Sunday, March 23, 2008

how much?

happy easter! we had a wonderful easter....a lovely church service, an afternoon of hanging out and enjoying lunch (ham and the fixins') at our house with mike's parents and brother, and even an evening visit with my parents....definitely a full day (in all senses of the word!). how fun to be able to host the lunch...our first ham (we really are adults now!). i also made some delish rosemary foccacia bread (i'll post the recipe sometime this week)....and a rich and tasty dessert....pecan dream bars....yum! best of all though, celebrating that Christ is risen! we were blessed to have our brand new pastor with us this Sunday, bringing a message about the importance of the ressurection to the Christian life...hope, life, everything. what better to fix our minds on....not just for this week....but for life! thought i would share a couple pics of the girls in their matching easter dresses.....we aren't really the "frilly" type...but i think their simple dresses and sweaters were just right!
now to the title of my post. after our wonderful day, kate and i ran to CVS to capitalize on some of their deals this week (i find this MUCH easier to do without both girls...especially since our CVS has tiny carts!). here's our loot...5 tubes of colgate total (which also happens to be our favorite toothpaste brand) and four toothbrushes. grand total out of pocket.....(drumroll please).
yep...33 cents! this was after $5.50 off using coupons and then paying much of the remaining balance with extra care bucks (ECBs) from last weeks trip. i still have $12 ECBs left from last weeks trip (no other deals thrilled me this week). addition to only paying 33 cents, i also walked out of the door with $14.95 in ECBs from this purchase. that's right...i spent $.33 ($12.97 in previous ECBs) and walked out the door with $14.95 in ECBs! you do the math...i "earned" more in ECBs than i spent--free money plus toothpaste and toothbrushes! i call that a good deal!
sorry if you don't have a CVS nearby...apparently walgreens also has a program somewhat similar to if you have a walgreens you might want to check out the walgreen's 101 on money saving mom's blog. (for those wondering how to get in on the action at CVS, check out her CVS 101)


Shanna said...

I checked out Money Saving Mom's blog from your last post and she has some GOOD stuff on there! Unfortunately, like you said, I don't have a CVS by me :( So thanks for the Walgreens link! I'll check that out and see what I can dig up :)
I can't wait for the foccacia bread recipe! :)
I'm glad your Easter went how did we become grown ups so fast??! ;)

Mike said...

I am familiar with the extra care bucks, but not to that extent. Interesting, I'll have to check it out!

I'm glad you are feeling better. There really is nothing worse than feeling bad and having to take care of little ones too. I hope the musuem didn't get you too! I tell you, it's a big tub o germs, it is!! LOL

Sounds like you had a lovely Easter. I need to go online and download one of your new pastor's sermons to check him out. I'm so excited you found such a neat guy.

Have a great week!

Amy said...

Oops, sorry, I was on Michael's account, that comment was from me!

Rebecca said...

Sounds like a beautiful Easter! The bread sounds yummy. The girls looked beautiful in their matching dresses :). What an awesome deal you got at CVS this week! I did see the Walgreens stuff on the money saving mom website, so I am going to check that out. Have a great week!

Lisa said...

Nothing is better then a good deal!!!
So glad to hear you had a nice Easter - your girls look adorable!

carrie224 said...

Ok I am going to have to try this CVS thing. I've read about it before, other bloggers have posted about it too, and I've just been too overwhelmed to try it. I don't do well with coupons. Long story.
But we're pinching pennies here and I gotta tell ya - that's good motivation if I ever did have any!

The girls are absolutely adorable! I'm glad you had a great easter!

God bless :)

Rebecca said...

Amanda...thank you so much for your last comment. It was very encouraging (of course I don't hate you for saying what you did!). I really appreciate you and your support. I know God has something so great planned for us...the waiting isn't easy, but it's worth it. After getting over the shock, I am so excited about this new baby. And yes, I will have 3 babies before Liberty turns 3...she'll actually be about 2 1/2 when the new baby comes! I hope your week is great, and thanks again for your encouraging heart/words!

Wani said...

Cute Easter outfits! I miss getting an Easter dress.... sigh... us moms should get Easter dresses too! Its not as fun to dress boys for holidays as it is with girls!

Leslie said...

so so glad you had a lovely Easter and definetely checking that site out....
thanks for the tips

carrie224 said...

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog and for the encouragement and prayers. It means a lot.

Thanks for the CVS info. I checked out her blog. Wow. I can't wait to try it!! :)

God bless :)

diashermosos said...

Thanks for the money saving mom link:) I am excited to check it out. We just got a CVS here about a year ago.