Friday, April 10, 2009

Bloggy makeover.

If you only read me through a reader, click through and see my new makeover. Tell me what you think if you have time. Did I change too much, or not enough? I feel like I could spend so many more hours working it over (don't even ask how many hours it took...) but maybe I just need some outside opinions.

Reading to dolls

Helping Kaia take a nap.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

All this last Tuesday?

Grandma and Grandpa wanted to watch Savannah while I shopped so I got to 6 stores! In just about 3 hours. Since I only shop off a list now, it's much faster. I'm starting to stock up on sales items, trying to take advantage of the sales cycles and tips I've found online.

Out of Pocket Spent: $25.92
Saved: 55%, $31.59
ECBs left: $19
Mail in rebate sent and waiting: $10
(After ECBs and rebate, earned $3.08 (plus all the loot!))

Victoria's Secret
Spent: $0
Saved: 100%, $15 plus lotion

Cub Foods
Spent: $4.30
Saved: 57%, $5.70
Plus free milk (up to $4.69) for next time! So came out pretty even.

I can't find the actually receipt for Target but I *think* this is accurate within a few cents.
Spent: $18.72
Saved: 66%, $36.84
Mom paying me back $5 for 1 razor (bought 2) and 4 soups (not pictured).

Paints were full price for Easter projects $4.64 :)
Spent: $7.58
Saved: 44%, $5.98

Walgreens (hints)
Spent: $14.48
Saved: 59%, $20.67
RRs left: $7.49
Easy Saver Rebate waiting: $5
On a side note, I was REALLY disappointed in myself when I got home and realized I forgot to check my receipt here. The checkout clerk forgot to scan two coupons and I should've separated my transaction (into 4 instead of 3) to get another $1RR. So I lost $2.20 savings here, another 2%. Hopefully next time I'll remember. :)

Rebates, Register Rewards, Milk, and ECBs remaining: $46.19
Mom paid me $5
Total cost this week (OOP - RR/ECBs/Rebates/Mom)= $19.49
60% savings out of pocket,
83% savings after everything!

Savings for 2009: $623.21
(starting from March 13th)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Sell your attention for $

This is a website where you get paid to look at advertising. For real!
They says they "are trying to convince consumers like us that we should be the ones controlling our own data and selling our own attention, not third parties like broadcasters, newspapers, and spammers."

It pays 5 cents to just look and it pays another 10-15 cents for clicking the link to learn more. It's even tailored to who you are and what you're interested in. As a result, I'm actually interested in most of the ads I see. I've only done it 3 days (not consecutively) and already earned $4.85. Not huge but nothing to sneeze at when DD's birthday is coming up. I think they pay every Friday, so I've been paid once so far. I'm looking forward to these ads, unlike the "unpaid" junk I see everyday. :)

Here's my referral URL if you're interested. Click this link to sign up. Just put my MeFile ID, rivkaselin, in the "Referral Code."

Shopping Adventures

I was pretty impressed with this Target run, especially since the vitamins were full price (cheaper than the coupon I had) at $8.04.
That means everything else ran me $3.04.
4 salads, 2 boxes baby safety swabs, 2 cans soup, 1 lotion, 1 wipes, 1 gummy vitamins
Total OOP: $11.08
Total saved: $10.50

Scrubbing Bubbles Action Scrubber $2.99
Used $2.75 off coupon
Total OOP: $0.44 (inc. tax)
Total saved: $5.25

Walgreens #1:
Chapstick @ 1.99
Edge Shaving Gel @ 2.99
Glade Candle @ 5.99
Used 2 coupons for Glade, WAGS $2, MFG $4= $6
Used RR $3 (from previous weeks)
Total OOP: $2.71
Total saved: $10
Plus $5 RR for next week

Walgreens #2:
2 Quaker Life cereals @ $2.50 each
2 Quaker Bars @ $2.50 each
Used $2 RR (Register Rewards) (from previous weeks)
Used 2 $1/2 Quaker coupons
Total OOP: $6.00
Total saved: $10
Plus $4 RR for next week.

TOTAL OOP last week: $20.23
TOTAL Saved last week: $35.75
Total RR and ECBs for rolling: $14.49

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Another long weekend...

More couponing and shopping and working for Jesse. Inventory (again... how does it seem so often, when it's only monthly?). blah. So hopefully, I'll have some interesting posts next week :)
I'm sure I'll be too busy to post until then. So here's to hold you over til then: