Thursday, March 29, 2012

Free Olay Barsoap at Walmart

The March P&G has some $2/1 Olay Bodywash or In-shower Body Lotion that I hadn't been able to use. I had read that the bars (2 pk) were at low price of $2.59 at Walmart but everytime I went to Walmart, they were out. Shelves cleared. It is a good deal so I wasn't surprised. I haven't been shopping a lot at Walmart so keeping the expiration date (3/31) in mind, I decided to go ahead and (hopefully) use the coupons for these Olay barsoaps. I immediately noticed that one of the 2 pk was priced at $2.00! That meant it'd be free! Yay for free Olay Barsoap!

So I grabbed 8 of them and got them for free. I did have an issue with the cashier, though. He thought the coupon was only valid for 1ct barsoap. I explained it and he called the manager over who told him I was right so that was that. Some of these are heading my in-laws' way :) Some I brought to work with me. The other ones are staying at home and should come in handy during Georgia's scorching hot summer (and Spring!). Yikes!

8 Olay Barsoaps (2 pk) at $2.00
Used 8- $2/1 Barsoap, Bodywash, or In-Shower Lotion MQ from March P&G
Final Price: Free- just paid tax

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Quick Kroger Trip 3/27: $36.88 value for $3.37

I love the buy x, save x at checkout sales at Kroger! Although I don't do much shopping at Kroger, I do plan a trip whenever they have a good sale and I have matching coupons. This week, they have the buy 4 participating items, get $4 off at checkout- a really good sale! That's a dollar off per item- yay! Another sale I love at Kroger is the $10/10 sale! I made a quick trip to Kroger this morning (hoping the shelves wouldn't be cleared). Many times I've had to get rain checks for the good sales. Today, I didn't! They were very stocked up! That made me happy because it made for a super quick trip. In and out. 

4 Colgate Toothpastes at $10/10
Used: 3- $0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste, any MQ
1- $0.75/1 Colgate Toothpaste MQ
Final Price: $0.25 for all four

4 Colgate Toothbrushes at $10/10
Used: 3- $1/1 Colgate toothbrush, any
Used: 1- $0.40/1 Colgate toothbrush, any
Final Price: $0.20 for all four

2 Febreze Air Effects at $2.49
- $2.00 (Mega Event Savings)
Used: 2-$1/1 Febreze Air Effects MQ
Final Price: $0.98 for both (49 cents each!)

1 Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner at $2.99
- $1.00 (Mega Events Savings)
Used: 1- $1/1 Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner
Final Price: $0.99

1 Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist Starter Kit at $3.95
- $1.00 (Mega Events Savings)
Used: 1- $2/1 Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist Starter Kit MQ
Final Price: $0.95

Total Value: $36.88

Total Saved: $33.51

Total Paid: $3.37

CVS Trip: Saved 100% (48.41 value + tax)

Ever since I found out about Publix and their awesome sales, I started shoppping less and less at CVS. I used to do a lot of CVS shopping but I soon lost interest. Well, yesterday I decided to pay my friends at CVS a visit. Hehehe. I did prepare before and luckily, my sister had handed me some coupons she had obtained at her dentist office. They were a one page flyer with these coupons: $1/1 Colgate Toothbrush, ANY and $0.50/1 Colgate toothpaste, ANY. These expired in a few days (3/31) so I was hoping for a sale. My sister had brought me 4, she says they had a whole bunch and nobody was paying them any attention. Well, this week both coupons came in handy. Some at CVS, some at Kroger. This is my CVS Trip. Yikes, I saved 100%! I can almost never say that! I even got a 60 cent overage, which I used on candy hehe. Oh, and I had to use my husband's CVS card too since the ECB (Extra Bucks) deals were 2 per card; this is what I purchased in altogether:

8 Mars Chocolate Bunnies/ Eggs at 2//$1
Used: 4- $1/2 Any Mars Easter products MQ
Used: 1- $0.25/ 2 MARS Easter Candies CVS coupon
Final Price: Free + 4.25 overage!

1 Glade Scented Plug-in Oils Warmer, 
1 Glade Sense & Spray Starter Kit, and
1 Glade Scented Plug-in Oil Twin Refill at a sum of $20.15 for all 3 products
Used: 1- $3/1 Glade Sense & Spray MQ
Used: 1- $1.50/1 Glade Plug-in twin refill MQ
Used: 1-$/1 Glade Plug-in scented oil warmer MQ
Used: 1-$1/1 Glade Sense & Spray CVS coupon
Final Price: $3.65

4 Colgate 360 Toothbrushes at  $2.99
Used: 4- $1/1 any Colgate Toothbrush MQ
Final Price: FREE

2 CVS Gold Emblem Jelly Beans at $0.99
Final Price: Free

Total Value: $48.41

Total Paid: $0.00

Great Trip at CVS! I was planning on buying Glade products and toothbrushes anyway! Love it!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Publix: $66.16 worth for $11.16+tax

It feels like forever since I was last on here! I've been really busy lately. I headed to Publix last night, family and all. I usually don't participate in Publix's penny item but I did last night. I didn't make this trip because of the penny item, though. The reason why I decided to make this unusual Thursday trip is because of a Milk Bone coupon that was about to expire hehe. We are pretty much stocked up on dog food for our pup, Coco. We have treats, too, but I knew I had to get these treats at such a low price- almost free! I also went ahead and got my husband's MUST-HAVE cereal- Cinnamon Toast Crunch. They were bogo last week but I got a rain check since my Publix ran out. My munchkin behaved very well so it was a very smooth trip. In and out. This is what I got (Oh yeah, I need to buy myself a better camera!):

6 Milk Bone Healthy Favorites Treats BOGO at $3.19
Used: 2- $1/1 Milk Bone Treats MQ (Milk Bone's website)
Used: 2- B2G1 Free MQ
Used: 1- $1.50/2 Milk Bone Treats MQ
Used: 2- $1/1 Milk Bone Healthy Favorites Treats PQ
Final Price: $0.88 for all 6!! (Less than 15 cents each!)

3 Kraft Macaroni and Cheese BOGO at $1.39
No coupons
Final Price:$2.09 for all three (or about 70 cents each)

1 Publix Animal Crackers at  $1.85
-$1.84 (PENNY ITEM)
Final Price: $0.01

2 I Can't Believe It's Not Butter BOGO at $2.45
Used: 2- $1.25/ 1 ICBINB MQ (
Used: $0.75/2 ICBINB TQ
Final Price: FREE + $0.80 overage

1 Kettle Brand Chips BOGO at $3.69
Used: 1- $1/1 Kettle Brand Chips MQ
Final Price: $0.85

2 Bumblebee Premium Tuna BOGO at $2.89
Used: 2- $1/1 Bumblebee Tuna MQ (Facebook)
Final Price: $0.89 for both (or about 45 cents each)

4 Betty Crocker Poatoes BOGO at $1.57
Used: 2- $0.50/2 Betty Crocker Potato items MQ
Final Price: $1.14 for all 4 (or about 29 cents each)

2 Lance Cracker Creations BOGO at $3.29
Used: 2- $1/1 Lance Cracker Creations MQ
Final Price: $1.30 for both (or 65 cents each)

2 Cinnamon Toast Crunch BOGO at $3.59 (Raincheck)
Used: 1- $1/2 General Mills cereals MQ
Final Price: $2.59 for both (about $1.30 each)

2 Kellogg's Eggo Waffles BOGO at $2.37
Used:1- $0.75/2 Frozen Eggo Products MQ
Final Price: $1.62 for both (or 81 cents per box)

1 Honey Bunches of Oats BOGO at $3.29
Used: 1- $1/1 HBO Fruit Blends MQ
Final Price: $0.65

Total Value: $66.16

Total Saved: $53.63

Total Paid: $11.16 +tax (or $12.53)

I just now realized that the Eggo Waffles were supposed to be BOGO at $3.25 and not $2.37..... I don't know what happened. My hubby picked these up so I am confused now. Maybe there were two sizes on BOGO? Who knows. Either way, this classifies as a "good trip". My dog loves these new Milk Bone treats so I am a very happy camper! I love bringing stuff home that my family loves! Tonight, I'm making chicken pot pie so the ICBINB will come in handy! It's been too long since we last had delicious chicken pot pie made from scratch! Well, hope everyone has a great weekend! 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

PUBLIX: $86 worth for $12.96+tax (Fresh Fruit Included)

This week was awesome, as usual! I just got back from Publix and I got a great deal. On this trip (my first time ever using a Publix coupon on produce), I was able to get a good deal on fresh fruit! Being at the peak of it's season, I just HAD to get strawberries! They were on sale already at 3 for $5. They are the regular 16 oz (1 lb) container. Yay for cheap fruit! My husband, as I have mentioned before, makes post workout protein shakes and one of the ingredients is strawberries. My little booger, Justin, loves strawberries as well! I was elated to see that they had enough Kraft Fresh Takes this time, last time they only had about 6. I did, however, have to do more than one transaction since the manager said that one of the coupons (the store coupon $2/2 found in the yellow flyer) was 1 per customer. So here is my trip (Luckily, my Publix doubles MQ coupons of up to 50 cents):
(MQ= Manufacturer Coupon, PQ= Publix Coupon, TQ= Target Coupon)

10 Kraft Fresh Takes at 2/$4
Used: 8- $1/1 Fresh Takes MQ (2 printed and 6 from a Sunday paper insert)
Used: 5- $2/2 Kraft Milk Bite, Philadelphia Indulgence, Philadelphia Cooking Creme, Fresh Take, or Oscar Meyer Selects Beef Franks (PQ in yellow advantage flyer) 
Final Price: $2.00 for all 10 ($0.20 each)
(they were supposed to be free but I misplaced 2 coupons >_< It's ok!)

4 Activia 4pks at 3/$6
Used: 3- $1/1 Activia MQ
Used: 2- $2/2 Activia TQ
Final Price: $1.00 for all 4 4pks ($0.25 per 4 pk!)

2 Birdseye Viola Meals BOGO at $5.49
Used: 2- $1.85/1 Birdseye Viola Meals MQ
Final Price: $1.80 for both ($0.90 each)

2 Stouffer's Family-Sized Dinners at $3.99 each
Used: 2- $2/1 Stouffer's Meal MQ (from their Facebook)
Final Price: $3.98 for both ($1.99 each)

3 lbs/ packs of Strawberries at 3/$5
Used: 1- $2 off produce when you buy $5 or more PQ
Final Price: $3.00 (or $1 per pack)

1 Publix Milk at $3.29
Used: 1- Free Milk when you buy any 3 Breakfast Items (I bought Activia & Toaster Strudels) MQ from the Milk Mustache Campaign's Facebook
Final Price: FREE!

2 Country Crock Spreads BOGO at $2.39
Used: 2-$1/1 Country Crock product MQ
Final Price: $0.40 for both ($0.20 each)

2 Toaster Strudels BOGO at $2.35
Used: 1- $0.50/2 Toaster Strudels MQ
Final Price: $1.35 ( $0.68 cents each)

3 Maggi Soups at $0.65
Used: 3- $0.50/1 Maggi Soups MQ
Final Price: FREE + $1.05 overage!

1 Crystal Light Energy Drink Mix BOGO at $2.99
Used: 1- $1/1 Crystal Light Energy MQ (Mailed along with sample)
Final Price: $0.50

Total Value: $85.93

Total Saved: $73.99

Total Amount Paid: $12.96 +tax  (or $14.10)

My favorite buys this week were the strawberries and the Activia. Well, I'm also loving the cheap Stouffer's! Easy peasy dinner, all I have to do is make homemade garlic bread and a salad. Even more awesome is that I have another produce coupon for next week! Maybe I will get bananas and pears. I love fruit! With all these Fresh Takes I'm going to send some more to my mother-in-law (I gave her all 4 from last week) and buy some chicken breasts to make some easy yet yummy dinner. The crystal light are going to be my pre-workout drink- I need to beat my lame record of running 2.5 miles in 25 minutes. Hopefully it'll give me enough energy to improve my record. Well, that just about wraps my Publix trip for this week! Hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday and a great weekend!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Living a Korexican Lifestyle(and yes, I just made this word up)

People always ask me, "How is it like- being Mexican and having a Korean husband?". There are those who look down upon this but for the most part, people are just plain curious (and that's understandable!). After all, our mix isn't as common as, say, Black and White or White and Hispanic.
Well, I always tell people asking me such question that despite being two totally different races with different cultures, to me it's as if we are the same race. Of course that sounds impossible and "mooshy" to say the least. The thing is, my husband, Alex, is Americanized. He was born and raised in the States. I was brought to the U.S when I was 2 so I, also, grew up here. We are both fluent in English and our native tongue. I can read and write both languages and my husband can read and write some Korean. I have (and continue to learn as I go) learned some Korean and my husband knows enough Spanish to have a photograph/business related conversation, lol. I would say we are both as Korean/ Mexican as we are American.
Mexican and Korean cultures and foods have many similarities, actually. More than you'd think. I love the Korean culture and their cuisine! If I hadn't been born Mexican, I'd have definitely been born Korean- I can tell you that much! I love how respect is everything in Korean culture! I love how you speak to an elder and people you aren't acquainted with differently than you would a sibling or friend! That is true for Mexican culture too! We say "usted" to show respect and the verb changes as well when speaking to elders/ strangers. In Korean culture (and again, this is from what I've learned in four years) you use "yuh" most of the time but that doesn't always work that way. Sometimes the whole sentence changes. That is what makes it hard; but for the most part, you can just add "yuh" to the end and presto (that is what I love)! Anywho, so respect is a huge thing in Korean culture and that is one of the things I love about it because respect is extremely important in life. I'd say that though respect is a big thing in my culture too, Koreans place a larger emphasis on it.
When it comes to Korean and Mexican cuisines, many similarities can be found as well. When I was pregnant, my mother owned a small restaurant about 15 minutes away. My husband and I used to work the same shifts and I sent him to my mother's restaurant to get me some enchiladas from the restaurant. My mother, being the great mother-in-law that she is, packed some beef ribs for Alex. He immediately told me that Koreans had a similar dish. I tried this dish a few months later and my, oh my! I don't know how I survived without eating this before! Ghalbi is my favorite Korean dish and one of my favorite dishes period! Actually, we ate some about three days ago and I have some marinating again for tonight's dinner. Yes, that is how much I love it! I know how to make it and make it pretty darn good (the hubby will testify in my favor!). Another similarity is that we both eat very spicy. Red soups. Chili peppers on mostly everything! Yes, that is my type of food! Our "caldo or sopa de mariscos" is almost the same as "jjammbong"- minus the noodles. Our "picadillo Michoacano" is similar to "yuk gae jang" (which was my favorite Korean soup...Later replaced by "daegu tang" ). One last thing I find very similar is the Kimchi (or atleast the stuffed cucumbers or "oi sobaegi"). No, we Mexicans don't eat Kimchi but we do eat cucumbers with lime, salt and ground red peppers. The Kimchi has an acidic taste to it once it has been fermented and it is made with "gochugaru" (<--- I love this stuff!). So they taste similar but, of course, Kimchi's taste is much more strong due to the garlic (mmm!).
The funny thing about the way we eat at my house is that we mix our foods. For example, a Mexican dish with Korean rice and Kimchi. Other times, we eat a Korean meal with an "agua de piƱa" or an "agua de melon" (homemade fruit juices made with whole fruit, water, and sugar). My favorite mix is steamed, white Korean rice (or "bap") with  "tinga". Tinga is a Mexican poultry dish made with potatoes, chorizo, onions, garlic, and chipotle peppers- delish!. So when it comes to food, I have no issues eating Korean and my husband has no issues (or choice) eating Mexican. We mix it up at the Kim's!
When it comes to keeping traditions alive, I think both my husband and I find it difficult to do. This is so because being here so many years, our parents didn't always keep traditions alive. We do like the traditions, we are just not as familiar with them as we should be. For example, Koreans celebrate the 100 days after birth. With us, we wanted to do it for our son but for personal reasons ended up not doing it. I wanted to dress him in a "hanbuk" (traditional Korean outfit used in formal occasionsand have lots of yummy food and fruits! Unfortunately, we weren't able to do it. For Mexicans, we celebrate the 3rd year. We won't be doing this niether. I don't understand why it is done and we aren't big on birthdays. Growing up, we didn't celebrate Mexican holidays like "Dia de los Reyes Magos" or  even "Dia de los Muertos". None of that is familiar to me. My husband has pictures of him and his brothers in hanbuks so his parents did try to keep traditions alive. It is just hard when you, yourself, aren't familiar with such practices. It becomes almost foreign to you.
With our son, Justin, we try to expose him to all three languages and both our cultures. It is of extreme importance to us that his roots are never forgotten.
At night, when we are resting and unwinding, I don't stop to think how different we look and are. To me, we're just one item. One marriage, one family. All other interesting things we encounter are just a bonus!