Saturday, March 7, 2009

My $4.50 day at Target

This week I racked up on several deals at Target. I spent a total of $4.50 and got:

2 heads of broccoli

1 head of cauliflower

2 bags if Goldfish crackers

1 Diet Dr. Pepper 2-Liter

1 Suave Hairspray

1 Cascade Dishwasher Rinse

1 box of Valentines (for next year)

2 bags of Lollipops (for E’s Birthday goody bags)

7 magnetic picture frames (for E’s birthday goody bags)

1 pack of 10 pencils (for E’s birthday goody bags)

Obviously, I did this with alot of combining of coupons & sales and clearance.

The Goldfish crackers were on sale for $1.77 and I had two $1 off Target coupons Making them $.77 each Go here for coupon

The broccoli and Cauliflower were on sale for $1.50 each and I had three $1 off Target Coupons. Making them $.50 each. Go here for coupon.

The Suave, Diet Dr. Pepper and Cascade were all free coupons accumulated from various marketing giveaways from the products companies.

The Valentines, lollipops, magnetic picture frames and pencils were all on clearance at 75% - 90% off.

All in all, a pretty good day of bargain shopping!

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It was a good week at Publix

What a great week at Publix! I’m working hard to get our grocery budget down to $50 or below. I’m not there yet, but with the help of Publix BOGO sales, I’m creating a stockpile and I’m starting to see my grocery bill go down as my pantry is filling up.

My total spent at Publix this week was $35.64. I won’t bore you with all the details, but here are the highlights of my bargain trip.

6 boxes of Progresso Broth (.04 each after sale and coupon)

8 jugs of Juicy Juice ($1.24 each after sale and coupons)

9 boxes of Green Giant frozen veggies (about .70 each after sale and varied coupons)

3 cans of Green Giant veggies (.32 each after sale and coupons)

2 cans of Muir Glen tomatos (free after coupons)

2 boxes of Ronzoni spagetti (.69 each)

DiGiorno Frozen Pizza ($3.00 after sale and coupon)

I did make another stop a Kroger for other items and making my total grocery bill for the week was $81.55. So, I still have a ways to go to get to that $50 mark, but it’s getting better!

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Half price shows at Nashville Children's Theatre

Nashville Children’s Theatre has 1/2 price tickets for select performances. As part of their Target Family Time sponsored by Target. You can get tickets for $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for children. The next Target Family Time is coming up on March 14 for the performance of “Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse” Go Here for more info and to purchase tickets.

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$20 rebate on your next vet visit


You can get a Mail in Rebate for $20 back from your next preventative Veterinarian visit. Go here on the top of hour and enter your information. They will give out 80 rebates every hour between 9a thru 9p EST starting yesterday 2/16 through 2/28 from 9am - 9pm EST. The rebate is good through 5/31

HINT : Hit “submit” right on the top of the hour and you will get your rebate. Otherwise, you will get a message that says they have given them all out.

Print your form. Take it with you to the Vet visit. Get the Vet to sign it and then send it into Bayer (the sponser) and they will send you $20!! You can go to any Vet office, it is not the vet paying you or discounting anything.

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Reruns are Fun Spring Consignment Sale

It’s hard to think about Spring and Summer right now as it is only about 40 degrees, but it will be here soon. One of the first kids consignment sales of the season has proven to be a good one.

Reruns Are Fun

February 22nd - February 27th

Jamison Hall at the Factory at Franklin

Sale Details:
Sunday, February 22 - Take in all day
Monday, February 23 - Take in until noon; Participant Pre-Sale 5:30; Friends Pre-Sale 7:00
Tuesday, February 24- Public sale 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday, February 25 - Public sale 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday, February 26 - Public sale 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Reopen for Half-price Sale 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday, February 27 - Half-price Sale 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Go here for more details and print a pass to the guest sale on Monday, February 23.

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Nashville Human Association Pet Food Bank


During these hard economic times, there are more than just people suffering. More and more pets are being neglected or abandoned simply because their owners cannot afford to feed or take care of them.

The Nashville Humane Association has started a Pet Food Bank to help with some of the need. It works similar to a regular food bank like Second Harvest only it’s for pets. People can come by and pick up dog food, cat food and other supplies (as available) for their pets.

The Pet food bank is open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm.

Requirements for Eligibility are: Must be citizen of Davidson County

Must show proof of need such as: Disability forms, unemployment checks, Section 8 housing occupant.

Must show proof that your animal(s) are spayed or neutered. *If your animal is NOT spayed or neutered. NHA will provide you with a voucher to have the animal altered for free by a participating vet clinic. In order to receive more free food, you must bring back proof that the animal has been altered.

If you or someone you know is in need of this assistance for their pets, please call or come by the Nashville Humane Association.

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New show at the library


Nashville Public Library has a new puppet show. Anansi the Spider is a show based on an African folk tale. There will be presentations every Friday and Saturday through March 14.

Go here for more info about the Library puppet shows.

These are great little free outings for the preschool and young school aged children. Also, remember to bring in your parking garage ticket to be stamped in the front lobby and the first hour is free. After the first hour it’s .75 cents. The best parking deal I know of in downtown Nashville!

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Paperback Swap

Looking for a way to get some cheap books? And maybe recycle some old books that are collecting dust on your shelf?

I have recently become a member of This is an online free book club where you can trade all kinds of books (not just paperbacks) with people all over the country for very little money.

Here’s how it works. You sign up, list as many or a few books as you are willing to part with, then wait for someone to request one of your books. When someone wants one of your books, you will receive an email from paperback swap indicating the request along with instructions on how to mail it off. Once the other person has received the book, they will log in and report it received and you receive a credit for a free book!

The website is extremely easy to use. When listing the books you are willing to trade, you simply enter the ISBN number located on the back of your book and the massive database will find it, usually show you a picture of the book cover and other information about the book and give you a chance to confirm that it is indeed the book you want to list. When one of your books have been requested, you will be given instructions and a link to print a mailing label and instruction on how to wrap the book in plain paper so that you don’t even have to use an envelope (unless you just want to). You can also print your own postage. This is where the little expense comes in: you do have to pay for shipping of the books that you send out. But, the books that you order, the shipper pays the postage. Paperbackswap recommends shipping media mail. Which is around $2.40. This means that it will take a week or more for it to reach it’s destination. But, that is all you have to spend! There is no fee for signing up with paperback swap.

Right now, they are offering 2 free credits to get you started when you list a minimum of 10 books.

So, far I’ve had 3 books requested and I’ve requested and received one book with no problems.

Go hereto check it out. They also have sister websites: cdswap and dvdswap, I looked at those briefly and they seem to have a very similar setup.

Happy reading!

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Sunday is half price day at the Nashville Zoo


In honor of the Superbowl, the Nashville Zoo will be having Zooperbowl Sunday.
Admission is half price for everyone.
Adults: $6.50
Children $4.00 (Age 3 - 12)

Go here for all the details.

When I checked the weather forcast for Sunday, the temps are supposed to be in the 50’s, so maybe it’ll be a decent day to enjoy this deal.

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20% off coupon at Big Lots


Big Lots is offering a 20% off entire purchase coupon for one week. You could score some good deals on a number of items.

Go here for your coupon


Clearance Galore! at Target


A quick trip to Target to get a couple of necessities turned into a Clearance item bargain bonanza today!

Among my best deals:

2 pairs of shoes for E at $3.74 each

2 bottles of Olay body wash for $1.66 (after a $1 off coupon that I had)

3 bags of frozen vegetables for .86 each

I could have loaded up on many more things, but I had an impatient little one with me and that nagging reminder voice in my head that I am on a strict budget this month and I shouldn’t buy anything that we don’t really need.

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Free children's shows at the Nashville library


The Main Library (downtown) presents live Children’s shows for free. Most of these shows are puppet shows. We attended our first show today. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was a combination show of live actors,marionettes and shadow puppets. It lasted 30 minutes, which I think was the perfect amount of time for preschoolers, and it really held the attention of the packed audience of parents and their little kids.

Go here for all the events at the Nashville Public Libraries including dates and times for upcoming children’s shows

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Schedule of coupon inserts

Did you ever wonder “was there supposed to be only one coupon insert in today’s paper” or “my paperboy stole my coupons!!”

Well, worry no more! Jenny at has researched and compiled a list by date of when all the coupon inserts are scheduled in each Sunday paper. This is great! Now we’ll always know what to look for! Go HERE for the list.

Thanks Jenny!

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Food for Fines at Nashville public libraries

From January 12 thru January 22, you can donate cans of food to forgive your fines at the Library.

One can of food = $1.00 in fines. Go here for all the details and list of foods accepted.

I personally am thrilled. I had been hoping they would do this again. I have $12.50 in fines right now due to an unreturned DVD - they charge $2.00 for everyday DVD’s are late-. Since, I never pay more than a $1 for a can of food, I will come out ahead. And, I will be doing something good for the Second Harvest Food Bank, where all the food will be donated.

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Electronic coupons

Do you know that you can load coupons directly onto your Kroger card? I have found and am currently using 3 different websites that will load coupons directly onto your Kroger card (other cards too, I just happen to be a Kroger shopper).

The three sites are: - They offer limited coupons but this is the only site that I’ve found that offer coupons on Kroger brand products, so you can actually save a little more! One warning of caution– only click the coupons that you really think you’ll use. They cut you off at $15.00, so don’t go through and select every coupon (like I did the first time) because it will stop adding after it gets up to $15 and you may lose out on a coupon you really want! - Obviously, all Proctor and Gamble products. I’ve not found that they limit the amount of coupons you add to your card - This is the newest site I’ve signed up with. They also offer a service where you can load these coupons to your cell phone instead of your card. I personally just find it easier to load to my card. But it’s a nice option to have. They also do more than grocery coupons. There are offers from Sears Portrait studio, Game Stop, and several fast food places.

In all three sites, you must sign up for an account (free) and give your Kroger card number. When you purchase something with a coupon loaded, the coupon amount is automatically subtracted. It’s a nice treat when you buy something and don’t remember that you’ve got a coupon loaded for it. This happened to me this weekend when I ran in to Kroger to pick up something and decided to get a carton of boiled custard for the family. I was pleasantly surprised to find at the cash register that I had a $1.00 coupon on my card for it.

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Santa consignment sale

There is one consignment sale coming up this weekend. This is not consigment sale season, so this is pretty special. I’ve heard this sale is very good and big! It’s only toys. Specifically marketed for Holiday time.

West End Community Church
235 White Bridge Rd
Nashville, TN 37209
Sale Hours:
Saturday Dec 6th~ 8am-11am
Payments Accepted:
Cash, Check, Visa and Mastercard
For more info on the sale go here

Unfortunately I will not be able to attend as we have a previous engagement ( 5 year old’s birthday party!). If anyone goes, let me know how it is.

Happy New Year!

I took the month of December off from blogging. There were several reasons, the main one, life got too hectic! There was major sickness in our family — I’m happy to report that as of now everyone is healthy again.
So, I am back to the blog again.

I decided that I would make some New Years goals, notice I did NOT say New Years resolutions. I think when you make resolutions, you are often setting yourself up for failure. So, here are my goals:

1. Get our money under control! Before I was married, and it was just my finances, I always knew exactly where my money was. But, after getting married to a much more financially responsible person, I kind of let him take over the money management. I’ve come to realize that is not very smart. Not that my husband is irresponsible with money, but for one thing, it’s too much for one person to handle. Not the amount of money (unfortunately) but the budgeting and managing the comings and goings of it. And two, what if something happens to him!?? It dawned on me one day that if a truck hit my husband one day and I was left to fend for myself, I probably wouldn’t even know where to look for many of our accounts. Not the normal household account or savings account, but other savings, IRA, 401k etc. I’ve recently discovered that he pays expenses I didn’t even know about - how’s that for being out of the loop?

So, after tracking and reviewing all of the expenses for December, I’ve set up a spreadsheet and developed a budget for January. This is our first month truly living by a written, planned budget. I’ll let you know how it goes….

2. Getting involved in community activities and volunteering. I used to volunteer some, mainly in animal welfare charities. I really miss being involved in that community. So, I recently signed up to go back to Nashville Humane Association. I went to Volunteer orientation on Saturday. I hope to keep it up. More on my work there later.

3. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Our planet is going to H#ll in a Hand basket folks! The amount of trash that we humans produce is incomprehensive! I want to reduce the amount that my family produces. We already recycle at least 50% of our trash (paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, tin, etc). We’ve done that for years. It’s second nature to us to throw things in a recyling bin instead of the trash. But I want to take it further. I plan to start composting our food scraps. It will make good fertilizer for our garden in the spring and summer and will greatly reduce the amount of stuff that goes in the trash can. Metro Nashville actually has a composting center that educates residents on how to do backyard composting and sells the composters at a greatly discounted rate. I’ve also started using my own bags when shopping. I estimate that we’ve already saved at least 50 bags from being used during shopping trips since I started this a couple of months ago.

4. Get Elizabeth off of sippy cups. I’ve read that by age 4, children should not be using sippy cups at all. Elizabeth can drink out of a normal cup, but she’ still kind of clumsey and often spills opened cups. So, out of convenience I find myself putting lids on her cups instead of working with her to use an open cup. She turns 4 in April, so we have a little more time to work on it.

5. Learn to make wraps. Yes, this seems like a simple thing, hardly a goal, but it’s something I have not mastered. I love eating veggie wraps and they make a great, quick lunch. I just haven’t figured out how to make one and it stay together!

So, there are my goals. There will probably be more to come, but that’s what I will be focused on this year. Let’s see if I can do it!

Kmart doubles coupons up to $2 this week

For the week of November 30, Kmart will double coupons up to $2.00. This is only good on manufacturer’s coupon that are clip outs. They will not double the internet printed coupons. They also do not apply to the B1G1

I love it when Kmart does this, as it is a time for me to stock up on diapers (pull ups for me, regular diapers for my sis). There are other deals to be had:

Today I got:

Huggie’s Pullups $10.99 - $1.50 coupon x 2 = $7.99

Pampers Swaddlers $10.99 - 1.00 coupon x 2 = $8.99

Scotch Gift Wrap Tape 2 for $5.00 - $1.00 coupon x 2 = 2 for $3.00

Nestle Chocolate Chips 3 for $7.00 - $1.00 coupon x 2 and $.75 coupon x 2 = 3 for $3.50

Betty Crocker Cookie Mix $1.00 each - $1.00/2 coupon x 2 = 2 for free!

Score! at Walgreens

So, I’ve not hopped into that Walgreen’s fan club that so many of the SAHM’s talk about so much. It just wasn’t working for me. But I continue to faithfully read the sales ad every week. Well, this week it finally paid off! Here is what I got by combining coupons with sales and Register Rewards.

Hunts Tomato Sauce: Walgreens coupon making them $.29 then a manufacturers coupon for $.40/2 =

$.09 each

Quilted Northern Toilet Paper 9 pack: On sale for $4.00, but it rang up $3.49 (who am I to argue?) - $1.00 coupon (printable here) = $2.49 each pack or $3.00 if your store rings up printed sale price

Airborne - On sale $5.99 - $2.00 coupon (from 11/23 paper) = $3.99

2 Dimetapp Cough & Cold & 1 Robitussin Cough Meds: $3.99 each - $1.00 coupons = 2.99 each + $5.00 in Register Rewards making it $1.32 each

Tide Detergent Sale $5.99 - $1.00 coupon = $4.99 + $1.00 Register Reward making it $3.99

3M Scotch Packaging Tape Sale $2.99 each + Buy 1 get 1 free - $1.00 coupon = 2 for $1.99

So, if you are unfamiliar with the Walgreen’s game (walgreens coupons, register rewards, rebates, etc) go here for all the info. There are many other mom bloggers that have made an art of Walgreens deals so I will give credit where credit is due!

Free Christmas Music from Oprah

She’s at it again! Giving stuff away! Gotta love Oprah.

For the next 48 hours, starting 4pm Central time on Wednesday November 26, you can go to and download an album of Christmas music. The songs include:

“Joy to the World” by Faith HIll

“I’ll be home for Christmas” by Tony Bennett

“O Holy Night” by II Divo

“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” by Josh Grobin

“It’s the Most wonderful Time of the Year” by Brian McNight

“O Come all Ye Faithful” by Amy Grant

“It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas” by Harry Connick Jr.

“Silent Night” by Aretha Franklin

You can also download the CD case cover and the CD label if you want to make it a gift!

Deals on Toys at Target

Target put out a toy catalog that came in last Sunday’s paper (11/9/08). In the catalog were many $5 and $10 off coupons for certain toys. Here are some of the deals I found by combining the coupons with the toys that are on sale this week at Target:

I-Dog Dance - Sale $29.99 - $5 coupon = $24.99

LeapFrog ClickStart My First Computer - Sale $39.99 - $10.00 coupon = $29.99

Thomas At Action Canyon train set - Sale $34.99 - $5 coupon = $29.99

Littlest Pet Shop Monopoly (and other selected Kids board games) $15.99 - $5 coupon = 10.99

K’Nex Motorized Doubledare Dueling Coaster - Sale $34.99 - $5 coupon = $29.99

I have one extra toy catalog. The first person to leave a comment and tell me they want it, gets it!

Happy Shopping!!

Special Sale at Michael's on Sunday

Michaels is having a special Holiday Madness Sale on Sunday from 4pm - 9pm. To get a special coupon for 15% off your entire purchase and/or 40% off one regular priced item click here

You should be able to snag some good deals on Christmas decor or other household goods/crafts.

Please leave comments and tell me what deals you scored!

Welcome to Tara's Favorites

So, I’m a blog addict. I admit it, it’s the first step to recovery. But, I’ve skipped right past steps 2 through 12 and have decided to write my own blog. This blog will be a combination of all my favorite things (yes, I stole that right out from under Oprah!). Some of the things I will be writing about are: good deals I find around town, could be grocery deals, consignment sales, thrift stores, coupons, entertainment events etc. I also will be writing about my two big passions in life: adoption and animal rescue/welfare. So…. check often, you never know what you’ll see.