Frugal Friday: good savings, bad savings

27 May

Happy frugal Friday! I’m leaving on yet another road trip today. But not going to the beach or anywhere near the ocean–going the opposite way to Indianapolis and then Chicago. This time it’s only a nine hour trip so hopefully i t won’t feel as long as the Florida drive and once again I will have my trusted co-pilot by my side.


The wonderful Tonya was over the other day and did a mini photo shoot for Lincoln. I just love her work so much and Lincoln was quite well behaved. He usually barks at strangers but fell instantly for Tonya due to the belly rubs and baby talk. But back to my point, Lincoln and I will be going on yet another roadtrip to see my sister then detouring in Chicago for a few days. I can’t wait to get to Chicago!!

The week has been chock full of savings, some I am happy about and some not so much. Yeah, you read right, I am unhappy with some of my savings. But we will get into that later.

The Good Savings

First was when I got back to Charlotte last week. I came home to a ton of mail and while going though the boring stuff saw this beauty of a return address!

Skinny Cow actually sent me coupons—hooray! But they are tricky cows. I wrote them a few weeks back telling them how much I love their products. Their stuff is expensive and I can’t afford it every single week when I need a fix so I just straight up asked for coupons. It can’t hurt to ask right? They emailed me back thanking me for the comments but said they don’t send out coupons so seeing this was a BIG surprise.

If you read yesterday’s post, you saw I am not a brunette. It’s been awhile since I’ve had dark hair and upkeep for highlights are so expensive. And I don’t like looking like white trash with my three inch roots so going back to my natural color seemed to be the best decision for me-financially and appearance-wise. In an effort to save even more money, I skipped going to my regular hairdresser instead and decided to go to the Aveda Institute for a cut and do my own color

But then I asked myself: “What is my natural hair color?” I’ve been coloring it for so long I can’t remember the last time when my hair was au natural. I went to Target to check out their selection of colors and saw this tool in the hair dye section.

Perfect! Just what I was looking for. I entered in my information and it gave me a few different colors and type of dye to choose from. With the recommendation of the find your color machine, I went with Pure Darkest Brown by L’Oreal Sublime Mousse.

I went through my coupons and saw that I had $3 off –yes!

It was on sale for $8.99 so I got a box for $5.99—pretty good deal if you ask me!  I got my hair cut on Wednesday for only $15. It took about an hour and a half since the student had to get things checked off by the instructor. For $15, I am happy with the cut……except the bangs. I told her I wanted longer side swept bangs but they ended up too short and have been pulling them back instead.

So I now have brown hair and bangs, quite a big change for my hair in one day. But I will rock it! The best part was that it usually costs me $100 every three months to get my hair done but by going to the Aveda Institute and doing my own color, it only cost $26. Yeah, I can roll with that.

I found this coupon for a free strawberry-lemonade from McDonalds in the paper a few weeks ago.

So when I looked at the temperature and it was 80 something degrees out by 10am yesterday, it was definitely time to redeem.

So how was it? Very tasty! It was refreshing and sweet but I think I would’ve liked it better if it was over ice instead of slushie form.

I found this purse at Salvation Army for $3.99 on Wednesday. I know, I know, I am moving and do not need to buy any more crap but it was too cute to pass up.

The Bad Savings

I was happy to go food shopping since this week was triple coupons at Harris Teeter. Triple coupons only happen a few times a year and it’s just a magical time for me since I try to save even more than I normally do! I went to Our Coupon Home to check out what items were on sale, what coupons are out there for those products to see what items I could get for cheap or free. After going through their site and my coupons, I put a list together of items that were either going to be cheap or under $2

I went to Harris Teeter on Sunday morning with my list, my coupons and my hunger for savings. And a majority of items I was hoping to get, were all gone. I would look for one item and nothing. Go to the next and nothing. People already cleaned everything out! I did find some items on my list that were under $2 though

The total?

$10.14. Meh. I know it could have been a lot more but when I got a crapload of stuff for $15.12 earlier this month, it annoys me that I didn’t get that much when the coupons were being tripled this time around. So I did some more research and went back to Harris Teeter early on Monday morning to see if I would have any luck at a different location.

Not so much. I only found four items on my list of 10+ items and got a six inch turkey sub from their deli.

They have a program where for every 15 six inch subs you buy, you get a foot long free. This was my 15th sub so I now have a foot long coming at me soon (that’s what she said??) But on the flip side, Harris Teeter has raised their prices for the six inch subs yet again and now they are $3.49. Boo.

The total of $7.52 this time around made me feel a little better so really I got the four items for only $4.03 so about a buck apiece. Not too shabby.

Do you cut or color your own hair?

Do you ever get bummed out about not saving as much as you wanted to as the grocery store? I thought I would get more items both times around but was sorely mistaken.

19 Responses to “Frugal Friday: good savings, bad savings”

  1. Amy @ Second City Randomness May 27, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    I’m gonna say right now- bring your f-ing jacket just in case. This weather we’re having is total bull.

    However, I’m super excited for your latest roadtrip! Weeee!

    • simplyshaka May 28, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

      I always have one! This weather is actually a little refreshing for me, it’s been so hot and humid lately-blarg.

  2. Natalie @ will jog for food May 27, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    Look at all those savings!! That is awesome. I’ve never even heard of triple coupons.

    I go to the salon now because I always mess up my hair color, plus I usually end up staining my bathroom in some way, not good!

    • simplyshaka May 28, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

      That makes me sad, no one else has doubles or triples it seems. One good thing working in NC’s favor I guess!

  3. Karla May 27, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    Your hair looks amazing! I love it! I’m in desperate need of a hair update. It’s starting to look blah.

    Good job on all those savings!

  4. Alyssa May 27, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    Wooohoo, you coupon queen!!

    I was JUST wailing over my $150 spent at Walmart for my Memorial Day party groceries. Guuuhhh.

    And hey, my friend almost went to Aveda for school! 🙂

  5. leashieloo May 27, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    I have yet to redeem my free strawberry lemonade at McD’s, I don’t really have high hopes for it. Have you had a Frutista Freeze from Taco Bell? Blech.

    • simplyshaka May 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

      No and I’m definitely not gonna give it a go now. I get sucked into buying this summer-y drinks every summer and I’m over the let down of drinks out there.

  6. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle May 27, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    I get my hair did by a professional these days but I go in fits and streaks with it. I get my hair cut every 12 weeks and highlights done every 6…but when I’m sticking with one solid color, I box it. No shame in doing it yourself.

  7. vixter2010 May 27, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    Happy Friday! Your dog is so cute! Juice drink looked yum. My mum’s a hair dresser so she does it but I do buy shop colour 🙂

  8. dianacheung May 27, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    LOVVVINNNNGGG the new hairstyle so shiny and fun! Also triple coupon days? I have NEVER heard of that…can’t wait to get my move settled in so I can coupon up the city!! Enjoy your travels to chicago…I got engaged there so of course I love it..remember: the purple pig, hot doug’s, and molly’s cupcakes…REMEMBER THOSE!

  9. Mindy@FindingSilverLinings May 27, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    I think I’m too stupid to figure out all this triple double mathmatical couponing

  10. According to Gus May 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    I”m always amazed at how much you can fit into one blog post! Wowzas!

    I have that same strawberry lemonade McD’s coupon – I’m thinking today would be a good day to redeem it.

    Enjoy your road trip!

    • simplyshaka May 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

      Lol thanks, here I sit thinking I didn’t get enough in. Hope you got your strawberry lemonade on!

  11. Megan May 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    I don’t dye my hair because I’m too cheap! 🙂 Well, and lazy. I dyed it once (semi-permanent) and was exhausted. I do my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s and they never have coupons, but I don’t care b/c they’re always cheap! It’s my happy place.

  12. Kelly Olexa May 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    Wow. I pretty much suck at all your questions. I’m a diva that gets my hair did at the salon. I’d be bald if I cut it myself, no doubt. But yours looks FABULOUS darling. Of course. And I only just recently started clipping coupons again! I was naughty-too-busy-Kelly before. OY.
    Can’t wait to see you next week! MUAH!! XO

  13. MelissaNibbles May 28, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    I love the new cut. I think the bangs look great. I dye my own hair. I always have! My cousin and I used to do each others in high school and college. Now I do it on my own. You just have to make sure you get it on there nice and even. Oh and don’t get it all over your bathroom! I always do that and the stains DO NOT come off white tile!

    • simplyshaka May 28, 2011 at 9:10 am #

      Thanks! I used to do mine but made such a mess. The mousse was really easy to use and seeped right in and no mess.

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