Big Chop Update {One Month Post}

December 17, 2014

It has officially been 5 weeks since I big chopped my hair, so I thought it was time to do an update! It’s already growing pretty fast! Which, I mean, my friends and my mom were telling me it would once I chopped off the relaxed ends and could have access to my natural hair to keep it moisturized and happy!

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This past wash day, I prepooed by doing a DIY protein treatment that I THINK I found on Black Hair Information. I don’t remember, but I did tweak it slightly. I melted down some coconut oil in the microwave, mixed in an egg, some honey, and my new favorite Suave conditioner. It’s the Suave Professionals Rosemary and Mint conditioner, and it is so wonderful! I now have seven bottles in my stockpile!! I left the prepoo on my hair for about thirty minutes before rinsing and shampooing with Hask Argan Oil Shampoo. After that, I did a quick condition and rinse with some more Suave and then t-shirt dried my hair. Then, I applied Cantu Coconut Curl Creme and coconut oil to seal. I definitely did not want my hair addicted to the Argan Oil treatment, because buying those little tubes is going to add up QUICK. I’ve been using the coconut oil for two weeks now, and it seems to be helping my growth along nicely.

Thanks so much for reading!!

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Okay, One More Couponing Post….

December 17, 2014

Okay, so I ended up grabbing a couple of papers at Dollar Tree on Monday while I was out Christmas shopping with the madre. And two irresistable deals were in the ads that I couldn’t ignore!

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The first one I did was at Kroger. I loaded my coupon for my FREE Mentos gum to my card on Free Friday and grabbed the Red Fruit Lime flavor while picking up a couple of other things. I then went to CVS and used a Raincheck from when the Xtra detergent was on sale for $1.44 each (it’s on sale this week for $1.99), and I combined it with the scanner coupon for $1 off this week’s sale price, and a manufacturer’s coupon for $1/2 45 oz detergents, making my final cost just $0.88, or $0.44 a bottle!!

 

Thanks for reading!

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Latest Couponing and Deals

December 13, 2014

I decided to do one all-encompassing post of the deals and savings I’ve gotten between late November up to now, instead of doing individual posts. I haven’t gotten coupons in two weeks, and I don’t have immediate plans to do any more couponing before the end of the year, so consider this my 2014 Couponing Wrapup!

During November, I finally got some of my favorite toothpaste into my stockpile! I also utilized those BOGO coupons for the Vaseline lotion, and bought some nail polish last minute. I paid $4.49 for the aloe lotion, and then the spray lotion was free after coupon. I purchased a photo for a Christmas gift/project, and it only cost me $0.16 at Walgreens! Even with a coupon code, this was way cheaper than CVS (I try to get most things there for the Extrabucks and discounts).

The rest was part of a larger CVS transaction. I bought 2 Tom’s of Maine toothpastes on sale at 2/$5 (used two $1/1 coupons), 2 Caress body washes since they were BOGO Free that week (used two $0.50/1 coupons and a $2/$10 body wash CVS coupon), 2 Covergirl Glosstinis (on clearance, used a $2.50/2 coupon), a bottle of Palmolive dish soap for $0.99 (stacked $0.25 coupon with $0.25 CVS coupon), and 2 Degree Men deoderants for my boyfriend that were also on clearance (used two $0.50/1 coupons, and a $5 Beauty Club EB).

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In December, I didn’t do much couponing, and as I said before, I’m pretty much done for 2014. I used four of the $1.50/1 coupons for the Suave Professionals and scored four FREE conditioners at the military commissary. The price had dropped from the last time I used these in November ($1.79 down to $1.39). The Almay eye makeup (for blue eyes, which I don’t have!) was a “couponing without coupons” purchase. I LOVE those!! I always seem to save more when I leave my binder at home and rely on sales and store coupons. A $3/1 Almay coupon printed for me, and I grabbed this eye makeup because it was on clearance for $4.15!

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Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you enjoy your weekend! And to you college people out there, were you ready for this month off or WHAT?!

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The Big Reveal…

December 5, 2014

Alright. Here it is. My big chopped hair….three weeks later. What? I didn’t want to show you my horrible initial cutting job! And it’s already grown a little, so why not?

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This past wash day, I prepooed by doing an oil rinse with coconut oil, and then hopping into the shower and shampooing twice with Hask Argan Oil Shampoo. After blotting my hair a little with a towel (I forgot to use my t-shirt, boo), I let it air dry some. Then, I applied Cantu Coconut Curl Creme and Hask Argan Oil Treatment. These two products have been phenomenal since my big chop! My natural hair LOVES them! It also seems to love when I don’t wash as often as when I still had my relaxed hair to tend to. My natural hair definitely retains moisture better than my relaxed hair did, which is really weird. Oh well. I’m learning as I go, and I am LOVING my new look! You could say I’m about that curl life now. I do plan to straighten it for special occasions (I graduate college in a year and a half!!!), but other than that, I’ll be wearing my braids overnight and rocking braidouts and buns during the day.

Thanks so much for reading!!

And if any of you ladies who pop over here from the linkup can recommend SOMETHING for my itchy scalp, I would greatly appreciate it!!!!! I have been using an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, but I honestly really hate dealing with the smell. 

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I Did A Little Christmas Shopping for Myself…

December 4, 2014

I redeemed a couple of gift cards and did a little early Christmas shopping for myself! I don’t usually get myself anything, but the opportunity presented itself, and I’m pretty pleased with my purchases, but now is the hard part — WAITING. For it to get here. Boo.

The couponer in me was definitely happy with the what I paid. So, let’s just get right to it. I started with my Amazon gift code I received for completing a survey through school. I ordered a book I have wanted for awhile now, Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be A Grown Up, by Grace Helbig! I LOVE her on Youtube, and I am so excited to read her book!!!! I nearly preordered it before it was released, but I’m so happy I waited, because I only paid $2.58 for it, and that’s WITH Prime shipping!

Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending To Be A Grown-Up. Photo Credit: Touchstone.

Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending To Be A Grown-Up. Photo Credit: Touchstone.

Next up, I redeemed my Walmart gift card I earned through that nifty Savings Catcher app! I got this fleece pullover and this elbow patch sweater, and only paid $2.64! I love my frugality and occasional patience :)

Thanks so much for reading!

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December, Already???

December 1, 2014

Well…..I was SUPPOSED to post over the Thanksgiving holiday….I really don’t know what happened besides food and sleep. I can’t believe it’s another month, and the last of the year at that! The end of the semester is so close, I can almost taste it, because this semester has been VERY stressful for me. It has been the most stressful semester of my college career. I took the most classes I have ever taken at once (six), and one was my first ever online class. Talk about crazy. I’ve been doing random little projects here and there, and taking the pictures, I just haven’t had time for editing and posting! I’m *hoping* to get some stuff posted at least before the end of the year, but we’ll see!

Thanks as always for reading my rambling,

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Couponing without Coupons! – {CVS Trip}

November 24, 2014

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I gotta say, I LOVE getting a really good deal without any coupons to start with! I purposely left my binder at home this week to keep myself from shopping at work, and I ended up getting a decent amount of stuff for very little money! I started with no coupons (any coupons new for the week I printed when I got to work), and I was on a strict budget, so I only planned to swipe my debit card once. Not everything is shown in the picture, because I ate part of it, forgot the drink in my car, and the chips are in a safe spot so I don’t forget them in the morning. I did three transactions, as follows:

Transaction #1:

Rescue Gum – $5.79, receive $5.79 ECB

Paid $5.79 + tax

Net: $0.00

 

Transaction #2:

CVS Panty Liners – $0.99, receive $0.99 ECB

Jack Links Beef & Cheese – $0.99

Vitamin Water – $1.50, receive $1.50 ECB

Gold Emblem Gummy Bears – $0.99

Hask Argan Oil Treatment – $1.99

Coupons Used: $5.79 ECB from Transaction #1

Paid $0.00

****When doing my math, my error was in the argan oil being in the wrong spot on the shelf (I didn’t double check the price, and it was lower than I thought), and I didn’t account for my employee discount.

 

Transaction #3:

CVS Nail Polish Remover – $0.49 (Clearance – 75% off!!!)

Colgate Optic White 3.5 oz  – $2.99

Lays Limon (Lime) chips – $1.49

Coupons Used: $2.49 Instant Coupon for toothpaste, $1.50 ECB from Transaction #2, $0.50 off Frito Lay Instant Coupon

Paid $0.18

I still have a $0.99 ECB leftover, so this was NOT a bad trip AT ALL! I netted $0.00! Woo hoo!!

 

Thanks SO MUCH for reading, and stay tuned for more posts coming soon!

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Remember, Remember…

November 23, 2014

The fifth of….oh hey!

So, it has been almost a month since my last post and I honestly don’t know where the time went. ALOT has happened, and school has been kicking my butt, so hopefully over the Thanksgiving break, I can blog about some of it. To give a nice preview, I big chopped my hair after just 3 months of transitioning, I taught my first lesson plan ever, and I have changed my couponing mini binder over to a regular size binder as of last night!

I know, I know — the biggest part of that. My hair. Yes. The plan was to do it on my 21st birthday, but I just couldn’t wait any longer. My hair is SO SHORT but I love it and I felt no attachment to the hair in the sink and later the trash.

But, I will definitely share more soon, and I want to say thank you to my more recent followers that I’ve seen in my email, and thank you to those that have been following me for awhile now!

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have a relaxing week!

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Some Clarification…

October 24, 2014

I had a comment (it was in Spam so who knows the origin) that expressed concern that my content and some of my photos were not my own. Yes, I did repost pictures and blog posts from other blogs and the pictures do have a different blog name on them, but they are from MY old blogs that I no longer post to. I even said at the top of some posts that they were reposts from my other blog(s), so people would know in advance that it was old content. Natasha Navigates Life, Five-Sixteen, etc. were all my blogs. That is all I will say on the subject. Thank you.

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My Stockpile

October 11, 2014

Today, I thought I would share a current picture of everything in my stockpile. I took EVERYTHING out to do a much-needed inventory, and this is the result:

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I currently have:

  • 2 Pantene shampoos
  • 2 packs of BIC disposable razors
  • 1 Venus+Olay Razor
  • 6 Bars of Soap
  • 5 Secret Clinical Strength deoderants
  • 7 body washes
  • 5 boxes of Kleenex
  • 4 mouthwashes
  • 1 toothbrush
  • 2 Oral B Floss
  • 1 Lotion
  • 1 Hair Skin and Nails Gummies
  • 1 pkg. of Wet Wipes
  • 6 Arm & Hammer detergents
  • 1 box of staples :)

 

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I also did a last-minute coupon deal at work the other night. The Colgate Total toothpaste (2 HUGE tubes!) went on sale at CVS – Buy One, Get One Free, and since I got called in last minute and didn’t bother switching purses, I had my coupon binder with me and I was able to use two $1/1 coupons. I spent $2.49, or $1.24 per tube. I saved $6.49, or 72%!

 

 

Thanks so much for reading and stay tuned for my next wash day around Wednesday and a new craft project from the “vault”!

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