Coupon Match-ups for the week of 7/17

Rite Aid:

Nature Made Vitamins B1G1 – $7.50 & up
(Use 2) $1/1 on various types from website
and depending on what kind you’d like you could also use either
$2/1 Sleep Aid or $1.50/1 Fish Oil Rite Aid Video Values

Final Price: varies but this could be a very very good deal.

Tylenol Precise $4.99
-$2/1 from website or (5/8 SS) = $2.99 each

Advil (50 ct) = $4.99
– $4/2 (5/22 SS) = $ 2.99 each when you buy 2

Zantac = $7.99
-$5/1 from website = $2.99
-$ 2 UPR = .99

Kotex Liners= $1.00
– $1/2 VV = .50 each
(2) -$1/1 print = .50 money maker
or
$1.50/2  print = free wyb 2

Oral B Crossaction toothbrush= $2.99
-$2/1 =.99
-$1.50 UPR = .50 moneymaker

Nair (Buy 2 at $5.99) = $11.98
-$3/2  print = $8.98
– $5 UPR = $1.99 each wyb 2

Gillete UPR Deal Scenario:
Buy 2 Cartridge =$29.98
Get two free shave gel
-(2) $4/1 cartridge (7/3 P&G) =$21.98
-(2) $1/1 shave gel (7/3 P&G)= $19.98
-$5 UPR = $14.98 for all

Listerine = $4.99 (Buy 2) = $9.98
-(2) $2/1 VV = $5.98
– $2.50/2 (4/17 SS) =  $1.74 each

 

CVS:

Pantene = 2/$6.97
– $3/2 (6/19 SS) = 2/$3.97
-$2 ECB = .99 each

(5) Garnier Fructis = $16.67
-(5) $1/1 print, or (6/5 RP) or (5/1 RP) = $11.67
-$5 UPR = $1.33 each

Pedialyte = $4.99
– $1.50/1 website = $3.49

(4) Gas-X or Maalox ($5.49)= $21.96
-(4) $1/1 (gas-x) (7/17 SS) or print or print
OR (4) $1/1 or $2.50/2 (Maalox) (7/17 SS)
-$10 ECB = $1.74 or $1.99 each

 

WAGS:

NatureMade B1G1

Schick Extreme 3 = $5.99
-Facebook print =$3/1 =$2.99
-$2 RR = .99 each

Gas X or Maalox= $4.99
-$2/1 WAGS July =$2.99
-$1/1 or $2.50/2 mentioned above =$1.99 each

 

 

 

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We’re all mad here….

So I sucked it up and decided to get back to work on redecorating our bedroom. Here’s a few of the projects that I’ve done. So far I’ve only spent about $65 on the whole project. The “theme” for our bedroom is “Alice’s day on the beach, down the Rabbit Hole”, like I’ve said before, me and my hubby’s design style is a bit “abstract” and you may not exactly like it, I just like to share, in hopes you can get some ideas for your own style preferences.

I had these two $5 night stand lamps that I bought at Walmart awhile ago, they were a great value but lacked personality. I love a good designer lampshade to accent, but they are so expensive! So I took some tulle and just started from the top, wrapping it around the lampshade and when I got to the bottom I tucked it in the bar on the bottom. It gave the shade some color and an awesome texture, and it is completely removable, if I ever want to change it I can just simply take it off. Total for this project: Free (but even if I didn’t have the stuff already it would only cost about $15 for two lamps)

The next project was an offshoot of the lamps. My husband calls them the “giant loofas”. I took the leftover tulle I had and did a large (messy) basting stitch across the top, ruffled it and (for lack of a better term) “squished” it until I thought it looked good then placed a few stitches to secure it that way. I attached them to the wall with a staple gun (my designing best friend). Total for this project: Free

Then I painted an old desk we had picked up off the side of the road awhile ago. It was painted a hideous brown, but I saw the potential in it. It took me awhile to decide what to do with it, but I knew it was perfect for this project. I think I have to go look for a clear coat to make sure it is sealed really nice and doesn’t get scratched.  I’ll let you know how much that costs, but so far, I only spent $1.20 for some acrylic paint at the craft store.

Next I went shopping at the craft store and picked up some large flowers. Every one of them was in the 70% off bin in the back of the store. I NEVER pay full price for fake flowers because there is always some on clearance somewhere. I wasn’t about to shell out around $30 for a floor vase to  put them in, so when I happened to stumble upon a roll of teal duct tape, I knew I had found a winner. I just finished the bottom off like I was wrapping up a bouquet, then stapled the flowers to the wall in a few strategic places. The flowers cost me about $6, and the duct tape was $5. Making the total for this project $11.

While I was at the store, Zeke found some awesome fabric that matched my theme perfectly, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. Make a kite. Yep I’m weird. So I went and bought some ribbon to make the tail. I took cardboard I had laying around, cut it into a diamond shape, then I bent it down the middle to give it some shape, I wrapped the fabric around, tacking it on the back with a hot glue gun, being careful not to stretch it too tight and flatten the cardboard. I secured it to the wall with the teal duct tape I bought, since my staples weren’t long enough. I draped the ribbon and secured it with duct tape also, the used the scrap fabric I had left over to make the bows, which got tacked on with the staple gun, and I also had enough to make a pillowcase too. Total: $10 for fabric, and $2 for ribbon.

The “curtains” I bought were only $5 a panel…. outrageous right??  Why? Because they are twin flat sheets that I buy at Wal Mart. All I do it rip the stitches out of each end of the large hem at the top and slide them on the rod. Voila. The cheapest darn curtains you will ever find that aren’t ugly. My whole house has them on the windows. (And on another note, the twin sheets costs $5 but the pillowcases are $8? Why? Lord only knows, but just do yourself a favor and buy the sheet for $5 and get  9+ yards of fabric, and then make yourself crazy pillowcases) Total for curtains: $40

Babies Babies Everywhere

I really could write a book on this subject, and probably should, but for now a post will have to suffice. I have a ton of friends having babies and that inspired me to write this post. We saved ourselves about $1,000.00 just by cutting through all the hype surrounding the first baby experience, and only getting what we needed, and returning the rest.

If you are expecting that new bundle of joy and overwhelmed by the idea of how much it will cost, and all the hype associated with the baby registry and shower, you are not alone. Stores do that on purpose to capitalize off your new bundle of joy excitement, they would love to convince you that you need to buy the whole store and more, but before you end up with 3 rooms of your house stuffed with mountains of baby gear, I’ll tell you what you need and what you don’t.

Stores are all too willing to hand you their 10 page long registry check list that includes “everything you need for your new baby” unfortunately you could be throwing away precious money on hyped up trendy items, that are grossly overpriced, that you will never use.

First I will tell you what you don’t need to register for, and why, then I will tell you what you do need to register for.

Things you should try to find on consignment or as hand-me-downs first: These are items that your baby will only use for a short amount of time, it will only be a few months at most before he or she will grow out of it. With that logic being used, it’s safe to say that the child that used it before yours, probably only used it for a few months too!

Clothes, most baby gear items such as Exer-saucers, swings, bouncy chairs, jumpers, floor mats, pack and plays, safety gates, furniture, crib & mattress, bassinets, and pretty much any toys.

Things you need to wait to buy: As much tempting as it might be to look at all those bottles and pacifiers, sort through them and decide what you want to use… you should wait, because it’s actually your baby who will decided what he or she likes, try buying just one or two of a brand and trying it out first, it’s not uncommon for one baby to hate one particular brand, that maybe a different child loves. These aren’t things you can decide by reading reviews online or asking for opinions. Breast feeding items should also be purchased on an as need basis. Start with a simple hand pump, if you feel that you need to upgrade, do that later. Don’t spend the $300 on a machine just to find out later that (for whatever reason) breast feeding wasn’t really for you after all. No matter how much you think you will use it, you just never know until that time comes.

Bottles, pacifiers, toys, feeding supplies, expensive breast pumps, and breast milk storage, and supplies.

Things you will get (even though you probably didn’t register for them) and should return: As adorable as they are, stuffed animals, and superfluous baby items are a waste of money. period. This sounds harsh but it’s true. You baby wont remember and really doesn’t care, so neither should you. Return those items to the store, the gifter will never know, then take the money and buy something your baby will really enjoy, like clean diapers, bottles or formula.

Stuffed animals, clothes, plethoras of blankets, receiving blankets, special swaddling blankets, bath care products.

Things you absolutely under no circumstances need: These are the frivolous items the I spoke about above. These are trendy items that will probably go in or out of style before your baby is even born. I look at these items and ask myself…. “People have been having babies for hundreds of years without this stuff, is that something they had? and if not, Is it something they needed?” Then I stick to the staples and throw out the junk. Bedding sets, and matching nursery decor are a waste of money. I repeat. Don’t do it!

Diaper genies, baby food storage products, sleep positioners, expensive “baby safe” laundry detergent, nursing covers, fancy baby proofing supplies, nursery decor, stuffed animals, expensive baby carriers, sheet savers, bumper pads and comforters. Bedding Sets. 

Things you really need to register for (that most people wont buy you anyways): These are the items you need. These are the things that you should buy new instead of consignment, because you and your baby are going to get a lot of use out of them. These should be items that are necessities of baby rearing. Practical everyday items.

Wipes, batteries, diapers, hampers, laundry baskets, storage baskets and units, monitors, breast pump & accessories (manual), about 5 fitted crib sheets, stroller and car seats, highchair, booster seat, thermometer, pack and play, bibs, baby and children’s medicines, and vapor bath, diaper bag, 

Finally, after you showers are all said and done, sort through all of your stuff, use this guideline to help you determine what you need to keep, and what to return. Remember clothes and nursery decor items are super expensive, so try to keep everything in perspective. (A pack of diapers is around $20-$30, and that will last you about 2 weeks. So is that $45 lamp with monkeys, worth keeping? Or would it be better to return it, buy a plain one for $5 and buy yourself  a months worth of diapers? Or save the money for bigger purchases later. 

If you have your heart set on a theme for your nursery, thats fine. Nobody should rob you of that joy, but just don’t get too caught up in it. Do you really need that fitted sheet with monkeys? Or will a plain green one match fine too? If you NEED the one with monkeys…. (I get it) then look around for ones on clearance, or discontinued items. Example: In my nursery, I made curtains out of a crib skirt than was on clearance for $5 instead of buying the matching curtains for $20.

I also found that there are a lot of alternative options too. Like Dreft laundry soap is about $20 for a bottle. You can go buy ALL “free and clear” for about $5, and it does the same job. The Dollar Store also offers comparable items like pacifiers, sippy cups, bottles, and baby toys at about half the cost of specialty places, it’s not a bad idea to supplement your expensive stuff with some less expensive back-ups. I also made myself a baby carrier, swaddlers, and nursing cover instead of buying new. Just look online for great homemade baby gear ideas. These are projects that only take a few hours, cost about $10 to make and could save you hundreds of dollars.

And most importantly. Never put yourself in debt to buy all this stuff. Your baby will not thank you later that you spent $1,500.00 instead of $500. They will never know. Only your wallet will, and thats not going to lie to you when expensive purchases pop up later. You never know what life may throw at you. With a baby comes lots of changes, and with that lot of laundry. Will you need a new washing machine or dryer? How about a bigger car? Or maybe a new, bigger abode? Let’s save the debt accumulation for something that is a little more important than a matching monkey themed nursery.

Ruffling Sucks

Period. I attempted my first shot at ruffling. It failed. Maybe I just need a better machine. I’m not sure but after trying to ruffle an 84″ piece of fabric, getting 5″ from the end and having the thread break….. I’m not sure I’m going to be trying again anytime soon. But here’s the link so the project I was attempting to make. Maybe one of you has more experience sewing and can offer me some advice. Garden’s at Dusk Tutorial. Her stuff is amazing by the way….. I just wish I had the talent to replicate it.

Couponing?

So I didn’t even post matchups this week because the deals were absolutely pathetic…. however, I did grab a few great scores at Target using thier online coupons yesterday.

2 Pillows $2.50 each
-Used 2 $2/1 bedding item coupons = .50 each

2 packages of papermate pens = .97 each (back to school section)
-Used 2 $1/1 papermate writing utensil = free

1 medium Blue & Green Slushie for me and Zeke = $1.63
-Uses $1/1 target cafe item = .63

plus I used six manufactures coupons from P&G 7/3 for $1/1 Reach floss normally priced $1.12 making them .12 each.

I spent $3.20 total, and had a savings of  $13.00. Nothing fantastic but pretty good score all the same.

Swaddalista….??

So what happens when you cross a frugalista with an awesome sewing pattern for swaddlers?? Swadlers made of old clothes and scrap fabric that she had laying around. I’m not even going to pretend to take any credit for this awesome swaddler pattern. But I definitely wanted to share it with you. You can see the tutorial at I make stuff 4 fun . The twist? Instead of buying fabric, I used what I had laying around. The insides I made from and old sweatshirt and a pair of sweatpants I had laying around. The outside of the pink one was made from some old flannel pajamas, and the other two were made from fabric I had left over from some curtains I had made awhile ago. These are going to be great presents for all the new babies we have springing up around us!!

My Laboratory….

Ok, so it’s really just my bedroom wall…. what’s going on here is some paint sampling…. I decided to try and paint the closet today. First, I unsuccessfully painted it tan, and hated the color, and would have had to go buy more paint and do a second and third coat anyways, I decided to abandon ship and get creative. So I went rummaging in my “paint closet”  grabbed a gallon of white I had left over and some paint “scraps” and dumped them all together…. and voila… after some testing on the wall I think I found the perfect color, made use of some old paint, and now I definitely have enough to get the project done, and re-paint the bedroom to match without spending anything…. yay for recycling paint!

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