Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mother's Day Card from Kodak

This is a great deal for a beautiful Mother's Day Card

Head to Kodak's Website here and create a beautiful card for Mom

Enter 4MOM at checkout and you will only have to pay .99 for shipping.

I have sent several Kodak cards over the past year and they always turn out beautiful.

Walgreens May 2- May 8th

This is an awesome week at Walgreen's! I am so excited that I can roll some of the Register Rewards I have been earning! Also if you live near a Military Post, check to see if your Walgreen's has a Military Day. My sister told me that on Wednesday's she can save 15% when she uses her Military ID.

RR --Register Rewards Deals
Aveeno Ageless Vitality $44.99
Earn 10 RR on 1
Use the $5/1 SS 4/25
Submit for $15.00/1 Mail in Rebate
Only $14.99 after the RR and Rebate

Buy 8 Hallmark Cards
Earn $5 in RR
There are several cards between .49 and .99

Irish Spring/ Soft Soap Body Wash 2.99
Earn $2 RR on 1
Use .50 off 1 Irish Spring 4/25
Use .75 SoftSoap here
Only .49 or .24 after RR

Kelloggs Cereal 2/5
Earn $2 RR on 2
Use $1/2 Here
Use $1/2 Here
Only $1 each after coupon and RR

Natural Instincts Hair Color $6.99
Earn $2 RR
Use $2/1 5/2 P&G
Only $2.99 after coupon and RR

Nivea Products 20% Off
Earn $5 RR when you buy $15
Use $4/1 Women's Body Wash Coupon RP 5/2 RP
Use $1/1 Nivea Lip Coupon RP 5/2
Use $3/1 Nivea Men's Bodywash RP 4/25 RP

My Deal tomorrow
2 Womens Body Wash $4.79
1 Nivea Lip Care $2.39
1 Mens Body Wash $3.99
-(2) $4/1 Coupons
-(1) $3/1 Coupon
-(1) $1/1 Lip Coupon
Get back a $5 RR
=$1.04 Money Maker!

Pampers Jumbo Pack Diapers or Easy Ups 2/20
Earn $2.50 RR
Use $1.00 off coupon in the P&G Sampler Pack
$14.50 for two after coupon and RR

Stouffers Meals 2/5
Earn $1 RR when you buy two
Use $2.50/1 Stouffers face book coupon
Use $1.50/1 Stouffers face book coupon

Swiffer Refills 25% off
Spend $10 get $2 in RR
Submit for the $10 on $20 Rebate here

U By Kotex 2/7
Earn $3 RR
Use $1/1 Here
Use $1/1 in the April ALL YOU
Use $1/1 U by Kotex Pads SS 4/18
Use $1.50/2 SS 4/18

Coupon Deals

Lindsay Olives .99 with in ad coupon
Use $1/2 Coupon
Only .98 for 2 after coupon

Hershey's Pieces 2/5
Use the $1/1 SS 4/18
only $1.50 after coupon

Niagara Spray .99 with in ad coupon
Use .25/1 10/4 SS
Only .74 after coupon

Scotch Tape .39 with in ad coupon

Sure Deodorant 2/3 with in ad coupon
Use $1.50/1 in SS 5/2
FREE after coupons

Check back tomorrow to see how I did!

The Savings Experiment: Homemade Window Cleaner

As you know I joined with some fellow bloggers to embark on a Savings Experiment! I started the month long experiment with a BANG!

My First Experiment

Each Saturday I wake up early and wash my windows. No, I am not a crazy neat freak... I do it because my darling Boston Terrier Tinkerbell spends her days sitting on the chair in the sun, licking my front window. Gross, I know but you can't teach a 2 year old Terrier new tricks. As you can guess I go through a lot of glass cleaner.

The Culprit

It's really gross, but I had to share how bad it was!

Window Cleaner

1 cup water

1 cup vinegar

1 plastic bottle (I saved an old window cleaner bottle)

It worked well, I did have to wash my very dirty window twice to get it clean. I used paper towels and there were no streaks. I washed all of my windows (15) and my front and back door. I also washed my bathroom mirror. I hardly made a dent in the bottle.

I bought two bottles of Vinegar using the $1/2 coupon

My total of of pocket was $2.00

Using the recipe above I will get 4 batches out of one bottle.
My Method : 25 cents a bottle
Windex: $3.95 a bottle
I would choose the Vinegar method hands down.

The best part about this solution is you can use it for many things around the house, not just windows. Vinegar cuts grease, dissolves hard water and soap scum. It will also kill mold and mildew.

The only con my husband and I can come up with is it does leave a very strong scent. I am sure that it will pass in an hour or so.
Jenna over at Bucktown Bargins has a great post up on Making Your Own Baby Food! Be sure to check it out!

The Savings Experiment

Very exciting things are happening at Stylish Saving! Haven't you always wanted to try out some of those crazy money saving methods your Grandmother/mother/ best friend mentioned? Well, 5 fellow frugal bloggers and myself have have decided to put some of our best money saving methods to the test!

We'll be do some serious comparisons to see if all of this talk is just hype or if it can turn into real cash staying in your pocket. We know that each of these should save money, in theory, but what we really want to find out is exactly HOW MUCH?!

So, for the month of May, stay tuned - we'll be posting all of these experiments on our various sites, guest posting the results of other's on our own sites, and filling you guys in on every gritty detail along the way! You'll be here to witness our triumphs, failures, and (of course) the SAVINGS!!

Here's a quick breakdown of just a few of the cool things we'll be testing:

* Homemade Organic Baby Food vs. Store Bought

* Substituting Vinegar for Fabric Softener

* Homemade Cleaning Products vs. Store Bought

* Cloth Diapers vs. Disposables

* "Rocks in the Toilet Tank" - huh?! You'll see!

A few of the other bloggers involved are:
*Alecia from Savings and Stewardship

* Greta from Friend Family Savings

* Jenna from Bucktown Bargains

* Micael from Saving Obsession

* Jessica from Jessica's Coupons

and Me (MaryCatherine) from Stylish Saving


Family Fun Magazine $3.99

Best Magazines a great website for inexpensive magazine subscriptions is offering Family Fun for only $3.99 be sure to enter in WKLYSPEC at the check out.

Thanks Couponing to Disney!

$2/1 Oscar Meyer Lunch Meat

Head HERE and "Like" Oscar Mayer. Then you will be able to enter to win a ride on the Wiener Mobile and print a $2/1 Lunch Meat Coupon.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Buffalo Wild Wings Coupon!

This post is for my sister Melissa, and all the other Wild Wing Lovers out there!

They are opening a BRAND NEW STORE in Clifton Park!

Old Navy

Now through Sunday May 2nd Old Navy is offereing 30% off your total purchase! Go here and print a $10 off $50 coupon to make it a better deal!


To keep feeding my obsession, here is a Coach Outlet Coupon! Thank Goodness I am spending the weekend with my Husband who will remind me of my no pocketbook vow~

Home Depot~

My husband and I are always looking for ways to improve our home! This Home Depot Improver Club is Awesome! Head here to join!


Oh my! This is one of the best money savers I have found in a while!! Check out Groupon! It is unique coupons to get 90% off in your area! Check it out here, sign up today! I just did!

Kate Spade Outlet

Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE pocketbooks. I will admit I have too many and I have stopped purchasing them so I will pass this on to you!

Apr 30 - May 14
A gift for mom, a gift for you
Enjoy a cosmetics case when you spend $150 or more

If you head to the Niagara Falls, USA store

Tell Michelle that MaryCatherine sent you! She is the MOST fabulous Kate Spade Manager

Friday Follow Blog Hop

Welcome to the Friday Follow Blog Hop
If you are new, WELCOME! I am new to blogging and this is my second Friday Follow Blog Hop!

I would love any feedback you could provide to make my blog more user friendly!

Happy Friday

Thursday, April 29, 2010

My New Layout

Don’t you just LOVE my new Blog Layout? My new friend Alecia over at Savings&Stewardship won this fabulous blog layout as a prize from Lena over at Simply Fabulous Blog Templates and she gave it to me! I can not thank Alecia and Lena enough for their generous gift. How do you feel about my new layout? Leave me a comment!

Free Garden Design Magazine

Head over here and see if you qualify for a Free Digital Garden Design Magazine! This is a great magazine, I just ordered mine!

$2.00 Johnson's Baby

Here is a great coupon for all of the Mom's and Dad's out there! Go here to print $2.00 off this awesome baby suncare

Thanks to Savings&Stewardship for this!

Pamper Gift To Grow Points

Here is another 10 points for the Pamper Gift to Grow Program!


Welcome Home Military Banners

Do you have a friend or family serving in the military ? Build a sign is offering 2x4 feet welcome home banners for free, you just pay the shipping $12.99

Head over here for the information

I wish this deal was around last year when my sister Cpt. Melissa Messare and her husband Scott came home from Iraq. Melissa and Scott are in the Army, stationed in Iraq

Thanks, Couponing to Disney for this one!

Misson Tortillas

Attention All Readers who have a grocery store that doubles coupons! Head here and print a .75 off Mission Tortilla coupon. These are from the Kroger website but they are manufacturer coupons so any store will take them. When doubled, it makes for very inexpensive tortillas!

With Cinco De Mayo next week I am hoping for some sales.

Every Day with Rachel Ray

This is a fantastic deal if you enjoy Rache Ray's Magazine.

Every Day wutg Rachel Ray magazine is the deal of the day at Head over to their website here, put the magazine in your cart at $23.99. Use the code EVERYDAY at checkout to get this for only $2.99

My husband and I are HUGE fans of 30 minute meals so I am looking forward to mine coming in the mail

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

2 Free Energy Effcient Light Bulbs

Head over HERE to Sign up with Energy Efficient Now to participate in The Free Lightbulb Initiative and receive two free Compact Fluorescent (CFL) Lightbulbs! These low-consumption lightbulbs are environmentally friendly, using only 25% of the electricity consumed by incandescent (traditional) lightbulbs. Save the environment and save big money on your electrical bill at the same time (Approximately 30$ per bulb - We're saving you 60$ in addition to the cost of the lightbulbs!)

Thanks to Bucktown Bargains

A & D Coupon

Monday, April 26, 2010

New to Coupons Series Post #4

New to Coupons Series Post #4
Did you miss the previous posts?
New to Coupons Series #1
New to Coupons Series #2
New to Coupons Series #3

B1G1/BOGO: Buy One Get One free

Catalina: A coupon that prints out at the register after you purchase something.

ECB: Extra Care Buck from CVS. These print at the end of your receipt and generally expire within a month. Some stores will take the expired ECB's you need to ask at your store.

GC: Gift Card

IP: Internet Printable Coupon

MFG: Manufacturer Coupon

OOP: Out of Pocket

OYNO: On your next order

P&G: Proctor & Gamble coupon insert from the newspaper.

RP: Red Plum coupon insert from the Sunday newspaper

RR: Register Reward from Walgreens. These look like a Catalina and print separate from your

SCR: Single Check Rebate used at Rite Aid, you purchase the product and receive a check at the end of the month from Rite Aid

SS: Smart Source coupon insert in the Sunday Paper

YMMV: Your mileage may very or your manager may very. This is a generic term that means it may depend on the cashier/manager at the store

CVS Card Deal

When you head to CVS this week make sure that you scan your extra care card! I received a $5.00 off Lysol No Touch Hand Soap Dispenser.

I will be heading back tomorrow to pair this with the $5.00 off coupon from the 3/28 SS get a FREE Hand soap dispenser!

My adorable Niece Karlee loved using the one in my bathroom this past weekend, I am very excited to get another one for free!

Price Chopper 4/25- May 1st

Alecia over at Savings & Stewardship complied this great list of Price Chopper Deals

80% Lean Fresh Ground Beef (3 - 4 lb pkgs) - $1.99 lb
Use $1 per lb in-ad coupon
$1 per lb after coupon

Fresh Russet Potatoes 5 lb Bag - $2
Use $0.99/1 in-ad coupon
$0.99 for 5 lb bag after coupon

Kraft Singles Meltdowns 2/$5 (w/ in-ad coupon)
Buy 2 and use 2/$5 + Get Price Chopper Tortilla Chips FREE with in-ad coupon
Stack with 2 $1/1 coupon from the 4/24 SmartSource insert
$1.50 each + Free Tortilla Chips after coupons

Eggland's Best Large White Eggs - $2.50
Use $0.50/1 coupon from the 1/31 SmartSource insert
or use $0.50/1 coupon from Parents' Magazine (Feb Issue)
or use $0.50/1 coupon from Family Circle Magazine (May Issue)
$2 after coupon

Arnold White Grain or Double Fiber Breads at $3.99 - On Sale Buy One, Get One Free
Use $1/1 coupon from 3/28 SmartSource insert
$1.49 each after coupons

Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats 4/$8 (with in-ad coupon)
Buy 4 and use 4/$8 in-ad coupon
Stack with 2 $1/2 coupon from the 03/07 RedPlum insert
as low as $1.50 each after coupons

Pop-Tarts 8ct - 4/$6 (with in-ad coupon)
Buy 4 and use 4/$6 in-ad coupon
Stack with $1.25/3 coupon from the 03/28 RedPlum insert
as low as $1.19 each after coupons

Bertolli Pasta Sauce - $2.50
Buy 2 and use $1.50/2 coupon from the 4/25 RedPlum insert
$1.75 each after coupon

Skippy Peanut Butter - $2
Buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from 3/28 RedPlum
$1.50 each after coupon

Shedd's Country Crock Spread - $1.29
Use $0.50/1 coupon from 3/7 RedPlum insert
Or use $0.40/1 printable
as low as $0.79 after coupon

Nestle Refrigerated Cookie Dough - $2.50
Use $1/1 printable
$1.50 after coupon

Marcal Small Steps Napkins 250 ct - $2
Use $1/1 coupon from 4/25 SmartSource insert
Or use $1/1 printable
$1 after coupon

Bounty Big 6 Roll Paper Towels - $6
Use $0.25/1 coupon from 3/7 Proctor and Gamble insert
Or buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from 3/7 Proctor and Gamble insert
as low as $5.50 each after coupon

* Current Catalina Promotion: Save $8 on your next shopping trip when you spend $30 on participating "Nestle logo" products in a single transaction between 4/25 - 5/1. Here are a few "participating" products w/ coupons available:

Lean Cuisine Classics or One Dish Favorite Entrees - $2
Buy 4 and use $1/4 printable
$1.75 each after coupon

Hot Pockets or Lean Pockets - $2
Buy 3 and use $1/3 coupon from 4/25 RedPlum insert
$1.67 each after coupon

Nestle Vanilla Drumsticks - $3.99
Use $1/1 coupon from All You Magazine (May Issue)
$2.99 after coupon

Skinny Cow Ice Cream Bars or Cones - $3.99
Use $1/1 coupon from All You Magazine (May Issue)
$2.99 after coupon

Good Start Protect Plus Powder Baby Formula - $20.99
Use $5/1 printable
$15.99 after coupon

Free Sample of Renu

Walgreens April 25th- May 1st

These are the best deals that are available at Walgreens this week.

April 25- May 1st

Breeze2 or Bayer Contour Blood Monitor $19.99
$30.00 coupon from 10/25 RedPlum
RR for $10

Cilo Beauty Trim Personal Hair Trimmer $4.99
RR for $4.99

Buy 8 Hallmark Cards
earn RR for $5.00

Infusium 23 Leave in Conditioning Treatment $4.99
Use $2.00 Coupon from MAY Walgreens Coupon Book
Use $3.00 Coupon from the May issue of AllYou

Purchase 2 participating Benadryl, Sudafed, Tylenol or Zyrtec products and earn $5 in RR

Buy 2 Sudafed OM Sprays $4.99 each
Use (2) $4.00 Coupons from 3/14 RedPlum
Spend $1.98 out of pocket and get $5 in RR

Plackers Dental Flossers $2.00
use .50 Coupon from 4/8 RedPlum
earn $2. RR
FREE!! Plus .50 overage

Scotch Packaging Tape .99
Use this coupon here
it’s FREE!

Skintimate Shaving Cream $2.99
RR for $3

Stayfree Maxi Pads (16 or 24 count) $2.99
Use the $2.00 coupon from 3/28 RedPlum
Pay .99 and earn
RR for $2

Tone Body Wash $3.99
RR for $3
pay .99
If you printed the $1 off coupon last week this will be FREE!

Leave me a comment and let me know how you do at walgreens this week!

And the Winner is!

The Winner of the PhotoStamps is



I sent you an email, with some directions! Congratulations!

Look for another giveaway later in the week!


This week at CVS there is an Extra Care Deal on Sunblock

Buy 2 CVS Brand Sunblock Get $5.00 EBC

The 2 FL oz size is $2.19

buy (2) for $4.38

get $5.00 in ECB!

This is a great money maker! The size is perfect for your purse or glove box.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

New To Coupons Series Post #3

New To Couponing Series Post # 3

Are you new to couponing? I remember when I started I was VERY overwhelmed! It seemed like I never had the right coupons, I couldn’t figure out the lingo or my store was out of the products. When I first started couponing, it wasn’t fun, it seemed like a second job and honestly I was about to give up until someone passed on some really great tips. Here are the ones that have stuck with me!

1. Start Small-- Do one transaction for one or two items that will earn you Extra Care Bucks at CVS or Register Rewards at Walgreens. If you start off small you can get the hang of it sooner and become more adventurous as you learn the ropes. You might pay out of pocket at first but eventually you will start rolling your ECB’s and RR’s
Here is what I would do this week

Walgreens- Buy Skintimate shaving cream $2.99
Buy Tone Body Wash $3.99
Use $1.00 off 1 Tone Body Wash
Pay $5.98 out of pocket and earn $6.00 in Register Rewards
(Save the $6.00 RR to use next week)

CVS- Buy 2 CVS 2oz sun blocks for $2.19 each
Pay $4.38 for two and get back $5.00 in Extra Care Bucks
Save the $5.00 in ECB’s for next week

2. Start Collecting Coupons NOW! Read my post here to learn various places to get coupons. When I started, I would clip the coupons from the Sunday flyer and rush out and use them that week, this was totally wrong. The key is to hold onto them until there is a sale that you can pair them with to get a great deal.

3. Stock Pile I told you in a previous post that I have not paid more than .25 for shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, etc in the past year and I usually get it for free. The way I am able to do this is that I have created a stock pile in my linen closet. See the photo above. I have several products on hand so I never have to rush out and buy a product at full price. I save my coupons, wait for an awesome sale and shop, picking up the products at a fraction of the retail price. I also have a food stock pile that I will discuss in a future post.

Was this helpful? Leave me comments or ask me questions. Look for my next post tomorrow on “ECB? What the heck is that, and other Coupon Lingo”

Rite Aid 4/25

I did two EASY Transactions today at Rite Aid

(6) Benadryl Allergy $4.99
Total: $29.94

Used $5 off of a $25 purchase HERE (you need to make sure that you set your zip code to 50 miles
Used (3) $5/2 Benadryl Coupons from 4/11 RedPlum
Total $9.94

Submit for Allergy Single Check Rebate for a PROFIT of $0.06

2 Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion $3.49 each
used (2) $1.00 off Aveeno HERE
and (2) $2.00 off Rite Aid in add coupon

2 Finish Quantumatic Starter Kits $5.49 each
used (2) $3.00 off coupons from the dispenser in the aisle.

2 StayFree Pads $1.99 each
used (2) $2 off 3/28 RedPlum

Used $5 off of a $25 purchase HERE

Paid: $5.94 Out of Pocket- Submit for Single Check Rebate #1 and get back $3.00
For a total of $2.94

How did you do at Rite Aid? Leave me comments, questions, etc. I would love to help or hear your successes!

Free Fig Newtons!

Head over here, to print off your $1.00 off fig newtons coupon. Fig Newtons are on sale this week for $1.00 at CVS making them FREE! Enjoy!