CVS, Walgreens, groceries
August 29, 2008, 9:21 pm
Filed under: CVS, Deals, Kroger, Walgreens

I didn’t do too badly this week as far as deals are concerned. A few of my ECBs were going to expire, so I figured I’d better go tonight to use them up.

At CVS, I picked up:
2 packages of Stayfree pads on sale for 2/$9 minus BOGOF coupon= $4.50
Kotex liners $1.39 minus $1 CVS CRT minus $.75 coupon= FREE WITH OVERAGE
2 bottles of Eucerin lotion (Jake loves this stuff for his psoriasis) $15.98
Minus $3/$15 (from the September issue of Richmond Parents Monthly)
Minus $14.99 in ECBs
Total OOP $2.50
I got back $11.49 in ECBs.

I went to Walgreens last Saturday to take advantage of the $5/$20 coupon and got the following:
Pert Plus $3.79 minus $2 coupon= $1.79
2 boxes of Tuf trash bags on sale for 2/$10
6 bags of Russell Stover Private Select chocolate on clearance for $1.79 a bag minus 2 B2G1F coupons= $7.16
Box of Whitman’s Soho chocolates on clearance for $3.49 minus $2 coupon= $1.49
Box of Russell Stover Private Select chocolates on clearance for $2.99 minus $2 coupon= $.99
Bar of Russell Stover Internationale chocolate on clearance for $1.19
Minus $5/$20
Total OOP $18.52
I’ll be getting $8.79 back in EasySaver rebates.

I got a few goodies at Ukrops, a local grocery store:
2 boxes of Pillsbury family size brownie mix on sale for $1.50 a box minus 2 $.40 coupons= $2.20
A little over 2 pounds of peaches for $1.18/lb minus $.50 coupon= $1.94
Total OOP $4.21

And last, but not least, a few highlights from our Kroger trip:
4 pack of Cottonelle $1 minus $.50 coupon doubled to $1= FREE
4 pouches of Purina Whisker Lickin’s on sale for $1.29 each minus 2 $1.50 off 2 coupons (they were going to expire and I wanted to use them up before they did)= $2.16
4 packs of Hunts Snack Pack pudding on sale for $1 each minus 2 $.30 off 2 coupons doubled to $.60 each= $2.80
2 bottles of Welch’s Squeezable preserves on clearance for $2.23 each
12 pouches of Kool Aid $2.40
Kraft salad dressing $2.19 minus free after purchase of 3 Kraft products coupon= FREE
Wheat Thins $2.50 minus free after purchase of 3 Kraft products coupon= FREE
Crystal Light $3.99 minus free after purchase of 3 Kraft products coupon= FREE
Kraft American cheese singles $2.49 minus free after purchase of 3 Kraft products coupon= FREE
All in all, we saved 44% at Kroger.

Fingers crossed
August 28, 2008, 2:46 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I had a job interview on Monday with a local university. Since then, I’ve heard that they have called two of my references (I haven’t talked to the third person I put down as a reference in a few weeks and I’ve been away from work email for a few days, so I’m not sure if they called her or not). They wouldn’t bother to call one, let alone two, of my references if they weren’t still interested in hiring me. Squee! They said that they hope to reach a decision by the end of the week, but HR could take a week or two to get paperwork and such straight.

I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high since I’ve had pretty crappy luck with getting jobs lately, but this is definitely a good sign!

(EDIT: My third reference called me this afternoon and told me that they called her too.)

The wedding dress saga
August 27, 2008, 12:15 pm
Filed under: Green, Wedding

It is very easy to get caught up in wedding planning and the whole idea of what a modern wedding is supposed to be.

Case in point: I went wedding dress shopping with Jake’s mom, Jake’s sister-in-law, and two of my friends a few weeks ago. I am not happy or proud to admit that we went to David’s Bridal first (big box stores are definitely not my thing). Surprisingly, I found a dress that my entourage and I really liked. It was on sale for $700. They did not have the dress in my size, so I had to try on a dress that was a size too big. In order for them to order my size (which is considered to be a special order), I would have to pay for it in full. The sale supposedly ended on August 23rd and the dress supposedly went back up to it’s original price of $900. The sales women were very pushy about this point and the fact that I should buy, buy, buy, now, now, now.

One of my friends and I went to a smaller bridal store across the street after wrapping things up at David’s. I found another dress I liked there. The price on the tag was $850. I didn’t even bother to ask if it was currently on sale.

I sent pictures around to friends and family and got mixed opinions on the two dresses. I decided I should shop around a bit more before making a decision. I found two more dresses I liked online. One was by the same designer of the dress I liked at the small store, so my guess is that it would be around the same price range. The other was a “couture” dress that goes new for $2,000, but is currently available used on eBay in my size for $600.

After talking some more with some of my friends and stressing out about the whole dress thing, I came to the realization that, while all of these dresses are gorgeous and I would probably be happy with any of them, this is not what I want. I do not want to have to shell out $600-$900 on a dress that I will only wear once. I do not want to buy a dress that was made in such a way that destroys the environment and is made under questionable working practices. None of these things line up with who I am fundamentally and certainly would not be a good foundation for a celebration that is supposed to be based on love.

So, I’ve refocused my energies and am now trying to only consider organic, used, or vintage dresses. A sister of one of my friends owns a vintage clothing store and she currently has about 10 wedding dresses. I’m planning a trip to visit her store to see what she has. I want to hit up all the used and vintage clothing stores in town and if I still don’t happen upon a dress I like, I will search fervidly online.

This is my wedding, after all, and it should be representative of me (and Jake, of course, when he decides to jump in and give his two cents about the wedding). So there, media driven and consumer obsessed American culture- I’m not buying it.

Kroger this week
August 22, 2008, 4:12 pm
Filed under: Deals, Kroger

The drug stores didn’t thrill me this week, so I just stuck to Kroger. I am planning on going to Walgreens either tonight or tomorrow to take advantage of the new $5/$20 coupon and get the last few rebate items for August.

We found a few good clearance items:
Minute Maid Orangeade for $1.50
Private Select organic beef for $3.68 minus $2 coupon= $1.68!!!
Organic veggie tray for $2.99
2 dish towels for $.62 a piece
2 packages of pork chops for $2.89 and $2.63
Chiquita Apples Bites for $1.49
5 Breyer’s Natural YoCrunch yogurts for $.62 a piece
Chicken patties for $2.99
Chicken meatballs for $2.99
Jar of organic hummus for $2.09

And sale items:
2 packages of Purina Beggin Strips for $5 minus 2 $1 coupons= $3
Purina Carvers dog treats for $2.50 minus $1 coupon=$1.50
2 jars of Ragu pasta sauce for $3.10 minus $.50 coupon doubled to $1= $2.10
3 packages of Tyson chicken breast for $3.20, $3.05, and $3.66

August 20, 2008, 1:10 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

I’ve got a job interview scheduled for Monday! Full time with benefits, baby!

Walgreens and Rite Aid
August 15, 2008, 11:07 am
Filed under: Deals, Rite Aid, Walgreens

I had a $2 Register Reward expiring this week, so I decided to run into Walgreens to get some Kashi cereal that was on sale for $2.50 a box. I printed out two $2 coupons from Kashi’s website and wound up paying $1.69 for all three boxes. An awesome deal for cereal that is usually $4+ a box!

I also stopped into Rite Aid to pick up the following:
2 boxes of Durex condoms on sale for $6.99 a box minus 2 $2 coupons= $9.98
1 bottle of Astroglide on sale for $7.99
Total out of pocket with tax= $19.07
I’ll be getting $17.99 back in Single Check Rebates.

We’ll probably be stopping into Kroger tonight to pick up a few sale items and to stock up on goodies for our beach trip this weekend. Jake’s friend invited us to come down to Nag’s Head with him this weekend and we couldn’t refuse! I should be back to posting on Monday night. Have a good, frugal weekend, everyone!

Coupons and new job opportunity?
August 12, 2008, 6:51 pm
Filed under: Careers, Coupons

I got a pamphlet in the mail today from Procter and Gamble with $31 worth of coupons in it! I don’t even remember applying for it, haha. I just filled out a survey for P&G for $74 worth of coupons, so it should be interesting to see how these two pamphlets differ. The link to the survey, so you can get a lot of free coupons too, is here.

Something my one friend said at my house warming got me thinking about my job search. I’ve been so focused on library jobs, that I had forgotten that there are other possibilities out there. I would really like to quit the bookstore since it only pays minimum wage and I really don’t enjoy working there anymore, but I’ve been unable to find another job to replace it. Well, if I at least have one job at a library (currently part time), I’ll be gaining the experience I need, so why not branch out with my second part time job? I am lifeguard certified, thanks to a college gym requirement, and have now begun my search for life guarding jobs. Lifeguards get paid well above minimum wage and seem like they are always in demand. The only thing I need to do is renew my CPR certification, but I just found out that most rescue squads offer CPR classes for free, so this should not be a difficult thing to do. Yay opportunities!