Wednesday, February 28, 2018

It's Always Something at Rite-Aid!

So it's Wellness Wednesday.....again!
And I had to go up to get an Rx refilled so I finished the second "Spend $10/Get $3 BC" Deal on my card......

2 x Nestle h2o case=$6.00
2 x Hershey Gold bars=$1.38

Coupons used
1 x $1/2 Nestle h2o IPQ=$1.00
2 x $1.50/1 Hershey Gold IPQ=$3.00
Coupon Total.....$4.00

1-a .50¢/2 Hershey L2CQ came off.
2-Bonus Cash jumped onto the transaction and kicked off my water Q and 1 of my Hershey Qs!

So the transaction became.....$7.38-$2.00=$5.38 and $5 in BC came off, leaving me owing .38¢ OOP.

I paid with a Rite-Aid gift card and then got back $2.50($1.50 and $1)in a "post Q" situation.
I also earned a new $3 BC for buying the h2o and candy bars(Spend $10/Get $3 Deal).

Rite-Aid emailed me a 25% coupon this morning so I paired that with Wellness Wednesday Qs and reg. manuQs and I found some items to buy that were cheap.......

2 x Fiber One lemon bars($3.29 25% off)=$6.58
1 x Flonase 60ct.($12.74 25% off)=$12.74
1 x Rohto eye drops($6.36 25% off)=$6.36
4 x Werther's candy drops(on sale 2/$4)=$8.00

Coupons Used
2 x $2/1 WWQ Fiber One=$4.00
2 x .50¢/1 Fiber One Q on the boxes=$1.00
1 x $5/1 Flonase WWQ=$5.00
1 x $3/1 Flonase ManuQ=$3.00
1 x $5/1 Rohto WWQ=$5.00
1 x $2/1 Rohto IPQ=$2.00
4 x $1.50/1 Werther's candy WWQ=$6.00
Coupon Total.......$26.00

$33.68-$26.00=$7.68 and Bonus Cash should have covered all but .68¢ of this total(w/that .68¢ going on my R-A gift card).

In order to get my ManuQs(2 of them)to come off, after the cashier scanned my 25% paper he took it off and at the end of the transaction it wouldn't go back on again! lolz

So my total were thus instead.......

2 x Fiber One lemon bars($3.51 20% off)=$7.02
1 x Flonase 60ct.($12.74 20% off)=$13.59
1 x Rohto eye drops($6.79 20% off)=$6.79
4 x Werther's candy drops(on sale 2/$4)=$8.00

$35.40-$26 in Qs=$9.40
$9 in BC came off and I paid .40¢ on my R-A gift card.

Then we figured the 5% difference on all but the Werther's and I got another $1.72 back in cash(post coupon)for the % that didn't come off.

So for all the above(both transactions)I used $14 in BC, earned $3 in new BC, spent .78¢ on my gift card and got $4.22 back in cash so I am "down" $7.56 for 2 cases of water, 2 candy bars, 2 boxes of snack bars, 1 bottle of Flonase, 4 bags of caramels and eye drops.

The Fiber One bars were .79¢ after stacked Qs.
The Flonase was $4.74 after stacked Qs.
The eye drops were a .64¢ moneymaker after stacked Qs.
The Werther's candy were .50¢ a bag and there's an Ibotta .75¢ rebates for the sugar-free variety and I bought 1 bag of that kind so after rebate each bag averages out to .31¢.

College Boy has been asking for some eye drops so that's why the Rohto was bought.
Daughter loves hard caramel candies so those are going into the Xmas box for her. Ssshhh
The lemon bars are something Daughter and I will eat.
And the Flonase is for me(plus I got $13.59 credit toward an Allergy Rewards BC....still need $15.45 to reach that $20 BC Reward).

And another thing, the message you get when you scan your Wellness Card has doesn't say how many Plenti points you have(your receipt still shows them but in tiny numbers now)though it still asks you if you'd like to use your PPs.
I wonder how much longer the PPs will be accepted at Rite-Aid?

They had some free samples out on the WW table today(there were no samples last week).....Breathe Right strips and Crest gum detoxify toothpaste tubes.

Did you find anything worth buying?


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

More New Cashier Fun at Rite-Aid....Yay!

I had to go out for a Sunday newspaper so I went up to Rite-Aid so I could get the cheapies/freebies and a paper in the same trip.

And New Cashier was on duty....again!

I picked up some items that are part of the "Food/Drink Spend $10/Get $3 Bonus Cash Deal".

I bought 2 x bottled water(Nestle)2/$6 and 2 frozen pizzas(DiGiorno)2/$10.
Except I tried to use a rain check I had for the pizzas and that's when the wheels flew off my bus. 8-P

The rain check was from the Plenti giving days when they were on sale $3.99 each and gave back $1 PPs, so should have been $2.99 each now.
The NC rang one up correctly at $2.99 and the other one incorrectly at $3.99. ugh.

So my subtotal was $12.98 and then after a $1/2 Nestle water Q it was $11.98 but it should have been $11.98 and $10.98 after the Q.

I also bought this stuff which was free or a moneymaker after sale/Qs/BC given back......

4 x Yardley soap BOGOFree=$3.38
1 x GE LED light bulb=$7.99
(add in the $11.98 from above)
Subtotal for all.....$23.35

I had a Load2CardQ for $5/1 GE light bulb so $23.35-$5=$18.35
I slew of older BC came off, including an $8 BC I wanted to use up before it expired, leaving me with a grand total of .35¢ due OOP.

I earned back $10 in new Bonus Cash(2 x $2 Yardley, $3 GE, $3 wys $10 Deal).

And I now have $2.98 tracking toward a second $3 wys $10 Food/Drink Deal.  I'll most probably pick up 2 more cases of water(I have another $1/2 Q)and 2 .69¢ candy bars to get me over $10 again.
After tracking/sale/Q/BC earned those 2 cases and 2 bars will "cost" me $3.38 total in PPs.

I then had to get $1 back for the overcharge on the pizza so they just handed me back a buck.
I am "down" $7.35 in BC/PPs for 2 cases of water, 2 pizzas, 4 bars of soap and a light bulb.

I also bought the soap and light bulb on Daughter's card too.  Rinse and repeat.

4 x Yardley soap BOGOFree=$3.38
1 x GE LED light bulb=$7.99

I used $5/1 GE light bulb L2CQ so $11.37-$5.00=$6.37.
$6 in Bonus Cash came off and I paid .37¢ left OOP on my R-A gift card.
I earned back $7 back in new Bonus Cash(2 x $2 Yardley, $3 GE)making this transaction a .63¢ moneymaker.

I used $35 in BC on my son's card when I bought 3 boxes of generic Mucinex for the household.  Didn't mean to use it but my brain isn't firing on all cylinders lately. ugh.
So no point in doing the Yardley soap freebie since I have no BC on that card to use/roll.  I could use some PPs though.....that may or may not tempt me to get 4 more bars of soap.

Tomorrow is another Wellness Wednesday at Rite-Aid.  I need to refill an Rx so I'll go take a look if there is anything free/moneymaker then with the one day Qs.

I'm off to go take another nap now.  Short bursts of activity and taking care of the dogs is about all I can muster right now.  This "ick" is a long slow slog back to health........


Monday, February 26, 2018

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Still Sick-ish" Edition--

Here's another gratuitous dog photo as I am not up to doing much of anything still.  Three of us are now in various stages of this illness stuff and it's been hard just taking care of ourselves and the doggies.  I'd love to just stay in bed all day at this point but these two won't let me do that. sigh.

I'm hoping I feel more human sometime this week.

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

1. Sunday--Chinese take-out(again!)
2. Monday--Italian pork roast, potatoes, onions and carrots
3. Tuesday--fish, sugar snap peas, boxed mac and cheese
4. Wednesday--spaghetti and meatballs, salad
5. Thursday--chicken fajitas
6. Friday--pork tenderloin sandwiches, sweet potato fries
7. Saturday--leftovers

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Chinese take-out(again!)
2. Monday--Italian pork roast, potatoes, onions and carrots
3. Tuesday--Sub sandwiches
4. Wednesday--spaghetti and meatballs
5. Thursday--Fend for Yourself
6. Friday--Fend for Yourself
7. Saturday--Fend for Yourself

Last week saw 2 nights of home cooked dinners, 3 nights of leftovers/fend for yourself, 2 night of take-out and 0 nights of Eating out.  I used a Primo hoagies voucher and stretched that sub out for 3 dinners for me..... lolz
Nobody much but Hubs was eating most meals last week as the rest of us where in various stages of recuperating from flu, sinus gunk, etc. so the meal plan sort of imploded upon itself.  

2 trips to Weis and a small trip by Hubs to the Shursave Market, brought the shopping last week to $66.92 for all.  That brings February's food spending total to $309.51.  There are 2 days left in my shopping month.  Hubs went to the store for me late last week but I can't find the receipt right now.  I'll try to dig through the crap on my desk later and get it added to my grocery total before March hits.

My savings percentages last week was 47.36% and the monthly savings so far ends up at 53.29%(without Rite-Aid trips added in).

Leftovers going into this week.......quiche, bean/ham soup, spaghetti and meatballs.

Here is this week's "food plan".....

1. Sunday--Chicken and Dumplings
2. Monday--Fish, Taters of some sort, Broccoli
3. Tuesday--Chicken Fajitas
4. Wednesday--Leftovers or Soup
5. Thursday--Leftovers or Soup
6. Friday--maybe Pizza and Salad if everyone is better
7. Saturday--?

This week will see 4 new meals cooked, 2-3 night of leftovers, 0 nights of Take-out/Eat-Out and 1 night of ?  ;-)

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 last week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?


Saturday, February 24, 2018

More Screw Ups at Rite-Aid

So I hate getting a new cashier.....and sometimes I love it!

I needed to buy 4 x $1.99 sized Hershey Gold bars to finish off my Spend $50/Get $20 in BC Deal for this week.--Buy 3 on the Buy2/Get1Free sale(transaction #1), then buy 1 more bar at 20% Wellness discount(transaction #2)=Subtotal of $5.57.  Use 3 x $1.50/1 Hershey's Gold Qs and stack a .50¢/2 Hershey's assorted R-A Q they snail mailed me with one of the IP/ManQs.  So $5.57-$5.00=.57¢ OOP
Simple enough, right?

I went in on Friday and started transaction #1.
The cashier rang up 2 Hershey Gold's and 1 Butterfinger(the free one didn't use a Q so I wasn't limited to a Hershey Gold).
She scanned my Wellness card(no fear of any BC coming off I didn't want to this time).  I hit "use points" and handed her my 3 Qs(2 manu/1 stackable R-AQ)and she totaled out the transaction and never put the Qs through.
So now my account showed $49.96 worth of purchases toward the $50 I need to get the $20 BC.

Then she returned those 3 candy bars and we re-rang them up.  Of course, when she returned the candy bars I didn't lose my $3.98 in credit toward the $50 spent.  So "rebuying" these 3 candy bars gave me $3.98 more in credit, meaning I now didn't have to also buy a single bar in a second transaction.
Got  that?

So 3 bars=$3.98-$3.50 in Qs=.48¢ OOP.

But now the register wouldn't take 2 of the 3 Qs I tried to use.
So she put the 1 x $1.50/1 Q through....$3.98-$1.50=$2.48 OOP using my R-A gift card.

Then she did a "post coupon" for $2.00 for the other 2 Qs and I got $2 cash back.

In the end it actually "cost" me $15.46(used $5 BC too so $10.46 in PPs and/or gift card)to reach the $50 threshold and get the $20 BC.

Now this card/account has a $15 BC and a $20 BC and $79.85 worth of PPs on it.

Next week, if I do any BC Deals I'll use a different card/account and work on converting/rolling that card's PPs.....or even better I'll hope I get this cashier who can't figure out how to put a coupon through and I'll convert PPs to cash back when she has to do a "post coupon".  ;-)


Friday, February 23, 2018

Frugal Friday......February 23rd Edition

Let's see what good frugally things happened this week......

* We got to the bank and cashed in two US Savings Bonds that reached full maturity and are no longer earning interest.  No point in hanging onto assets that aren't going to grow, right?
The cash is sitting in an envie awaiting the next move--were to shove this cash to keep it growing, at least a little bit.  ;-)

* I hit Rite-Aid on Wednesday to return 2 items that L2CQs didn't come off when purchased(Rite-Aid doesn't do "post coupons" for electronic Qs). Oh well.....
While I was there I picked up all this.............

The Revlon color silk hair dyes are part of the Bonus Cash scheme this week(Buy $50 participating items/Get $20 in BC)and there were $2/1 Wellness Wednesday Qs for it, plus this dye brand was on sale for 2/$6.
14 hair dyes=$42-$28 in Qs=$14 spent in BC/PPs giving me $42 toward that $50 threshold.

Add in 3 Hershey bars--3 were Buy2/Get3rdFREE so $3.98 and I used 2 of my Free Hershey Gold bars Qs(worth $1.50 off each)so $3 off of $3.98=.98¢  OOP using a R-A gift card.
$45.98 "spent" before Qs so only $4.02 more to "spend" on participating items to earn $20 in Bonus Cash before the sales week ends Saturday night.  I'll probably pick up 4 more Hershey bars to finish this off and get to the $20 BC level. 

I also bought that box of candy, it was $7.99 after 20% Wellness discount plus there was a $6 off 1 box Q in the WWQ flyer so $1.99 used in PPs.
The Campbell's soups that were $1.49 reg. shelf price after 20% Wellness discount were $1.19 and there was a $1.25/1 WWQ in the flyer for Campbell's soup, so these were slight .06¢ moneymakers each.

After sales/Qs/using $5 in BC I will have "spent" $12.56 in PPs to get a $20 BC so really after spending down $5 in BC(and the additional $1.07 4 more bars will cost me in PPs/R-A gift card I will be "up" $1.37 on this whole deal.  Hey, getting paid a couple bucks AND having all the above(+ 4 more candy bars)to use/sell/give away works for me. 8-)

*  I was sick a bit last week so I missed out on a couple of free Hershey Gold bars(seriously?  make the link live at 5am ET??)but I did score two more rounds of free candy Qs on Wednesday night(and into the wee hours of the morning after the Women's Hockey game.....who says there are no advantages to being sick and not being able to sleep?lol).  I ended up able to print off 24 free candy bar Qs during this Olympic/Hershey's offer. 8-)))

*  I stayed home except for a trip to the Urgent Care and a trip to Weis(PMITA)Markets and Rite-Aid this past week and I didn't do any online shopping while I was home bound and sick.  Being sick meant some extra $ spent on take-out but we kept that to a dull roar.

* We needed new thermometer covers so I used PPs to purchase R-A brand ones(got 20% off w/my discount too).  I also used some PPs to pay for our Rxs as I forgot the HSA debit card one trip.  Yes, I can use PPs to pay for Rxs in PA so that's one way I can use some of those up! I'd much rather using them to pay for something we need like medicines rather than go spend them on housewares/clothing/over priced tchotchkes at Macy's.  ;-)

That's about it from Chez Sluggy this week.

What frugal wins did you have this week?


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Giveaway Winner #2 for 2018

There were 80 valid entries this go around.
I numbered them all and put it to Random dot org to pick the winning entry.
And the winner is...........

Crystal Hankey!

Today's entry! Back to feeling crappy too. Just finished steroid pack and had such high hopes. lol. Been sick two months have had numerous Dr. visits and antibiotics and steroids. Hoping to get better. Every winter for 3 years have been sick for months. Hope your family gets through all this yucky stuff super quick and heals asap. Take care.

Congratulations Crystal.  Unfortunately if anyone needs cold meds and hand sanitizer right now it sounds like it's you. ;-)

Please email me within the next 48 hours from the time this post goes live with your full snail mailing address and I'll get this out as soon as I can.

Thanks to everyone for playing along and be looking for another giveaway coming up in early March.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Craptastic Health Update

Well I finally went to the Urgent Care and just as I suspected I have a sinus infection.  Haven't had one of those in years so yeah.....
I was also working on a case of bronchitis it seems but I took an albuterol treatment and am on an antibiotic and steroids for one or the other condition and am feeling on the mend at this point.  I sound like death when I breath or I am hacking up a lung but really I am better and not contagious.
The Daughter woke up this morning feeling like crap(or so she said)so she went up to the urgent care for a flu test.  Daughter can be a bit of a hypochondriac(she comes by it honestly as my mom had a touch of that)plus all her medical studies before she decided not to continue in premed and go to medical school.  We'll find out tomorrow or tonight if she is contagious so until then she is banished to her room and the Lysol and hand sanitizer are back on standby at Chez Sluggy.

With my luck if both the kids have the flu it will be hitting me next on top of my current miseries. sigh.
I wore a mask to Rite-Aid today to return the shampoo and Kleenex that my L2CQs didn't come off for and got some other goodies with today's Wellness Wednesday coupons.
I'll write that trip up later tonight or Thursday and report in on it.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway!!!
 Today is the last day it's open so go HERE.

Fear not!  The box is filled and sealed already just waiting to make it's way to it's new home so no germy hands with me handling the goodies.  I'll open the lid briefly to slip in a paper with the winner's address/name(after spraying that with Lysol of course!).

Ok, I am off to go nap if I can stop coughing long enough to do so. 


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Our Trip to Maine August 2016.....Part 3

Part 1 of our Maine trip is HERE.
Part 2 of our Maine trip is HERE.

So we boarded the wooden Schooner Alert on a grey day that threatened rain.  We were the only customers for that cruise.
The day before they had a full capacity of 28 passengers.

This ship began life as a tall ship called TALL COTTON.  Built in York, Maine and launched in 1992, she changed hands in 2006 when a fisherman bought her, renamed her ALERT and set out to use her for commercial ground fishing and research.
In 2013 ALERT was purchased by a husband and wife team, the Davis'.  Along with their ketch TEVAKE the Davis' run windjammer cruises around Bailey's Island and the Casco Bay waters to the public, as well as offering school student educational excursions and are affiliated with a non-profit organization called Tall Ships Portland(part of the Tall Ships America)that train the youth of Maine sailing and life skills during sea adventures.

Though the captain said they hadn't have any wind to speak off for about a week, he and his crew woman hoisted the sails anyway but had the engine ready to go if the wind stayed calm.

So we set off on a two hour tour.  Not like that infamous 3 hour tour you all know about..............

Who is that fellow guarding the adult beverages? lolz

And as we cast off the breeze started blowing!

Passing a local lobsterman working his pots.

Another lobster boat with the Casco Bay passenger ferry in the background.

One of the many small islands offshore from Bailey's Island.  This one is called Little Mark Island.  The monument was built there in 1827 and is now operated by the US Coast Guard.  A beacon was installed on the stone monument in 1927.  It is solar powered and supplies are stocked in the base to aid shipwrecked sailors.

 Another shot of the sails from below.  I could look at this all day. It was so quiet out on the water without an engine roaring.

Two old derelict lookout towers from WWII when submarines German submarines were on the prowl in the Atlantic.

 The ferry again.

I caught this shot of a loon before he dove below the surface again in search of food.

This is the "Giant's Steps on the other side of Bailey's Island from the dock where we cast off from.  It's a rock formation that resembles a set of stairs made for a giant.

The winds died down when we got to this side of the island so we had to sail back with the aid of the diesel engine.

The crew mate set out a snack plate of fresh apple slices and homemade muffin type bread(made by the captain's wife).

The last hour of the sail the rain began that had been threatening all day.

A channel marker.

Wooden ship decks are quite slippery when wet.....take my word for it.

The captain, a fine fellow pushing 40 years has been making a living on the water for many years. It was interesting to listen to his tales of crewing boats all over the world.
He also knew a fair amount of family genealogy so of course, that set me off! lolz

The bird off the shore there looked like a cormorant.

Back to the side of the island where the cribstone bridge connets Orr's Island to Bailey's Island at Will's Gut.

The captain said someone famous use to have a house on this shore(Edna Saint Vincent Milay I think?).  As we passed the shore closer than this shot, someone came out of one of the houses(a big modern one with a high deck/balcony, not a cottage)and waved to us and took video of the schooner and said they were happy to see a "real" boat out on the water.

Another channel marker with what is probably an osprey nest on top.

Even with an hour of drizzle and then steady rain I resisted going below deck to get out of the cold rain.

The historic cribstone bridge(the only one in the world) linking Orr's and Bailey's islands.

Our cruise pilot, Perry Davis and his mate Erin.  I think they were glad to put into port and get out of the rain too by this time.

This windjammer cruise could have had better weather but even so, it was worth the cost to us.
And the partial bottle of Allen's coffee liquor Capt. Davis snagged floating in the water along the way(must have fallen overboard from a lobsterman's boat as Maine fishermen are crazy about Allen's!lol)was a bonus.  ;-)


Monday, February 19, 2018

This Week on the Dining Table

The "I Got Nothing" Edition--

 I didn't leave the house except to put this little guy out to do his business since Wednesday so this in the only photo on my camera right now.  Chester kept looking at me this past week like he knew something was wrong with me and he wanted to make it all better.   It's a good thing I had a few posts written up before I got sick.  The most strenuous thing I've been doing is trying to stay up to watch some Olympic coverage.  8-(
I may attempt to leave the house later this week.....or not.  ;-)

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

1. Sunday--ham and cheese quiche
2. Monday--hot dogs on rolls, beans
3. Tuesday--ham and bean soup, cornbread
4. Wednesday--leftovers
5. Thursday--chicken fajitas
6. Friday--Italian pork roast, potatoes, onions and carrots
7. Saturday--leftovers

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--ham and cheese quiche
2. Monday--hot dogs on rolls, chipotle beans
3. Tuesday--ham and bean soup, cornbread
4. Wednesday--leftovers
5. Thursday--Chinese soup or take-out
6. Friday--Fend for Yourself
7. Saturday--leftovers or FFY

Last week saw 3 nights of home cooked dinners, 3 nights of leftovers/fend for yourself, 1 night of take-out and 0 nights of Eating out.  College Boy and I got sick in quick succession and as I might have had the flu nobody wanted me touching/making their food so there was leftovers/FFY or take-out from Wednesday on.
I did knock out a couple of ham and cheese quiches and a big pot of ham and bean soup before I felt unwell.  The rest of the ham got tucked into the freezer to use at another time.

2 trips to Weis and 1 trip to Dollar Tree,brought the shopping last week to $98.62 for all.  That brings February's food spending total to $242.59.  There are 9 days left in my shopping month.

My savings percentages last week was 56.86% and the monthly savings so far ends up at 54.69%(without Rite-Aid trips added in).

Leftovers going into this week.......quiche(a large piece left), ham and bean soup.  I may need to shove some of the soup into the freezer later this week as it isn't being eaten at a good clip with 2 of us off food mostly.

Here is this week's "food plan".....

1. Sunday--Chinese take-out(again!)
2. Monday--Italian pork roast, potatoes, onions and carrots
3. Tuesday--fish, sugar snap peas, boxed mac and cheese
4. Wednesday--spaghetti and meatballs, salad
5. Thursday--chicken fajitas
6. Friday--pork tenderloin sandwiches, sweet potato fries
7. Saturday--leftovers

This week will see 5 new meals cooked, 1 night of leftovers, 1 night of Take-out/Eat-Out.  I am feeling better so am up to cooking, plus the family doesn't feel I am "Typhoid Mary" any longer. lolz
If I don't feel up to cooking most of these can still be made by Daughter or Hubs.  College Boy will attempt to go back to his internship job tonight so won't be home for meals.

The only things I need to buy to make these meals are carrots, chicken, salad greens.

I made Hubs go to Weis once for a few things on Friday(mostly 5 bottles of OJ).  I don't feel up to grocery shopping still, so I'll send Hubs out for those things above that I need. 
I swear that when I die Hubs will subsist on pasta and take-out.

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 last week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?


Friday, February 16, 2018

Frugal Friday......February 16th Edition

Let's see what the Frugal Fairy brought us this past week..........

*  I had Hubs pick up this freebie since he had to go by Weis(PMITA)Markets last Friday anyway.

I clipped a digital Weis Q in my account for a free jar of sauce.  Of course, the Q didn't come off when he used my card so he had to pay $1.50 for it and then go to the Customer Service desk to get his $1.50 back.  Management doesn't let CS know there is a freebie on Fridays so they hadn't a clue what he was talking about.
Get your shit together Weis Markets!!

*  I sold a lot on eBay for $40 on Sunday.  Two tubes of fancy pants shampoo that is no longer made-$20 a tube.  I got it at Rite-Aid awhile back for free after sales/Qs/PPs or +Up Rewards or whatever thing was given out at that time so pure profit after eBay/Paypal fees.

*  I  turned on F/B notifications for the Hershey Olympics promotion so every time Team USA wins a gold medal you can access a link to print off two copies of a Q for a free Hershey's Gold candy bar!
I also emailed the link to myself, ran upstairs, accessed my email up there and printed the Q 4 more times, twice from two different computers upstairs.  8-)))

The Q is for $1.50 off a bar not a FREE Q so if you find it for less then $1.50 make sure you have something else in your transaction to absorb the overage......which also means something else for free or cheaper.  ;-)
The problem now is to find any of these candy bars on the shelves around here before the Qs expire. lolz

*  Lots of freebies or better than free after sale/qs/bonus cash earned at Rite-Aid on Wednesday--bags of sugar-free chocolate, Orei candy bars and light bulbs.

*  Here are the best deals I got at Weis(PMITA)Markets this past week.....

L to R--
-Gorton's seafood was half price and you got an instant $2 off wyb3. Shrimp was $3.99, 2 x fish bags were $3.49 each so $10.97 subtotal.  After the $1/1 Gorton's Shrimp Q and $2 off instantly I paid $7.97 for all 3 items.

-4 x Huggies wipes, frozen Weis french fries(wanted a bag of veggies instead but they were out)and Polly-O string cheese sticks(so Daughter can make a stuffed crust pizza w/them)were $7.44 for all 6 items after instant $3 off wyb6 items, plus $2.50 in coupons I used-one .50¢ Q doubled/3 did not(and a digital .50¢ Q that doubled and also came off).

-The Yes! soup was on sale 3/$5 and I used 3 x .75¢Qs that doubled to $1.50 each so $5.00-$4.50=.50¢ for all 3 cans.

-The cashier didn't ring up my mushrooms(which I didn't know until I checked my receipt when I got home)which were on sale for $2 a carton.  This explains why the register wouldn't take the .50¢ Q I had for them and she had to put it through manually.  So I got paid .50¢ to buy those free mushrooms. lolz

-I had a Weis Q that was expiring that day for .75¢ a bag of Weis brand shredded cheese.  It wasn't on sale so would have cost me $1.19 after Q.  When I went to get a bag there was a sign that if you bought 2 cans of Hormel chili and the cheese you got $1.50 off the bag of cheese instantly.  I went round to the chili aisle and the Hormel chili was on sale for 2/$3....AND I had a .55¢/2 Hormel chilis Q(which doubles to $1.10 off).

So cheese $2.69+2 cans chili at $3=$5.69-instant $1.50 off cheese and .75¢ Weis cheese Q and $1.10 off chili=$2.34 for all 3 items total BUT I also had a digital Q for the chili evidently because another $1.10 came off(a .55¢ digital Q that doubled)so my 3 items cost $1.24 OOP in the end. ;-)

-I also had a Weis Q expiring that day for .50¢ a loaf of bakery French bread.  I snagged a 50% loaf on the day old rack for .95¢-.50¢Q=.45¢ for the loaf.

Plus these items I couldn't fit in the photo above---

-2 x 8 O'Clock coffee was BOGOFree so $2.74 a bag.  I used 2 x $1/1Qs so $1.74 a bag OOP.
Plus I received a $1 cash rebate on Ibotta for buying the Infusion type of that coffee so I am OOP $2.48 for both bags total.
They were out of the Caramel Macchiato College Boy likes so I got a rain check for more and held onto some other Qs I had for the coffee for later use when his flavor is back in stock.

-I had a $2.50/1 Nutella 13 oz or larger Catalina I had gotten at Xmas time expiring that day so I picked that up too.  It was on sale for $2.99 so it cost me .49¢ total after the Q.

My coupons were all messed up and I was credited with $24.30 in Qs even though it should have been only $21.70 in Qs.  I had 2 digital Qs come off(and double)plus  another wipes Q doubled(even though they say on them do not double)plus I got .50¢ off for mushrooms I "didn't buy". lolz
I guess it all evens out in the end as sometimes I get shorted on my Qs because of cashier inattentiveness and I just don't feel like going to CS that day and dealing with getting it made right.  Some days it's a big enough hassle just DOING the shopping and not having to also FIX the shopping. sigh

I also got another .25¢ cash back on Ibotta for buying anything in the store so $48.54 spent on $117.33 worth of groceries make a 58% savings rate plus $1.25 cash back so I am OOP $47.34 for everything I bought on Wednesday.  Pretty good considering I didn't get any Instant Discount meats this trip either.  8-)))

What's frugal wins have you had lately?


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Wellness Wednesday #2 for February

I am feeling under the weather(Wednesday's post went live quite late yesterday evening)but still found the strength to hit Rite-Aid on Wednesday since they seem to be doing the Wellness Wednesday one-day coupons deal every Wednesday in February.

I am just combining everything bought on various cards/accounts and transactions into one.  The trip was messy and being not quite right in the head yesterday(don't even say it Kim!)I am not going to even try to lay it all out in a methodical way.

Also bought but not pictured were 3 x 12-packs of Coke.  They were 2/$6 and I had a R-A mailed Q for $1.50 off 3 so bought those too 3 packs for $7.50 total.  I just don't feel like hauling them out of the garage for a photo.

1 x Emergen-C packets
3 x Head and Shoulders shampoo
1 x Kleenex facial tissue
1 x Irish Spring body wash
1 x R-A brand diced tomatoes
8 x Russell Stover sugar-free candy
6 x R-A brand nightlight bulbs
6 x Oreo candy bars

Some things worked as planned and others didn't.
I spent $19 in various Bonus Cash, $2.99 on my R-A gift card and $4.92 in Plenti Points(finally! I got to use PPs!!!).
I earned back $15 in new Bonus Cash.

What worked.....
* A Deal this week is R-A light bulbs-they are BOGOFree and you get back $2 in BC for purchasing one(limit of 2 Deals so 2 packs of bulbs per card/account).  The nightlight size bulk packs are reg. $3.49, buy two, pay $3.49, get back $4 in BC so a .51¢ moneymaker when you buy 2 packs.

* The Oreo candy bars are 2 for $1 this week and give back $1 in BC, so straight up free with your card/account.  If you clipped the Load2Card for $1 off wyb2 Oreo bars awhile back this was a $1 moneymaker so even sweeter!....See what I did there?  ;-)

* The Russell Stover sugar-free chocolates were a WW deal.  They are on sale this week 2 for $3.  There was a WW Q for $2 off 1 bag, so a $1 moneymaker if you purchased something else with this candy the extra $1 off applied to the other item(s)in your order.

What didn't work.......
*  The Head and Shoulders on WW there was a $2 off 1 Q and I had $2/1 Load2CardQ attached to each Wellness card.  Take the $7.49 reg. price in my store, discount the 20% Wellness Gold discount and it's $5.99 a bottle.  Take the $4 total of the 2 Qs that stacked and each bottle comes out to $1.99 per.
Except for one of my bottles on one of my cards, the L2CQ didn't come off so I paid $3.99 for it.
This bottle will be going back to the store shortly.

*  Also I had paired a $1/1 Kleneex WWQ with another L2CQ for .50¢ additional off of it.  $2.69 reg. price-20% Wellness discount=$2.15-$1.50 stacked Qs=.65¢ OOP.  Except the L2CQ didn't come off so it was $1.15.  That's more than I like to pay for facial tissue so that will be going back as well.

I'm not sure if they will refund BC, PPs or Cash but there will be $5.21 back in some form of payment.

The Irish Spring is on sale for $3.99 this week.  There is a $2/1 Q in the ad plus there are both ManuQ and IPQ available for $1/1 so this is 99¢ after sale/stacked Qs.
The Emergen-C was a WW deal.  $5.03 after 20% Wellness discount.  There was a $1.50/1 WWQ and I had a $2/1 L2CQ so $3.50 off=$1.53 a package.
The diced tomatoes was an impulse buy.  Reg. $1.29, $1.03 w/20% Wellness discount and had a .50¢ instant discount sticker so .53¢ for the can.

I had wanted to stock up on cases of H2O(Buy 8 for $20, use 4 x $1/2 IPQs, pay $16 in BC or PPs and get back $5 in new BC)but my store had 1 case of water.
* Insert "Wha Whaaaa" sound effect here.*

Ok, I am heading off to bed now.  I just got back from taking College Boy to the Urgent Care.  It's confirmed he has the flu and I ain't feeling so great myself either.
I'll be back online when I feel better.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Our Trip too Maine August 2016....Part 2

* Part One of our Summer Trip to Maine is HERE

We slept well(after the party next door broke up).  No a/c needed usually in Maine in August(except for a 2 week stretch that month from past experience)and the motel had no a/c anyway.  This motel is on a small island and the ocean bay breezes plus a room fan are enough to keep you cool most days/nights.

So what did we do on our first full day in Maine?

 Well we drove back over all those bridges back to the mainland to town to pick up some provisions.
The motel did not provide a free breakfast.  They had juice and coffee only.
We hit Dollar Tree and Walmart and picked up some snacks, fruit and drinks.

I did however leave this questionable item in the store.....Larry the Cable Guy endorsed frozen Biscuits & Sausage Gravy.
Ick.  Note the "open GRUB here" tab on the package. lolz

We saw a Goodwill store in town so we decided to wander around in there since we had time to kill before our big activity of the day.

This is one of the strangest items I've ever seen in a thrift store.  A handmade miniature replica of Stonehenge.

I also saw a really big teapot that declared that "one cup is never enough".
Truer words were never spoken.....

We decided to head back onto the island for an early lunch as we hadn't had breakfast.

 Some spare floating dock pieces along the side of the road.

 A cute little old fashioned schooner bobbing in the water.(More on that boat later.)

A big passenger ferry cruising through the bay.

 We decided to have lunch at Cook's Lobster House Restaurant in Garrison Cove on Bailey's Island.  It's been here since 1955.  It began life as a take-out shack like so many others that dot the coast of Maine, started by Maurice Cook.  By the time I spent Summers around these parts it was a full fledged restaurant.  New folks bought the place the year before our visit and renamed it Cook's Lobster & Ale House.  (Ale Houses are just so trendy now.)

 We sat in the "pub" aka the bar and ordered a seafood lunch.

 Of course, because it's now an "Ale House" Hubs had to get a flight of local brews.

Here's me and my new BFF.  I wonder what this fella weighed when he was caught? lol

So after eating we had to hurry down to the shore.  Hubs had to move the car and then we walked over to the wharf.

This was where we got on that schooner I showed you before.......

Because our activity for that day was to take a cruise on a old fashioned schooner sailing ship.
Pretty cool, huh?

I have been on a lobsterman's boat before(one of the local actors at the Summer theatre also was a lobsterman)but never a wooden schooner......well except for that time when I was little and they had a replica schooner in the Norfolk Botanical Gardens which was part of a pirate adventure deal for kids.

We booked a 2 hour cruise on Schooner ALERT.

I love this shot I took on board.

More on the schooner cruise next time.