Friday, July 29, 2011

Have some Half-Priced Cheesecake!

Tomorrow is National Cheesecake Day! And to celebrate The Cheesecake Factory is offering "Any Slice at Half Price" but for dine-in guests only.

National Cheesecake Day tomorrow

The offer applies Saturday at any location.
Also the new Hershey's Chocolate Bar Cheesecake will make its debut.
It is layers of chocolate cheesecake, moist chocolate cake, and ganache, topped with a creamy chocolate frosting and chocolate chips.

Free Lotion at Bath and Body Works

Here's one way I put together really nice gift baskets for teachers for next to nothing. I wonder how many excuses I can find to go back to this store in the next two days.

Print this coupon and head to Bath and Body Works for a free 2oz Paris Amour Body Lotion July 29th – 31st!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Got Milk... and Bread?

Two great coupons for grocery staples that rarely give out coupons!

Head on over to score a $1.00 off ANY Milk coupon here! Will be mailed within 8 weeks!

And now for the bread...

A new Nature’s Own coupon just popped up on! Head on over there, use zip code 90210 (if needed) and you should spot a rare $0.75/1 Nature’s Own product coupon! As I’ve said before, bread coupons are hard to come by, so I always suggest printing them when they’re available.

target toy clearance

My haul! Super excited about the bike trailer I snagged at 75% off .. $40
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

School Supply Round Up

This Week's Back to School Shopping Comparisons


Here is a price comparision of Back to School deals. Below is a list of supplies and where they are the cheapest or you can take the list and use it to price match Walmart.

-Office Max – Free After Max Perks Rewards
-Target – Embark $9
-Walgreens – $9.99 + Free Lunch Kit
-Big Lots – $9.99
-Toys R Us – $12.99 + Free Lunch Kit
-Staples – 50% Back in Rewards
-K-Mart – 15% off
-Rite Aid – 50% Off

Lunch Kits
-Walgreens – Free with $9.99 Backpack
-Toys R Us – Free with $12.99 Backpack
-Big Lots – $6
-K-Mart – Disney products $9.99
-Target – Embark $8 – $9
-Office Max – 25% off

-Sharpies 2 ct 25¢ – Staples
-Sharpies 39¢ – Walgreens
-Sharpies 2 ct $1.50 – CVS

Glue Sticks
-Scholastic 4 pk 50¢ – Office Depot
-Glue stick – Rite Aid

-Zebra 7 pk Free after Rebate – Staples
-PaperMate 2 pk 69¢ – Walgreens
-Pilot Easy Touch 2-3 pk 99¢ – Walgreens
-Bic 10 pk $1 – K-Mart
-Pentel Wow 12 pk BOGO Free – Office Max
-Bic Crystal 10 Pack Buy One Get One Free – Rite Aid

-K-Mart – 33¢
-Target – 99¢
-Staples – 2 pocket 1¢ through Wednesday with $5 minimum purchase

-Fiskars 5″ $1 – Office Depot

-Staples Brand 12 pk 10¢ – Staples

-Penway #2 24 pk 99¢ – Walgreens
-USA Gold 12 pk 99¢ – Target
-Ticonderoga 12 pk $2 – Staples
-Ticonderoga 24 pk $4 – K-Mart
-Pencils Buy 1 Get 1 Free – Rite Aid

Mechanical Pencils
-Corner Office / Wexford 3 pk 99¢ – Walgreens
-Bic 10 ct BOGO Free – CVS
-Velocity 4 ct BOGO Free – CVS
-Bic 24 ct Shimmer $4 – K-Mart

Pencil Box
-Sterlite 50¢ – Target
-Big Lots – 50¢

Pencil Sharpeners
-Tug 1¢ – Office Depot
-Penway / Wexford 39¢ – Walgreens
-Igloo 99¢ – Target

Water Colors
-Schoolio 8 pk BOGO Free – Office Max
-Crayola 8 pk $1.50 – Target

-RoseArt 24 ct 25¢ – K-Mart
-Crayola 24 ct BOGO Free – CVS
-All Crayola BOGO Free – Toys R Us
-Schoolio 8 pk BOGO Free – Office Max
-Crayola 64 ct $2.50 – K-Mart

-Expo 4 ct BOGO Free – CVS
-All Crayola BOGO Free – Toys R Us

Washable Markers
-RoseArt 8-10 ct $1 – Staples
-Schoolio 8 ct BOGO Free – Office Max
-All Crayola BOGO Free – Toys R Us

Colored Pencils
-Crayola 12 ct 99¢ – Walgreens
-Crayola 12 ct 99¢ – Target
-RoseArt 12 ct $1 – K-Mart
-All Crayola BOGO Free – Toys R Us

-Bic $1 – K-Mart
-Bic 2 pk 50¢ – Staples

-Sharpie 2 pk 69¢ – Walgreens
-Bic Brite Liner 5 pk $2 -Staples
-Expo/Sharpie B2G1 Free – Office Max

Composition Books
-Penway / Wexford 50-80 sheets 19¢ – Walgreens
-Target – 99¢
-Mead Composite 3/$.98 – Rite Aid

-K-Mart – 70 sheets 33¢
-Target – 99¢

-1 ” $1 – K-Mart
-1″ $2 – Big Lots

-Office Depot – $10 off $50 Exp 7/25
-Staples $5 off $25 Exp 7/31
-Free Post it, Pop Up Purse Dispenser when you buy labels
-$1 off any Scotch Pop Up Tape Dispenser Exp 9/30
-$1 off any Scotch Poster Tape Exp 9/30
-$1 off any Scotch Packaging Tape Exp 9/30
-$1 off any Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches Exp 9/30
-$2 off any Scotch Easy-Grip Packaging Tape Dispenser Exp 9/30

-Target 75¢ off Post-It Flags or Tabs
-Target 50¢ off Scotch Magic Tape
-Target $1 off Papermate Writing Utensil item
-Target $1 off Sharpie item
-Target $1.50 off Mead Cloth Binder
-Target $1 off select Crayola Dry Erase items

-$1 off Sharpie Pens, 2 pack or Markers, 3 pack – Walgreens July 2011 Savings Book-$3 off Expo Washable Dry Erase Markers, 6 pack – Walgreens July 2011 Savings Book
-Pilot Pens $1 off

Monday, July 25, 2011

Free Stuff at Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports must want customers in the door becuse they are offering a great promotion right now. Post a comment or shoot me an email and I can email you the coupon!

7/25-7/27 Only! 

TP Stock Up!!!

Wowza! Check out this *HOT* toilet paper deal you can snag at Walgreens on 7/31 only. I thought it best to tell you all in advance so that you can have your coupons ready and printed for this amazing deal. Seriously… I haven’t see a toilet paper deal this good in a long time!

Alright, so check out this *HOT* Walgreens deal valid, 7/31, ONLY:

Buy 2 Cottonelle 12 packs $5 each (regular price)
Total = $10.00
Use the $1/1 Walgreens Cottonelle coupon found in the August Coupon Booklet – Which will be available in-store and online starting 7/31 (Will deducts $2)
Use 2 $0.75/1 coupons found in the 7/17 SS
(Or use the $0.50/1 coupon found here)
Pay as low as $6.50
Get back a $3.50 RR (for buying 2 packages – valid through 7/31 only)
Final cost only $3 total – just $1.50 per 12 pack!!!
*If you purchase 3 packages, you will get back a $4.50 RR!

** Remember that if you are a teacher, the deal gets better. Bring some ID, askt hem for the teacher discount BEFORE they start ringing you up, and you'll save an additional 15%!
There are lots of Ebay Auctions for these coupons now, The prices are getting jacked up so be careful and don't get pulled into a bidding war!

Here are some printable coupons to help you take advantage of the deal!

Coupons Here  and Here

Bargain Bootcampers: It's time to Make Money!

Walgreens: 2 Upcoming FREEBIES (and Money Maker) Starting July 31st


Here are two HOT Money Makers that you will be able to get at Walgreens starting July 31st. Why am I telling you now? So that you can print the coupons while they're still available - or you'll be kicking yourself later.

Allegra 24 hour Allergy Relief (5 Ct.) $6.99
Buy 1, Get $7 in Register Rewards
Use: Printable $2/1 Allegra Coupon
Final Price: FREE + $2 Money Maker after Coupon & RR!

Keri Lotion $6.99
Get $5 Register Reward
Use $2 printable coupon or $2/1 Keri Lotion 7/17/2011 SS Insert (exp 10/31/2011)
Pay $4.99, Get $5 Register Reward
Final Price, FREE

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ten Things You Didn't Know: A Gift for My Dad

With my Dad's 68th birthday approaching at the end of the month, I was debating on buying him yet another war book or yet another Lobster-Gram. With the already-done gifts of clothes, restaurant gift certificates, and other typical dad-gifts,  and knowing that at 68 he has plenty of money to buy all the clothes, books, movies, he wants. He doesn't go out much these days, anyway. I struggled to come up with something that he would enjoy and yet something that he simply could not get for himself. The result was a personal creation of a list of ten things I have learned from him.

I made it into a mini-book and used only materials I had on hand, because A) I am broke untilthe school year starts, B) it was a summer task to use only what I have for all my scrapbooking projects.

This book was inspired in part by a blog post made by a friend of mine where she losted out a blog to her mom {56 Things I Love About You} and in part from the 30-day Photo Challenge from facebook. Day 24 called for a photo of "something I wish I could change" and that would be leaving DC the way I did, 16 years ago. I don't know if my dad ever thinks about that year and I don't know if he knows that I regret hurting him so much with my decision to move back to Massachusetts. 13 years away from the east coast and 2400 miles has taken a toll on my relationship with my Dad, and while we are close today, he seems so remote and so sad when we talk. I feel like I am losing him every day and I wanted him to know these things that I have learned from him whether or not he meant to teach me these lessons. I hope the sentimental gift goes a lot farther than a gift box with a few shirts.

1) You taught me to ask for help.

2. You instilled in me competitveness and a love for sports.

3. You taught me never to start smoking which led to a lifetime of healthy choices.

4. From you I gained an appreciation for the beauty of the dynamic ocean.

5. It meant the world to me that you  travelled to Cohasset for Isabella's baptism and that you came to Arizona to meet your first two grandchildren.

6. {gulp. The big "apology"} I learned in life that there are tough decisions to make and that it is normal to regret those decisions down the road. The choices that are hardest to make are the ones we learn from the most. I regret leaving DC in such a terrible fashion, but I cannot regret leaving because of the path my life has taken since then.

7. I learned that the toughest hands are often the onjes we deal ourselves.

8. You taught me that there is more to a lobster than claws and a tail.

9. You were right. You once told me that yo did not want me to go to Arizona for college because you knew I would fall in love with the climate and meet a guy and stay here forever.  I told you that there was no weather or man that could keep me away from the east coast. Well, I could do without the climate, but the guy was a keeper.

10. I learned from you that broken hearts can be repaired. You taught me to think about what you are saying to those you love.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Free Brownell's $10 E-Card

If you have a outdoorsy man in your life, you may want to take advantage of this offer to get a free $10 e-card for Brownell's.

Refer 3 friends to Brownell's Facebook page and you'll score a free $10 e-card.

Use this link to refer them: (after you've checked out their page via my link, of course!)

Free Personalized Cards

If you have a birthday party coming up, you might want to jump on this offer for free personalized cards. Use them as invitations or thank you cards!


Claim your FREE coupon to receive 25 custom invitations.This summer customize graduation announcements, party invitations, thank you notes or bridal shower cards at

Click HERE for link.

Borders Storewide Clearance

It is a HUGE diasspointment for me to see this happen. I have been a loyal Borders customer for 10+ years. They are closing the doors of all Borders and Walden Books. Starting today, their entire store will be 40%. I imagine it will be at least a week before that drops to 50%. August should mean some great clearance finds at 70-90% off, but that of course will be limited to what's been picked over. Keep in mind they have a great toy and gift section, so here's your chance to get some great toys like Melissa and Doug products and unique gifts like cute aprons and journals. I'll be waiting for 70% before I step foot in the store so I am not tempted to try to keep them in business.  

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Free Library Events

If you haven't had a chance to attend one of the many free events at the Green Valley and Sahaurita libraries, I highly recommend that you sneak them on to your calendar. I actually took the time at the beginning of the summer to enter all the events into my phone/gmail calendar so I get a daily reminder of what's happening. Anyway, we loved the juggling show today. Check out some pictures from of the kids practicing their juggling skills here. All the kids had a great time at this truly all ages show. There are a few more events left before the school year madness sets in, so be sure to check out the calendar at both libraries as they both offer different events on different days.

Lysol Rebate and a PSA for School Supplies

Click Here for a GREAT rebate just in time for all that back to school shopping. And this is a great reminder to always keep your receipts for everything. I already bought a few tubs of Lysol wipes earlier this month for our back-to-school supply shopping. I can already submit this rebate without spending another dime.

If anti-bacterial wipes aren't on your back-to-school supply list or if you aren't a parent of a school-aged child, please consider making a GREATLY APPRECIATED donation to your local school (remember those oft-forgotten high school teachers who don't have the "luxury" of back-to-school supply lists). The classrooms are often a germ-ridden place of learning and many teachers spend their own money to buy wipes and sprays to help control the germs. A donation of a few tubs of these wipes would go a long way in the heart of a high school teacher. If you have a middle or high school aged child, consider showing up on back-to-school night with a bag of wipes. You'll be in their heart for the rest of the year, I promise!

Attention Bargain Bootcampers: Free Stuff Next Week!

Here is a great chance for you to test your knoweldge for Walgreens and CVS. This week, starting Sunday 7/24, there will be a slew of FREE STUFF at both Walgreens and CVS, using little coupons. Just Free (after RR and ECB, of course). This is a great chance for you to start earning those RR and ECB to roll into future deals. Here's the skinny:

Walgreens look ahead:

Perfection Tampons $1.50Get $1.50 RR
Final Price, FREE

Scrunci No Damage hair elastics 18 ct 2/$3.00
Get $3 RR wyb 2
Final Price, FREE

DenTek Comfort Clean Flosser 50 pk $2.99
Get $2 RR
Printable Coupon save $1.00
Final Price, FREE

Crest 3D 4 oz or Pro-Health 4.2 oz Toothpaste, or Oral-B Indicator Toothbrush 2/$4.98
Get $3 RR wyb 2
(7/3 P&G) save $2.00/2 Oral-B Indicator Toothbrushes
(6/5 or 7/3 P&G) save $1.00/2 or $0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste
Final Price, FREE Oral-B toothbrushes or Crest toothpaste $0.98/2 or $0.48/2

Cheap buy starting 7/24:

Pure Silk Shave Cream $0.99 w/ in-ad coupon
(7/10 RP) save $0.80/1
Final Price, $0.19

CVS look ahead:

ReNu contact solution $7.89 (Limit 1)Get $6 ECB
(6/12 SS) save $2.00/1
Printable Coupon save $2.00/1 HERE or HERE
Final Price, $0.11 Money Maker

PaperMate pens $1.99 (Limit 1)
Get $1.99 ECB
Final Price, FREE

Cheap buys starting Sunday the 24th:

U by Kotex Tampons, Pads or Liners $3.49 (Limit 1)
Get $2 ECB
(7/24 SS) save $1.00 (3 coupons - 1 each for Liners, Pads or Tampons)
Printable coupon save $1.00
Final Price, $0.49

Snacks: Cheez-It snack mix, Corn Nut Chips, Keebler crackers or Nabisco cookies or crackers 4-8 oz 4/$5.00 (Limit 1)
Get $1 ECB wyb 4
(6/19 SS) save $1.00/2 (regional coupon)
Final Price, 4/$2.00 or $0.50 each

If there are any printable coupons available for the deals above, you 'll want to print those now and set aside some time on Sunday or Monday to hit the stores. Remember, these FREE deals tend to go fast.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Announcing! My {other} Blog!

Check out my {other} blog which is aimed at keeping distant family, friends, and fans {LOL} in touch with what we are up to. This was spurred by the upcoming BIG changes we have in our life: new job, kindergarten, and maybe even a change of scene for John. There will be no deals, no bargains on that blog. Just family / kids/ funny / marriage / life related STUFF. So if you knew me years ago, know me now, or want to know a little more about me, you can get the inside look here or there!

If you follow my blog, you may or may not know that I created a new FB page to better accomodate the people who need to know about good deals and, well, my crazy life and projects.

Head on over to Tales of an Over-Achieving Mom on FB and "like" me. You can get quick updates on the best deals!

Free Personalized Cards!

Have an announcement to make? Behind on thank you cards for a recent birthday? Here's a quick way to make the most of your message without draining your wallet.

seehere free photo cards
Here's how to get your FREE 4x8 photo cards:
  • Register with SeeHere for a new account.
  • Create a 4×8 single flat photo card.
  • Select 20 cards -- this is important because if you select more your shipping will double.
  • Use promotion code 25cards at checkout.
  • Shipping will be just $1.49.

Top Ten Item Stock Up!

For those of you that have attended my Bargain Bootcamps, you know that shaving cream is one of my Top Ten products I never pay for. here's a chance for you to pay pennies for shaving cream! It can be your first CVS run to start building up your ECB's.

Edge Shaving Cream as little as .32 each!

edge shave gel coupon CVS: Edge Shave Gel $0.32 after Coupons

Starting next week, you can get Edge Shave Gel for just $0.32 at CVS:

*Buy $20 of select Schick or Playtex products, Get $10 in ECBs.
2 Edge Shave Gels – $2.19 each
2 Schick Hydro Razors – $7.99 each

USE 2 $0.55/1 Edge Shave Gel printables
AND 2 $4/1 Schick Hydro Razor (from 06/12 SS, exp. 7/24)
Pay $11.26
Get $10.00 ECB
Final Price = $0.32

School Supply Round Up

Walmart and Target will price match other stores prices, so if you don’t want to run all over town take all the ads to one place!! Also, all of these deals are pretty good so I just put acorns by the Free deals. Enjoy!

Folders and Portfolios

  • Walmart – Paper Folders 15¢
  • Fry's/Kroger – Pocket Folders, with fasteners, 15¢
  • Target – Mead 5 Star Poly Folders, 50¢

Spiral and Composition Notebooks

  • Walmart – 3-Subject Notebook, 120 sheets, $1.44
  • Walmart – 5-Subject Notebook, 180 sheets, $1.88
  • Walmart – Composition Books, 100 sheets, 40¢
  • Walmart – Mead Spiral Bound Wide Rule, 4 pk., $7
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Mead Five Star notebook, Walgreens coupon calendar
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Mead Poly notebook or vinyl binder, Walgreens coupon calendar
    (makes it $6)
  • Fry's/Kroger – Top Flight 1 Subject Spiral Notebooks, 15¢
  • Fry's/Kroger – Composition Notebooks, 50¢
  • Staples – Staples Poly 1-Subject 8″ x 10.5″ Notebook 50¢ Limit 2
  • Staples – Staples 3″ x 5″ Memo Book, 80 sheets, $1 Limit 2
  • Staples – Staples 5″ x 3″ Memo Books, 5 pk. 75 sheets ea., $2 Limit 2
  • Staples – Staples 3″ x 5″ Memo Book w/ Magnetic Closure, 60 sheets, $1 Limit 2
  • Office Max – Schoolio Composition Books, 100 Sheets, 75¢ Limit 5
    w/ additional $5 purchase
    (Ends Wednesday)
  • Walgreens – Penway 1 Subject Notebook, 39¢
  • Lowes – Top Flight 1 Subject Notebook, 70 ct., 79¢
  • Food City – Top Flight 1-Subject Notebook, 70 pages, 99¢


  • Walmart – 1″ Economy Binder 92¢
  • Staples – Avery 1″ Black and Blue Durable Binder $1 Limit 2
  • Staples – Avery 1″ Durable View Binder $2 Limit 2
  • Office Max – Office Max Clear Zippered Binder Pocket, 25¢ Limit 3
    w/ additional $5 purchase
    (Ends Wednesday)
  • Walgreens – Penway or Wexford Poly Binder 1 in, 49¢ ea

Paper and Writing Pads

  • Walmart – Filler paper, 150 sheets, 75¢
  • Walmart – Five Star Reinforced College Rule Filler Paper, 2 pk., $6
  • Fry's/Kroger – Filler Paper, 75¢
  • Staples – Staples Photo Plus 4″ x 6″ Paper, 60 sheets, $9.99 Limit 2
    $9.49 Easy Rebate
    (makes it 50¢ after Easy Rebate)
  • Staples – Hammermill 8.5″ x 11″ CopyPlus Copy Paper, 500 sheets, $5.99 Limit 2
    $4.99 Easy Rebate
    (makes it $1 after Easy Rebate)
  • Staples – Top Wire 8″ x 5″ Writing Pad, 80 sheets, $2 Limit 2
  • Office Max – Office Max Filler Paper, 100 Sheets, 1¢ Limit 2
    w/ additional $5 purchase
    (Ends Wednesday)
  • Office Max – Hammerhill 8.5×11 Copy Plus Paper, 500 Sheets, $6.99 Limit 2
    -$5.99 MaxPerks Bonus Rewards WYB (1)
    (makes it $1)
  • Walgreens – College or Wide Ruled Filler Paper, 70 ct., 39¢
  • Lowes – Top Flight Filler Paper, 150 ct., $1
  • Food City – Top Flight Filler Paper, 150 ct., $1.99

Pencils and Erasers

  • Fry's/Kroger – Office Works #2 Pencils, 10 pk, 50¢
  • Fry's/Kroger – Pink Pearl Eraser, 50¢
  • Staples – 2 Yellow Pencils, 8 pk., 1¢ Limit 2
    With $5 minimum purchase
    (Ends Wednesday)
  • Staples – Staples Assorted Mechanical Pencils, .7 mm 12 pk., $1 Limit 2
  • Office Max – Paper Mate Pink Pearl Erasers, 3 pk., $1 Limit 3
  • Walgreens – Penway #2 Pencils, 10 ct., 19¢
  • Lowes – Academix #2 Pencils, 10 ct., 50¢
  • Lowes – Academix Pencil Erasers, 30 ct., 50¢
  • Food City – Academix Pencil Top Erasers, 30 ct., 99¢
  • Food City – Academix No. 2 Pencils, 10 ct., 79¢
  • Kmart – Microban Erasers 50¢ Limit 4
  • Kmart – #2 Wood Pencils, 10 ct., 50¢ Limit 4


  • Fry's/Kroger – Write Bros. Pens, 10 ct., 33¢
  • Fry's/Kroger – BIC Cristal Pens, 10 ct., 79¢
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Bic Stationery product, printable
  • Staples – Pentel RSVP Ballpoint Pens, 5 pk., $4 Limit 1
    $4 Easy Rebate
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Pentel EnerGel-X gel pens printable
    (makes it FREE after Easy Rebate)
  • Staples – BIC Clic Stic Ballpoint Pens, 5 pk., $1 Limit 2
  • Staples – Paper Mate Profile Ballpoint Pens, 4 pk., $1 Limit 2
  • Staples – Energel Xpress Retractable Rollerball Pens $3 Limit 2
  • Office Max – Just Basics Ballpoint Pens, 10 pk., 50¢ Limit 2
    w/ additional $5 purchase
    (Ends Wednesday)
  •  Target – Bic Cristal Ballpoint Pens 10 ct., 50¢
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Bic Stationery Product printable
    (makes it FREE)
  • Target – Papermate Eagle Pens 10 ct., $1
    Store Coupon -$1 off Papermate writing utensil, (Target coupon) (EXP 07/17) printable
    (makes it FREE)
  • Lowes – Academix Stick Pens, 10 ct., $1
  • Food City – BIC Ink Pens, 10 ct., $1.49
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Bic Stationery product, printable
    (makes it 99¢ ea.)
  • Food City – Academix Comfort Tip Ballpoint Pens, 2 ct., $1.49
  • Food City – Academix Ballpoint Pens, 10 ct., $1.50

Arts and Crafts

  • Walmart – Cra-Z-Art Crayons, 24 pk., 25¢
  • Walmart – Crayola Colored Pencils or Markers, 10-12 ct., 97¢
  • Fry's/Kroger – Crayola Crayons, 24 ct, 25¢
    Store Coupon -$1/2 Crayola product, Walgreens coupon calendar (manufacturer coupon)
  • Office Max – Schoolio Crayons, 24 pk., 25¢ Limit 3
    w/ additional $5 purchase
    (Ends Wednesday)
  • Target – RoseArt Washable Watercolor Paints 10 ct., $1
  • Food City – Academix Crayons, 24 ct., $1.50
  • Kmart – Crayola Crayons, 24 ct., 25¢ Limit 4

Highlighters or Sharpies

  • Walmart – Sharpie Pocket or Tank Style Highlighters, 4 pk., $1.47
  • Fry's/Kroger – Sharpie Markers, 2 ct., $1.50
  • Staples – Sharpie Accent Highlighters, 2 pk., 1¢ Limit 2
    With $5 minimum purchase
    (Ends Wednesday)
  • Office Max – Sharpie Accent Yellow Tank Style Highlighters, 4 ct., $1 Limit 2
  • Office Max – Sharpie Assorted Fine or Ultra Fine Marker, 24 pk., $6
    must buy 2 to get price
  • Walgreens – RoseArt Crayons, 24 ct., 39¢
  • Staples – Sharpie Felt-Tip Pens, 6 pk., $5
  • Target – Sharpie Accent Highlighters 2 ct., 50¢
  • Target – Sharpie Permanent Marker, $1.50
    Store Coupon -$1 off Sharpie permanent, (Target coupon) (EXP 07/17) printable
  • Lowes – Academix Highlighters, 4-5 ct., $1

Adhesives and Staplers

  • Walmart – Elmer’s Glue Sticks, 6 pk., $1.97
  • Fry's/Kroger – Office Works Glue, 50¢
  • Staples – Scotch Magic Invisible Tape, 3 pk. 3/4″ x 300″, $3
  • Staples – Scotch Moving and Storage Tape, 3 pk., $5
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Scotch packaging tape printable
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Scotch packing tape printable
    Manufacturer Coupon -.50/1 Scotch Packaging tape printable
    Manufacturer Coupon -.50/1 Scotch packing tape roll, SS 5/22
  • Office Max – Avery Permanent Glue Sticks, 3 pk., $1.50
    must buy 2 to get price
  • This is a great deal. Stock up! Office Max – Scotch Magic Tape Dispenser, $1 Limit 3
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Scotch Magic tape printable
    (makes it FREE)
  • Walgreens – RoseArt School Glue 4 oz, Single Jumbo or 3 pk Glue Sticks, 49¢ ea
  • Target – RoseArt Glue Sticks 6 ct., 80¢Target – Scotch Magic Tape Bonus Size, 50¢
    Store Coupon -.50/1 Scotch magic tape, (Target coupon) (EXP 07/17) printable
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Scotch Magic tape printable
    (makes it FREE)
  • Lowes – Academix Scissors, 1 ct., 50¢
  • Lowes – Elmer’s School Glue Sticks, 2 ct., $1.50
    -.75/2 Elmer’s School glue, Glue-All or glue sticks, SavingStar eCoupon
    (makes it $1.12 ea. after savings)
  • Lowes – Academix Transparent Tape, 1/2″ x 800″ 1 ct., 50¢
  • Food City – Academix School Glue, 4 oz, or Glue Sticks, 1 ct., $1
  • Kmart – Elmer’s School Glue Sticks, 25¢ Limit 4

Scissors and Rulers

  • Fry's/Kroger – Protractor 50¢
  • Office Max – Westcott KleenEarth 5″ Scissors, $1.50
    must buy 2 to get price
  • Target – Westcott Soft Touch Ruler, Protractor, or Compass, $1
  • Kmart – Select 12″ Shatterproof Ruler, 50¢ Limit 4

Dry Erase

  • Staples – Dry Erase Board w/ Marker, 5.5″ x 8.5″, $1 Limit 2
  • Staples – 8.5″ x 11″ Monthly Calendar Dry-Erase Board with Marker $3
  • Office Max – Expo Dry Erase Marker 4 pk., $2.50
    must buy 2 to get price
  • Walgreens – Expo Washable Dry Erase Markers 6 pk., $5.99
    Store Coupon -$3 off Expo washable dry erase markers 6 pk., July Walgreens Coupon booklet
    (makes it $2.99)

Index Cards

  • Staples – Staples 3″ x 5″ White Lined Index Cards, 100 pk., 1¢ Limit 2
    With $5 minimum purchase
    (Ends Wedesday)
  • Office Max – Office Max 3×5 Index Cards, $1.50
    must buy 2 to get price
  • Lowes – Top Flight Index Cards, 3×5″ in. 100 ct., $1

Bags and Other Equipment

  • Walmart – Eastsport Mesh Front Backpack $9
  • Lowes – Lowes Foods Backpacks, $9.99
  • Food City – Buy Academix Backpack $14.99
    Get Free:
    Clear View Pencil Pouch
    12 in. Wooden ruler
    Deluxe Pencil Sharpener
    No. 2 Pencils, 10 ct.
    Colored Pencils, 12 ct.
    Jumbo Pink Eraser
    Crayons, 24 ct.
    Disappearing Purple Glue Stick
  • Staples – 50% back in Staples Rewards WYB any ALREADY discounted backpacks Limit 1
  • Staples – Master Lock Combination Lock $3
  • Staples – BIC Wite-Out Correction Tape, 2 pk., $2 Limit 2
  • Staples – Avery 5-tab Insertable Dividers 50¢ Limit 2
  • Office Max – Office Max 2×2 Self-Stick Note Cube, 400 sheets, $1
  • Walgreens – Corner Office or Penway Sheet Protectors 10 pk or Tab Dividers 5 pk., 49¢ ea
  • Lowes – BIC Wite-Out Correction Fluid, 1 ct., $1
  • Lowes – Academix Pencil Sharpener, 1 ct., 50¢
< Thanks, Southern Savers >

Time to Start Thinking About Christmas Shopping!

Christmas is in the air! I bought a super cute 42" Christmas Tree for JJ's room at the White Elephant today and I must have spurred a chain reaction because I just bought two of these Wii cameras for 7.98 from Walmart Online, with free shipping.

What I like about this is it comes with a camera to scan your movements so NO remotes!!

They retail at $69.99! Perfect Christmas gifts for so many people on my list. Almost thinking I should get one more! I just did this at 3 PM, so if you want/need one of these, the deal is still active. Don't forget to shop through ebates for an extra 2% cash back.

Hurry over to Walmart because right now they have Your Shape for Wii for only $7.98! You can choose Site to Store or ship to your home for FREE (at least it was for me). The Retail price is $69.99 so get it while you can.
I had to go through the link about to get the $7.98 price. So what I recommend, is that you go to, get the item in your cart, then go through ebates. The item should still be in your cart even though you have gone through a different link (ebates). Good luck! You might need to clean out a good amount of space in your closet to stash all your Christmas Shopping deals.

Michael's Coupons Galore

If only I had the time to make good and proper use of all these fabulous coupons for Michaels. No matter what your crafting style may be, there's a coupon for you. Check out the loyalty spread here.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Unused Toy Packaging ---> Exquisite Shadowbox

Here's a fun repurposing project that anyone can do. It cost me next to nothing because I intentionally used what I had on hand in my craft stash.

I started with a wood tray that once held magnetic doll pieces.

I painted the entire front and all sides, using acrylic paint from Michaels. I picked the shade Rich Brown because it was on clearance for $2.99 and the other shades of brown were regular price. I left the back unpainted to remind me of my repurposing! You can find trays like this already painted and prepped by 7Gypsies for $25 or so, but clearly there's no need to spend that much money when you have the same product cluttering your toy room.

I let the tray dry overnight and then attacked the embellishments in the morning.

I then cropped pictures from my travels to London, Dublin, and Paris, and used mementos from these travels as well as miscellaneous scrapbooking embellishments to adorn the various slots of the tray. I don't have any pictures of the process of doing this, but it was simply trial and error in terms of deciding what pictures to place in each slot. once I had all the pictures in place, I filled the remaining slots of the tray with the vintage  embellishments that were bigger or more elaborate.

I used glue dots to adhere all the pictures and embellishments and I used a rub on to detail the edge of the tray with an appropriate quote.

I attached a ribbon to the already existing holes at the top of the tray by simply tying large knots on the inside of the tray after stringing the ribbon through the holes. The ribbon came off a box of chocolates years ago. I kept it knowing I would one day have the perfect use for it's charming vintage appeal.

The end product is a shadowbox that details some of my favorite memories from my travels that I can display in my home for years to come.

Everything from the tray to the ribbon that it will hang from were repurposed. That makes me even more proud of this little project! I could almost say that this project was a profit of $2 if you consider the $5 gift card that I won from one of the contests at MMU's Retreat.

And just for giggles, I swagged 7Gypsies Wood Trays and came up with this tray for $19.99 + s/h off

7 Gypsies - Letterblock Printer Tray - Wood Stain

Now, if only I could muster up the energy and patience to tackle some of the other repurposing projects that are waiting for me in the garage!

Back to School Deals

With only 2 weeks left before heading back to school {at least for me -- Bella has 4 weeks of vacation left} I am sure my blog will feature many school supply deals. Here's a glace at what Walgreens is offering this week. Target and Walmart also have their back to school displays up and running. I always stock up beyond the requested wish lists from teachers so that my own classroom is stocked up and our home craft tower is full for all those weekend and vacation projects.

 Here are the Back to School deals that you will find at Walgreens this coming week:

-Penway or Wexford 2-Pocket Folders $0.09 (Limit 4)
-Splash Mini Highlighters $0.09 (Limit 4)
-Penway #2 Pencils 10 pack $0.19
-PaperMate Mechanical Pencils 5 pack $0.19
-Penway 1 Subject Notebook, College or Wide Ruled 60 or 70 sheets $0.39
-Penway Crayons 24 pack $0.39
-Penway or Wexford Poly Binder 1″ $0.49
-RoseArt School Glue 4 oz. $0.49
-RoseArt Glue Sticks 3 pack or Jumbo single pack $0.49
-Penway or Corner Office Sheet Protectors 10 pack $0.49
-Penway or Corner Office Tab Dividers 5 pack $0.49
-Penway Wide or College Ruled Filler Paper 280 sheets $1.49
-Penway 5 Subject Notebook 180 sheets $1.49
-Penway Graph Planning Pad 2 pk. 100 sheets each $1.49
-Sharpie Pens 2 to 4 pk. $3.99
-Sharpie Permanent Markers 8 pk. $3.99

-Expo Washable Dry Erase Markers 6 pk. $5.99
-$3/1 Expo Washable Dry Erase Markers Walgreens Coupon Booklet (exp 7/20)
Final Price: $2.99

Super Hot Battery Deal + FREE Cars2 Tickets

36-Rayovac Batteries + 3 FREE Cars 2 Movie Tickets for $5.99 + Shipping


WOW, this is an awesome deal! Hurry and head over to Woot because today's deal is Rayovac Battery 36-Pack with Codes for a Free Cars 2 Movie Ticket for only $5.99 + $5 shipping. The best part is that you can buy up to 3 deals and still only pay the $5 shipping. This comes out to $22.97 for (3) 36-Packs of Rayovac Batteries and 9 FREE Cars 2 Movie Tickets.

-Rayovac alkaline batteries provide long-lasting power at the value you expect

-Three codes can be redeemed to receive a free print at home Hollywood Movie Money admission certificate to see Cars 2 or any Disney/Touchstone movie up to $14

-Enter codes online at to receive your movie certificate
Offer good towards any eligible Disney/Touchstone Pictures film at participating theaters

-Three codes per 36-pack

-Limit of 12 codes (4 certificates) per person/household/email address

-Valid through 10/31/2011
In the box:
-Rayovac Battery 36-Pack (Choose: AA or AAA)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

48 Hours Just Isn't Enough

I am finally recovered from my 4th Scrapbooking Retreat. For those of you unaware of this little sect of culture, I joined 59 women who have a serious love for photographs, crafts, and scrapbooking at Making Memories Unforgettable's (MMU) annual Scrapbooking Retreat. This was our third year at the Starr Pass Resort and my 4th retreat with MMU.  I joined my best friend Maureen and together, we look forward to this event every year and count down the months, weeks, days till the event. This year the theme was Candy Shoppe and there wa splenty of sweet treats to be had. I tried my best to stear clear of the sugar. In order to make this a productive retreat I pledged to be better prepared and I worked late into the night for the 3 weeks prior to the retreat to prep layouts and projects. It definitely made a difference. I never really sat there with that glazed look on my face because I knew I had projects waiting and ready to go. Here's how the weekend played out {in pictures, of course}.
The door prizes and decorations were perfectly sweet!

Friday night featured a scrumptious dessert bar...

but it wasn't all sweets either.

Mini grilled cheese and PB&J's hit the spot at 10 pm!

My 8 feet of scrap space. It's an organized mess!

Saturday and Sunday featured amazing soup and salad bars.

Maureen and me after 48 hours of scrapbooking and a collective 6 hours of sleep over the two days/nights.

A shot of all my finished projects!

48 hours of crafting/scrapping

17 completed layouts

1 shadowbox

1 card

1 3D Letter

8 completed Scrabble games!

It was an awesome weekend and I can't wait for next year's retreat.