Jan 25th CVS Trip

Those that knows me know that I ‘m a hardcore/strategic couponer. I stock up with alot of neccessities last year that I don’t really need to buy anything else for at least a year but few items I’d like to stock up on. But last week there was a glitch, a glitch that I’m lucked out. I scored 12 nivea creme tins at CVS for $1.49 after I rolled my previous extra care bucks as known as ECB and got back $30 in ECB. A huge moneymaker there. Read here.

I wanted to show you how I broke down using the huge ECB and coupons. This week, they had charmin toilet papers on sale for buying $30 worth in products and get a $10 CVS cash card. Plus I want to get money back from Ibotta –  ( a fun new app that: pays you cash for buying your favorite products in the store, has tons of great offers on products you buy all the time, and lets you transfer your earnings into PayPal or donate to any school in America or United Way) So you just basically pick which store you bought the items at and then upload a receipt using your phone and scan the barcode from the products you bought. Pretty easy isnt it!

The breakdown will provide after the pictures:

To use a huge $30 ECB, you are looking for items that produces ECB or cvs cash card. In this picture thats what I did. They all produced ECBS and cvs cash card.

3 Charmins – $9.99 = $29.98
1 Ladyspeedstick – $2.99
1 Speedstick – $2.99
1 Colgate toothpaste – $3
1 Colgate rinse – $3
2 Crest toothpastes – $5.98

Total OOP:  $47.93

Coupons I used:

$30 ECB
$6 ECB
(2) $1/1 speedstick coupons
$.50/1 colgate toothpaste
(2) $.50/1 crest toothpaste

Total OOP plus tax: $8.15 and used previous cvs cash card, so nothing out of my pocket! and got back $10 CVS cash card for charmin, $6 ecb for speedstick/colgate and $4 ecb for crest. Plus I got back $2 from Ibotta for doing colgate toothpaste and rinse.


Wordless Wednesday: Snow Mode On My Camera

One of my goals for this year is to push up my photography skills. I have different kind of modes on my Sony cyber-shot camera. There was snow that came at night on Jan 17th and I took a picture using Snow Mode instead of automatic like I always do. Im in awe at how it came out at night!!

Meal Plan: Week of Jan 21

I love meal planning. It’s so convenient to see what’s in your freezer and give you ideas what to cook them with.  Only go to grocery to buy ingredients that you need for that menu. Here is my week 3 of meal planning. I want to try something different. I hear so much about butternut squash and how much everybody raves about them so I thought, why not give it a try?!

Jan 21 – Butternut Squash and Kale Quesdillas

Jan 22 – Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas

Jan 23 – The Marlboro Man Sandwich – I love this menu!

Jan 24 – Roast whole chicken with potatoes

Jan 25 – frozen pizza

Jan 26 – leftovers

Jan 27 – leftovers

Yea I know the last two days of this week is leftovers. I rather to be lazy during the weekend. What’s on your menu for this week? Let’s hear them!

Wordless Wednesday: Double Rainbow

As soon as Dezmond and I went out the door on Monday morning to drop him off at a bus stop, the rainbow was right in the front of us. It had this perfect arch from end to end. I wish I could take a picture of the whole thing but the color was just beautiful. Dezmond said,” Mommy, look at rainbow!!” I smiled and took this picture of double rainbows as soon as we got closer. After he got on the bus, I walked back home and looked back. It just disappeared.

Meal Plan: Week of Jan 14

Into the new year I want to cook and prepare whats around my pantry. I have stocked up with lot of canned goods, lot of meats during Martin’s fuelperk program where they had the buy 3, get .40 off per gallon. Since this is week 2 of my meal planning, I think I did good so far and only stick to whats on the menu on the list. Here is my week 2 of meal planning.

Jan 14 – brinner (breakfast for dinner) french toast, fried potatoes, eggs and ham.

Jan 15th – something with drumsticks.. I dont know yet.

Jan 16th – Pulled Pork sandwich

Jan 17th – leftovers of pulled pork sandwich

Jan 18th – frozen pizza

Jan 19th – leftovers of pulled pork sandwich (if there is any more left)

Jan 20th – my friend’s baby shower

Whats on your meal planning for this week?

Borax 20 Mule: #Review & #Giveaway Ends 2.2

What would you do if you are out of store brought laundry detergent or dishwashing detergent? Have you ever thought of making your own detergents using Borax? I heard so many good things about this product. Starting last year I have always wanted to try to make my own laundry detergent but kept putting it off. One, becasue I’m afraid if I try it and fail again, there is no chance that I will try again after that first attempt. But I tried it and fell in love!

What is Borax? it’s 100% natural mineral from the earth. Once removed from the ground it is washed, dried and boxed for consumers. So absolutely nothing is added. No phosphates, chlorine, or other additive chemicals. I love it.

Since I have become frugal, I’m always on the hunt to find ways to make things on my own. I just cannot justify spending $$ on items that I know how to do with my own hands. Before thanksgiving, I made my own dishwashing detergent. And oh my gosh, I didn’t realize how easy it is! 4 ingredients to make and you are done.

Homemade Dishwashing Detergent using Borax, Washing Soda, Citrus Acid and Lemon essential oil.

Borax naturally softens hard water, which protects your detergent – so it can maximize cleaning power.  It is a cleaner clothes than detergent alone. To boost your laundry detergent, just add 1/2 cup of Borax to every load, along with your regular detergent. It naturally softens hard water and improves your detergent’s cleaning power. There are different ways to use borax, just not laundry detergent.

If you want to learn more about 20 Mule Team Borax. I guarantee you that you will never go back. I did and  didnt look back ever since. I just love this product so much.

Here is the fun part!

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Congrats #21 –  Tina!!