Archive for September, 2008


Last Weeks Deals

Last week I did a quick trip to CVS and Walgreens.

2 Ghiradelli Chocolate Bars – $3

4 Glade Air Freshening Sprays – $7.96

6 6×9 inch bubble envelopes – $5.94

– $1 mfg coupon for Ghiradelli

– .50 store coupon for Ghiradelli

– 4 $1 off coupons for Glade

– 2 B1G1 coupons for Glade

– 3/$1 coupons for bubble mailers

Total OOP was $3.46

Total Savings was $13.44

Then I went to CVS, where I didn’t see anything – but I did see B1G1 Revlon Nailpolish. Turns out that it was from last weeks sale, but they honored it anyways.

So 4 Revlon Classic Nailpolish – $19.96

– B1G1 Store Sale

– 4 $2 MFG coupons

$1.98 for 4 nail polishes!

Total OOP was $1.98

Total Savings was $17.98

Total OOP for 9/23/07 – $5.44

Total Savings – $31.42

Now, tonight I was out and about, and I knew that Kroger had a couple of things that I could get completely free with coupons. I looked for the Cottonelle toilet paper that was 99 cents (with last weeks coupon doubled, it would be free) but they were out. But I did end up getting 5 tubs of  Land O’ Lakes butter free.

5 Land o’ Lakes butter – $11.95

– Store sale (10/$10)

– 5 .50 cent coupons (that they double)

Total OOP was nothing!

Total savings was $11.95

Also, I have been keeping track of the papers that I was buying, but I think I am going to change that. We use coupons when we grocery shop, although we don’t get the great deals that I can find at Walgreens, etc. But we do end up saving at least $50 per grocery trip. So since I know that I more than make the money back on the papers, I am going to stop counting them for my “savings” blog.

Total OOP so far – $41.87 (adjusted for not counting papers, $10 subtracted for 10 papers)

Total Savings so far – $214.74


Public Transportation in Cincinnati

I save a lot of money by not having a car. I don’t have to make payments, pay insurance, registration, gas, any of that. My bike works well for me, and is a lot cheaper.

But I have had nothing but negative experiences thus far with Metro in Cincinnati.

First, I have been job hunting for 5 months. I have been offered numerous jobs – but when they hear that I will be using the bus, they actually take back their offer or decline to hire me because I don’t have my own transportation. When asked why, a lot of people, especially employers, don’t trust the bus system. It isn’t reliable, hard to use, long route times, etc.

Tomorrow I will be using the bus to go approximately 3 miles. From Walnut Hills to Hyde Park. The “bus trip planner” on the Go-Metro webpage offered 4 routes, 3 of which required transfers. For 3 miles. The trip planner kicks back with “unknown location” if you type out the words “street”, “lane”, etc., and that took me ages to figure out. And when you add in that the links on the sidebar don’t work on certain pages, it’s hard to manage. The font is small and hard to read, and the bus stops they list on the webage don’t use the same name or are not labeled on the actual bus route map. It took two of us, somewhat educated adults, to even figure out that it was route 11 that I needed, but we still haven’t determined where the actual stops are for certain.

So tomorrow I will go to (what I think is the location of) the bus stop close to here, hope a number 11 bus shows up within a half and hour, and hope that I get to Hyde Park. And then I will reverse that for the way home. I really feel that I am using some fly-by-night taxi service instead of a multi-million dollar aspect of Cincinnati that thousands have used. This town dumps a ton of money into the Metro system, but it’s not even easily accessible for people to figure out what route they need to use or where it picks up at.

An eloquent, nicely-written rant? No. But I hope that sooner or later this changes, because I am seriously tired of trying to use their circa-1997 style webpage and just “hoping for the best” in order to get myself to work on time.


Blackout in Cincinnati

Ike came through on Sunday and packed quite a punch for the city of Cincinnati. Over a million people were without power at one time, and at last count about 561,000 were in the dark.(Do not try to open the map of the service area – it WILL crash your computer!) Since we live in a pretty dense area our power was restored within about a day – we were lucky! My friend was just told she won’t get power till the 20th. Here is a random assortment of info:

Here is a list of grocery stores and gas stations that are open. I was at Target and Meijer on both Sunday and Monday – it was a madhouse on Sunday. Target was doing small transactions on Monday.

Ice is being distributed by Matthew 25 Ministry. I have also heard that Fitworks and Urban Active are offering free showers.

It was also on NPR that the food bank on 112 East Liberty is handing out non-perishables till 3 today (Tuesday).
Also, if you see gas gouging, report it with this form.

As I hear stuff, I’ll be posting it here.

And edit: It says ONE household in Dearborn County is without power. That’s where my parents live. And their power is still out.


Where Can I Get Free Things?

I ran across this webpage tonight, it looks rather interesting. Some good deals to take advantage of!



I bought 4 more papers today. We saved $75 at the grocery store with store savings and coupons – got a LOT of frozen veggies for free! And people wonder if all that clipping pays off 😉




Starting Out

Frugal in Virginia has a great post about taking baby steps toward saving money. Number four is particularly important to me:

4. Plan before shopping. Before I go shopping, I typically write down or type out the “must-have” sales I want to hit at each store with all the transaction details including prices and coupons I plan to use… So do what you need to do to stay organized and thwart any confusion that may happen once you hit the stores.

Every Sunday night, after clipping and sorting coupons, I sit down with the flyers for Walgreens, CVS, and any other store I might be interested in going to that week. I flip through the ads, and if I see anything that I might want to get I see if I have the coupon in my binder. I then take a small notebook and write out what I need to do to get the deal, such as: “CVS: Covergirl Lipcolor (here I add any specifics of the deal that I need to remember) B1G1 and B1G1 MFG coupon.” That way, I know that CVS has Covergirl Lipcolor on sale for B1G1 and that I have B1G1 coupons for it. If I don’t do this, I get so flustered in the store and I end up missing stuff. So this keeps it streamlined, and by writing down the specifics of the deal, I have a lower risk of purchasing the wrong thing (and then not getting a deal on it!)

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About Me

An always interesting but sometimes foul-mouthed blog of a 20-something just trying to save money in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Likes: cats, pink alcoholic drinks, my KitchenAid mixer, knitting.
Dislikes: Our health care system, celery.

Social Networking Thingies