Saturday, July 31, 2010

Home Made Simple Coupon Booklet

header Get your Home Made Simple Coupon Booklet “Organize in Style” mailed to you.  With over $35.00 in savings on great products (Dawn, Cascade and more), you can’t go wrong!  Often times I can get sweet deals with these at CVS!  Request your today!

Come CVSing With Me – Week Two (8/1)

You can read my original post with how to CVS with me HERE.

This week you should have $4.99 in ECBs to spend if you followed along last week.  You can do a deal this week and get quite a few FREEBIES!

Remember the ECBs work “just like cash”.

This week take your $4.99 in Ecbs and do the following deal:

  • Buy 2 Colgate Total Advanced or Enamel Strength, $2.99
    Use two of this $0.75/1 Colgate Total Enamel Strength Toothpaste printable, making the total price $5.98 less $1.50 or $4.48
  • Purchase a $0.50 filler – look for clearance items or buy a candy bar to make up the other $0.51 of your ECB.

Then add in a few FREE items buy doing the following:

  • Buy 4 Sobe Lifewater drinks (CVS sale B1G1 Free)

Use a B1G1 internet printable found here (you can print it twice)

This makes all 4 of them FREE

  • Buy 2 Clean & Clear Products (TRIAL size) $0.99

Use 2 $1.00 off Clean & Clear Products coupons here

Both are FREE

  • Dawn Hand Renewel $0.97

Use  $1.00 off 1 coupon from the Home Made Simple booklet (if you have it)


Total is still $4.99, pay with your $4.99 in ECBs, get back $4.00 in ECBs for next time.  No cash OOP required, except for tax!

While this time you came out with less ECBs than you started with, it’s still a good number and you came out with 2 toothpastes, 4 Sobe drinks, 2 Clean & Clear products, a piece of candy and possibly some Dawn dish soap!!  Can’t beat it!!

If you have any good deal ideas, or find a great deal – I would love it if you would share with me!!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Mega Swagbucks Friday!

Don’t forget today is Mega Swagbucks Friday!!  Search and earn your way to great prizes!  I’ve earned 31 $5.00 prizes so far!  On Mega Fridays you can win more often and in higher denominations so search away!!

You can read my post about making the most of Swagbucks.  If you haven’t signed up, sign up today and get 30 Swagbucks to start!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Target Deals – Hot This Week

I went yesterday and spent almost nothing out of pocket!!  I won’t bore you with the details, but here are some great deals you can snag at Target this week.

(Remember you can stack one Target coupon with one Manufacturer coupon.)

BIC Cristal Pens (10 pk.), $0.99
$1/1 BIC Stationery Product printable

Wonka Chocolate Bars $1.97
$1/1 Wonka Candy (IE) and Use $1/1 Wonka Target coupon

Bic Crystal Pens $0.99
$1/1 Bic Target coupons

Paper pate Pens 10ct $0.50
$0.50/1 Paper Mate Target coupon

Chef Boyardee Ravioli– $0.80 
$1/1 Target printable

Kids Aquafresh Toothpaste – $1.62
$1/1 printable and $0.50/1 Target printable
$0.12 each after coupons

Bagel Bites – $2.24 (price cut until 7/31)
$1/1 coupon from 6/13 SmartSource or printable
and $1/1 Target printable
$0.24 each after coupons

Adoption Fundraiser for Friends!

Go check out Melissa and Nathan's exciting news about adopting a second child, this time from right here in the USA! They are hosting their second Great Big Giveaway with some great prizes! $5.00 gets you one chance and $10.00 gets you three chances! Help bring a child home to a wonderful family and possibly win a great prize. Go ahead and congratulate them on their new journey while you are there!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Free Sample of Natural Nibbles Dog Treats

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Get a Free Sample of Natural Nibbles Dog Treats!  (Thanks Cha-Ching on a Shoestring).



In case you missed it, here’s a round up of Pet Freebies I posted about last week.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

CVS – Week of 7/25 (My Visit)

Today I spent $1.32 OOP for all this!!cvs 005

If you want to play the CVS game, check out my Come CVSing With Me post here about how you can get started today!


Here’s the breakdown:

1 Mennen Stainguard Deodorant - $2.50

1 Lady Sped Stick Deodorant - $2.50

2 SoftSoap ($2.00 each) - $4.00

1 SoftSoap Nutri Serums Body Wash - $3.00

1 Irish Spring Body Wash - $3.00

2 Sobe Lifewaters $0.88 each - $1.76

1 U by Kotex - $4.99

1 Skintimate Shaving Cream – 1.99

1 Schick Disposable Razor - $1.29

Total for all Items - $25.03


Used the following coupons:

$5.00 off $25.00 purchase from CVS by email (sign up here)

$1.50 off Mennen Stainguard Deo – from the CVS Coupon Center

$0.50 off Lady Speed Stick MQ

$0.70 off Softsoap (today’s newspaper) MQ

$0.50 off SoftSoap Internet Printable (IP) found here (Scroll down – also a Lady Speed Stick and Softsoap Nutri Serum coupons if you didn’t get today’s paper)

$1.00 off Softsoap (today’s newspaper) MQ

$0.50 off Irish Spring (today’s newspaper) MQ

$1.00 off Skintimate Shaving Cream from CVS home mailer STACKED WITH the next one down

$0.75 off Skintimate MQ

$1.29 off Schick Razor MQ (actually a $3.00 off any disposable razor MQ adjusted down)

$1.00 off U by Kotex IP found here

$0.88 off Sobe (B1G1 Free coupon) for playing the game here, directions here

Used $10.00 ECBs from last week.


Paid $1.32 OOP!

AND got back $9.99 in Ecbs for the U by Kotes ($4.99) and Softsoap/Deo/Irish Spring spend $15.00 Get back ($5.00)!

Woo Hoo!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Come CVSing With Me – Revisited (Week of 7/25)

Some time ago I started a blog series I called “Come CVSing with Me.”  Each week I posted a scenario on what to buy to use the Extrabucks to your advantage.  I’ve decided to revisit the series and start again for new readers out there!!  I’ll try to post Saturday evening or Sunday mornings for the upcoming week.

But first here are a few basics. 

You must have a CVS ExtraCare card.  Don’t have one?  Sign up for one at your local store (and get it right away) or sign up online here.  There is also a great CVS FAQ page here.  Either way you will want to link your card online eventually to receive great email offers including free product offers and money saving coupons.

Start receiving or getting a Sunday paper.  The best way to receive the great deals at CVS (or anywhere) is to pair manufacturer’s coupons with sales.  Some people talk about buying multiple papers for access to multiple coupons.  I find one paper and internet printable coupons has done me well over the last two years.

Learn the lingo.  Some common abbreviations I’ll use are:

OOP – out of pocket (money actually spent right out of my pocket)

ECB – Extracare Bucks (dollars that print at the bottom of your receipt for use on your next purchase)

MQ – Manufacturer’s coupon found in newspaper inserts

CRT – Cash Register Tape

B1G1 – Buy One Get One Free

You might also consider buying a Green Bag Tag for $0.99.  These tags are found by the registers.  You purchase it initially for $0.99, then attach it to a reusable shopping bag.  Each time you shop at CVS, they will scan the bag tag and you earn $0.25.  Once you reach $1.00, you will get a $1.00 ECB on your CRT to spend! 

And always, always scan your card every time you enter CVS at an Extracare Savings Center (red box with scanner in store), usually located in the front.  It prints money savings coupons and often times I can find free products with these.

Ready?  Then…

I want you to shop with me. We may not be side by side racking up the savings, cashing in on ECB's, or paying as little OOP as possible, but we'll still be celebrating together!

If you are interested, I thought I would try to get you started and then help you roll your ECB's each week into free items, while earning more ECBs. Keep in mind that I don't know what kinds of items you buy, use or need, so this is just for fun. You can keep what you get or give it as gifts or give it to charity.

I wanted to get you started with something small and hopefully work up from there. I'll try to post by Tuesday each week, an item or items that you could purchase using ECBs earned from the week before, each time gaining more ECBs for future use.

Since this week you would be starting out fresh, I am going to do a deal using an internet coupon that you can download and print. After today though, I may be posting items that would need to be combined with a manufacturer's coupon that you can find in your local Sunday paper. Our local Sunday paper is a measly $1.25 and most times, using one or two coupons covers that cost right away, making the expense worthwhile. I clip every coupon and organize them into a small accordion file by grouping together like items. I don't use every coupon, of course, but you never know when you might be able to pick up a free item.

Here would be a good way to start at CVS this week, remembering that you have to put out a little bit of cash, in order to get your first ECBs to roll with next week.

Remember, the first few weeks generally start out small, but believe me it can get really big!

This week I recommend purchasing the following:

U by Kotex for $4.99 (Limit 1)

Use this U by Kotex Printable coupon for $1.00 off 1.

When you purchase it, you will earn $4.99 ECBs.

Your total will be $3.99 plus tax.

Now you have paid less than the $4.99 price item and earned $4.99 ECBs back on the bottom of your (CRT). Cut the ECB out and save it for next week. It works just like cash. 

Guess what – you just made $1.00 shopping!

Next week, I'll post what you can buy with your $4.99 in ECBs, earn more and use hopefully nothing out of your pocket (except maybe some tax)! Let me know if you join in!

(There are a few other good deals this week like the following if you want to put out more cash up front or need the items.  I am simply suggesting the item where you can pay less and gain more to get you started and that also used a printable coupon so if you didn’t have a stash started, this could get you rolling.)  Some other good deals this week are:

Photobooks – $7.99
Get $7.99 ECBs

Clairol Nice & Easy – $6.99
Use $2/1 Clairol coupon (PG 7/4)
Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Final Price = $2.99

Dove Bar Soap (2pk) – $3
Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Final Price = $1

Friday, July 23, 2010

Sweepstakes - M&Ms - MMMMmmmmm

There's a great new Sweepstakes out there and I'm pretty sure just about everyone will win this one! You can go daily to enter the M&Ms Sweepstakes. You won't know if you've won right away but with over 12,000 winners every day you stand a good chance! If you do win, you'll receive a coupon in the mail for a free bag of M&Ms! I hope we get several!!

Mega Swagbucks Friday!

Don’t forget today is Mega Swagbucks Friday!!  Search and earn your way to great prizes!  I’ve earned 31 $5.00 prizes so far!  On Mega Fridays you can win more often and in higher denominations so search away!!

You can read my post about making the most of Swagbucks.  If you haven’t signed up, sign up today and get 30 Swagbucks to start!

Free Sample of Achooz Saline Nose Wipes

achooz Get your Free Sample of Achooz Saline Nose Wipes.  Great to have in the car, especially if you have a little one!  It comes with one menthol and one fragrance free wipe.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Get a Free Sample of Oxy Clinical


Get your Free Sample of Oxy Clinical .  Not sure exactly what you’ll get, but it’s better than bills!

Thanks Young and Frugal In Virginia!

Nexxus Hair Care Sample

nexxusGet your Free Sample of Nexxus including Therappe Shampoo, Humectress Conditioner, and Humectress Deep Conditioner.  

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Making the Most of Swagbucks

For those that aren’t familiar with Swagbucks, it’s a search engine much like Google.  It’s even powered by Google and Ask!  Once you sign up you use it just like you would use Google search, Yahoo! search or any other search engine.

Upon signing up you’ll earn 30 Swagbucks to start.  Then just start searching to earn more.  You can redeem your Swagbucks for lots of great prizes.  My favorite is the $5.00 Amazon e-gift for 450 Swagbucks.  Each time I have $25.00 worth of e-gift cards, I place an order for items that qualify for Free Super Saver Shipping and get lots of great stuff!

So once you’re signed up, start searching for anything and everything.  If I know I want to check my Yahoo! mail, then I go to Swagbucks and type in Yahoo.  If I want to go to MSN, I first go to Swagbucks and type in MSN.  I win 3 to 4 times a day on average – anywhere from 30-50 bucks.

But wait…there’s more.  Did you know you can earn 3 easy Swagbucks a day, every day?  Simply go to your Swagbucks homepage and look at the side bar to the left.  Take the Daily Poll for 1 Swagbuck.  There’s a new poll every day!  Then go back to your homepage and click on Trusted Surveys.  You get 1 Swagbuck just for clicking (you don’t even have to take a survey).  You can do this every day too!  Lastly, go to Special Offers, then No Obligation Offers and skip through them.  Yep, you guessed it – 1 Swagbuck each day you do this!  That’s on average 90 Swagbucks a month!  I can do all three of these in under a minute every day!

Want More Swagbucks?  Go to the middle of your homepage and there is a section for Special Offers where they scroll on by.  You can watch videos for Swagbucks, (I often minimize my screen and let them play), or you can sign up for websites (I recommend using a junk, but real email and not your regular email to cut down on spam).  There are other offers but I don’t do anything that requires any money.

Also if you haven’t already, download the Toolbar, check the blog often and keep searching!  I earned over 120 Swagbucks just today and since I’ve started I earned 31 $5.00 prizes!!

Take Care of Your Pet – Lots of Free Samples (Round Up)

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I thought I would do a round up of several pet freebies available right now.

If you have a PetPerks Card from Petsmart, register it for a Free 6 oz. pouch of Purina One Dog or Cat Food.  After registering click on the left sidebar where it says $30.00 in coupons, then scroll for the Free coupon.

Rachael Ray’s Nutrish Dog Food Sample (If you have requested this before you can’t get it again.)

Better Than Ears Dog Treats Sample (I posted this yesterday)

Grandma Bowser’s Dog Biscuits Sample (Scroll all the way down)

Natura Advantage Dog or Cat Food Coupon (Free Bag – previously posted)

I love Free Pet Products because we use them as treats oftentimes or mix them into their regular food to stretch it out a bit!


Monday, July 19, 2010

Better Than Ears Dog Treat Sample

better than earsWal-Mart is offering a Better Than Ears Dog Treat Sample.  Hurry and grab yours quick.  You can expect to receive your sample in about  4 weeks.

CVS - Week of 7/18 - $3.83 OOP/$13.00 ECBs back!

This week I paid a little more out of pocket (OOP) than you normally see me do. However considering I got 3 packs of soda you can’t beat it!!

Here’s the breakdown:

3 12-packs of Sunkist soda - $11.00

4 J&J First Aid Kits (trial size) - $3.96
Used 2 $3.00/2 J&J First Aid Products found here

1 Schick Quattro Razor - $8.99
Used $2.00 off MQ AND $4.00 off CVS coupon from mailer

1 Bayer Contour Meter - $14.99
Used $10.00 off MQ

I also used a $4.00 off 20.00 purchase and $11.98 in ECBs I had. I paid $3.83 OOP and received back $13.00 ECBs for future shopping!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Free Bikini Bra from America Apparel

This is going to go super fast so be quick and request a Free Bikini Bra from American Apparel! Choose your size 1, 2, or 3 (A, B or C) and enter your address.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Free Bag of Natura Dog or Cat Food Coupon Request

You can Request a Coupon for Free Bag of Natura Dog or Cat Food (5-6.6 lbs). If you don't know where to find it, don't worry because once you enter your address, the closest retailers will appear and you choose one. They will mail you the coupon in 10 days! I had trouble getting this site to load the last couple of days, but had no trouble tonight!

Another Good Nites Sample

Wal-Mart is now offering a Free Sample of Good Nites. This is different from the one I posted here so you can request both!

Crush Soda B1G1 Free 20 oz. Coupon!

Soda coupons are hard to come by, so get this one quick. There is a Buy 1 Get 1 Free 20 oz. Crush Coupon available now. I just printed 2! Yum!

Johnson & Johnson Coupon - Free Products!

Johnson & Johnson currently has out a great new coupon for $3.00 off 2 Red Cross Brand Products. Often times you can find the shown kits for $0.99, making both FREE after the coupon! Be sure to print two! I keep one of these in my purse and I gave one as part of a baby shower gift. Everyone loved the idea even though it may be a year or more before it's actually needed!

Free Sample of Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum

Sign up to receive a Free Sample of (1.5ml) Dr. Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum. I don't know much about this, but thought it would be fun to receive!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Free Sample of Good Nites

Get your Free Sample of Good Nites in boy or girl sizes today.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

CVS - My Deal for Week of 7/11 - $0.24 OOP!

I had another good shopping trip at CVS this morning. Sunday morning is my favorite time to go because my husband always takes over our son and just lets me go and be gone as long as i want. It ranges from 30 minutes to an hour of shopping bliss. And yes, I get a cart and wander very slowly enjoying my time!!!

Anyway, this week I purchased the following:

Caliber 5″ Soft-Handle Scissors: $0.99 (Sun.-Tues.)
Receive $0.99 ECBs

Paper Mate Pens (10 ct): $0.99 (Sun.-Tues.)
Receive $0.99 ECBs

2 John Frieda Hair Care Products - On sale 2 for $10.00, Receive $5.00 ECB
Used 2 $2.50 off Coupons found here. (You have to take the test, which I did and then bought the two products they suggested, we'll see how they work!)
After coupons and ECB

My total before coupons was $11.98
After coupons $6.98
Used $7.00 ECBs
Received back $6.98 ECBs
OOP: $0.24 (Tax Only)

Free Thai Cashew Chicken Breast - Panda Express 7/14

A friend of mine sent me a link for a coupon for a free Thai Cashew Chicken Breast on July 14th, 2010. We don't have one around here, but I'm hoping that some of my readers can use this! Enjoy!

Thanks Donna!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

CVS Deals On School Supplies This Week (Free Items)

If you have any children headed to school in the fall, this week is a great week to begin your back to school shopping at CVS. If you don't have any ECBs to begin with, this would be a great starter week for you! If you do have ECBs then you might want to stock on some items, by simply trading in your ECBs for new ones and keep them rolling!

There are two great back to school products that are FREE after ECBs this week (Sunday through Tuesday) only:

Caliber 5″ Soft-Handle Scissors: $0.99 (Sun.-Tues.)
Receive $0.99 ECBs

Paper Mate Pens (10 ct): $0.99 (Sun.-Tues.)
Receive $0.99 ECBs

Don't forget to scan your Extracare Card at the kiosk every time you shop. I also generally scan mine twice to see what coupons I get. Today I got a coupon for $0.50 off a candy bar. Those candy bars were $0.50, making them Free. It's a great way to add a few items to your sale!

Facebook Freebie - Sample of Dentyne Pure Gum

"Like" Dentyne Gum on Facebook and register to receive a sample of Dentyne Pure Gum!

Lots of Free Johnsonville Deli Bites!!!!

Johnsville wants you to become a Johnsonville Enthusiast. Do that first and then click through to register for FREE Johnsonville Deli Bites. You'll get 6 FREE PACKAGES!!! What a GREAT Freebie!!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Food Lion Deals - ($3.83 OOP!)

Check out my deal at Food Lion for only $3.83 OOP!

I purchased two boxes of Mac and Cheese for $1.25 each
Used 2 FREE coupons from here and here (no longer available)

2 Cans of Libby's vegetables
Used 2 FREE coupons that I posted about here (I believe no more are available)

2 bottles of salad dressing $2.99 each
On sale B1G1 Free
Plus used $0.75 MQ
$2.24 for both or $1.12 each

2 bottles of All Oxy (28 load bottles) $4.59 each
On Sale B1G1 Free
Plus used a $2.00 off 1 MQ and a $1.00 off 1 MQ
$1.59 for both or $0.79 Each!!

Buy One Get One Free sales are awesome, especially when you combine the items with 2 manufacturer's coupons! Yes you can use 2 coupons (1 for each item) and still get the B1G1 free sale! While I do not buy multiple inserts of the newspaper, I survive on one copy (gasp!), you can find lots of duplicate coupons on the internet!

Ziploc Back-To-School Gift Pack Offer from Right @ Home

Right @ Home is offering a ZipLoc Back-To-School Gift Pack to the first 10,000 who respond to the offer. You can not have won a gift pack in the last 180 days. If you're not sure, sign up anyway and let them figure it out! The Gift Pack contains Ziploc Brand Sandwich Bags, Ziploc Brand Containers with the Smart Snap Seal and Ziploc Brand Storage Bags with the Smart Zip Seal.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Free Sample of Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant

Get a Free Sample of Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant from WalMart. This came out previously but went so fast I didn't even have time to order it or post it, so be sure to snag this right away!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Free Sample of Dove Damage Therapy Daily Moisturizer Hair Care

Sam's Club is offering a Free Sample of Dove Damage Therapy Daily Moisturizer Hair Care Sample. You do not have to be member for this one!

CVS - Only Tax OOP - $0.61

Today I shopped CVS with no idea of what deals were going on, but I think I did a pretty good job! I got all of the above for $0.61 (tax only!) I did use $3.00 in Extrabucks but that's all, the rest were coupons! HEre's the breakdown:
2 Pantene shampoo and conditioners - Regular $3.99 each, marked down 50% off - total for two $3.99
Used $2.00 off 1 from the CVS coupon center (scan your card) and stacked it with a $2.00 off 2 MQ
1 Schick disposable razors (trial size) - $1.29
Used $2.00 off 1 MQ
1 Dawn dish soap $0.99
Used $0.25 off MQ
1 Nice and Easy Root Touch Up - $5.99
Used $2.00 off 1 from the CVS coupon center (scan your card) and stacked it with a $2.00 off 1 MQ
Used $3.00 Extrabucks (which they adjusted down to $2.87) making me pay only the tax of $0.61!!

Free Can of Libby's Vegetables

Print a coupon for a Free Can of Libby's Vegetables (any variety or size). Remember to print it twice!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Fun New Instant Win Game - I won on the 1st try!

Wendy's Summer of Real is a great new instant win game offering thousands of prizes! I spun the wheel today and won 30 My Coke Rewards points for a Free 20 oz. Coke!!

Once you click to the page enter the following code: 329492855844, then spin the wheel. Good luck and let me know if you win!