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Ad for four days for Shoppers

I don’t go to Shoppers as much as I used to since I have been going to Aldi and Target, but I could not pass up the special four day double coupons up to 1.99 sale that started today. Here are some of the deals I found there.

Nesquik Powder pouches —- $1.00 each I had a coupon for $1.00 off two that doubled to make them free. I only bought four because that was all that was on the shelves.

Wet and Wild Nail Polish —– $1.89 each I had a coupon for $1.00 off one Wet and Wild. This took $1.89 off, making it free. I bought one for each girl since I had two coupons.

Maruchan Yakisoba —- 3 for $2.00 I had a coupon for $1 off 2, so I was not sure how this would work out. I think for some reason I ended up paying for one of these since it appears that it took 3.34 off when I used two coupons and bought six noodles. Not sure what other combination I should have done to make them all free.

Motts Apple Sauce —- I had the $1.10 off 2 coupons from Coupons.com. I bought 4 sets since I had 2 coupons. This ended up with them being 1.29 each since they are normally 2.39 at my store.

Weber Barbecue Sauce —- I had a $1 off one coupon, so I got one of these for .69.

Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce —- I had a Coupons.com coupon for .75 off one. This ended up costing .39 for the can.

Hawaiian Mini Snacker Rolls —- I had a $1 off one coupon, so these ended up costing .49 for a pack of four rolls. They are about the size of small sub rolls.

Jello —- I had a $1.10 off one coupon from Coupons.com so I let the girls choose. They picked gelatin, for which I paid .79.

Lipton Pure Leaf Tea —- I had a $1 off one coupon, so I paid .59 for the carafe.

These are the highlights of my trip. I also picked up a salad dressing, some Zatarains, paper towels, and Eggos. I saved 62% according to my receipt. There were a few items I would not have normally bought, like the gelatin, but I figured that was an inexpensive reward for my kids helping me find everything at the store without asking me a million times to buy other stuff not on my list.

The sale goes on through Sunday. I think it is only at Virginia stores.


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Thanks to my husband, I was able to get out to do my shopping alone this week. That means I feel like I can stop at more than one store and I feel like I make fewer mistakes with my planned deals.
Starr 080417-4151 Cucumis melo


I started off with Aldi’s and picked up cantaloupe, strawberries, bananas, and mini marshmallows. The cantaloupe and strawberries were specials of the week and the bananas and marshmallows are less expensive at Aldi’s than the other places I was shopping today.



I then headed to Shoppers, which has double coupons up to 99 cents. I had made a list beforehand of the coupons that were in my binder that were under a dollar that I might use. I ended up getting the following:

2 Nesquik powder pouches
normally $1 each, used 2 .50 coupons to make them free

2 Chi Chi 8 ct flour tortillas
1.69 each, used 2 .50 coupons to make them .69 each

Pillsbury cake mix
1.49, used .55 coupon to make it .39

Goya low sodium kidney beans
on sale for .88 (forgot to print a coupon so I only got one)

Johnsonville Italian sausage
4.49 with a $2 off coupon attached

2 packages ground beef
4.01 each, each had a $2 off coupon attached

2 packages mushrooms
on sale for .99 each, normally closer to $2 each

yellow squash

2 lb for 1.50

With coupons, all of this was 13.58. I saved 46 percent even though I purchased meat.
White mocha ice cream


At Target I will just highlight the deals I found.

Oscar Meyer hot dogs were on sale for $1.69 each. I had both a Target coupon for .75 off one and a manufacturer’s coupon for $1 off two, so I purchased two.

I bought a 2 lb bag of pink lady apples and used a $1 off apples Target coupon. This made the 2 lb bag 2.84.

I also had stacking coupons for Kraft cheese. I purchased a pack of the Big Slice since the $1 manufacturer’s coupon was for that. The Target coupon was for purchasing slices and shredded, so I also picked up shredded cheese. This made the total cost for both $3.08.

I discovered some Cabot block cheese on clearance, so I bought two 8 oz packages for 1.48 each and one 8 oz package for 1.90.

Nexcare Strawberry Shortcake bandages were 1.87. I bought two with two $1 off Target coupons and a $1 off two manufacturer’s coupon. This made the total cost .74 for two packages.

I also purchased 3 packages of Ore Ida Sweet potato fries, which had a deal to buy two get one free. I used two $1 off coupons, for a total cost of $4.48 for three bags.

The final deal at Target was the special promotion for Edy’s brand items. I only had one coupon for $1 off two ice creams, but Target had a deal to get a $5 gift card if you bought 5 items. I bought 2 ice creams, one sherbet, and two fruit bar packages. If I include the gift card as paying for part of the purchase, these cost 7.95 for all five.

Since I live in a higher priced area, your prices may be different than mine.  I notice that my Aldi’s store has slightly higher sale prices, for example, than some of the savings sites report.  I get my coupons online at Target’s site, at Coupons.com, and in my local papers.  I also occasionally get coupons mailed to me by Target or request coupons through company websites or facebook pages.

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State Study, Chore Chart, Baking and Crafts….

I cannot quite believe everything we did this first week of summer.

State Study

We started our study of the 50 states with our state passports that we found on Musings of Me’s blog.  We decided to use card stock as a cover and back to the passport.  The pages had to be stapled in sections since it was so thick so our passports have a bit of an accordian look to them right now.  (I will attempt to get my daughter’s camera to speak with my computer this evening for some added photos.)  We started our study with Virginia on Monday, since that is the state where we live.  We moved on to West Virginia on Tuesday and Kentucky on Wednesday.  After that, the week got a bit nutty and we took off for a couple days and did Tennessee today.

If you check out my United States theme board on Pinterest you can see some of the places and books that I am using for this project.  I am trying to give my kids information in different ways each time so that they don’t just get the same worksheet to fill out every day about a different state.

Chore Chart

We also started our summer chore chart, thanks to Confessions of a Homeschooler and a pocket chart calendar that I picked up on clearance a while back when I was not sure whether I would receive one with my preschool classroom. The girls have really gotten into earning tickets, although they don’t necessarily put the chore cards on the spots I planned. Mostly they look at the chore cards for ideas of what to do. My youngest really wanted some of those tiny toys in the little balls, so I told her 10 tickets earns one. She has been pretty good this week about earning 10 tickets in a day so she can earn a toy. On the other hand, my oldest has been saving hers and cashed in to get $1 for spending at the craft store on a pretty blank notebook. She is still holding some tickets to cash in to attend the $1 movies next week.

Other places I found with printable chore cards include:

Aussie Pumpkin Patch — new design here, less detailed ones I printed some of the less detailed ones after reducing them in size so they would fit in the pockets of my chart.

Homeschool Creations — a simpler chore chart with cards


Banana Bread Recipe from this book

We made two loaves of bread machine bread this week.  The first loaf was a requested banana bread for my youngest, who helped measure everything and was a little disappointed to find out that the machine mixes everything for us.  We chose a recipe for Banana Poppyseed bread, but left out the poppy seeds.

The second loaf yesterday was almost a disaster.  We decided to make whole wheat raisin bread from the recipe book that came with our machine, partly because we were out of bread flour and only had whole wheat to use.  When it came time to add the raisins I hit the start/stop button for some reason after my youngest put the raisins in, which turned off the machine.  I then saved the loaf by kneading it a bit, letting it rise, and then finishing it in the oven.  It probably could have had some more time rising before I put it in the oven, but the girls were more than happy with the results.


We travelled to two craft stores this week for free craft activities.  I managed to get out of them with only one purchase.

ACMoore has a weekly free craft on Wednesdays all summer from three to five in the afternoon. For this week it was supposed to be CARS related stickers, but the craft person was kind enough to get out some leftovers from other times so the girls could decorate a framed chalk board with glittery stickers.

Michaels has an around the world themed (mostly) free craft on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays this summer.  We attended the Germany and Egypt themed crafts at Michaels.  The girls decorated a jingle bell with paint markers and put a bow on top for Germany.  My oldest also made a German hat with feather.  For Egypt they made mummies from a clothespin and strips of white tissue paper, along with googly eyes.  They used some terra cotta Model Magic to do some heiroglyphics and a pyramid.

We also created some crafts at home.  I discovered this yarn doll tutorial via Pinterest and shared it with my girls.  We now have probably 20 or more yarn dolls of various sizes and colors that are being used in elaborate pretend play games.


I almost forgot that we planted some sunflower and tomato seeds that I received as a thank you from the kindergarten teacher and assistant for volunteering every Thursday morning this year.  We now have seedlings that are almost ready to move into larger homes.  Now, where to put them?



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This afternoon I took my girls to get their first free books of the summer for completing one of the summer reading programs I wrote about earlier. We went to Barnes & Noble where the girls chose:

Liberty Porter First Daughter
Liberty Porter First Daughter

Summer According to Humphrey
Summer According to Humphrey

We then headed to Dunkin Donuts to get free Frozen Hot Chocolates since we had coupons to use before they expire at the end of the month, along with a donut to bring home for after dinner. The donuts we paid for with money instead of coupons or reading forms.

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I would not call myself an Extreme Couponer, but I found some good deals today that I would like to share with you.
Pentel pens
First, I headed to Staples with a $6 rewards certificate and two ink cartridges to turn in for credit. I picked up an 18 pack of Pentel retractable ball point pens which have an instant rebate that goes to your rewards account. You don’t even need to fill anything out, which is great. Thanks to Couponing to Disney for sharing this deal.

While at Staples I also found Staples brand 50 assorted brights specialty envelopes for a special price of $3.00. I believe they are normally 5.99. These are 4-3/4 by 6-1/2 inches so they will hold 4 by 6 photos as well as cards.

Then I was off to Dunkin Donuts for my free frozen hot chocolate from a coupon in the Sunday paper.

I stopped by Aldi’s for fresh fruits and picked up strawberries, blueberries, bananas, and some zucchini. All of these were less expensive at Aldi’s than at Target, where I headed next. (I don’t know if my Target would even have zucchini.) I won’t quote prices for Aldi’s as I have found that my Aldi’s prices are low for my area but Aldi’s elsewhere have even lower prices since I live in a high cost of living area.

Finally, I headed to Target. I did not get all awesome deals there, but I did want to suggest you print out the $3 off women’s shorts on the Target site since I ended up with a pair of Merona Bermuda shorts for $1.98 since they were on the clearance rack. In addition, girls Circo jeans are on clearance for 50 percent off, so now might be the time to stock up for the fall. I picked up two pair of Circo jeans for my oldest daughter for the fall.

If you have a CARS fan in the family, you might want to buy some Kellogg’s cereal. Some packages that are on sale for $2.50 have a coupon for a free die cast car if you purchase three boxes of cereal. I used a Target coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon (each for a dollar off) to get three boxes of cereal and a die cast CARS car (usually 3.99) for a total of $5.50 plus tax.

What deals have you found lately?

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old books
Over the last few days I have been reviewing which summer reading programs will be available this summer that the girls participated in last summer. It looks like they will have plenty of forms to fill out with all of the books they manage to read. Here are the ones we plan to participate in this year:

1. Our local library’s Summer Quest reading program. For this program we will go to the library each week with our reading log form. There will be a coupon of the week as well as additional coupons/rewards for reading five, fifteen, and twenty five books. We also turn this form into the school in the fall for summer reading credit.

2. TDBank has a summer reading program as well. For reading ten books each child receives $10 placed into their savings account. This is a great way to start adding up some money for college. We did this last summer. I admit it was not the most exciting one for the kids since the money went straight into their savings accounts.

3. Barnes and Noble has a summer reading program that involves reading eight books and writing down not only the book and author, but a recommendation of who should read it. This program appears to be for first through sixth graders, but the specific instructions do not appear to have an age designation, just the book choices offered. I cannot remember if we completed this one last year; we may have skipped it since it appeared that my youngest could not participate due to age even though she could read. I need to find out if we will be limited to the book choices in my kids’ actual grade level. If this is the case, I think we will end up donating the books and letting the kids pick something out for themselves at the used book store as a reward.

4. Borders also has a Double Dog Dare reading program. For this program your child must be 12 and under and reading ten books to receive a coupon for a free book. Last year I believe they had a particular display where you chose your free book. This worked well for us since my girls are reading above grade level and would not have wanted the books for the grade level they attend in school.

I am also thinking ahead to summer and planning our schedule with a State of the Day theme for much of the summer in addition to attending library activities, Regal’s Summer Movies (which are a dollar this year instead of being free), and summer crafts at ACMoore. My oldest will also be going to sewing camp with Grandma while I plan something special for the youngest who will have me all to herself that week.

What inexpensive, fun and educational activities are you planning for your family this summer?

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On Saturday I did a quick run to the used book store because one of the books I wanted to use for preschool this week was not available at the library and I did not currently have a copy of it. Unfortunately, I still did not get a copy of that book, but I did find some other great deals. Our local used book store is McKays. In general I utilize the library and used book store for most of my reading.

In the kid’s section I found a Magic Tree House Research Guide Mummies and Pyramids.
I thought the girls would enjoy this since we just finished reading aloud The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. My youngest snatched it right up when I returned home yesterday.

For my preschool class I discovered DK Eyewitness Explorers Seashore and Commotion in the Ocean. The Eyewitness book has lots of nice clear photos to share with the class while the Commotion book is filled with cute poems about different types of sea life. The Commotion book is more about fun than relaying too much information. Along with the books I already have, I think I have an abundance of books to share this week with my class.

For myself, I was very fortunate to find a book in the free book bin out front. It is a devotional, called Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman and editied by James Reimann. I read a devotional from our church each evening, so I am hoping to add this one in at the beginning of each day.

Have you had luck lately at your local used book store?

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