Monday, February 28, 2011

Keep Playing Those Sweeps - I Won Another One!

I received this email this morning:

Congratulations! We're happy to let you know that you're a winner in Clinique's Let Your Lashes Say More Sweepstakes! You’re one of 100,000 winners randomly selected to receive a mini High Impact Mascara from Clinique (.07oz).

Woo Hoo!!

Read here about my other two recent wins!

Here is a current list of the Sweeps I'm playing!!

Good Luck!

My little sister told me last night she won a Stouffer's Free Coupon and a $1.29 Amazon gift card from the Dentyne Sweeps!! YAY!!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Free Sample of Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers

Get a Free Sample of Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers from Costco - no membership required. You can choose from size 1 up to size 6! Allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Swagbucks - Incentive to Sign Up - 55 Bucks!!

Are you searching with Swagbucks yet? If not, you should be! Each time you search you have the chance to win bucks which can then be spent on tons of items, my favorite two being e-gift cards and Paypal cash! I've redeemed 52 prizes just for doing something I already do!

Swagbucks is turning 3 this year and they are rolling out the fun in celebration!! Sign up today and start earing some great prizes or some cash! You'll start out with 30 bucks! Plus, you can get another 25 bucks for entering the code:


That's 55 Swagbucks to get you started! I even have Swagbucks listed as number 1 on my top 5 ways to earn Amazon money!

Happy searching!

Guest Post - Making Your Own Dog Food from Turkey/Chicken Carcasses

Because we have three wonderful dogs and two cats to feed, my even more wonderful mother began researching how to make dog food. We had stopped buying canned dog food on a regular basis and weaned our dogs on to a mostly dry food diet due to the price of canned dog food. Then my mother suggested making canned dog food and here is what she researched and came up with. I can't believe it and neither can my dogs- they can't get enough of it!!

Guest Post from my mother Annette:

Getting the Most of your Leftover Chicken and Turkey Carcasses

If you cook a carcass in a slow cooker for a long time - 1-2 days, you can "melt" even the bones - great meat and scraps and gravy for dog/cat food.
This picture shows big turkey legs in my slow cooker. I did not cook it long enough to melt the big bones but all the small ones smashed between two fingers.
This picture is all the meat I got from these legs. My cooker works too hot even on low. So I had trouble doing the turkey - all of it - but it depends on your cooker how this works out for you. A chicken carcass is the easiest - day and one half at most and good bone melt and lots of food. Be sure to smash all the small bones completely that have melted and to remove all larger pieces of bone that you cannot smash between your fingers so your dog will not choke on them.
This picture is the frozen turkey carcass that would not fit in the cooker. I used a stock pot and put foil over it, tucked inside the pot so no drips on stove. I added about 1-1/2 qt. of water and melted it down a little. Putting the large carcass into the cooker with stockpot liquid, I had to use a plastic cutting board to force it down - otherwise I would bend my large spoons or splatter juice everywhere.
This picture is all the meat and juices I got from the carcass and believe it or not, this carcass had been previously picked!! I cooked this turkey carcass - a very large one - about 29 hours. I did add water twice - you may not have to with your crock pot. I did not melt all the bones because my cooker is just too hot. I did add some little seasonings-poultry seasoning in small amount to each batch - dogs like flavor too!
Total outcome was 24 ounces of just meat, 2 small 8 ounce containers of mostly meat and some juice, 1 approx 24 ounces container of juice with meat pieces and stuffing pieces(left in turkey carcass) great for putting over dry food, and 1 tub of meat. The actual work involved in picking the carcasses and smushing some bones about 10-15 minutes twice. Cleanup can go fast. Have a bowl of hot soapy water available, and a go-in-the-washer rag while you pick.
I'm telling you...try dogs go nuts when I pull these containers out of the freezer or fridge!! Thanks Mom!!

Free Sample of Miracle Whip

Grab a Free Sample of Miracle Whip. These are usually a single packet, but great to pack with a lunch!

Free Sample - Kirkland Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

Costco is currently offering a Free Sample of Kirkland Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner. You do not have to be a member to request this sample as of now!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mega Swagbucks Friday!

Don’t forget today is Mega Swagbucks Friday!! Search and earn your way to great prizes! I’ve earned 52 $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, February 15, 2011

Free Sample Jergen's Lotions and Coupon

Monday, February 14, 2011

Why I Sweep (or Play Instant Wins - Check out my Two New Wins!)

I've been asked why I sweep. Not sweep my floors, but play internet Sweepstakes and Instant Win Games. I've also been asked how I find the time, between work and a pre-schooler.

First of all I don't sweep everyday. I only sweep generally late at night, while I'm watching tv. The odds are a little better the earlier or later in the day that you play because most likely there aren't quite as many people playing.

Second of all, I earn my time to play the sweeps. I mentioned this in my previous post about managing multiple survey sites.

Finally, I just do it for fun and I've been winning!

Check out these two emails I got just this week!

Dear Rachel:

We are contacting you regarding the Revlon Red Lipstick Giveaway Sweepstakes that you entered, which took place from 12.17.10 - 1.14.11, and to say Congratulations!

Your entry was selected by our company, an independent sweepstakes administrator from over 50,000 entries and has been identified as one of the First Prize Winners.

The Prize you have won is one (1) Revlon Red Lipstick

Total Approximate Retail Value (ARV): $8.99

If that doesn't impress you, check out this one!!

We're happy to let you know that you're a winner in the Dollar General Fresh Start Every Day Sweepstakes! You've won a $50 Dollar General Gift Card. Congratulations!

I'm thrilled about both, but especially the $50.00 gift card! I'll be using this to stock up on cleaning supplies and paper products!

I also win alot of the smaller instant win games, that I generally post about on my blog.

Here are some of the current sweeps and instant wins I'm playing:

Good Luck!

CVS - Week of 2/13 and My Deal - $0.62 OOP!!!

Today I purchased all of the below for a whopping $0.62!! Plus I got back $10.79 in ECBs for next week!

Bottles Excedrin - 2/$13.98
Used 2 Free (up to $5.99) printable coupons (no longer available)
$2.00 for BOTH, not incl the $3.00 ECBs returned!

2 Bottles Herbal Essence - 2/$5.97
Used FREE MQ from previous coupon giveaway
Used $1.00/1 MQ from previous coupon giveaway
$1.98 FOR both, not incl the $2.00 ECBs returned!

1 Colgate - $3.79
Used $1.00/1 MQ from 2/6 SS
$2.79, plus $3.79 ECBs returned!

1 Gain dish detergent $0.88
Used $25/1 MQ from 1/16 P&G

1 Lady Speedstick $2.99
Used $0.50/1 MQ from 1/30 SS
$2.49, plus $2.00 ECBs returned!

3 Candies - $1.50 (Filler Items)

Grand Total - $0.62 (after using $10.00 ECBs from last week, plus received back $10.79 in Ecbs for next week!!

Free RedBox Movie Rental - Tonight (2/14) Only!

This code is good through tonight only (2/14):


You can use this code once per debit/credit card.

To locate a Redbox or read more click here for my original post and where to find your local Redboxes.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Facebook Freebie - Nescafe Taster's Choice

"Like" Nescafe USA and then sign up for a Free Sample of Nescafe Taster's Choice. Allow 6-8 weeks for your sample to arrive!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Snapfish - Free 12x12 Calendar first 100,000 to enter Disney Sweepstakes!

Available to the first 100,000 who enter the Snapfish Disney Sweepstakes get a FREE 12 x 12 Calendar from Snapfish.

To get your free calendar register or login to Snapfish. Next click on Special Offers on the top right, then register for the sweepstakes and get a code for your calendar.

You need to make your calendar before two weeks is up and you do have to pay shipping. Enjoy - and maybe while your at it, win a Disney trip!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Kroger Daytona 500 - You Pick the Winner Sweepstakes

Kroger's new Instant Win Game, Daytona 500 You Pick the Winner is available to play - lots of great prizes and they are loaded right onto your card! Good Luck!

Free Sample of Maybelline FitMe Foundation (New Link)

Wal-Mart is offering a Free Sample of Maybelline FitMe Foundation. (Target offered it last time around. You can expect your sample to arrive in 4-6 weeks.

Free Sample of Bayer Arpirin

Sam's Club is offering a Free Sample of Bayer Aspirin. You do NOT have to be a member so goa head and request it. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Monday, February 7, 2011

CVS - My Deal - $4.21 for $32.97!

I had an okay visit to CVS today getting $32.97 in items for only $4.21. that's only about $0.52 per item! Plus I got $10.00 ECBs back!

If you need help shopping CVS, you can check out my original post here.

Today I purchased the following:

2 Quaker Oats Oatmeal - $5.00 (for both)
Used $1.00/1 MQ from 1/2 Red Plum
Price - $3.00 for 2, plus $2.00 ECBs back
Final Price - $0.50 each!

Dentyne Gum $0.99
Final Price - FREE (got $0.99 ECBs back)

Tums $3.99
Used $1.00/1 printable
Stacked with $2.00/1 CVS CRT coupon
Final price: $0.99, and $3.00 ECBs back!

1 Excedrin Migraine $1.99
Used $2.00/1 CVS CRT coupon

3 Garnier HerbaShine Hair Color - $21.00 (for all)
Used one $3.00/1 MQ from 1/9 SmartSource
Used two $3.00/1 printable (look under personal care)
Price: $12.00, and $10.00 ECBs back
Final Price: $0.67 each!

I have $10.00 left to shop with next week!! I did the above in two transactions, leaving me with the $10.00!

Facebook - HURRY - P&G Coupon Booklet

Huury over to Facebook and "Like" P&G and then sign up for a Free Coupon Booklet with over $110.00 in savings. It was slow to load for me, but I got it. There is a limited amount so be quick!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

CVS and Kroger - $144.51 for $49.35!!

I had a GREAT WEEK between CVS and Kroger! I purchased $144.51 for $49.35! That's a huge savings!

If you need help shopping CVS, you can check out my original post.

Kroger was having their Mega Event where if you purchase 10 participating items, you get an instant $5.00 savings on your grocery bill. It's unlimited, so you can purchase as many sets of 10 in one transaction as you want. I did 3 sets in mine.

I also had several FREE coupons for items, that I received from emailing companies about their products. I'm working on a list to post to pass on. I've actually been working on it for over a year now, but about 2 months ago I lost my original list, so I'll need to re-write it. In the meantime, if you have a favorite brand, go to their website ans let them know!! Sometimes I only get thank you emails, but more often than not I get free product coupons or at least higher value cents off coupons than what you can find in the paper or online!

Here are two of my favorite Kroger deals this week:

6 packages of Whickas Cat Treats - $0.49 each (wyb 10 items)
Used 3 $1.00 off 2 MQ's from 1/30 paper

3 cans of Hunt's Tomatos - $0.49 each (wyb 10 items)
Used $1.00 off 3 MQ
$0.47 for all THREE

Some of the CVS Deals I took advantage of:

Ragu Pasta Sauce $1.67
Buy 2 and use $1/2 from 1/30 Red Plum insert
$1.17 each after coupon

Skippy Peanut Butter $1.67
Buy 2 and use $0.75/2 from 1/30 Red Plum insert
$1.30 each after coupon

Lipton Green Tea Bags (20-40 ct.), Original (100 ct.) or Decaf (48 ct.) $2.50
Use $0.60/1 from 1/30 Red Plum insert
$1.90 after coupon

Friday, February 4, 2011

Mega Swagbucks Friday!

Don’t forget today is Mega Swagbucks Friday!! Search and earn your way to great prizes! I’ve earned 48 $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!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Facebook Freebie - Coffemate 100,000 Free

Go ahead and "Like" Facebook today because tomorrow starting at 12 pm EST, Coffeemate will be giving out 100,000 Free Bottles of Coffee-Mate Creamer (in the form of a coupon)!! You'll have to be quick, but I've been ableto get several of these types of offers lately! (Hint - head to the site a coupole minutes before start time and then hit refresh until the link appears!)

Facebook Freebie - Sample of Cheez-Its

Head on over to Facebook and "Like" Cheez-Its, then vote for the new flavor that appeals to you. I chose Colby! You will then be redirected to sign up for a Free Sample of Cheez-Its. Yum! Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Facebook Freebie - Clairol Nice N Easy Color Blend Foam

Clairol is offering through Facebook 10,000 FREE Boxes for Clairol Nice N Easy Color Blend Foam (probably by coupon so you can choose your color) tonight at 9 pm EST. This is for the people who missed out on the previous giveaway that was done during the day. Good Luck!

$3.00/1 HerbaShine Coupon - Grab it Now!

Go ahead and grab this $3.00/1 HerbaShine Coupon and save it for next week! Both Walgreens and CVS will have promotions for Register Rewards and Extracare Bucks starting Sunday! (Look under Personal Care to find the coupon quickly.)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Right at Home Gift Pack Offer - Soothing Scent Gift Pack

Right @ Home is offering a Soothing Scent Gift Pack to the first 5,000 who sign up. This pack contain one Glade Scented Oil Candle in Angel Whispers. You can't have won a gift pack in the last 180 days, but if you aren't sure, sign up anyway and let them figure it out for you!

Homemade Simple Organize In Style Coupon Booklet

Sign up for another Home Made Simple Coupon Booklet called Organize in Style. Over $35.00 in savings included.