COUPONING ADVENTURE: 01.13 – 01.19.2013

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I initially planned and calculated to do the spend $30 get $10 cash back deal this week but the out of pocket expense was too high, $19 after ecb and coupons. So I decided to do a different deal but my friend and I encountered a snag and a surprise.

Transaction 1:

purchased:
3 Hallmark cards @$1.99 each $5.97
2 Aveeno lotion @4.99 each $9.98
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total: $15.95

coupons used:
$2/3 Hallmark Facebook
$3/2 Aveeno
a raincheck for Aveeno – buy 2 get $6 ecb and sale price $4.99 each
$6 ecb from last week
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total: $11.00

total oop: $4.95 + tax
ecb received: $1 green bag tag, $3 from hallmark, $6 from buy 2 lotion, and $6 Aveeno raincheck

I didn’t know that buying 2 lotions this week will trigger a $6 ecb so that was a surprise. Apparently, it’s a monthly deal according to iheartcvs.com. My friend forgot to use her Hallmark coupon so we went back in to get it fixed and I decided to do the deal I initially planned, spend $30 get $10 cash card deal.

Transaction 2:

purchased:
1 Tide $5.49
2 Luvs diapers @7.99 each $15.98
1 Dawn dish detergent $0.99
1 Scott toilet paper $7.49
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total: $29.95

coupons used:
$1.50 Tide
$1.50/2 Luvs
$2 CVS Scott internet printable
$1 Scott
$16 ecb from transaction 1
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total: $22.00

total oop: $7.95 + tax
ecb received: $10 CVS cash card

This was a great week for me, though I wish I had more Tide and Luvs coupons so that I can do another transaction. Moreover, my friend and I learned something new; you receive both ecb’s from a raincheck and the current week’s promotion. In my case, I had a raincheck for the Aveeno of buy 2 get $6 ecb from 2 weeks ago and a current promo of buy 2 lotions get $6 ecb. Both applied. Yay!

MOMMY HABITS

mommy habitsIf you are a mom your life is probably hectic especially if you have babies and/or toddlers. I thought I’d share this brilliant site – link! It is a list of mommy habits that can help you live just a little bit better. Here is a summary:

1.   Wake up early before your kids.
2.   Go to bed early.
3.   Prepare things for the next day in the evening.
4.   Have a meal plan.
5.   Do one complete load of laundry a day.
6.   Get dishes done at night.
7.   Take a 5 minute power bathroom clean up.
8.    Have a place for everything.
9.    Establish a bedtime routine.
10. Don’t say “yes” immediately to everything.

I am having difficulties with 1 and 2, currently working on 8, began 3, 5, 6, sort of ignoring 4 at the moment, 7 should be a 10-minute power clean-up and I’ve accomplished 9 and 10, I think.  The article suggests to begin with 3 habits because it can get overwhelming and I totally agree.  Laundry, power clean up and evening preparations are at the top of my list. Studies have shown that it takes 21 days for a habit to form so consistency is key to success.

In addition, I feel like being a mom challenges my time management skills – or lack thereof. So I created a daily schedule/routine and a daily to-do list. I use my daily schedule as a guide. It is not set in stone because a toddler doesn’t always comply when you tell her that nap time is at 1:00. Having a daily schedule helps me manage my time better and be more productive. It doesn’t take a lot to get distracted – facebook, instagram, browsing. I blame you technology but I still love you.

COUPONING ADVENTURE: 01.06 – 01.12.2013

TRIPI finally used my raincheck on Purex for $1.88 because there is a $1 coupon this week. This raincheck was from 2 years ago. The cashier was taken aback by the sale price because the regular price is $6.xx. To be honest,I became a bit nervous because I thought she’d give me a hard time. Luckily, my friend was with me who began a conversation and calmed her a bit. In the end, she was nice and very helpful.

CVS

purchased:
(2) purex with raincheck $1.88 each
(1) listerine ultra clean $3.99
(2) colgate toothpaste $2.99
(2) colgate 360 toothpaste $2.99
(1) garnier fructis deep treatment clearance $1.57
total: $21.28

coupons used:
(2) $1 purex  ss 1/6
(1) $2 listerine red box cvs
(2) $0.75 colgate toothpaste ss 1/6
(2) $0.75 colgate toothbrush ss 1/6
(1) $1 garnier styling product coupons.com
(1) $10 ecb from last week
total: $18

total oop: $ 3.58 + tax
received: $6 ecb from buying the colgate toothpastes and toothbrushes

I wanted to make several transactions at Walgreens for the hair ties but it was getting late. So I did just one:

WALGREENS

purchased:
(1) goody hair elastics $2.99
(1) dial lotion $3.36 clearance
total: $6.35

coupons used:
(1) $0.50 goody ss 1/6
(1) $1.50 dial lotion coupons.com
total: $2

total oop: $4.35 + tax
received: $2 register reward from buying the goody hair ties

I may have to return to Walgreens to get more lotion, hair ties and Purex which is on sale for $2.99 this week!  Hopefully I’ll have time. ^.~)) There was also free StayFree pads and glucose monitor but they ran out so I got a raincheck. Don’t forget to get yours.

HELLO 2013

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May your days be merry and bright during the holidays and the new year. We wish you health, time and prosperity.

A look back on the month of December:
Kids’ phrases: “I want to watch Thomas the train, Mom” – k. “Sunglasses are for superstars!” – K
Drink: fresh juices mainly orange, carrots, apples, spinach
Food: cambodian pho, kuthiew
Book: Real Estate Principles
Song: Sweet Memories by Olivia Ong
Movie: Rurouni Kenshin live action
TV Show: Korean drama Chongchemdong Alice
Makeup: Urban Decay naked palette, buck, naked and virgin
Clothing: Madewell the archive boots in English saddle, Gap black wool trench coat
Thoughts: Christmas with my extended family during my childhood years was full of laughter and joy. I am very grateful that hubby and I are able to give our kids wonderful christmas memories.
Emotions: I was a bit overwhelmed but  thanks to online shopping and a helpful husband I survived!

Goodbye 2012. Hello 2013.

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SO SIMPLE EVEN I CAN DO IT

skincare

I’m lazy, I have kids and I don’t have time. Those are my excuses, what are yours? But skincare is a must no matter the excuses. Since I am mainly lazy, I keep my routine as simple as possible.

I have dry, combination skin and have been striving to have an all-natural skincare routine – not everything in my routine is natural namely Aveeno and Biore. I’m really intrigued by this – link, and already considering trying it soon.

Step 1: Cleanse – Aveeno Clear Complexion Cleanser
A very gentle cleanser with salicylic acid which keeps breakouts at bay. I make sure to wash my face twice if I had makeup. Hubby and I have been using this for a year now. We love it.

Step 2: Exfoliate – Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub
I do this every other day to get rid of dead skin cells. I find the exfoliating grains just a tad bit harsh on my skin therefore I will not be repurchasing this product. I am going to replace it with Aveeno Daily Scrub and Cleanser eliminating a step to make my routine even more simple. ^.~))

Step 3: Serum – Sibu Hydrating Serum
I’ve recently decided to live on the edge and added a serum in my routine and coincidentally, sibu had a sale. I apply two pumps of this morning and night. Unfortunately, I believe that the alcohol in this irritates my skin.

Step 4: Moisturize – Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins
This product hydrates my skin more than any of the ones I’ve tried.

Step 4: Eye Cream – Origins Plantscription
I like this more than my previous eye cream because it is less sticky and absorbs quickly. It does a very good job of hydrating the under eye area.

Step 5: Lip Conditioner – The Honest Co. Lip Balm
This smells great and hydrates my lips. I have one in my purse, car, bathroom, desk…everywhere!

There you have it!

WALGREENS COUPONING ADVENTURE 12.03.2012

tI try to focus on just couponing at CVS because, believe me, it can get overwhelming. However, we needed cereal and toothpaste and Walgreens has awesome deals on those this week (12.02.2012 – 12.08.2012).  Take a guess on how much I spent on the items above.

Purchased:
3 Kellogg’s cereal $2.50 each
1 Colgate toothpaste $3

Coupons used:
3 $1.50 Kellogg’s manufacturer’s coupon found here –link!
3 $0.50 colgate coupon found on 12/2 ss

Total paid: $5.50 + tax
received: $2.50 in register rewards

Had I not shopped the sales and register rewards my total would have been $20.26! I may have to go back to roll my rr’s. In addition, Target has seasonal Rice Krispies on sale for $2.50 as well, so just $1 per box. I say time to stock up as I don’t really see cereal go that low too often.

HELLO DECEMBER

hello december

First things first – holy crap! It’s December!!??

…snacking on almonds and purple yam ice cream.
…creating christmas decorations, such as the one above.
…needing a hair intervention, still.
…thinking about christmas and presents.
…listening to The 7 Habits of Effective People and christmas songs.
…reading Real Estate Principles book, must finish.
…watching a Korean drama called Full House Take 2, Once Upon a Time.

I’m excited for the holiday season! I got the deer pattern here – link!