Thrifty Thursday: Thanksgiving on a budget!

I’m not cooking the main Thanksgiving meal this year, but I thought I’d share the things I’ve gotten to show that Thanksgiving on a budget IS possible:

Total out of pocket for a Thanksgiving meal that would include: turkey, stuffing, rice stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, rolls, a veggie tray, and pumpkin pie is $22.86.

*16 pound turkey – free at Kroger (got a home mailer coupon for a free turkey)
*Stuffing – $1/each (did 10/$10 deal @ Kroger)
*Brown minute rice – $1.89 @ Kroger (used .40/1 coupon that doubled)
*Beef bouillon cubes – free @ CVS (used ECBs to pay for it)
*Celery – for stuffing and veggie tray – $1.25 @ Kroger
*Baby carrots – for veggie tray – $1.25 @ Kroger
*2 Cucumbers for veggie tray – $.99/each @ Kroger
(Used $1/$4 vegetable purchase coupon on veggies)
*Cauliflower for veggie tray – $.33 @ Target (w/ $1 Target coupon)
*Broccoli for veggie tray – $.33 @ Target (w/ $1 Target coupon)
*Olives – $1 during Kroger mega sale
*Sour cream for ranch dip for veggie tray – .45 @ Kroger (bought during Mega sale, used .35/1 coupon that tripled)
*Hidden Valley ranch dip mix – $1 (could have got the Kroger brand for cheaper, but I love the Hidden Valley ranch brand)
*Green beans – 2/$1 @ Kroger
*Cream of mushroom soup – .70/each @ Kroger (during 10/$10 sale w/ .30/3 coupon)
*French’s onions – $1.50 ($2.25 @ Kroger and used .75/1 coupon)
*5 lb bag of potatoes (for mashed potatoes) – $3.49 @ Kroger
*Mrs. Schubert’s rolls – $1.69 (Used $.50/1 coupon that doubled)
*Cranberry sauce – $1
*Libby’s pumpkin – .50 (used $1/2 coupon @ Walgreens)
*Nestle Carnation Evaporated milk – FREE @ Kroger during Mega sale
*Betty Crocker pie crust – $1.50 (used $1 coupon)
*Cool Whip – $1 (purchased on sale @ Kroger)

And….this is why I love CVS! I started doing the CVS Thanksgiving Day deals at midnight. I actually got there at 10:45, which was good because they were already wiped out of several items (including the Bic razors), and by midnight, the store was packed. I went to two other stores this morning to finish out the deals. I ended up with $360+ worth of stuff (this is based on the sale prices, not regular retail prices) and the total amount I spent was $2.57 (one store would not let my ECBs cover the tax).

So, if you’re new to “CVSing” or thinking about getting started and wondering if it’s worth it, the answer is definitely YES!

Build a Bear Deal – This deal is no longer working :(

This was found on Slick Deals:

Build-A-Bear super hot deal!

$40.00 worth of giftcards for $25.00

1. Put three $10 gift cards into your cart

2.. The cart page will have a message about adding in an additional $10 GC for only $5, add that.

3. Continue on to checkout and add coupon code: 93304. That will take $10 off your order

Total is $25 shipped for $40 in gift cards

My CVS Thanksgiving Day Scenarios!

TRANSACTION #1: (all of these items are FREE after ECBs)
Buy 2 Colgate Total Advanced – $2.99/each
$1.50/1 printable here:

Buy 1 Johnsons Soft Lotion – $5.69/each
$1/1 printable here:;jsessionid=RGSWcQo88mBqHBwdxeMXIh-KiPU

Buy 1 Hershey’s King Size bars – $1/each

Buy 2 Bic Soleil razors – $5.99/each
$3 off coupon from 11/2 SS insert

Buy 1 Garnier Nutritioniste cleansing cloths – $5.99
$1 off coupon from 8/24, 9/14, or 11/9 RP inserts

Buy 1 5 hour energy drink – $3.99

Buy 1 Phillips headphones – $6.99

Buy 1 CoverGirl Smoothers – $5.99
$1/1 from 10/12 and 11/2 P&G inserts

Buy 2 Gatorade G2 – $1.49/each

Total before coupons: $50.59
Use: $10/50 CVS CRT, 2 $1.50 Colgate coupons, $1 Johnsons coupon, 2 $3 Bic Soleil coupon, $1 Garnier coupon, $1 CoverGirl coupon

Spend $28.59 (in ECBs), get $50.59 – $22 moneymaker!

2 Aussie products – $2.99 (free after ECBs)
$1 Aussie coupon from 10/12 PG insert

1 Gatorade G2 – $1.49/each (free after ECBs)

2 LOreal Colour Juice sheer lipgloss – $6.99/each (free after ECBs)
$1 off from 11/2 V insert
$1 off printable here: (register)
1 Phillips headphones – $6.99 (free after ECBs)

1 Sally Hansen nail polish – $3.79 (free after ECBs)

1 CoverGirl Smoothers – $7.99 (free after ECBs)
$1/1 from 10/12 and 11/2 P&G inserts

1 Playtex tampons – $3.99 (earns $3 ECB)
$1 coupon from 10/5 SS
$1 printable here:

Quattro Titanium razor – $7.99 (earns $6 ECB)
$2 printable coupon from the link on the right side of the blog
$4 from December All You

Total before coupons: $52.2
Use: 2 $1 Aussie coupon, 2 $1 LOreal coupons, $1 CoverGirl coupon, $1 Playtex CRT, $1 Playtex coupon, $4 Quattro coupon

Spend $41.20, earn $49.22…$8.02 moneymaker!

Total profit in ECBs: $30.02

TRANSACTION #3: (How I’m spending my “profit”)
Rival 5 quart crock pot – $19.99 (earns $9.99 ECBs)
4 toys priced at $9.99 (BOGO free)

Spend $39.97 in ECBs, earn $9.99

So, I will get $140+ of stuff for FREE 🙂 THIS is why I love CVS!

Instant Win Wednesday: Johnsons, groceries, Steak ‘N Shake

Steak ‘n Shake: Shake it Spin It, Win game:

Johnson’s for You: Escape Everyday Stress:

Hellman’s $10,000 Grocery Giveaway:

Games from previous weeks:

Tip of the Day Tuesday: More places to find coupons

Write to the manufacturers of your favorite product

Do you have a product that you LOVE and can never seem to find coupons for? Try contacting the manufacturer to tell them how you feel about their product. Most companies have a “contact us” link and you can easily just e-mail them. I have gotten some great (and even free) coupons by doing this. The coupons usually have late expiration dates, too! It only takes a few minutes, but it is so worth it!

Check the packaging of those free samples

Each Friday, I post ‘Freebie Friday’ items. Make sure you check the packaging because they usually include coupons with the free sample items.

Check the database

Hot Coupon World has a GREAT database of coupons (including online coupons). It’s a great resource! If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, it doesn’t hurt to Google it to see if there are any printable coupons available.

Other online resources
The other day I was searching for coupons and came across I use all of the time, but I had forgotten about There are some great coupons there, too! Also, don’t forget to check out manufacturer websites. You would be surprised by how many coupons you can find there! Look for the “special offers,” “coupons” or “promotions” link to access them!