Sunday, May 31, 2009

walgreens coupon deal

Stopped at Walgreens this morning - they have Ecotrin aspirin on sale for $2.00, with a $2.00 Register Reward at checkout. There is also a $2.00 coupon available online. So, we bought one box of Ecotrin, and a saline spray we needed anyway - used the $2.00 coupon to get the Ecotrin free - used a Register Reward we had from last week's trip to pay for the saline spray, and got back a new $2.00 Register Reward for buying the Ecotrin. All in all, the trip cost us nothing, and we have $2.00 to spend next time. Awesome!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

sunshine does a garden good!

Yes indeed, the sunshine we have in New Hampshire today is making the garden so happy after the rain, rain, and more rain that filled the last few days!

The beets have doubled in size this week -

This brussel sprout is looking much bigger too -

There are green berries appearing in the strawberry patch -

We have lettuce growing in the ground, in raised beds, and in a pot this year - we're curious to see which will do better. And yes, that's a cat litter bucket behind the lettuce pot - we've got a tomato plant in there. It's not doing too well - but we still have hope. The rest of our tomatoes are in our raised beds. We've been saving litter buckets and other "found" containers since last year, in hopes of being able to expand our available gardening space by doing some container gardening (without spending any money on containers). Can't wait to see how it goes!

And here are the Early Girl and Fourth of July tomatoes. When we bought the seedlings, Randy from Warren Farm told us to make sure to feed them calcium, as it helps them regulate their moisture up-take and it prevents rot problems (last year, we had lots and LOTS of rain in June, which led to lots of rot troubles for the tomato plants). Anyway, he said the best way for the home gardener to feed calcium to tomato plants is to plant regular ol' calcium pills in the garden. So we did - here's hoping they'll do the trick, and our plants will be happy!

Last but not least, I love these flowers. I've been told they're violets, and someone else called them "Johnny Jump Ups" - I haven't looked it up yet to see what they are. But I think they're adorable, and this year they've popped up in several of our flower beds and even some in the yard.

yard sale saturday, and shaws trip

Finally after three straight days of rain, another beautiful day in New Hampshire today! The sun is shining, and the world outside is drying out a little - thank goodness because the gardens were really in need of some sun! Will post some pictures later today.

We went to a handful of yard sales this morning - found a cute handmade wall shelf that we'll sand and paint, and then probably hang in our son's room to hold some of his treasures. Also found a copper mold to go with the collection of them we have hanging in the sunroom. For $2.50 total, fun finds!

We also stopped at Shaws while we were out. They have Life cereal for $1.49/box this week, and we had a couple $1.00 coupons that we'd found online a couple weeks ago. So we bought 2 boxes of cereal, for 49 cents each. Nice price!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

burt's bees freebie - and don't forget the free chocolate!

Burt's Bees is giving away 1,000 Beeswax Lip Balms each day for 25 days. I just checked, and all the coupons for today are gone. But the website says to check back between 9AM and 12PM tomorrow for another chance to get a coupon.

So tomorrow is a fun day for freebies - another free chocolate giveaway day from Mars, and a chance for a free lip balm! Enjoy!

vintage thingies thursday

This week, we thought we'd join in on the fun of Vintage Thingies Thursday, hosted by Suzanne at Colorado Lady. We have a lot of vintage treasures throughout our house - I grew up surrounded not by store-bought decorations, but instead by my grandparent's yard sale and other "finds" - and also by things that were from my great-grandparents' houses. Now that I have my own house, lots of the treasures came to live with me - and I've picked up a few of my own along the way too, at yard sales and antique shops. I love "old" things - they're such a wonderful reminder of people and times long gone!

So, I thought I'd share some of the teacups that are in the hutch in our sunroom.

Last year when we were at the farmers' market in our town, I noticed a display of beautiful old teacups with tiny Jade plants growing in them. I decided to try a couple of our own - so this is one of our old teacups (a souvenier from Washington DC, with a picture of George and Martha Washington on the inside edge), put to a new use. I think it's adorable! What do you think?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


This morning, our 6 year old son was making a list out loud of who in our family could play certain characters in a story he was making up. Once he had assigned me, my husband, our 2 dogs, and our 2 cats each a role, he had a couple parts remaining. He said to me, "Mom, who can be these guys?" and I said, "I'm not sure - who do you think?" and he thought for a minute, then happily shouted, "oh wait - I know - the dust bunnies!!!"

I think when the dust bunnies have taken on a life of their own, it might mean we're a tad overdue on Spring cleaning...

Monday, May 25, 2009

a wonderful monday

It is an incredibly beautiful, sunny, breezy day in our part of New Hampshire today! Thought I'd share some pictures from our morning -

The rhododendrons are in bloom...

The garden frogs are sunning themselves (garden frogs make me smile...) -

Our son is busy with what he announced as his personal goal today - "I'm going to cover the ENTIRE driveway with color!" -

And the new shade garden we're starting on the side of the yard is starting to come along, courtesy of a great mushroom statue (it and the garden frogs are all Freecycle finds!) - and a hosta that we found in another garden bed on the far side of the house under a giant dogwood. Under the dogwood, the hosta was getting squished - but here in the shade garden, it's my favorite plant in the yard!

I hope you enjoyed the photos - and may your Monday be as pretty as can be!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

sunday shopping

Some good deals at CVS and Walgreens this week -

A couple days ago, CVS emailed us a $4.00 off $20.00 coupon, and so we brought it with us when we went shopping today. They had Colgate toothpaste for $2.99, with $2.00 in Extra Bucks back, plus we had a $1.00 coupon. They also had Speedstick deodorant for $3.99, with $3.99 in Extra Bucks back. And Altoids are on sale for 99 cents (I love those sour Altoids!). We needed a couple other things that weren't on sale, but since our total came to $21.00, we were able to use the $4.00 off, and get everything at a good overall price (after all our coupons, we paid $11.95, and got $5.99 back in Extra Bucks, plus another $4.00 off of $20.00 coupon printed out).

At Walgreens, they have Colgate for $2.49 with a $1.50 Register Reward at checkout, and we had another $1.00 coupon so we used that to make it in essence free. They also have calcium supplements for $8.99 with a $9.00 Register Reward at checkout. And Trident gum is 3/$2.00 with the coupon in the Walgreens circular, and we had a $1.00 off 3 coupon from a Sunday paper a couple weeks back. All in all, the total was $11.48 for everything - we used our Register Rewards from last week to cover all but 48 cents of the total, and we got another $10.50 back in Register Rewards to spend next time.

A good shopping trip!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

farmers' market trip

We went to the Portsmouth market today -there was so much there to choose from! Veggie seedlings, perennials and annuals, ready-to-eat greens and other treats... it's so wonderful to see!

We came home with 2 Juliet tomato seedlings from New Roots, a bag of salad greens from Meadow's Mirth, and a humongous bunch of salad turnips from Wake Robin farm. Our son is 6 and we're always working to expand his food interests - today he tried a slice of raw salad turnip and immediately declared that he's adding them to his "top 10" food list. A definite testimony to how yummy they are!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

the garden keeps growing

The lettuce is coming along - the peas are doing their thing (that's the strawberry patch behind them - it didn't fare too well through this winter, but we do have some white flowers now, so strawberries in a few weeks!) - and look at that beautiful brussel sprout plant!! I love how everything really gets growing this time of year - we even put in our tomato seedlings last week (which is earlier in the season than we've tried before). Though we had to cover them one night when there was possible frost predicted, they've really been doing great outside!

ace hardware memorial day sale

Ace Hardware is having their Memorial Day sale, starting today and going through Monday.

They have Cutter bug spray for 99 cents after rebate, auto cleaning cloths and Ace brand work gloves free after rebate, and Rayovac 30-packs of AA and AAA batteries for $4.99 after rebate.

If you have the Cutter and/or Rayovac coupons that have been in the Sunday papers recently, you can save even more money on these items. When we stopped by, we bought 2 Cutter bug sprays, a 30 pack of AA batteries, a pair of gloves, and a pack of the auto cleaning cloths, for a grand total of $3.99 after rebates!

They have lots of other items on sale as well - the circular with all the details is available on their website.

And with Ace, if you sign up for their (free) rewards program, you can submit your rebates online, so you don't even have to pay for a stamp. Very nice!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

the farmers' markets are starting!

It's that time of year in New Hampshire when things are really starting to grow! And now here come the farmers' markets - Portsmouth has been open for a few weeks now, and we've stopped by and picked up greens, seedlings, and some eggs. All awesome! Exeter starts tomorrow afternoon - 2 weeks earlier than usual. Hooray! And then Durham, Dover, Hampton, and Kingston are coming in the next few weeks (for hours and days of operation, check out the Seacoast Growers Association website). Rumor has it the Lee market will also be opening in early June, but not sure the official date on that one yet. We love the farmers' markets - great people, great food, great opportunity to truly "buy local." Hooray for Spring!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

this week at cvs

We stopped at CVS yesterday - they have Dry Idea deodorant, $2.50 each with $2.00 in Extra Bucks back when you buy two. We had 4 coupons for $2.00 off Dry Idea, so we bought 4, paid $2.00, and received back $4.00 in Extra Bucks. In essence, CVS paid us $2.00 to buy deodorant. A fun deal!

Monday, May 18, 2009

freecycle fun

Had a fun Freecycle day today - my son's all excited, because someone who's getting ready for a possible move offered an older wooden croquet set. He's never played, and he's ready to turn our backyard into a croquet lawn tomorrow... or rather, we'll set up a bunch of wickets and let him have at it!

While we were picking up the croquet set, the fellow freecyclers offered us a big case of toy balls, as well as a couple of pretty wooden oars. Very awesome - we'll probably pass the oars along to some boating family members. Freecycle - love it!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

friendly's free ice cream day

Friendly's Free Ice Cream Day is June 6, 2009. According to their website, everyone can get a free single scoop dish or cone that day, from 12-5 PM. Mark your calendar if you like ice cream!

sunday shopping

Since it was raining this morning, we decided to run a bunch of errands.

While we were out, we went to Walgreens. They have a new kind of Colgate toothpaste for $4.49, with a $4.50 register reward that prints at checkout. They also have Edge shaving cream for $1.99, with a $1.00 register reward. And they have Bayer quick dissolve crystals for $2.49, with a $2.50 register reward that prints at checkout. We had printed 2 coupons for $1.50 off the Bayer crystals from a couple weeks ago (not sure if they're still being offered on the site, but worth checking if you're headed to Walgreens!), and we had a $1.00 coupon for the shaving cream from the Sunday paper, plus a $4.50 register reward from last week's shopping. So, after a couple trips through the register (you can only buy one of each register reward item per transaction in order to get the register rewards to print, but it works because you can use the rewards you get on your first transaction to pay for your next) we ended up with 2 toothpastes and 2 boxes of Bayer, plus a pack of Angel Soft that was on clearance, and a bottle of Edge shaving cream. All for a grand total of $2.37 cash out of pocket. And we now have $10.50 in register rewards from today's shopping, to spend next time.

Then we went to Market Basket and got 2 Kraft barbecue sauces for 99 cents each, and used two $1.00/bottle coupons, making them free. Also got a box of Ritz crackers, on sale for $1.50, and used a $1.00 coupon on those too, so they were 50 cents. Plus, in today's paper there was a coupon for a free box of Wheat Thins when you buy a box of Ritz, so we got those too. All said, for 48 cents cash out of pocket, we got a lot of things!

What about you - did you find any great shopping deals this weekend?

Saturday, May 16, 2009

yard sale saturday

A great yard sale day today! We found a table-top foosball game for our 6 year old son, 2 pretty metal wallhangings for our sunroom, a wooden kitchen sign that says "Coffee" (we in our house can't get our day started without a big mug of coffee!), a heavy brass decorative mama duck/baby duck set, and a little box from Las Vegas with a cute scene on top. My son's been wanting a foosball table for a while now, so he's happy. And all the rest of our "finds" are really cute things, that I wouldn't pay full price for at a store, but that I'm thrilled to have been able to pick up for a grand total of (including the foosball table) $10.75. Did you find any yard sale treasures today?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

free kraft barbecue sauce

One of the Kraft coupons that's being offered right now is for $1.00 off Kraft barbecue sauce. Seems like several places are putting the sauce on sale next week for 99 cents/bottle. In the New Hampshire area, both Market Basket and Rite Aid have the 99 cent price listed as starting Sunday, May 17. If you're looking forward to lots of summer barbecuing, could be worth printing a couple of the coupons and using them to get free barbecue sauce next week!

all-bran promise pack

Kellogg's All-Bran is offering a free Promise Pack through their website. The pack includes a cereal sample, fiber bar, drink mix sample, and $4 in coupons. A fun free thing to sign up for!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

great kraft coupons, and where we used them

Kraft Foods is offering a bunch of $1.00 off coupons on their website right now. The site says quantities are limited, so if you use a lot of Kraft products, it's well worth checking out on the "soon" side. It looks like is offering a set of the same coupons as well, so you can print them multiple times if you use the two different sites.

We took some of the coupons to Target and Market Basket yesterday. At Market Basket, they have Nabisco 100 calorie snack packs on sale for $2.00/box - so with the $1.00 off coupon, they're $1.00 each. At Target, we were able to combine Target coupons (available on their website) with the Kraft coupons, and get boxes of Triscuits, Wheat Thins, and more Nabisco snack packs for less than a dollar each.

Happy coupon shopping!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

an awesome looking salad

We went to Warren Farm in Barrington this morning - we bought some just-picked asparagus for dinner later - and some beautiful fresh spinach for salad for lunch. Added some cherry tomatoes from the UNH plants we have here, and how's this for a nice looking lunch salad? Yum!

We also got 4 tomato seedlings (two Early Girl, and two 4th of July) for our garden at Warren's, which we'll plant today along with the beets and onions that we got yesterday at the Portsmouth Farmer's Market from Meadow's Mirth farm.

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!

Friday, May 8, 2009

kohls coupons

We don't shop at Kohls too often, but last week we needed a few things for a bathroom that we recently updated. So we stopped by while they were having a sale on bath rugs and shower curtains. Because we spent $50, they gave us $10 in "Kohls Cash" to use on our next trip. At the register, we also filled out a form with our email address, and a couple days later they emailed us a coupon for $5 off any purchase (click here if you want to sign up for this same deal online). And then this morning, they sent us another email coupon for 15 percent off our whole purchase (only good today and tomorrow). Kohls allows all these coupons to be combined in one transaction, so today we went back to the store, and I found 2 pairs of pants on the clearance racks. They were marked down to $15 and to $6.80. After all our coupons and "Kohls Cash," we ended up paying $5.78 out of pocket for a pair of jeans and a pair of sweats. Awesome!

shaws cereal deal

Shaws has certain Kelloggs cereals (Rice Krispies, Raisin Bran, Frosted Mini Wheats, etc.) on sale this week 4/$10. They also have a coupon on the front page of their flyer for an additional $4.00 off when you buy 4 boxes. If you combine the sale and the Shaws coupon with four of the $1.00/box Kelloggs cereal coupons that are available on the Kelloggs website - or the $1.00/box coupons that were available the last couple weeks at and other sites - you can get cereal for 50 cents/box. If your family goes through cereal like ours does, it's a pretty nifty deal!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

free chocolate!

Tomorrow (May 8) starting at 9:00 AM, Mars is giving away 250,000 coupons for a free full-size chocolate bar via their Real Chocolate Relief web page. Then they're doing it again, every Friday, through September. The website says that coupons will be mailed to recipients (not printed at home). Free chocolate? Sounds like fun!

how the garden grows

With all the rain we've been getting this week, our garden is really growing! It seems like the peas and the garlic are getting bigger every day - this is one of the pea plants we started from seed. Sugar snap peas... stir fry... can't wait!

The UNH cherry tomato plants have more tomatoes ready for picking - my son thinks going to the dining room to harvest is lots of fun!

And - one more picture... The cucumbers are almost ready to go outside. A couple more weeks, and out they go - then the real garden fun begins!

Do you have a garden? How is it growing?

how to make a blog button without photoshop

This week, we set about trying to figure out how to make a button for our blog. We looked online for advice, but mostly found references to using Photoshop and other software that we didn't have. Going out and spending money on new software just to make a blog button didn't seem to fit with our penny-wise nature, so we decided to see what we could figure out.

Once we found a way to do what we wanted (we're not tech-savvy folks, so it took some figuring!), we realized that there were probably other folks out there who might be trying to do the same thing. So, we thought we'd share what we've learned.

To make a blog button without Photoshop (the Penny-Wise People method):

1. Find a photo you want to use for your button (or, like we did, ask someone to draw a picture for you, and then scan it in, or take a digital photo of the picture and upload that).

2. Open Word - click Insert on the toolbar - and click Picture on the Insert menu. Browse to the location on your computer where the photo you want to use is located, and insert.

3. Resize the picture to be manageable, but not too tiny yet - you can shrink it down to button-size later. We didn't want to be working with a little square at this stage, as it would have made the text editing/positioning more difficult.

4. If you want text on top of your photo (like we did), click on your photo, and then open the Picture toolbar. Click Behind Text on the text wrap menu.

5. Type the words you want, choose your font, etc. - and then drag the photo on top of the words. You might have to play with the font size and the spacing to get everything centered or otherwise arranged the way you want it. There are also buttons on the picture toolbar that will let you change the brightness of the photo (if your words aren't showing up well).

6. Make sure all of your photo is showing on your screen, and then click "Alt" and "Print Screen" on your keyboard, to take a snapshot of the screen.

7. Open Paint, and click Edit and Paste to bring the snapshot into Paint.

8. Use Crop (in the Image pull down menu) to crop out everything but the button image/text.

9. Use Resize to bring the image down to the size you want. You can try using the Attributes function and entering the size you want, but when we did that, it cut pieces off our image to resize it. The Resize function sized it down without changing or cropping anything. Since we didn't want to lose half our button, Resize seemed to be the way to go!

10. Once your button is the size you want, Save the image as a JPEG or GIF. We tried GIF but we got a message that our colors were going to be lost - we didn't want that - so we used JPEG.

Once you've completed the Save, there's your button image - ready to upload into your blog!

The same basic process works for creating a banner - just adjust the sizing accordingly.

Happy button making!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

our new button

We're new to blogging, so there's still lots to learn - but today we figured out how to make a button of our own. Yay!! :-)

Giant thank yous to anyone who grabs the code from the box on our sidebar and puts our button on your website or blog to help us spread the word about Penny-Wise People!!! If you do grab our button, leave a comment and let us know!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

yummy yogurt

We just realized today that Calef's Country Store in Barrington, NH is selling organic yogurt from Brookford Farm. Brookford Farm is a family farm in Rollinsford, NH - and their yogurt is seriously fabulous! It's made from their own milk, and their milk comes from happy, grass-fed, pasture-raised cows. It's by far better tasting than anything we've ever tried from a "name brand" yogurt maker. If you're in NH and you stop by Calef's, check it out - and let us know what you think!

my points, and coupons

In some of our other postings we've mentioned My Points, and we've definitely talked a lot about coupons. Thought it might be fun to share some more information about both!

Through My Points you can earn points by taking surveys and by reading and responding to offers that are emailed to you. Many of the offers are things you can get for free - and you don't ever have to take the offers, you just need to click on the email My Points sends you, to go to the website of the "offering" company and then you automatically get your points. You can also earn additional points by shopping online through the My Points site - though we've not used that part of the program. Once you earn a specific number of points, you can redeem them for free gift cards that you can use at Target, CVS, Walmart, bookstores, several chain restaurants, etc. We've been My Points members for about a year now, and have received 5 ten-dollar Target gift cards, all for taking a handful of surveys and clicking through a lot of email offers. It's a great program - and sign up is free, of course!

As to coupons - as you can tell, we use lots of them when we shop! We subscribe to the Sunday paper, so we get a bunch each week that way. Then we also use several online sites to print more at home. Not all stores take web coupons - but most do. It's always a good idea to ask before you shop, if you're headed somewhere where you're not sure - so you don't get up to the register with your purchases and then find out they won't take your coupons! Some people like to buy coupons online (through Ebay and other sites) but we don't find that necessary - we've been able to save plenty of money without going this route. If you do decide to try to buy some, be very careful - there's lots of coupon fraud out there, and we've also heard about people buying a package full only to find out the ones that arrive are expiring within days. My grandfather always used to say "if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is" - good advice to remember!

Anyway, we print a lot of coupons from, Smart Source, and Red Plum. We also print coupons directly from the websites of different brands we know we'll use (like Stonyfield Farm). Sometimes to print coupons you have to "join" a website's club or email list - but we have a gmail address that we use for that purpose, so our home email isn't flooded with marketing materials and newsletters. If you have a printer hooked up to your computer, and some time to spend online, looking for coupons before you go out shopping can be a great way to save money!

There are also "snail mail" coupon offers on some websites. For example, Home Made Simple offers mailers of cleaning supply coupons for Proctor and Gamble brands on a regular basis. And Eat Better America has printable coupons and mailers for General Mills brands like Muir Glen and Cascadian Farms. Plus, when you request free samples, the samples usually arrive in the mail accompanied by coupons.

All in all, there are tons of great ways to make sure you have lots of coupons for your shopping trips. If you have other ideas that we didn't mention, please let us know!

free subscription to KIWI magazine

We enjoy reading KIWI Magazine, as it has lots of great information about organic and "green" living. Right now, they're offering a free subscription if you join the Moms Meet online forum. You'll also receive $5 in Earth's Best coupons if you join. Sounds like fun!

Monday, May 4, 2009

target trip

Had a fun trip to Target today -
We bought 1 Dry Idea Deoderant, 1 soccer ball, 1 can of Pringles, 1 box of Nabisco 100-calorie bags of cookies, 6 boxes of granola bars, 2 soy candles, 2 boxes of Triscuits, 2 cans of organic corn, and 1 jar of mayonnaise.

The total came to $45.34 - but we had $22.90 in coupons - bringing us to $22.44.
Then we had a $10 Target giftcard that we got free through My Points, bringing us to $12.44 out of pocket.

Then based on buying the candles and the granola bars, we got $10 back in Target giftcards to use on our next trip.

So, all said and done, the trip cost us $2.44.
Not bad at all!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

walgreens and staples deals

On our way to run some other errands, we stopped by Walgreens today. They had Colgate Sensitive toothpaste for $4.49 - we had a $1.00 off coupon, and received back $4.50 in Register Rewards at checkout. They also had Right Guard deoderant for $2.99 - again, we had a $1.00 coupon - and at checkout we received back $2.00 in Register Rewards.

Total spent at Walgreens for 1 deoderant and 1 toothpaste: $5.48
Register Rewards coupon for use on next Walgreens purchase: $6.50.

If you consider the Register Rewards we got back, Walgreens paid us $1.02 to shop there today. Pretty good couple of deals for a quick stop in!

Also - this week, Staples is also offering a Casio label maker for $19.99. There's a $20 rebate on the label maker through the Staples Easy Rebates program - the rebate can be submitted online, so you don't even have to pay for a stamp. Could be something fun to have - it even comes with a starter tape and ink. The Staples ad also mentions Giradhelli chocolate free after a mail-in rebate - so if chocolate's your thing, that one might be worth the price of the stamp!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

saturday fun, and cvs trip

The Portsmouth, NH Farmer's Market opened today - hooray! We stopped by this morning, and there were lots of salad greens, vegetable seedlings, perennials, and other fabulous things for sale. We got some beautiful baby bok choy - so there will be a yummy stir fry for dinner today.

We also went to a handful of yard sales after the Market. Didn't find too many treasures today - but we did get a cute little copper mold that will join our collection in the sunroom.

Then this evening we stopped at CVS. Got some great deals! They had Post Trail Mix Crunch cereal 2/$5.oo, and we had 2 coupons for $2.00 off, so those ended up costing 50 cents/box. And they had Crest toothpaste for $1.99, and Colgate for $2.99. At the register, a $1.00 Extra Bucks coupon printed out after purchase of the Crest, and a $4.00 Extra Bucks coupon printed out after purchase of two boxes of Colgate (Extra Bucks can be used on any CVS purchase - they're given based on specific items, usually noted in their sale ad, if you have a (free) CVS card). To make this an even better bargain, we had two $1.00 off Colgate coupons and one $1.00 off Crest coupon which we used on the toothpaste purchase. So the toothpaste was in essence free - we spent $4.97 after coupons, and received $5.oo in Extra Bucks to use on our next CVS purchase.

Then, because we really can't resist a good deal, we took the $5.oo in Extra Bucks that we received after purchase of the toothpaste, and we went back to the cereal aisle. CVS has certain Kellogg's cereals (Special K, Frosted Mini Wheats, and others) on sale 3/$10, with a $5 Extra Bucks reward on the purchase of 3. We had three $1.00 off coupons for Kelloggs, so we bought three boxes for $10, used the three $1.00 off coupons PLUS the $5.oo in Extra Bucks we got from the toothpaste, and paid $2.00 out of pocket. And then the register printed our $5.00 Extra Bucks based on purchase of the cereal.

This is how it all breaks down:

Total spent first trip through CVS: $5.97 (for two boxes of cereal and three tubes of toothpaste)
Extra Bucks received from first trip: $5.00
Total spent second trip through CVS (after coupons and Extra Bucks used): $2.00
Extra Bucks received from third trip: $5.00

Total spent out of pocket at CVS: $7.97
Total Extra Bucks remaining, to use on next CVS trip: $5.00

So in essence, the five boxes of cereal and three toothpastes cost us a total of $2.97... if you consider that we spent $7.97 and then they have given us back $5.00 to use next time we're there. Not sure how many pennies saved this all totals up to, as we didn't write down the original prices on the items we bought (and it sort of makes your head spin to think about it all, doesn't it!?)... but it's an awesome money saving day, that's for sure!!

and the winner is...

Thank you to everyone who entered our May Day Giveaway!

Through's random number generating magic, the winner of the children's books is...

Drumroll please...

Tamara B.
We'll be in touch by email to get your shipping info!

Friday, May 1, 2009

gardener's idea book, plant sale

We love working on our gardens, and today we came across an offer for a free 28-page Gardener's Idea Book from Proven Winner's plant brand. You can click here to go to their website and request one of your own!

Speaking of gardens, in New Hampshire there are lots of local plants sales coming up in May - one of our favorites is in Lee, NH at the Lee Congregational Church. This year, it's being held Friday, May 15 from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m.-noon. Last year we bought broccoli and tomato seedlings and a couple of hostas at the sale. Hoping to get some more perennials this year too!