Savvy Student Shopper’s Trips to Safeway and CVS 3/4


No one told me in high school how much free time I really had and then when I got to college I was quite shocked at the increased workload. Fast forward 3.5 years later, I’m working at least 50-55 hours every week, plus trying to maintain the household, coupon, garden, raise chickens, thrift shop, and attempt to get back into some of my favorite hobbies. It’s exhausting! Couponing is still a priority of mine so I still try to grab deals weekly! I seriously do not know how people afford not to coupon nowadays. My shopping list is dictated by deals! How do other people do it?! As long as I have a shopping schedule, I’m much more likely to stick to it. By going to Safeway every Sunday morning, for example, I set up a nice little routine. Pictured above was last Sunday’s Safeway trip. Some highlights were the $0.49 Fresh Express kits, FREE Fiber One fruit snacks, $0.49 Mott’s, and $0.09 Angel Soft. I think my total was around $19 (thanks to meat, bread, Cheezits and Brownie Brittle).


I went to CVS twice already this week to finish out that great Neutrogena deal! I was fortunate enough to get 6 soaps (without evening clearing the shelf) but when I went to finish the deal (I didn’t realize I only needed to buy one more product to get $10 back until I got home), two stores were sold out of them. I grabbed the face wash instead and still ended up with a money maker and 2 free tote bags. The first picture shows my first trip where I paid about $2. I used up MQs and CVSQs on clearance Easter candy! I went the following day (picture #2) and paid just $0.20 and got a $10 ECB back. Not bad!


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Savvy Shopper’s Updates (Couponing, Gardening, Chickens & More!)

This is been the longest blogging break I have taken since I started blogging in 2010 (has it really been that long?). Things have been absolutely crazy here. I graduated in December, went on many vacations, and then started working. I work 50-60 hour weeks and when you tack on my commutes and sleeping, I have virtually no free time ever. I set aside Tuesday nights at 10 PM to catch the new Teen Mom (why is that show so addicting?). Multiple days go by each week where I don’t even open my laptop, which is absolutely crazy coming from the girl who used to be on it non-stop. I’m no complaining though, as I am so thankful to have a job, but it’s tiring. Most of the time, I don’t even have time to shave my legs, let alone blog! I really hope to be able to add at least a few new posts each week so I can stay connected to the great readers I had. I want to keep everyone updated on my shopping trips, my garden, the chickens, and my thrifting. I might even be able to throw in some good deals here and there. I highly, highly recommend you join the Savvy Shopper’s Group on Facebook. It is much easier for me to share on there, you can ask questions at any time. We share Swagbucks codes, our shopping trips, and anything else.

As you can see, the blog really needs a new lift. As of December, I am no longer a student so some things need to be updated. Nerdboy, the boyfriend and techie behind the blog, will work on it once he finds some free time. He’s still in school and working and he seems to have less free time than I do.



I’ve been couponing every week! As long as I stay on a routine I can get things done. CVS has been really sucky since Black Friday, do you agree? We used to walk out of there with free Gilette razors and money makers all the time. Now we’re lucky if we see one measily freebie each week. Maybe I’m being greedy, but the deals have been so slow. My mom has been doing ShopRite each week (Glen Burnie, MD ShopRite is still doubling $1 coupons) and we usually go to Safeway for a small trip when we can. My goal is to start posting my shopping trips, at the very least. I also need to update everyone on thrifting, chickens and the garden!


I got these shoes at Value Village for $13. They are practically new. I’ve been looking for a pair of shoes just like this for years and finally found a pair that my cheap butt would buy 😉


Some stuff Nerdboy picked up for me!


This was a GREAT thrifting day in February.

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Probably about a third of my collection of Vintage Pyrex

I still continue to thrift every week. Now that I’m not going to school, I’m far from my favorite thrift shops that I used to frequent. Nerdboy so graciously goes for me every once in awhile. I go to flea markets when possible (snow and cold make this difficult). I pick up Pyrex as much as I can. I collect vintage Pyrex for my personal collection, which has grown SO MUCH over the years and I also pick up stuff to resell. I have a pretty good eye for things I can flip and make a buck off of, whether it be Pyrex that I don’t personally collect, other vintage kitchen items, or even kid’s toys. I use money that I make from my personal sales (whether it be reselling items I thrift or make/craft) to pay for all of my expenses. I use Paypal for selling, so all my profit lies in my Paypal account. I use a Paypal Debit card (highly reccomend) for all my purchases so it’s a great cushion to have. I haven’t had to touch the money out of my actual bank account for months, probably a year, with the exception of student loans that I pay off in large chunks from my paychecks. If you’re into the Instagram thing and don’t mind pictures of my thrift finds (mainly Pyrex), chickens, and me selling stuff (yes, mainly Pyrex or old stuff), follow me @brandilabarre. I even post my shopping trips sometimes!


Tilling my garden

The chickens are doing well. If you remember from the Fall, Luna (our littlest Barred Rock) wasn’t doing well. She was so sick that she lived in my bedroom for a month or so. We nursed her back to health and she has been living outside since December. She’s still a bit slow and will not hang out with the other girls. Luckily they don’t really pick on her anymore, but they certainly aren’t friends. When they sleep at night, Bonnie, Biscuit, and Ginger all snuggle together and Luna is by herself at least 2 feet away. Poor girl, but she’s hanging in there. Only two chickens are laying eggs. I think the cold weather and shorter days convinced Ginger and Luna to stop laying this winter. Bonnie and Biscuit lay an egg almost every single day. They rock! I hope the other girls step it up since it’s March already! Now that the snow is melted, they get to play outside as much as possible. They till my garden all up and that makes me so happy (until I have plants in there)! We’re still talking about bringing some new babies into the coop in coming months.

As far as gardening goes, it has officially started for 2014! I got seeds planted already and my lemon and lime trees are here in Maryland. I planted lettuce, spinach and green onion seeds in pots. It’s still a bit nippy here, but I’m hoping they’ll grow. The left half of my garden is looking really good. Last year it was filled with a good bit of yummy compost, I just recently added some horse manure that I got for free off Craigslist months ago from a lady 3 minutes away (thank you, ma’am!), and I’ve been constantly tossing in the mess from the chicken coop. The right side of the garden still needs a lot of work. I’m thinking of adding 3 raised beds and filling with good dirt and more manure because I’ve struggled with that sandy soil for just too long. I’ll update with more pictures when I can.

So, if you got through all that, I just want to say thank you for sticking with me. I thought I was busy when I was in school, but working is just so much more time consuming. I headed out for another vacation next week, but I’ll hopefully stay in touch from now on 🙂


New $1.50 off Robitussin Coupon = Just $1.99 at CVS (Print Coupons Now!)


$1.50 off Any New Robitussin

I just mentioned this new coupon for $1.50 off Any New Robitussin (inlcudes Robitussin DM Max Liquid Filled Capsules 20 ct, Robitussin DM Max Nighttime 8 oz or Robitussin DM Nighttime 4 oz). If you’re a CVS shopper, print the coupon now and hold for the week of 1/26!

Buy 2 Dimetapp 4 oz, Robitussin 20 ct or 4 oz liquid, Advil Congestion Relief, Allergy & Congestion Relief 10 ct or Cold & Sinus 20 ct $4.99 
Use 2 $1.50 off Any New Robitussin
Get a $3 ECB back (Limit 1)
Final Cost = $3.98, just $1.99 each!

Thanks Hip2Save!

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Savvy Student Shopper – Updates: Vermont to Florida, Publix, CVS, and Citrus Tress!


The Savvy Student Shopper survived skiing and negative temperatures in Vermont last week and is now spending time in Florida!


Yesterday was pretty rainy so we went shopping! I went to CVS (twice this week) and to Publix! Publix is similar to an amusement park for any seasoned couponer. No matter the week, there’s always a super deal (or 15) there! Their BOGO sales allow you to use 2 coupons per pair, there are many, many Publix store coupons for extra savings, plus most of their stores accept competitor coupons, and some even double Manufacturer’s coupons. You just can’t go wrong shopping at Publix. I wish they were in Maryland! I spent about $14 on everything pictured above.

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Before leaving for Florida, I went to CVS to grab some deals. I think I paid just about tax for the items above. Christmas clearance was 90% (inlcuding candy) so I grabbed the Hershey’s Kisses for $0.39 — score! I got $10 back from the Bayer Contour, $4 from Sundown, $5 from PediaCare, and $3 from Colgate.

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And then when I got to Florida, I grabbed 6 packs of Tena ($9 money maker!!) and my mom wanted those Green Tea diet pills. They were $19.29 each originally, but I think we got them all for like $12 after coupons, ECBs, and overage from the Tena. I have absolutely no faith in those pills (or that entire section of ‘As Seen on TV’, ‘Dr. Oz sponsored’, or ‘Jillian Micheal’s’ products for that matter) but she has been wanting to buy them. The instruction booklet that comes in the box gives you a 2 week diet and exercise plan to follow. Mom said the reviews on their website were great (well, obviously) but she’s also not understanding that the pills aren’t magic and the results are only shown in the people who follow their diet and exercise routine for an extended period of time. She has zero intentions of following their suggested plan. Oh well. At least she didn’t pay full price for them, right?

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This morning also started off kind of rainy so instead of heading to the pool, we spent the afternoon at the huge flea market nearby. It’s mostly indoors and it’s mostly filled with junk. I’m a flea market junkie and this is not my kind of flea market. It’s filled with new stuff, cheap plastic toys, refurbished laptops, fake jewelry, As Seen on TV items, leopard print leggings, foot massagers, body vibrators, Bath Fitter’s salesmen, and items from a drug store that closed 11 years ago. But, there’s a great aisle that’s filled of produce and at least half of it is local. We like to get oranges, strawberries, peppers, tomatoes and herbs. I also found a nice man that was selling plants. I purchased a Meyer Lemon and Lime tree (technically it’s a centennial kumquat tree, but he said they just taste like limes) from him for $12 each. I’ve been eyeing up a Meyer Lemon tree that I was going to buy online but that would have run around $100 shipped, so I figured I’d buy it here and save the money. I fly back to Maryland next week, but my grandparents will drive my trees home when they come back to Maryland in April. The trees will enjoy their Florida weather more than Maryland weather anyway. Both varieties are pretty cold tolerant so I’m hoping they’ll survive back home, but I’ll bring them inside for the winter next year. Both trees already have baby fruit on them. I’m pretty excited to add some new fruit to my back yard! I have 2 varieties of apples, a cherry tree, mulberry tree, blueberry bush, strawberries, blackberry and black raspberry vines, and now citrus!

And that’s all for tonight! Time to get some sleep because there’s another (better) flea market I’d like to hit in the morning before we spend the day poolside.

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HOT BOGO Free Nivea for Men Facial Care Coupon

BOGO Nivea for Men Facial Care

Coupons.com just released this HOT coupon for BOGO Nivea for Men Facial Care!

I would print this out quick if I were you because this one never lasts long! I would suggest using this coupon for Nivea drugstore deals!

CVS: My Favorite Deals 11/24 – 11/27!


Here are the CVS deals for the week of November 24 – 27, 2013! Good luck and have fun, my friends!

Hershey’s Holiday Kisses or miniatures 7.8-8.5oz Buy 1 get 1 Free
Buy 2 Hershey’s Holiday Kisses $4.39 each (based on online price)
Use the $2.50/2 Hershey’s Kisses CVS Store coupon found here (watch video and share with friends)
And use the $1.10 off TWO Holiday Bags of HERSHEY’S Chocolate
Final Cost = $0.79,  just $0.40/ bag!

Buy 1 Glade Plug In Scented Oil Warmer at $1.25, Get $1.25 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1.00 off any Glade PlugIns Scented Oil warmer
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 Visine at $5.49, Get $4 ECB (Limit 1)
Use $4/1 printable
Free after coupons and ECBs

Buy 1 Children’s Advil 7 oz at $2.37, Get $2.37 after ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1.50/1 printable 
Free after coupons and ECBs

Buy 2 Sparkle Single Paper Towel at $1, Get $1 ECB (Limit 1)
Free after ECB

Buy 1 Hersheys Single at $0.79, Get $0.79 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 Hersheys Theater Box 4-6 oz at $0.99, Get $0.99 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 Kraft Mac & Cheese at $0.99, Get $0.99 after ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 Ricola Extra Strength Cough Drop 4 ct at $0.99, Get $0.99 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 Advil Film Coated 4 ct at $0.99, Get $0.99 after ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 CVS Panty Liners 12 ct at $0.99, Get $0.99 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 CVS Training Pants 2 ct or Ultra Soft Cleansing Wipes 12 ct at $0.99 , Get $0.99 after ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 5 Gum 15 ct. at $1, Get $1 ECB (Limit 1)
Free after ECB

Buy 1 Orbit 14 ct gum at $1, Get $1 ECB (Limit 1)
Free after ECB

Buy 1 Home Laundry Detergent 20 oz at $1.79, Get $1.79 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 GUM Toothbrush 2 pack at $2, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 Listerine Original, Cool Mint, Fresh Burst or Zero 500 mL or Pocketpacks 72 ct at $2.99, Get $2.99 ECBs (Limit 2)
Free after ECBs (you may have $2/1 coupons for the pocketpacks in your coupons)

Buy 2 Starbucks Refreshers 12 oz or DoubleShot at $1.50, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 CVS Anti-Diarrheal 12 ct at $4, Get $4 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 Mycratine Migraine Relief 2 oz at $4.99, Get $4.99 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 Rescue Remedies Stress Relief at $7.79 , Get $7.79 after ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 CVS Probiotic 15 doses at $9.99, Get $9.99 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 CVS True Diabetis Meter at $12.99, Get $12.99 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 Colgate Multi pack Toothpaste or Toothbrush (Prices starting at $3.19), Get $3 ECBs Limit 2
$0.19 after ECBs

Buy 1 Chex Mix or Gardettos at $1.99, Get $1 ECB Limit 1
$0.99 after ECBs

Buy 1 Gillette Venus or Fusion Proglide Razor 1 ct at $5.99, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
$0.99 after ECBs

Buy 1 Right Guard Total Defense Xtreme Deodorant at $2.99, Get $2 ECBs Limit 1
Use $2/2 printable
And/or get $1 back from SavingStar
$0.99 after coupon and ECBs

$75 in iTunes Gift Cards, Get $20 ECBs Limit 1

Pepsi Products 2-Liters – $0.69 Limit 5

Buy 1 Gum Toothbrush 2 pk. at $2, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Mars Single Candy Bar at $0.75, Get $.75 ECB Limit 1
Free after ECB

 Thanks to Passionate Penny Pincher for the list!


High Value $3/1 Nature Made VitaMelts Coupon = Money Maker at CVS (Starting 11/17!)


$3.00 off Any One Nature Made Vitamelts
Make sure you print this coupon NOW because starting November 17th at CVS, you’ll score a money maker!

$3.00 off Any One Nature Made Vitamelts

All Nature Made VitaMelts $6.99 
Use the $3.00 off Any One Nature Made Vitamelts
Get a $5 ECB Back (Limit 1)
Final cost = FREE + a $1.01 Money Maker!

Thanks Hip2Save!


New BOGO M&M’s Pretzel Coupon! – Print for Sales! $0.16 at CVS!

BOGO M&M'S Brand Pretzel Chocolate Candies

Yummy! You might want to head on over and print this coupon for BOGO M&M’S Brand Pretzel Chocolate Candies. We’ll be seeing a bunch of holiday candy sales, so keep your eye out.

Pretzel M&M’s are on sale Buy 2 Get 1 FREE at CVS this week through 11/16. Buy 6 bags and pay just $0.16 a bag!

Thanks Wild for CVS!


High Value $1.50 off Planter’s Nuts Coupon!

$1.50 off 1 PLANTERS Nuts Fall or Winter Canister


There’s a great new coupon for $1.50 off 1 PLANTERS Nuts Fall or Winter Canister! Keep your eye out for sales at your local stores. Nuts make excellent additions to Christmas gifts and this coupon is very high value!

CVS has their peanuts on sale for $3 starting 11/10. IF you store carries the Fall/Winter canister, you’ll score them for $1.50 a can, which is awesome!

Savvy Student Shopper’s CVS Trip 11/3


I forgot to post my CVS trip earlier this week, but late is better than never! None of the bigger deals ended up meeting my deals, but this is what I scored!

  • CVS paper towels = FREE
  • Dial Hand Soap = $0.50 after ECB!
  • Swisse Vitaminds = $0.99 after ECB and coupons!
  • Gillette = $0.23 Money Maker after ECB!
  • Nips $0.88

I paid just $0.58 after using some Extra Care Bucks. I got $10 in ECBs back!