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It was my birthday a few weeks ago, and I picked a new method of spice organization for my present (hubby let me pick what I wanted). I modeled mine off of these two methods, and I think it turned out pretty awesome.


It’s so nice to have everything right there where I can see it. The colors are so pretty!


The jars are 4 oz. Ball canning jars with the normal two-piece lids replaced with one-piece lids. I ended up having to use four 1/4” neodymium magnets per jar, affixing them with Goop. (I tried hot glue first, but it wasn’t strong enough.)

For labeling the jars, I originally wanted to etch the spice names onto the bottom of the jars like in this tutorial. Unfortunately, I don’t have a vinyl printer, and I definitely didn’t want to cut out each name from vinyl with a Exacto knife, so I bought glass etching cream and small alphabet stamps. After testing, I decided that this method was not going to work either; the stamps didn’t give a sharp enough letter to be readable. I ended up picking these clear printable labels to avoid obscuring the pretty spices from view.

CVS, Week of 8-10-2

My first trip was actually on Saturday to get the rest of the items I couldn’t find on Sunday. I bought:

  • 2 Purex Complete 3-in-1 laundry sheets, $7.99 each, B1G1F, with two $3 newspaper coupons = $2
  • 1 Brach’s candy corn bag, $0.99 with one $0.99 CVS CRT coupon = free
  • 1 small caramel candy, $0.33

Net cost: $2.35. I didn’t actually want the caramel candy; I used a $2 ECB to pay for my purchase, which made the total become negative $0.01, and instead of adjusting the ECB down, the cashier added the candy to my order. I would have rather not bought it, but I was too tired to argue with her.

CVS, Week of 10-17

I found some really good Halloween candy deals! Today I bought:

  • 1 Wonka Mixups assorted candy bag, $6.79, with one $2 CVS CRT coupon and one $1.50 internet coupon = $3.29
  • 3 Mars candy bags, $2.50, $2.50, and $3, with two $1 CVS CRT coupons and one $1 newspaper coupon = $5
  • 3 Glade scented oil refills, $2.50 each with one $2 coupon from inside previously purchased refills and one B2G1F newspaper coupon = $3
  • 1 Schick Hydro razor, $8.99 with one $4 newspaper coupon and $5 ECBs = free
  • One $5 off a $25 CVS email coupon

Net cost: $6.39. Pretty good for all that candy! I’m finally getting close to how much I think I’ll need this year. Hopefully I won’t run out this time!

YTD OOP: $125.26
YTD Savings: $1728.57
YTD eBay sales: $31.59

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CVS, Week of 10-10

Another profit week! Woohoo! My store was out of the Purex 3-in-1 sheets, so I got a rain check to get that deal another time. This week I bought:

  • 2 Quaker boxed oatmeal, $2.50 each with two $2 internet coupons and $2 ECBs = profit of $1
  • 2 AZO feminine creams, $6.99 each with two $2 internet coupons and $5 ECBs each = free
  • 1 Method laundry detergent, $8.99 with $5 ECBs = $4
  • 1 Beggin’ Strips dog treats, $2 with one $1 internet coupon = $1
  • 2 Colgate Total toothpastes, $2.99 each with two $1 newspaper coupons and $2.99 ECBs each = profit of $2
  • One $4 off a $20 email CVS coupon

Net cost: profit of $1.77! I’ve been wanting to try Method products for a while, so when I saw this deal I decided to get it even without having a coupon to pair with the ECBs. Has anyone else tried this brand before?

YTD OOP: $123.52
YTD Savings: $1686.23
YTD eBay sales: $31.59

CVS, Week of 10-3

Last week’s purchase had a few good surprises in it. I bought:

  • 2 Charmin Ultra Soft toilet paper, $10 each with two $1 P&G mailer coupons, plus 5 Puffs boxes, $1 each, with one $0.25 off 3 newspaper coupon and $10 ECBs for buying $25 in P&G products = $12.75 total
  • 2 spider votive candle holders, $2.50 each with one $5 off any Halloween purchase CVS CRT coupon = free
  • 1 Re-Nu contact solution double pack, $7.99 with one $1 internet coupon and $7.99 ECBs = profit of $1
  • 1 Schick Hydro razor, $8.97 with one $4 newspaper coupon and $5 ECBs = free
  • 2 Revlon nail polishes, $3.99 each with two $1 newspaper coupons and $3 ECBs each = free
  • One $4 off a $30 purchase CVS email coupon

Net cost: $10.08. Not bad for some cute spiders and toilet paper! The Halloween coupon printed out for me in the store, so that was a nice surprise to get.

YTD OOP: $122.31
YTD Savings: $1642.36
YTD eBay sales: $31.59

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