Monday, August 17, 2009

Coupons and Circulars

Well, I want to tell you all about another fantastic trip to Acme! After reviewing the weekly circular and the Sunday coupons I headed to the Acme to get some great deals. Kellogg's cereals and products were on sale the week I went. The big sale was the 5 boxes of Poptarts for $5. I think the cereal was like 4 boxes for $6 too...I can't remember exactly because I already sent in my original receipt for my Kellogg's $10 rebate. Anyway, I purchased 10 Kellogg's items, the 5 boxes of Poptarts and then some yummy cereal (5 boxes) and a bag of delicious red seedless grapes (88 cents a pound!) all for only $11.58 because of the sale prices and my 4 manufacturers coupons. And then with the Kellogg's sponsored $10 rebate that makes the grand total $1.58! I wish I could tell you the actual retail price...I'll estimate it to be about $40 given the usual prices of Poptarts, cereals, and grapes. I paid about 4% of the regular cost! Again, I highly recommend cross referencing Sunday coupons with the weekly circular! Happy shopping and saving! Oh, by the way, I don't recommend buying lots of Poptarts and surgary cereals, but this was a deal I couldn't pass up and I thought the boys (and me and DVB) would enjoy a little change.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Great deals on kids clothes!

I have not been shopping for my boys in such a long time-but thanks to an email in my inbox on Friday I ventured to the mall. I got a 2 day coupon for The Children's Place to save an extra 25% on all purchases (in store and online). Well, I always like to buy my kids clothes a year ahead of time because I save so much buying clearance. I didn't know if it would happen this year since we have been soo, so busy with all that is going on in our lives. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get a good deal-so off we went to the a serious rain storm! All the summer stuff was about 40-50% marked down already and with the additional coupon the savings really added up. I really only needed to get summer things for Ethan for next year, Nathan has plenty and so will the new baby. Since I already had a merchandise credit for the store (for about $25), I ended up getting 3 pairs of shorts and 4 shirts and they owed me $1.50! The original price on all those items would have been $87.50. Wow! Super deal. Once I got home, I wanted to check the online inventory. They actually had a lot more to offer. So I decided to get a few more things. I got 3 more pairs of shorts, 2 t-shirts, and a pair of swim trunks for $27.45 ($10 of which was for shipping). So to review, I spent about $25 out of my own pocket!!! 13 items, that's like $2.00 an item. I think Ethan is now set for summer clothes. I'm sure he has stuff that will fit him from this year's collection too-I find that to be true every year. And these items will be great hammy-downs for our other two boys when the time comes.

Cloth Diapers!

Well, I am really getting in over my head, but I'm actually really excited about it! I have thought long and hard and researched quite a bit, and I have officially decided to try cloth diapers with our new baby who is on his way. Cloth diapers are not like they used to be. They have come such a long way and they are so cute! The diapers I decided to go with are called "Gdiapers." I found out about a great deal from one of my favorite websites and I snagged them. They are actually environmentally friendly diapers (I'll let you read about them online), but they now offer a cloth alternative, which really got me interested. And they are super cute! The usual price for the "gpants" are about $18 each and I ended up getting a 6 pack (retails for $70) for only $40. So that's about $6.67 per gpant. Great savings! I bought size small and medium to get me started. My mom was kind enough to buy me the size large, so I may even try them with Nathan. I just got mine in the mail yesterday. We'll most likely use disposables initially and probably while traveling, but my hope is to do cloth the majority of the time. I'm excited to save a ton of money on diapers and help the environment too. Did you know that disposable diapers take 500 years to decompose! Yikes!

I know a few friends who have gone cloth and have been very pleased. I know there will be a bit of a learning curve and I may get frustrated and grossed out at times-but I think it will be worth it. Wish me luck! Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated. Hey and pass the word along. Maybe its a good option for you too! Babies R Us supposedly sell these gDiapers too, so I may try to snag a few good deals there too. I'll let you know how it goes once we get started.