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6 Nov 2011   ·   25
Money Saving Mom

Super Savings Saturday: Aldi, Dillon’s, the Health Food Store

Dillon’s Shopping Trip

Half-gallon milk — $1.34
Clearanced bananas — $0.87
Gala apples ($0.99/lb.) — $2.83
Kleenex — $1.49, used $0.40/1 coupon (doubled) from the Kleenex freebie = $0.69 after coupon (I thought this was only $0.99 and was going to be $0.19 after the coupon. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized I had to buy 10 qualifying items to get it for $0.99. Yes, sometimes I overlook the obvious! :))
Progresso soup — used free coupon
Cheese — marked down to $0.99 (don’t ask me why as they expiration date is not until March 2012. I was more than a little stoked to get such a good deal!)
Total with tax: $7.33

Health Food Store Shopping Trip

Brown Cow yogurt — $1.99
Pomegranate — $0.99
Organic whipping cream — $0.99
2 bags cranberries — $0.99 each
Total with tax: $6.38

Aldi Shopping Trip

Corn chips — $0.99
Pita chips — $1.99 (total splurge, but these were SO good!)
Bananas — $1.10
Dried cranberries — $1.39
Chocolate chips — $1.69
Artisan lettuce — $1.99
Butter — $1.99 (woohoo!!!)
Baking soda — $0.49
3 blocks of cheese — $1.99
Cauliflower — $0.99
2 cans of black beans — $0.55 each
2 cans of chunk pineapple — $0.89 each
3 packages of strawberries — $1.69 each
Grapes — $2.68
Total with tax: $31.35

Would you like to know what the best deals and coupon match-ups are for your local stores? Be sure to check out the Store Deals section of our site where we post the best deals and coupon match-ups each week for over 100 different stores across the country. You can sign up to receive the top deals in your email inbox each week as soon as they are posted!

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Did you snag any great deals or bargains this week or save money in other ways? If so, be sure to post about them on your blog and leave your link below. Please remember that this weekly round-up is to share deals you personally got and/or money you were able to save this week. In order to keep this weekly round-up focused on helping and inspiring others in their efforts to save money, links which have little-to-no content other than promoting affiliate links, etc. will be deleted. Also, to make it easy for everyone to navigate quickly through the links, your link must link directly to your Super Savings Saturday post.

5 Nov 2011   ·   10
Money Saving Mom

Books Read This Week: Blogger Behave, In Search of Balance, Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charley?

I never got this post up last week because I took a 24-hour computer fast while at Relevant. And then life has been busy this past week and I’ve literally finished zero books. The good news is that I did get a lot of sleep this week, so maybe it was worth the lack of reading to instead get caught up on the hours of sleep I missed while at Relevant last week. 🙂

Blogger Behave — As I posted earlier this week, this ebook is filled with wise words, inspiration, and practical advice for how to “make your blog benefit your life so you can love both.” If you are struggling with balancing blogging and life, I’d heartily recommend this ebook. It’s well-written, it’s thought-provoking, and it’s packed with meaty suggestions.


In Search of Balance: Keys to a Stable Life –This book didn’t have any earth-shattering information in it, but it was good to review and be reminded of the importance of making wise decisions about commitments, allowing margin in our lives, and not living in a rush-rush-rush frenzy.

Read-Alouds:

Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charley? — Personally, this book wasn’t one of my favorites. However, the children really enjoyed it and each of them were engaged and didn’t want me to stop reading.

Currently reading: EntreLeadership, He Heard Hannah, Kisses from Katie, Becoming a Woman of Influence, and listening to Purple Cow audiobook. You can see all of the books I’ve read in 2011 so far here. Read all of my book reviews here.

Have you read any good books recently?

(Note: The Amazon.com links in this post are affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here.)

5 Nov 2011   ·   0
Money Saving Mom

Rite Aid: Deals for the week of November 6-12, 2011

Here are the best Rite Aid deals this week, with thanks to Shannon for her help in compiling them. If you are new to shopping at Rite Aid or have questions about their coupon policy, click here.

Arrid or Arm & Hammer Deodorant – $2
Buy 2 – Get $3 UPR
Use 2 $1/1 printable
Free after coupons and UPR (Limit 2)

Stayfree Maxi Pads (18-24 ct) – $3
Get $2 UPR
Use $1/1 coupon from the 11/6 SmartSource insert
Free after coupon and UPR

Colgate Total Advanced or 2 in 1 – $3.99
Get $3.50 UPR
Use $0.50/1 coupon from the 10/30 SmartSource insert
Free plus overage after coupon and UPR

Keri Lotion – $6.99
Get $6 UPR
Use $2/1 coupon from the 10/16 SmartSource insert
Free plus overage after coupon and UPR

Colgate 360 Toothbrush – $2.99
Get $2 UPR
Use $0.75/1 printable
$0.24 after coupon and UPR

Lysol Healthy Touch No-Touch Starter Kit – $9.99
Get $5 UPR
Use $3/1 coupon from the 11/6 SmartSource insert
Plus use $1.50/1 coupon from the Rite Aid Flu Book
$0.49 after coupons and UPR

Boogie Wipes – $3.99
Get $2 SCR
Get $1 UPR
Use $0.50/1 printable
$0.49 after coupon, SCR an UPR

Old El Paso Beans – $1
Use $0.50/1 printable or coupon from the 9/18 SmartSource insert
$0.50 after coupon

Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Toothpaste – $4.99
Get $3 UPR
Use $1/1 printable or coupon from the 11/6 SmartSource insert
$0.99 after coupon and UPR

Arm & Hammer Laundry Product – $3.50
Buy 2 – Get $3 UPR
Use $1/2 coupo from the 10/16 SmartSource insert
$1.50 each after coupon and UPR (Limit 2)

PediaCare Product – $6.99
Get $3 UPR
Use $1/1 coupon from the 10/9 SmartSource insert
$2.99 after coupon and UPR

See the full list of deals at Rite Aid this week here.

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5 Nov 2011   ·   5
Money Saving Mom

CVS: Deals for the week of November 6-12, 2011

Here are the best deals at CVS this week, with a big thanks to The Thrifty Mama for her help in compiling them:

ECB Deals

Spend $20 in Playtex and Schick Select Products, Get $10 ECBs (Limit 1)
Playtex Gentle Glide (36-40 ct) or Sport Tampons (18-36 ct) – $8.49

*Deal Idea*
Buy 2 Schick Disposable Razors – $7.99 each
And buy 2 Edge Shave Gel – $2.19 each
Use Buy One Get One Free coupon from the 11/6 SmartSource insert
And use 2 $0.55/1 printable
$0.32 each after coupons and ECBs

Buy 1 Crest, Fixodent, Glide or Oral-B Multipacks (Prices start at $4.49), Get $2 ECBs (Limit 2)
Use $1/1 coupon from the 10/30 P&G insert
Or use $0.50/1 coupon from the 10/30 P&G insert
Or use $2/1 coupon from the 9/11 SmartSource insert
As low as $0.49 each after coupon and ECBs

Buy 2 Jif or Smucker’s at $2.50, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $0.35/1 coupon from the 11/6 RedPlum insert
$0.65 each after coupons and ECBs

Buy 1 Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent (25-32 loads) at $2.99, Get $1 ECB (Limit 1)
Buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from the 10/16 SmartSource insert
$1.99 each after ECB

Spend $15 in Futuro Braces, Supports or Hosiery (Prices start at $8.49), Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use 2 $3/1 printable
As low as $2.99 each after coupons and ECBs

Free $10 Gift Card when you buy $30 of these Products:

Ajax Dish Liquid (16 oz) – $0.89
Buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from the 8/14 SmartSource insert
$0.39 each after coupon

Kashi Go Lean, Heart to Heart Cereal or TLC Bars (6 ct) or Crackers – $3
Use $2/1 printable
$1 after coupon

All Laundry Detergent – $3.99
Use $0.50/1 coupon from the 11/6 RedPlum insert
$3.49 after coupon

Derma Silk 5 Minute Face Lift or 90 Second Eye Lift – $34.99
Use $5/1 coupon from the 11/6 RedPlum insert
$19.99 each after coupon and $10 Gift Card

Other Deals

Celestial Seasonings Tea (20-24 ct) – $2.50
Use $1/1 coupon from the 10/2 SmartSource insert
$1.50 after coupon

CVS Facial Tissues Upright (80-100 ct), Family Size (200 ct) – $0.99 (Limit 5)

New to shopping at CVS? Be sure to check out my CVS 101 post which gives you the full scoop on how to get the best bargains at CVS. See the full list of deals at CVS this week here.

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5 Nov 2011   ·   10
Money Saving Mom

Walgreens: Deals for the week of November 6-12, 2011

Here are the best deals at Walgreens this week, with thanks to Mercedes for her help with compiling these:

COUPON DEALS

Jell-O – $0.59 with in-ad coupon
Buy 3 and use $1.25/3 printable
$0.17 each after coupons

Carefree Pantiliners – $0.99 with in-ad coupon
Use $0.50/1 printable
$0.49 after coupons

Hershey’s Candy – $0.59 with in-ad coupon

Scotch Magic Tape with Dispenser – $0.99 with in-ad coupon
Buy 3 and use $1/3 coupon from the 8/7 SmartSource insert
$0.65 each after coupons

Kitchen Staples – $0.99
Kraft Marshmallows, Carnation Evaporated Milk, Daisy Sour Cream, Kraft Marshmallow Creme

Buy 2 and use $0.50/2 coupon from the 10/30 RedPlum insert
Or buy 2 and use $0.50/2 printable
$0.74 each after coupon

Kleenex at $2.29 – On Sale Buy One Get One Free
Buy 5 and use $1/5 printable
$0.97 each after coupon

Purell Product (8 oz) – $2.99
Use $1/1 printable here (IE) or here (FF)
Plus use $1/1 Walgreens printable
$0.99 after coupons

Reynolds Wrap – $0.99 with in-ad coupon

Bayer Advanced Aspirin or Aleve – $2.99
Use $1.50/1 coupon from the 10/23 RedPlum insert
Or use $2/1 coupon from the 9/11 RedPlum insert
As low as $0.99 after coupon

Libby’s Pumpkin or Betty Crocker Cookie Mix – $1.50
Buy 4 and use $1/4 coupon from the 8/2 RedPlum insert
Or buy 2 and use $1/2 printable
As low as $1 each after coupon

Skippy Peanut Butter or Smucker’s Jelly – $2
Buy 2 and use $0.60/2 printable
Or use $0.50/1 printable
As low as $1.50 each after coupon

Domino Sugar – $2.49
Buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from the November Weight Watchers magazine Or use $0.50/1 printable
As low as $1.99 each after coupon

Purex Laundry Detergent – $1.99

Folgers Coffee – $3.49
Use $1/1 printable
$2.49 after coupon

Ensure – $6.99
Use $3/1 printable
$3.99 after coupon

REGISTER REWARD DEALS

Buy 1 Blistex Revive & Restore Lip Care at $1.99, Get $1.99 Register Rewards
Free after Register Rewards

Buy 1 Crest Dental Care at $1.99, Get $1 Register Rewards
Crest Toothpaste, Oral B Toothbrush
Use $0.50/1 coupon from the 10/30 P&G insert
Or use $1/1 coupon from the 10/30 P&G insert
Free after coupon and Register Rewards

Buy 1 Healthifeet Foot Cream at $10, Get $10 Mail-In-Rebate
Use $2/1 printable
Free plus overage after coupon and rebate

Buy 3 Smart Water (1 Lt) or Vitamin Water (20 oz) at $1, Get $2 Register Rewards
$0.33 each after Register Rewards

Buy 1 Crest Dental Care at $2.99, Get $1 Register Rewards
Deep Cleaning Whitening Expressions
Whitening Plus Scope Toothpaste
Oral B Glide Floss

Use $1/1 coupon from the 10/30 P&G insert
$0.99 after coupon and Register Rewards

Buy 1 Schick Xtreme3 Disposable Razors at $6.49, Get $2.50 Register Rewards
Use $3/1 printable
$0.99 after coupon and Register Rewards

Buy 1 Pepcid (25 ct) at $9.99, Get $3 Register Rewards
Use $4/1 coupon from the 11/6 SmartSource insert
$2.99 after coupon and Register Rewards

Buy 1 Lysol No Touch Hand Soap System at $11.99, Get $5 Register Rewards
Use $0.75/1 printable
Or use $3/1 coupon from the 11/2 SmartSource insert
As low as $3.99 after coupon and Register Rewards

New to shopping at Walgreens? Be sure to head over and check out Walgreens 101 where I explain in detail how to maximize the mileage of your money at Walgreens. See the full list of deals at Walgreens this week over at Common Sense with Money.

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5 Nov 2011   ·  

JCPenney.com: 2 60-count sets of Melissa & Doug blocks for $24 shipped

Here’s a fabulous deal on Melissa & Doug blocks. These are priced at $48 on Amazon right now, so this is really a great deal:

::Click on the Shop Now button on the JCPenney Page on ShopAtHome.

::Search for “Standard Unit Blocks”.

::Add two of the 60-count blocks to your cart (if you don’t want to buy two sets, you could also look at the many other Melissa & Doug deals on JCPenney.com right now).

::Use coupon code BEATSALL to get $10 off your order.

::Your total should be right around $24 total with shipping for two sets of blocks.

::Within 30-60 days, you will receive 3% cashback in your ShopAtHome account.

Thanks, Motherhood on a Dime!

(Note: The links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here.)

5 Nov 2011   ·   11
Money Saving Mom

Printable coupons: $0.75/2 Annie’s Homegrown, $1/1 Heinz Ketchup, + more!

There are some fabulous high-value coupons available on the Believe in Heroes page, including:

$1/1 Heinz Ketchup coupon — get the small bottles free or the 10-pack of Heinz Dip & Squeeze Ketchup for $0.24 after the Target coupon and the manufacturer’s coupon.

$0.75/2 Annie’s Homegrown coupon — use this on the boxes of Annie’s Mac & Cheese to get a great deal.

There are many more, so be sure to go check out the printable coupons.

5 Nov 2011   ·   13
Money Saving Mom

$1/1 Johnson & Johnson coupon = free First Aid Kits at Walmart

Tomorrow’s SmartSource insert will reportedly have a $1/1 Johnson & Johnson product coupon in it. Use this on the Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kits priced at $0.97 at Walmart to make them free after the coupon.

See the full list of coupons in tomorrow’s inserts here.

Thanks, I Heart the Mart!

(Note: The links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here.)

5 Nov 2011   ·   6

JCPenney.com: Two St. John’s Bay Men’s Sweaters for $16 shipped to store

Here’s how to get two St. John’s Bay Men’s Sweaters for $16 shipped plus 3% cashback:

::Click on the Shop Now button on the JCPenney Page on ShopAtHome.

::Search for “St. John’s Bay Men’s Sweaters”. It should pull up two pages of sweaters.

::Add two sweaters priced at $12.99 to your cart and go to checkout.

::Use coupon code SHOPBIG or ITSASALE to get $10 off your order. Shipping is free to your local store (it doesn’t show up as free until you’re on the final page of checkout).

::Your total should be $15.98 plus any applicable tax.

::Within 30-60 days, you will receive 3% cashback in your ShopAtHome account.

(Note: The links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here.)

5 Nov 2011   ·   9

JCPenney.com: 69-piece microscope for $19.99 shipped to store + 3% cashback

If you have a child like mine who is fascinated with microscopes, here’s a great deal on a 69-piece microscope:

::Click on the Shop Now button on the JCPenney Page on ShopAtHome.

::Search for “69-piece microscope”. It should pull up the 69-piece microscope shown above. Add it to your cart and go to checkout.

::Use coupon code BEATSALL to get $10 off your order. Shipping is free to your local store (it doesn’t show up as free until you’re on the final page of checkout).

::Your total should be $19.99 plus any applicable tax.

::Within 30-60 days, you will receive 3% cashback in your ShopAtHome account.

(Note: The links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here.)

4 Nov 2011   ·   12
Money Saving Mom

A Handmade Christmas: Poinsettia Embellished T-shirt

Note from Crystal: If you love crafts and clothing make-overs, you have got to check out Melissa’s blog. I was so inspired by it and I don’t even sew! Here’s a gorgeous shirt tutorial she shared that would be perfect for gift-giving or just making and wearing yourself for the holidays!

By Melissa from Melly Sews

This pretty embellished t-shirt cost me less than $5 to make and the poinsettias are subtle enough to wear it well beyond the holiday season.


You’ll need

  • 2 t-shirts. I got mine on sale for $2 each. One needs to be the final size for your recipient, and you should buy the other in the largest size they have to have extra fabric to cut up. Scoop or V necklines work best. You won’t use the entire second shirt, so if you want to make more than one, figure on using 1 1/2 shirts per finished shirt.
  • A handful of beads (I used 28 beads that I cut off from a 25-cent thrift store necklace)
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Measuring tape or ruler

Cut the hem off your second shirt, then cut the shirt into 2-inch wide strips. For each shirt you’re making, you’ll need at least 2 of these strips.

Cut one end of the 2-inch wide strips open, then cut as many 3 1/2-inch long pieces of this strip as you can. You’ll need 21 of these 2-inch x 3 1/2-inch rectangles.

Fold one rectangle in half with long sides together. Then fold short sides together.

Cut diagonally across the tiny rectangle, making sure not to cut the two folded edges. You should have a diamond shape.

Now pinch the center of the diamond and put a couple of stitches through it to form a petal. Repeat 20 more times (may I suggest you have some nice Christmas music and a cup of hot tea while doing this?)

Pinch petals in half as pictured, and sew 3 together in the center to form the flowers.

Sew 4 beads into the center of each flower.

Arrange the flowers on the neckline of the shirt, then sew into place from the inside of the shirt. You want to sew the centers, and probably a few of the petal edges. And then wrap it up!

Melissa is mom to two young boys and works as a theatre teacher. She live in Texas, where she is married to a football coach and gets to spend lots of time under Friday night lights. Visit her blog, Melly Sews, for sewing tutorials and inspiration.

Do you have a great idea for a handmade Christmas gift? We’d love to have you submit your tutorial for possible publication for our Handmade Christmas series.

4 Nov 2011   ·   57
Money Saving Mom

We Paid Cash! :: Our Adoption Process

A testimony by Kate from San Diego Deals and Steals

Our family is middle class, but we felt called to adopt. When we adopted our son from Russia we fundraised, but planned poorly and came home with $10,000+ in debt. We promised ourselves that we would adopt again, but that we would not do so with credit.

When we started our second adoption process we had a solid and realistic budget. We were completely debt-free (other than our mortgage) and had an emergency fund worth one month of living expenses.

Since we had two healthy children, we requested to adopt a child with disabilities as they are less likely to be adopted. Our adoption process cost nearly $30,000. (Note: Depending upon the circumstances, it can cost less and there are also grants available, such as through ShowHope.)

How We Saved

Our adoption journey was just over a year from start to finish. We saved for it in a variety of ways.

::We got creative and found ways to make extra money. My husband took on a few more hours. I made crafts, babysat, and started my blog.

::We cut our expenses in every way we could. We took advantage of free entertainment and bartered for all kinds of things to cut our already tight budget down. Every extra penny we saved was deposited into the adoption fund.

::We put our tax refund check as well as the small raise my husband got immediately into the bank.

::We stopped buying stuff. We paid for Christmas with Swagbucks and we rarely bought clothing or toys.

::We learned to be content. We didn’t pay for cable or video games. My husband drove his trusty ’99 Camry with over 260,000 miles. I learned to use my crock pot even more, instead of going out to eat.

::We were blessed with donations from friends, family, and strangers. People gave willingly as they understood this was not only a way to grow our family, but also an important ministry for our family to a needy child. We saw God provide as we were faithful in answering the call to adopt.

It Was A Tremendous Blessing to Adopt Without Debt

Our adoption story is long, but the short version is that in late May we were made aware of a girl who was to be born “any minute” that nobody in the immediate network was willing to adopt because of some significant (but correctable) special needs that had been determined by an ultrasound. In June, our daughter was born. With our savings from the previous year and the donations we had been gifted, we brought our daughter home with no debt.

We thought we had a $100 surplus, but we got one last lawyer invoice – for $110! — so we dipped into our emergency fund for $10! It was a tremendous blessing to bring her home without any debt associated with her adoption.

Kate lives in San Diego CA with her husband Harry, and kids, Josie (homemade), Silas (handpicked from Russia), and Charlotte (handpicked domestically). She is passionate about adoption and having fun in San Diego frugally. You can see more at San Diego Deals and Steals where she blogs about both.