Cincinnati Zoo: Visitor Appreciation Days

We took the opportunity this past weekend to enjoy the zoo and see the new African Safari exhibit. I have to admit that it was a beautiful park-like setting. While it is now open, don’t believe that it is complete yet.

These pictures were actually taken this winter. Our trip this past weekend was spur of the moment type deal, and I didn’t grab my camera. We are blessed to have been given a family pass to the zoo, which allows us to make these types of family outings. If you don’t have a pass to the zoo, then you are in luck! August 23,24, and 25 (2013) the Cincinnati Zoo is offering half price admission and parking for visitor appreciation! I hope you take advantage of the offer 🙂

Walgreens: Huggies on sale $3.99-$5.49

While I cloth diaper for the majority of the time I do like to have disposables on hand as well. The church workers appreciate it and it is nice for long(er) trips. So I am excited that Walgreen’s is having such a good sale on Huggies this week! Here are the deals:

Huggies Little Movers Slip On diapers (on sale w/ card) $9.49
$2 off Huggies Little Movers Slip On (In store coupon)
$2 off Huggies Little Movers Slip On (coupons.com)
Total: $5.49

Huggies Natural Wipes (on sale w/card) $5.99
$2 off Huggies Naturals (In Store coupon)
Total: $3.99

Do you shop at Walgreen’s? How much do you typically spend on diapers?

Target: Free School Supplies and other deals

So Target is quickly becoming my favorite store. I mean it was already my favorite store, but it is really becoming my favorite store, if you know what I mean. It has taken me a little bit to understand how coupons work with Target, so I am going to share what I have learned.

1. Target allows 1 manufacture coupon + 1 Target coupon per item.
2. On top of these coupons you can use Target Cartwheel to get an extra 5%-30% off
3. If you have a Target credit card you get another 5% off. Don’t want a credit card? No problem you can register your bank card with Target to still get the extra 5% off.

This ladies and gentlemen adds up to significant savings. Sometimes even free items! As always plan your trip ahead as much as possible. Here are today’s deals and steals from my trip to Target:

2   Method dish soap (sale) $2.96/each
1   Method Glass Cleaner    $2.99
1   Method Bathroom Cleaner $2.99
5% off Target Cartwheel -(.30)
Buy 3 get 1 free Target online coupon- (2.96)
Total: $8.64 for all 4 Method products
 
 2 (24ct) Up&Up Crayons  $0.25/each
 2 (10ct) Up&Up Markers  $0.75/each
 2 Up& Up Colored pencil sets $0.75/each
 (2) Buy 2 Up& Up school supplies listed get 24 ct Up& Up crayons free (Target online coupon)
 (2) $1.50/2 any Up& Up school supplies (Target online coupon)
  Total: FREE
 4 Mead 5 Star Portfolio Folders $0.50/each
 (2) $1/2 any Mead Five Star Products (Target online coupon)
 Total : Free
3 (10ct) Bic Crystal Pens $0.99/eac
$1.00 off any Bic Stationary products coupon (paper from 2 Sunday’s ago)
$1.50 off any 2 Bic Stationary products (Target online coupon)
Total: $0.50 for all 3 packs
4 boxes of Quaker granola bars (8 ct) $2/each
(2) $1/2  Quaker products -($2.00) (Target online coupon)
Total: $6.00
                      
 Target Backpack (on sale) $9.00
 $5 off any back pack when you buy 4 Quaker products (Target online coupon)

 Total: $4.00

So what good deals have you found this week?

Girl’s Night on a Dime

One thing that almost all women need is bonding time with their girl friends. A chance to let loose, talk to your hearts content and just be. In this hectic society that we live in finding time and money to make this happen can be difficult. Whether you are married, single, working, not working, we women need to have connection with our friends.

I had been having a blah day, just tired and over emotional. Nothing happened to cause it to be a bad day and in all honesty it wasn’t a bad day. I spent the afternoon exchanging text messages with a friend who was also having some stuff going on in her life. I sensed that we both needed some time away. So with a few quick phone calls to hubbies we arranged to go out.

It wasn’t anything glamorous but it was fun and well needed. We headed out to my gym where we soaked our worries away in the hot whirlpool, chatting and laughing. Then enjoyed (separate) hot showers. If you are a mother, you can understand how priceless it is to have a shower with out children interrupting. If you are married you also understand how wonderful it is to get a hot shower (and you didn’t even have to race your spouse to get it!) Actually that is one of the things I love most about my gym, I look forward to my showers after working out, it feels like a reward!

Afterwards we headed to Starbucks for a drink. Aside from the amount of gas to drive, that was the only money we spent, less than $4 each. We didn’t need to go shopping or out to eat, honestly if it wasn’t so late I don’t think we would have gone to Starbucks so we could continue talking. Both of us ended the night feeling completely refreshed having a chance to just get away from all the responsibilities that our lives entail. For me at least it gave me renewed energy to face the rest of the week.

What do you enjoy doing when you hang out with your friends? Do you find that you spend a lot of money when you hang out with them?