Thanks to Money Saving Mom, go here to print a coupon that will get you $5 printer cartridge refills at Walgreens through Sunday. Black is usually $10 and color is $15, so this saves you at least 50% on your refill!
Today's free Redbox movie code is S39XKT, good until midnight at any Redbox location. I picked up Baby Mama; I've already seen it, but it was great, so I'm excited to see it again!

Thanks to Money Saving Mom, if you haven't ordered Vitazest Water before, go here to get 3 free bottles with zero shipping. (Note: Apparently their web page is experiencing more traffic than it can handle. I haven't been able to get my order through yet.) (Update: I finally got my order through at 6pm. Yay!)

Thanks to Centsible Savings, go here to get a free Quizno's sandwich. They are giving a million away! Also, go here to get a coupon for a free Kashi frozen meal. I think I've tried them all and they are excellent.

This weekend I sewed myself a skirt for my conference next week. I think it turned out great! I really love how bright it is. I borrowed Sew What! Skirts from Beth and it was so easy to follow. I ended up with the waist too big and added some darts, and I used a zipper too. I think after a few more, this pattern will be second nature. Next time I'll adjust the pattern to have a smaller waist and not need darts. I hope to have time this week to make one more and a business card holder, but I'll have to see how much work my presentation needs first!
I actually got everything I wanted this week even though I slept in until 11 this morning (boy, was I tired!). I got:
  • 1 Energy shot drink 2pk, 4.99 with 4.99 ECBs = free
  • 1 Maybelline foundation, 9.49 with a $3 CVS coupon and $5 ECBs = $1.49
  • 1 Diet Dr. Pepper 2-liter, 1.99 with a .55 peelie coupon and a free item up to $1.59 from a magazine coupon = $0.10 profit
  • 1 Febreeze spray with a free item coupon (won from a sweepstakes) = free
  • 1 Hefty kitchen trash bags, 8.99 with a $1 newspaper coupon and a $5 off $30 purchase that printed yesterday = $2.99
  • 2 newspapers
Not bad at all! We're keeping everything except for the energy drinks, which I will sell on eBay. It's nice to have a week where we will use everything!

YTD OOP: $64.48
YTD Savings: $635.79
I got to take an extra trip (or five) to CVS this week, and ended up going to four different stores to look for the Neutrogena bars that are a money-maker, but no luck. I did get:
  • 1 Scott paper towels, 5.49 with $1 newspaper coupon = 4.49
  • 2 Suave shower gels and 1 Suave shampoo, $2 each with two $1 internet coupons, one free item coupon that rang up at $3, and $2 ECBs = profit of $1
  • 3 Colgate Total toothpastes, 2.99 each with three $1.50 internet coupons and 2.99 ECBs each = profit of $4.50
  • 1 CVS pantiliners, .89 with a $1.50 CVS coupon = profit of $.60
Overall I made $1.60! Very exciting. And at one store, I used the price checker that prints coupons when you scan your card, and it gave me a $5 off a $30 purchase coupon! That's like handing me a five dollar bill. I'm going to use it tomorrow. Yay!

YTD OOP: $62.96
YTD Savings: $608.17
I've been lazy about adding patterns to the free pattern list this week, but I caught up today. There are a bunch of new ones, including Beth's Diana Hobo bag, zippered bags, fabric boxes, patchwork kitchen towels, and boxy bags. Enjoy!
Have any books you don't want anymore? Brian found a great way to make some extra money off of books that you have at home and don't want anymore. It's called Cash4Books, and they will buy (nonfiction only) books from you. You can enter the ISBN of your book to see if they are currently buying it; they will pay the shipping to get it to them, and then send you a check or pay you via PayPal. We sent off some books last week and got $12 already! It looks like the biggest money-makers are textbooks, so if you have any left over from college and are ready to part with them, this is a great way to get cash for them.
Well, it looks like great husbands think alike, because...

my husband got me a sewing machine for Valentine's Day, too! YAY! It was especially good timing since my old one started sounding like it was an airplane about to take off of my sewing desk. This Brother machine was a refurb also, and it came with a ton of extra goodies, like a walking foot, quilting guide, and bunches of other stuff. I'm loving it! I was so excited this weekend that I whipped up some burp cloths for a friend that is having a baby this summer. She and her husband are waiting to find out the gender at birth, hence the green. I love how they turned out! I used the New Conceptions Baby Burp Cloth pattern and put batting inside.

And then I stitched together a grocery bag that was already cut out. I used it today, and it worked great. It's so much nicer to have cute bags than ones that are advertising for stores. I can't wait to make more! I hear a craft day calling......

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It's that time again.... Redbox free movie Monday! Today's code is M7DM23, good until midnight at any Redbox location. Enjoy!
Beth passed on a great article from Green Daily about DIY seedling pots. I love the idea of making little seedling pots out of newspaper. Then when it comes time to put them in the garden, you can stick the whole pot right in the ground! Brian helped me make a bunch yesterday so that I could attempt to not kill more seedlings.

Didn't they turn out great? I love the flags with masking tape and a toothpick; Brian made those. I put the pots in pie pans so that I can put water in the bottom and they can soak up water from the bottom. Does anyone have ideas on how much to water? I put enough so that the newspaper is wet all the way to the top. When I tried growing seedlings a month ago, I overwatered and they all died. :( I'm hoping the bottom watering will help me not kill them. Hopefully this will go well, and we can start our garden in a few weeks!
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