Crazy 8’s $3.99 and Up Semi-Annual Sale!

Woo hoo – it’s time for $3.99 and up Semi-Annual Sale at Crazy 8! I wait for these sales every year to stock up on clothes for Lucy – you can’t beat the prices!

I’m loving this adorable bikini, which is only $5.99! I don’t think I’ve seen a bathing suit priced that low yet this season!

crazy 8 bikini


And, this super cute stripe knit skirt is only $2.99! $2.99!!!! I am totally getting this for Lucy. She wears nothing but skirts and dresses!

crazy 8 stripe knit skirt


On the boys side, there are a bunch of t-shirts ranging from $3.99-$5.99. I am loving this striped tee!

crazy 8 stripe tee


And check out these adorable cargo shorts – only $5.99! These make me wish I had a boy in addition to my little girl!

crazy 8 cargo shorts


I’m thinking about getting some long-sleeved shirts for Lucy for the winter. She’s so tiny I can pretty much gauge what size she’ll be wearing then, and that will save me some money later!

What items are you guys loving??

My 1-Cent Shopping Trip

Nothing makes me happier than a shopping trip full of freebies, which is exactly what I had tonight at Publix! I REALLY wanted the penny item, which is a 4-pack of Greenwise toilet paper. This is my FAVORITE penny item, and I cannot pass up toilet paper for one-cent. There wasn’t much else I wanted or needed this week (aside from maybe stocking up on some more frozen veggies, though I’ll need to make room in my freezers), so I gathered up my Beechnut coupons from this week that make for free items and headed out.

What I bought:

  • (1) Greenwise toilet paper, $2.39 (penny item)
  • (2) Beechnut Goodies, $4.18
  • (4) Beechnut Fruities, $3.96 (only three are pictured because my kiddo ate one in the car!)
  • Coupons used:

  • Penny coupon (from the newspaper)
  • (2) Free Beechnut Stage 4 Snack IP (NLA)
  • (4) $1/1 Beechnut Stage 4 or 5 product
  • Total retail: $10.53
    Total OOP: $0.01
    Savings: 100%

    Cute Summer Clothes

    I am in the market for some new clothes. Although I am trying to get into a regular exercise routine to lose this weight that I’ve had since Lucy was born, I’m also coming to grips with the fact that I might need to get some clothes that I can feel good in (or as close to good as I can get) until I really start losing the weight.

    One style I really like is ruching. I think it’s an easy way to slim a person down, whether it’s on the side of an article of clothing or in the middle. I’m always looking for new places to shop since I feel like my options are limited at my usual stores, and I was pleased when I checked out Spiegel’s website and a couple of dresses immediately caught my eye: the Ruched Sleeveless Dress and the One-Shoulder Goddess Dress.

    The ruching on the first dress looks like it would be pretty flattering on the sides, and I love the one-shoulder dress. I always admire those styles when I see them on TV, and I think the band around the middle might flatter the stomach area. And what’s better? They’re on sale!

    Spiegel also has some summer tops on sale, and I like this Equestrian-Print Tunic. I think it would be super cute with leggings! Plus, I love all the bright colors. My husband always tells me I have too much black, gray and brown in my closet (did you notice I picked those colors in the dresses??), so I think this is something that he would love to see on me.

    Check out and let me know what clothing items are your favorite for the summer. Come back and tell me in the comments!

    The *Almost* Free Shopping Trip

    I came pretty darn close to having a 100 percent free shopping trip yesterday. I guess if you count when I use a Publix gift card then I’ve had several in the past, but I don’t like to count those as being “free” since some form of payment is changing hands. I just don’t include those payments in my weekly allotment for grocery money.

    I will preface this by saying, I rarely do a “full” shopping trip anymore. You know, the kind where you buy EVERYTHING — meats, starches, drinks, snack, etc. — at one time. We eat mainly vegetarian at home, and I’m stocked up on vegetarian meats since the last Morningstar sale. I have a TON of pasta, pasta sauce, soup and cereal. I haven’t really found a good way yet to stock up on rice, but that’s my next goal as I eat rice like it’s going out of style.

    So, on my weekly trips, I tend to focus on buying items that are on sale and that I have coupons for, with a few extras usually thrown in as well. Yesterday, I needed to get some sodas, so we headed to Publix. I had four coupons for free 12-packs from My Coke Rewards, and I wanted to see if they had any of the tuna fish pouches and popcorn that are free with coupons this week as well.

    I totally lucked out. They had enough of the tuna fish pouches and popcorn to get the 10 of each I’m allowed on each trip (our store puts limits on sale items as a way to stop people from clearing shelves). And, the Coke 12-packs were B2G1 so, with my four free product coupons, I got six 12-packs for free! I added three boxes of Bagel Bites to my cart, and we were ready. I was going to get a couple of cartons of Edy’s ice cream since they were BOGO and I had a $1/2 coupon, but I need to make sure we have enough room in one of our freezers first.

    (10) Starkist tuna fish pouches — $1/each x10 = $0 (10 $0.50/1 that doubled)
    (10) Jolly Time popcorn — $1/each x10 = $0 (10 $0.50/1 that doubled)
    (6) Coke 12-packs — B2G1 $4.99/each = $0 (4 free product)
    (3) Bagel Bites — $2.59 = $4.18 (1 free product WYB 2, 1 $1/1 Target coupon)

    So, after tax, I paid around $5 for an $80 haul. The cashier who rang me up said, “Are you going to pay anything? So far, everything’s been free!” Sure, it would have been nice to have a completely free transaction, but I’m not complaining too much. Hopefully, I’ll be able to use my other tuna fish and popcorn coupons. If not, I’ll just get rainchecks. Then, we should be stocked up on those items for a while!

    Gifts for Kids

    I have been having such a HARD time picking out gifts for Lucy. I finally ordered her birthday gift tonight (really, her third gift as we’re making a keepsake for her and I picked up a little something for pretty cheap a few weeks ago). This is her “big” gift, though it’s not all that big. It’s a toy she LOVES playing with at a play place we go to, so we thought it would be a safe bet.

    Of course, now I’m thinking about what to get her for Christmas. I know she doesn’t need anything “big” at her age, but as her parent, I want to get her an awesome gift! I think we might get her another learning toy or maybe a toy she can push around. It’s hard when she’s only a year old!

    What kind of toys did you buy your kids when they were 1? Do you have any suggestions for christmas gift ideas for children?

    Stockpiling Gifts

    I’m on a mission now to start stockpiling items to give as gifts. I tend to do all my shopping at the last minute, whether it’s right before a birthday or in the last few weeks before Christmas and Hannukah.

    This year, I’m picking up things as I see them at great prices throughout the year. I shop both in stores and online at some of my favorite sites, like I’ve got a pretty good gift stockpile right now, and I’m hoping to continue to increase it. My goal is to get to the point where I go “shopping” in my stockpile when holidays and birthdays roll around.

    How about you? Do you wait until the last minute for gift shopping, too?