Friday, June 25, 2010

Super Savings Saturday saved 52%

Walmart: Details HERE & HERE
Spent: $19.18
Saved: $29.10

Kroger: Details HERE
Spent: $9.24
Saved: $15.87

Wags: Details HERE
Spent: $0
Saved: $6.00

Big John's: Details HERE
Spent: $18.40

Total Spent: $46.82
Total Saved: $50.97 or 52%

How did you do this week??? Please link up below!!!

Walmart $5.60

Bagels $1.88

Kool-Aid Fun Fizz $1.97
used FREE coupon from Kraftfirsttaste

Kraft 100cal cheese $2.28
used FREE coupon from Kraftfirsttaste

Mac N Cheese Deluxe Dinner $2.00
used FREE coupon from Kraftfirsttaste

Roast Beef $3.00
used FREE coupon from Kraftfirsttaste

Ritz Crackerfuls $2.78
used FREE coupon from Kraftfirsttaste

Dixie Plates $3.72

Spent: $5.60
Saved: $12.03

6/23 Big John's $18.40

Um... so yeah... I don't really feel like I got a lot. But oh well... I work 5 days a week now... so by the time I get off work I really don't care... Not very frugal of me!!! :P BUT... It's not like I bought random junk. Everything I bought was with a meal in mind. So let's see what I can do with this!!!

Pork Roast $5.55
Potatoes $2.89
McCormick Slow Cookers Seasoning $1.79

Ok... This is all for one meal. I will also add baby carrots which I had on hand. This will feed my family Dinner, and leftovers for the next day or two. So that's $8.33 (I didn't include the entire price of that potatoes). So that's not really that bad when you break it down like that.

Garlic Bread $1.88
Ragu Alfredo $2.45 (YIKES) you can get this for like $1.39 at Kroger. But I wasn't at Kroger sooo... I paid that amount. lol :o)

That will be for a meal. I already have PLENTY of pasta on hand. Also the garlic bread will be split between a few different meals.

Tater Tot's $2.68

These will be for hamburgers and things like that.

Bread $0.98

So all in all I spent $18.40 on all of this. Now that I have broken everything down I feel like I did good for my money except the ragu!!! lol They are $1.39 at Kroger this week and there are $1.25/3 coupons in on of the inserts. So I plan to stock up on some alfredo!! :o)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

FREE DiGiorno Deep Dish Pizza- Facebook offer!!!

Haha... Yes that would be my face... ;)!!! But that photo right there earned me a FREE coupon for a DiGiorno Deep Dish Pizza!!! Head on over HERE and score your free pizza coupon too!!! You will recieve it by snail mail in 6-8 weeks!!!

Thanks Ann!!! :o)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Follow me back Tuesday & Tag A Long Tuesday

Welcome to Mandy's Frugal Journey!!!!


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If you are here from Follow Me Back Tuesday or Tag A Long Tuesday... please follow my blog and leave a comment so I can follow you back!!! :o)

So what is my blog about??? I like to post my weekly shopping trips. You can see my recent Walmart & Kroger trips HERE & HERE.

There are a few Instant win games going on right now too. Go HERE to try and win some sobe lifewater, or HERE to win free items from Kroger.

So a little about me....

  • I'm 24---married for over 3 years.
  • I'm a mommy!!! My lil boy will be 2 next month.
  • I just graduated college with my Nail technician license.
  • I just started working at a Spa after taking off work for 9 months. It's an adjustment.
  • I LOVE to save money.
  • I like to watch lifetime, cw, and nickelodeon!!! :o) Nickelodeon is for my son!! hehe
  • I love to read when I can find the time!!!
  • I love meeting new people and making new friends!!!
  • I'm a coupon-a-holic!!!
  • I LOVE animals!!!!

6/20 Wags: Free Newspapers

I ran into Wags Sunday morning... with NO makeup on... I NEVER do that... lol. I wanted to get it over with and figured if I went early enough I wouldn't see anyone I knew. lol

(4) Newspapers $6.00

used $6RR!!!


6/19 Walmart saved 56%

I had a rather pleasant trip at walmart!!!

Sargento Cheese $4.42 (It was cheaper than the walmart brand)

Deli Fresh Turkey Pastrami $3.00
used FREE coupon from Kraft -$3.00
Total: Free

(4) Dan-o-nino $8.24 (yes these are tiny... but they are perfect for my almost 2 year old)
used (4) $1.50 coupons
Total for 4: $2.24

Simply Go-Gurt $2.25
used free coupon from giveaway
Total: FREE

Philadelphia cream cheese $1.82
used FREE coupon from Kraftfirsttaste
Total: FREE

(2) Deli Creation subs $4.96 (for hubbys lunch)
used (2) $1 off coupons
Total: $2.96 for 2

(2) V8 Fusion $5.96
used (2) $1 off printables
Total: $3.96 for 2

Total: $13.58
Saved: $17.07 or 56%

6/19 Kroger saved 63%

Kroger Waffles $1.75 (I think I spend a bit more and get Eggo's next time)

Kroger mini pancakes $2.00

(2) Kraft Mac & Cheese $2.38--FREE
used (2) Free coupons from Kraft -$2.38

(4) Sobe Lifewater $3.52
used (2) B1G1 free coupons -$1.76

Bananas $1.12

Grapes $2.69

Kraft Mac & Cheese 5pack $2.99 (There was a peelie on the box that says you get a free capri sun when you buy the mac n cheese)

Capri Sun $2.15
used free coupon from Kraft Mac & Cheese box. -$2.15

I also used a $3 catalina

Total: $9.24
Saved: $15.87 or 63%

Victoria's Secret: Clearance Swimwear extra 20% ENDS TODAY!!

Check out this cute bathing suit I just ordered!!! I got mine in pink dots!!! If your in a need of a bathing suit for the summer go HERE to check out the clearance bathing suits and use code SHOPSWIM to score an extra 20% off clearance bathing suits. Hurry this offer ends today!!! My total was around $23.34!!! Now let's just hope it fits!!! :o)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Good Earth Gift Pack Winner

Thanks soooo much for all that participated. I wish I had one to give to everyone!!

I used and it generated #31!!!

~*Nomie*~ said... I subscribed via email

Congrats Nomie!!!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Super Savings Saturday saved 78%

Total Spent: $26.26
Total Saved: $94.79 or 78%
ECB Left: $12
RR Left: $11

How did you do this week?? Please link up below!!!

6/17 CVS Spent $1.99 saved $19.00

(2) Gillette Body Wash $8
Schick Razor $8.97


$4/2 Gillette from May P&G
$5 Schick
$7 ecb

Total: $1.99 ($0.97 was tax)
Saved: $19.00
ECB earned: $12

6/16 Walmart: $15.90

I grabbed (3) 24 packs of diet dr. pepper. :o) I'm a total Diet Dr. Pepper aholic!!! lol :o)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Walmart: $5 24 packs!!!!

I was at my local Walmart and noticed they had the $5 24packs of drinks on sale again!!! I think this is a fabulous time to STOCK up!!!!! :o) I bought 3 of them tonight and will prob grab more by the end of the week. Not sure if this is a regional thing... but it's def worth checking out!!! They have Coke & Pepsi products.

Pinecone Research: Accepting Applications!!!

I am a member of Pinecone research. I love them. Each time I do a survey I get $3 deposited to my Paypal account. So HURRY over here and apply to do surveys with this company. I don't get a ton of surveys but you don't have to worry about not qualifying for their surveys. Not sure how long they will be accepting applications!!! Let me know if you get in!! :o)

Thanks, ThePrudentPatron!!!

6/14 Wags Schick & Listerine Rebate $12.78 Profit!

Trans #1

Gillette Proglide Razor $9.89
Sweettarts $0.39


$4 Fusion Razor from June P&G
$6 RR from Nivea

Total: $0.92
Saved: $11.60
RR Earned: $5

Trans #2

Schick Razor $7.99
Peppermints $0.99
Butterfinger $0.39
100 Grand $0.39
100 Grand $0.39


$5 Schick from 6/13 insert
$5 RR from Proglide

Total: $0.75
Saved: $12.02
RR Earned: $4

Trans #3

Listerine Whitening $6.99
Gillette Razor $9.89
Crunch $0.39
Crunch $0.39


$4 Gillette from June P&G
$2 Printable for Listerine
$3 in ad coupon for Listerine
$2 RR from Ecotrin

Total: $3.54
Saved : $17.01
RR Earned: $5

Total Spent: $5.21
Total Saved: $40.63
RR Left: $11

Also there are 2 rebates I will be submitting for!!

I will be submitting for the Schick Try me Free Rebate. You can go HERE to get more info on the rebate.

Also there is a rebate for the Listerine Whitening. There isn't a form for this. You can go HERE to read about it.

So I spent $5.21 on everything but I will recieve a $10 prepaid gift card and $7.99 rebate!!!!! That's a $12.78 Money Maker!!

6/13 Wags Spent $1.56 saved $19

I did 2 Exact transactions. I had $14 in RR expiring that Monday and I wanted to roll them if possible and also get my newspapers for free!!!

Trans #1

Nivea Body Wash $5.99
Butterfinger $0.39 (filler)
(2) Newspapers $3.00

$3 Nivea Coupon
(3) $2 RR from Ecotrin

Total Spent: $0.78
Total Saved: $9.50
RR Earned: $6

Trans #2

Repeated the above transaction

6/12 CVS Spent $1.60 saved $16.16

This deal is no longer active. This was a deal from the CVS ad last week.

(4) Windex Multisurface $10.00

Used (4) $1 off coupons
Used $5 ECB from Proglide deal

Total Spent: $1.60
Total Saved: $16.16
ECB earned: $5

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Follow me back Tuesday!!!


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Mandy's Frugal Journey is a money saving blog. I will post free samples, coupons, weekly shopping trips, and instant win games!!!

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SoBe Instant Win Game: I won a free SoBe!!!!

SoBe if offering up an instant win game!!! Just go HERE and you can enter codes from under the caps of SoBe lifewater. You can also play without a code. Just click on a character on the couch to get started. I won free SoBe. :o)

Come on back and let me know if you win!!!

Thanks Hip2save!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Free Nivea Lotion Sample

Walmart is offering a sample of Nivea Body Lotion!! Copy & Paste the link below!!

Thanks, Hip2save!!!

Free Sample Pampers Extra Protection Diapers

GO HERE to get a Free Sample of Pampers Extra Protection. Offer ends 6/30/10 or while supplies last. Sample is available in size 4 or 5.

Thanks Whosaidnothinginlifeisfree

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Kraft First Taste: 6 Free Product Coupons

I just logged into my Kraft First Taste account!!! Several blogs talked about getting 6 coupons for FREE Kraft Products. I didn't receive the coupons at the time but I logged in today and saw them!! So if they weren't offered to you before you might want to check your account now!!!

Here are the coupons I was offered:

  • ONE (1) FREE package each of KOOL-AID Fun Fizz Drink Drops (up to $2.49)
  • OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Shaved Meats (up to $4.50)
  • RITZ CRACKERFULS Filled Crackers (up to $3.49)
  • KRAFT HOMESTYLE DELUXE Macaroni & Cheese Dinner (up to $3.99)
  • DIGIORNO® Deep Dish Pizza (up to $3.30)
Go HERE to sign up for Kraft First Taste!!!

Giveaway: Good Earth Mediterranean Chicken Dry Dinner Kit

This Giveaway is now CLOSEDWith appetizing entrées from Good Earth, dining in is sure to become the new dining out. Enjoy cooking a sophisticated, restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your own home. Each variety includes vibrant and flavorful sauces along with specialty ingredients like sweet basil, white wine and dried tomatoes. Delicious dinners that allow you to keep a healthy lifestyle without sacrificing taste, Good Earth dry dinner kits are perfect for whipping up a no-fail, five-star cuisine in less than 30 minutes.

100% whole grain, no trans fat, no artificial flavors, no artificial preservatives, no MSG - just add meat and, voila! Dinner is served.

Coming to stores this June, Good Earth dry dinner kits offer a selection of four delectable meals: Mediterranean Chicken with angel hair pasta
Spicy Citrus Glazed Shrimp with angel hair pasta
Herb Crusted Chicken with mushroom risotto
Tuscan Chicken with penne pasta.


I was provided with the Mediterranean Chicken dinner kit. This was super easy to make. I loved the convenience of this meal. We are a family of 3 and this was plenty food to feed us!! We even have leftovers. I had all the ingredients on hand, and I was able to make this meal fairly fast. I look forward to trying other flavors.


My Blog Spark & Good Earth have provided me with a second gift pack to giveaway to one of my readers. The gift pack includes: G
ood Earth Mediterranean Chicken dry dinner kit, two sets of bamboo flatware, two bamboo dishes, a bamboo utility board and a 100% recyclable grocery tote.

Here's how to enter:

Leave me a comment on this post stating which Good Earth kit you would like to try. (1 entry)

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This giveaway will end Sunday June 20th at 11pm CST. I will draw the winner using I will announce the winner and contact you that night. Please leave your e-mail address when commenting. You will have 48 hours to reply or I will chose a new winner.
Only open to US residents.

Disclosure: My Blog Spark & Good Earth provided me with this prize pack, product information, and additional prize pack. I was in no way compensated for my review. Opinions are 100% mine)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Super Savings Saturday saved 58%

I shopped at Kroger, Wags, CVS, Walmart, and Medco this week.

Total Spent: $62.93
Total Saved: $86.61 or 58%

I never save a lot when I shop at walmart... I blame them!!! lol Also It's been a week now since i've started working since last August... I'm having problems adjusting to getting up super early, working, balancing time, cleaning house, cooking dinner, spending time with family, and couponing. Bear with me!!! :o)

How did you do this week??? Please share below!!

CVS spent $2.84 saved $24.04

I did 2 transactions. I got a survey from CVS and got $5 ecb for completing it. So I decided to go ahead and grab a few razors. I spent $2.84 and saved $24.04!!!

Medco: Coopertone Sunscreen for $0.99!!!

I purchased this from Medco for $0.99 after a $10/10 code!!!! I just had to pay for shipping!! I saved $9.99!!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

6/8 Walmart Spent $32.88 Saved $21.76

8 Free Tubs of wipes!!! Woohoo... Used $2 coupon from 6/6 P&G
The Deli Creations Lunchables were $1 each after $1 coupon. These are SOOOO good and filling. I grabbed these for lunches for work.

Everything else was just stuff I wanted!! lol :o) I just started back to work and it's a hard adjustment. So I haven't been on top of my couponing game.

Total Spent: $32.88
Total Saved: $21.76

6/5 Kroger Spent $26.22 Saved $30.70

The All detergent was $0.99 each after $2 coupons.
The Pizza was $3.79 after a $4 coupon I recieved in the mail... this pizza was YUMMY!!!
The Smart Ones were on clearance for $0.50 each... I bought 6 and got a $3 catalina. So those were free.

Total Spent: $26.22
Total Saved: $30.70
$3 Catalina Left

6/6 Wags Spent $0 and saved $12

I bought 8 newspapers this week. Total was $12 and I used 6 of the $2RR.

Total Spent: $0
Total Saved: $12

Friday, June 4, 2010

Super Savings Saturday saved 85%

This has been a SUPER BUSY week for me. Monday I left for a 3.5 hour trip to Frankfort, KY. The next day I woke up after maybe 2 hours of sleep due to my cramming for my nail tech exam. After 4 hours of testing and another hour of waiting I received my license!! Wooohooo!!! Then we had to drive BACK home... I got home around 5:30 and went straight to bed!!! I slept til 10 and then woke up for a few hours. Wed & Thur I had to go to the spa for a few hours to get settled in. Today I thought I only had 2 appts... well when I got to work today I had 5 appts between 10am-2:30. That was 4 pedicures and 1 manicure... I was pretty tired after that. So needless to say.... tonight was a hamburger helper night. lol :o) But I didn't do much shopping this week. Don't be surprised if you see a huge shopping trip to *gasp* walmart!!! lol My fridge and pantry are looking pretty sad....!!!! So bear with me fellow bloggers and readers... I'm def adjusting to working after being a student and stay at home mom for almost a year. After all that is the reason I started couponing!!! :o) I thoroughly enjoy sharing my shopping trips and seeing what others do!!! Alright... so let's get to the point of this post ;)!!!!!!!!!!!

Total Spent: $20.01
Total Saved: $114.35 or 85%

Wags: Details HERE & HERE
Spent: $0.81 (Wooo stinkin Hoo!!!)
Saved: $70.83
RR Left: $26

CVS: Details HERE
Spent: $6.60
Saved: $32.84
Submitting for $5 MIR for the OFF Refills

Big John's: Details HERE
Spent: $12.60
Saved: $10.28

So how did my AMAZING couponing family do??? Please post below!!!!

6/2 Wags Spent $0.47 saved $6.60

The hubby has the flu so we needed some OJ. Instead of running to the grocery store I ran by Wags... I made $32 in RR doing the ecotrin deal. And since the RR are in increments of $2... I would like to spend them!!! I will be using several of them to get newspapers on Sunday.

But here is why it pays to do the drugstore game!!! I paid $0.47 for all of this. I used (3) $2 rr. The OJ was $5.98 and in order to use another $2 RR I had to grab a filler item. I found the candy on clearance for $0.40. So since I purchased 3 items I could use (3) RR. At wags you must have the same number of items as you do coupons and/or RR.

I still have $26 in RR!!!!

6/2 CVS Spent $6.06 saved $32.84

(4) Off Clip on Refills $11.96
Medicine (for sick hubby) $3.99
Swiffer starter kit $11.99
Swiffer refill $5.49

Coupons Used:
(4) $3 off OFF clip on refills (CVS store coupons from 4 for FREE
$3.00 off swiffer starter kit (mailer coupon)
Free refill wyb swiffer starter kit (mailer)
$8.39 gift card

Total Spent: $6.06
Total Saved: $32.84

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

6/1 Big John's Spent $12.60 saved $10.68

Spent $12.60
Saved $10.68

My local grocery store starts a new ad on Mondays and I saw in the ad that these were 10/$10. What I didn't realize is they started their ad on Tuesday this week.. So needless to say I would have saved another $3.60 if I would have looked at the ad dates. Oh well... lesson learned!!!

6/1 Wags Spent $0.34 saved $64.23 & made $32 in RR!!!

First and foremost... I didn't buy the store out. I spoke with a manager the week before and had her order me 16 boxes of Ecotrin.

I did 17 diff transactions. 16 of those I did in the same day. I do the bulk of my transactions on Mondays when my friend is working!!! So yes... I did do trans after trans!!! I went around 10am and checked out at the beauty counter. I didn't hold the lines up either.

So I paid $0.34 TOTAL for all of this. I saved $64.23 and walked away with $32 in RR!!!

I'm FINALLY a licensed Nail Technician!!!

I left for my state board test on Monday!!! Me & 3 other girls went to State Boards for our Nail Technician license!!! After much studying, nerves, and waiting... I passed my boards!!! I'm now a licensed Nail Technician and can start working!!! I've had a job at a local Spa since March, I've just had to wait until I was licensed to start. Can't wait to return the working world after being a Stay at home mom/student since August. Just wanted to share my good news!!! :o)