CVS, Week of 8-22

It’s been a while since I bought paper towels, and this was a good enough sale to stock up. We use cloth towels as much as we can, so now I won’t have to buy paper towels for a very long time! This week I bought:

  • 2 Bounty 12-pack paper towels, $12.99 each with two $1 P&G mailer coupons and $10 ECBs = $14
  • 1 Blink eye drops, $7.99 with one $1.50 internet coupon and $7.99 ECBs = profit of $1.50
  • $1 ECB for my fourth bag tag scan
  • One $5 off a $25 purchase CVS email coupon

Net cost: $6.51. What a great price! I don’t think I’ve ever done that good on paper towels before.

I’ve always been on the fence as to whether I should include the cost of newspapers in my tallying. You won’t see me purchase any newspapers at CVS for the next six months; a friend passed on a great deal for our local paper ($1 per week for 26 weeks, Wednesday and Sunday papers*), so I have two subscriptions now! I guess I’ll just keep it as it is; whatever I bought at CVS stays in the tally.

YTD OOP: $98.82
YTD Savings: $1389.76
YTD eBay sales: $30.69

*Call and ask to get the subscription without the TV guide to get it for $1 per week instead of $1.25 per week. This is a great way to get the Sunday coupons if you don’t regularly buy the paper; this way, it comes to you every week! Thanks, Kathryn!

CVS, Week of 8-15

Finally, a fun week at CVS! I did accidentally buy the wrong kind of eye drops, but the cashier didn’t even let me offer to go find the right one before he printed out the ECBs for it. Oh well. I bought:

  • 1 Purex laundry sheets, $5.99 with one $3 newspaper coupon and $2 ECBS = $1
  • 1 Gillette Fusion ProGlide, $9.99 with one $4 newspaper coupon and $5 ECBS = $1
  • 8 Sobes (2 not pictured), $1.59 each, B1G1F with four B1G1F internet coupons = free
  • 1 Zegerid 14ct, $9.99 with one $3 internet coupon and $7 ECBs = free
  • 1 Blink eye drops, $10.49 (wrong one!) with one $1.50 internet coupon and $8 ECBs = $1
  • 2 Glide floss, $3.49 each with two $0.75 newspaper coupons and $2.50 ECBs each = $0.50 total
  • 2 newspapers = $6 (Dallas Morning News)
  • One $5 off a $30 purchase CVS email coupon

Net cost: $5.27. Not bad, considering that I overspent on the eye drops and the newspapers were more expensive than my normal Austin paper. I’m excited to try out these Purex laundry sheets and see how well they work!

YTD OOP: $98.32
YTD Savings: $1347.76
YTD eBay sales: $25.72

Sling

Two good friends of ours are having their second baby boy any day now! I sewed up a sling for her out of Patricia Bravo fabrics in blues and yellows, and then used the remnants for two rectangular burp cloths. Congratulations, Brian and Wren!

Baby Set

One of my cousins also had a baby boy a month ago, and I finally got around to sewing her some baby items – a nursing cover, burp cloths, and bibs. I used Robots by David Walker, which was on super sale on Fabric.com recently. Isn’t it the cutest thing for a baby boy?

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I think my favorite part are the snaps. I bought them from Cowgirl Snaps, and with the Crop-A-Dile that I bought to make my wedding invitations three years ago, they are incredibly easy to install. I love the special touch they add! Congratulations, DJ and Beth!

Seedlings

Yellow squash, pattypan squash, zucchini, cucumbers, marigolds, pole beans, bush beans, and broccoli, all from Fedco Seeds, growing in a self-watering Jiffy seed starter kit. Yum.

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This cute bag was sewn up for a friend for Christmas/birthday. (No, I’m not that early for Christmas; this was for last year. I was a little behind.) The bag turned out a lot bigger than I expected, though to be fair, the dimensions were on the tutorial. I think I got thrown off from the picture not having a frame of reference. It has a ton of interfacing and interlining, so it is super sturdy. The tutorial was very easy to follow, and once you have everything cut out, the rest goes fairly quickly.

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What trouble you are. When we first bought our house, the sliding glass doors to the patio had the ugliest vertical blinds I’ve ever seen vertical blinds. As you can guess, I’m not a fan of vertical blinds. They were one of the first things to go when we moved in. I had these curtains left over from my college days that I hung up temporarily (i.e. for two years). They weren’t wide enough to really cover all of the glass, and they were pretty thin as well.

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I finally got around to getting some new curtains on sale at Ikea a while ago, and I just had to hem the bottom. Look at how much better they cover the glass! An unexpected benefit was the temperature difference in the kitchen; with the summer sun not peeking through anymore, it is much cooler. Once the kitchen is painted, I’ll make some cafe curtains for above the sink and then add a strip of the same fabric to the top of these curtains.

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I recently was invited by Sarah to sew up a doll for Dolly Donations. I really love helping out a good cause, and I definitely had enough scraps to put this together. Here’s more information if you want to join in! They will be mailing the dolls on November 1, so you have plenty of time. (Photo credit belongs to Zach; thanks for taking a picture before you mailed them off!)

CVS, Week of 8-8

Yay for money-making coupons! This week I bought:

  • 2 NatureMade fish oil bottles, $10.49 each, B1G1F with two $1 internet coupons = $8.49 ($4.25 each)
  • 1 Schick Hydro razor, $8.97 with one $5 newspaper coupon and $4 ECBs = free
  • 4 Skintimate shave gels, $1.99 each with four $0.75 newspaper coupons = $5
  • 1 Dulcolax, $9.99 with one $5 All You magazine coupon and $9.99 ECBs = profit of $5
  • 2 newspapers = $4

Net cost: $12.78. More than I would have liked, but the price of fish oil has gone up significantly since I last bought some. Thank goodness for coupons and sales!

YTD OOP: $70.05
YTD Savings: $1304.44
YTD eBay sales: $23.46

This is what I did last weekend.

Canning Party

Yum. Three lovely ladies canned with me: Sarah made raspberry fig freezer jam, Andrea made blackberry jam, Pearl made peach jam and strawberry jam, and I made jalapeño jelly (with jalapeños from my garden) and lavender infused strawberry freezer jam. My previous canning experience was limited to pickles, jalapeño jelly, and blueberry jam, so most of these recipes were new to me, though the process is basically the same. I thought I’d share a few of the things we learned this time around.

  • If you want your fruit pureed, use a blender. If you just want it smashed without doing it by hand, use a stand mixer (e.g. KitchenAid). Make sure you have a pouring shield for the bowl that goes all the way around, because those berries sure will fly across the kitchen.
  • Having an eight cup measuring bowl was very useful. Most of the recipes required 8 cups of berries, and it’s nice to have it all in one bowl at once.
  • I still think this canning kit is absolutely required when canning. It makes life so much easier than trying to make do with tongs and regular funnels.
  • The canning rack I currently have is only good for pint jars; the half-pint jars fall down between the cracks. This canning rack says small jars won’t fall out, so maybe I need to go buy it.
  • Freezer jams take the least amount of time to make; jams that use added pectin take a little bit of time; jams with no added pectin take forever. You have to stir the jam until it reaches its gelling point, which took between 30 and 45 minutes for one batch. Freezer jam definitely has a different consistency than cooked jam. We’ll see what the taste difference is, if any, between the last two methods!

We got most of our recipes from this book, and a few others from the Ball website. I made the jalapeño jelly label last year, and the others were printed from Sweet Preservation. I made a canning playlist that started from Sweet Preservation’s list, and ended up here:

  • Peaches by The Presidents of the United States of America
  • Cherry Pie by Warrant
  • Georgia Peaches by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Jammin’ by Bob Marley
  • Rotten Peaches by Elton John
  • Apples. Peaches, Bananas and Pears by The Monkees
  • Blackberry by The Black Crowes
  • Cherry, Cherry by Neil Diamond
  • Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries by Lisa Loeb
  • Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles

We were able to sample the jelly that didn’t fill up the last jar from each batch, and they were all very, very good. Especially on fresh French bread with goat cheese. Mmmm…

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Isn’t she a beauty? This is definitely the oldest sewing machine I’ve ever used. According to its serial number, it is a Singer 99K, made in Clydebank, Scotland in 1955. I found it on Craigslist for free. Yes, free! I was lucky enough to be the second person to email the owner, and the first person didn’t follow through.

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After a good oiling, cleaning, and a new belt (thank you honey!), she runs perfectly. (Don’t pay attention to how it is threaded, because it’s not right!) It came in a cabinet and is stinking heavy, but definitely beautiful at the same time. The first thing I made were these market bags that I cut out months and months ago (pattern found here).

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Aren’t they cute? The green lining is nice and bright, and perfectly matches the little trees and leaves on the outside. The tutorial was extremely easy to follow, too. Perfect for taking home farmer’s market veggies!