Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Giveaway over at 1savingmomma!

My friend Elizabeth is doing another giveaway over at 1savingmomma!  Enter to win free yogurt, an insulated tote and a fleece throw! Click here to check it out! Contest ends  9/12/10


Country Bob's  All Purpose Sauce- Thanks Hip2save!

Free 20 oz. Dr. Pepper from Murphy USA- Thanks, Hip2save!

FREE Nursery Water reusable bag- I have one of these and love it! Comes in a little pouch to keep it in your bag!

FREE Hot Tamales candy- Thanks, Ilovefreethings!

Free samples from Kashi- Thanks, Ilovefreethings!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Shopping with Mom!

I got to do some couponing with my Mom today. It's rare that we get a day during the week to run. So she and I headed out with my two girls and my nephew. Let me go ahead and say that the kids did great! They were patient, didn't beg (too much) and well behaved. Here's what all we got:


2- Lays potatoe chips BOGO $3.99
- $1/2 peelie found on bags at store EXPIRES TODAY
4- Cap'n crunch cereal $1
-$1/2 printable here
1- Cheerios $1.99
-$1/1 peelie found previously
2- 4lb. Domino Sugar $1.99 (w/in ad coupon)
-$.50/2 SS 8/29

Total OOP: $10.46


1-Tide 100 oz. detergent $10.99 sale
-$1 Target coupon wyb 1 tide and 1 downy
-$1 Tide P&G 8/29
1-Downy 150 load fabric softener (Watch this price closely! The smaller bottle was $9.04 but this big bottle was on price cut for $9.99)
-$2/1 Downy P&G 8/1
1- Gillette Fusion Proglide Razor $8.99 sale
-$5 Target catalina wyb razor and cartridges
-$4/1 P&G 8/1
1- Gillette Fusion Proglide blades 4 ct. $15.99
-$2 P&G 8/1
1-Gillette Proseries aftershave $5.99
-$1 Target catalina
-$2 P&G 8/1
2- Bic 12 pack pens $.70 CLEARANCE
-$1/2  Target printable here
-$1/2 SS 8/1
1- sketch pad $1.07 CLEARANCE
1-drawing paper $.80 CLEARANCE

IMPORTANT: The register did not prompt for the $5 GC for buying the razor and cartridge. Fortunately I knew it should. So the manager just took $5 off my order immediately. 

Total OOP:  $30.22

Rite Aid:

2- Pantene shampoo for curly hair $1.50 CLEARANCE
-$1/2 Vocalpoint home mailer
2-Pantene conditioner for curly hair $1.50 CLEARANCE
-$1.25/1 Vocalpoint home mailer 
1- CVS hand sanitizer $1
-FREE CVS hand sanitizer coupon from scanner TODAY
3- Dawn hand soap $.97 (one not pictured)
-$1/1 Dawn soap Home Made Simple booklet

Total OOP: $3.75

 Rite Aid: Not pictured

4- Gain dish detergent $.89
-$1/1 P&G 8/29

I paid NOTHING! Not even tax!
2 for me and 2 for my Mom. I sent one home with my Mom for my Mammaw.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Weight Loss Challange...on a budget

Now many of you know that over the last 8 months my husband Eric has made a HUGE change in his life. Right before Christmas he committed himself to a healthier lifestyle and it's paying off. To date he has lost 72 lbs! You can read his blog here.Now I'm a "healthy" girl (we will not say the "f" word in this post!), but what kind of wife would I be if I let my husband get skinnier than me!?  Along with my vanity and not wanting to be the only "healthy" person in my house, there is also the health side of this. I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) which causes all kinds of "fun" side effects with the biggest two issues being difficulty with fertility, weightloss and basically I have "fake" diabetes. My body produces stuff that looks like insulin, acts like insulin but doesn't effect my sugar levels like insulin but provides all the bad stuff like higher risk of heart disease, cancer, heart attack, etc. Crazy I know!

So combine the fact that this is good for me with the challenge our Pastor Dustin issued the other day about "Bringing Sexy Back" (you can listen to that message here WARNING! ADULT CONTENT) by pledging to get fit and donate to a mission trip our church is supporting (long winded I know!).........I am jumping on the weight loss band wagon! Eric and I have both pledged $1 per pound to the mission.

So what is my plan? Well, besides the medication that the doctor which helps with the PCOS my goal is to just eat healthier. Cut back on calories, nothing drastic just a gradual change. Aim to eat more natural foods, when we can afford it and somewhere in this crazy, hectic life of mine fit in some exercise between being a housewife, raising two kids, homeschooling and writing this blog! That's it! Plain and simple.

What can you expect from HOC? I'll be researching more deals on healthier food when I can find it on sale! That's harder than you think!

So what do I want you to do with this information?

#1 Join me! Find something in your life that you can work on and DO IT! Doesn't matter what it is weight, addictions of all kinds, budget, etc.
#2 Find someone to help stay accountable for what you are trying to change. I'll be posting weekly about my success/failures so all of you will help keep me accountable! Weigh ins will be on Wednesdays.
#3 If you want to take part and participate/donate to the mission sponsored by Mosaic Church go here. Our church is debt free so feel assured that every penny donated goes towards missions not bills!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Another week of deals! 8/29-9/4

I know I say this almost every week, but I feel it's worth repeating. What I consider freebies and what other bloggers consider "freebies" are VASTLY different. I like my stuff free after coupons, not after rebates UNLESS it's a good price and something I use often. I don't spend more my money on products that I don't need in order to get the rebates to make that item "free"...does that make sense? With that said, here are this week's deals!

Walgreens-Thanks, Wildforwags!
I'm excited about the Febreze Flamless luminaries! I have some awesome coupons for those from a House Party I went to a few months ago! These would go towards the PG Brandsaver coupon booklet here.

Kroger- Thanks, IheartKroger!
Oh how I wish Kroger was closer to me!

Rite Aid- Thanks, Iheartsavingmoney!
FREE Gain liquid dish detergent with $1/1 coupon from today's P&G flyer!

CVS- Thanks, Iheartsavingmoney!
FREE Dawn Olay Hand Renewal dish detergent with the $1/1 coupon from the Home Made Simple booklets

Target- Thanks, TotallyTarget!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Disney Movie Rewards..FREE MOVIE!

Are you a member of the Disney Movie Rewards? If so watch your email! I just got an email giving me a FREE BluRay movie! This offer is in celebration of the Movie Rewards program anniversary. You receive the free movie for entering at least 2 (two) reward codes in the last 12 months. You'll receive the movie during the month of YOUR anniversary of being a member.

New to the Disney Movie Rewards? Simply gather your Disney movies and look for that little paper on the inside that has a code on it and enter it here. You get points for each movie! Collect points and exchange for gifts. They offer a variety of things such as movies, posters, clothes, etc. This club also offers you the ability to replace any damaged dvd's or blu rays for a small price.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

eCoupons from UPromise

Are you a member of UPromise? If so you can upload coupons onto your CVS, Rite Aid and Winn Dixie cards! That extra coupons for free!!!

Go over here and read Collin's post over at Hip2Save and get all the details. This is not a service I have taken part in before, but I will now!

Thanks, Hip2Save

Dr Pepper Deal at Target

If you have access to 3 computers or you can beg and plead with a friend to print these for you...there is a great deal on Dr Pepper at Target this week.

Thanks to Super Coupon Lady for the scenario and Jessica's Coupons for bringing it to me!

Deal #1
Buy (2) Diet Dr. Peppers 2Liters at $1.00 each
Use (1) $.75/1 Printable (Banner) on Coupons.com
Total $0.63 each!

You can get Diet Dr. Pepper 12pks for only $3.00!
Plus, buy (3) get a FREE 4pk of 16oz Vitamin Water!

Deal #2
Buy (3) 12pk Diet Dr. Pepper at $3.00 each
Use (3) $1.00/1 Printable (Banner) on Coupons.com
Total $2.00 each + FREE 4pk Vitamin Water!

I Love Freebies!!

Here is an awesome list of Freebies thanks to FrugalFairhope!

Free popcorn from Regal Theaters

Free Hearos earplugs

Go here for the full list.

Oh Happy Day! Walgreens FINALLY has a corporate coupon policy!

It's finally here! Walgreens has FINALLY issued a corporate coupon policy! And it's a good thing! Finally proof that the customers have ALWAYS been right!

Go here to read and print your copy. Bring it the store when you go since this is a new policy.

Highlights of this new policy:

* Two coupons per item, one manufacturer and one walgreens coupon
*Two coupons on BOGO items!
*Walgreens will adjust the coupon DOWN so it doesn't exceed the price of the item! (This is a big deal! That's the problem I have everytime.)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Another Freebie from All-Bran!

Another offer from All-Bran! Yum! This looks like another new offer! I was able to request again. All Bran Promise Pack includes cereal, bar, drink mixes and lots of coupons! Thanks to Hip2Save for alerting us to this being available again! Go here to sign in and sign up!

Publix ad matchup 8/25-8/31

Here's the match up for Publix. Not a lot that my family needs, except maybe the Lipton Tea but I think I'll wait on Winn Dixie to put that on BOGO again before I make the trip to Publix.

Thanks, iheartpublix!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Diapers and Milk....the essentials of having a baby!


There are two things babies can't live without...diapers and milk! Baby essentials are expense! I mean real expensive! The cost of Huggies diapers and Enfamil formula (when paying full price) for one month is equal to my car payment!!!!! Yeah I know ridiculous! It's not like we haven't already dropped a small house off at the hospital to pay for giving birth. Isn't the pain enough payment? Anyway, now how to get them cheap or possibly FREE? insert me**jumping up and down screaming I KNOW I KNOW!**

Ally-gator turned one year old last week and I've not paid full price for a pack of diapers since she was 3 months old. Sales and coupons are now my best friend (sorry Dawn!) I stock up on diapers when I can and I rarely pay more than $4 a pack and I'm usually getting something else cheap or free to go with it (i.e. baby food, wipes, snacks).

First, as soon as you find out you are pregnant sign up with EVERY baby company you can find like Huggies, Pampers, Enfamil, Similac, Gerber, etc. Every one of these companies will flood your mailbox and inbox with coupons and samples of all kinds. Then start hoarding those coupons(but make sure you use them before they expire!) Also, if you are a Publix or Winn Dixie shopper sign up for their baby clubs, because they send awesome coupons too. (If you drive out of state like me, to shop at a Publix go here to read how to sign up for the baby club and Publix magazines).

Now it's time to work those deals! My preferred place to shop for diapers is Rite Aid, because they consistently have the best deals. My friend Crystal at Crystal the Coupon Momma posts the best diaper deal available each week. I try to post the link here just in case you forget to go look!

Here's the deal I worked today. It could have been a lot better, but I had a cranky baby and a hungry 7 year old with me.

Transactions #1
1-Huggies Little Movers $8.99
-$2 Rite Aid Video Values coupon here
-$2 printable coupon here (I am showing print limit reached but that may be just for me!)
Pay $4.99 OOP and get a $2 UP reward so it was like paying $2.99!!

Transaction #2
1- Gallon Dairy Fresh Whole Milk $2.99 (may be regional price)
-$2 UP Reward
Pay $.99 OOP for a gallon of milk!

There are so many ways to go with this because that $2 UP reward spends like money on any future purchase (the same as Register Rewards from Walgreens).

Free Pasta from Luxury Pasta only for MS, LA, AL

For all my MS, LA, AL readers go here and sign up to get free pasta from Luxury pasta!

Thanks, Hip2save!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday ad match round up!

I was a slacker last week and never got around to HP's and Greer's. Sorry about that! It was a crazy week! My baby turned 1 on Wednesday! The year has flown by...I won't waste anymore time...here are the match ups for this week!

Kind of a lack luster week I think. I'll say again, be careful with the ECB and RR deals that say FREE after rebates and coupons. I personally do not buy these items unless it's something I really need because lots of times you still pay a good bit out of pocket before the discounts. So just be careful. Did that make sense?

Target- Thanks, totallytarget!

CVS- Thanks, iheartsavingmoney!

Rite Aid- Thanks, iheartsavingmoney!

Walgreens- Thanks, wildforwags!

Kroger- Thanks, southernsavers!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Gulf Is Back Benefit Concert.....or How I got grossed out by David Hasselhoff!

You all know I love a deal! Eric scored us free tickets to "The Gulf Is Back" benefit concert last night at the coliseum. Mostly b-listers but it was fun! Well except for David Hasselhoff. Can I just say EWWW!?! I enjoyed Lonestar (despite the cocky new lead singer who looks like he could one of their sons!). Bo Bice was awesome and very talented. We had a chance to get an autograph but had nothing for him to sign. Terry Clark did a great job too. I LOVED Taylor Hicks! He was awesome! However, the lowest point of the evening was David Hasselhoff. I could have lived my entire life without seeing that horrible, cheesy, self absorbed production! I can't even begin to explain this maybe I just need to show a video....

Imagine something much like this LIVE! It was............... bad! He sang this horrible kitschy song about "how he feels". Something Molly at the age of 7 could have written! Then he did this huge high kick in front of this ladies face. He should owe her some money for being blinded for life by the view! But that's what we've talked about the most! Had a great time! And the BEST burger afterwards at Mugshots! Delicious! I will be eating the rest of it for lunch today!

Grocery Deals of the week

Kroger-started Sunday...sorry I'm new to Kroger. Thanks, SouthernSavers!

Publix- Thanks, iheartpublix!

Winn Dixie- Thanks, Southernsavers!

I'll have HP's and Greer's up later today after I get their ads.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Free 8x10 photo collage from Snapfish!

Another FREE collage from Snapfish through August 17th only! Free shipping too! Use code GRANDSHIP at checkout
Go here to make yours

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Another week of deals 8/15-8/21

It's been a LONG day so I'm listing just the links for deals.

CVS- Thanks iheartsavingmoney!

Rite Aid- Thanks iheartsavingmoney!

Target- Thanks totallytarget!

Walgreens- Thanks wildforwags!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Booklist- New to HOC

I added something new to House of Collums today. Not really coupon or saving money related, but I liked the idea! I added a booklist of what I have read to date this year and take any suggestions of books you think are good reads!

Kroger $25 GC giveaway over at 1savingmomma!

My friend Elizabeth over at 1savingmomma is doing another giveway for a $25 Kroger giftcard! Hurry over and sign up to win!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Once a Month cooking adventure!

So with all these great deals and stockpiling I'm doing I've decided to try my  hand at Once A Month Cooking! I love to cook, but I HATE to clean it up! With my youngest going through separation issues and clinging to my legs constantly cooking in the afternoons has become a very big chore. So this weekend my Mother and I will be having a cooking day.

Here's our list of things to make:

Taco meat x4 (already done!)
ground beef x4 (for cavatini and spaghetti)
hamburger patties (burgers and hamburger steaks with gravy) x2
chicken and wild rice bake kits x2
pizza kits x4
baked/grilled chicken x4
BBQ pork x2
chicken spaghetti x2
meatballs x2

cinnamon rolls
breakfast burritos

And the winners are....

The winners of the Right @ Home coupon booklet giveaway are.....................

Elizabeth D.
Rebekah S.
Debbie S.

Thank you ladies for entering the giveaway! I'll have your booklets in the mail tomorrow!

All winners are chosen using random.org.

Another round of companies to email! What does that mean....COUPONS!

I haven't updated this list in about a month, so sorry! Haven't tried the coupon email program yet? Go here to read all about it.

Alexia Foods
Apple & Eve
Immaculate Baking Co.
Sunny D
White House Foods
Coca-Cola- Let me just say I LOVE Barq's Root Beer!... ok got it out of my system!

Free Ronco pasta for select states!

Click here to register to get free Ronco pasta if you live in AL, AR, IN, KY, MS, and TN.

Thanks, Good Deal Mama!

Another Gain giveaway! Hurry!

The next giveaway at Gain on Facebook just went live! Hurry over there and get some of the new Apple Mango Tango dish soap!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Last day to enter! Right @ Home coupon booklet giveaway!

GO here to enter the giveaway for a Right @ Home coupon booklet giveaway! Contest ends at midnight!

Best Grocery Deals this week 8/11-8/17

I actually have a little time this morning, so I quickly threw together a few of the best deals that I see for this week.

HP Davis
5 lbs+ ground chuck $1.89
Smithfield Bacon $1.99
-$.75/1 Smithfield homemailer
Blue Bell Ice cream 1/2 gallon $3.99
-$1/1 printable here
Kraft cheese singles $1.99

Kellogg's cereal (frosted flakes, froot loops, apple jacks) $1.99
(I would take the ad to Target to get the better deal!)
-$1/3 printable here
-$1/2 Target store Q printable here
-$2 on store baggies wyb 2 Kellogg cereals Fuel for School booklet
Hunt's pudding  Snack Packs $.99
(I would take the ad to Target to get the better deal!)
-$1/3 Target Q printable here

Winn Dixie
Buy 1 Tide detergent $14.99
-$1/1 Tide detergent P&G 8/1
(Remember to give the coupons BEFORE you give your card to use q's on free products! I always tell them I like seeing my total before the card gives discounts so I always give it at the end.)
Spray n Wash with Resolve
-$.75 printable here
Snuggle Liquid fabric softener
WD Bleach
Bounce Fabric sheets

John Morrell Off the Bone lunch meat $3.99 BOGO
-$1/1 SS 6/20
Bull's Eye Regional BBQ sauce $2.29 BOGO
-$1/1 tearpad
-$1/1 printable
Goldfish Grahams $2.19 BOGO
-$.75/1 printable no longer available
Lipton Tea bags family size $2.59 BOGO
-$.50/1 RP 8/1
Aunt Jemima pancakes $2.59 BOGO
-$1.50/2 printable here
Blue Bell 1/2 gallon ice cream $3.99
-$1/1 printable here
Tombstone Pizza $2.99
-$2/1 printable no longer available

Free Magazine Subscription!

Hurry over here to get a free subscription to Marie Claire, Seventeen, Bazaar or Cosmo!

Thanks Freebies4Mom!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Win a Pledge Easy Summer Gift Pack from Right @ Home!

Pledge® Easy-Summer Gift Pack

Hurry over to Right @ Home and enter to win the Pledge Easy Summer Gift Pack!

Each gift pack contains:

• One pouch of Pledge® Natural Beauty Wipes
• One Pledge™ Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair 

Monday, August 9, 2010

Right @ Home Coupon Booklet Giveaway!!


When I was at Rouse's today I found a very large stack of booklets.  I grabbed a few to do a giveaway! A little help for your wonderful home from Right @ Home and it includes the following coupons (expire 12/31/10):

$1 any ONE Glade Relaxing Moments premium room spray
$1 any TWO Glade Plugins
$1 on any TWO Glade Scented Oil Candles products
$1 on any TWO Glad 4 oz. jar candles
$2 on any Glade Sense & Spray starter kit
$1 on any TWO Sense & Spray refills
$2 on any TWO Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom cleaners
$3 on Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner starter kit
$2 on any TWO Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner refills
$2 on any TWO Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning products
$2 on any TWO Scrubbing Bubbles fantastik All Purpose Cleaners
$3 on any THREE Scrubbing Bubbles products
$1 on any TWO Pledge products
$.75 on any Pledge Multi Surface product
$.75 on any Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair
$.75 on any Pledge or Armstrong floor cleaner
$1 on any TWO Windex glass cleaning products
$.55 on any Windex Multi-Surface cleaning product
$3 on Windex Outdoor All-In-One Glass Cleaning Tool starter kit
$1 on any Shout laundry product
$1 on any TWO Ziploc brand bags
$1 on any Ziploc brand container

Giveaway ends Wednesday (8/11) at midnight! Fill out the form below to enter. I have THREE sets to giveaway(two booklets in each set)!

Please also leave a message on this post that you have entered the giveaway. Messages left on Facebook do not count!

$10 concert Tickets!

Thanks to my friend Rachel over at A Southern Woman's Guide for this great deal!

Click here to check the venues and see if there is a show near you!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

$1/1 Kraft Cheese

Thanks to Hip2Save for this coupon link!

$1/1 Kraft Deli Deluxe cheese printable here! One of Hip2Save's readers says it's been resetting several times a DAY! So you might be able to print several!

Another week of deals! 8/8-8/14

Trying to get this in before we head out the door for church! So I'm not breaking it down, just providing the links!

CVS- Thanks iheartsavingmoney!

Rite Aid- Thanks iheartsavingmoney!

Target- Thanks totallytarget!

Walgreens- Thanks wildforwags!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Sign up to be a product tester for bodycology and get free samples!

Bodycology Home Page
Fill out the form here and you may be selected to participate as a product tester for Bodycology! In return, you get to keep the products you’ve tested and they’ll send you lots of free goodies!

Free sample P&G Solutions several free samples and coupons available

Go over here to sign up with P&G Solutions and get several free samples and coupons for about a dozen different products!