Monthly Archives: August 2008

August Freebies

Here are the items I got totally FREE during the month of August. Click here to read a previous post explaining each category.

Publix Mystery coupon items:
reusable shopping bag
half gallon iced tea
4-pk Greenwise bath tissue

CVS Extracare Bucks with Sales and Coupons:
2 3-pks Ivory soap
2 Crest toothpaste
4 Colgate toothpaste
2 Oral B toothbrushes
Colgate toothbrush
Reach toothbrush
Pert Plus shampoo
2 Sure deodorant
10-pk Irish Spring bar soap
Softsoap Spa body wash
CVS moisturizing body wash
Fusion shave gel
Puffs tissues
Kotex
Infants’ Advil
Life Fitness vitamins
Calms Forte
Zipfizz energy drink mix
2 bags candy

Great Sale Prices Combined with Coupons:

Starbuck’s chocolates
1 can canned fruit
2 boxes Post Trail Mix Crunch
3 bottles Joint Juice
tomato sauce
2 tubes St. Ives facial cleanser


Full Rebates:
Avery ring binder
Scrubbing Bubbles Action Scrubber kit
BioInfusions shampoo
Pert Plus shampoo
Philips energy saver bulb

Free Deals:
20 4×6 prints
32-oz bag frozen chicken tenderloins
loaf of bread
Sara Lee bread
(2) 2-liter bottles A&W root beer
Orville Redenbacher popcorn cakes sample
half gallon Mayfield milk
2 bottles foaming hand soap
twin-pk beauty bar soap
apricot facial scrub
Sunsilk shampoo and conditioner samples
Cocoa Butter hand and body moisturizer
3 deodorants
shave gel
Ibuprofen
3 sheets scrapbooking paper
scrapbook paper storage envelope
reusable shopping bag
$30 Kroger gift card
$30 CVS gift card
$30 Rite Aid gift card

Given to Me:
tomatoes
green tomatoes
cucumbers
hot peppers
half a cake
10-pk root beer
3 boxes Celestial Seasonings tea
spiced cider mix
bag of homegrown pears
jar of homemade applesauce
Skintimate shave gel sample

Obviously, our family can’t possibly use all this toothpaste, body wash, deodorant, etc in one month, so you may wonder what I do with all the extra personal care items I get. I donate them to charity. I try to collect 5 basic items for a local women’s shelter: shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, and soap or body wash. I like that my overages have a purpose and a goal. The women’s shelter appreciates the donations.

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One Last CVS Deal for the Week

I didn’t expect to go back to CVS again this week, but Greta needed to go tonight, so I grabbed my coupon book and tagged along. I was glad I brought my coupons, because I found:

2 boxes Post Trail Mix Crunch, clearance table, $1 each
CVS Cocoa Butter Moisturizer, clearance table, $1.49

I used two coupons:
$1 off any 2 Post cereals
$2 off any CVS skin care item
My total was 58 cents!

I also saw Huggies diapers for $2.79-ish but I don’t, as a rule, carry diaper coupons with me. Someone will get a wonderful deal tomorrow.

Moral of the story: Take your coupons with you wherever you go

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A Sad Apron

My favorite apron sprang some holes. On closer inspection I saw it was lots of holes. Maybe two dozen or so holes. So we made a visit to the sewing machine and I covered each hole with lots and lots of zigzag stitches. Good as new now.

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Making Bags

I made several more tote bags for toiletries today. (Read my previous post about making bags for the women’s shelter.) I used double-sided quilted fabric for today’s bags, when previously I used plain cotton fabrics and lined them. I like both styles, but these are a little sturdier. This quilted fabric is harder to stitch, especially on the handles where it is four layers of fabric.

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Crostini ~ The Martha Stewart Way

I saw this easy Martha Stewart recipe some months ago, and it turns out very well. It is yummy spread with soft cheese like goat’s cheese or cream cheese, dipped in dip, or even spread with peanut butter. All you do is thinly slice a long, thin loaf from the bakery, lightly brush each cut side with olive oil, then bake on a baking sheet (I use my pierced pizza pans) at 350* until crisp and golden. Turn part way through if you want. They come out very crunchy; use them instead of crackers.

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Little $ At Kroger

I keep finding my best deals at Kroger, but I consider Publix my favorite store. Hmmm, I wonder why?I had a great shopping trip today. Firstly, I dropped off a prescription to be transfered from Walmart. I had a coupon for a free $30 gift card on a transfered rx, issued by Rite Aid. Kroger accepts competitor’s coupons (at least pharmacy coupons; I don’t know about other coupons). I also had a $5 off $60 coupon from the Entertainment Book. It wasn’t too difficult to come up with $60 in groceries.

Here’s my list:
seedless watermelon, sale $5.99
4 lb peaches, sale 89 cents lb, total $3.73
2 pkgs Land O Frost sliced meats, sale $2.99, 50 coup on each, doubled, net $1.99 ea
pork chops, sale $1.99 lb, total $8.26
3 lb bag turkey burgers, $6.99
Ball Park franks, BOGO, coupon $1/2, net $1.29 ea
Hormel bacon, BOGO, $2.74
Honeysuckle turkey chub, clearance $2.42
froz scallops, sale $3.99
fresh shrimp, clearance $1.85
6 pkg Kroger shredded cheese, sale $1.50 ea
3 cans fruit, sale $1 ea, coupon 1 free if purchase 2, net $2
5 lb flour, $1.97
hot dog buns, sale $1
2 loaves wheat bread, clearance 79 cents ea
Sara Lee bread, coupon for free loaf
sweet Italian bread twin pack, clearance 49 cents
After taking off the coupons above, the $5/$60, and the $30 gift card, my total for all these groceries was $24.82.

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Little $ At CVS

Similar to my Kroger shopping trip, I had a great day at CVS too. Firstly, I dropped off another prescription to be transfered from Walmart, and I got another $30 gift card by using another Rite Aid coupon. Like Kroger, CVS accepts competitor’s rx (only) coupons. Then I rolled my expiring $10 ecb’s into $13.27 ecb’s by purchasing:
Infant Advil, $5.79, earn $5.79 ecb’s
Kotex, $1.49, earn $1.49 ecb’s
Zipfizz, $5.99, earn $5.99 ecb’s (David can use this at competitions)
I threw in a CVS body wash as filler, $2.99

I used these coupons:
$1 off Advil
$1 off Kotex
$2 off a CVS skin care item (body wash)
$2/$10 purchase
I “spent” my $10 ecb
OOP: 40 cents
Earned $13.27 ecb’s

AND I got a $30 gift card for transferring the prescription!

At another store I used an expiring coupon for 20 free prints. Since the photos go toward the $2/$10 coupon, and I had another expiring ecb, I looked around to see what else I could use. Thus:
20 prints, $5
Calms Forte, $6.19, earn $2 ecb’s
Reach toothbrush, clearance $1.25
CVS twin-pk beauty bar, sale $1.99

I used these coupons:
20 free prints ($5)
$1 off Calms Forte
$1 off Reach
$2 off a CVS skin care item (soaps)
$2/$10 purchase
Spent $1 ecb
OOP $2.70 (put on gift card)
Earned $2 ecb’s

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