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Baby Wipes Cover…I’m so proud of this project! October 31, 2009

Filed under: Baby,Gift Ideas — thesimplesaver @ 9:26 pm

Take a look at my new project!!  It is so super cute!  I bought a regular wipes holder and covered it with fabric and ribbon trim.  Two of my very best friends are having babies soon so I couldn’t resist trying my crafting skills out.  I think I’m going to do more with different fabrics just for fun.  What a great idea for a baby shower gift!


I want to carry it in my purse just because it’s cute!


Side note – Did my husband do a great job with my bling or what?!  =)


Voila!  Refillable case for wipes…but it’s stylish!  Too fun!


Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe October 29, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — thesimplesaver @ 9:26 am

So…last week, I searching “How To” videos on youtube just for fun and I ran across “How To Make Your Own Laundry Detergent”.  I was really curious so I watched a few videos.  Surprisingly, the recipes were very easy and cheap.  Also, the people in the videos swear by their homemade concoctions.  Being the out-of-box person that I am, I decided to give it a try!!  Here is the recipe that I used:

1 bar of Ivory soap

2 cups of Borax

2 cups of Washing Soda

What to do…

Grate the full bar of Ivory soap with a cheese grater.  Add the Borax and the Washing Soda.  Store in an air-tight container.  Use approx. 1/4 cup per load for an upright washing machine.  And you’re DONE!  (Please note: This detergent does not produce a lot of bubbles.  That does not affect the ability to get your clothes clean.)

I spent $7.25 total on the items and have enough for 3 batches with some Borax and Washing Soda left over.  I bought the Ivory soap and Borax from Wal-Mart.  The Washing Soda came from Kroger.  Make sure you buy WASHING Soda and NOT Baking Soda!  Both the Borax and the Washing Soda were found in the laundry detergent aisle at the respective stores.

Now…what about price and quality?  I roughly estimate that making detergent this way saves my small family of two $109 per year!  Not bad on just one household product!  As far as quality goes, I am very satisfied so far!  The detergent does not have a strong odor but it cleans very well!  My husband would not have known the difference had I not told him…and I washed our sheets first.  I have no complaints!

Go ahead…give it a try!  You know you want to!  =)


Publix Deals for the Week of 10/28 (or 10/29) October 26, 2009

Filed under: Publix — thesimplesaver @ 6:15 pm

Ahead of schedule this week!  Here you go…

Hershey’s Kisses or Miniatures or Nuggets Assortment or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Reese’s and Kit Kat Minis Assortment, 38.5 or 40-oz bag, BOGO $9.99

$1.00 off in 9/13 SS insert

Final Price:  $4.00 each

Wonka Assorted Candy or Laffy Taffy or Nestle Assorted Miniatures: Crunch, Butterfinger and Baby Ruth, Assorted Varieties, 40 or 48-oz bag BOGO $8.99

$2.00 off HERE

Final Price:  $2.50 each

Perdue Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets or Chicken Tenders or Breaded Chicken Nuggets Fun Shapes, 12-oz pkg., BOGO $4.39

$1.00 off in 10/18 RP insert

Final Price:  $1.20 each!!

Uncle Ben’s Country Inn Rice, Assorted Varieties, 6-oz box, BOGO $1.49

$1.00 off 2 in 9/13 RP insert OR

$1.00 off 2 HERE

Final Price:  $.49 for 2  ($.25 each!!)

Mueller’s Pasta, Assorted Varieties, 12 or 16-oz box, or 100% Natural Whole Wheat Pasta, 13.25-oz box, (Excluding Lasagna and Jumbo Shells), BOGO $1.39

$.55 off Whole Wheat HERE

Final Price:  $.15 each!!

Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers or Party Mix, Assorted Varieties, 11.5 to 14.5-oz box, BOGO $3.29

$1.50 off 2 in 10/4 RP insert

Final Price:  $1.79 for 2  ($.90 each!)

Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Regular or Churn Style, 15-oz tub or Twin Pack, 2-pk, 7.5-oz tub, BOGO $1.89

$.30 off in 9/20 RP insert (doubles to $.60)

Final Price:  $.35 each!!

Green Giant Frozen Vegetables, Assorted Varieties, 14 to 24-oz pkg, or Corn on the Cob Nibblers, 12-ct pkg, BOGO $3.49

$.50 off HERE (doubles to $1.00) OR

$1.00 off 2 in 9/13 SS insert OR

$.40 off in 10/4 SS insert (doubles to $.80)

Final Price:  $.75  OR  $2.49 for 2  OR  $.95  –  depending on which coupons you use

Glass Plus Glass & Multi-Surface Cleaner, 32-oz bottle, BOGO $2.49

$.50 off in 8/23 SS insert (doubles to $1.00)

Final Price:  $.25 each!!!

Solo Heavy Duty Paper Plates, 6 7/8, 8 ½ or 10 Inch, 22 to 48-ct pkg, BOGO $2.79

$.75 off HERE

Final Price:  $.65 each!!


Kroger Trip on 10/25!! October 25, 2009

Filed under: Kroger — thesimplesaver @ 9:02 pm

GetAttachmentNot sure what I’m going to do with 12 cans of chili…haha!  Awesome trip today!

I got:

3 boxes of Swiss Miss hot chocolate  (YUM!)

12 cans of Hormel chili

5 cans of Del Monte tomatoes  (I was almost out of these…yay!)

8 boxes of Cheez-Its

2 bottles of Heinz ketchup  (I was almost out of ketchup, too!)

Register Total:  $59.30

Total Saved:  $50.32

My Price:  $8.98!

Saved 85%!!


Kroger Deals for the Week of 10/25 October 24, 2009

Filed under: Kroger — thesimplesaver @ 3:12 pm

Kroger is running a great sale this week!  Buy 10 participating items and receive $5.00 off your purchase at checkout with your Kroger Plus Card!  Yay!  Make sure you buy items in multiples of TEN so that you get the discount.  The prices listed assume that you purchase in multiples of ten.  Here are a few deals that I found…

Heinz Ketchup, 36 oz Regular or 32 oz Squeeze Bottle, $1.49 each

$.75 off in 10/4 SS insert

Final Price:  $.74 each!!

Del Monte Tomatoes, 14.5 oz can, $.49 each

$1.00 off 5 in 9/20 RP insert

Final Price:  $1.45 for 5  ($.29 each…the cheapest I have ever found on canned tomatoes!)

Hormel Chili with Beans, 15 oz can, $.79 each

$2.00 off 3 in 10/18 SS insert

Final Price:  $.37 for 3  ($.12 each!!  Whoa…that’s cheap!)

Cheez-It Crackers, 7.5-10.5 oz box, $.99 each

$1.50 off 2 in 10/4 RP insert

Final Price:  $.48 for 2  ($.24 each!!)

Pepperidge Farm Cookies, 5.5-7.5 oz, $1.99 each

$.75 off in 9/27 SS insert

Final Price:  $1.24 each!  Yum!

Snuggle Liquid Fabric Softener, 32-40 load, $2.99 each

$3.00 off in 10/4 RP insert

Final Price:  FREE!!!

Chex Mix Snacks, 7-8.75 oz, $1.49 each

$.50 off in 10/25 SS insert (Chocolate variety – doubles to $1.00)

Final Price:  $.49 each!!

For a preview of the Kroger ad, visit!  Happy Shopping!


FREE cookie & hot chocolate at Barnes & Noble TODAY only!

Filed under: Freebies — thesimplesaver @ 10:12 am

BNcookies-300x159Go HERE to print off a coupon for a FREE cookie and hot chocolate at Barnes & Noble.  This coupon is good for Saturday, October 24th ONLY!  You can print as many coupons as you like but remember to use ONE per customer.  Looks like a Barnes & Noble date for Mark & I!!  =)


Awesome Publix Trip!! October 16, 2009

Filed under: Publix — thesimplesaver @ 6:26 pm

GetAttachmentI got…

4 bottles of Snuggle

2 boxes of cookie mix

6 tubes of toothpaste AND

8 bags of Steamfresh Veggies

Register Total:  $58.78

Total Saved:  $55.30

My Price:  $3.48!!

Saved 94%! Now that’s what I call a deal!

Sorry I haven’t posted deals for this week…I have been majorly under the weather.  For this week’s deals, go to!