Couponing & My New Dress!!

Hello everyone!

So…my mom and I went to take my niece to pick up her first ever pair of glasses early Saturday (she picked the EXACT frames I have!). I decided to run into the mall and see if I could find a shirt to go with my black maxi skirt that I wanted to wear for my later Valentine’s Day plans.

I didn’t manage to find a shirt in the the uber-crowded mall, but by chance while waiting for my mom in Sears (she decided to go into the mall and I couldn’t find her), I started looking at their clothes. I came across a beautiful striped dress that said $11.40 on the price tag. I decided to grab two sizes to try on just in case. I went with the larger size because I knew I would be eating at a restaurant, and I didn’t want my food baby showing! The cashier rang it up, and apparently there was a sale on clearance merchandise, so it rang up at $5.32! And THEN after looking up my mom’s Sears Shop Your Way rewards, I had surprise points that made my beautiful new US Polo Association dress, which was originally $38.00 and makes me feel like a million bucks, totally FREE!!!!!

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As far as couponing goes, I did so awesome at work yesterday! I ended up doing four transactions total (one was a last minute decision), and it went swimmingly! Breakdown after the picture, and I decided to try a new format this time. I hope you like it, because it’s a lot neater and cleaner for me to work with!

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**Note: The vitamins were $7.79 each, and on sale – Buy One, Get One Free.

Total Spent: $5.57

Value of Items: $63.77

Thanks so much much for reading and liking and commenting! Don’t forget to “like” Sew Short and Crafty on Facebook!

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Steals and Deals This Week!

I did the Pantene deal again this week! I wanted to take advantage of that Buy One, Get One Free coupon one last time since it expired on Sunday. I also got some Nivea products, and paid very little for my food I ate on my break! :)  The breakdown is below the photo, as usual.

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Transaction 1: 

1 – Pantene Deep Cleanse Shampoo

1 – Pantene Detangler

2/$8; Buy two, earn $1 EB

Coupons used: Buy One Shampoo, Get One Conditioner or Styler Free (The register automatically deducted the maximum value of $5.00); $1/1 Pantene product

Paid: $2.16

Final Price: $1.16, or $0.58 each

Transaction 2:

2 – Nivea Touch of Happiness body wash @ $4.00 each

1 – Nivea Lotion @ $6.00

Spend $10, receive $3 EB

Coupons used: $2/1 Nivea Lotion; $3/2 Nivea body washes; $1 EB from Transaction 1

Paid: $8.64

Final Price: $5.64, or $1.88 each

Transaction 3: 

1 – Cap N Crunch cereal @ $1.00

1 – Gold Emblem cashews @ $1.00

1 – Flamas Sunflower Seeds @ $0.50

1 – Totino’s Pizza Rolls @ $2.99

Coupons used: $3 EB from Transaction 2

Paid: $1.82

Total Paid Out of Pocket: $12.62

Value of Items: $37.07

IMG_3994-0I also went to Office Depot with my mom by chance on Monday and picked up some clearance items! I found the above pack of Christmas letterhead (I plan to print lines on it so students can “publish” their writing on fancy paper), and TEN four-count packs of crayons! The paper was $0.73 and the crayons were just $0.06 a pack! Talk about a STEAL (I paid only $1.33!!)!

Thanks so much for reading!

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PS: Do you like my new signature? I made it myself :)

Happy February!

Hello, Readers!

I can’t believe the month of love is here already! But, love should be celebrated everyday, shouldn’t it? And not just the love between couples! The love between parent and child, owner and pet, should be celebrated all year round! I know I spoil my doggie at times, and she has a birthday surprise coming in April (Shh, she’ll be 13!). I cannot wait to see what this month has in store. This semester has been bad at all so far. My professors are all great and seem really passionate about helping us all become great educators.

I do actually have some couponing to share today. The breakdown is below the picture:

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Transaction 1 ($31.55): 

1 – Pantene Damage Detox Shampoo @ 2/$8

1 – Pantene Detangler @ 2/$8

Buy Two, Receive $1 ECB

2 – CVS Spray Lotions @ $1.44 each (Clearance)

1 – Starburst bag @ $3.49

1 – Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream @ $1.49

1 – Totino’s Pizza Rolls @ $2.99

(minus Employee discount)

Coupons Used: Pantene BOGO Free, $1/1 Pantene Product, $5 Beauty Club Extrabucks, $2/2 Body Lotions

Final Price: $4.17 (earned $1 EB)

Transaction 2 ($4.29): 

1 – Colgate Total toothpaste @ $3.00

1 – Flamas Sunflower Seeds @ $0.50

Coupons Used: $1 EB from Transaction 1, $2.50/Colgate CVS Coupon

Final Price: FREE :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of your evening :)

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Couponing For the Week

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This week, I didn’t do lot of couponing. I’m pretty happy with my purchases, however, and I did spend less than $10 this week. I actually spent under $5! Everything in the above picture cost me only $3.34, and is valued at $18.37! The Bayer aspirin was $0.09 per box, the VO5 were $0.50 each, and the Pantene were $0.58 each!

Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!

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Wash Day {1/26/2015}

Hello, readers!

This past wash day consisted of mostly tried and loved products, and a new one. I’ll get straight to my breakdown, and a picture!

  • First, I prepooed with Ogx Argan Oil & Shea Butter Moisture Restore Mask for about 15-20 minutes – I had to clean the kitchen!
  • After rinsing, I shampooed with Pantene Weekly Deep Cleanse Purifying Shampoo. Y’all. This stuff got my hair SO CLEAN. So fresh and so clean clean. Lol. It’s new for me, and I like it so far. It wasn’t horribly drying, actually. It lathers beautifully *sigh*.
  • I then cowashed with my FAVE, VO5 Tea Therapy Blackberry Sage Tea Conditioner. My hair loves this stuff, and I love the price, but I don’t love that I can only get this particular one at Kroger! CVS and Walgreens are closer. Boo.
  • I deep conditioned with a Henna N Placenta packet for another 10 minutes, and rinsed, then t-shirt dried for about an hour by accident.
  • I applied Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, Cantu Coconut Curl Creme, and Hask Argan Oil Treatment mixed with a little coconut oil, then I hopped into the shower to let the steam work it’s magic. Everything sunk in beautifully, and I covered my hair with my silk scarf and went to bed.
  • The next day, I used some EcoStyler gel to revive my now-flattened hair, added a bright blue headband, and went off to class!

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Thanks so much for reading, and have a wonderful rest of your week! There will be a new couponing post for the week up very soon!

The Wash Day Experience

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Sweet & Sour Shrimp

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Hello, everyone! I have a fun recipe to share with you today! It is Wine-Battered Sweet and Sour Shrimp over Hacked Shrimp Ramen! Okay, stay with me. Believe me, this is delicious.

So, the first thing you need to do is grab some cooked shrimp and defrost them if they aren’t already. Set these aside. In a bowl, combine flour with a little olive oil, and mix together with a fork. Add salt and pepper and a little bit of garlic powder. Now, for the fun part! Drizzle in white cooking wine, mixing throughout, until the batter is the consistency of pancake mix. Preheat oil in a small saucepan or even a deep skillet. Drop some of the shrimp into the batter and stir to coat.

Meanwhile,bring water to a boil in a small pot and cook the Ramen until softened. Drain except for a small amount of water, and add the shrimp seasoning packet. Stir. Add teriyaki sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sesame seeds, and stir. Allow to cook on low heat.

Once the oil is hot enough, place the shrimp in the oil, holding each one over the batter bowl to let the excess drop off beforehand. Let them cook until beautiful golden brown; drain on paper towels. Once all of the shrimp are cooked, drizzle store bought or homemade sweet and sour sauce over them and toss gently to coat. Serve the Ramen on a plate topped with the shrimp.

I hope you try this and enjoy it as much as I did!

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Couponing Haul for the Week!

I was originally going to just do one big post, but it got too long! So, my couponing haul is below, and be sure to check out my new stockpile storage!

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Once again, I have a lengthy first trip and not everything is pictured. I gave the Palmolive to my mom, and the candy bars are already stashed :)

(Once again, an asterisk denotes clearance and the value of the products is next to the store name)

CVS (work) {Sunday} ($37.09)

1 – Juicy Fruit Starburst gum @ $1.37

1 – Flamas Sunflower Seeds @ $0.50

1 – Millionaire’s Big Bite @ $0.99

3 – M&M Chocolate Bars @ $0.29 each *

3- Palmolive Dish Soaps @ $0.99 each

1 – Nuance Repair & Restore Shampoo @ $1.94

2 – Colgate 360 Battery Toothbrushes @ $6.00 each (Spend $12, earn $6 ECB)

Coupons Used: 3 x $0.50/1 Palmolive; 2 x $2.00/1 Colgate Battery Toothbrush; $4/$20 purchase (email); $3/$10 oral hygiene purchase

Paid: $8.15, net $2.15

Saved 79%, or $28.94

Note: After reviewing this receipt, I realized my CVS Palmolive coupon from this week did not get scanned. It’ s only $0.25, so I’m not sweating it. 

CVS (work) {Monday} ($32.88)

Transaction 1:

2 – Crest Sensi Toothpaste @ $4.79 each

Redeemed Raincheck – sale price $4.79, earn $3 ECB (Limit 2)

Coupons Used: 2 x $1.50/1 Crest Sensi tothpaste; $6 ECB from Sunday

Paid $.58, net $0

Saved 95%, or $11.00

Transaction 2: 

4 – Gain Flings 14 count @ $3.94 each

Coupons Used: 4 x $2/1 Gain Flings; $6 ECB from Transaction 1

Paid $1.90, or $0.47 each

Saved 92%, or $19.40

CVS (near home) ($15.98)

2 -Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Gummy Vitamins @ $7.99 each (BOGO Free sale)

Coupons Used: 2 x $2/1 Optimal Solutions product, $2/$10 vitamin purchase, $2/any Nature’s Bounty

Paid $0!!!!

Kroger ($2.00)

2 – Colgate toothpaste @ $1.00 each (10/$10)

Coupons Used: 2 x $0.75 Colgate toothpaste

Paid $0.50, or $0.25 each!!

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Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!

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New Stockpile Storage!

I did a pretty awesome haul this week, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you guys! I went to two different CVS’s (work and near home), and Kroger to get these awesome deals! But first, I redeemed a gift card from my Savings Catcher earnings (WalMart app) and got some awesome new storage for my stockpile! I managed to drop the old one on my poor foot stupidly trying to just carry it across my room, and it broke (one of the drawers is cracked on the backside), but I’m still using it for some other stuff. I forgot to take a picture of the front, but I took pictures of the individual drawers for your viewing pleasure.

Top Drawer: Feminine products, oral care, deodorant

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Middle Drawer: Lotions, body washes and soaps, hand soaps, razors

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Bottom Drawer: Shampoos and conditioners, misc. hair care products, laundry pods

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All of my samples and some other small things I’ve gotten are corralled in a Bath and Body Works bag sitting on top! :)

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Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!

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Wash Day {1/19/15}

This week I had some dreadful oily hair to deal with and some breakage, so I know I definitely needed a good shampoo and some protein. I took the evening to really give my hair some attention before school starts up this week.

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– I started out by prepooing my hair with my DIY cayenne pepper mix: it’s simply grapeseed oil, cayenne pepper, and conditioner. My bottle of Ogx Awapuhi Ginger is almost done, so I was singing the praises of the big bottle of CVS Conditioner I bought a couple of months or so ago and squeezed to my heart’s content. I mixed this for a few minutes until it finally came together into one smooth creamy mix, and applied it with my tint brush. I had a few bandages on my hands to cover some little cuts (kinda sorta bad allergic reaction to the last manicure I had done), and used my hands to massage the mixture in some. I could feel the tingling as I sat to draft this very post, actually :)

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– After fifteen minutes, I rinsed out my prepoo and shampooed with Ogx Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo. I have gotten three washes out of that little trial bottle so far! #newstapleproduct

– I applied a Hask Henna N Placenta packet for some protein and deep conditioning. It seemed as if my hair didn’t get much from it upon application, so I decided to take my chances and dump another pack onto my head and rubbed it around a little. I could actually cup the back hair into a teeny pony tail ;) I left this on for about 20 minutes.

– I rinsed my DC out in the shower and then t-shirt dried for 10 or 15 minutes. I don’t need long, and I like to have the water still on my hair for LOC-ing.

-I sectioned my hair and applied Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk, Cantu Coconut Curl Creme, and some Hask Argan Oil Treatment mixed with coconut oil to my hair. I used a bit of gel on each little section and set my hair on perm rods for the night. In the morning, I took them out, fluffed my hair with my comb, rubbed a smidge more gel throughout to loosen it up some, and went to class! I only got one picture later in the evening after I got home.

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The Wash Day Experience

Thanks so much for reading!

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