Monthly Archives: June 2008

June Freebies

Here is everything I got FREE during the month of June (I explain each category in a previous post. Click here to read about it.)


Publix Mystery Coupons:
12-oz pkg American cheese singles
two 4-roll pkgs TP
2 bags ginger snaps
apple juice
Duncan Hines brownie mix
tortilla chips
CVS Extracare Bucks with Sales & Coupons:
8 Oral B Crossaction toothbrushes
Colgate toothpaste
Crest toothpaste
2 bottles Listerine Smart Rinse
3 boxes bandages
2 tubes Lypsyl lip balm (raincheck)
2 4″x6″ custom photo books
2 bottles Dove shampoo
2 bottles Dove body wash
Tylenol
Schick Quattro Titanium razor
Right Guard deodorant
Off insect repellent
Swiffer sweeper
Swiffer dry sweeping cloths
Atkins bar
Pringles
drawstring kitchen trash bags
a ream of copy paper
Wite-Out pen with bonus Bic pen
2-pk black gel pens
another folding camp chair (“Quad” chair)
Playtex sippy cup

Great Sale Prices Combined with Coupons:
Target microwave popcorn
2 bags Werther’s candies
Honey Bunches of Oats
Vlassic relish
travel size baby shampoo
travel size Tylenol
small pkg Kotex
2 bottles travel size All Small & Mighty
Jergens lotion
2-oz bottle Purell hand sanitizer
1 box Bandaids
7 cans Muir Glen tomato paste
6 boxes Barilla pasta (moneymaker)
Edge shave gel
metallic gold scrapbook pen

Full Rebates:

Theragran M vitamins

Free
Deals:
92 4×6 photos
1 5×7 print
reusable shopping bag
grill spray
pickles
mustard
Quaker’s granola bar sample
Country Home magazine
Dove shampoo and conditioner samples
Playtex Sport sample
Nivea body creme sample
Aveeno sample

Given to Me:
radishes
cucumbers
chili peppers
Colgate toothbrush
Crest toothpaste sample
A LOT of split firewood from neighbor’s tree

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Publix Deals

I was happy to see that the Publix BOGO deals this week matched up well with coupons in my organizer. I stopped at two different stores and here are my deals:

apple juice, mystery coupon item, 1 cent (charity)
Brownie mix, mystery coupon item, 1 cent
4 boxes Barilla pasta, BOGO, 50 cent/2 coupons doubled, net 25 cents a box
2 boxes whole grain Barilla pasta, BOGO, 50 cent coupons doubled, net: earned 40 cents per box
14 Pure Protein bars, sale 99 cents, $1.50/2 coupons, net 25 cents each
2 Starkist tuna 4-packs, BOGO, no coupons, net 74 cents per can
4 French’s Worcestershire sauce, $1.29, 35 cent coupons doubled, net: 59 cents
2 Zatarain’s rice, BOGO, 75 cent coupons, net: 47 cents each (charity)
Hunt’s ketchup, BOGO, 40 cent coupon, net: 48 cents
Buitoni tortellini, $2.99, $1 coupon
Publix cottage cheese, $2.50
fresh fruits and veggies, $8.78
2 beef tip roasts, $14.42
2 $5 off $35 coupons
total before coupons: about $73
total after coupons: $37

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Friday Garage Sales

Garage sale day on Friday: Not many signs were out (too hot?), but three of my four stops were productive. First, just down the street I found two upholstered club chairs, identical in style, but different upholstery. Price? One was free, the other was $5. Yep. 2/$5. But…the upholstery on both is shredded and stained. So the Professor insisted we go look for new fabric at Jo-Ann’s yesterday. We ordered some at 50% off. (Photo coming soon)

My second garage sale stop yielded two packages of note cards. We had just run out of thank you cards, and these white ones are NIP. And I’m sure my two daughters will fight over the Flower Fairy note cards. Last stop: a double size quilt and two shams, like new, for $5. The sailboat design caught my eye. As I stood at the table trying to open it out to check the size, another customer stepped over and asked if she could pay me “like, a million dollars” if I would let her buy it. It matched her son’s bedroom perfectly, apparently. Notice I didn’t bite; the quilt is in my house.

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100 Things You Can Make

Crystal at Money Saving Mom found an interesting blog site listing 100 things we could make ourselves. Crystal asked us to make a list of the things we have made, so here is mine. My parents are great do-it-yourselfers, and I caught the bug early on for trying my hand at assorted odd projects. Many of these homemade things we would never dream of buying already made!

Things I Have Made: 56 of the 100
Applesauce
Bagels
Barbecue sauce
Bread
Cheese
Doughnuts
Gravy
Guacamole
Hummus
Ice cream
Jelly
Maple syrup
Mayonnaise
Pancake mix
Peanut butter
Pasta
Pickles
Pizza
Potato chips
Pudding pops
Rootbeer
Salsa
Sausage
Spaghetti sauce
Stuffing
Tofu
Tortillas
Wedding cake
All purpose household cleaner
Laundry detergent
Soap
Paper
Rubber stamps
Candles
Jewelry
Curtains
Rug
Bookshelves
Couch
Table
Blouses
Coat
Poncho
Sweater
Skirt
Shorts
Compost
Bubbles
Books
Crayons
Crossword puzzles
Fingerpaint
Kite
Pinata
Playdough

I have also made these: (which are not on the original list)

Alfalfa sprouts
Beef jerky
Chutney
Crackers
Croutons
Italian ice
Granola
Jams and fruit butters
Mixes: cake, cookie, seasoning, etc
Whole wheat flour
Tailored man’s suit
Jeans
Dresses
Lingerie
Pants
Purses
Tshirts
Sandals
Slips
Slippers
Smocked clothing
Swim suits
Diapers
Crib sheets (fitted)
Pillowcases
Placemats
Tablecloths
Tote bags
Quilts
Reflector oven for camp baking
Gift boxes
Board games
Homeschool curriculum
Dolls
Doll clothes
Stuffed animals
Laundry stain remover

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On the Menu

Extended family stopped by yesterday for an overnight visit. On the menu for our buffet breakfast this morning:
Pumpkin Muffins
Baked Oatmeal
Fruit Salad
Juice and Tea

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Publix’ Conagra Deal

This evening I did the Conagra deal at Publix. I want to get the $25 Home Depot gift card, so I needed to spend $20 on select Conagra products. I got my total very close: $20.04. And then they took off my coupons which totaled $5. So, spending $15.04 out of pocket, I’ll get a $25 gift card to Home Depot. Here’s what I bought:
4 cans Chef Boyardee ravioli at $1.33 each, $1/4 coupon
Hunt’s ketchup, $1.39
large Peter Pan peanut butter, $3.99, $1 coupon
Gulden’s mustard, $1.19
4 cans Van Camp beans at 85 cents each, $1/4 coupon
Heb. National franks, $2.25 (BOGO), $1 coupon
Reddi-Wip, $2.50, $1 coupon

I also took advantage of another deal at Publix. This one is called, “Buy Theirs, Get Ours Free”. This week we can buy the national brand grill spray (I hope it works on kitchen pans too because we don’t have a grill), mustard, and pickles. Then we get the Publix house brand free on each of those items. It’s a great deal for me especially since I needed pickles and mustard anyway.

One more great deal at Publix: I have a stack of $1 off coupons for Muir Glen products. I tried their diced tomatoes at Walmart, but I don’t like them. So I tried the tomato paste. It’s 99 cents at Publix; with the $1 coupon, I earned 1 cent on each can. I plan to donate them to the food bank.

No photo today because the camera is camping out in the school locker.

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Kroger Closeouts

Today was a difficult day to shop at Kroger because they are rearranging the store. A million people were running around scraping shelves bare, piling boxes in the aisles, tossing packages in carts, and generally making a huge mess. Paper signs were haphazardly taped up to label the contents of most aisles. But then I discovered the carts. Rows of them lined some aisles, filled with closeout items. European cookies for 50 cents and less. Ice cream for $1.99. Buns and bread. Misc battered packages. Passover supplies (I don’t need those, but if you do, run on over to Kroger). Lots of goodies to discover!

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