Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The best vacation ever!! We were there opening day 2010!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

It's rubbing off!!!!

I must say, couponing is rubbing off on my husband now!!!


Yesterday I received a text, "Do you want to go eat at El Chico tonight?  I need to buy some jeans at JCPenney and they are on sale plus I have a coupon."

Haven't I trained him well???????

We did save a lot, and we did need new sheets,
and of course I'm always up for eating out.
  •  He bought:

Target Savings!

I have a wedding shower on Sunday, so I decided to do a cleaning/laundry basket for a gift.

My husband and I got this when we were married (almost 9 years ago ;) and we loved it.

These are things you need, and never get, but always have to pay for.  I decided to share my bargains with someone else this week.

(The picture won't rotate, so just turn your head)
Here is the breakdown:

Grocery Savings

By combining store ads with coupons this week, I saved a bundle!!!
I had to help prepare Easter dinner so here is the breakdown (and yes, I shopped at my own store):

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Super Saturday Shopping Trip!!!!

OK, today was the mega shopping event of all time

for me!!!!!!! 

I went to four stores total (not including groceries which I will add later) and scored big time!

Plus, I ate lunch at Subway for $2.19 (free sandwich w/ drink purchase coupon) and I drove on FREE GAS

(I received a $20.00 American Express gift card for doing a survey online)

Store #1:  Wal-Mart (smaller supercenter)

Not too much here, because I was looking for the Nivea Body wash to get for free.  Their price $3.97 (did not buy)
  • Degree trial size reg. $.97 - $1.00 MFC = +$.03
  • Shout to go trial size reg. $.97 - $.55 MFC = $.42
  • Old Spice Fresh Deodorant reg. $4.47 Rollback = $3.47
  • Old Spice Fresh Body Wash reg. $4.47 Rollback $3.47 - $3.47 MFC (with deodorant pur.)= FREE
  • TOTAL = $10.88 + TAX
  • TOTAL SPENT= $4.86 + TAX = $5.66
  • SAVINGS = $6.02

Store #2: VS

  • Cotton Panty reg. $8.50- $8.50 MFC = FREE
  • Bra reg. $40.00 - $10.00 MFC = $30.00
  • Deluxe Sample of Heavenly Perfume = FREE
  • TOTAL = $48.50 + TAX
  • TOTAL SPENT = $30.00 + TAX = $32. 78 (+ $10 off $50 coupon for next time)
  • SAVINGS = $18.50

Store #3:  Target
  • Advent Pacifier 2pk reg. $5.99 - $1.50 MFC = $4.49
  • (2) Circo Socks reg. $1.00 ea. = $2.00 - Clearance $.50 ea. = $1.00 - $1.00 MFC = FREE
  • Khaki Capri Pants reg. $21.99 - 10% off any khaki item target coupon = $19.79
  • Chocolate Bunny reg. $2.99 (no coupon)
  • (2) sensodyne travel toothpaste reg. $.99 ea. = $1.98- $1.00 MFC - $.75 MFC = $.23/2
  • (2) Women's Degree travel size reg. $.99 ea. = $1.98 - (2) $.99 MFC = FREE
  • (4) Axe shower gel travel size $.99ea. = $3.96- (2) B1G1 FREE MFC = $1.98/4 = $.50 ea.
  • (4) Men's Degree travel size reg. $.99 ea. = $3.96 - (4) $.99 MFC = FREE
  • Bandaid travel size reg. $.99 - $.50 MFC = $.49
  • Strawberry Shortcake Purse Doll reg. $6.44 - $3.00 MFC = $3.44 (for Secret Santa present)
  • Blythe Little Petshop Doll reg. $10.85- sale = $9.99 - $5.00 MFC = $4.99 (for Secret Santa present)
  • (3) Harry Potter silly bandz reg. $3.04 - Clearance $1.52 = $4.56 (for my HP collection)
  • Candy land reg. $8.99 sale $6.49 - $2.00 MFC = $4.49
  • TOTAL = $75.16 + TAX
  • TOTAL SPENT = $49.42 + TAX = $55.70
  • SAVINGS = $25.74 + $3.00 Target coupon for next time

Store #4 Walmart-Super Center (still no Nivea)
Mega Game and Toy Score!!!
  • Gator Golf reg. $19.96 - Rollback $15.00 - $3.00 MFC = $12.00
  • Elefun reg. $19.96 - Rollback $15.00 - $3.00 MFC = $12.00
  • (2) Candy Land reg. $8.49 ea. = $16.98 Rollback $5.00 ea. = $10.00 - (2) $2.00 MFC = $6.00/2 = $3.00 ea. (better than Target price)

And the best deal yet!!!!!!!!
  • Playschool Busy Ball Popper reg. $19.96 Rollback $7.00 - $5.00 MFC = $2.00

YES, I ACTUALLY PAID $2.00 FOR A $20.00 TOY!!!!!!!!

TOTAL = $76.86 + TAX
TOTAL SPENT = 32.00 + TAX = $35.76
SAVINGS = $44.86

Amazon Magazine Deals

Right now, Amazon.com has some amazing magazine deals! 

Some even as low as $5 for a whole year!

Click on the link on the left sidebar:  Amazon Magazine Deals  for details.

On April 30 the daily deal is Seventeen magazine for $5.00! 

Get Up to $10 Back to Spend in Amazon Grocery

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See details to learn more about the offer, including alternate ways to receive the code.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

4/19/11 Walgreen's Trip

This week I spent more than I wanted, but there were so many good deals, and actually things that I needed. I did not pay retail for anything.  Here is this week's breakdown:

Monday, April 18, 2011

What's Cookin???

Today, dinner was almost ready when I got home.
Here is what I started with:
1 Rump Roast (on sale this week)
1 bottle of Shurfine Italian Dressing
1 pkg. Idahoan Instant potatoes (free after coupon this week) (not pictured)

I always start with Slow Cooker liners.  They fit over the crock pot like a big plastic bag, and are safe for cooking up to 400 degrees. When you are finished, just toss your mess into the trash, and rinse out any residue in the crock pot.  These have been a lifesaver.  No more scrubbing.
Put roast in crock pot, salt & pepper
Pour 1/2 bottle Italian Dressing over roast.  The vinegar in the dressing helps to tenderize the meat.
Cover and cook all day.  Today I cooked it on Hi heat, I think I usually cook on Low heat.  Just experiment.
Here is the end result.  The meat will just fall apart!

We ate it on buns with a side of mashed potatoes.  You can eat it as you wish with or without a bun.  It's all good!!!!

This week's shopping at Bassham's

This week I shopped locally with coupons, for things I needed, and used my employee discount. 
Extreme Couponing,
Good deals and savings
Here is the breakdown:

Friday, April 15, 2011

Dining Out!!

Wednesday night we went out to eat.  I had a coupon for Long Horn Steakhouse for $5.00 off our meal.  We had never eaten there before, but I highly recommend it if you want to splurge!!
Yes, it was a little on the pricey side, but it was worth it! Here is what we had: (the pics may be darker due to the lighting in the restaurant. No, our food was not burned!)
I had the New York Strip Steak well-done, with Steak House Mac & Cheese.  It was not burned or tough, and I didn't even need any steak sauce.  The Mac&Cheese was made with 5 cheeses and bacon bits.  Who wouldn't want that???
The Black Berry Tea is a must have! They even top it off with a fresh Black Berry.
My husband got the crab stuffed fillet (loaded with cheese, crab meat, and spinach) and a loaded baked potato.  I blurred the picture a little, it's hard to take pics with your Iphone in a restaurant inconspictuously.
We even got the sampler plate for dessert.  We ate it too fast, well, my husband did, (I was too full), to take any pics.  But I highly recommend the cheesecake.

This Week's Bargain Shopping

Well, I messed up again!!  Can you believe I left my Walgreen's Register Rewards at home?????
Every week it seems to be something, but I will say, I think I'm getting better at learning each week.  This week I bought the following:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

This Week's Bassham's Grocery Ad 4/13/11

Bassham's Grocery 
Family owned and operated since 1952.
Prices Valid April 13-18 or while supplies last.  
Located at : 218 Hwy 71 NE
Mountainburg, AR 72946
Store Hours: Mon. -Sat. 7:30AM—6:30 PM
Sun. 10:00 AM—5:00 PM 
Boneless Rump Roast - $2.89/lb
Boneless Round Steak - $2.99/lb
Farmland Whole Boneless Ham - $7.99 ea.
Shurfine Rising Crust Pizza - $4.19 ea.
Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast - $2.29/lb
Bar-S Jumbo or Bun Length Franks - 4/$5.00
Shurfine 12 pk Soda - 3/ $10
Shurfine 2 Ltr. Soda - 4/5$5.00
Bar-S Family Pk Corn Dogs - $5.39 ea
Ore-Ida Fries & Rings - 2/ $5.00
4pk Tomatoes - $1.99 ea
Tangelos - $.79/lb
Purex 2X Detergent - $3.99
Snuggle Blue Fabric Softener - $3.99
Lays Chips - 2/$5.00
Tostitos Chips - 2/$6.00
Don't forget Banana Tuesdays!!!!  $.25/lb Bananas (5 lb. limit)

Monday, April 11, 2011

What's for dinner????

Tonight we are having Shurfine Rising Crust Pizza, a new product in our store.  It is on sale this week for $4.19 regular priced at $5.99. 
The crust rose up like a Pizza Hut Deep Dish Pizza.
A little too hot to eat, but it was still yummmmmy!! Not bad for store brand pizza.

(I'm partial to Shurfine though, I've never had anything that brand that I didn't like, and it saves us money too.)

Meadow Pine Cabins Discount

Holly at Meadow Pine Cabins in Hatfield, AR  told me that they give a 10% off discount for repeat customers. 
Last minute Special-if you book less than a week to your arrival date additional, take an additional $20 off for each night.  Also, you can check them out on Facebook for Monthly Specials.  This month special is: 
Winter Special: Book 3 weekday nights get the 4th half off. Valid til April 1st, 2010 to May 13th, 2010. 
Weekly Special: Stay 6 days, get 7 night FREE!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring are starting to show at the Hopwood Home.  We recently planted a raised bed garden.
We planted cauliflower, broccoli, head lettuce, onions, mint, and strawberries from our local Farmer's CO-OP in Van Buren, AR.  To find a Farmers CO-OP near you click here. If you go to the VB store, tell Mike you saw it on Hopwood Home.

Strawberries and Mint grow in 5 gallon buckets.

Our head lettuce is coming up nicely.

Our first strawberry of the season.  Mmm. Mmmm.  It was good!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

This weeks bargains!

This week I did my usual Walgreens shopping. 

No More Stain!!

I've been hearing all about Tide Stain Release for a little while now. 
(I get coupons for it in every box of Tide I use, and that's a lot of Tide). 

Friday, April 8, 2011

First Post Ever!!

I am brand new to blogging.  I don't know where to begin, or why I am even starting this (like I have time), but I love to read blogs and it seems like fun, so here I am.  This blog will be about anything and everything.  I work in a public school with special education students (never a dull moment there), and I help my mother run our family grocery store.  I love to travel and do so every chance I get.  I am learning how to shop for cheap if not for free.  I hope I will be able to pass along some helpful hints and not bore you to death so that you can get bargains, and possibly be entertained too.

This Week's ad at Bassham's Grocery

Bassham's Grocery Family owned and operated since 1952.
Prices Valid April 6-11 or while supplies last. Located at : 218 Hwy 71 NE
Mountainburg, AR 72946
Store Hours: Mon. -Sat. 7:30AM—6:30 PM
Sun. 10:00 AM—5:00 PM

Boneless Sirloin Tip Roast $2.89/lb
Boneless Sirloin Tip Steak $2.89/lb
Bar-S Jumbo or Bun Length Franks 4/$5.00
Shurfine Soda 12 Pk 3/$10.00
Farmland 1 lb. Bacon $3.99
Shurfine Rising Crust Pizza $4.15
Country Style Pork Ribs $1.99/lb
Ore Ida Fries & Rings 2/$5.00
Misc. Apples $.99/lb
Kraft 8 oz. Shredded Cheese $2.79
Tropicana Oranges 2lb. Bag $3.29 ea.
Shurfine Soda 2 Ltr 4/$5.00