Thursday, February 28, 2013

Harris Teeter Express Lane - Free until March 5th

I admit - before I started couponing, I used Harris Teeter's Express Lane for my grocery orders from time to time.  The $4.95 fee was well worth being able to shop online over the course of a few days, place your order and pull up so that they could load your groceries for you.  AND - it seemed it was raining every time.  I felt like a celebrity without the paparazzi.

Here is your chance to try it out for free!!! Harris Teeter is waiving the fee through March 5th.

Create an account online, choose the store what you'd like to pick up from and Harris Teeter will do all of the work for you. Swing by the store, pay and pick up your groceries. They even have a speaker you pull up to, press a button and let them know your name, so you don't have to get out of the car!

Are you concerned about freshness?  Every time I have used them, everything is very fresh.  They even chose my banannas the way that I like them (you can tell them your preferences).                                                                                                                               Coupons????   From HT's website:
  • "Coupons are accepted at the time of pickup and applied to your next online order. The actual coupon credit will not be shown online. However, the receipt you receive when you pickup up your groceries will reflect the discount. If you turn in a coupon for an item purchased on an order today, you don't have to purchase that item on your next order. It's simply a credit waiting for you. Anytime coupons are given during a Super Double or Triple coupon event, we make sure you get that credit on your next order as well."
If you give this a try, leave a comment and let us know how you liked it.

Here's the link:  Harris Teeter Express Lane

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The 2013 Beach Project - Back Yard

If you are interested in reading about The 2012 Beach Project, here are the links, 1 of 3, 2 of 3 and 3 of 3.

As you can see, I changed the title to 2013 since the inside of the project is 99% complete and the outside is 50% complete (I cringe as I type because the hubby probably things it's about 75%+ complete - good thing he doesn't read the blog!)

In all reality, the hubby is correct.

Being at the beach is supposed to be relaxing, serene, a time of contemplation.....especially in the morning while you drink your coffee.  I usually prepare the coffee the night before so that I can simply hit the button when I get up and stumble it into the kitchen.  During the time that the coffee is brewing, I make sure the living room is tidy by straightening the pillows up, folding the blankets used from the previous night, collecting the popcorn and/or icecream bowls (this IS vacation, you know).

Another thing that I do that is EXTREMELY important is open the blinds.  I start with the one on the front and take a moment to gaze outside to see if I can spot Grandma walking.  She has a bright red hooded coat, so I have nick-named her Little Red Riding Hood (she is very short in stature as well).  You have to look quickly, she walks very fast.

It is time to open the back blind.  In my mind, I will open it and see the woods, with trees.  I don't really know WHY I think I will see this, because it has NEVER happened - wishful thinking maybe.  I open the blind and BAM - it hits me like a bucket of cold water - there is a big ugly blue trailer about 15 feet outside the window.  I glance at it for a brief moment, close the blind, plop myself on the couch and look out the front window.  Oh wait, the coffee is ready. Get up, get coffee - NOW I can sit on the couch and look out of the window.

Bear with me - I am eventually going to make my point.

The next thing on the to-do list at the beach is to take care of the old blue trailer. It needs to be torn down.  A lot of thought and discussion has been invested in this topic.  I originally thought that we would hire this job out. I got several estimates and just to get rid of it was going to run anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000. OUCH!!!

The husband can do anything, so between family and friends, I thought that this would be our spring project.  It would take SEVERAL weekends to complete.  Plus, there is stuff -an old camper with the roof caved in, a metal storage building crumbling, misc. old metal chairs and who knows what else in the woods in the back yard.  Also there is a ski boat - you heard it right.  Most of you that know us know that we are VERY frugal and will repair and reuse whatever is repairable and reuseable.  This ski boat is neither of those.

We have our work cut out for us - or at least HAD........

Craigslist.....yes, I am a junkie. I placed an ad that read:
"Free Mobile Home. Must be moved off of the property. With some work, it could be lived in, or could be taken apart and sold for scrap metal. If taken apart, this could be done on the property, but everything must be hauled away. You will need to sign a liability waiver before any work is done."

Within a few minutes, I received an email from Kevin.  He wanted me to call him. We talked through a couple of things, I gave him directions and he looked the place over.  He was very interested, typed up a waiver, emailed it to me and him and his crew started demoing that afternoon.

I requested that he send me pics with the progress so I can add it to The 2012/2013 Beach Project scrapbook.


The entire contents of the mobile home had to be removed.  Luckily there was not a lot of furniture and stuff in there (Kevin may not agree). Then, they gutted it.  They really worked FAST!!!

Mother Nature was not cooperating, so they had to work around her.

At this point, I am a REALLLY happy girl.

Kevin kept sending me pictures.....

My happiness continued to grow!!!

And grow..... There are the woods and beautiful trees I KNEW were there!!

They look even better covered in snow!

We were lucky enough to meet Kevin and his crew.....even his trusty assistant, Thor - there for moral support.  Thor is an adorable pitt bull (I know, adorable and pitt bull should never go together in the same sentence.) He is still a puppy and is fully of energy, but still listens AND doesn't jump up on you.  Maybe we could borrow him to teach our dogs a lesson or two. As you can see in the picture above, Thor has found his own "Wilson".  He loves that ball!

Next on the list is getting rid of the rest of the pile.  Kevin and his crew continue to sift through the mess and we have enlisted him to take away the excess "treasures" that he won't be able to use.
They are well on their way
Once again, my Uncle has come to our aid.  He brought his trailer over so that Kevin can load the wood and my Uncle will burn it for us.  This saves us a ton of time and money.
Stay tuned for the next project......dirt! 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

First Harris Teeter Super Doubles Trip - week of 2/20/13

I didn't want to be late for work this morning, so I went by the Reynolda store.  That is not my preferred store, but their customer service has greatly improved over the last few months.

I still did not use my 20 coupons, but below is a rundown of my purchase:

6 Uncle Ben's Rice Cups
1 Cheerios
2 Hefty Kitchen Bags (E-VIC)
6 Hefty Slider Bags

2 Scrubbing Bubbles Kitchen Cleaner
2 Kraft Fresh Takes (Chili Lime and Panko - on closeout for $1.79)
1 Smart Balance Kids Choc Milk

Total Retail:  $67.20
E-VIC Savings: $28.87
Coupons: $32.08
OOP:  $6.25

I had a $1 OYNO Catalina (included in the coupons above)

A savings of about 90%. THIS is why I do most of my grocery shopping during a Super Doubles event!!!  If I "invest" about 30 minutes every afternoon doing a run on the way home from work, the savings are worth it throughout the month! With that being said, it is purely luck if you stumble across the most coveted item as it is being restocked. As a result, I get the best deals (free items) the first day - in the morning if at all possible. 

Good Luck everyone!!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Escape to the Tropics with our Tropical Trio Sweepstakes

My intention for this blog is not be a "sales" pitch, but when I come across a great promo, I feel like it is my DUTY to share with you.

The husband I have been to Hawaii three times - within the last 5-6 years.  Two of those times, the kid went with us.  It's expensive - very expensive.  The flights are over $1,000 each and they are very long......10-12 hours long. That's why I coupon - so that we can have more money when it comes to playtime!

It was worth it - VERY WORTH IT!!!!

Purex, Honey Bunches of Oats, and Outrigger Hotels and Resorts are joining forces to send one lucky winner on a tropical paradise vacation to Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach!

Five 1st place winners will receive one-year's supply of Purex Tropical Splash Detergent & Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends Cereal. One hundred 2nd place winners will receive coupons for FREE Purex Tropical Splash Detergent & Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends Cereal.

So, take a moment to enter the sweepstakes - here is the link.  It won't take long.

Good Luck everyone!!!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Harris Teeter Super Doubles February 20 - 26, 2013

Super Doubles will begin February 20.

I had to pay full price for milk today so I am ready. The cashier was SHOCKED at my total. Oh well, you can't win them all!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dry Idea AdvancedDry Fresh Brand - Updated

CONGRATS to Kristen and Bonnie!!!  Please email me your address and I will mail your free product coupons to you.

There is still one coupon up for grabs!!!!

Donna is the winner of the last coupon - Congrats!!!  Please email me your address and I will get it in the mail.

Deodorant.....what a topic.....

It's like a good razor.  When you have one that works well, life is good.  You don't realize HOW good it is until you get a crappy one.  It makes you appreciate what you had.

As most of you know, I am a "Purex Insider".  As a result, I get sent various products to try out - for free of course.  All I have to do is share the results with you.  A lot of the time, I also get sent free product coupons.  THIS time, they sent me FIVE to share with you. 

But first, here is a little info in Dry Idea AdvancedDry Fresh brand......


With enduring odor protection that lasts for 72 hours and Pulse Activated Wetness Protection, New Dry Idea AdvancedDry Fresh brand antiperspirant and deodorant keeps you feeling clean and confident all day long.  It is also formulated with Vitamin E for silky smooth application.
As the authority on dryness, Dry Idea brand guarantees to Never Let Them See You Sweat® with their fabulous line of antiperspirant and deodorant products, now including Dry Idea AdvancedDry Fresh brand.
Boy - That was a mouthful!
My two cents:  I am not particularly fond of roll-ons, but it has been a while since I have used one.  Dry Idea must have spend a lot of time in the lab working on this.  It goes on smooth, dries within seconds (no gummy sticky mess) and dries fairly clear.  There was a faint haze, but I will take that any day over sticky. The smell was also very good....not too floral, but a clean smell - which is what you want your pits to smell like - RIGHT?
Follow this link to enter  the Never Let Them See You Sweat® Sweepstakes featuring Dry Idea AdvancedDry Fresh.  One lucky grand prize winner will receive $500, while 10 2nd place winners will receive a $50 prize!
Would you like a coupon for a free Dry Idea product?
Let's mix it up a little and do something different for the drawing.  So that we don't drag it out, I am going to give away the 5 coupons to the first 5 people that comment on this post AFTER they have performed the below task/tasks. Each person can win up to TWO product coupons (leave a post for each entry).
Go to the Dry Idea facebook page and mention this blog, and leave a comment letting me know.
Go to the Dry Idea facebook page and mention the URL above for the Never Let Them See You Sweat® Sweepstakes, and leave a comment letting me know.
Once again, you can get one entry for each task completed above, with a max of 2 entries per person.
Good Luck everyone!!
Dry Idea brand provided a free sample of their Dry Idea AdvancedDry Fresh brand antiperspirant and deodorant so I could review it.  However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own.