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Weekly Deals | Silk Soy & Smart Balance Milk

11 Apr

Disclaimer: pup not included!

Kate & I are a two “milk” household. I drink regular cow’s milk in my coffee & she drinks soy milk in hers. Oh and I tend to have more vegan bake-offs using soy milk than she would like..ha!

This week’s deal via Shaw’s Supermarket

  1. Smart Balance Milk: On sale this week! 2/$6 = $3 per 1/2 gallon of milk. Using a $.75 coupon (which Shaw’s doubles!) I cut out from the Smart Source circular in the Boston Globe on 4.1.12, my total cost was $1.50. Woo hoo!
  2. Silk Soy Milk: Original price: $3.99 per 1/2 gallon. I used a $.75 coupon (which again doubled at Shaw’s for a savings of $1.50) that I printed from the Silk website. Total cost = $2.49.

Tips…

  • To get the Silk coupon: go to the Silk website > click on the coupon link at the top of the page > register on the site > print your coupon.
  • Many brands offer loyal customers coupons online (if you register on their websites). Websites I have gotten valuable coupons from (just by registering or signing up for a newsletter) include: Chobani, Silk, Hunt’s, Wellness pet foods, Halo pet foods & Method.

Decor DIY | Frame it!

9 Apr

We have a small collection of screen printed posters created by local artist friends. They are unusual sizes & at first, the task of framing them seemed impossible or very expensive. While I’ve seen thrifty/creative ways to hang posters/prints like here & here, they don’t actually protect the art & we not only wanted to display them, but keep them protected, too.

DIY framing kit to the rescue! We use the standard black metal ones for a cohesive look but they are available in a small variety of finishes.

Supplies

Artwork

Archival mat board cut to the size of your artwork (or chipboard, foam core, or even corrugated cardboard will do — but keep in mind if you use these, it won’t be archival)

Glass or plexiglass cut to the size of your artwork

Flat head screwdriver

2 framing kits (in the width & height of your artwork) such as these 

Instructions

The instructions are part of the framing kit packaging & they are very easy to follow. The whole kit takes about 10 minutes total to assemble (including the time it takes to clean the glass/dust off the plexi!). Easy peasy!

Tips…

Glass &  plexiglass: While you might think that plexiglass would be cheaper, it’s often not the case, so investigate before you buy. There are two hardware stores near me & one sells & cuts plexiglass and the other sells & cuts glass. Call your local hardware store to see if they custom cut glass/plexi before you stop in. Be careful while handling either material — the edges can be deceivingly sharp!

Savings:

  • I’ve found the same brand framing kits in craft stores that publish “40%-50% off one item” coupons weekly. This can be a great way to save even more $ with this project.
  • Keep an eye out for coupons at your local hardware store. I saved $3 on a piece of glass with a coupon from the back of our grocery shopping receipt (thanks to Jess!).

Cutting mat board:

  • Many art supply stores have a “cut your own” large format heavy duty cutter that that they’ll let you use for free (like the Utrecht in Cambridge, MA). Typically, you need to purchase your mat board/illustration board first & then ask to use it.
  • Many art supply stores will often cut mat board for a small fee per cut.
  • You can also cut your own at home if you have a long straight edge (I like cork-backed metal rulers because they provide a strong clean edge and don’t slip) and a utility knife – you don’t need to worry about what the edges look like because they’ll be hidden by the frame — so smooth cuts aren’t necessary to fuss over.

Happy framing!

Weekly Deal | Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent BOGO*

27 Mar

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Disclaimer: pup not included!
*Four simple letters: B – O – G – O, and I was hooked! “BOGO” is bargain hunting speak for buy one get one free. 

I found this week’s deal at my local CVS. (It’s not just for toiletries and travel sized goodies, my friends.) I have learned that armed with my handy, ExtraCare savings card, I can save a bundle without much preparation/crazy hours of coupon cutting.

CVS Weekly Deals Sun 3/25 – Sat 3/31
Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent (32 loads) BOGO $7.29 each.

I bought 1 bottle for $7.29, got another bottle FREE and used a $1.00 coupon that I cut out of the newspaper two weekends ago.
So, I got 64 loads worth of laundry for $6.29 – that’s just under $.10 per load!!!!

CVS Savings Note:
Tip #1: Scanning your ExtraCare card at one of the savings stations BEFORE you start shopping is a great way to save more money, since it will print out unexpected “Extra Bucks” or store coupons right on the spot. (Wha wha?!)

Tip #2: Using the self-checkout lane is the way to go for a few reasons! (I swear it feels like I’m doing something shady but until they stop me…). First, it’s easier to ring yourself in so you can split your order into two/multiple transactions. (Warning: you might have to do a little bit of math first!) Second, if you have any store incentive savings/specials (e.g. buy 2 Dove products & get $2 “Extra Bucks” back), ring these in your first transaction & THEN use the Extra Bucks you earn on the second transaction to maximize your savings. Don’t forget to use manufacturer coupons, too!

I’m a couponer, sorry about the wait in the check out line…

19 Mar

Friends of mine started watching TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” and quickly got me hooked. The reality is that we live in a smallish apartment with no access to the basement and minimal storage space, so we don’t have a stock pile of 300 deodorants, 50 2 liter bottles of soda, etc. Just sayin’.

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My goal: To start saving more money so that one day in the not so distant future (fingers crossed) Kate and I (and the pets) could have a house with a yard and not be eternally renting. That is how it all started…

These days I buy two Sunday newspapers and print coupons out that are offered online. I even mail coupons to friends. It has actually turned into more of a hobby and a way to correspond with friends and save money in the process.

This Week’s Deals:

CVS Sunday 3/18 – Saturday 3/24
*sale prices reflect using your Extra Care card
Number of transactions: 2 (I always use the self check out line)

Transaction #1:
Alaway: sale price $11.99 with $4.00 coupon
TOTAL: $7.99 plus tax, earning a $2 extra bucks coupon for next visit

Transaction #2:
– Kettle Potato Chips (8-8.5oz bag): sale price: $2.49 with $1.00 coupon TOTAL: $1.49
– Kellog’s Cereal (8.7oz-15oz box): sale price: $1.77 with $1.00 off TWO boxes coupon TOTAL: $2.54 (for two boxes)
– Johnson’s baby products (13-15oz): sale price: $2.99 with $1.50 coupon TOTAL: $1.49
TOTAL: $5.52 then use your $2 extra bucks coupon
Final Transaction #2 ORDER TOTAL: $3.52 plus tax

Pet Smart
*sale price reflects using customer Rewards card
World’s Best Cat Litter (7lb bag): sale price $7.49 with $3.00 on line coupon
TOTAL: $4.49 plus tax

Shaw’s Supermarkets Friday 3/16 – Thursday 3/22
*sale prices reflect using your Shaw’s Rewards card
– Barilla Pasta: sale price: $1.00 with $1.00 coupon with purchase of a jar of Barilla Sauce — cost with coupon & sale: FREE pasta!
– Starburst Jelly Beans: sale price 2/$5 with $1.00 coupon — cost with coupon & sale: 2/$4
– Filippo Berio /olive Oil (16.9oz-17oz): sale price $3.99
$1.00 coupon printed from Filippo Berio websitecost with coupon & sale: $2.99
– Chobani Greek Yogurt (32 oz): sale price $5.79 with $.50 coupon from chobani.com
$.50 coupon Doubles to $1.00 off — cost with coupon & sale: $4.79
– Chobani Champions 4 pack: sale price $2.89 with $1.00 coupon from chobani.com cost with coupon & sale: $1.89

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