Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas on a Shoe String (Without Looking Like It!)

I admit it. We were cheap this year. However, we gave more gifts this year, than last.

How is that possible?? I'm glad you asked!

First off I played the CVS game faithfully. I stored everything I got and then made my son's teachers baskets with Glade products, pens, pencils, book covers, etc. The rest of the items I put aside for our annual Survivor Style auction that we hold on Christmas Eve! This fun auction allows all the family and friends who show up at our house on Christmas Eve the chance to leave with a load of extras! So, we tone down our giving because the auction items we feel (and I'm know our family does too) count as additional gifts!! If they bid right, they can leave with items totaling more than 20-30 dollars easily!

Next, I checked all of my point oriented sites that I am member of. Survey sites like ZoomPanel, sites like My Points, and even our credit card points program and I look to see what kind of gifts I can grab. With ZoomPanel, I knocked out a CD on my sister's wish list. With My Points, I knocked out a Home Depot and a Subway gift card. Three gifts in total for FREE!

Moving on, I checked my gift card balance. There are plenty of ways to earn gift cards. So many in fact, that I've dedicated a whole post to it!! It includes sites like that Swagbucks and Opinion Outpost to name just two. With just over $60.00 already loaded in my account (which I earned in less than 2 months), I knocked out three more people. Thomas Train tracks for my nephew, a CD of traditional hymns for my mother, and three books and a CD on my sister's wish list. I even managed to sneak in a book for myself! All items qualified for Free Super Saver Shipping and Ta Da! All free with a whopping balance of $0.57 left to add to in my account!

Finally, I utilized coupons and sale ads. You might remember my Target deal and how I got Hungry Hippos travel games for free and Pictureka for $0.24. Two more gifts for friend's children down and 1 gift for my son's pre-school gift exchange down - for $0.24! I also kept receiving $10.00 off $10.00 Kohl's coupons and I utilized those to fill my son's stocking for FREE with Thomas items, window markers, trio blocks, and Imaginext toys, among other things.

One side of our family decided not to do gifts this year, which was a huge help, so beyond a little cash for a teenage nephew, we were Christmas spending free. That same family came to the auction and left with a bunch of goodies!

Except for a few other fill ins, mostly from a dollar store (baskets and candy), we were able to manage our Chirstmas on a Shoestring, that looked like anything but!!

Facebook Freebie - CoolJuice Coupon by Mail (64 oz. FREE)

Like CoolJuice on Facebook and then send an email to with your address to receive a Coupon by mail for a Free 64 oz. Carton of CoolJuice! There are four yummy flavors to choose from: Mango Groove, Fruit Punch, Tropical Blue and Tropical Rhythms!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Grab a Coast Soap Coupon - Free at Kroger

Print a coupon for $1.00 off 1 Coast Body Wash or Bar Product and take it to your nearest Kroger.

Right now Kroger has the Coast 2 pack of soap for $1.00
(Prices do vary by region)

More Free Excedrin

You can grab two more coupons for Free Excedrin here. Just look under health care. I was able to get the Execedrin PM and Excedrin Extra Strength. These coupons will be mailed to you in about 2-3 weeks.

Facebook Freebie - Shout Color Catcher

Facebook is now offering a Free Sample of Shout Color Catcher. You need to "Like" Shout first and then click on the Offers tab. You can also print a coupon while you are there. Expect your sample in about 6 weeks.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Five Sites to Earn Amazon E-Gift Cards

You can buy just about anything on! I used to think it was only for books and music and boy was I wrong!!

I love that they offer Free Super Saver Shipping on tons of items, provided you choose that method at checkout and spend over $25.00! Not only do I love free items, but I love free shipping!!

You may have noticed I said free items in the last sentence. I did, because I earn lots of e-gift cards for through many survey and point sites I frequent. I earn the cards, load them to my account and when I'm ready I shop!

Here are my top favorite five sites to earn money:

1. Swagbucks. If you aren't using Swagbucks, you really should sign up today! It's the simplest way to earn Amazon e-gift cards out there!! For those that aren’t familiar with Swagbucks, it’s a search engine much like Google. It’s even powered by Google and Ask! Just start searching to win! You can redeem 450 Swagbucks for a $5.00 e-gift card. I generally earn between 20 and 50 bucks a day! You can also check out my previous post on how to make the most of Swagbucks every day.

2. Opinion Outpost. This is a survey site and each survey you complete earns you points. Each point is worth ten cents. So if you get an offer for a survey worth 20 points, and you qualify and complete the survey, you receive $2.00. Most surveys take me about 15 minutes to complete and are worth (on the average) 20 points. I earned over $80.00 this year alone! You can redeem your points Amazon e-gift cards (and other things as well). You can cash out when you have 50 points or $5.00. I find with Opinion Outpost that I earn points very quickly!

3. Zoombucks. I'm relatively new to Zoombucks, but I like it so far. It's similar to Swagbucks, but it seems like I win a bit more often. Each time you search, you have the opportunity to win Zoombucks. You can also complete surveys, offers, etc. for Zoombucks. Each Zoombuck is worth 1 cent. I like having a monetary amount to pin on the buck. Once you have 2,000 points you can redeem for a $20.00 e-gift card. After your first redemption you can redeem once you have reached 1,000 points. I haven't actually redeemed anything yet, but it appears simple enough.

4. My View. This is a survey site that I'm also relatively new too, but I'm loving it!! I've already redeemed for $30.00 in Amazon money! You can log in each day to see if there are any available surveys. Each survey has a point value ranging from 200 to 2,000 or more. Even if you don't qualify for the entire survey you are still rewarded with 125 points for trying. Sometimes I rack up 1,000 points a day not qualifying for surveys in under a few minutes! 21,000 points earns you a $15.00 Amazon e-gift card! I got two of them in less than 6 weeks!! If you are interested in joining, email me using the Contact Me link on the right sidebar and I can send you an invitation to join!

5. Lightspeed Panel. This is another survey site that I really like. While most of the time I use my points here for Paypal cash, you can also earn Amazon e-gift cards. 1,100 points earns a $10.00 gift card. Most surveys are worth 75-150 points. I qualify for about 2/3 of their surveys and enjoy them. If your interested in siging up, you can go directly to the site to do so.

By utilizing one or more of these sites, you can earn lots of e-gift cards to load into your account. I use this money to buy gifts and to treat myself.

Have fun earning and spending your rewards!!

CVS - Week of 12/26 - 1/1 and My $1.05 Deal

There are some good deals at CVS this week. Here are some of my favorite.

Tone body wash $3.88, Earn $3 ECBs (limit 1)
Use $1/1 Tone Body Wash Internet Printable
Free after ECBs

Pantene Pro V 2/$6.97, Earn $2 ECB (limit 1)
Use $3/2 Pantene Product 12/26/2010 P&G Insert or
Use B1G1 Pantene Shampoo WYB Pantene 11/28/2010 P&G Insert
Pay $1.49 for two after ECBs

Olay bodywash $6.97, Earn $2 ECBs (limit 1)
Use $2/1 Olay Soap, Body Wash or Lotion 12/26/2010 P&G Insert AND
Use Free Olay Hand & Body Lotion wyb Body Wash, exp. 12-31 (P&G 11/28/10)
Pay $2.97 after ECBs, but you get the FREE Hand & Body Lotion too!

Here's my deal for $1.05 OOP!!

I did the Tone body wash deal as listed above, the Pantene deal using the Free item coupn, plus the CVS scanner had spit out a $1.00 off 1 coupon that I used, added in the Dawn dish soap, on sale for $0.94, used a $0.50 off coupon from today's P&G, added in two trial size Tylenol packs for $2.00, used $2.00 off any Tylenol product from the CVS scanner, and tacked in the candy cane and 2 Reese's to bring subtotal to $6.00, used $6.00 ECBs and earned back $5.00, only paying $1.05 OOP in tax!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Facebook Freebie - Request a $0.99 Off 1 Ruffles Chips ($0.99 Bag)

Like Ruffles on Facebook and request a $0.99 Coupon off of a $0.99 Bag of Ruffles! I like free chips!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Free Sample Purina One Dog or Cat Food

Wal-Mart is offering a Free Sample of Purina One Dog or Cat Food. I've mentioned this sample before, but I was able to request it again!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Paid Survey Site - ZoomPanel

I wanted to tell you about another great paid survey site! This site doesn't pay in moentary form, but you earn points and can redeem for merchandise. They have tons of books and CDs available as well as the typical reward oriented merchandise (alarm clocks, phones, etc.)

It's called ZoomPanel and it's simple to sign up for. They send you survey invites by email. I qualify for a good portion of their surveys and even if you don't, you get 5 points. Most surveys are worth 75 points. I find that with this survey site, if you don't qualify, they let you know almost immediately, so you don't waste time, getting halfway through a survey just to be told you don't qualify.

Some of my other favorite paid survey sites I have previously mentioned are CashCrate and Opinion Outpost (which I just received two checks from for $8.00 and $6.00!!!

Don't be shy about signing up for ZoomPanel. It's free and if you have the time, you really can make some money or in this case, books, CDs or other merchadise!! I've already received a brand new phone (just in time because our cordless phone died) and a CD for a Christmas gift for a family member this year!!

New Link for Free Bottle of Excedrin Extra Strength

Sign up for a Free Bottle of Excedrin Extra Srength (up to $5.99) Coupon by Mail! This is different from the one I posted a week ago. Grab this before it's gone!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Free Yplait Yogurt Coupon - Hurry!

Grab a Coupon by Mail for a Free Cup of Yoplait Yogurt! I'm sure this won't last.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Paid Survey Site - Inbox Dollars

I received my first check from Inbox Dollars for $27.08 this past week. I meant to take a photo, but I deposited it too fast!

Inbox Dollars is very simple! Once you join, you automatically get a $5.00 sign on bonus! You can't cash out until you have made $30.00 (and they do take out a $3.00 processing fee, which they gave right back to me as a bonus for cashing out), but I made the payout fairly quickly. You can make it quickly to, depending how involved you want to be.

You can simply open emails that they send to you and sometimes you have to confirm the emails, you can do surveys, you can do tasks, you can even print and redeem coupons for money!

I find sites like Inbox Dollars very easy and not very time consuming which I like. I can open several emails in the matter of a minute and earn!

Sign up today for the $5.00 bonus to get you started working towards the $30.00 payout!! I love receiving these checks in the mail!

Free Sample Curel Sensative Skin Remedy Lotion

Get a Free Sample of Curel Sensative Skin Remedy Lotion. Allow 8-10 weeks for delivery.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Free Sample of Purina One Dog Food

Sam's Club (you do not have to be a member) is offering a Free Sample of Purina One SmartBlend Formula Dog Food.

Quick - Facebook Freebie - First 25,000 Bag of Dog or Cat Food from Purina

If you "Like" Purina One on Facebook and are one of the first 25,000 (12,500 for dogs and 12,500 for cats) you'll get a Free Bag of their new line Purina One beyOnd Dog or Cat Food sent to your door. (No PO Boxes on this one).

Thanks Young and Frugal in Virginia!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My $1.73 Target Deal!! You Can Do This One Too!

Check out a couple of great Target deals this week!

You can score these deals too!

2 Hungary Hippo Travel Games $4.99 Each
Used 2 $5.00 off 1 Coupon found here (coupon no. 1)
Both FREE!

2 Pictureka Card Games $5.24 Each
Used 2 $5.00 off 1 Coupon found here (coupon no. 3)
Both for $0.48!

1 Seventh Generation Multi Purpose Spray $2.49
Stacked with $1.00 off Target Coupon (under baby care)

1 Suave Shampoo $0.74
My son needs a gift for his preschool party that's a limit of $5.00. How great will the Hungary Hippos Travel Game be as it was $4.99, but I got it FREE!!

Free Sample John Frieda Shampoo (Certain States)

Get a Free Sample of John Frieda Sheer Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner from Kroger. This is only valid in the following states: AL, AR, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, NC, OH, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV

Free Sample of Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Get a Free Sample of Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Free Sample of Seattle's Best Coffee

Wal-Mart is currently offering a Free Sample of Seattle's Best Coffee! Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Two Free Bottles of Excedrin - Hurry!