Weekend With My Mom

My mom came to Nashville this past weekend to see me and we had a lot of fun! She got here around lunchtime on Friday.  I had to work until around 6pm and then we went to Cheesecake Factory for National Cheesecake Day.  They were offering all their cheesecake at half price!

I got the Reese Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake.  It was soooo good!!

We had heard a rumor floating around on all the coupon blogs that Target was having some major clearance going on in their toy department.  So after supper we went to check it out.  We were so glad we did!

They had so much stuff marked up to 75% off! I bought all of this here (worth $224.34) for only $61.04! Some of it I’m saving for Christmas (I have 7 nieces and nephews!) and some I’m keeping for my childcare business.  It’s great to just pull out a new toy every once in a while. It makes the girls’ day less mundane, I think.

After Target it was getting late, so we decided to go home.  On our way we stopped at McDonalds for a $1 large drink.  We were pleasantly surprised that there was a coupon on our cups for a free smoothie!

We made plans the next morning to go to the other Target (I have two that are close to me!) to see if we could score any more toy deals.  They opened at 8 am and we were there shortly after.  They had a few things that the other Target didn’t have.

Retail cost for these toys would’ve been $47.36; I spent $14.16!

After that we went back to the other Target (haha!) for our regular coupon deals, Old Navy for their “secret” $2 cami sale, and to Ross and Marshalls where we didn’t find a thing!

We stopped back by my apartment to pick up Lance and go to lunch.  I had 3 coupons for free sandwiches at Jersey Mikes, so all we had to pay for was our chips and drinks!

That afternoon we went to Sweet CeCe’s for dessert.  It’s this awesome place where you get an empty cup, fill it with whatever frozen yogurt flavor you want, and then put the toppings of your choice on top.  They have the best frozen yogurt and every topping you could think of! Sooooo yummy!

After that we were wore out from all the heat and errand running, so we went back to my place for a nap.  It was Saturday, after all! We woke up in time for supper.  I had a $25 Restaurant.com to Tee’s Fireside Cafe, so our supper was a great deal too!

After supper we went to Toys R Us and Michaels and then came home.

Sunday was church and then Cracker Barrel for lunch! Then we went to McKays to exchange some books. By that time it was around 3p and my mom had a 4 hour drive ahead of her so she had to leave.

It was a great weekend, though! I loved that we got to go out to eat and do so much shopping at a fraction of the cost!

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Clearance Sales=My Favorite!!

With six neices and nephews (and another on the way!), I can’t afford to buy all my Christmas gifts in November and December!  I prefer to start Christmas shopping in January! This January I found matching pajamas for all the kids at Children’s Place for like $4 each.  I just bought them a size up and put them in my tote labeled “Gifts”.  As I’ve found good deals, I’ve just added a toy and a book for each one!

I’ve also bought most of our gifts for Lance’s family throughout the year.  Clearance shopping is a great way to save money! Why buy something at full price in December, that you can get in January for 75% off? I just have to buy one more thing and then all of my Christmas shopping is done for this year!

I also buy all of our clothes this way.  All the fall stuff is starting to go on clearance right now and soon the winter stuff will follow.  I buy things for next year that need replacing in our wardrobe, so that the next time that season rolls around, we’ll be all set!

Here are some great clearance deals right now:

Satin Zebra Print Sheet Set – $14.98 – $19.98 at Target.com

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I want these so bad! They would match the quilt I’m making perfectly! Merry Christmas to me, anyone??

Toddler Vest Candy Corn Costume – $3.24 at Target.com

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Women’s Cowl-Neck Top – $4.99 at Oldnavy.com

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Men’s Sueded Crew Neck Tee – $8.00 at Oldnavy.com

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Cabbage Patch Kids Sleepover Party Playset – $5.98 at Toyrus.com

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LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table – $19.00 at Walmart.com

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Pumpkin Bath Sponge – $3.50 at Bathandbodyworks.com

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With clearance deals and planning, you can make a little money go a long way!

Free Pink Saute Pan!!

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I’m way excited about this deal I found out about this morning. 

Now, through October 14th if you purchase $30 of Tide, Dreft, Always, Bounty, Charmin, Duracell at Toys R’ Us you will receive a $10 gift card!  Not only that, you can send in a Mail in Rebate to Good Cooks Hope Line and get a PINK cooking set (a $40 value) for free! This cooking set includes a 10 inch covered saute pan, set of 4 plastic measuring cups, ribbon timer, and a high temerature chef spatula.  And it’s all PINK!!

You can find the details here.  Just a tip for printing out the rebate: I had to print mine at 50% so none of the wording would get cut off.

I plan on buying some toilet paper and laundry detergent and match them with coupons from all my P&G inserts to make this an even better deal! Then I plan on using the $10 gift card to get a Christmas present!

Kitchen Sink

Internet at the our apartment is not going to happen for a while.  It’s inconvenient, but it’s what has to be.  So, I get access to it at least once a week, and hopefully twice.  Because of this, my blog posts have to encompass a lot! So here’s everything and the kitchen sink:

Tomorrow you can get a free Thomas Wooden Train at Toys ‘R’ Us with this coupon.

Go here for your free sample of Dove hair care.

Free 14-day supply of Vitamins from Nature Made

Go here for a free sample of Kellogg’s All-Bran Pink Lemonade Drink Fiber Drink Mix

Here’s a coupon for a $1.99 small smoothie from Smoothie King if you go before 10am.  I LOVE their smoothies, but they’re so expensive, so this is a great coupon!

Free Arby’s Roastburger with the purchase of a Pepsi here.

Store Deals

(All deals aren’t neccessarily what I’m buying, but just some things I thought looked good.)

Walgreens:

Schick Quattro Razor ($8.99) – $4 S.S. 3/22 – $4 March ESC coupon = $0.99

Right Guard Professional Strength Deoderant ($5.99) – $5 March ESC Rebate = $0.99 after Rebate

Huggies Wipes ($2.50) If you still have one of the $5 Huggies coupons from Coupons.com this would be a great opportunity for a Moneymaker.  The store won’t give you cash back but if you have a “filler” item to cover it, they will apply the difference to your other items.

Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair (2/$7) – (2) $2 printables (just hit the back button once its printed once) – $2 March ESC Rebate (wyb 2) = $0.99 for two

Stride or Trident Gum ($0.79) – $0.75 S.S. 3/8 = $0.04

– A note about Walgreen’s Rebates:  Don’t be intimidated by the fact that an item has a rebate.  Walgreen’s has a great rebate program! All you have to do is enter in your receipt numbers online, submit it at the end of the month and they will mail it to you.  You also have the option of them mailing it to you on a Walgreens Gift Card and they will give you 10% more back.  Then after you have the Gift Card you just enter the number on the website and they will reload it!

CVS:

Crest Pro Health Enamel Care ($3.49) get $3.49 in ECB – $0.75 P&G 3/1 = $0.75 Moneymaker after ECB

Publix (March 18/19 – 24/25):

B1G1 Free Yoplait Yogurt 4pk 4oz Cup ($2.50) use (2) $1.50 printables (Interent Explorer) or (FireFox) = $0.50 Moneymaker

B1G1 Free Kashi All Natural Entree – I have a coupon that a got in the mail for a free entree and because they are B1G1, I will get two free!

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We have had a few problems in our new apartment’s kitchen.  The fridge went bad and they replaced the thermostat in it, one of the track lights (UGLY!) didn’t work and that’s been fixed, the dishwasher was not draining and is now fixed, and then today the guy came to fix my leaky kitchen sink.  I always like Lance to be there when this stuff happens, but he was at work, and I had no idea the guy was coming!  Jaci was taking a nap and so after I put a load of laundry in the washer and folded another, I had decided to doze for a moment.  I awoke suddenly to banging on the front door and a key turning.  After I dazily realized who it was, I let the maintenance guy in.  He talked to himself the whole time! And I mean, not like quiet muttering which I consider to be thinking out loud, he was having a full-on conversation! When Lance is here, he just talks about guy stuff to him, but I didn’t know how to respond.  I just sat on my couch and pretended to be engrossed in a book.  I was glad when he left.

If you find any good deals throughout the week, please post them in a comment so that we can all enjoy! Happy shopping!