The Farmer Takes A Wife (this one)

Monday, May 04, 2009

MailBox Monday

All this FREE in my mailbox this past week! :)~

Women's Health May 2009
Woman's Day May 5, 2009
Woman's Day June 2, 2009
Autoweek May 4, 2009
Elle May 2009
Conde Nast Traveler April 2009
Soap Opera Digest May 5, 2009
Soap Opera Digest May 12, 2009

WalMart Samples:
3 Huggies Pure & Natural diapers size 1 w/ a $3Q
Huggies GoodNights diaper size small w/ a $2Q
Kotex samples 2 pads & 2 tampons
Parent's Choice Gentle Formula Full Day Supply
Rachael Ray Nutrish Dog Food

Came home from Hospital:
Lysol Q's
Eucerin lotion w/ $1Q
Balmex sample
Preparation H portable wipe w/ $1Q
Dreft $2Q

Glad ForceFlex trash bag
Small box of Total Cranberry Crunch Cereal
AccuCheck Glucose Monitor Flower Decals
Another Home Made Simple Coupon Book (another free cascade rinse agent!)
Old Navy Coupons (free flag t Q valid May29-31)
8 Gerber coupons for foods, juice & misc

Not a bad week around here! Adjusting to having 2 little ones @ my house. Big brother Gabe LOVES Luke. But naptime and bedtime are a FIASCO around here! Wayne has water off for a few days (keep on raining, please Lord) so he has been helping @ nighttime- but as for the rest of the day, I will be on my own! My mom took off Wed-Fri last week and was here for me. But, unfortunately, according to her she has to be responsible! Darn! I loved her company and just having her here made me feel better! We all need our mama's! Remember that this coming weekend!

Luke had a dr appt on Friday. He was 7.11 when he was born. Was 7.10 when we left the hospital. And Friday he was 7.15. Pleasantly surprised I was! Especially considering he isn't much of an eater! Go Luke!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Our New Bundle!

Luke Alan *** 4/26/09 *** 13:44 *** 7lbs 11oz *** 19 1/2 in *** Nana, Gabe & Luke tonight @ our house
Nana, Aunt Jeni, Cousin Trayton & Luke
Papa & His Boys GabeMan & TJ
My sweet boys! TJ & GabeMan

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mailbox Monday- 4/20 & 4/27

Ok. So Monday 4/20 came and went. I gathered what little I got in the course of a week- 2 things. Then forgot to take the pic. Well then Tuesday rolled around and everyday since then has been a GOLDMINE in my mailbox!

I leave for the hospital to be induced to have my new baby boy in less than 24 hours. So I am running out of time to get some things done. Thus, I rounded up and took this pic tonight. It will have to suffice until the 1st Monday in May rolls around! Then (hopefully) I will post what came since this pic was taken!

So, in a week and 1/2 I got this stuff FREE!!!

From WalMart Samples:
Always Infinity Sample w/ $1Q
Crest Advanced Seal Whitening Strips w/ $10Q
NicoDerm CQ Flyer w/ $7 Q (I know some1 who NEEDS this)
Eucerin Smoothing Essential w/ $1Q
Metamucil Berry Burst & Pink Lemonade w/ $2Q
Jergen's Natural Glow Facial Moisturizer w/ $1Q

From Safeway:
Save $1Q off ANY size pkg of Diet Dr Pepper Cherry
Q for 1 free can of Pedigree+ food for dogs
4 Weight Watchers Q's

Other deals:
Eat Better America booklet w/ $10 in Q's
P&G Home Made Simple booklet w/ over $30 in Q's
Q for 1 free single Fling candy bar & $1 off any multipack
$3 Q from Hallmark from spending money there after Chrsitmas

Soap Opera Digest 4/28/09
Conde Nast Traveler March 2009
Woman's Day April 2009
Maxim May 2009 (need to find some1 to give these to! Hubby DOESN'T think they are funny)

Ok, so that's quite the haul. Seriously, I got all the WalMart samples in 1 day- except the Jergen's which just came today! LOL! I wonder what my mail carrier thinks! HA HA

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Back to Safeway...

This time I really had a reason to go. I met my mom there to pick Mac up from her on their way home from the beach. Mac called me from Redmond, which gave me enough time to drive to Safeway and go in for the few things on my list. Just as I was paying, Mac walked in and took her brother from me- NICE! So I unloaded my groceries while Nana loved on Gabe and buckled him in! Which was a nice bonus to not have to pick him up and go through all of that!

So here's what I got:
(1) CapriSun Sunrise @1.99
(1) Tampax tampon 20ct @1.99
(3) Electrasol @3.99ea
(2) Arrowhead 6pk @1.99ea (plus .60 deposit)
(4) Kraft mac & chz @.59ea
(1) Pam aerosol @3.49
(3) Jollytime popcorn @1.99ea
oh...and Bananas added by son, but he was good boy! @.77
Total: $33.12
Total oop $7.62***Plus I got a $2 coupon from the water and another $10LW coupon!
Total savings with club card & coupons $46.51 or 86%!!!

Sunday's Steals!

Ok. Maybe it wasn't really stealing, but I did get some good snack food- which we always seem to run low on! I met my cousin and her little man, Oli @ the store and we shopped together! Gabe and Oli rode in the truck attached to Vanessa's cart (yippee for me)!

I had 2 lists ready but wanted to do 2 transactions. Luckily for us, it worked out and we got an AWESOME checker who allowed us. I had mine split in the cart, so I checked first then Vanessa. She explained to the nice lady why we were doing it this way, and she was fine and gave us both Kudos on our shopping :)~ That's always nice!

Transaction #1
(4) Emerald Almonds @$4ea
(2) Kraft mac & chz @.59ea
(2) Baked Lays chips @3ea
(1) Sunchips @3
(2) Quaker mini rice snacks @$2.29ea
Total $30.76
Total oop $10.65***And I got another $10 LW coupon to use next on this
**Total savings Club card & coupons $36.84 or 78%**

Transaction #2
(2) Kraft mac & chz @.59ea
(4) Bertolli Pasta pouches @$2ea
(3) Green Giant 10oz veg @$2
(1) Green Giant valley fresh @2.50
(1) Green Giant 24oz bag veg @$3.49
18 pack eggs @$2.89 (not part of LW)
(5) Healthy choice frozen meals @$1.99ea
Total $34.01
Total oop $13.91***And I got a $10 LW coupon and (2) $2 coupons from the Bertolli's!! $14 off next transaction!
**Total savings club card & coupons $43.66 or 76%**

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Friday's Finds!

Friday was a pretty busy day here for me. I had a non-stress test @ the hospital @ 10 (my normal appts are Tues & Fri @ 10 every wk). The hospital is implementing a new computer system, so the the last few weeks checking in has been a LONG process! It took me 35 minutes Friday, all but 5 minutes of that was wait time! UGGG! So by the time I got out out of the hospital I felt like half of my day had been wasted! Geesh!

Before I went to the hospital I made a 5 minutes stop @ Safeway to get my 1st score. Diapers and some Oreo Snack Stix.

And after I was done @ the hospital I made ANOTHER 5 minute run to Safeway for 2nd score, a few grocery items (I really was gonna get more diapers, but they were out of the size 3 I needed).

***I will list my scores @ the end of the post***

I was supposed to stop by our seed company and pick up a check for wheat that we sold on Tuesday. Duh...totally forgot. Remembered when I was just a few miles from home. I was in such a hurry to get home to relieve Wayne from Gabe so that he could get back to work- that I forgot! Doesn't take much these days I tell ya! LOL! So then I had to back-track all the way back to get the $!

Got home and Wayne had just put Gabe down for a nap. Then he asked if I needed to go to Redmond for anything. Of course I knew what he was getting to. He wanted me to take that money we just got up to pay on our Farm Operating Loan! Little did he know I was going to go on Saturday (today) to get out of the house and pick up the things I needed!

When I got home it was about noon. Gabe was asleep so I left him that way! There is no way you can put that child in the car when he is already sleeping and expect him to stay that way! And I had 6 stops I needed to do while in Redmond. So I left him to nap and got everything ready. I had to do some quick book work and cut the check to take in. Then the matter of making my list of what I needed to do and in what order! LOL! Was trying to make the most of my time the quickest I could cause some little boy I know only has so much patience!

Anyway, I ended up having to wait on Gabe to wake up for quite awhile! But it worked out. We left the house @ 1:45. Drove to McDonald's and got us some lunch, cause neither one of us had eaten. Then on the way to the school to get Sissy, we saw Nana on her way back to work for lunch. Pulled over on the side of the road for a few minutes and chatted. Then onto Sissy! He was excited to see her, which is ALWAYS a bonus! Here is where I made my first & second oopses! I had to go to 2 banks before I left town! Didn't happen and luckily I remembered once I got to Redmond!

Stop #1 Safeway
Stop #2 Albertson's
Stop #3 Farm Credit Services
Stop #4 Columbia River Bank
Stop #5 Wet Willy's Car Wash
Stop #6 Walgreens
Stop #7 Wells Fargo
Stop #8 WalMart

So those were my stops, should have been 6, but at least I didn't have to go out of my way to make it to the 2 banks! By far the most important things I had to do!

So my trip to Safeway before the hospital:
Huggies size 3 144-ct $29.99
Oreo Snack Stix $2.99
Total $32.98
Less:1.50+1+1(dblr)+10(LW)+5(pledge CAT)=-$18.50
Total oop (out of pocket)=$14.98***plus got $10 cat***
Saved $23.30=62%

Safeway after the hospital:
(4) Healthy choice fresh mixers @$2.50ea
(6) Uncle Ben's Whole Grain Brown rice @ $2.50ea
(2) Oreo Fun Stix @$2.99ea
(3) Uncle Ben's Ready Rice @ 2.39ea
(4) Taco Bell Refried Beans @$1ea (to get a $3 CAT)
Total $42.15
Total oop=$22.90***plus got $10 cat & $3 cat***
Saved $37.35=62%

Safeway in Redmond:
Huggies size 3 144-ct diapers $29.99
Vitamin Water $1.05
Total $31.04
Less:1.50+.50(dblr)+10(LW)+3(Tacobell cat)+4(pledge cats)=-$19
Total oop=$12.04***plus got $10 cat***
Saved $23.39=66%

I had a CAT for free milk from Kellogg's transaction earlier in the month that expired on Saturday (today).
Skim Milk $3.79
Fat Free 1/2 & 1/2 $1.79
Total $5.58
Total oop=$1.79

Mac did 2 transactions that were identical
#1 Scunci 18pk hair bands $2
Paid with a $2 RR and got another $2 RR back!
#2 Scunci 18pk hair bands $2
Paid with a $2 RR and got another $2 RR back!
Me #1
(2) Splenda 100ct packets $7
Oust Air Fresh $3.99
Total oop $5.99...was gonna pay with RR but didn't have enough items! I actually had some bic soliel razors for 1.79 each with a $2 Q, but the Q had expired, so I had them taken off! Transaction gone wrong! And I had $7.50 in RR that expired Saturday (today) so I had to go back and find a deal!
Me #2
(5) degree trial size deo @.99ea
(1) dove trial size deo @.99
(2) secret trial size deo @1.29 ea
Total $8.52
Total oop .27***Plus I got $6 in RR for buying 6 Dove products***
**So on today's run I spent all my RR that were gonna expire and I got $10 more in RR for next month!!!**

Transaction #1
There was a post yesterday about some El Monterrey Tornado frozen burritos with a peelie to try for free. So I ventured over, and found them!
(1) Tornado $2
Will get $2 back by MIR (mail in rebate)

Transaction #2
(7) Kotex Lightdays @$1ea
(2) Axe trial shower gel @.97ea
(2) Suave normal size deo @.94ea
(3) Olay 2pk bar soap @$2.48ea
Bandaid Brand blister bands @3.67
Dentek Floss Picks @2.00
James Patterson Book #7 @10.43
Glucerna cereal @3.94
Bolt DVD @19.96 (treat for Sissy)
(3) Monster truacks @3.27
(2) Airheads Exreme @.64
Total $69.35
Total oop $45.75***which isn't really bad at all! Considering that each child get a treat and so did mom! $45.75-$10.43-$19.96-$3.27(x3)=$5.55 oop for the rest of the stuff! Woo Hoo! And most of the rest of the stuff will go to a food closet/shelter! :)~

OK! I needed to blog and I feel better! So I have 1:30 to get some stuff done! DH said he would be in @ 12 to check my progress! Better make sure I have some progress to show! HA HA!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

My Safeway Scores!

In our neck of the woods Safeway started a new promotion today that goes through May 5th. It's called Living Well, Feeling Great. From here on out I'll be referring to it as LW. Whenever you purchase $30 of participating items (before any mfr q's are deducted) you will receive a $10 coupon to use on your next purchase.

I wanted to make a quick trip today when I took Mac to CCD. So right after I dropped her I headed back to the other side of town. The items on transaction #1 were not essentials, but were easy to figure prices and get the best bang for my buck.

(4) All Small & Mighty- 4@ $4.49each
(4) Capri Sun- 4@ $1.99each
(5) Chef Boyardee- 5@ $1each
Total: $30.92

(4) All coupons@ $2each=$8
(2) Capri Sun q's@ .55each=$1.10
Safeway Doubler @=$2
Total: -$11.10

***All in all, including SW Club sales & coupons, I saved $29.09 or 59%***
Total oop $19.82 and I got a $10 coupon to use about 45 minutes later!

Transaction #2 (figured out while I was sitting in the church parking lot waiting for Mac)

(5) Huggies Diaper Wipes 184 count- 5@ $5.99each
(1) Chef Boyardee ('cause I needed .05 more to get to $30)- 1@ $1each
(5) Rice a Roni ('cause it was a Tax Day Special)- 5@ .89each
Total: $35.40

(5) Huggies q's@ .75each=$3.75
(2) RiceaRoni q's@ $1each=$2.00
Safeway Doubler @=$2.00
$10 LW Coupon @=$10.00 (from Trans #1)
Total: -$17.75

All in all, including SW Club sales & coupons, I saved 36.04 or 66%***
Total oop $18.54 and I got ANOTHER $10 coupon to use on my next trip!

Transaction #3 (Done and paid in cash by my dear daughter, Mac)

(4) Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner- 4@ $3.99each
Total: $15.96

(4) Pledge q's@ $2each=$8
Safeway Doubler @=$2.00
Total: -$10.00

Total oop $5.96 BUT I got (4) $1 coupons and (1) $5 coupon to use on my next purchase! So I really MADE a $3 PROFIT! So for my next shopping trip I will have $19! Hope I can make another good transaction!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Mailbox Monday!

This week I received quite the haul in magazines!

Maxim (as a joke to my VERY CATHOLIC HUBBY) March 09\
Maxim April 09
Martha Stewart Living April 09
Martha Stewart Living May 09
Soap Opera Digest

Other Freebies!

Huggies Flyer w (4) coupons
Old Spice Body wash w/ $1 coupon
Cottonelle moist wipe w/ coupon
Cottonelle tp sample w/ coupon

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