Archive | February 2013

CVS Shopping Scenario Week 2/17-2/23

So this week this are what I’m planning to buy. My transactions would be different because i have ECB to used this is just a scenarios, just a guide for you…There’s some good deal that you can buy this week. If you don’t have any ECB to start with, maybe this scenarios will help you to achieve the lowest OOP.

Here is the Freebies for this week

Brookside Dark Chocolate trial size 0.8 oz $0.67 = $0.67 Ecb (limit 1)
Pay $0.67
Get back $0.67 Ecb
Final cost FREE!

If you have some free Coca Cola coupons from mycokerewards you can do this scenarios!

Transaction 1
4 12pk Coca Cola $15.00
Spend $15 on select Coke, Planters, or Hershey’s products = $5 Ecb (limit 1)
Total: $15
4 Free Coca Cola Product from mycokerewards
Pay just tax and receive $5 ECB

If you don’t have the Free Coca Cola coupons you can do this instead

Deal Scenario #2:
Buy 2 Hershey’s pouches 7-11 oz 2/$6
Buy 2 Planters mixed nuts 10.3 oz or cashew halves 8 oz 2/$8
Buy 1 Coke 2 liter bottles $1
Total = $15
Use the $1/2 Hershey’s Stand-Up Bags of Hershey’s Drops, Hershey’s with Almonds Pieces, Reese’s Pieces, Reese’s Minis or Rolo Minis 8-10.5 oz coupon found in the 1/20 SS
Use 2 $1/1 Planters product coupon found in the 1/27 SS
Pay $13
Get back $5 Ecb

Transaction 2
Buy 3 Clean and Clear Essentials foaming Facial Cleanser 8oz $4.49 (based on online price)
Buy 3 Clean and Clear Product receive $10 ECB
1 $1/1 Clean and Clear found here
2 $1/1 Clean and Clear found here
Use the $5 ECB from transaction number 1
Pay $2.46
Get Back $10.00 ECB plus the $13.47 will add on your Beauty club credit.

Transactions 3:
Spend $20 on all Aquaphor or Eucerin = $10 Ecb (limit 1)
Buy 4 Eucerin Enriched Lotion Plus Intensive Repair lotions 4.2 oz $4.99 (based on online price)
Total = $19.96
Use 4 $2/1 Eucerin Product coupons found in the 2/10 RP
Use $10 ECB from transaction number 2
Pay $1.96
Get back $10 ECB plus the $19.96 will add on your beauty club credit.

So if you did this 3 transactions your OOP is $17.42, and you will end up with $10 ECB for the next week sale. $7.42 for everything! Just keep in mind that if you have ECB or $4 off $20 or $10 off $50 just make sure that you purchase enough to meet the coupon requirements. Let me know if you have any question.

We know Springs is coming when…….

I know that spring is coming when I see the geese migrating again. They heading up north! So that means, Spring is coming! Today after lunch, we decided to go sight seeing downtown. The weather is pretty decent to go out and do something. We were just driving along the Riverside Avenue, and Max our little doxie, start whining! He saw a flock of geese, wandering around the side of the river. It’s not just a 100 Geese, its like 300 or more. They all just wandering around the riverfront. I looked around where I can park, we all get off of the truck, Max start chasing the geese and they all starting to fly away. And this is some pictures that I took…








After spending some times on the riverfront, we started to head back home. Driving along the Riverside Avenue, I saw a big bird flying around, like half mile from where we are. So I stopped again. Parked the truck. I’m thinking that it is a bald eagle, soaring around. It’s been 2 years now since we had known that there’s a group of bald eagles in our area. And since then, we always on the lookout and unfortunately, we never spotted them. But today, all stars align and we spotted them. Its was really cool seeing the bald eagle soaring about 400 ft from we are parked.

Im thinking that these Bald Eagle is still a juvie, like 2-3 years old. So they don’t have the white head yet!



And then while watching the young bald eagle, there’s another adult eagle coming from the right, it’s kinda like I’m watching an airshow! And as you can see, the eagle from the right had a white head and white tail. I need to get a better close up pictures. But for now, I’m really happy and excited about it!




Walgreens Shopping Trip 2/15

I came in with $58.50 RR, I have $28 Walgreens Gift cards. This is my final trip for this week sale. I bought this stuff yesterday. And this is the only time I get around on posting my trip. I made 40 transactions and it took me 1 hour to checkout. I’m so glad that the $2/1 Chloraseptic IVC coupons is working when I went yesterday. This is what I bought.


20 Chloraseptic $3.99 each
Buy 1 Get $3 RR
20 Campbell’s Soup $2 each
Buy 2 Get $1.50 RR
20 Fiber Choice $2.79 each
Buy 1 Get $4RR
6 Sally Hansen Crackle $5 each
Buy 2 Get 2000 Balance Points
4 Sally Hansen Gem Crush
Buy 2 Get 2000 Balance Points
2 Wet n wild Clear base coat
2 Wet n Wild Nail polish
3 Wet n Wild Eye liner
9 Poise
23 Pencil ( in clearance and I used this as a filler)
6 Mitchum $3 each
Buy 2 Get $4RR
6 Newspaper from last week.
4 W Hand Sanitizer
1/2 gallon of Deans Milk
3 Oreo
2 Ritz
3 Saltine
5 Tuna
1 One direction fake nail


I spent $12.37 for tax and $8.85 for the subtotal. Which $21.22 is my overall OOP. I used my GC to paid for it. And I earned 10000 Balance points and I have $86 RR remaining!

Sweet and Sour Chicken

When it comes to Chinese recipes, there are a few very popular–and basic–cooking methods, and one of it is definitely sweet and sour.

I love sweet and sour flavors. Sweet and sour sauce goes extremely well with plain white rice; it also “opens up” your appetite.

Today, I am sharing my sweet and sour chicken recipe with you. Sweet and sour chicken is a simple recipe that is friendly to most people regardless of your national origin. The key to a great sweet and sour chicken is that you don’t want your chicken to soak and swim in the sweet and sour sauce like what most Chinese restaurants do. The sauce should lightly coat the fried chicken cubes so they don’t turn soggy. Another secret is the use of baking soda in the frying batter, which does a great job in giving the battered fried chicken an extra crunch. Try it and let me know how your sweet and sour chicken turns out!



8 oz. boneless and skinless chicken breast (cut into bite-size cubes)
1 tablespoon shaoxing wine (optional)
1 green bell pepper (seeds removed and cut into squares)
1 stalk scallion (cut into 2-inch lengths)
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
Oil for frying


4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons corn starch
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Sweet and Sour Sauce:

3 tablespoons ketchup
3 tablespoons chili sauce (Lingam hot sauce)
1 teaspoon plum sauce
1/2 teaspoon Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon Chinese rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon oyster sauce
3 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon corn starch
3 dashes white pepper powder
2 tablespoons oil


Cut the chicken breast meat into bite-size cubes and marinate with 1 tablespoon of wine for 10 minutes. Mix the batter in a bowl and add the chicken cubes into the batter. Mix the sweet and sour sauce in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat up cooking oil in a wok and deep fry the chicken cubes. (Shake off the extra batter before frying). Transfer the chicken out on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the excess oil. Transfer the cooking oil out and leave only 2 tablespoons oil in the wok.

Add garlic and saute the garlic until light brown and then follow by the green bell peppers. Stir-fry until you smell the aroma. Add the sweet and sour sauce into the wok and bring it to boil. Toss in the chicken, add the chopped scallions, do a few quick stirs, dish out and serve immediately with steamed white rice.


Recipe Courtesy by rasamalaysia

Crock Pot Pepper Steak

Who doesn’t love Asian Food? With the Chinise New Year start tomorrow, I wanted to share one of my favorite food to eat! My version of Pepper Steak, compiled from several different recipes on the web and adjusted to taste and what I had in the fridge! This is a “runnier” version as opposed to a thicker sauce, it’s great for dunking! Nice winter comfort food on a cold day. It’s bitter cold outside and I Meade this today. Try it! And you will love it!


2 lbs boneless beef chuck steaks
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 yellow onion, sliced in rings
1 green pepper, julienned
1 red pepper, julienned
1 fresh tomato, diced
1 teaspoon brown sugar


Cut chuck steak into julienned strips, sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and saute with the chopped garlic and pepper flakes in the tablespoon of olive oil until lightly browned.

Transfer the chuck steak to a large crock pot.

Mix the 3 tablespoons of flour with the beef broth and pour on top of meat.

Add the Teriyaki sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tomato and brown sugar.

Stir well and cook on high for two hours.

After two hours of cooking on high, add the onion and peppers, turn heat down to low and cook for an additional 1 1/2 hours.

Serve over rice or buttered egg noodles.


Safe Haven


An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to love again, Safe Haven is based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author behind the hit films The Notebook and Dear John. When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.


Did you watch the movie last V-Day? or this weekend? If not, it’s worth of watching. Been waiting to see this movie, and I’m so blown away. The actor Josh Duhamel, really portray the character of Alex. Even Julianne Hough! A great pair! If you read the book, like me. Both book and movie is really good! There’s some changes made, but its really a good movie.


My 2nd Shopping trip at CVS

Went to CVS tonight. I’m wanting to buy the Conair Hot Rollers. I wander around the store. There’s 2 types of hot rollers but the price tag is for the normal price. So I left the aisle and moved on. And then, I went back on the aisle where the hot rollers is, I grabbed the 3 boxes. I looked around the shelves. And then I noticed that on the bottom of the yellow sale tag sticker is another clearance tag for 75% off. Jackpot! I’m so excited about this trip. Because as you know I already bought some curling iron this week. I already earned the ECB. But on my surprise I receive another $15 ECB from Conair I don’t know why. I’m way too excited about this trip. I have $67 ECB and $63.30 gift card balance I have 10 off $50 (survey) and $4 off $20 (mcm). The manager let me use both $ off in the same transactions. I did 1 transactions and this is what I got: 212.08


3 Sprite $10.00
1 Planters $3.49
1 Simple Pleasure $3.00
2 Revlon Deluxe Clipper $5.98
Buy 2 Get $7 ECB (RC with limit 6)
2 Revlon Deluxe Clipper $2.98
Buy 2 Get $7 ECB (RC with limit 6)
4 Cella’s Cherries $5.96
2 Poise Feminine Wash 7.98
1 Turbie $5.99
2 Conair Ionic Hot Rollers $21.98
1 Conair Instant hot Rollers $6.87
Total: $74.23

Coupon Used:
$10 off $50
$4 off $20
$41 ECB
1 $3 off Poise CVS coupons
2 Free Sprite (deducted 4.99 each)
$1.50/1 Simple Pleasure
$1/1 Planters
2 $3/1 Poise
Subtotal: -$2.25
Tax: $2.63
OOP: $0.38 – paid with the GC.

I received 2 $7 ECB from Revlon (rc), $5 ECB from Sprite,Planters and Simple Pleasure, $15 ECB from Conair.
According to my receipt I saved $212.08 today. I ended up with $60 ECB remaining and $62.92 GC balance. Yay!