Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Fall-A memory with each leaf drop!

I love the fall-it reminds me of my wedding and the 16 months I spent in Poland.  My blog's name is a tad unconventional-partially because the first word is Polish.  Rekami means "by the means of hands", so recreation by the means of hands-hand made fun...crafting. 

Thinking on Poland, there are a few things you might want to know when you go (some I learned the hard way...)

-The Polish language is set up much more formal than the English language is.  They use ma'am and sir a lot more and actually address older people in the third person (i.e. How is the ma'am doing today?)  Just tossing out a "you" is offensive-way too personal unless they've indicated you can address them by their first name/"you". 

-Watch where and how you shake hands.  Poles do not like to shakes hands through doorways or crossing other peoples' arms (i.e. you have 4 people shaking hands).  When your hands shaking form a cross with a doorway or other arms, you will actually see most Poles recoil.

-A woman's age is not such a secret in Poland.  You don't go around just asking strangers, but surprisingly they often ask you to guess and then will proudly tell you.

-Only ask how someone is doing if you sincerely want to know.  I heard an American joke once about how Americans just say they're fine, even if their house burned down and spouse left.  If you ask a Pole about how they are, you will genuinely hear about every muscle and joint ache.  I don't mean it in a rude way, it's just different.  I didn't think about how "fake" Americans are when we ask how others are doing until it was pointed out to me.   

-Eating doesn't have any drastic different traditions that I can think of.  Of course you see less cow intestines in American grocery stores, but differences in cuisines are expected.  Make sure to not waste food, and if you're learning the language, be cautious about asking for the pepper...if you say it wrong, you're swearing...

Anyway, those are some fun memories and tips.  If you plan to head to this slightly obscure yet close-to-my-heart country, take heed to these tips and save some room in your luggage to take me please :D

Monday, September 24, 2012

*Sniff* My sweetheart off to school! And how we got books for free!

I'm sappy, I can own up to that.  My sweetheart went to college today for his first time full time.  I'm gonna fall to pieces when we have kids and I have to take them to school the first time!!!  Anywho...because of the program he's going into, it looks like the department is supplying books internally except for 1 class so we only had to get 1 book :)  Instead of using grants/loans/pocket cash to get the book, we turned to our swagbucks stockpile (as rent can't be paid in swagbucks...) 

In January or February this year, we joined swagbucks and earn points various ways (surveys, free trials, etc) but mostly just by searching the internet through their toolbar.  I want to get to my blog?  I search it.  I want to get to my email or facebook?  I search them, and randomly get awarded points.  There are a lot of prizes, but for every 450 points, you can get a $5 gift card to Amazon.com.  We cashed in a few of these and didn't even have to pay shipping out of pocket for his school book!  A great way to really get things for free!  If you're interested in joining swagbucks, just go here :) 

Shop With Me! (9/24/12 week)



RITE AID:
Buy 2 Brach’s Candy Corn $1.00, when you buy 2, 9/23-9/29
Buy 2, Receive $1.00 +Up Reward, 9/23-9/29
Use one $1.50/2 – Brach’s Bagged Products, do not combine with any other offers, excludes holiday products, bulk candy or Pick-a-Mix Products – (coupons.com)  (zip code 43420)
Pay $0.50, Receive $1.00 +Up Reward
Final Price: $0.50 Moneymaker

Rite Aid Hand Sanitizer 8 oz, $1.00
Buy 1, Get back a $1.00 +UP (limit 4)
Final Price: FREE after +UP!

Carefree, Stayfree or o.b. Feminine Care, $2.00
Buy 2, Get back a $1.00 +UP
-$2.00/1 Stayfree Product Coupon from the 8-26 SS
or -$.50/1 Carefree Product Coupon from the 8-26 SS
or -$.75/1 OB Tampon Product Coupon from the 8-26 SS
Final Price: As low as FREE Plus, $1.00 Money Maker!

Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste or Oral-b Complete Toothbrush 1 ct, $2.99
Buy 1, Get back a $2.99 +UP
-$.50/1 Crest Toothpaste or Liquid Gel Coupon from the 8-26 P&G
or -$.50/1 Oral-B Pulsar, 3D White, Pro Health, Complete or Indicator Coupon from the 8-26 P&G
Final Price: FREE Plus $.50 Money Maker!

WALGREENS:
TrueResult Blood Glucose Monitor on sale $14.99
Submit $14.99 Rebate in package
Final Price: FREE

3M Air Allergy Advanced Nasal Filter, $9.00
Pay:$9.00 Get back a $9 Register Reward

Scope Mouthwash 2/$6.00
-$1.50/1 Scope coupon from the 8/26 P&G
Pay: $3.00 Get back a $3.00 Register Reward wyb 2

FRS Energy Shots $3.99
Pay $3.99 Get back a $3.99 Register Reward

Enfagrow Toddler Formula, 4 pack BOGO (2/$6.49)
-$5.00/1 Enfagrow Printable coupon
Final Price: FREE
Buy 2 Neosporin Essentials, 1 oz $4.79, regular price
$2.00 Off
Buy 2, Receive 5,000 Balance Rewards Points 
Use one $1.00/1 – Neosporin Product, Manufacturer Coupon – (walgreens.com)
And use one $1.00/1 Neosporin product, excludes trial size, limit 1 coupon per person, no more than 4 coupons of any kind for the same product in the same transaction from RP 7/29 (exp 9/30)
Final Price: $1.79 each, when you buy 2, Receive 5,000 Balance Rewards Points


Walmart
Beneful Brand Pouch: $1.00
-$2/1 Beneful Dog Food 09/09/2012 RP Insert (exp 10/09/2012)
Final Price: FREE + $1 MONEY MAKER!

Febreze Noticeables Warmer Pack $2.97
-$3.00/1 Febreze Noticeables Warmer Packs 8-26 P&G
Final Price: Free plus $.03 MM


TARGET
Domino Organic Amber Agave Nectar, 11.75 oz $1.00, price cut through 9/29
Use $1.00/1 – Domino Organic Agave Nectar – (dominosugar.com)
Final Price: Free

Jell-O Pudding 4-pk, $1.99
-$1.00/1 Jell-O Snacks Target Store Printable Coupon
Stack with $1.00/1 Refrigerated Jell-O Snacks Coupon from the 9-16 SS
Final Price: FREE!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Shop With Me (9/17/12)!

Off to another week of shopping, some decent deals to be had!



RITE AID:
Hershey’s Simple Pleasures, 5.6 oz $3.00 each, when you buy 2
Spend $6.00, Receive $2.00 +Up Reward, Limit 2
Use two $2.00/1 Hershey’s Simple Pleasures Chocolates, 5.6 oz from SS 9/16 (exp 10/31)
Pay $2.00, Receive $2.00 +Up Rewards
Final Price: Free 

Buy 2 The Natural Dentist Healthy Gums Antigingivitis Mouthrinse, 16.9 oz $6.99
Buy One Get One 50% Off through 9/22
Buy 2, Receive $1.00 +Up Reward through 9/22, Limit 2
Buy 1, Receive $3.00 +Up Reward through 10/2, Limit 4 
Buy 1, Submit for $5.00 Mail-In Rebate, Limit 1 per household 
Pay $10.49, Receive one $1.00 +Up Reward and two $3.00 +Up Rewards and Submit $5.00 Mail-In Rebate
Final Price: $1.51 Moneymaker, when you buy 2

WALGREENS:
Blistex Moisture Melt Lip Care, 0.35 oz $2.00 
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
Pay $2.00, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
Final Price: Free

Glade Expressions Starter Kit, 7 oz $2.99 
Buy 1, Receive 2 $1.00 Register Reward
Use $2.00/1 – Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist Starter Kit – (bricks.coupons.com)
Pay $0.99, Receive 2 $1.00 Register Reward
Final Price: $1.01 Moneymaker 


ID Gum 14 pc  2/$2.00
B1G1 ID Gum Printable Coupon
B1G1 ID Gum Single Pack coupon from the 9-16 SS?
Final price: Earn 1,000 Balance Rewards wyb 2 making these Two Free after Balance Rewards!

Safeway-
Hungry Jack Premium Hashbrown Potatoes, 4.2 oz $0.75, sale price through 10/9
Use $1.00/2 – Hungry Jack Premium HashBrown Potatoes – (coupons.smartsource.com)
Final Price: $0.25 each, when you buy 2

 Walmart-
Beneful Brand Pouch: $1.00
-$2/1 Beneful Dog Food 09/09/2012 RP Insert (exp 10/09/2012)
Final Price: FREE + $1 MONEY MAKER!
Febreze Noticeables Warmer Pack $2.97
-$3.00/1 Febreze Noticeables Warmer Packs 8-26 P&G
Final Price: Free plus $.03 MM

  

Albertson’s-
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts, Confetti Cupcake 8 ct $1.79, sale price through 9/18
Use $0.70/1 – Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Cupcake, any – (coupons.com)
And use Twice the Value coupon
Final Price: $0.39 

Green Giant Seasoned Steamers, $2.00 each
- $.75/1 Green Giant Seasoned Steamers Printable Coupon
– Albertsons Doubler
Final Price: $.50 each! 

Pepperidge Farm Jingos Crackers, $2.69
- $1/1 Jingos Crackers Printable Coupon
- Albertsons Doubler
Final Price: $.69 

Gerber Graduates Grabbers, $1.59 
- $.75/1 Gerber Graduates Grabbers Printable Coupon
- Albertsons Doubler
Final Price: $.09 each

Progresso Classic Soups, $1.00 each
-$1/4 Progresso Soup Cans 09/09/2012 SS Insert (exp 11/03/2012)
- Albertsons Doubler
Final Price: $.50 each wyb 4

Smucker’s Uncrustables, $2.50 
- $1/1 Smuckers Uncrustables Sandwiches Printable Coupon 
- Albertsons Doubler
Final Price: $.50

Pringles Multi-Grain, $1.67 each
-$0.75/1 Pringles MultiGrain 09/09/2012 RP Insert (exp 10/31/2012)
- Albertsons Doubler
Final Price: $.17 each

Reach Floss $2.00
use $1.00/1 Reach Floss printable coupon (zipcode 98513) + doubler
Final price = FREE!

Dollar Tree
Brut Products, $1.00
-$1.00/1 Brut Deodorant 2 oz or Brut Product MF Coupon from the 9/9 SS
Final Price: Free!

Maybelline Superstay Lip Color $1
Use the $1/1 Maybelline Lip Product coupon found here or in the 8/5 RP
Final cost FREE!

Efferdent 16 ct. $1
Use the $1/1 Efferdent coupon found here
(or, use the $1/1 Efferdent coupon found in the 9/9 SS)
Final cost FREE!

Alka Seltzer Plus Allergy 48 ct. $1
Use the $1/1 Alka-Seltzer or Alka-Seltzer plus coupon found here or here
Final cost FREE!

There is a HOT new coupon to print that will score you some free Jennie O Turkey Bacon! Print this $1.00/1 Jennie O Turkey Bacon and check your Dollar Tree! Hurry and print since this coupon will go quickly! Use zip code 33133 if needed

Friday, September 14, 2012

Traffic to Pick Up!

Well, I just quit my full time job today.  Responsibly of course-I put in my 2 weeks notice and gave quality work to the last minute, but I'm glad to have that chapter of my life gone and look forward to new opportunities.  I have a part time on call thing but we'll need more supplemental money from other sources.  I hope to blog, craft, coupon, and make money from crafting etc more!  Remember, Christmas is sooner than you think, and handmade gifts rock!  Here's an example of something fun I've been working on lately and perfecting.  The purple was my first and worst.  The blue one is great.  Handmade books-made with handmade paper, all recycled, all made by yours truly!  I remembered learning how to make paper at church girl's camp when I was younger and decided to take on the challenge on a larger scale with scrap paper I have from all my couponing :D  Anywho, here's some pictures of the pretties and stay tuned for more fun!!!!




Sunday, September 9, 2012

Shop With Me! (9/10/12 week)

I don't shop on Sundays so I have yet to check out these deals personally and I can't guarantee that all of the coupons listed were in our local inserts-I only pick up my inserts from my connection a couple times a month.



RITE AID: **REMEMBER THEIR COUPON POLICY CHANGED, UNLESS YOU ASK THE CASHIER TO OPT YOU OUT, YOUR PLUS UPS WILL NOT PRINT, THEY'LL GO ON YOUR CARD.  CANNOT USE THEM EITHER WAY UNTIL 6AM THE NEXT DAY***
Gillette Fusion Proglide Razor, Venus Razor , Mach 3 Razor, $9.99
Buy 1, Get back a $4.00 +UP
-$4.00/1 Gillette Fusion Proglide Razor Coupon from the 8-12 RP
-3.00/1 Venus Razor, Refill, Disposables or Daily Disposable Coupon from the 8-26 P&G
-$4.00/1 Venus Refillable Razor Coupon from the 8-12 RP
Plus use the FREE Gillette Mach3 Razor wyb Gillette Razor or Disposable Razor Coupon from the 8-26 P&G
Final Price: FREE + $2.01 Money Maker after coupons and +UP!

Buy 2 Lysol Power & Free $2.79, sale price 9/9-9/15
Buy 1, Receive $1.00 +Up Reward 9/9-9/15, Limit 2
Use two $1.00/1 – Lysol Power & Free Product, limit two like coupons in same shopping trip, not to be combined with any other coupon – (facebook.com)
And use one $3.00/2 – Lysol Product – (adperk.com)
Pay $0.58, Receive two $1.00 +Up Rewards
Final Price: $1.42 Moneymaker, when you buy 2

No nonsense Knee-Highs Pantyhose, 2 pk $2.69, regular price 
Buy One Get One 50% Off
Buy 2, Receive $5.00 +Up Reward, Limit 2

Pay $4.04, Receive $5.00 +Up Reward
Final Price: $0.96 Moneymaker, when you buy 2

Buy 2 Ampro Pro Styl Hair Gel $1.99 each
Pay $3.98
Get a $4 +Up Reward when you buy 2 (this is an unadvertised monthly +Up Reward offer)
Final Cost FREE!

Buy 2 Party Balloons 10 ct $1.99 each
Pay $3.98
Get back a $3 +Up Reward
Final Cost $0.49 each!

Select Gum 2/$2
Buy 2 Stride
Use the new Buy 1 Get 1 Free Stride Gum coupon found here
Use the $0.25/1 Rite Aid coupon from the August Video Values
And use the $0.25 Rite Aid coupon from the September Video Values
Pay $0.50
Get a $1 +Up Reward when you buy 2 (limit 4 offers)
Final Cost – 2 FREE packs +$0.50 moneymaker!

WALGREENS:

Buy 2 Carmex Lip Care Ultra Smooth Pomegranate, 0.15 oz or Lip Conditioner, 0.2 oz $1.50 each, when you buy 2 
Buy 2, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
Use two $0.30/1 – Carmex Ultra Smooth Lip Balm – (facebook.com)
Or $0.30/1 – Carmex Lip Balm – (coupons.com)
Pay $2.40, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
Buy 1 Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist Refill, 7 oz $1.99, sale price through 9/29
Buy 1, Receive $1.00 Register Reward
Use one $1.00/1 – Glade Product, Excluding Room Spray, 8 oz and Glade Solid Freshener – (rightathome.com)
Pay $0.99, Receive $1.00 Register Reward
Buy 2 Suave Naturals Shampoo or Conditioner, 15 oz $1.00, regular price 
Buy 2, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
Pay $2.00, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
Buy 2 Kleenex Facial Tissue Bundles (4 pack – 60 sheets per pk) on sale for $4 each
Total = $8
Use the $1/1 Walgreens coupon found in the September Coupon Booklet (will deduct $2)
Plus, use 2 $0.50/1 Kleenex Bundle pack coupons found in the 8/12 SS
Pay $5
Get back a $2 RR (for buying 8 boxes)
Final cost only $3 total – just $0.38 per box!!


 Safeway
Hungry Jack Premium Hashbrown Potatoes, 4.2 oz $0.75, sale price through 10/9
Use $1.00/2 – Hungry Jack Premium HashBrown Potatoes – (coupons.smartsource.com)
Final Price: $0.25 each, when you buy 2


Walmart
Beneful Brand Pouch: $1.00
-$2/1 Beneful Dog Food 09/09/2012 RP Insert (exp 10/09/2012)
Final Price: FREE + $1 MONEY MAKER!



Albertson’s-  ***COUPON ROUND UP WEEK THROUGH TUESDAY***
Yoplait Simplait - $0.75
$0.30/1 Yoplait Simplait Yogurt 08/26/2012 SS Insert (exp 09/20/2012)
or $0.30/1 Yoplait Simplait Yogurt Cup, Void in LA, NV, NJ, ND & TN
Yakisoba Noodles - $1.19
$0.50/1 Maruchan Yakisoba Product 08/26/2012 SS Insert (exp 10/31/2012)
Final Price: $.19 with round up
Heinz Ketchup 10 oz - $1.00
-$0.25/1 Heinz Tomato Ketchup 08/19/2012 SS Insert (exp 09/30/2012)
Final Price: Free with round up
Bounty Basic Paper Towels Single Rolls - $1.00
$0.25/1 Bounty Towels or Napkins 08/26/2012 P&G Insert (exp 09/30/2012)
Final Price: Free with round up


Dollar Tree
Brut Products, $1.00
-$1.00/1 Brut Deodorant 2 oz or Brut Product MF Coupon from the 9/9 SS
Final Price: Free!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Dollar Tree-Sweet Find ;)

I used to shop at the dollar store a lot.  Then I got into couponing and I also realized that they don't always save you money.  The price is smaller but the price per quantity usually suffers.  Or some things at the $1 store are only $0.88 or similar at Walmart.  But I came across an awesome deal today!  I was in the cereal aisle and saw this huge box of Chocolate Cheerios-so out of place!  There were several of them...it's weird.  You usually can only get tiny boxes of cereal at a store like that.  It is 17 ounces.  I looked at Walgreen's next door and their 11.75 ounces box was $4.99!!!!!  Wow....2/3 the size for 5 times the price!  A grocery store or Walmart surely has a better price than $4.99, but still probably not any better than $3!  Now that the Dollar Tree accepts manufacturer coupons, I plan to see if I can find one to make the sweet deal...even sweeter ;)