Sunday, December 30, 2012

I just MADE $40 at Walgreens!

Well, that was the EASIEST $40 I have ever made....and I got $160 worth of stuff while doing it!

This week Walgreens has 2 GREAT sales. One is on a weight loss supplement and the other is on prenatal vitamins. (No I'm not pregnant, but I take prenatals because they don't make me sick like regular vitamins do).

The Simply Slim and Brainstrong Prenatal vitamins are both on sale for $10 with $10 RR!! So they are already FREE. But...the Simply Slim has a $10 Peelie Q on top of them, making them a $10 MONEYMAKER! So exciting.

This was the first time that I got up early enough on a Sunday morning to be at the store when they opened, but I REALLY wanted to get in on these deals. And trust me, I'm not done yet! I hope to score some more before the weeks end.

Here is what I did.

Transaction 1:
Simply Slim: $29
Sale: $10
Minus: $10 Q

Total: FREE
Received: $10 RR

Transaction 2:
Simply Slim: $29
Sale: $10
Minus: $10 Q

Total: FREE
Received: $10 RR

Transaction 3:
Simply Slim: $29
Sale: $10
Minus: $10 Q

Total: FREE
Received: $10 RR

Transaction 4:
Simply Slim: $29
Sale: $10
Minus: $10 Q

Total: FREE
Received: $10 RR

Transaction 5:
Brainstrong: $20
Sale: $10
Minus: $10 RR (from Simply Slim)
Total: FREE
Received: $10 RR

Transaction 6:
Brainstrong: $20
Sale: $10
Minus: $10 RR (from Simply Slim)
Total: FREE
Received: $10 RR

Total Worth: $156
Total Spent: NOTHING
Total Received: $40 RR!!!!

I am so excited about this trip and so thankful that it went smoothly!

I am going to try the diet pills, just to see what they are about. But even if I decide not to use them, they made me $40!! :)

Friday, December 28, 2012

I'm back! And so is the End of the Year Hair Care Clearance at CVS!

I am SO excited! I have been waiting for this ALL YEAR!
CVS is having their end of the year hair care CLEARANCE!!!!
They have tons of hair care up to 75% off!
I took advantage of this sale last year, and I have only just begun to take advantage of it this year!!!

Also, I found out that my CVS takes EXPIRED ECBs!!! This made me super excited! Especially since I had $5 ECBs in my purse that expired at the beginning of the month!

I went to CVS today, but didn't get much because the big money Qs that will make this sale even sweeter will be in this weeks paper!

But here is what I got:

3 Herbal Essences: $4.49 each: $13.47
CLEARANCE: $1.12 each
Minus $1/2 Q

Tresemee Split End Cream: $5.49
Clearance: $2.74

5 Clairol Hair Dye: $8.99 each: $44.95
Clearance: $2.24 each
Minus (5) $2/1 Q

Minus $5 ECB

Total Before: $63.91
Total After: $1.30

That's about $.14 per item! Whoo hoo!!

Below is a picture of all the shampoo I scored last year during this sale, all for under $5!
I hope to get as good of a deal this year too! :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Dinner on a Dime: Cider Glazed Chicken and Spicy Brown Sugar Carrots!

Tonight's dinner on a dime was finger kicking good! I'm serious....I liked my fingers it was so delicious. And it only cost us $5!!!!

The recipe we used is actually ,east for a thanksgiving turkey, but we had a chicken so used it instead, and it turned out great! You can get the original recipes HERE and HERE.

It was like our own mini Thanksgiving dinner. I was worried that Jonathan wouldn't like it since he doesn't like apple cider, but he loved it! And of course we had a ton leftover so we will definitely get a second meal out of this!

For the chicken:
Apple cider
Whole chicken
Savory seasoning
Poultry seasoning
Brown sugar
Salt & pepper
Canola oil
(I just sprinkled the seasonings on until I thought it was good enough, didn't use measurements)

What to do:

In a large pot with a lid that is big enough to fit the chicken, add all but 2 cups apple cider and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the salt, thyme, rosemary, and Savory and stir to dissolve the salt. Remove from the heat, add 5 cups of ice, 6 cups water and stir. Put the turkey in the pot with the brine and hold it down so that the cavity fills with the brine. If the chicken is not completely submerged in the brine, add another 2 to 3 cups of water to the pot until covered. Cover the pot with a lid and refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove the chicken from the brine, rinse and pat dry. Arrange it, breast side up, in a roasting pan.

In a small bowl combine the canola oil, poultry seasoning and pepper. Brush the turkey liberally until completely coated. Put in the oven and roast until cooked (about 20 min per pound). About 10 minutes before the chicken is done, liberally baste the bird with the cider glaze.


In a small saucepan combine the reserved 2 cups of apple cider and 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Simmer until reduced to about 1/2 cup.

Now for the carrots:

2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut on the bias into 2 1/2-inch pieces (I used baby carrots)
1/4 cup apple cider
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

What to do:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium heat and add the carrots. Cook for 2 minutes, then drain in a colander and set aside.

In a medium-size pot combine all the remaining ingredients, except the parsley, and bring to a simmer over low heat. Add the drained carrots and toss to combine. Simmer on low heat for 5 minutes to incorporate flavors.

My Cost:
Apple Cider: $4
Carrots: $1

Total cost for this meal: $5!!!!

(Someone gave us the chicken, so we didn't have to buy one)