Jul 292011

Freebirds 2 for $10

If there are two things I love after running my heart out they are eggs and burritos. This post is not about eggs…

Until August 14 [race day in Chicago], you can score two freebird burritos for just $10.00, that is a $2.58 savings if you are ordering steak freebirds!

Register your Fanatics card and earn points towards your next free burrito too, a deal on top of a deal.

TGIBurritos, Friends!


 Posted by at 10:00 am
Jul 292011

Thank Goodness It’s Friday, Friends! Hallelujah to the weekend!

Do you have any fun plans? I get to run my 9 miler tomorrow morning in prep for the Chicago 1/2 marathon in two weeks. I will probably veg out for a long time after that and rehab my knees.

This week I hit up Walgreen’s, CVS and Randall’s. I found a CVS in my area that usually has all of the ECB deals in stock, mainly because they do not get their signage out promptly, but I’m not complainin’.


Walgreens July 29

2 Skintimate Shave Gel @ $3.99 = $7.98 = 2 $2.00 In Ad – 2 $1.50/1 = $0.98 or $0.49 each

2 Scunci Hair Ties @ $1.50 = $3.00 [Earn $3 RR WYB 2, limit 1]

Hot Shot Spray $2.49 – $1.00/1 = $1.49

Total $5.59

Total Spent $1.59 [Used $4.00 RR from previous trip]

Total Saved $16.50 or 91% + $3.00 RR for future use


CVS July 29

Store #1

U by Kotex Liners $3.49 – $1.00/1 = $2.49  [Earn $2 ECB, limit 1]

Bengay Creme $5.99 – $5.00/1 = $0.99 [Earn $2 ECB, limit 1]

Total $3.48

Total Spent $1.79 [Used $1.69 ECB from previous trip]

Total Saved $9.19 or 84% + $4.00 ECB for future use

Store #2

2 Skintimate Shave Gel @ $2.19 = $4.28 - 2 $1.00/1 = $2.48 or $1.19 each [Earn $10 ECB WYB $20, Limit 1]

Schick Hydro Razor $7.99 – $4.00/1 = $3.99 [Earn $10 ECB WYB $20, Limit 1]

Schick Hydro Refills $7.99 – $2.00/1 = $5.99 [Earn $10 ECB WYB $20, Limit 1]

Mack’s Ear Foams $1.99

Raid Wasp Spray $6.99

Earn $1.00 ECB after 4 shopping strips using Green Bag Tag

Total $22.60

Total Spent $18.60 [Used $4.00 ECB from Store #1]

Total Saved $19.80 or 51% + $11.00 ECB for future use


Randalls July 29

*London Broil Beef @ $1.99/lb = $9.77

*Boneless Pork Chops @ $1.79/lb = $8.43

Barilla Farfalle $1.00 – $0.55/1 = $0.45

3 Mentos Gum @ $1.59 = $4.77 – 50% Clearance – $1.00/3 = $1.38 or $0.46 each

Bush’s Black Beans $1.00

2 Cream of Chicken Soup @ $0.50 = $1.00

Sour Cream $1.09

Butter $2.29

Nestle Milk Single $1.25 – $0.26 In Ad – $0.50/1 = FREE

Yoplait Yogurt $2.29 – $0.50/1 = $1.29

*Cherries @ $1.9/lb = $3.98

Bananas $1.27

Cilantro $0.59

Strawberries $2.99

Watermelon $3.00

*These are my stock up prices

Total Spent $38.88

Total Saved $42.56 or 52%

Shopping July 29

To wrap it up, my totals for this week’s trips were:

Total Spent: $60.86

Total Saved: $88.05 or 60%

Total Earned for future use: $14.00

Now, it is time for you to share all of your amazing trips from this past week!

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Jul 272011

50% Off Hollister Jeans

More back to school clothing deals here – Hollister Co. has all of their jeans on sale for 50% off [does not include Epic Exclusives] from now until August 30.

This deal is available in-store and online and no promotional code is necessary.

Hollister Jeans - Cropped

I picked these babies up this past weekend with my 25% off card, luckily Hollister Co. has a 14 day price guarantee. So I will be heading back up there to get my price difference… that and I have a coupon to Bath and Body Works that is burning a hole in my pocket!

Happy Shopping Friends!

 Posted by at 2:25 pm
Jul 272011

AE Jean Sale

I guess it is about that time again, school clothes time… boo hoo hoo. Not to fear though, there are quite a few good deals at the moment on jeans and summer clearance.

American Eagle has all of their jeans on sale plus FREE shipping on any jean purchase. To make the deal even sweeter, they are also taking an additional 40% off ALL clearance items at American Eagle and Aerie.

The jeans and clearance sales are both “for a limited time” in store and online and there is no promotional code is needed for either deal.

So, if you have been casing the cropped jeans and drape shirt, like I have, then I would suggest you get on it while the getting is good.

AE Shop

Only $37.18 for $59.00? It is a 37% discount and it is totally happening.

Happy Shopping!

 Posted by at 10:01 am
Jul 262011

I have been struggling for a few days with something, anything, to share with y’all. It is quarter end at my big girl job, so the time is tight.

Last night I made cheater black beans and rice and was going to share my delish biscuit recipe, but then I poured ALL of the milk in on accident and poof, there went that post. Have you ever tried the Vigo brand Red Beans and Rice or Black Beans and Rice? I just love them, I add a little red pepper and meat [sausage or ground beef/pork] and call it a meal.

This morning I got up at 5am for one of my 1/2 marathon prep runs. I had quite a few awesome ideas in the 57 minutes I was cruising the streets… but where can I put them? I run with a water bottle and music machine and I sweat like a pig in this humidity, toting along a pen and paper just won’t cut it. I thought I would remember at least one of the ideas when I returned, but I did not and now I am kicking myself for not having a better short term memory while running, LoL!

On another note, last night a quick and furious storm blazed through our area. It knocked over my Mom’s hoard of Plumerias [below] and they found giant light bulbs in the back yard from one of the shed’s down the street. It was so bad, the neighborhood was even on the news, it was crazy, y’all.

Knock Knock Plumies

Oh – And did you hear that the football strike is over? Was it a strike? I don’t know, I am a college football watcher. All I know is that B will be able to enjoy his fantasy football, tailgating and super over-priced season tickets to the Houston Texans.

I hope you are having a wonderfully memorable day… or not if you are reading this and running at the same time.

 Posted by at 3:07 pm
Jul 252011
Stealing Jake
Christian Book Distributors  is offering more FREE eBooks through their website:

Stash as many titles to your cart as you desire and checkout [you will need to sign in or create an account]; your selections will be available in ”My Account” under eBooks until you decide to delete them.

Happy Reading!

 Posted by at 8:45 am
Jul 222011

The Great RecoveryDid you have a chance to see The Great Recovery live and streaming on Thursday, July 21? If not, you can view the replay here.

 It was nothing less that expected and always appreciated from Dave Ramsey, he never ceases to deliver a powerful and assertive message. I would like to pull out a few points that were mentioned in the broadcast and would love to read your insights as well.

  • The borrower is always slave to the lender. It sounds pretty simple, right? The people/companies whom one is indebted to are able to take away what they have in a moments notice, if need be, and they have nothing to show for their luxury and status. We can turn this around with simple steps like focusing our hearts on God, creating [and sticking to] a budget and getting rid of the debt as quickly as the budget allows and God provides.

“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave of the lender.” Proverbs 22:7

  • Media plays a huge role in our outlook and if you listen to the media… the outlook isn’t good at all. But! God is good and in Him we have Hope for our long term goals, not hopelessness in the face of the short term. Dave gave an example of investors getting out of the market and “losing everything” when things went downhill a few years ago, however, Dave is a huge communicator of the ten year [long term] plan. You silly people to pull out with a few months of bad performance, those who stayed in and rode the roller coaster are so much better off today. Here is what I did during the downturn [call me crazy, B surly though so]- the price of shares decreased, but so did the cost of buying those same shares… so I purchased as many shares as I was able with the minimal income that was left in the budget! Woot, we are sitting a little better in our retirement future and I go the shares on SALE! Take that you staunch media reports, why didn’t you tell others to buy, buy, buy instead of sell, sell, sell? Now that, my friends, is crazy!

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12

  • God uses Me to provide for Me [Meaning He does not use the Government to provide for Me, get it?]. God gave me certain abilities to help me succeed and prosper in the roles I am guided toward. Did you know that there isn’t even a “government” system when we go to be with our friends? It is hard to wrap my mind around it, because God is all powerful and all knowing, He must have a tiered hierarchy or system of legalities… but he does not; You and I and He are EQUAL, it’s so amazing and I can’t help but SMILE when I type it out. God provides for Me and for You, there is no other way, but we must diligent in discipline in our work; I laughed at “Pray while you’re workin’”.

Diligence = Excellence over time with discipline

  • The way to fix the economy: One at a Time. If we can come together and fix one person at a time we can start to change the economy because one person will lead to one family. One Family changes leads to one church and community, which leads to a changed city, changed state and even a changed country. That sounds amazing and I want to be a part of it – I want to be One! I want to encourage you to be One as well and we will walk in this together, the change is going to knock our socks off!

What can you do to increase the momentum of change? Join the Recovery, find a Financial Peace University [or other financial wellness] class to engage in and share the movement with your friends, family and congregation.

What did you get from the broadcast? Are you as excited as I am to see the changes that are going to come from One person at a time?

It Starts With Me

 Posted by at 4:02 pm
Jul 222011

This week has flown by super fast, we have been busy watering the grass so it doesn’t die in the Texas heat and I have been training for my upcoming 1/2 marathons in Chicago and San Antonio. There weren’t to many fantastic deals this week at CVS, so I skipped it and hit up Walgreens, Target and Randall’s.

Walgreen’sWalgreens 7/20/11

2 Dove Men’s bar soap @ $6.00 = $12.00 – 2 $4.00/1 = $4.00 or $2.00 each [Earn $4 RR WYB 2, limit 1]

Total Spent $4.33 

Total Saved $9.98 or 69% + $4.00 RR for future use

TargetTarget 7/20/11

2 John Frieda Full Repair @ $5.99 = $11.98 – 2 $5.00/1 – $3.00/2 Target = FREE + $1.02 Overage

Tresemme Hair Gel @ $2.99 – $1.00/1 Target = $1.99

Hangers $2.00

Tank Top $6.98

Total Spent $10.67 

Total Saved $14.00 or 57%

Randall’sRandalls 7/20/11

4 Diet Coke 12 packs @ $5.99 = $23.96 – B2G2 Sale = $11.98 or $2.99 each

Oreo Double Stuf $4.49 – B4CokesG1 Sale = FREE

2 Mrs. Baird’s bread @ $2.99 = $5.98 – B1G1 Sale = $2.99 or $1.49 each

2 Cascade Complete @ $4.99 = $9.98 – 2 $1.00/1 In Ad – 2 $1.00/1 = $5.98 or $2.99 each [this is pretty much stock up price, limit 2]

2 Seattle’s Best Iced Lattes  @ $1.69 = $3.38 – 2 Free Qs = FREE

Ritz Crackers $2.50 – $0.51 In Ad – $1.00/2 [Oreos from above] = $0.99

2 Imperial Sugars @ $1.55 = $3.10 – 50% clearance = $1.55 or $0.77 each

Kraft Parmesan Cheese $ 4.49 – $0.50 In Ad – $1.00/1 = $2.99

Gatorade $5.00

Milk $1.99

Gold Medal Flour $2.75

Honey Buns $1.25

Total Spent $39.36 

Total Saved $39.35 or 50%

I saw this sign on Pinterest [alyssa0119], I have thought about purchasing it for B, since he is the King of Diet Coke.Diet Coke - Pinterest

Last, but not least, I got anxiety over shopping this week, no joke. I printed out the B1G1 Whonu Cookies and stacked it with the $1.00/1 and my $1.00 Catalina from Kroger, ready to go… I didn’t go, I was too nervous that they would call the police for stacking coupons correctly. I fought with myself the whole way to do my Randall’s trip and then leaving to pass the exit to Kroger, I just don’t feel comfortable there anymore. Does anybody else have this anxiety I speak about? Do you think I should call to action a Kroger Anxiety group so we can help each other deal with the stress they put on their [once] loyal consumers?! Why Kroger, WHY?

Grocery July 22

To wrap it up, my totals for this week’s trips were:

Total Spent: $54.36

Total Saved: $63.33 or 54%

Total Earned for future use: $4.00

Now, it is time for you to share all of your amazing trips from this past week!

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Jul 212011

25% off Hollister Co.

Time to take advantage of another smoking deal at Hollister Co., just in time for back to school shopping I might add.

Through July 24, you can score 25% off your entire online purchase [does not include already reduced Redlines and Epic Exclusives] AND FREE shipping on any redesigned jeans order.

25% Promo Code: 35374

Hollister Jeans - Cropped

I have been casing these cropped jeans for a while now… maybe it is time I broke down and got them while the getting is good.

Happy Shopping Friends!

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