Go here to learn how to get a one year subscription to Every Day with Rachael Ray for $2.99, or here to get a one year subscription to Money magazine for free. Thanks, For The Mommas and Money Saving Mom!

Amazon.com has a great deal on two of Amy Butler's books right now: Little Stitches for Little Ones for $9.98 and Sew-It Kit for $9.73. (Ok, technically Sew-It Kit isn't a book, but the patterns look really cute, and it comes with a little fabric!) Don't forget you get free shipping with a $25 purchase. Hubby wanted The Dark Knight on Blu-ray, which is also on sale, so I picked up Sew-It Kit for myself. Hopefully you'll see some projects from it soon!

CVS, Week of 4-25

Not a very exciting week at CVS. There were more things I could have bought, but they weren’t free and I didn’t feel like spending money. I bought:

  • 2 Oral-B Indicator toothbrushes, $2.99 each with one B1G1F newspaper coupon, one $2 newspaper coupon, and $2 ECBs = profit of $1
  • 2 newspapers
  • $1 ECB for 4 scans of my bag tag

Net cost: $2. Not too bad. I think I’m getting bored with shopping at CVS; has this happened to anyone else? I’ve started waiting until Sunday afternoon to go, and I haven’t really cared if they have everything still in stock. I think it’s harder to shop when I know my stockpile is full. I do have four boxes full of items to take to my local food pantry, which definitely not a bad thing; I’m just having a hard time getting excited about going to CVS. I might be up for a break sometime soon; I guess I’ll see how the next few weeks go!

YTD OOP: $38.16
YTD Savings: $711.76
YTD eBay sales: $11.66

There are some great deals today in celebration of Earth Day.

Home Depot has seed packets B1G1F this week, and Lowe's has seed packets and Bonnie plants (veggies and herbs) B1G1F as well. Even if you have everything you need for your spring garden, this is a good time to buy seeds for the fall (stick them in the fridge until you need them). Thanks to The Thrifty Mama and Saving with Shellie for the the sale info.

Walgreens has printer cartridge refills for $1 today. You'll need the coupon from the ad, but there should be a stack of ads in the front. Thanks, BeCentsAble!

Bring a full-size (full or empty) skincare product to your local Origins store today for a free full-size cleanser. Thanks, BeCentsAble!

CVS, Week of 4-18

Free makeup! I bought:

  • 2 Nivea body washes, $5.99 each with one B1G1F All You magazine coupon and one $2 internet coupon, along with 2 Nivea lip care, $2.99 each with one B1G1F All You magazine coupon and $5 ECBs = $1.98
  • 1 Colgate Pro-Clinical toothpaste, $3.99 with one $1 newspaper coupon and $2 ECBS = $0.99
  • 1 Advil 50ct, $3.99 with one $2 newspaper coupon and $1 ECB = $0.99
  • 2 NCY nail polishes, $1.99 each, B1G1F and one B1G1F newspaper coupon = free
  • 2 Rimmel lipsticks, $5.29 each, B1G1F and one free item All You magazine coupon = $0.29
  • 1 Covergirl mascara, $5.99 with one $1 newspaper coupon and $4 ECBS = $0.99
  • 2 newspapers (not pictured)
  • One $5 off a $30 purchase CVS email coupon

Net cost: $1.30. I wouldn’t have bought the toothpaste and Advil if I knew I was already up to $30 for my coupon, but I didn’t feel like sitting down and adding everything up. It’s not like we won’t use it anyway!

YTD OOP: $37.65
YTD Savings: $700.68
YTD eBay sales: $11.66

CVS, Week of 4-11

Sorry about being so late! Last week I bought:

  • 1 Dial Nutriskin body wash, $5.49 with one $1 internet coupon and $4.50 ECBs = free
  • 1 Dove shampoo, $4.49 with $4.49 ECBs = free
  • 2 CVS toilet paper, 2 for $1 with one $1 CVS CRT coupon = free
  • 2 newspapers

Net cost: $4.05. The next week was much better!

YTD OOP: $35.85
YTD Savings: $647.03
YTD eBay sales: $11.66

Make your way over to DealSea to learn about a good deal from Amazon.com on Organic Petite Palate baby food. Out of stock!

Then head over to The Thrifty Mama to read about how to get a free BumGenius cloth diaper with a $10 purchase at Green Diaper Store. I usually test out deals before I post them, but since I don't have kids, I haven't tried either one of these. Let me know if either one doesn't work for you!

I love cupcakes. (Who doesn’t?) I think decorating them is my favorite part. I know I’ve told you how much I love Bake It Pretty before, but I’m going to tell you again. Because they’re awesome. Their adorable baking cups and frosting tips take cupcakes to a whole new level.

So when I read on their blog about the Cupcakes for Cures Cupcake Competition, at which they would auction off handmade aprons in support of The American Cancer Society, I couldn’t say no! Plus, Bake It Pretty’s offer to send donors a “little something special” for helping out was like… icing on the cake. (Sorry. Couldn’t help myself.)


I whipped up a Marie Apron from some spare Amy Butler fabrics I had and put it in the mail. They got some really cute ones! And the cupcakes… oh my. I wish I could have been there!

Sign up here to get a free Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor. Thanks, DealSea!

I finally have my garden finished.

Carrots, Onions

These are the carrots and onions that I pulled out from the fall.


Aren’t they cute? Too bad they didn’t taste very good (they were kind of bland). It was fun growing them, though!

Deformed Carrot

I especially like the one with two roots.


The onions were supposed to be Walla Walla onions but ended up more like green onions (except for one lone onion that I found on the opposite side of the garden).


Here’s the garden now. Everything is planted and has mulch around it. I already love the lack of weeds!

Garlic, Peas

On the left is garlic from the fall, oregano, and basil, and on the right are snap peas.

Green Beans, Peppers

Then we have green beans and four bell pepper plants (two green, one yellow, and one red).

Peppers. Tomatoes

Next up are three jalapeno plants and four kinds of tomatoes (including one heirloom!).

Squash, Cucumbers

Rounding up the end are cucumbers, yellow squash, and zucchini.


There is already some yellow squash growing! I was so surprised to see it blooming already. These are going to make for some good grilling this summer.


The rosemary from last year is going strong, and I have a mint plant that still needs transferred to a pot. My peaches are quarter-sized as well. It’s definitely going to be an exciting growing season. Last year we learned a lot about what works both in our yard and in terms of what we like to eat, so we’ve taken that into account for this year. I’m also planning on tracking spending and yields this year to better understand what grows best in our yard.

By the way, I recently stumbled upon a wonderful blog called Goodlife Eats that is having a weekly feature called GrowCookEat. Her feature will include gardening posts, recipes, guest posts, and other growing and cooking goodies. It looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun, so head over and check it out!