Monthly Archives: February 2009

CVS Deals 2/19/09


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I did a little CVS’ing today.

I started with a $5 ECB from purchasing Oil of Olay Pro-X last week (or the week before?). In addition there was an Oil of Olay $25 rebate if you bought $50 worth of Pro-X. I also had a $5 Olay manufacturer coupon so that was a great deal on some pricey stuff. I hope it makes me look younger. 😉

Today I purchased:

1 Lysol Disinfectant Spray (the February “crud” is in our household so we need to de-germify). $3.50 with a $2 manufacturer’s coupon, final cost $1.50

1 Clorox Anywhere Cleaning Spray $2.50 with a 75 cents off manufacturer’s coupon, final cost $1.75

3 Suave Body Washes (I chose the remaining bonus sizes), $1.99 each with a 75 cents off two coupon, final cost about $5.25 and then I earned $2 ECBs. Final cost $3.25.

2 Dove Deodorants, $3.79 each with a $1.50 off manufacturer’s coupon and I earned $2 ECBs. Final cost $4.08.

1 Herbal Essence Shampoo, $2.99 and $1 ECBs.

1 Ultrabrite toothpaste, bargain priced at $1.49, just ’cause I needed it.

Then I used my $5 ECB from the Olay deal.

My total for all items was $15.36. After earned ECBs, I got it all for $10.36.

No home runs today, but I felt pretty good about my haul.




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My newest food addiction

I know you’ll think this is the weirdest thing to be addicted to, but I thought I’d share it because I think it’s half-way healthy. We sell it in the Hy-Vee Kitchen. A lot of people were buying it and telling me how good it was, so I tried it and I was hooked. It’s very easy to make, but you can always buy it at Hy-Vee, too.

It’s kind of a pretty salad as well. Next time I make it I’ll post a photo. The amounts of the ingredients are approximate. This recipe isn’t rocket science, so if you like more of an ingredient or less of an ingredient, feel free to adjust.

Ranch Cottage Cheese Salad

1 24 oz carton of your favorite cottage cheese brand (use a low-fat version to make it healthier and buy it on sale, of course!)
1 pkg grape tomatoes
Chopped green onions
1/2 cucumber diced
1 pkg dry Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix (you won’t need the entire package)

Mix cottage cheese and veggies. Add dry ranch dressing mix to taste. Enjoy without guilt. It’s good for you!


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25 Random Things About My Child with CdLS

Stealing this idea from Facebook, the CdLS-KIDS Blog Challenge this week is to write 25 random things about our child with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome.

1. My child with CdLS is Baylee, and she is 12 years-old.
2. She was diagnosed within a few hours of her birth.
3. Baylee loves to eat…and eat….and eat.
4. She’s a skinny little thing. I don’t know where she packs it.
5. Baylee loves swimming and taking baths.
6. During the summer she lives to go to the neighborhood pool.
7. Baylee usually wets her pants at least once a day.
8. Baylee has killed several iPods.
9. Baylee loves to watch the movie “Lady and the Tramp”.
10. She loves baby dolls and always has one with her at all times except when she’s in school.
11. Her baby doll must go up on the highest shelf in the laundry room every day before she gets on the bus for school.
12. Baylee loves shredded cheese and spreads it everywhere in our house.
13. Baylee loves her grandparents and gets really excited when they visit.
14. Baylee must have her TV on all night.
15. Before she walks out the door to the bus in the morning, she has to run in the kitchen and ritualistically clack her heals together (think “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home) against the dishwasher before she leaves.
16. Baylee hates to have her hair combed.
17. Baylee flooded our basement once.
18. Baylee has walked on our roof.
19. Baylee has climbed a six foot fence and escaped our yard on her 8th birthday. She was found four blocks away and she crossed a 4 lane road to get there.
20. Baylee thinks she is the funniest person she knows (we think she’s pretty funny, too).
21. Baylee hates shoes.
22. Baylee hates hugs! But she will give you one if she wants something from you and you tell her you’ll do it for her if she gives you a hug.
23. Baylee knows some sign language.
24. Baylee loves tortilla chips and hot salsa…the hotter the better.
25. Baylee is very empathetic and acutely feels other people’s joys and pains.


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Frugal Friday

In this new, devastating Obama economy, being frugal is even more important!

This week’s theme is groceries. If you live in the 7 state Hy-Vee territory, today is their Friday the 13th sale! There are some great deals to be had.

Midwest Country Fare Ice Cream (4 qts) $2.88
Hy-Vee Cereal $.99
Hy-Vee Fresh Sliced Pork Steak (LOL…ironic don’t you think?) $.99/lb.
Bakery Fresh Hamburger Buns $1.13
Not Less Than 80% lean Fresh Ground Beef $4.77
2 Entree Chinese Meal $3.99
Palermo’s Classics Pizza 6 for $10
Pilgrim’s Pride Boneless Chicken Breast $4.99
Hy-Vee Water $2.99 (if you absolutely NEED to have bottled water)
Dole Iceberg Lettuce $.69
Hy-Vee Butter $1.48 (yummm….REAL butter!)
Nissin Top Ramen Noodles $.13

There’s some coupons in the print ad for Midwest Country Fare Brown or Powdered Sugar for $.99, Sour Cream for $.48 and bagged Garden Salad for $.69.

Also pick up a Hy-Vee coupon book at the store entrance. My favorite deal in this book is a code for a Free Red Box rental. A free movie is very frugal entertainment! Just be sure you have time to watch it and return it the next day or you’ll be charged for a second day rental.

You’ve probably noticed that Hy-Vee’s corporate print ad (the one that likely comes with your newspaper) has been much smaller as of late. They have moved towards on-line ads which are much larger. I’m not sure why they’ve done this, but skyrocketing printing costs come to mind as well as the fact that newspaper readership has dropped. You should always check the online ad for a much wider selection of good deals as you make your shopping list. It is available at:

Choose to view the “online ad”. As far as I can see the online ad version includes all the items included in the corporate print ad as well as all the additional items, so there’s no need to print both versions if you do not have the print ad.

You can download it and print it to make it easier to create your grocery spending plan.

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Quotes we should ponder

In this era of unprecedented, irresponsible spending, we might be wise to ponder these quotes:

‘Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.’

‘The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’

‘The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.’

‘Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.’

‘I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.’

‘The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.’

‘Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.’

‘It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.’

‘Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.’ (My personal fave.)

‘No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.’

‘If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.’

Who said these?

Ronald Reagan.

Wise man was he.

If you care about your children and their future opportunities, email your representatives & senators and tell them that you think the “spending bill”, aka “Porkulus” package was a very bad idea and next time you’ll elect representatives that reflect your values. It is our children and our grandchildren who will ultimately pay the enormous price of the new governmental irresponsibility.

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