Thursday, August 11, 2011

Update On Degree Deodorant Deal

Hello everyone! :)

Yesterday I posted about a Catalina deal that is going on with Degree deodorants. I had heard that you could double dip this one and end up getting $8 back instead of $4.

Today, I went to Harris Teeter and bought 4 women's deodorant and got a $4 OYNO Catalina but that was all. So, it works for some but not for everyone.

Just wanted to give you a head's up on this in case you weren't able to double dip!

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Degree Deodorant Money Maker!


There are a 3 different Degree deodorant catalina (YOUR BUCKS offers) that are happening at many stores. Log into your CouponNetwork account to see which of your stores are included.

Get up to $4 oyno when you buy Degree Men’s, Degree Women’s and any Degree (8/8 – 9/4)

Buy 2 Get $1 Catalina
Buy 3 Get $2 Catalina
Buy 4 Get $4 Catalina

From what I have heard it has been confirmed that the Women’s & Men’s Degree catalinas double dip with the ANY Degree catalina!!  That means if you buy 4 Degree Mens deodorant, you get a $4 catalina for the Degree Men’s YOUR BUCKS and a $4 catalina for the ANY Degree YOUR BUCKS.  Same thing goes for Women’s.  That means with NO COUPONS you get back $8 wyb 4 – so $2 off each one.

Here is an example from Harris Teeter:

4 Degree Men’s Invisible Stick Clean Scent Deodorant 2.7 oz $2.50 = $10.00
- $4 using (4) $1/1 from the 7/31 RedPlum insert
final = $6.00, get (2) $4 Catalinas = $2.00 Money Maker after coupons & catalinas

Your scenario may differ. When I do this deal tomorrow it will be a $6 money maker for me!

If you have them gather up your Degree Anti-perspirant and Deodorant 7/31/2011 RP Insert (exp 8/28/2011) coupons and ROCK this moneymaker!

PLEASE NOTE: Most stores are participating in the Women's and Any promotions but not all stores are participating in the Men's! Be sure to check cuoponnetwork.com to make sure YOUR store is participating! Also, make sure your store has a Catalina machine. My Rite Aid didn't have one even though it said that Rite Aid was participating!

For me, I'm planning on using my $1/1 coupons (that's what I got instead of $.75) this week during Super Doubles at Harris Teeter and take advantage of this.

Thanks Maven of Savin'!

Good Deals For 8/9/11!

Hello everyone! :-)

I just wanted to post a couple of small deals I found today. Since they are at Harris Teeter and at Rite Aid then most of my family in Texas and OK probably won't be able to do these, but I still wanted to share. It gives you an idea of what to look for in your stores!

HARRIS TEETER:

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This isn't that much but it is still a GREAT deal! I got all of this for $1.04! Here's how I did it.

Gillette Body Wash - $2.99
-$2/1 from 7/31 P&G
-2/1 eVic coupon
Total is $1.01 Money Maker!!!!
Luigi's Real Italian Ice - $3.39 (BOGO) 
- $.50/1 from 6/26 SS
Made it $.69 each
Coffee Mate - $1.19 (clearance)
- (2) $.55/1 Internet Printable
- $.50/1 Internet Printable
Total was $.37 for all 3

Figure in $.30 in taxes and the $1.01 I made on the Gillette Body Wash and you have my grand total of $1.04! I like these kinds of deals! :-)

RITE AID:

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My deal at Rite Aid could have been better but they don't have Catalina machines at my store! :-(

Once again, I know it is small but it's still a good deal. Here's the breakdown:
2 Arm & Hammer Toothpaste - $3.99 each
- (2) $1/1 Internet Printable
- $3 +UP Reward 
Makes it a $.01 Money Maker for each one
2 Degree Deodorant - $2
- (2) $1/1 from 7/31 RP
- $2 +UP Reward
Makes it FREE!
2 Oxi-Clean Stain Remover - 2 for $7
- $3/2 from 7/24 SS
- $2 +UP Reward 
- (2) $1 Monthly +UP Reward
Makes it FREE

So, even though it says FREE and Money Maker, I still had to pay $3.26 out of pocket. Here's how it worked. My subtotal was $11.98 and tax made it $13.26. I used a $10 +UP that I had and paid $3.26 OOP. However, I got back $12 in +UP Rewards so you can say my actual OOP was $1.26 of which $1.28 was tax (remember my $.02 moneymaker on the Arm & Hammer?). So, in essence, I only had to pay tax for all of this! 

I love getting good deals. It just seems to make my day go better when it starts off like this! :-)

And just think, tomorrow Super Doubles starts at Harris Teeter. Double coupons up to $1.98! I know I should be able to score some great deals there! :-)

Have a great day everyone.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Slow Going Right Now

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to drop in and let everyone know that I have not gotten lazy about anything, I've just been trying to adapt to using this laptop and getting used to typing on this little keyboard with my big ol fingers! :-)

When the work week starts, my life becomes  very busy! Working 3:30 to midnight isn't very good for couponing. When I get off, most of the stores are closed and when I wake up and get ready to do something it is lunchtime and not a very good time to go driving around!

I've still got quite a few deals lately so I can't complain. Just yesterday I went to Food Lion and got 6 Hamburger Helper for $4.50 and got back a Catalina coupon for $2 off of beef, tuna or chicken. So, essentially it was 6 Hamburger Helper for $2.50 Not bad at all!

I also have been trying to keep things in the "sane" level. Don't get me wrong, if I see an awesome deal and I have the coupons I will definitely get it. However, I've got so much of so many items right now that I will only get it if it is absolutely free! To me, that is a good problem to have!

I've realized that if I do as the "experts" say and just buy a few papers each week and shop the sales as I need to then I will still be able to do good, I'm not wimping out, just trying to avoid becoming a hoarder! :-)

Anyways, I've got to get in bed so I guess I should say Good Night! Hope you all are doing great!

Ken

Monday, August 1, 2011

My Deals For Sunday, 7-31-2011!

Hi everyone! It's been a while. I just wanted to take a moment and post my latest deals. I also wanted to let you know that I plan on starting to add a few different posts each week with info relating to upcoming deals. I hope this may help some of you a little! :-)

Here's what I got today:

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This is a culmination of several trips. I just rolled them all up into one! First off will be my Dollar General trips.

DOLLAR GENERAL:

I made trips to several DGs today. My main purpose was to get the FREE Airwick Freshmatics. In this picture I have 11 of them but I ended up with 20 of them before the day was over. Here's the deal, you buy a Airwick Freshmatic refill and it has a free gadget with it. The sale price is $4 and I used the $4 coupon from the 7/10 SS. I ended up having to only pay the $.27 tax on each one! (If I was in Texas I wouldn't have had to pay that but you can't escape taxes in NC!)

RITE-AID:

My drug store trips were only to Rite-Aid and CVS. Here is my scenario at Rite-Aid. 
First off, I had Jessica use her card to go through and get 2 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor packs. Here's the deal on that:
Buy 1 Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor for $9.99
Used $4/1 coupon from 6/5 P&G (expired 7/31)
Get back a $5 +UP reward
Final price was $.99 each.
The llimit on this deal was 2 so I had Jess do 2 and give me the $10 in +UP to do my transactions. I had used up all my +UP rewards so I was starting with nothing. :-)
For my transactions I bought 2 of the razors and paid for them with the +UP from Jessica's transaction. I then used the +UP from that to pay toward my next deal. There were several deals I could have done but I really have no need of anymore shampoo, toothpaste, body wash, or such so I didn't worry about those. I only get those when they are free or almost free! :-)
I did the "Buy $30 of Johnson & Johnson products and get $10 +UP" deal. Here's what I bought for that:
2 Carefree Pantieliners - $1.49 (B1G1 50% off) so the total cost was $2.23 for both
Used (2) $.50/1 coupons from 6/26 SS
Used $1/2 from Rite-Aid AdPerks
1 BenGay Cold Therapy - $8.99
Used $5 coupon from Internet
Used $2 In-Ad Coupon
2 Clean and Clear products at $5.99 (B1G1 50% off) so the total was $8.98
Used (2) $2/1 Internet Printable coupons
2 Clean and Clear products at $6.99 (B1G1 50% off) so the total was $10.48
Used (2) $2/1 Internet Printable coupons
My total was $30.68 before coupons so I qualified for the deal, but just barely! :-)
I also purchased an Oral-B Advantage toothbrush for $2.43 and used a $2/1 from 7/3 P&G just because!
I used the $10 in +UP rewards and my total OOP was $6.34 (after taxes) and I got back a $10 +UP, so that wasn't too bad of a deal! 

CVS:

I went to CVS for just 3 things, a Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor, a Bic Soleil Razor and 2 Skinny Cow singles. They were out of the Bic Soleil razors so I didn't get that but I did get the ProGlide and Skinny Cows! The ProGlide was basically the same deal as Rite-Aid but it was limit 1. I used the same coupons and I already had $22 in ECBs so I only had to pay the tax on it. The Skinny Cow was buy one for $.99 and get a $.99 ECB back and I had a BOGO coupon so I was able to buy 2 for $.99 and get a $.99 back. 

Wal-Mart:

I don't go to Wal-Mart a lot but I wanted to take advantage of a deal that I had done a couple of times earlier. Most of my P&G coupons were expiring today and I had enough left to do 3 Old Spice deals. The coupon is for a buy 1 Old Spice Red Zone product and get any Old Spice Body Spray for free. I bought the trial size body wash and got the full-size Body Spray for free. It's a legit buy. There were no size specifications. I also bought 2 Reach Floss for $.88 and used a $1 IP for that. 
Then there was the BOGO on the Johnsonville Bratwurst Patties. $5.98 for 2 packs was pretty cool! 

Anyways, I ended up paying $9.44 for it all. Not bad! 

I also forgot to mention that at my first Dollar General visit I bought 2 of the women's Nivea Body Wash for $2.50 and used a $2 coupon so they were basically $.50 each.

So, that's my deals for today. I still have a few coupons left for the Air Wick Freshmatic so maybe I will get those later! :-)

How did you do today?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Harris Teeter Trip, 7-18-2011

So, I woke up bored this morning and thought it might be a good day to go do some shopping! :-)

My main goal for going to Harris Teeter was to actually check to see if my eVIC coupons were now working. I did a little research last night and thought I might have found the answer to why they haven't been working and the only way to test it is to go see.

When I got there I decided to take advantage of a few deals that were ending today. So, here's what I ended up with today:


I know it's hard to see but that is 12 cake mixes in the back of the picture. I know, that seems like overkill but when you are buying them for about $.30 each then it is time to stock up somewhat. I also only paid $.50 each for the Aussie and Herbal Essence items. Other parts of this deal are $.25 Crest toothpaste (that is what I used to test my Zavers and they are working fine now!) and I only paid $1.40 for the Eckrich sausage. Doritos were BOGO and the Kashi was only $1.50 with coupon, better than the normal $4.99 price! 

Anyways, this would have been around $54 with the sales and such but I ended up paying $13 for it all! Not bad when you figure that $4.29 of that was the Doritos! 

Sorry, no breakdown but if you have any questions you can feel free to give me a holler! 

Have a wonderful day,

Ken

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Slow Sunday, For A Change

Usually on Sunday I look forward to posting my finds at the local stores. It's always exciting to save money. Today, I chose to relax rather than run around to get deals.

Don't get me wrong, I still did some shopping. I just didn't do anything that I wanted to take a snapshot of and post on my blog. I bought two 6-packs of Dove Men+Care Soap from Walgreens for free. I got 6 boxes of brownies and 6 regular sized M&M candies from Harris Teeter and only paid $2.24 for them and then I got twelve 10-packs of pens and 4 rolls of Scotch tape for free at Target. I still saved some money I just didn't go crazy at it today!

I also took the time to order a few coupons from a service I have come to enjoy ordering from. I ordered 20 coupons for $.55/1 Eckrich Sausage. and 20 coupnos for $.75 off Cottonelle for just $2 and should get them by Tuesday or Wednesday. We can always use some more Eckrich sausage!

Anyways, it's been nice just relaxing some today. I've even taken the time to finish adding a couple of shelves to our bathroom storage so that I could store everything a little better. I can now see that I have quite a bit of stuff and can slow down some if I so desire! It's still hard to refuse FREE, so I will still do a little couponing here and there! :-)

Hope you are all having a great day!

Ken

Saturday, July 16, 2011

CVS, Spur Of The Moment Deal, 7-16-11!

First off, what is the ulitmate way to end a date night? That's right, stop by the store and do some couponing! :-)

Seriously, Trina and I had a date night tonight and it was really nice to get away by ourselves for a bit. After a nice meal and a good conversation, we were ready to head home. Trina asked if there was anywhere I wanted to go and I said lets swing by CVS. My main goal was to just scan my card and see what kind of deals I could get from the kiosk.

So, we get there and I scan it and get a $10 off $50 coupon. We walked around for a moment and I told Trina that I thought I could work up a deal and use that $10 off $50 coupon. She just shrugged her shoulders and said "Here we go!" :-)

My first thought in making this work was to check out the Lumene products. I've been wanting to do this deal (buy $20 and get a $5 ECB) but wasn't sure what to buy, since I am not the one using it! I asked Trina about a couple of products and she thought that the wipes and the eye-makeup removing wash would be a good deal for the girls. I tried to figure a deal that would be as close as possible to the $20 needed to get my $5 ECB and then proceeded to go to the next step.

My next step was to do the $15 Garnier Fructis deal. I would get a $5 ECB when I purchased $15 of Garnier Fructis. They were on sale 3 for $10 so that meant I would have to buy 5 products. Once again I turned to Trina to pick out what they would use. I had 3 coupons for $1 off shampoo and 2 coupons for $1 off a styling product.

After the first two deals, I had about $38 or $39 toward my $50. I thought I would get the contact lens solution they had for $7.99 and get back a $7.99 ECB but they were out. Where could I find another deal? Then I noticed that they had already marked the Pantene products for the sale tomorrow. I could get 4 for $13.94 and use my 2 coupons for $3 off, making it a total of $6.94 and get back $2 in ECB.

This put me well over my $50 limit. Just for good measure Trina found a "WELCOME" mat by the checkout that was clearanced for $0.49. So, we proceeded to check out and see what I could do.

The order was rang up and the total was $56.95. I had reached my goal! I handed him the $10 off coupon from the kiosk and then handed him my other coupons (6 for $4 off Lumene, 5 for $1 off Garnier Fructis and 2 for $3/2 Pantene) I was only given credit for $2.88 on my 6th Lumene coupon as that was the total of that product. So, after coupons, my total was down to $13.07. I then handed him my $10 ECB I had earned earlier this week from a John Frieda deal.

My grand total was $3.07. He then put little money stickers on my ECBs ($5, $5 and $2) and gave me a free candy bar as well as pointing out that I could call the 1-800 number for a chance to win $1,000 cash!

So, needless to say, I was able to work out one of my most awesome deals in a while without any planning whatsoever. I just decided to do it!

What's even better is that my actual cost for all the items was $0.10! I had to pay $2.97 in taxes!

I'm still smiling about this one! :-)


Monday, July 11, 2011

Getting Back Into Savings! :-)

Hello everyone! It's been a while since I have posted. It seems like the last 2 weeks have been such a whirlwind of activity, mostly stuff you wish you didn't have to do! Unfortunately, while I enjoy my couponing, life goes on and we must deal with it!

So, I will post things a little backwards this week. I'll post Sunday's savings later. Today, I will post what I saved this morning. I went to Rite-Aid, Target and Food Lion for these savings. It just goes to show that you can save money without having double-coupons, for those who use that as an excuse! :-)

Here's a pic:

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For those who might be doing a double take, yes those are pillows included in my picture! I even had a coupon for that! :-)

So, how much do you think I paid for all this? Here's a list of what all I have here:

Target:
2 Room Essentials Pillows
2 Up & Up Pantiliners (yep, I bought those also!)
2 10-Pack Papermate Pens
2 2-Pack Sharpie Markers

Food Lion:

6 Marcal Small Steps Paper Towels

Rite-Aid:

1 Gallon of Milk
2 Airwick Odor Scent Starter Kits
1 Noxzema 6 ct. Razors

The total before coupons was $33.68. 

My total after coupons? That would be $4.18. That's a savings of 87.5%. Not bad for not having any double coupons! Just to give you an idea of how that happened here's a breakdown of it all. 

Target:
2 Room Essentials Pillows - $2.50 each
$2/1 Bed Pillow (Fieldcrest Luxury, Room Essentials or Target Home) Target Web Coupon x8/13
Paid $.50 for each pillow
2 Up & Up Pantiliners - $.89 each
*-.75/1 up & up™ Feminine Care Item ETS Target Web Coupon x8/13
Paid $.14 each
2 10-Pack Papermate Pens - $1.02
*-$1/1 Papermate Writing Utensil Item Target Web Coupon x7/19
Paid $.02 each
2 2-Pack Sharpie Markers - $1

-$1/1 Sharpie Permanent Marker Item Target Web Coupon x7/19
Paid nothing! FREE!
Food Lion:

6 Marcal Small Steps Paper Towels - $1
- (6) $1/1 Marcall Small Steps 
Paid nothing! FREE! (except tax!)

Rite-Aid:

1 Gallon of Milk - $3.49
2 Airwick Odor Scent Starter Kits - $9.99 (B1G1)
- (2) $4/1 Airwick Fresh Scent Compact
Paid $1.99 for both
1 Noxzema 6 ct. Razors - $2
- $2 coupon
Paid nothing! FREE!

So, there you have it!  A pretty good savings day! 

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Ken

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Harris Teeter Super Doubles, Trip #2

Wow! I'm feeling pretty wore out from trying to work and keep up with all these great deals! Seems like I am always wore out on the week of a Super Doubles or Triples event!

As usual, on day 2 a lot of the free items are gone! The key to success is to make sure you find other deals to take the place of those! Lots of empty shelves but they should restock tonight!

Here is my trip from Day 2 of Harris Teeter Super Doubles for the week of 6/22:

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Here is the breakdown:

2 Reynolds Foil - $3.99 BOGO
- (2) $1/1 from 5/15 SS = FREE
4 Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce - $2.50 BOGO
- (2) $1/2 from 5/22 SS = $.25 each
2 Kraft Dressings - $2.99 BOGO
- $1/2 from 6/12 SS = $.49 each
2 Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats - $3.99 BOGO
- $1/2 from 5/15 RP = $.99 each
1 Clorox 2 Stain Fighter Pen - $2.99
- $1.50 Printable = FREE
3 Hungry Jack Syrup - $1.99 each
- (3) $1/1 from 5/22 RP = FREE
2 Resolve In Wash Stain Remover (22 oz.) - $4.29 BOGO
- (2) $1/1 from 6/5 SS = $.14 each
1 MILKA Milk Chocolate Bar - $1.99
- $1/1 Printable = FREE
1 HT Trader Croutons - $1.79
- Buy 2 Kraft Dressings get Croutons free promotion = FREE
1 Snuggle Dryer Sheets (80 ct.) - $2.99
- $1/1 Printable = $.99
3 Philadelphia Cooking Creme - $2.00 each
- (3) $1/1 from 6/5 SS = FREE
3 Johnsonville Chicken Sausage - $2.99
- (3) $1/1 from 6/19 SS = $.99 each

7.75% NC Sales Tax = $.68
2% NC Sales Tax (Food) = $.42

Total for all = $51.95
- coupons savings of $41.66
Out of Pocket = $10.92

That's a savings of 80%! Kewl!!!

I am looking forward to some more stocked shelves tomorrow, hopefully! 

Have a great day everyone!

Jessica's Trip To Harris Teeter - Day 1

OK, I know some may say that there is a limit of one card per household but Jessica is a college student, staying with us and has her own job and buys her own things. I don't see why she can't have a card and help out also!

Anyways, Jess went to Harris Teeter tonight and this is what she came home with. I did help her out a lot but she paid for it all! :-)

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Here is the breakdown:

6 Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce - $1.25 each
- (3) $1/2 from 5/22 SS = $.25 each
2 Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaners - $$1.50 each
- $1/2 from 6/12 SS = $.50 each
2 Miracle Whip - $4.95 for 2
- $1/2 from 6/12 SS = $1.48 each
2 Kraft Salad Dressings - $1.50 each
- $1/2 from 6/12 SS = $.50 each
1 Soft Scrub Total Cleanser - $3.99
- $1.50/1 Internet Printable = $.99
1 Soft Scrub with Bleach - $3.79
FREE Soft Scrub Cream Cleanser or Gel wyb Soft Scrub Total or Bleach Clean Product from 6/12 RP = FREE
1 Skinny Cow Clusters (6 pk.) - $2.99
- $1/1 from June All You! magazine = $.99
4 Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats - $1.99 each
- (2) $1/2 from 5/15 RP = $.99 each
1 Hungry Jack Butter Syrup - $1.99 each
- $1/1 from 5/22 RP = FREE
2 Hungry Jack Pancake Mix - $1.49 each
- (2) $1/1 from 5/22 RP = FREE
1 MILKA Milk Chocolate Bar - $1.99
- $1/1 Printable = FREE
1 Cutter Skinsations Pocket Size - $2.99
- $1.50/1 from 5/22 RP = FREE
1 HT Trader Croutons - $1.79
- Buy 2 Kraft Dressings get Croutons free promotion = FREE
6 Kotex Panti-Liners - $1.45 each
- (3) $1.50/2 from 5/15 SS = FREE
2 Bailey's Coffee Creamers - $2.19 each
- (2) $1/1 Printable = $.19 each

7.75% NC Sales Tax = $.1.26
2% NC Sales Tax (Food) = $.49

Total for all = $63.75
- coupons savings of $51.76
Out of Pocket = $11.99

I'll make Jessica into a Coupon Queen yet! :-)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Harris Teeter Super Doubles, Trip #1

Yee Haw! My favorite grocery store around here is having Super Double Coupons this week! That means they will double up to $1.98! Should make for some really great deals!


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3 Reynolds Wrap Non-Stick Foil - $1.99 each
- (3) $1/1 from  5/15 SS = FREE
2 Sweet Baby Ray BBQ Sauce (18 oz.) - $1.25 each
- (1) $1/2 from 5/22 SS = $.25 each
3 Bounty Napkins - $1.99 each
- (3) $1/1 from 6/5 P&G = FREE
4 Kellogg's Mini Wheats (Assorted Varieties) - $1.99 each
- (2) $1/2 from 5/15 RP = $.99 each
3 Hungry Jack Complete Pancake Mix (32 oz.) - $1.68 each
- (3) $1/1 from 5/22 RP = FREE
3 Cutter Insect Repellent (Pocket Size) - $2.99 each
- (3) $1.50/1 = FREE
3 Philadelphia Cooking Creme - $2 each
- (3) $1/1 from 6/5 SS = FREE
2 International Delight Coffee Creamers - $1.87 each
- $1/2 found laying around dairy case! = $.87 each
3 Jacksonville Chicken Sausage - $2.99 each
- (3) $2 Reduced savings because they go out of date tomorrow
- (3) $1/1 from 6/19 SS (gave ate end of order so it would save me more doubles!) = FREE
4 Pkgs. of Boneless Center-Cut Pork Chops on sale for $2.97 a lb. - $20.94
($5.67, $5.05, $5.26, and $4.96)
- (1) $10/$50 Harris Teeter Coupon from Recyclebank = $10.94

7.75% NC Sales Tax = $.81
2% NC Sales Tax (Food) = $.62

Total for all = $77.52
- coupons savings of $59.97
Out of Pocket = $17.55

Now that is one cool deal! I'm looking forward to doing some more super doubles later! I am glad there is a limit of 20 coupons double per day so that I can be sure that there might still be some more left tomorrow! :-)

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wal-Mart Trip, 6/21/11

OK, I don't go to Wal-Mart everyday. I really don't like to! Today I was going there anyway to look for the new edition of All You! magazine and to get a bottle of STP fuel treatment for when I gassed up. So, I took advantage of a couple of coupon deals. Here they are:

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The All You! magazine was $1.88 on Rollback
The Dial lotion was $1.97 - $2 coupon from 6/12 RP ($.03 moneymaker!)
The Zyrtec 5 ct. was $5.27 and I used a $5 Internet printable so the two were $.54
The Advil Pocket Packs were $1.84 each and I used a $4/2 from 5/22 SS ($.32 moneymaker!)
Not pictured is the Gas Treatment I bought that was $1.42. 

I paid $5 for all of this after coupons and tax! I think that was a pretty good deal! 

Have a great day everyone! 

Another Rite Aid Trip, 6-21-11

I made another trip to Rite Aid today, just to get a couple more of the Zantac that they have on sale. Here is what I got:

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The Zantac (24 ct.) is normally $9.99 but it is on sale for $7.99 with a $2 +UP reward when you purchase (Limit of 4). I purchased one on Sunday with a $5 manufacturer's coupon and a $2 Rite Aid coupon so it was like a moneymaker for me! Today I just had the 2 $5 coupons but I used a $3 off $15 survey reward from Rite Aid. The popcorn is some coupons I am trying to use up before they expire on 6/30. It's $.69 with a $.50 coupon, so only $.19 a piece. The Stride Gum was an impulse buy because I had figured the tax in with my $5 +UP I was using to make my purchase. I needed to purchase another $.74 to use it. It was 2 for $2 with a $1 +UP reward. 

Anyways, to make a long story short, this deal cost me $5 +UP and $2.48 OOP and I got back another $5 +UP. Basically, $2.48 out of pocket for all this! That is not a bad deal at all!

Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rite Aid Trip 6/19/11

Here is my trip to Rite Aid for 6/19. I took a departure from the norm so that I could stock up on some Pantene shampoo! Trina said that was all we needed to stock up on now was shampoo.

Rite Aid has a deal this week where if you buy $25 of P&G products (certain ones) then you will get a $5 +UP reward also. I decided to do the Pantene items!

Here is my results:

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I pondered the best way to do this and finally came up with a two-transaction scenario. Here is what I did:

TRANSACTION #1
2 St. Joseph's Aspirin - $3
1 Zantac Maximum Strength 24 count - $7.99
- $5/1 Internet Printable
- $2/1 RiteAid Video Value coupon
1 Cortaid 2 oz. - $4.99
- $3/1 from 5-15 RP
2 Stride Gum - $2
- $.50/1 RiteAid Video Value coupon
2 Amp Energy Drink - $3.30 (Not pictured because Julia and Joseph sucked them down!)
- $1.65 RiteAid BOGO Video Value Coupon 
- $3/$15 Survey Reward
Total = $8.22 (including tax) 
Get back $7 +UP rewards ($1.50, $1.50, $2, $1, $1)

TRANSACTION #3
8 Pantene Shampoo (2 in 1) - $29.92
- (4) $3/2 Pantene products from 6-19 SS
1 Necklace and Earring set for Julia - $4.99
4 Jiffy Pop Butter Lover's Singles - $2.76
- (4) $.50/1 Jiffy Pop from 5-1 SS
- $3/$15 Survey Reward
- $7 +UP from transaction #1
Total = $15.98 (including tax)
Got back $5 +UP for next week! 

Taking in to consideration that there was a $5.37 addition I had not figured (Julia found a nice little necklace and earring set) then my total would have been $10.61 for all of it! 

So, the grand totals are $62.70 (including tax) for $24.20 OOP and I still have $5 +UP for next week! You could say it was a pretty good deal! Not the greatest I've ever done but I did manage to stock up on shampoo and I got me some more 81mg Aspirin and the Zantac was a sweet deal. Take away the Amp energy drinks and the necklace set (unplanned purchases) and it would have been more like $54 for $18 or a 66% savings! 

That just about wraps up this week because I am not doing Walgreen's. They don't seem to have much of a sale this week. I did go buy a Gillette Fusion ProGlide for $.89 but that was something that has become a norm! :-)

Have a great week everyone! 

CVS Trip - 6/19/11

Today was a laid-back day! I got up early and went to get some newspapers for my coupons. I then came home and crashed until 11:00. I didn't actually make it to CVS until 3:30 this afternoon! I was surprised to find most of what I wanted still in stock!

Here is my deal for this week:


Although this is a small amount, I did 4 transactions in order to make the most of my ECBs. I am starting with $6 ECB from last week. Here's the breakdown:

TRANSACTION #1
I bag of Hershey's Bliss - $5.99
- $1/1 from 5-1 SS
1 CVS Reinventing Beauty Magazine - $.99
Total = $5.98 and paid with $6ECB ($.52 Out of Pocket after sales tax!)
Get back $5.99 ECB

TRANSACTION #2
2 Pantene Shampoo (2 in 1)
- $3/2 from 6-19 SS
1 L.A. Looks Hair Gel
- $1/1 from 5-15 SS
Total = $5.96 and paid with $5.99ECB ($.74 OOP after sales tax!)
Get back $4ECB ($2 from Pantene and $2 from L.A. Looks)

TRANSACTION #3
5 bottles of Powerade - $5
- $1/5 Internet Printable
Total = $4 and paid with $4ECB ($.39 OOP after sales tax!)
Get back $2ECB

TRANSACTION #4
1 Irish Spring Deodorant
- $1/1 Peelie
Total = $1.99 and paid with $2ECB ($.22 OOP after sales tax!)
Get back $2ECB

All total that is $26.86 (including sales tax) for $4ECB + $1.87 OOP. Not bad at all!

Feel free to share your savings in the comments, if you'd like! :-)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Quick Trip to HT on 6/18

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I posted anything because life has been pretty hectic lately! I'm still saving as much as I can but I haven't taken the time to post it because I have been very busy.

Tonight, I wanted to take advantage of some deals at Harris Teeter so I came home from work and made a quick trip of it! Here is what I got:

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This is just my way of showing that you can save on stuff besides toiletries! :-)

So, for all of this I only paid $13.03! That's not bad at all! Here's the breakdown (quickly):

2 Gals. of milk - $5.94 (2 x $2.97) - $1 each for buying cookies = $3.94
2 Chips Ahoy - $4.98 (2 x $2.49) - (2) $1 off when you buy cookies and milk = $2.98
2 Planters Nutrition Bars - $5.00 - (2) $.75 coupons = $2
2 Ritz Crackerfuls - $3.99 BOGO - (2) $.75 coupons = $.99
1 Domino 5# Sugar - $2.99 - $.50 coupon = $1.99
3 Kellogg's Corn Pops - $1.64 ($3.29 BOGO) - (3) $.70 coupons = $.73
Sales tax = $.40

So, I managed to get 3 boxes of cereal, 2 gals. of milk, 5# of sugar, 2 bags of Chips Ahoy, 2 boxes of Crackerfuls and 2 boxes of Planters Nutrition Bars for only $13.03! That's 12 items for a total of about $1.08 each! I think I did pretty good! 

Now it's time for some cookies and milk! :-)

Have a great weekend everyone! 


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday Morning Savings, 6-5!

Hey everyone. I just wanted to share my savings from my trips this morning. They could have been a little better but I still think I did pretty good. I was just too tired to do 3 more transactions at the Walgreen's so I ended up spending about $6 more than I wanted too! :-)

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This is a combination of my trips to Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid and a quick trip to Harris Teeter on the way home! There is a little food stuff in here! :-)

At Walgreens I bought the following:

6 Nivea for Men Body Wash
3 Gillette Body Wash
2 Gillette Deodorant
2 Bic Hybrid Advance Razor Systems
1 Gillette ProGlide Fusion Razor
4 Butterball Chicken Broth (fillers)
1 Morton Salt (filler)
1 Baking Soda (filler)

At CVS I bought the following:

2 Oral-B Pulsar Toothbrushes
4 Colgate Toothpastes
2 Crest Pro-Health Mouth Rinse

At Rite-Aid I bought the following:

2 Crest Toothpaste
4 Oral-B CrossAction Power Toothbrushes
1 JiffyPop Blast O Butter Popcorn

At Harris Teeter I bought the following:

3 Colgate Toothpastes
3 Kraft BBQ Sauce
1 Franks Red Hot Sauce

All of this would have cost me $202.58 before coupons. After coupons (and RR, ECB, and +UP rewards) I ended up paying a total of $30.48. That's a savings of $172.10 or 85%! I still have $23 RR, $7.50 ECB and $2.99 +UP left! 

So, what do you think? Did I do good? 

I'm sorry I am not posting the scenarios but I am just very tired right now! I really need to just relax a little! 

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Ken

Friday, June 3, 2011

For Sissy & Kim, And Anyone Else Who's Interested

This is a public message to my sister and sis-in-law. It's just a few suggestions and such. I thought of writing a letter to them but decided it would be better to write as a blog post so that others could have this info also.

I just wanted to write and give you guys some advice on how to get started using coupons. Kim, I see you saved over $53 yesterday so you have made an initial start and that is great. Sissy, you have one advantage in that Robert has done this before so he should be able to help you out some!

My first advice to you is to make sure that you get a Sunday paper this weekend. There is always 3 inserts in the paper on the first Sunday of the month. There should be a Smart Source, Red Plum and a Proctor & Gamble. You want to make sure you get this so you can get started off good.

Some people have a rule of buying a Sunday paper for every adult in the household, or every person who would be considered an adult, such as a 13 year old who eats well and needs personal care items also! You will have to make your own decisions about how many papers to buy. I myself try to get at least 5 or 6 per week but this weekend I will probably try to get about 10! Remember, I have 4 adults in my household and if you figure Joseph likes getting stuff then that would be 5! I'm just doubling it for the P&G insert.

When you are going through your coupons please be sure to not throw any of them away! I know you may be brand loyal to some items but if you could get a similar brand for FREE or next to nothing wouldn't you want to try it? Also, don't think that you would never use it  and throw it away. I thought I would never use most of the P&G coupons because it is always so high! I always threw them away. Since I started doing this seriously I have found that I used most ALL of the coupons from that insert. For example, I would have never thought of using the Fusion ProGlide razor but I have been able to get them at Walgreens all month for basically $.89! It's just a razor with 2 blades but for $.89 that is super great!

I would suggest saving all the coupons that you think you won't use and putting them to the side. Find a place to put them such as an accordion type of binder or maybe a place in your filing cabinet. I had some coupons from 5/1 that I didn't think I would use but I used them this past week to get some great deals. I'm glad I saved them.

Be sure to buy the paper for the largest city around you. For instance, Sissy would try to buy the Dallas newspaper if it is available. The reason for this is because they will have the most coupons! Where I live the New Bern Sun Journal has inserts but the Raleigh News & Observer has more coupons! I will buy one of each, compare and then decide which one I want to buy the most of!

Be careful when printing out Internet coupons. They are great and I use them quite often also but you do need to use a little wisdom when doing so. A lot of times the coupons that you see online will also be in your Sunday inserts. Also, make sure it is something that you will use or that your store carries. You may save a lot of money but you will also have to buy ink which costs a bit!

Use some match-up sites to help you get the most out of your coupons! I have several that I have bookmarked and check quite frequently. One of my favorite sites for Walgreens and CVS is Southern Savers and just recently I discovered Amit19's Deals World. I like Amit19's site because he has previews up to almost 2 weeks in advance. You can do a search for your local store and someone who does price matches by just typing in that stores info into the Google search engine. For example, "Brookshire's match-ups" or "Kroger match-ups".

You can get a preview of Sunday's coupon inserts by checking out this site, Sunday Coupon Previews. There are a lot of sites that show these but this one is pretty cool. Be aware that some coupons are regional so they may not be in your paper but it will give you a general idea. Also, depending on your region, you may get a $1 off Heniz ketchup while I may get a $.75 off. I'm not sure how it works but it will depend on how many stores in your area double and triple or not. If there are a lot of stores that double then you will most likely get the $.50 instead of a $1, or something like that!

Dont' be discouraged if you don't save that much the first couple of weeks. You have to get a stockpile of coupons together before you can do the HUGE savings. It took me a couple of weeks before I started to see my "stockpile" grow.

I still have so much to share with you guys but I have to get ready for work now. If you have any questions, please message me on Facebook or email me. I'd be glad to help in any way I can!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Quick Trip 6/2

I just wanted to stop in and share my savings for today. I just woke up and grabbed my coupons and did a quick trip to Harris Teeter and Rite-Aid. For those who are just starting out, I wanted to show you that just because you spent over $7 doesn't mean you didn't do well!

Here's my deal:

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Here's a quick rundown:

Raisin Bran - $2.09 - .70 Printable = .69
Ragu - 1.39 each - $1.25/3 - = .97 each
Sunsweet Prunes (yep!) $1.50 - .75 q = FREE
Twizzlers - $1 each - $1/2 Rite-Aid q - .50 each
Raspberries - $1.99 - $1 q = .99
Franks Hot Sauce - .72 - .50 q = FREE
Reese's - 2/$1 - .50/2 Rite-Aid q = .25 each
Blast O' Butter - .50 each - .50 coupon = FREE
Starburst - .50 - .25 Rite-Aid q = .25
Zone Bars - $1.25 each - .55 q = .15 each

That's a total of 20 items for $7.63 or .38 each (cheap even figuring it that way)

Total without coupons would have been $31.21 so my savings was $23.58 or 75%

Not bad for being half asleep! Now it's time for a cup of coffee! :-)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Deals For 5/30

I went riding around town today just to pass the time while Trina was at work and, of course, I ended up doing some coupon shopping. Nothing crazy though. Here's my first stop:

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I stopped by Target first because they have an awesome deal on some sun-care products. If you buy 2 Banana Boat or Hawaiian Tropic products you will get a $5 Target Gift Card. I grabbed the Lip Balm ($1.79) and the Aloe Gel ($5.84) and also used a $1 coupon for the Hawaiian Tropic. I ended up paying $6.48 and getting the $5 gift card so it's like getting them both for $1.48!

Next I went to Walgreens to finish getting Jessica some gum. She had 4 more of the $1/2 Orbit coupons and with the in-ad coupon the Orbit is just $0.19 each. Since there was a limit of 4, I did a transaction and she did a transaction and we both paid $.92 for out deal. That's 8 Orbit gum for $1.84. 

On our way home we stopped by Rite-Aid and grabbed 4 Jolly Time Blast O'Butter individual packs and one Rencare Organic Shampoo. I used 4 $.50/1 coupons on the popcorn so it was all free and I used $4 in UP rewards for the shampoo. Total OOP was $1.42 and I got back a $4.99 UP reward for the shampoo. Then I went back and bought the Rencare organic conditioner to go with the shampoo and used the $4.99 UP and paid $0.32 for that. I also ended up getting another $4.99 UP. So, I paid $1.74 out of pocket and spent $4 in UP rewards and left with my products and $4.99 in UP rewards! That's like getting it all for only $0.75! 

After grilling, watching some tube and relaxing, Trina asked if I wanted to go to Target again. We went and bought another sun-care deal. This time we got the lip balm and the Banana Boat Aloe Gel. We also got two different bowl sets by Ziploc that were price-reduced to $2.17 and 2 4 packs of Degree deodorant that were marked down to $4.24 It wasn't a bad deal when you look at it broke down. Here is the break down:

Banana Boat Aloe - $4.99
-$1 off Banana Boat product (excluding lip balm)

Banana Boat Lip Balm - $1.79

Glad Deep Dish Storage Bowls - $2.17
Glad Entree Storage Bowls - $2.17
- $1.50/2 Glad Bowls

(2) Degree 4 packs - $4.24 each
- BOGO coupon

Total before tax - $19.60
- coupons ($6.74) = $12.86
- $5 Gift Card = $7.86
Plus we also got another $5 gift card to use later! 

Now it's time to relax until the new sales ads come out on Wednesday! :-)

Have a great evening everyone!


Getting Started With Coupons

A few people have asked me how to get started using coupons. I'm not an expert but I will share some tips with you. I've only been back to couponing for about a month and I will share my learning experiences during that time.

First and foremost, don't get discouraged if you aren't able to get massive amounts of stuff immediately. Honestly, that really shouldn't be your reason for couponing in the first place. You want to save money and using coupons is the way to go but you might have to wait a while to build a "stockpile".

Some people say that the first thing you should do is to set a budget. Decide how much you want to spend and stick to it. Perhaps you should only allow yourself $20 a week for spending to start your "stockpile". If you can do that then that would be fine. We operate on a completely different scenario.

Since most of our bills come due around the first, we usually stock up on meat and frozen items in the middle of the month. We hit the sales and find the best deals we can and go from there. This means that most of our grocery budget is done in the middle of the month.  However, we still allow for a lot to be spent during the week, depending on the sales.

The main thing to remember is that you have to look at your situation and decide how you want to approach when to spend for your coupon items.

Here is a list of rules I would follow when starting out couponing:


  • Take the time to learn your store(s) coupon policy. You can find most policies online or you can request a copy from your store's CS desk. Each store is different and you will have to learn this to know what you can and cannot do there.
  • You might want to take the time to learn one store at a time. It will be easy to get distracted and want to go here and there and save as much as possible but you will have more success if you take the time to learn each store slowly. 
  • Try to build a rapport with your store(s). Be friendly when you go to checkout and when you make a mistake with a coupon, and you will do this, let them know that you are still learning and thank them for helping you along. I go to my local Harris Teeter just after midnight each night and see what is available. Most of the stockers know me pretty well now and we often just chat for a minute or two. 
  • Find a few good sites for coupon matchups. This will help you save a lot of time and energy when getting ready for your shopping trip. My biggest suggestion would be to join We Use Coupons and search through there as a starting point. I have a few favorites but each location will be different as each location has different stores in their areas. Also check out Amit19 Deals World if you like CVS or Walgreens! 
  • Make sure you stay organized! Just starting out you can use a small coupon organizer and set it up as you would like. I still am using my coupon pouch that I got from Wal-Mart but I am seriously thinking about switching to a binder method. Whatever the situation, find a system that works for you and make your experience fun, not tedious.
This is just some off the wall suggestions that I am throwing out there. I'll have more later but I just wanted to let everyone know that I haven't forgotten about them at all! I've just been busy saving! :-)

Have a great Memorial Day everyone! 

Ken

Last Deal Of The Day, 5/29

Hey everyone! The picture attached to this is the same picture as yesterday's deal because it was pretty much the same deal as yesterday, just a different store.

My purpose of this post is to show you that you can replicate a deal I may have gotten from CVS by just visiting your local Wal-Mart! Everyone has one of those, right?

Here's the deal:


I stopped by Wal-Mart and did a similar deal to what I did yesterday on the Axe. They had the Axe bonus packs priced at $3.44 and I bought four of them with 2 BOGO coupons. Essentially, I paid 6.88 for 4 bonus packs. If you figure I got 8 full-size products for $6.88 then that would be $.86 each. That's a little higher than yesterdays but it is still a great deal! If you have just one of the BOGO Axe coupons, head to your Wal-Mart and get a bonus pack if they have one and you too can get some Axe for $.86 each! :-)

I also bought two (2) All You! magazines for the month of July. My wife questioned me buying 2 but I told her it would be OK, I'd get my money back easily! At $1.88 you can't beat it! 

We left Wal-Mart, picked up Jessica and decided to stop by Walgreens on the way home to see if they were substituting anything for the Crackerfuls they were out of this morning. Unfortunately, they didn't have anything left! While we were on our way I was looking through the All You! magazine and saw there was a $2 coupon on any full-size got2be product. I remembered that this was one of the things that were on a BOGO sale at Walgreens so I checked it out. They had the flat-iron stuff (I'm not really sure what it is used for) and Julia needed something like this so I worked up a deal. It was $5.99 BOGO and I had 2 of the $2 coupons (remember I bought 2 magazines!). That would work out to $1.99 for two or basically $.99 each! Yes, another good deal and Julia was excited about this deal. I paid the $1.99 with a $2 RR and bought one more of the Icy Hot products for $.99 to be my filler item. So, I paid like $1.72 out of pocket and walked away with another $.99 RR. 

Now, I'm ready to go save some more but, unfortunately, all the stores are closed. I already have a Target scenario worked out for tomorrow! I'll post it if I am able to accomplish what is on my mind! 

Once again, enjoy your weekend!

Ken


Food Lion Deal, 5/29

OK, I'll calm down on posting deals soon but I just wanted to share some more savings with you all!

Tonight, we stopped at Food Lion on the way to get Jessica from work. Interestingly enough, she works at Food Lion but her Food Lion is 10 miles away and we stopped at the one by our house! Anyway, here is the main portion of our deal:
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The Ronzoni Pasta was on sale for $1 each and I had 9 coupons for $1 off, so all I had to pay was the 2% tax, or $.18. We also bought some bananas and tomatoes but that was not coupon stuff so it isn't in my picture! 

Not bad for a trip to waste some time! 

Hope you are all enjoying your Memorial Day weekend! Tomorrow we will be firing up the grill! Yippee! 

Ken

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Drug Store Deals For 5/29!

I just got back from visiting my three drug stores, Walgreens, CVS and Rite-Aid. I think I did pretty well today even though I wasn't able to get everything on my list! :-)

Walgreens:
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Because Walgreens requires no card for the deals, I took Trina and Jessica with me and we each made a trip through the line. Instead of breaking down each individual transaction per person, I will list what all we got and how much we saved.

(3) Scott Paper Towels, 6-roll - $3.99 each
-(2) $1.50 Printables
-(1) $1 5/22 SS
Final price = $7.97 for 3

(6) Dry Idea Deodorants - $3.99 Buy One Get One Free
-(3) BOGO 5/1 RP
Final Price = All 6 for FREE! :-)

Reynolds Wrap, 75 sq. ft - $1.99
= $1 5/22 SS
Final price = $.99

(3) Illy Coffee - $2 each
- $2 RR each
Final price = All 3 FREE

(3) Icy Hot Naturals Pain Relief Cream - $0.99 each
- $0.99 RR each
Final price = All 3 FREE

(2) Goody's Headache Powders, 6 ct. - $0.99 each
- $0.99 RR each
Final price = Both FREE

Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor - $9.89
- $4 5/1 PG
-$5 RR
Final price = $0.89

2 Act II Extra Butter Popcorn - $0.25 each (for filler items)
Final price = $0.50 for both

M & Ms Peanut - $0.69 (filler Jessica used)
Final price = $0.69

(12) Orbit Gum - $0.69 each w/in-ad coupon
-(6) $1/2 4/17 SS
Final price = $2.28

Total was $64.86
- coupons and RR - $48.47
Out of pocket = $16.39 (a savings of @75%)

I would have liked to get the Crackerfuls and one of the Calcium Tablets but that didn't work out as they were already out of it!

CVS:

I had plans for more at CVS but I only ended up getting a little bit and it was all candy! Sorry, I didn't take picture of it! I started off with $4 ECB from last night's Axe deal.

Transaction 1:
(2) 3 Musketeers Bars - 2 for $1
paid $1.08 OOP and got $1 ECB back

Transaction 2
(4 Bags) Hershey's Pieces - $2.50 each
- (2) $2/2  5/1 SS
- $5 ECB ($4 from Axe and $1 from Transaction 1) 
Final Price = $1.78

Total OOP = $2.86 and I got back $3 ECB!

Rite-Aid


Another small deal but at least I was able to "refresh" my ^UP rewards!

(2) Irish Spring Deodorants - $2.99 each
- (2) $1 Peelie
Final price = $3.98

(2) Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - 2 for $1
- $.50 from RiteAid Perks Video
Final price = 2 for $.50

- $4 ^UP rewards from previous transaction

Total OOP = $.87 and I got back $4 ^UP rewards again!

So, now it is time to lay down and take a nap! Hope you are all doing well!

Ken