Here is a great tip for those that love chocolate! Look for two pack boxes of Starbucks chocolates at Target for .90. use the $1/1 tearpad coupon that can be found at Kroger stores or the $1/1 blinkie that can be found at Walgreens for free plus overage chocolate! Thanks to Lizzy’s Language for this great tip!
My good friend Annette was in town this week and I decided to enjoy a day of shopping outside of the grocery store! I am usually not tempted to hit the malls but since there were so many great deals I decided to hit a few stores up. We had a GREAT day and I spent a whopping $10.64! That included the following:
Eyebow Wax: I have been avoiding spending the $15 plus tip for this service for ages now. I am on the email list for a fancy salon and recently received a message that they were debuting a new brow bar and the first 25 customers in on Friday would receive a free brow wax. Since it is a swanky part of town and a fancy place, I figured few people would show up to take advantage and I was correct! They opened at 10am and after waiting about 7 minutes I got right in. Cost was $5 for tip. (I wrote about finding deals beyond the grocery stores here if you want more ideas!)
NY&Co. The great coupon came out yesterday for $15 off a $15 purchase which I told you about here and I knew I would be able to get a great deal. Even if I don’t need anything I still take advantage of these opportunities to look for gifts for friends and family. Although we are on a budget, I have found all sorts of ways to be generous in gift giving.
For the first trip, I purchased a wallet on clearance for $2.99 and two shirts priced at 2/$20. The total was $8.64 after coupon and as one shirt was for Annette- I only paid $5.64. I also got a free charm bracelet, which was part of the promotion. My friend found two pairs of earrings priced at $10.95 and $6.95- the store offers a 50% off one item wyb 2 and after coupon the total was 0!! She wound up with one pair and I selected the second.
We also stopped in at Victoria’s Secret and picked up the free lotion I told you about here (which smells delicious).
The service was so friendly at NY&Co and I was amazed at the generous promotion they offered. If I need to purchase clothing in the future, I will definitely be back. So my breakdown for the day was $10.64- including a professional brow arch, earrings, a bracelet, small lotion, shirt and wallet.
Note: I preplanned for a few indulgences while our friends were in town. I have completed 3 Mystery Shops- which I told you about here– and have already been paid $27. So I was able to spend a little extra without detracting from our savings goals.
I’d love to hear about your favorite indulgences and how you fit them into the budget!
I want to thank everyone for their patience with me the past few days. We have had two very good friends in town with their 3 children and it has been a little crazy! I haven’t been posting as much as I’d like but I promise to get back on track tommorrow. I will have some of the store deals up this evening and tommorrow. I am also playing with Facebook as this blog has forced me to participate in the new millenium and I have some great posts coming- including how I stayed on my $35 budget with 8 people in the house!
We are on our way to San Francisico this morning so we’ll see how a frugal girl does in a very expensive city! You better bet I will be splurging at Ghiradelli!
The Kmart Super Doubles came to my area once and it was a lot of fun to actually have double coupons! We have been excluded ever since- but I hope you have more luck! According to Mercedes, the next round of Super Doubles is scheduled for 4/19-4/25. If you live in Wisconsin the list of participating stores can be found here. In other parts of the country, we will get the list up ASAP. I have already emailed to ask for the list for California.
If your store isn’t on the list, I would recommend calling them directly to double check. I have heard of many stores offering to honor the promotion even though they are not technicially participating.
$2/1 here V8 Goji Raspberry or Passionfruit Tangerine Juice
Not only does this sound yummy but these can often be found on sale for $2-2.50 (Thanks Cherry Picker!)
$1/1 Extra Raisin Bran here (Thanks Cherry Picker!) Not only do $1/1 coupons often result in seriously cheap cereal but this one has a Try Me Free Rebate as well here. If you find the cereal- look for boxes that say Try Me Free- you can use this coupon and still submit for a full rebate.
A reminder about the $2/1 Aveeno coupon here – you can use this for deals at Safeway, Target and apparently one coming soon at CVS.
Click on my toolbar to print a new $1.50/1 Huggies Natural Fit Diapers coupon.