Friday, February 5, 2016

For Sonya Ann....CVS Trip!

So last month I went to CVS and got this........

I went back yesterday as it was expiring today to spend it and here is what I got..........

Finding decaffeinated tea bags at a good price is rough here so I jumped on this Spend $9 on Lipton or Hellman's and get $3 in ECB Deal.
After sale price of $3 a box and coupons worth $2.50 total and using my $5 ECB I spent $1.50 OOP and earned a $3 ECB.
**Just updated this to say that I'll get .40¢ of my OOP back as I have a Lipton offer in my SavingStar account, so $1.10 OOP after that rebate.**

Now I had to find a way to use this one!! lolz

The CVS kiosk spit out a $2.50 off Colgate toothpaste coupon and a $1.50 off $5 if you buy nuts coupon.
Now how to use some of this and get something I need/want, use this $3 ECB and keep my OOP lowish.

Before leaving home to go to CVS, I went to the CVS website and printed a few Qs I "might" need and then checked out a CVS Deal website to see what the Kiosk was printing out this week.

I put together a game plan while in the store and bought this stuff.........

1 x GE Abound unsalted cashews=$6.99
1 x GE Abound nut bar=$1.49
1 x Colgate toothpaste on sale=$3.00
3 x AG cards .99¢ea.=$2.97

Coupons Used
1 x $1.50 wyb $5 in GE nuts CVSKioskQ=$1.50
1 x $2/2 GE Abound CVSQ from website=$2.00
1 x $2.50/1 Colgate toothpaste CVSKioskQ=$2.50
1 x .50¢/1 Colgate toothpaste IPQ=.50¢
1 x $2/3 AG Greeting Cards CVSQ=$2.00
1 x $3 ECB from the Lipton tea I just bought=$3.00
Coupon Total........$11.50

$14.45-$11.50=$2.95+.10¢tax=$3.05 OOP

And then, just when I thought I was free of CVS, this spit out on my receipt........

Another $2 ECB!!! ack

Well, at this point I was done with CVS for the day so I put this in my coupon pouch and went home.
I have a month to come back and spend this before it expires.
I just didn't have anything left in my drugstore arsenal.  Now if PA was a place that the CVS stores have liquor you could buy like Sonya Ann's does......

I could have found something to buy EASY! lolz

So I am out $4.55 cash for all these purchases and have a $2 ECB to use.

Oh well......I guess I'll be CVSing another day..........


Thursday, February 4, 2016

January To-Do List Outcome

Let's take a look at how I did with my January To-Do List.


* Inventory Stockpile FAIL  It has been too cold to spend long stretches of time out in the garage so this item goes onto Feb.'s list.

* Un-Decorate DONE

* Put Away Xmas Stuff DONE

* Take CB back to School  DONE

* Finish analyzing bills paid in 2015 and chart DONE  Most line items of spending were down in 2015 compared to 2014.  Nothing worrisome of note but all insurance and tax categories were all more in 2015 than in 2014, which is not surprising.  Another post on this point at a later date will surely appear on the blog.

* Pay Bills  DONE  Everything paid and on time.  'Nuff said.....

* Bike 50 Miles DONE

Smashed that goal and biked 71.25 miles

* Sew hems on 2 Nightgowns  DONE  Now I have 2 new long sleeved nightgowns for the Winter and just in time for the cold.

* Start Taxes x 4(Fed, State x 2)  DONE partly Federal is done, CB's Federal mostly done(waiting on him to get me a figure on something).  Hadn't been able to do state taxes yet as forms were not available earlier in Jan.  This part continues onto Feb.'s list.

* Start Food Bank Donation(toiletries) DONE  I finished both the toiletries gathering and the food gathering.  Now I just have to inventory what I have to take up and lug it into the car so I can take it in.

* Reorganize Fabric Stash DONE I pulled out lots of pieces of fabric to donate to SA in December.  As a result the stash was quite higgledy-piggledy.  I went in and neatened and reorganized what is left on the shelves.

* Hold Giveaway DONE Giveaway is currently running and why haven't you entered yet?!?
Go HERE and remedy that right now!  8-)

* Read 2 Books DONE I finished 2 books- one I got at the thrift stores while visiting Sonya Ann in IL and the other was bought at Ollie's discount store for cheap.  One was a Biography of Cole Porter, the other was a novel called "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry".  The Cole Porter one was slow going through some of it but if you want to know everything there is to know about Mr. Porter's life go read it.

* Plan 2016 Goals DONE  And posted HERE.

* Plan Travel for 2016  ON HOLD  There are some things up in the air around here and with my family so I am having to put the Travel Plans on hold for now.  I have tentative ideas but I can't book anything or have Hubs mark his work calendar for time off until  some things get settled.  We have at least 2 trips in the works for 2016 but that is as much as I can say at this point, one of which may include some family business and not just all pleasure.
Will revisit this To-Do Item at the end of Feb.

* Celebrate my Birthday DONE  
Me blowing out candles.  Hubs bought a teeny tiny cake the weekend after my birthday.

Puffed out cheeks for blowing is NOT a good look on me. lolz

So we did a decent job on knocking off the items on the January To-Do List.
One point gets put on hold and another gets continued into February.

Now it's onward into the wilds of February!

What would you like to accomplish this month?


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February 1st 2016 Net Worth Snapshot

We are $6,524.55 up from last month's net worth(only liquid cash/investments, as I don't count housing or car values).  Over $2300K of that if due to savings put away in January from our household accounts.  The other almost $4200K is from our retirement/investment account gains.

We are also $102K up from one year ago, the January 1st of 2015 net worth snapshot.

Once Hubs retires I will miss these little monthly look backs, when we move from acquisition mode with money to spend-down mode. ;-)