Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Rite-Aid So Far This Week

We got home Sunday evening and what do I do?
Clean the house?
No.....I went up to Rite-Aid! lolz

My mission this week is to do some deals on my last Wellness card while the triple points are still being doled out.

Here is Sunday's booty.....

1 x Dove Body Wash on sale=$5.50
2 x Tresemme 'Poo on sale=$8.00
2 x Dove Advanced Deodorant on sale=$10.00
1 x Clear men's 'Poo on sale=$5.00
1 x  Dove 'Poo on sale=$3.00

Coupons Used
1 x $2/1 Dove Body Wash or Bar Soap Video ValuesQ=$2.00
1 x $5/2 Tresemme ManuQ(Sunday inserts)=$5.00
2 x $1.50/1 Dove Advanced Deodorant ManuQ(Sunday inserts)=$3.00
2 x $2/1 Dove Advanced Deo Video ValueQ=$4.00
1 x $1.50/1 Clear 'Poo ManuQ(sunday inserts)=$1.50
1 x $1/1 Clear 'Poo In-Ad Q(sales flyer)=$1.00
1 x Buy Dove Body Wash/Get 'Poo Free ManuQ(Sunday inserts)=$3.00
Coupon Total.......$19.50

I paid with $12 in +Up Rewards and spent Zero OOP.

I received $10 in new +Up Rewards(2 x $5 wyb $15 Dove).
So all this "cost" me $2 in +Up Rewards.

Then I went back up on Monday for this stuff and the Saga of my Love/Hate Relationship with Load2Card Coupons kicked into gear......

6 x Renuzit Air Fresheners on sale 3/$3=$6.00
2 x Dove Men's Body Wash on sale=$7.00
2 x Suave Body Wash on sale=$3.00
2 x Suave Pro 'Poo on sale=$6.00
1 x OxiClean dishwasher soap on sale=$3.99
1 x Reach toothbrush on sale=$2.99

Coupons Used *What was suppose to happen*
1 x B3G3Free Renuzit(Sunday inserts)=$3.00
1 x $2/1 Dove Men's Body Wash ManuQ=$2.00
1 x $2/1 Dove Men's Body Wash Load2CardQ=$2.00
1 x Buy2 Suave Pro/Get Free Suave Body Wash ManuQ=$1.50
1 x .25¢/1 Suave Body Wash Load2CardQ=.25¢
2 x $1.50/1 Suave Pro Poo ManuQ=$3.00
1 x $1/1 Oxi Clean dishwasher soap Load2Card Q=$1.00
1 x .75¢/1 Reach single toothbrush Load2Card Q=$.75¢
Coupon Total......$13.50


Coupons Used *What REALLY happened*
1 x B3G3Free Renuzit(Sunday inserts)=$3.00
2 x $2/1 Dove Men's Body Wash ManuQ=$4.00
2 x $1/1 Suave Load2Card Q=$2.00
1 x Buy2 Suave Pro/Get Free Suave Body Wash ManuQ=$1.50
2 x $1.50/1 Suave Pro Poo ManuQ=$3.00
1 x $1/1 Oxi Clean dishwasher soap Load2Card Q=$1.00
1 x .75¢/1 Reach single toothbrush Load2Card Q=$.75¢
Coupon Total......$15.25


*  The $2/1 Dove Men's body wash L2C didn't come off, so I had to use both of my $2/1 ManuQs.
**  The .25¢/1 Suave L2C didn't come off, but 2 $1/1 Suave L2C did!  They attached to the Suave Pro 'Poo items so when the cashier tried to put through the ManuQs I had for those items($1.50/1 each) the register wouldn't take them.  Usually if you have both a Manu paper Q & a L2C, once the paper Q scans in the L2C Q comes back off your transaction.  But this time they didn't come off nor would they let the cashier ring in the paper Qs I wanted to use instead(because the value was higher).
The cashier couldn't figure out how to manually delete the L2CQs so she just rang in the other paper Qs a different way(as a generic merchandise taxable coupon).  So this gave me an extra $2 off in coupons.
I am not complaining except to say it's difficult to work up a scenario when you never know if a L2C Q will come off or not.
***  Both the Reach and the Oxi Clean L2C Qs worked properly.  Finally, something that worked correctly! lolz

So I used $13 in +Up Reward and spent .73¢ OOP in cash.

I received back $12 in new +Up Rewards(2 x $1 Renuzit wyb 3, $2 Renuzit(monthly deal wyb 5),$2 Dove Mens, $2 wyspent $6 on Suave, $2 OxiClean, $2 Reach) and I walked out of the store with $50.46 worth of stuff.

I will be going up again today and figure out something to buy and not spend much money on, so I can eek out a few more Triple Points on this card, as it's the last day for the bonus points at Rite-Aid.

Come back later to see what I found to buy.



And the Winner of the Giveaway is.....

There were 52 valid entries for the Giveaway.
I assigned a number to each name and then used Random dotorg to generate a number and the person assigned to that number won.

And the winner is......

anne marie!

Random dotorg picked #1 and the first person to enter the contest was anne marie.

Congratulations anne marie and as soon as you email me your mailing address this Boring Box will be winging it's way to you.

A big THANK YOU to all my readers who entered and please keep coming back to see what boring things I have to write about.
I LOVE your comments!  I am real bad about responding to comments most days but I do read every single one and cherish them. 8-)

Y'all really do want to keep reading because another Giveaway will be starting soon, maybe later this week if I can get my proverbial shit together.  ;-)

Gotta go write something worthwhile for y'all to read now so see ya on the blogs,


Monday, September 29, 2014

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Saturday was a Pot Luck Lunch" Edition---

Here's my plate of food from the Family Reunion.  Yummy homemade goodies like pasta salad, baked beans, Quinoa Salad, Corn Casserole, Mac and Cheese, Green Beans, a Deviled Egg, which was hiding behind the Fried Chicken, and a bottle of water.  I also have a couple of bites of the Baby Back Ribs my brother made.
Tiny helpings(except for that piece of chicken! lol)and some I didn't finish it all.

Onward to the meal planning!

What was planned last week--
1.  Teriyaki Salmon, Coleslaw, Spinach Souffle
2.  Leftover Stuffed Peppers
3.  Zucchini and Chicken over Rice
4.  Lasagna, Spinach Salad
5.  Pizza, Tossed Salad
6.  Eating Out
7.  Eating Out
And this is what actually happened--
1.  Teriyaki Salmon, Coleslaw, Spinach Souffle
2.  Leftover Stuffed Peppers
3.  Zucchini and Chicken over Rice
4.  Lasagna, Spinach Salad
5.  Leftovers
6.  Eating Out
7.  Eating Out
The plan was kept too pretty much, except I didn't buy the pizzas(had the lasagna that night instead) and we ate leftovers one more night during the week.
Last week I made 1 trip to Weis Markets and spent $64.93 and 1 trip to Rite-Aid where I spent .94¢.  I left $ for the brother in-law to pick up a few things while they were here(and we were gone to the reunion)and he spent $20 of it(on what I have no clue since he didn't save the receipt).
This adds up to $85.87 in food spending for last week.
I am up to $298.19 for September food spending and once you add in the $5.90 I have spent at Rite-Aid in September, I am at $304.09 total spending for the month.
I don't plan on grocery shopping again until after October 1st but I do have another trip to Rite-Aid to undertake so my Sept. total will go up a teeny, tiny bit.  ;-)

 Going into this week, in leftovers we have.........some taco filling and fixings, stuffed peppers, lemon pepper chicken with zuke and lasagna.  Evidently the BIL didn't eat anything I left here for them and explains that $20 they spent. lol

Here is the plan for this week.........

1.  Leftovers
2.  Fish fry, leftover coleslaw, veggie of some kind from the freezer
3.  Leftovers
4.  Leftovers
5.  Pork Chops, Red Cabbage w/Apples
6.  Chili over Rice or with Burritos
7.  Subway sandwiches

Food Waste--nothing.

What I need to buy this week......I haven't checked the sale ads this week so I don't know what I'll get later this week(sometime after Tuesday).I have everything I need here for the 3 new meals on the plan, except some apples.  So apples, salad greens(for lunches) and milk are on my list so far.
What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?
Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten that week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?
How much did you spend on food so far in September?


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Last Day to Enter the Giveaway.....Ends Sunday Night

Last Chance to enter to win Sluggy's Boring Blog Box Giveaway.
Entries close Sunday evening.



Friday, September 26, 2014

There are No Words for This

Seen today at lunch outside of Harrisonburg, VA.

Really, there are no words.......I am speechless.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Something in the Air

This post title refers to the big news here for this week.

Once we got the minivan hauled off(and taken off the insurance thankyouverymuch!)it was time to take care of another long delayed project.

Having the driveway repaved.

Hubs called a couple of companies Monday morning before a dental appointment and around 11am a guy shows up at the front door.
It's the owner of one of the companies he called.  They happened to be working nearby so he came over to give us a quote.

I called Hubs with the quote and he said ok, let's do this!

About an hour later, noonish, the guy is back with workers to prep the driveway....

And then by 4pm they had finished with the job.....

And now we have a nice new driveway with no holes, cracks or potholes.
Of course the bank account took a hit for this.

Usually I pull extraordinary expenses like this from my previous year's Savings Challenge funds.
But luckily for us I didn't need to do that since we still have a big chunk of Hub's Bonus this year leftover.
Yes, it was a nice fat bonus this year.  8-)))

So the Savings Challenge for 2013 funds stay intact(and I am hoping they end the year that way so I can put them into permanent savings status).

I still can't walk into the garage without the lovely scent of asphalt in the air in there.  It should  dissipate after a few more days.

I sold some more fabric last week/this week which has lifted my mood.
I still need to straighten up the house a bit before the brother in-law arrives to stay for the weekend.
I got brownies made to take to the family reunion.

I've been trying to write up some genealogy information for my mother's cousins, who we will see this weekend.
Of course every time I go to do this, I get sidetracked.
Today it was an email from a woman who's ancestor I put a memorial and headstone photo of on F.A.G.
She wanted to know if I am related and what information I have to share with her.
I feel bad every time someone makes an inquiry like this because I usually have nothing else to share beyond what I put up on the F.A.G. memorial.
I was able to help this person today.  I found her ancestors immigration information....the ancestor and his whole family came in 1854 as a unit from Germany.  This confirmed information she had and gave her names/birthdates for all the family members(which she didn't have)and gives her a town name in Germany to inquire to about birth records and may get her past this previous brick wall.  I just hope she speaks/writes/reads German now. lolz
I feel good knowing the little bit I did helped somewhat.

I was able to track down a few ancestors to hang onto my family trees this week too.  I found some "died young" ancestors, who were never in census records because of this, buried with their parents on F.A.G.  I also found an allied family to my mother's Fosters, McKay, which I didn't know about before.

I did a bit of research on my father's side and found another branch, the Schwartzes.  My 2 x Great Aunt Adeline Bowman married a Schwartz and I found a Schwartz cousin(well not a cousin but the nephew of the husband of my 2x great aunt) on F.A.G.  He seems a nice guy but we really don't have much ancestral information the other needs.  He is in contact with the granddaughters of Adeline(another branch of his Schwartz tree)and they live in the area of New York state where my great grands lived later in life(which was when these granddaughters were growing up there)so I am hopeful he can find some kind of information on my Bowmans through them.  They had to have known at least my great great grands!

Ok, I am off.  I still have to pack, pick up rxs, feed the dog and prepare mentally for company tonight.