Tuesday, July 31, 2012

DIY Bug Spray

Alright ladies.  Do you hate getting treated like a buffet by mosquitoes?  Do you hate the smell of bug sprays?  This is for you if you answered yes to either question.
I am a mosquito magnet.  I have no idea why but they love me.  Needless to say when I want to hang out on the deck I have to douse myself in bug spray.  I hate the smell of bug spray.  Even the more expensive non offensive smells.  This then leads me to needing a shower before bed even if I've already showered.  I don't want the bug spray in my bed.
I've tried a couple other methods including rubbing dryer sheets on your skin.  I had mixed results with that method.  Of course, it did smell better.  I'm always open to new options.  Which leads to this discovery....

Earlier this summer we were at a friends house when a friend of a friend passed around her "bug spray".  I doused myself as per usual.  Then I asked her what it was.
She replied, Listerine.
What?  Listerine?  As in mouthwash?
She said yes.  She's been using it for years with her son who is 3 or 4 years old.  She said he's never had a bite.  I didn't get bit that night either.

I hit up Target for my supplies.
Target's Listerine  $2.99
used $.75 coupon from Target.com
Spray bottle $1.22

Pour the Listerine straight into your spray bottle.  For about $3.50 I have at least 5 bottles of bug spray.  I will keep you updated with the effectiveness of the spray.  Let me know if this works for you.  I figure it's a win win either way.  It worked for me once and if it doesn't I have mouthwash.
Here's to evenings outside without the smelly bug spray!  Cheers!

Thanks to Jen T for the great idea.

UPDATE:  I used this again the other night and it kept the bugs away but it was sticky so I watered it down by about 50%.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Target trip 7/30 Venus razor deal

Not a bad trip today to Target.

Deal on Venus  Olay Razors....
When you buy 2 at $8.99 each you get a $5 gift card.
There is a $4 coupon from last month's P&G.
Which makes the $9 razors $2.50 each.
This gets even better with the Target coupon that was in this week's paper.
You get a free Satin Care shave gel normally $2.09 wyb a Venus razor.
I used 2 $4 coupons and
2 Target free shave gel.
Paid $9.98 for 2 razors and 2 shave gels.
Got $5 gift card for future use.
This deal will only work until tomorrow.  The $4 coupons expire 7-31

Papermate pens were free.
Pens $.94
Target printable coupon $1/1
= Free.

Hand soap $.89
Target printable $.50/1 Up and Up soap
= $.39

Mouthwash $2.99
Target printable coupon $.75
= $2.24

Spray bottle... no coupon.  Just needed one.  $1.22

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Missouri Mile Kickstarter

My fav mmpic on balcony.medium

The sister duo of Sheena and Sheila from good old Missouri are doing a kickstarting project. What it basically means is that they are raising funds for their next project.  You will not be charged unless they raise the $8000 needed for their project.  You can contribute $15 to get a copy of their next project.  For $50 you will get their next album signed.
Missouri Mile Kickstart Project ends Sept 14th.
To my non country friends and family, give them a try.  They are on Itunes and Spotify.
Let's help them fund their next project.  I know I'd like to hear more from them!
Here's a link to their It's Too Late Now video.

Yankee Candle $10 off $25

Print Coupon

Go HERE to print your $10 off coupon.  Expires August 5th.

Gain Dryer Sheets $.97

Walmart has Gain Dryer sheets for $1.97

Use $1/1 Gain Detergent, Gain Fabric Softener or Cheer Product (7/22 SS) or
Use $2/2 Gain Detergent, Gain Fabric Enhancer or Cheer Product (7/22 SS)
 = $0.97

Free Papermate Pens at Target

PaperMate writing instrument
Target is coming out with some back to school coupons.  Keep an eye out.  Right now there is a $1/1 Papermate writing instrument coupon which will make for some free pens.  Just look for the $1 pens!
Go HERE to print your coupon.

Should have 4 inserts this weekend

Get your scissors ready ladies...and gentlemen...  We should have 4 inserts this weekend.  Don't forget to pick up your papers!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

We should have 3 inserts this week

Here's a preview of the Pepsico insert.  7-22

PepsiCo Moments to Save Insert
Ball Park Save $.75/2 franks (8/11)
Crush Save $1/2 2-liter bottles dnd (8/11)
Doritos Save $1/2 tortilla chips 12oz+ (8/11)
Frito-Lay Save $.75/4 snacks bags 2.15-4oz (8/11)
Hasbro Free card game up to Save $6.99 when you buy an game Save $14.99 or more (8/20)
Lay’s Save $1/2 Kettle Cooked chips 8.5oz+ (8/11)
Lipton/Pure Leaf Save $1/2 Lipton Iced Tea 12pks 16.9oz PET bottles or Pure Leaf 6pks 18.5oz PET bottles (8/11)
Nerf Save $3/1 N-Strike Maverick Rev-6 Blaster or N Sports Weather Blitz Football (8/20)
O.N.E. Save $1/1 coconut water original flavor 1-liter bottle (8/11)
Pepsi Save $.55/1 NEXT 2-liter bottle dnd (8/11)
Pepsi Save $2/2 18, 20, 24 or 30 pack 12oz cans (8/11)
Pepsi B4G1 free 1.5 liter bottle (8/11)
Quaker Save $.75/2 Chewy granola bars or yogurt granola bars 5ct+ dnd (8/11)
Ruffles Save $1/2 potato chips 10oz+ and/or dips 14oz+ (8/11)
Sabra Save $.55/1 Hummus or other refrigerated Sabra dip (8/11)
Starbucks Save $2/2 Frappuccino chilled coffee drink and/or Doubleshot espresso drink 4 packs (8/11)
Sunchips Save $1/2 bags 7oz+ (8/11)
Tostitos Save $1/both tortilla chips 11oz+ AND salsa 14oz+ (8/11)

Go HERE to sign up for Sunday Coupon previews.  It'll give you an idea of what to expect in that week's paper.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Free Kid's Haircuts at JC Penney Salons in August

Call your local JC Penney Salon to schedule an appointment.  It is by appointment only.
Available for kids in K-6th Grade.

Local stores around me...
Dardenne Town Sq
7939 Hwy N
Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368
phone: (636) 561-6135

Mid Rivers Mall
4 Mid Rivers Mall
St Peters, MO 63376
phone: (636) 970-2115

I'd call now if you want this GREAT freebie!!!

Target: Black Friday in July?!

Target is having a bonus Black Friday in July.  This Friday July 20th. 
There are also week long deals.
Go here to find out more Target Bonus Black Friday.  

Monday, July 16, 2012

Parade Magazine has coupon in this Sunday's Paper

In case you missed it.  There is a B1G1 free coupon for chicken bites meal at KFC in yesterday's paper.  

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Preorder Disney's Brave 5 disc BluRay $26.99

Brave (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)

Amazon has Disney's Brave (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) (2012) on presale for $34.99.  Clip the $8 coupon to make this a deal at $26.99.  My favorite part about preordering on Amazon is if the price drops before your item ships you get the best price.  That's right, they adjust your price down.  I loved this movie and can't wait to watch it again!  This will make a great Christmas present.  I assume it should be out around then anyway.
Go HERE to pre order.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Free Starbucks Refreshers/ Participating Stores TODAY

July 13, Noon to 3 p.m.

Enjoy a free Tall (12 fl. oz.) handcrafted Starbucks Refreshers™ beverage at participating stores. No purchase necessary. Limit 1 per person.
Go HERE for more information.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Community Helpings Coop Open for orders

Go HERE to place your orders for this week's Community Helpings Coop.  Ordering is open until 8pm tomorrow.

Yankee Candle $10 off $25 purchase

Go HERE to print a coupon for $10 off $25 at Yankee Candle.   That is if you didn't already stock up during their semi-annual sale OR in my case if your husband and son really want this 2x4 candle that wasn't included in the sale.  Look what I have created!! Monsters!

HOT $1/1 Cottonelle Coupon!

cottonelle $1/1 Cottonelle Printable Coupon

Go HERE to print a $1/1 Cottonelle Bath Tissue
This would make it $3 for 12 rolls right now at Walgreens.
Use $1/1 printable coupon AND $1/1 Walgreens Coupon from the July Coupon book (found at front of the store with the weekly ads.)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Free Schick Hydro Razor! OUT!

Go HERE to request yours.. RUN... They will go fast!

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Brittany over at The Trucker Wife is doing another give away.  In honor of her 24th birthday she is giving away 2 $24 Amazon gift cards.
Go HERE to enter to win one.  Good Luck and Happy Birthday to Brittany!

Schnucks Trip 7-5

I think I had a pretty good week at Schnucks.  My rule of thumb is to try to save at least 50% at the grocery store.  It's a little harder to do on groceries than on Health and Beauty items.  There just aren't as many coupons for food.  Which is why I dislike the Extreme Coupon Show.  It gives people false goals and expectations to try to attain.  Start small and work your way up.  Once you score some of your first deals you will get better at it and be able to go for more.  
I do not buy 20 of anything.  A normally family will never use all of that.  Aim for what your family will use.  The only things here that I bought more than 3 of are the yogurts.  I bought 12.  

This week I spent $48.94 and saved $56.65.  
I had NO coupons for any fresh fruit or veggies.  
Some highlights and my favorites:
Weber seasoning $1.  pd .25  *kickin chicken* LOVE!
Dial hand soaps $1.  pd .30    *way better price than $3 BBW soaps*
Land o Lakes butter spread $1. pd .20
Chex Mix
and Gardettos $1 each  pd .70
Yoplait pd .37
General Mills Cereals select varieties.. 4/$10
buy 4 save an instant $4.   Makes them 4/$6 and I had coupons to also use.
Hellava Dips 2/$4.  Used .75 coupons.
Schnucks whole cut up chicken $.99lb.  Used their Wednesday WOW coupon for an additional $1 off.  
Paid $3.71 for the chicken which we can use for 2 meals.  Usually grill it the first time then use leftovers for quesadillas or fajitas etc.

^all of my coupons came from the Sunday paper with the exception of the Wednesday WOW coupon.  Schnucks posts coupons on their Facebook page every Wednesday.  

Beauty Brands Annual Liter Sale

Beauty Brands Annual Liter Sale

Select shampoos and conditioners are on sale for $12.98
I'm way to cheap  oops.. I mean Frugal.. Yes that's it!  I'm too frugal to normally splurge on expensive shampoo.  This one caught my eye when I stopped in to BB.  No sulfates.  Normally sells for $49.98!  
So even though it is still a splurge for me, I saved $37.  
We shall see how this $50 shampoo works.  I mean really?!  Who pays $50 for shampoo? 
Not I! 

Walgreen's Trip 7-5

2 Cottonelle 12 pk toilet paper
2 Cottonelle wipes
3 Ivory soaps
Total out of pocket: $9.71
Total savings:  $13.70  (this includes store reductions and coupons)
$1/1 Cottonelle toilet paper coupon from July Walgreen's coupon book.  Deducts $2
and 3 $1/1 Ivory Soap 7/1 P&G

I made a penny on each of the soaps since they didn't have to adjust them down to $.99.  I use the Ivory to make my homemade laundry soap.  

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Bob Marley: Legend Album $2.99


Go HERE to get this album today only for $2.99.

HOT! Amazon Summer Jams downloads $.25.

Essential Summer Jams

 Go HERE  to shop the Summer Jams $.25 song sale at Amazon.
Looks like some more good songs for a quarter each.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Mail time

 Sorry for the bad pics.  Don't know what's up with that but I've been scoring big with mail box freebies this week.  I got my Target bag full of goodies.  Other hair care freebies and one of my favorite freebies... Coffee!  Coupons for Bounty and today I got $2 coupons for Gain Fireworks fabric scents.
More freebies than bills this week.  That's always good!

Recent hit MP3 Albums just $.99?!!

$0.99 Each: Recent Hit MP3 Albums

Amazon's Gold Box Deal today is recent hit albums for just $.99.  Go HERE for all the details and to see which albums are included.  I may pick up Katy Perry =)
Oh.. and Florence and the Machine!
Best yet.. I still have some credits which makes them FREE!