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Saving Money at Drug Stores - Shopping for Curriculum

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I'm going to go to a home school curriculum store not far from me with some friends. They sell second-hand curriculum and I'm hoping to find something there that I wasn't able to find at the curriculum book fair I went to. If I don't, I'll definitely be ordering online soon.

Since I'm being forced to find more ways to save money due to my go-to grocery store abandoning my area, I went to CVS the other day to pick up some prescriptions for my husband (where we HAVE to have prescriptions filled due to our stupid insurance).

I remember seeing some flyer there in regard to getting $5 in store rewards after you filled 5 prescriptions. When I stopped by there while running errands I found out that my husband had to fill it out so I went ahead and filled my own out (and got extras for my kids and husband) and decided to not purchase them until he got home from work and I would go back and get them.

I did scan my CVS card and got a coupon for $4 off $20 and took that with me. I went back later after he filled it out and got his prescriptions filled and then went shopping for regular stuff. Let me start by saying that CVS and other drugstores are normally very expensive compared to places like Wal-Mart, so I have never been one to shop there. If they had a great deal on something I would just take the sales flyer to Wal-Mart and price-match it instead to save time.

I scouted the sales flyer to see what I could find that was a real good deal and also manage to spend $20 so I could use my coupon to get $4 off. I settled on buying 2 boxes of Lucky Charms (hubby's favorite and something I rarely buy since it's usually very expensive) that were on sale for $1.99. I had a $1 coupon off 2 so used that.

I got 10 boxes of CVS facial tissue (on sale for 88 cents), 5 2-liter bottles of diet drinks (for hubby who is diabetic), 2 bars of Good & Natural bars (had a buy one get one free coupon), and 2 Pantene products that were marked down 50% off and I had a $3 coupon to use as well.

I got 20% off the CVS products with my CVS card, used 4 coupons (including the CVS coupon of $4 off $20) and had my CVS bag tag scanned (where you get $1 for every 4 visits that you bring your own bag in). Let's just say I kept the cashier busy dealing with all that, LOL.

I actually went over $20 (think I had around $27 worth of stuff), but everything was a great deal and I wasn't concerned about barely getting past $20 (to be able to use the $4 off $20 coupon) due to that.

My family goes through facial tissue like crazy so I try to always stock up if I see a great sale. The limit of that price was 10 and that's exactly what they had on the shelf, LOL.

I had a friend who was always surprised that I never shopped at the drugstores in my area in the past for toiletry items (that you could eventually get free), but I didn't need to since I got most of those items for free or close to it at Harris Teeter. Now I'm forced to find alternative ways to save money so I'm exploring the stores that I normally never bothered with.

I also went to Walgreens and got some Listerine mouthwash and 2 packages of dental picks that were on sale (and of course I had coupons for). I got back $6 in Walgreen bucks that I plan to use at Bi-Lo (they will take them there) to make my grocery store bill lower.



  
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KISSFAN1 7/20/2012 12:43PM

    Thank you for the compliment! You could do it too, it just takes some time and commitment, LOL.



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SUGARSMOM2 7/20/2012 12:25PM

  you are one smart cookie . I am always amazed at the bargains you tell us about . I wish i could do as you do .

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KISSFAN1 7/20/2012 6:51AM

    LOL, I make time to clip and organize my coupons and try to look at it like it's a game (but a very serious game).

We're an one-income family and I know my job is stretch the money that comes in to our home as much as possible. I'm the frugal one in the family so it sort of falls on me to do it, but my husband is getting better at it (although no where near my level of frugalness, LOL).





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MILPAM3 7/19/2012 8:24PM

  When you do your homework and clip those coupons and keep your eyes open emoticon you really can save a lot! Congrats!

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Figuring Out My New Van

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I took the kids to a fun library teen event today and they had a great time. A lot of their homeschool friends were there as well, which meant the moms got to catch up as well.

I took our new van since the kids haven't ridden in it yet and wouldn't you know it started pouring rain when we were leaving and I couldn't figure out how to turn the windshield wipers on! emoticon I had to refer to the manual and it took me forever to figure out how to turn them off once I learned how to turn them on, ROFL. I'm going to have to take a few hours and just sit in it and do everything in the manual, but the manual is huge!

I found out that my dad got released from the hospital today which is great and they didn't find any reoccurence of cancer (he has colon cancer), which is really great! emoticon

We're still waiting on some test results that my husband had and I'm hoping that we'll have good news from that as well.

  
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KISSFAN1 7/19/2012 9:01AM

    Thanks so much for your kind comments! I'm a little on edge about my husband and the test results that haven't come back yet. Once again we're dealing with the fear of diagnosis of cancer so I'm on edge for sure.

It might take me several months to figure out this van, even my husband is clueless about some of the gadgets on it, LOL.

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HEYITSJUDED 7/18/2012 8:30PM

    Well first congrats on the new van! It is crazy how they can change things so quickly from one vehicle to the next! You will catch on soon. emoticon

That is awesome about your dad! Cancer is an ugly beast. Glad to hear he is doing so good.

I hope your husband's test results come back good as well!

Sounds like things are going good right now, keep it up! When things are going good it is so much easier to stay on track. emoticon

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Organizing & Slightly Scary Medical News for My Dad/Husband

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Yesterday was a day of organizing the van, car, and my house. I'm very pleased with what I got accomplished and even organized and cleaned out my purse. I'm so happy when my spaces are organized and to celebrate I plan to take a trip to Wal-Mart today and see if I can find some more cheap organizing "stuff".

I called my dad and found out that he was once again in the hospital (since Saturday). I didn't fuss at him as I realize he is sick and couldn't call, but fussed that no one told me. Seriously, my family makes me so angry at times at how cold and unfeeling they are towards me.

He was in a lot of pain Saturday and couldn't take it any longer and so said he had no choice but to go to the hospital for help. If you haven't read my blogs you aren't aware that he was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer this year and is taking chemo, etc.

My husband also went to the doctor this morning and got some scary news, so we're waiting on test results to see if it's something to worry about or not. emoticon emoticon

Tomorrow I'm going to take the kids to a teen event a local library and hopefully continue my organizing. I was reading the news online that due to the drought the mid-west was not producing the corn that we normally do and therefore we may see big drops in prices on beef and pork (since the farmers can't afford the high prices for feed) in the near future.

I am trying to eat out of my freezer and get some extra room just in case as I only have a small side-by-side freezer on my fridge. As you know, meat is one of the biggest expenses when you go grocery shopping so I'm always on the lookout for marked down or sale-priced meat for my family.

  
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KISSFAN1 7/19/2012 10:24AM

    Millie - Thank you so much!

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KISSFAN1 7/19/2012 10:24AM

    AANGEL3 - Thanks so much! That sounds like you get a great deal on your meat; I'm glad you have a good source for it.

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MILLIE5522 7/19/2012 9:11AM

    My thoughts and best wishes for you and your husband. emoticon

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KISSFAN1 7/19/2012 9:06AM

    Susan - Thankfully my dad was released from the hospital yesterday. It seems to be a constant thing though (going to the hospital and out again only to repeat the process).

Congrats on your Foodsaver and freezer! I used to have a Foodsaver but sold it due to the fact that I only have a small side by side fridge so the freezer part is super small. We don't have room anywhere for a free-standing freezer except maybe in our shed, but we don't have it hooked up to electricity so I make do with what I have.

You can save so much money by stocking up when you find a great deal. I'm trying hard to use up what we have in the freezer so I can stock up on some good meat deals in the near future.

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KISSFAN1 7/19/2012 9:02AM

    Doug - Thank you, me too!

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SALGUOD2 7/17/2012 5:23PM

    Hope your husband is all right


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SUSANHGREENE 7/17/2012 3:55PM

    Sorry to hear that your dad is back in the hospital - praying for him. Also praying for good results from your husband's tests!

We were recently given a small chest freezer and I love it! My husband goes to the grocery store two or three mornings a week to look for meat that's been marked down and we freeze it. Last year we were planning to buy each other a Food Saver for Christmas (they retail for about $150) and we found one at Goodwill for $3.99!!!! The bags are a little pricy but food frozen by the vacuum seal method lasts so much longer than other methods - so it's worth it if it's something we're not going to eat it soon!

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AANGEL3 7/17/2012 12:49PM

    We buy meat about twice a month. I try to keep the freezer stocked up. We buy ours on the AF base here in Vegas. They tend to have better meat I think.

Thoughts and prayers for your Dad and Hubby!

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Saved Some Money Yesterday at Big Lots

Monday, July 16, 2012

Yesterday my husband took my daughter to a local pool and they had a great time together. My son wasn't interested in going so I stayed home with him and got some things listed online to sell, took pictures, etc.

Later I went to Big Lots (discount store) as they were having a 20% off everything in the store event. I needed some things for our new van, including a sunshade, so found a lot of things that I needed for cheap.

While I was there a cashier that used to praise me on my weight loss as I was losing, made a comment "You are sooooo tiny, what have you been doing lately because I haven't seen you in a long time?". It made my day for sure to get a compliment like that! emoticon I told her that I just ate healthy, that simple.

Today I have to make a list of all the home school items I need for the new school year and order soon since this is a busy time of year for most home school curriculum companies since everyone is doing the same thing as me.

I also want to make sure that I get my house and other areas of my life as organized as possible as I know I will not have much free time once September starts.

  
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KISSFAN1 7/17/2012 11:31AM

    Sal - The van is very nice, but I still haven't figured out all the numerous doo-dads and gadgets on it. The owner's manual for it is super thick if that tells you anything, LOL.

My husband loves it so that is a good thing. emoticon

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SAL2525 7/17/2012 11:23AM

    That is a nice compliment! How's the van?

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KISSFAN1 7/16/2012 8:11AM

    IMEMINE1 - Thanks!
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I didn't shop much this weekend either (just bought a new van so not in the mood to spend more money). I had to go to Big Lots though because they are so cheap and 20% off on top of that was exactly what I was looking for. I had things that I had to have and wanted to purchase them as cheaply as possible.

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KISSFAN1 7/16/2012 8:09AM

    Babsmoore - Yes, we do have Aldi's in my area and I go there often , especially for their produce and dairy products.

We have a new Sav-A-Lot but I haven't been to it yet (although I've been to one in a different town). I think I prefer Aldi's to them though.

I agree, saving money is my hobby, LOL! emoticon

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IMEMINE1 7/16/2012 7:47AM

    I like Big Lots, Too. We stayed out of the stores as much as we could this weekend.
You do look tiny. emoticon

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BABSMOORE10300 7/16/2012 7:46AM

    Big Lots has a very nice selection and great prices. Save-A-Lot is nice too, they have name brands and generics that are a lot less as well. If you have an Aldi's in your area, you need to check them out. Most of their foods are generic but they are quality foods. Saving dollars is very important. emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 7/16/2012 7:44AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Today I'm Married 18 Years - My Acquired Role as the Price Negotiator

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Today is my husband's and my 18th anniversary. We actually married each other once after I graduated from high school, but the first marriage didn't last long. Technically we've been married longer than the 18 years because of that, LOL.

My husband is taking my daughter swimming today (my son didn't want to go as he hurt himself falling down the steps and is all scratched and bruised on his legs and arms, but he's okay) and I didn't feel like going so I'm trying to list some items for sale before the summer is over and catch up on other things.

He and I went out to lunch yesterday after buying our van so it was not only cheaper, but half-way romantic as it was just the two of us.

My husband was still laughing at me because I really hated the car buying experience and he pretty much left it up to me because he knew that I would get a better deal than him since I hate to spend money much more than he does.

Two of the items we requested (one of which I got for free) are on order and weren't with the van which got me a little irritated. We did get an "We Owe" document though from the dealership to make sure that we get those items.

We also got an upgrade on a clear coat paint that goes on the door areas and bumper that get a lot of scratches that we also didn't pay for. I did the buying online (no in the dealership negotiating for hours for me) so from what I have read you get a better deal that way because the internet salesman get bonuses based on the amount of cars they sell vs. what they sell them for.

Of course I am NEVER happy thinking that I got the best deal possible, but again, my husband is very impatient when he makes his mind up about things and I negotiated for as long as I felt that he would have the patience for.

He just doesn't have the stomach for negotiating, and I remember having to negotiate with a jewelry store employee to get my own wedding ring reduced in price. emoticon emoticon

I guess that should have told me something 18 years ago, LOL. My husband says he will leave all haggling up to me now which is a lot of pressure, but I guess I'll just have to face the inevitable because I am certainly not going to pay the asking price on big purchases because he doesn't want to negotiate.

  
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KISSFAN1 7/17/2012 9:32AM

    Thank you very much!

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DANCINGWILLOW87 7/15/2012 8:11PM

    Happy Anniversary!!! emoticon

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KISSFAN1 7/15/2012 7:02PM

    Thanks Millie!

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KISSFAN1 7/15/2012 7:01PM

    Thanks Susan!

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MILLIE5522 7/15/2012 6:17PM

    emoticon Happy Anniversary!

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SUSANHGREENE 7/15/2012 3:47PM

    emoticon Happy Anniversary!!!!

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KISSFAN1 7/15/2012 3:40PM

    That's awesome that you're both negotiators! My dad was more so than my mom, but she's a bargain hunter so they both complimented each other in different ways.

My husband doesn't throw away money and buy useless things, but he sure doesn't mind paying what he "thinks" is a fair price when I know it's not. I panic if he attempts to buy something big because of that, LOL.


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VONBLACKBIRD 7/15/2012 3:19PM

    This is terrific...i grew up with both parents being Negotiators...and so I became that way too...and my husband is worse than I am..he never pays the given price for anything but always gets some kind of bargain somewhere..I have always called it pinching pennies..but then being retired now we have everything paid for so live really comfortable.

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KISSFAN1 7/15/2012 2:51PM

    Thanks so much!

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SWAN47 7/15/2012 2:30PM

    emoticon on 18 years of marriage. We all have our roles in a marriage - one of yours is chief negotiator. I've been married 43 years and now we laugh a lot about our quirks. We all have them. Enjoy the rest of the day and your new van.

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