Monthly Archives: April 2011
Everyday until May 4th, Gillette is giving away Fusion ProGlide razors to their Facebook fans, so make sure you “Like” them. At sometime during the day they will post that they opened the giveaway with the link to get the free razor. These tend to go fast, so click on it as soon as you see it go live.
There are many restaurants to choose from, but remember to always read the fine print. Sometimes it states you have to spend so much to use the gift certificate (IE, you have to spend $35 to use the $25 certificate). And after you purchase it, you just print the certificate from your printer immediately. This is a great deal for a night out with that special someone or the family!
This year I decided to make an Easter Bunny Cake for the first time. I searched around the internet to get some ideas and came across this video on decorating Easter cakes on AllRecipes.com. I thought the bunny idea was super cute and seemed pretty easy. But the “fur” was coconut. There aren’t a lot of coconut fans in my family, so what would I use instead? Nothing? That’s when I decided to use shavings of white chocolate. Then for the “grass” I bought green icing spray and sprayed the shavings before putting them around the cake and on the cupcakes. I wanted to put little carrots on the cupcakes, but I ran low on time. You can click on the picture for a larger view. I was very pleased on how it turned out and now I can’t wait to make and decorate more cakes!
Here’s how to make it:
-1 cake mix of your liking
-2 cans of vanilla/white frosting
-3 Large marshmallows (tail, ears, cheeks)
-2 Chocolate chips or brown M&Ms (eyes)
-1 pink jelly bean (nose)
-1 block of white chocolate (fur, grass)
-Green icing spray
Make the cake mix as directed. The bunny takes one layer of a cake. You can do two bunny cakes or, as I did, one layer of the cake and a dozen cupcakes. Let the cake cool completely before cutting it. It is easier to cut if you refrigerate it first. Cut the cake and ice the halves together standing up in the cut side making the body of the bunny. Cut a notch out in the front where the ears will go and the marshmallows will sit. Ice the cake completely. It took me a lot of icing to cover it good and evenly (that’s why I say 2 cans of icing). It doesn’t have to be perfect because the chocolate shavings will go over it.
Make shavings of the white chocolate. I used a vegetable peeler and it worked great. Take handfuls of the shavings and lightly pat all around your bunny giving him ‘fur’. Set the rest aside. Flatten a large marshmallow and cut it diagonally. Set them with the cut sides out creating the bunny ears. Cut the other marshmallow in half creating the two cheeks. Put the cut end on the cake. Add your eyes and nose. Use the last marshmallow as the tail.
Ice the cupcakes.
Put the rest of the shavings in a container and spray with the green icing spray. You will have to shake the container a few times and repeat to get a good coverage. Sprinkle them on the cupcakes and spread them out around the bunny.
I recommend refrigerating the cake if you are not going to use it immediately to insure the chocolate shavings don’t melt.
View this week’s full ad to see all advertised sales and promotions.
If you are not familiar with it, I would recommend reviewing the coupon policy.
Walgreens has Monthly Instant Savings booklets in store near the weekly ads. These can be found online as well.
**If you are stacking coupons, give the cashier the manufacturers coupons first. This should avoid beeps or issues.
*RR are Register Rewards that print out at the register after you pay for qualifying items.
Here are my top picks from this week’s ad:
Stayfree Maxi Pads 14-24 count $2.99
-1/1 Stayfree Product 3/27 RP
-Receive $2.99 RR
= FREE plus $1 moneymaker
Luster White 7 Toothpaste $4.99
-$1.50/1 Luster White 7 Product 4/3 SS
-Receive $4 RR
= FREE plus $0.50 moneymaker
Nestle Candy 1.28 – 2.1oz $0.39
-$1/2 Butterfinger Snackerz Coupons.com IP
Colgate Total Toothpaste 4oz $2.79
- $1/1 Colgate Toothpaste 4/10 SS
= $0.79 for both when using 2 coupons
Scope Mouthwash $3.99
-$0.75/1 Scope Mouthwash 710 mL+ 4/17 & 3/13 RP
-Receive $1 RR
- $1/3 Pringles Super Stack Cans 4/3 PG
= $1 each
Children’s 12 hour Allegra 12 ct. Tablets, 4oz Suspension $9.99
-$2/1 Allegra 5, 12, or 15ct or Allegra Children’s or Allegra-D 10ct or 5ct Coolsavings.com IP
-$5/1 Allegra, Allegra-D or Children’s Allegra 4/17 SS
= $4.99 with $5/1 coupon
**HOT DEAL not advertised in the Weekly Ad:
Splenda Sweetener 100 packets $2.99
-$2/1 Splenda Sweetener with Fiber IP
-$1/1 Any Splenda Product IP
-$3/1 Any Splenda 80+ count 4/17 SS
-Receive $3 RR wyb 2; Receive $4 RR wyb 3
=FREE plus up to $4 moneymaker
**If you use (3) $3/1 the third coupon will have to be adjusted down and sometimes at some stores that can be an issue and isn’t always successful. You can use (2) $3/1 and (1) $2/1 and still have a $3 moneymaker
View this week’s ad to see all sales and promotions for the week.
You can see and print all available Target Printable Coupons for further savings. Target also gives you a $0.05 credit for every reusable bag that you use.
This week’s advertisement was smaller than usual, but here are a few of my top picks:
Pampers & Huggies Jumbo Packs & Training Pants $8.99
-FREE $5 Gift Card wyb 3
-$2/1 Any Huggies Diapers Coupons.com IP
-$2/1 Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers 4/17 SS
-$1.50/1 Huggies Diapers 4/17 SS
-$1.50/1 Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants 4/17 SS
-$1.50/1 Pampers Diapers or Pants 4/3 SS
= $5.32 each after (3) $2/1 coupons and $5 Gift Card
Colgate 4.6 or 6 oz Total Toothpaste $2.49
-$1/1 Colgate Total Advanced Whitening or Max White Toothpaste Target Coupon 4/17 SS
-$1/1 Colgate Max, Total, Sensitive, or ProClinical Toothpaste 4/10 SS
= $0.49 w/ coupon stack
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks – 2/$4
-$0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks Target Coupon IP
-$0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks 3/16 & 4/17 SS
= $1.50 each w/ coupon stack
Sun Chips 9oz – $3
-$1/1 Sun Chips 9 oz Multigrain Target Coupon IP
Market Pantry Shredded or Block Cheese $2.15
-$1/2 Market Pantry Shredded or Block Cheese Target Coupon IP
= $1.65 each
Tide 72oz or Stain Release Duo Pacs 28 ct $8.99
-$3/1 Tide Stain Release, 26-50oz Powder, 15-34ct Duo Pac or 36-68oz Liquid 4/3 PG
Palmolive Liquid Dish Soap 25 oz $1.99
-.75/1 Palmolive 20 oz+ 3/27 SS
Angel Soft Double Roll Bath Tissue 36 pack $14.99
-$1/1 Angel Soft Bath Tissue 12 Double Roll+ 3/20 RP
Get a free sample of the new Garnier Fructis Pure Clean shampoo and conditioner.
Create a ‘junk’ or ‘coupon/samples’ email account that you use when you sign up for newsletters or websites for coupons. This way your personal email account doesn’t get overloaded.
May 6th is National Public Gardens Day.
To celebrate, you can get free admission into one of the many public gardens on the list. All you have to do is sign up for a Better Homes and Gardens newsletter, choose which garden (listed by state) you will be going to, how many will be going with you, and after you submit it, you can print your voucher.
STL Readers: Botanical Gardens is included!
Create a ‘junk’ email account that you use when you sign up for newsletters or websites for coupons. This way your personal email account doesn’t get overloaded.
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