Saving money on the ordinary to enjoy the Extraordinary!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Book: All in Good Time

If the description below peaks your interest, then this is the book for you!

"A few dollars wasted here, a few minutes lost there...it all ads up, and soon you're stretched thin, stressed out, and wishing you had more free time and financial resources for the important things, like your family - and yourself...It's time to get your house - and schedule - in order. The secret to streamlining your life is in the timing: knowing exactly when to do, buy, travel, or try..."

This wonderful book that I speak of is "All in Good Time" by Tara Kuczykowski and Mandi Ehman.

This book has been on my Kindle wish list for a while now, but I didn't think the electronic version of this book would be very effective for me. This seemed like the kind of book I would want to write in, bookmark, and tuck away in my couponing bag of tricks as a resource for whenever I needed it.

Luckily I came across this Barnes & Noble printable coupon (which expires tomorrow) and finally had a guilt-free reason for buying the non-digital version (15% off is always nice). It brought the price of the book (found in the Reference section) down to $12.75, a minimal price for what I hope will be a great investment in my sanity ;)

For more information on this book, click here.

Triumph at Target Part II

Today's quick trip to Target was a spur-of-the-moment, let's-see-what-clothes-they-have-on-sale kind of trip. It didn't really stop at clothes, but you get the picture...

Total Savings: $46.90

First things first. If you haven't printed the Mossimo and Merona coupons from Target's website, do that now! I'm serious...stop reading, go to a computer, and print those coupons pronto. They are $3 off coupons that expire today, and you will kick yourself for not using them. I promise! Well, maybe not literally kick yourself, but you could score some super duper cheap casual tops that you are sure to wear this upcoming holiday weekend.

Pictured above are 3 lace Mossimo tank tops that are on sale for $6 AND they are available in all sorts of bright spring colors. I was lucky enough to have 3 coupons on hand, so I only paid $3 each. Great deal, huh? But wait...it gets better!

Also pictured above are 2Merona  scoop neck tops that I found on clearance for $4. That's right, you guessed it...after using (2)$3 off coupons, I only paid $1 for each one! So if you haven't printed those coupons yet, I suggest you go print them and make a quick stop at Target to stock up on some always-needed casual tops. You'll thank me later...maybe ;)

If all you wanted to know about were the clothes, then I suggest you stop reading, print those coupons, and head on over to Target to take advantage of some sweet prices! If you are weird like me and get excited about cheap toiletries, then please continue reading...

I had some extra coupons from yesterday's trip that I wanted to use up, so I scored more cheap Aquafresh toothpaste and Up & Up travel size cotton balls. Feel free to look at yesterday's post to see the specifics on those sales.

Another Target coupon that you HAVE to print right now is the Degree coupon. The coupon is $2 off 2 Degree deoderants, and Target has their combo pack on sale for $3.99. Because there are 2 in a pack, this qualifies as 2 items, so the $2 off coupon applies. After the coupon, you are getting a Degree 2-pack for $1.99. These deoderants usually run about $3 each regular price.

A few cool clearance finds pictured above are Energizer Max 10-pack batteries ($5.61) and Colgate toothbrushes 3-pack ($3.14). Combined with manufacture coupons that I had from Sunday's paper, these always-needed items came with a pretty sweet price tag :)

The Garnier Fructis conditioner and Quaker Oats Real Medleys were purchased because I had a Target printable coupon and manufacture coupon that I was able to pair nicely for a great price.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Triumph at Target Part I

To a couponer, there is no greater feeling than walking away from a store with a bag full of goodies and a wallet equally full. Allow me to share my successful Target trip with you.


Paid $2.59 before taxes

Up & Up Ibuprofen
$0.97 each - (2)$1 Target printable coupon = 2 for FREE

Aquafresh Toothpaste
$3.00 - $1.50 Target printable coupon - $1 manufacture coupon = $0.50

Up & Up Cotton Balls
$0.99 - $0.75 Target printable coupon = $0.24

Revlon Eyeshadow
$4.69 - $2 Target printable coupon - $2 manufacture coupon = $0.69

Dial Hand Soap
$1.29 ea. - (2)$1 off 2 Target printable coupons - $2 off 4 manufacture coupon = $1.16 total

Once again, these are more necessities that we'll always need at the house. I even got some ibuprofen for free that will be used to restock my medicine cabinet at work (you know who you are!) :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Boring Necessities Needed

While I admit that this post isn't exactly oozing excitement, it's a simple reminder to us couponers: Buying necessities isn't necessarily fun, but is one of the main reasons that us crazy coupon people keep up this money saving habit. We always need toothpaste, toilet paper, face cleansers, and if you're anything like me, nail polish!

Total Net Cost: $3.88

Since the items pictured here are your normal everyday got to have sort of items, I'll skip the long drawn-out paragraphs and just explain how I got these items for cheap. I'm sure a few of you may want to copy my shopping trip at your local CVS and Walgreens, so I'll just get right to it.

$5 - $1 May coupon book coupon - $0.50 coupon from Sunday's paper = $3.50

Wet n Wild Nail Polishes
$0.99 each - (3)$1 coupons from Sunday's paper = 3 for FREE

Biore Facial Wipes
$2.87 - $2 coupon from magic coupon in-store machine = $0.87

AquaFresh Travel Toothpaste
$1.27 each - $1 online coupon = $0.27 each

Because I used my CVS Green Tag, I also earned another $1 ECB off my next purchase :)

Like I said before...while today's shopping trip wasn't exactly a fun-filled exciting life-changing experience, I did get some things that we always need around the house...for less than a drive-thru meal at your favorite fast food chain.