Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Facebook Freebie – Hurry – 4-Pack of Energizer Recharge AA Batteries

Hurry! The first 30,000 who ‘LIKE’ Energizer can register for a coupon for a Free 4-pack of Energizer Recharge AA Batteries. After clicking Like, go to the Giveaway Tab and enter your information!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Come CVSing With Me Week 5 (8/29)

Sorry I missed last week, but we were enjoying our much needed family vacation. Hopefully you worked some magic on your own. Either way, I’m starting out assuming you have $4.50 ECBs, based on the week before.

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

You can enter my $5.00 gift card to CVS Giveaway HERE!

This week you should have $4.50 in ECBs to spend if you followed along last week.

This is NOT the best week to roll your ECBs and I probably will not shop this week unless I receive an email coupon for money off (i.e. $4.00 off $20.00 purchase).

The below transaction will cost you a little OOP and may not be worth it. You might want to hang on to your $4.50 ECBs for next week.

Remember the ECBs work “just like cash”.

This week take your $4.50 in ECBs and do the following deal:

  • Listerine – $3.97
    Use $1/1 Listerine coupon
    Get $1 ECB (Limit 2)
  • Crest Clinical Toothpaste – $3.97
    Use $1/1 Crest coupon (PG 8/1 or PG 8/29)
    Get $2.50 ECBs (Limit 2)

Total would be $5.94, Use $4.50 ECBS for OOP of $1.44. $3.50 in ECBs back for next week, plus by now if you are using your Green Bag Tag, you should have an extra $1.00 in ECBs, putting the total back up to $4.50 for next week!

This week you can add the following for cheap:

2 Cans of Campbell’s Soup, Use this $0.50 internet coupon making them $0.25 a can!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

CVS $5.00 Gift Card Giveaway!!

cvs 001 For those of you who already shop CVS, are following my “Come CVSing With Me” series, or want to get started, here is a perfect chance to stretch your dollars, make some deals and use nothing OOP!

I’m hosting my very first giveaway!

The prize:  $5.00 Gift Card to CVS

How Do You Enter:  It’s simple – leave me a comment by Thursday, September 9, 2010 by 11:00 p.m. EST, which is when the contest closes.

This contest is open to U.S. residents, age 18 or over.  If you don’t have a Google account, leave me an anonymous comment, BUT you must sign your at least your first name and a last name initial to avoid confusion.

The winner will be chosen on September 10, 2010.

How will you know if you’ve won:  I’ll announce it on my blog!  You’ll have 3 days (72 hours) from the time of the announcement to contact me.  If the initial winner doesn’t contact me, a new winner will be chosen.

Winner will be chosen using random.org and will coincide with the comment entry.

Chances of winning depend on the number of entries.

The gift card will be mailed to the winner (I can’t be responsible for items lost in the mail.)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Free Sample of U by Kotex

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Posts Coming Soon

We’ve just gotten back from a wonderful week long family vacation!  I’ll be updating freebies, CVS, and other good deals over the next couple of days.  I have over 600 emails in my inbox to weed through, so it may take a bit!  I enjoyed a computer-free vacation, except for about an hour’s worth.

Plus, I’ll post how we paid CASH on our vacation only (except for one lunch which I’ve already repaid!)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Free Sample - Wysong Pet Food

Choose two flavors for your Free Sample of Wysong Pet Food. Choose from chicken, fish or venison. You can expect your sample in about 4 weeks.

Free Sample - Playtex Sport

WalMart is currently offering a Free Sample of Playtex Sport. You can expect your sample in 4-6 weeks.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Free Sample - Tena Serenity Pads (from CVS!)

CVS is offering a Free Sample! Get your Free Sample of Tena Serenity Pads. Your sample should arrive in 4-6 weeks.

Free Sample Nexxus

Walmart is offering a Free Sample of Therappe Shampoo, Humectress Conditioner and Humectress Deep Conditioner. Your sample should arrive in 4-6 weeks.

Free Sample Prevacid

Walmart is currently offering a Free Two Day Sample of Prevacid (answer yes to both questions). You can expect your sample in 4 to 6 weeks.

Parenting Early Years Subscription - FREE

ValueMags is offering a Free Subscription to Parenting Early Years. That's 11 free issues! If you already receive this magazine - no worried as they will just tack them on to the end of your current subscription! I've received tons of free magazines from ValueMags!

Kroger - $46.00 for $12.00!

Kroger is having a great Add Up the Savings Mega Event. If you purchase 8 eligable items, you get $4.00 off instantly at checkout. You can do this as many times as you want. I pair items with coupons and hit the store.

I purchased all that you see in the photo for $12.33! I saved over $33.00! I even bought 3 items that weren't part of the sale, but I needed one (the tomato paste) and the other two were a steal - Country Crock butters, on sale for $1.00 each, and I used 2 $0.40 off coupons that doubled to $0.80, making the tubs of butter only $0.20 each!

Here are some of my favorite deals from the Add Up the Savings Mega Event (prices reflect the $0.50 discount alread for buying 8 items:

Sobe Juice, Tea or Lifewater, $0.59
B1G1 FREE SoBe printable - Play the Game
$0.04 ea. wyb 2 after coupon

Sunny D (64 oz.), $0.59
As low as $0.09 ea. after double coupon

Pillsbury Cinnamon and Crescent Rolls, $1.19
$0.35/1 Pillsbury Refrigerated Sweet Rolls
As low as $0.40 ea. after double coupon

Pillsbury Pizza Crusts or Breadsticks, $1.19
$0.40/2 Pillsbury Italian Meal Bread
$0.79 ea. wyb 2 after double coupon

Bugles, $1.49
$0.50/1 MQ Select Bugles Snacks
$0.49 ea. after double coupon
Chex Mix, $1.49
$0.50/1 Chex Mix Salty ‘N Sweet
$0.50/2 Chex Mix or Chex 100 Calorie Snack
As low as $0.49 ea. after double coupon

Gardetto Snack Mix, $1.49
$0.49 ea. after double coupon

Hamburger, Chicken or Tuna Helper, $0.89
$0.75/3 Hamburger Helper Skillet Meals
$0.64 ea. wyb 3 after coupon!

Don't forget to check out Shortcuts.com also - they have Chex coupons and a couple others you can load directly on to your card for instant savings.

***I actually bought 4 extra items buy accident thinking it was 10 items needed, not 8. That's what I get for shopping with my 4 year old who had not taken a nap!!! Either way my toal works out to about $0.53 per item!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Snapfish – Grand Opening – Free 8x10 Collage & Shipping!

I love me some Free Shipping!For two days only Snapfish is offering Free Shipping and Free 8x10 collage in honor of their Grand Opening.

I save up free prints and then when Snapfish offers Free Shipping I order!  I rarely ever pay for photo prints anymore.

My favorite way to get free prints is through My Coke Rewards.

I had a credit for 80 free prints, so I ordered those, added the 8x10 collage and entered the code GRANDSHIP at checkout for an entirely FREE purchase!

Woo Hoo!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

CVS – My Trip $0.45 OOP! (Week of 8/14)

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Wow – look at all that for a whopping $0.45 OOP!!!

I had $7.00 in ECBs going in and came out with $8.00.  ($7.00 for the Zegerid and $1.00 for using my Green Bag Tag).

Here’s the breakdown:

6 Sobe’s on sale B1G1 Free, PLUS I used 3 B1G1 Free coupons for playing the game here, making them all FREE!

1 20 oz. Coke, used Free coupon from My Coke Rewards, making it FREE!

2 RIght Guard Deodorants on sale B1G1 Free, PLUS I used a B1G1 Free MQ, making them both FREE!

3 J&J First Aid Kits (found in the trial size section) for $0.99 each, Plus I used $3.00 off 3 J&J product MQ, making them all FREE!

1 bottle of Zegerid Heartburn Medication on sale for $9.99, Plus I used $3.00 off MQ, making it $6.99.

I used $7.00 in ECBs, and gained back $8.00, paying only $0.45 OOP!

PetSmart – Freebies

If you have signed up for a Pet Perks card from PetSmart and registered it online, you should be able to log in and print a coupon for a Free 6 oz. bag of Purina Pro Plan cat or dog food (or you can get $3.00 off a larger bag). 

Also in today’s paper (SS insert) I received a Free 6 oz. bag of Purina One dog or cat food.

I went ahead and made a trip to PetSmart and used all 3 coupons, making the below completely free!! 

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Come Cvsing With Me Week 4 - (8/8)

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

This week you should have $4.00 in ECBs to spend if you followed along last week

Remember the ECBs work “just like cash”.

This week take your $4.00 in ECBs and do the following deal:

  • Purchase Crest or Oral B Health for $3.49
    Includes: Complete Rinse 16.9 oz, Clinical Gum Protection Toothpaste 4 oz, or Glide Clinical Protection Floss 38.2 yd
    Use either $1/1 Crest Toothpaste 4 oz+ MQ from the 8/1/2010 P&G Insert or $1/1 Glide Floss 35 m+ MQ from the 8/1/2010 P&G Insert


  • Purex Complete 3-in-1 Sheets: for $5.99
    Use $3/1 Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets MQ from the 8/15/2010 RP Insert

Total after coupons is $5.48, pay with your $4.00 in ECBs, get back $4.50 in ECBs for next time.  OOP = $1.48 this week BUT sweeten the deal with the following add-ons making your OOP stretch even farther for free -

  • Sobe Lifewater on sale B1G1 Free – Play the Game (I’ve won everytime) for B1G1 Free printable coupons and purchase up to 6 Sobes FREE


  • If you were lucky enough to get a MQ in the 7/25/10 RP for B1G1 Free RIght Guard or Dry Idea then use it today to get 2 deodorants FREE because they are also on sale for B1G1 FREE!


  • If you scan your card and receive a $1.00 off 2 Caliper products go to the school section and grab either 2 packs of pens or 2 packs of single subject notebooks – they are on sale for 2 for $1.00 making them FREE!

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

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bridal Guide Magazine - 12 Issues Free

ValueMags is offering 12 issues of Bridal Guide for Free! I am currently receiving magazine subscriptions from ValueMags and have never had to pay a cent! Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hurry - Facebook Freebie - 4 bags of H.K. Anderson Pretzels

Hurry and Grab your Free Sample of H.K. Anderson Pretzels on Facebook. "Like" them first, then fill out the form (you may have to scroll down) under the Sweepstakes Tab. Hit subscribe and your all done. The four flavors you get to try sound delicious and I'm understanding these are FULL SIZED bags!

Free Sample Post-It Durable Tabs & Label Pads

Get a Free Sample of Post-It Durable Tabs and Label Pads. I've received some great samples from Post-It before!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Facebook Freebie - Miracle Foot Repair

It's summertime and who couldn't use a Free Sample of Miracle Foot Repair?

Another Friend Adopting - Will You Help?!

I have yet another friend adopting again! They have two biological children and one son from Russia adopted in 2008 (the same year we brought home our precious son)! I'm so glad so many precious children are finding homes.

You can make a tax free donation to them - Check out there page here and I've added their "Button" on my sidebar, but you can see it below also!

Free Sample - Green Genius Trash Bag

Get a Free Sample of Green Genius Trash Bags when you register for their tree head newsletter.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Come CVSing With Me Week Three (8/8-8/14) – Get Paid To Shop This Week!!

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

This week you should have $4.00 in ECBs to spend if you followed along last week

Remember the ECBs work “just like cash”.

This week take your $4.00 in ECBs and do the following deal:

  • Purchase Schick Hydro 3 or Hydro 5 razor 1ct. $8.97, Use $5/1 Schick Hydro 3 or 5 MQ (SS 8/8/10 – Don’t forget to buy a paper today!), Then send in for the below FULL PRICE REBATE!!
    Up to $10.99 MIR Schick Hydro Razor printable

Total is $3.97, pay with your $4.00 in ECBs, get back $4.00 in ECBs for next time.  No cash OOP required, except for tax!

This time you came out with a free product, earned ECBs for next week and can submit for a full price rebate receiving back $8.97 – you just got paid to shop!

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

Target Freebies!

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I made a quick run to Target today before treating myself and my son to Chick Filet!  We just got a Chick FIlet (finally!) and he’d been dying to go to the “food place with the slide in the window”.

Anyway – since Target and Chick Filet are side by side, I thought I’d run in and got these two thing for $0.00!!  I even took a picture of my receipt to show you!

Bic Pens – 2 packs at $0.99 each, used  $1.00 off 2 Bic Products from the newspaper this weekend and stacked it with the $1.00 off 2 TARGET PRINTABLE.  BOTH FREE!

Ravioli - $0.99, used $1.00 off TARGET PRINTABLE.  BOTH FREE

I’m also hearing there is a hot $1.00 off 2 BIC coupon on Coupons.com.  I can’t seem to locate it, but I had already printed it, so I may not be able to see it anymore – take a peek and if you get it (under office supplies) print two and you’ll be able to get even more free pens!

Friday, August 6, 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!

Another Free Sample of Emergen-C

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Free Sample Nature’s Bounty Your Life Multi Gummies for adults


Get a Free Sample of Nature’s Bounty Your Life Multi Adult Gummies .  You should receive your sample in 8 weeks.

Emergen-C Blue Sample

emergenc-blue-logo-drink-mix-boxGet a Free Sample of Emergen-C Blue .  You sample will be shipped within four weeks.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

CVS Advisor Panel - $5.00 Extra Bucks for a Survey Tonight!

If you haven’t signed up for the CVS Advisor Panel, you should.  Occasionally they send out surveys.  Tonight the survey I got said if I qualified, I would earn $5.00 Extrabucks (just like cash), and even if I didn’t qualify I would $2.00 Extrabucks. 

I qualified, (Yippe!) and for less than ten minutes of my time, I earned $5.00 in ECBs to add to my stash to shop with!

Don’t forget, if you want to start shopping with me, you can check out Week 1 and Week 2!

Treat Your Coupons Like Cash – A Small Re-Introduction and News of an Upcoming Giveaway – My First!

I saw the title of this post on another blog a couple of years ago. I wish I could remember which one, so I could give them credit, but I just can’t because my blog roll has since exploded!

A little over two years ago we had just brought our son home from Russia at the age of 21 months. I was home with him for six weeks before I was expected back to work. The six weeks was unpaid and after the expenses of the adoption, I was looking for ways to earn a little money on the side, or at least start saving some money. Shortly after starting back to work full-time, both my husband and I felt that I was needed at home more so I transitioned to part-time work, which meant a part-time check.

Before then I had never bothered to cut coupons, never got a newspaper, and just bought what we wanted and needed.

A friend and fellow adoptive mother (thanks Jackie!), started a blog and once I read it I realized there were so many ways to save money. I started reading other frugal blogs. I saw how some were playing the drugstores games (like working CVS ECBs) and how some were listing items they could get free at many local stores by using coupons. I was introduced to internet printable coupons, survey sites, points programs and I was thrilled. I could do this stuff, while being at home and with a 2-3 hour nap time (I know – I was lucky) I could read deals and learn to come up with my own!

I posted my first frugal adventure into CVS on my other blog here as part of another post, but because I was so proud of myself I had to get it posted somewhere. I came out of CVS with way more than the one bottle of conditioner I had to buy for less than the actual price of the bottle itself! I couldn’t believe it when the cashier gave me my total.

The rest is history. I started this blog, started shopping with coupons, requesting free samples of products, and saving money. Since then I don’t think I’ve once actually paid out of pocket for a tube of toothpaste, razors, shampoo, conditioner, etc.

While I tend to stick to only a few stores, CVS, Kroger, and Target mainly, I’ve found that just by matching coupons with sales, stacking coupons (where allowed) and making smaller shopping trips, has saved us a ton. I’m thinking now about venturing into a few new stores (like Rite Aid), but I try to be careful about how much time I spend shopping. I make most of my trips quick by laying out my deal and coupons ahead of time and only going in after those items. My husband supports me a great deal and can never believe the deals I come home with. In fact, every Sunday he lets me venture out on my own to shop CVS by myself. He knows even though I have the deal laid out, that sometimes it takes me a bit longer than necessary ;) especially since I love listening to books on CD!

Getting back to the initial title of the post, remember to treat your coupons like cash. Isn’t it fun to watch your total tick down?! I always ask the cashier, if the screen doesn’t show it, to subtotal the items so I can watch the coupons at work. When it’s done I think about how much extra cash I would have to pull out of my pocket to pay for the items had I not used the coupons. They really do work like cash! That one simple sentence changed my life!

Finally, (what you’ve been waiting for) in a few weeks (maybe sooner) I’ll be hosting my first blog giveaway! It has to do with CVS, so if you’re following along with my series on shopping CVS, or even if your not, you’ll want to enter. It’ll be easy (I promise) and hopefully you’ll win!

Free Sample of Refreshe

Get a Free Sample of Refreshe from Safeway. (You don't have to live near one.) This sample is on Facebook, but you have to look on the right column of your home page for the symbol you see in this post!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Free Sample of Post-It Super Sticky Notes

Get your Free Sample of Super Sticky Post-It Notes. Your sample shouls arrive in 6-8 weeks!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Pledge Easy-Summer Gift Pack Opportunity

Right at Home is offering up a Pledge Easy-Summer Gift Pack containing a pouch of Pledge Natural Beauty Wipes and a Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair to the first 7,000 to sign up.

You can only win a gift pack if you haven't won one in the last 180 days. If you can't remember if you've won, sign up anyway and let them sort it out! Good luck!

Facebook Freebie - Tiger Balm Neck & Shoulder Rub

When you "Like" Tiger Balm on Facebook, you can sign up to receive a Free Sample of Tiger Balm Neck & Shoulder Rub.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Free Box of Better Oats

better-oatsSign up to receive a coupon in the mail for a Free Box of Better Oats !

Facebook Freebie – Eucerin Sample

Eucerin-Skin-Care-Sample“Like” Eucerin on Facebook and request a Free Sample of Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Lotion.

CVS – My Trip - (Week of 8/1)

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Wow!  I got all this for $8.97 OOP – a little more than I would usually spend, BUT I got my husband’s heartburn pills (which he HAS to take and normally cost us more than $20.00) AND all the other things you see pictured!! 

That’s 12 Sobes –  Played the game here for B1G1 coupons and have won everytime (no code necessary, instructions found here, and saved up my B1G1 Free coupons found hereALL FREE (On sale at CVS for B1G1 Free already).  I’ll be playing daily to win more coupons before the end of the week!

2 Dawn Hand Renewals – $0.99, used 2 $1.00 off from the Home Made Simple Coupon Booklet – you can sign up for one here), FREE

Prilosec - $24.99, used $3.00 off coupon

2 Clean & Clear trial size items - $0.99, used 2 $1.00 off coupon found here (print it twice), FREE

1 Colgate Toothpaste - $2.49, used $0.75 coupon found here

2 Schick Twin Packs – trial size $2.58, Used $3.00 off 2 Twin packs MQ, FREE

1 can of Friskies - $0.89 (needed it)

2 Dove candy bars - $1.00, used $0.50 off 2 from CVS scanner - $0.50

Used $4.00 off $20.00 purchase from my email, and $11.99 ECBS

Grand total - $8.97

Got back $7.00 ECBs!  (Making my husband’s heartburn medication nearly FREE!)