OOP = 16.67 ( I currently have 14 ecbs that will be expiring soon, so I will gladly pay with those and my "real" oop will actually be just 2.67, which I will pay by gift card ( got a 25.00 gift card by using a coupon frequently available in the weekly CVS ad when I picked up my son's new vitamin prescription drops last week). So zero dollars will be coming out of my wallet this week AND I'll be getting 11 ecbs back. Yay!
Get back: 10 ecb, .99 ecb = 10.99 ecbs ((if you are a local reader now would be a great time to use your 10.00 off any 20.00 purchase you might have gotten in your mail as a grand opening gift for the new store!
This is a freebie I couldn't pass up! In last Sunday's coupon inserts, there were 1.00/Seattle's Best Iced Latte's, which are on sale for yep, you guessed it, 1.00 at Target this week. They were on the endcaps at my Target so I picked up a couple while I was getting the Starbuck's coffee that's on sale (7 price, -1.50 MQ in Sunday's paper and 1.50 Target coupon from target.com) 4 bucks for 12 oz. of whole bean coffee. Not as good as Costco, but in between my monthly Costco shopping trips it'll do!
Well, I am sitting here on my couch looking at a sky filled with ominous clouds and it's cold (o.k. just cool) outside. Cloudy, cold/cool, and looking like buckets of rain will be dropping from the sky at any moment. Just a week ago everything was leafing out, it was sunny, warm, and I was inspired to start my veggie garden. So I did. And how they're soaking in filtered sunlight in the warmth of garaged walls.
Spring sprung and then what happened? I can't wait for Spring to come back! It just does something to me. Inspires me. Propels me to cross things off my virtual to-do list that I've been procrastinating on. Like my blog. I have been wanting to get back at it. But let's face it, life happens. And in the past few months we moved (definitely not an easy task with a baby and a 3 year old), we had the holidays, we celebrated my baby's 1st birthday, and we are trying to get settled. So here I am, re-inspired to start blogging all my deals, my current happenings of life, my attempts at living green, my cooking and baking escapades. One current production about to begin at our home is the landscaping of our backyard. Before pictures will come, but it is hard to get motivated to take as artistic of a picture as you can of a fence and dirt. We will hopefully be under way in a week or so, which means I may get to plant an honest to goodness garden (vs. potted tomatoes, bell peppers, beans, peas, and eggplant). Yay! And, we are even contemplating building a chicken coop and raising our own egg laying hens. Gasp. Who woulda ever thought I would WANT to raise chickens? It's the country girl in me. ((I DID do 4-H as a kiddo. Raised my own pig, thankyouverymuch). It is alive and well in me apparently :)
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Remember the Rite Aid Holiday Gift of Savings I talked about before? Well after my Black Friday shopping trip today, I am already 1/3 of the way there and I haven't spent a dime! Actually, I'm already making money via the Single Check Rebate (SCR) program. Here's where my tally is at right now:
Huggies Pure and Natural Diapers 11.99 Phillips In Ear Headphones 4.99 Luvs Jumbo pack diapers 9.99 Benevia Nutritional Drink 7.99 Subtotal = 34.96
-11.99 Huggies Free Diaper Voucher (won on Huggies Enjoy the Ride Website) -5.00 Luvs Diaper Coupon (home mailer from a while back) -5.00 Benevia IP coupon = 12.97 + 2.88 tax = 15.85, paid w/ 10.00 Gift Card and 5.85 oop (out of pocket), but will get back 17.98 in SCR.
Total Savings = 39.97 Total = $5.00 Money maker (actually more like a 13.00 moneymaker for me since I paid with a gift card I got for free from a promotion they had last month!) Plus the pre-coupon total (i.e. 34.96) will go towards my 100.00 goal for the Gift of Savings, which when I reach that, means I'll get another 20.00 gift certificate. I still have the 20.00 gift certificate from the Fall Gift of Savings, which I am debating on what to spend it on. The only kicker with the Gift of Savings Program is that the 20.00 comes in the form of a gift certificate good only at Rite Aid and you have to spend it in one transaction. This won't be hard to do since it's the holiday season and I can easily stock up on holiday decorations/gift wrap/stocking stuffers, etc. and again, that purchase will roll into the new Holiday Gift of Savings program (Whew, are you confused yet? ;)
Slowly, over the past few years, my desire to give my two kids the healthiest, most wholesome life I can, has led me on a journey to seek out the healthiest options in every aspect of my family's life - in nutrition, in having a healthy home, and in making good choices that will positively impact the earth that I hope to hang around on long enough to see my grandchildren have children. So here is my journey. I hope you are inspired to begin your own :)