Thursday, May 31, 2012

Girl Scout Flower Cupcake Toppers & Bottlecap Necklaces

For our last girl scout meeting, I wanted to do something special for all my sweet little Brownies.  I ordered a kit to make bottlecap necklaces for the girls from a great shop I found on Etsy, called Just Becuz.  Twenty necklaces cost about $1 each to make, and they are really quick and easy to put together.  

I found this cute cardstock at Michael's. 

First, lay everything out using SCAL.

I decided to put them in individual cups to make them easier for the girls.

Get all your cut-outs and supplies together, and assemble.

I printed the images out onto white cardstock, and assembled the necklaces.  All you need is hot glue.

I just made two little slits in the flowers, and slid the necklaces down into them. Then, I taped the chains to the back.

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Some Gator Cupcakes for Hard-Working SOL Students


At our school, the teachers asked parents to bring in snacks for the students to enjoy after their SOLs.  Our mascot is the Gator, so I made these for yesterday's SOL snack.  They were super easy.  The eyes are made out of marshmallows and chocolate chips.  Everything else is icing.

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CVS Coupon Haul for Last Week

Here are the coupon deals for last week at CVS.  It was a pretty good week.  Sodas, chips, and popscicles just in time for Memorial Day weekend!

2 Arm & Hammer laundry detergent
1 8-roll Sparkle paper towels
2 Suave lotion
4 Suave kids' body wash
2 VO5 shampoo
1 Vo5 conditioner
1 Coppertone sunscreen
1 Palmolive dish soap
3 12-packs Pepsi products
2 Tostitos Scoops
1 Pop Chips
2 Edy's Fruit Bars
1 Kotex U

Shelf price:          $91.83
Out of pocket:     $17.58             
Amount saved:   $74.25

It was also a great week at Kroger, with too many items to photograph! Between CVS and Kroger, I spent $60 for $213 worth of items! For coupon lists and tips, check out Southern Savers.

Monday, May 14, 2012

This Week's Coupon Haul

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Mother's Day weekend.  It was my weekend to work, so I was really missing the kids.  They showered me with gifts when I got home--the homemade kind that always bring tears to my eyes and cherish forever.  This morning, however, after getting them off to school I enjoyed a belated Mother's Day morning of sitting around in my jammies with my pug, catching up on Pioneer Woman and Sister Wives, and clipping coupons to my heart's content!  (I even had a splash of Bailey's in my coffee too!)  It was a bit rainy out, so it was a perfect day for it.  After finally forcing myself to shower and get ready, I hit the sales in full force.  Here's my haul for this week.


Total before sale price and coupons:                                  $36.21    
Total after sales, coupons, and $7 ECBs from last week:    $12.10
ECBs left for next week:                                                    $10.00
Amount saved:                                                                  $24.11
Savings:                                                                             66%

Food Lion

Food Lion has their Pepsi 12-packs on sale this week. Buy 4 for $12. There are coupons here for $1 off, making them $2 each!  The steaks were a weekend sale (I actually stopped and got them last night).  They were $5.77 per pound, and then a got $4 in coupons from the kiosk at the front of the store. So, 8 huge T-bones for $36!  

Total before sales and coupons:                     $112.75
Total after sales and coupons:                         $59.61
Total amount saved:                                       $53.14
Percent saved:                                                 47%


Kroger is having one of their mega sales this week. If you buy 10 participating items, you get $4 off at checkout.  Combine this with coupons, and many items are ultra cheap or even free!  I got the Kroger mailer the other day that had $5 off $35 in it, as well as other great coupons.  Made for a really good sale day.  The stressful thing about Kroger is keeping all those groups of 10 items straight. A friend told me that she brings those canvas grocery totes in with her, and sets them up in her cart, then puts 10 items and the corresponding coupons in each bag.  Smart girl!  I did this today, and it worked out great!  

Total before sales and coupons:               $147.33
Total after sales and coupons:                  $61.82
Total savings:                                           $85.51
Percent savings:                                        58%

Grand total before sales and coupons:            $296.29
Total after sales and coupons:                         $133.53
Total savings:                                                    $162.76
Percent savings:                                                    55%

Not the best week by far, but pretty good!  I get my lists from Southern Savers.  Jenny is the best!  Happy couponing!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Back to Couponing (and blogging!)

I don't know about everyone else, but I am so excited the school year is almost over! I've been so busy these past few months, I haven't had time to do any blogging or couponing.  I really missed it!  I finally made it by CVS this week.  Not a spectacular week, just because I haven't done it in so long, I didn't have any ECBs to roll.  But, I will next week!  Here's the total for this week:

3 boxes Cheerios
1 Pantene shampoo
1 Pantene conditioner
1 bodywash
1 gallon milk
1 Kotex U
2 Colgate
1 Twix
1 Protein bar
3 Hallmark cards

Total before coupons:     $58.32
Total after coupons:        $14.16
Total saved:                     $44.16
% saved:                                75%

Not too bad, but now that I have some ECBs to get started, it will only get better!