or ail Supplement $9.99, Earn a $9.99 RR

Final Price: FREE after RR

Cortaid Maximum Strength anti itch cream $3.99, Get Mail in Rebate Form at Checkout (Limit 2)

Use $1/1 Cortaid product 4/25/2010 SS Insert

Final Price: FREE plus $1 in overage after coupon and rebate

U by Kotex femenine care $3.49, Earn a $2.50 RR

Use $1/1 U by Kotex Product Apr 2010 All You Magazine (exp 6/30/2010) or

Use $1/1 U by Kotex Tampons or Liners 4/18/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/30/2010)
Final Price: FREE


CVS: Deals week of May 30th

May 30, 2010

You can listen to my radio show called CVS 101 HERE

These are the transactions I plan on doing, remember to get a rain check if your store is sold out of anything.

Transaction #1


(1) Ban Invisible Solid Deodorant 2.6oz $2.99

(2) Reach Total Floss 30-100yds B1G1

-$1 off Ban Solid SS 4/18
B1G1 Reach Total Care Dental, 30 yd. RP 1/03

Total Due: $1.99

Get Back: $2 ECB

Transaction #2


(3) Suave Body Wash $2 ea


B2G1 Suave Body Wash RP 5/23

(2) -.50/1 Suave Body Wash printable
-$2 ECB ( from transaction #1)

Total Due: $1

Get Back: $2 ECB

Transaction #3

2 Off Clip On Starters $15.98

Use 1 B1G1 FREE coupon (-$7.99)
Use 1 $2/1 coupon

Use 2 $3/1 CVS Coupons -YMMV, coupon states limit 1.
Final Price: FREE!

Transaction #4


(2) Charmin 16 rolls $9.99

(1) Duracell 10pk Batteries $5.99
– $4/20 CVS coupon by registering HERE

(2) -.25/1 Charmin PG 5/02

-$2 ECB ( from transaction #2)

Total Due: $18.97

Get Back: $10 ECB

Good Deals This Week:

Reach Floss (prices start at $1.99) – On Sale Buy One Get One Free

Buy 2 and use 2 $1/1 coupon from the 6/14/09 SmartSource insert

Or buy 2 and use 2 $1/1 printable

Free after coupons

$2.99 Ban Invisible Solid 2.6 oz: $2 ECB. Limit 1

Total: $.24 after ECB!

$1.99 Speed Stick Deodorant

Toatl: $1.24 each

CVS/pharmacy Jumbo Pk. Diapers or Training Pants $5.99 (Limit 1)

Get $2 ECB’s

Total after ECB’s: $3.99

Off Clip On Save $1 -$7.99

-$2/1 Off Clip on coupon from the 5/16 SS

Deal Scenario:

Buy 2 Off Clip On Starters $15.98

Use 1 B1G1 FREE coupon (-$7.99)

Use 1 $2/1 coupon

Use 2 $3/1 CVS Coupons -YMMV, coupon states limit 1.

Final Price: FREE!

Benadryl Allergy $4.99, Get $1 ECB Limit 1

-$1/1 Benadryl Adult Product RP 04/11/10

Total: as low as $2.49


CVS: $4/20 purchase coupon

May 30, 2010

Go HERE to sign up to get emails with deal alerts and your local CVS add. Also, you will get a $4/20 purchase coupon via email when you do! Love the $/$$ coupons! Have your CVS card ready.

Thanks Suzanne!


Target: Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast for only $.99 a pound!

May 30, 2010

Thanks to Julia for this AMAZING deal on chicken breasts! If you have a Super Target, Run not walk over and get boneless, skinless chicken breast for only $.99 a pound!

It’s currently on Price Cut through 6/5 for $1.99 per pound – normally $4.99 per pound! Use the $1/1 coupon from the 5/23 Smart Source and you’ll pay as low at $0.99 per pound! Don’t have coupons? Order some from Ebay or Coupon Clippers!

TIP: Buy the smallest package you can find so that your $1/1 coupon value is maximized.


MyLitter’s Tips for traveling with children….

May 30, 2010

This will always be one of my favorite posts. It was such a memorable trip for us last year. But the advice still rings true! So if you are traveling with kids this weekend, you might want to think about a few things…

– Pack everything you THINK you might need and see if your husband can fit it all in.
– Always bring very messy snacks, like sticky candy and powdered donuts.
– Never underestimate how often a 3 year old needs to pee, and never try to call her bluff.
– Pack the diapers and wipes together in the bottom of a suitcase and pack it first so it is hardest to get out.
– #1 thing to do, forget your glasses so your husband has to do the ENTIRE drive by himself while you play on the laptop.

Tips for getting a hotel with 8 people.

– There is a reason they charge $39.99 a room. Fork out the extra $20 for the $59.99 and you might get clean towels.
– Always say, “It’s just my wife and kids” they never could imagine you forgot to tell them about the “other” 4 kids that will be sharing the room also.
– Get 2 queens not 1 king. The king only invites ALL the kids to sleep with you.
– Bring sleeping bags and make the big kids use those.
– Lay all 4 girls the wrong way on the bed… you can only fit 2 the correct way but if you pack them in like sardines you only have to bring in 2 sleeping bags. Hey, their small, and they still think it is fun to be uncomfortable all night.
– NEVER let the baby play with the remote. This is a hotel/motel you never know what channels they have. The 1 year old might flip to something COMPLETELY inappropriate with all the kids watching while Mom is in the bathroom and Dad is cleaning out the car…. They also charge you for the remote when it magically disappears and you can’t return it to the front.

Just a little advice from a Mom and Dad who torture their children by driving everywhere and not flying! 🙂


UPDATE: Coupon insert his weekend!

May 29, 2010

UPDATE: There will be a small General Mills coupon insert in SOME papers this weekend. I have not found a list of the coupons that it will contain…. I am still looking.
I would take a look while in the store at the coupons to see if they are worth buying the paper for.