Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sweeps/Instant Wins Worth Playing!

I haven't posted any Sweeps to enter lately, but there are a bunch of good ones! I've recently won a Fast Five DVD and a Victoria Secret Pink Dog!

Here are a few great Sweeps to play with lots of winners!

In fact I won a 1 oz. body lotion just now from the Burt's Bees Be Merry Instant Win Game on Facebook. (Click on Unwrap My Gift).

Another sweeps with a lot of winners is the Robitussin Acts of Relief. There are 400 winners per day of items like hats and blankets!

Good Luck!

Minute Maid Coupons - Hurry - $1.00/1 12 pack cans or $1.00/1 Juice Boxes!

Hurry and print your coupons for $1.00/1 Minute Maid 12 pack cans or $1.00/1 Minute Maid Juice Boxes (search under beverages)! These always go quick!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

CVS Black Friday Haul - $9.88 OOP for $135.43 in Products!!

Wow - CVS was rocking Thursday morning. Yes, I said Thursday because they were open and started their Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving Day at 8 am! My little sister, Cassandra (who is an awesome shopper) and I were there right on time! There were several other shoppers and the great thing was that everyone was so nice and everyone helped each other find things and we all worked waited patiently in line! We each would do two transactions and then step to the back of the line.

I did a total of 8 transactions - yes 8!!!

I did mess up my sixth transaction which cost me about a $1.50, but in my defense my son had a nose bleed and I had to rip open the Kleenex for my 7th transaction and I decided to pay for it in #5 since I had opened it to be fair. I doubt anyone would have cared, but I just felt better doing that! By the way, my son (5) was fantastic!

Transaction 1: ECBS starting with $6.99

Breathe Right $5.99
Used $1.50/1 CVS Coupon
Plus Used -1.50 MQ
Total $2.99

2 Hershey King $1.98

Theraflu Caplets 1.87
Theraflu Daytime 0.99
Used $3.00/2 MQ

CVS Dental Flossers 1.99

Benefiber 1.49
Used $2.00/1 MQ

Merchandise Total $13.32
Total after Coupons 6.96
Paid $0.45 (tax only)
ECBS Back 14.29

Transaction 2: ECBs to use 14.29 (from Trans 1 above)

finish quantum 2.99
Used $1.00/1 MQ

LA Gel 2.49
Used $1.00/1 MQ

Colgate 2.87
Used $1.00/1 MQ

Listerine Pocket Packs 2.99
Used $0.50/1 MQ

Fiber One Brownie Bars 3.99
Used $0.75/1 MQ

Gum Toothbrush 2.99
Used $0.55/1 MQ

Balance Bar 1.69

Merchandise Total 20.01
Total After Coupons 14.46
Paid 1.76 (.90 subtotal and the rest tax!)
ECBs Back 19.01

Transaction 3: ECBs to spend 19.01

Starbucks 1.69

advil pm 0.99

Remote 6.99

cepacol 4.99
Used $1.00/1 MQ

Be Kool 4.49

Soft Lips 2.00

Merchandise Total 20.16
Total After Coupons 19.16
Paid 0.85 ($0.14 subtotal rest was tax!)
ECBs Back 21.15

Transaction 4: ECBs to spend 21.15

irish spring deo 2.77

earbuds 6.99

batteries 3.99

2 Chex Ceareals 5.74
Used $1.00/2 MQ

Merchandise Total 19.49
Total After Coupons 18.49
Paid $0.81 (tax ONLY!)
ECBs Back 16.98

Transaction 5: ECBs to use 17.96

3 irish spring 8.31

4 mars 3.00

listerine 2.99
Used $0.50/1 MQ

wet n wild 2.88

Pepto 2.99

Kleenex 1.50
Used $0.40/1 MQ

Carmex $1.00
Used $0.30/1 MQ

Merchandise Total $22.67
Total After Coupons $21.47
Paid $3.70 (2.80 subtotal rest was tax!)
ECBs back: 17.98

Transaction 6: ECBs to use $17.98

2 Herbal Essence 6.97
Used 2 $1.00/1 mq

1 Colgate 2.87
Used $1.00/1 MQ

2 Revlon Nailpolishes 9.98

Merchandise Total $19.82
Total After Coupons $17.82
Paid $1.33 (.34 subtotal and the rest was tax!)
ECBs back: 12.00

Transaction 7: ECBs to use $12.00

2 Revlon Nailpolishes 9.98

Merchandise Total $9.98
Paid $0.48 (tax only!)
ECBs back $8.00

Transaction 8: ECBs to use $8.00 (plus others not used in previous trans)

2 Revlon Nailpolishes $9.98

Merchandise Total $9.98
Paid $0.50 (tax only!)
ECBs Back $8.00

I actually ended with $15.87 in ECBs!

My Awesome CVS Deal (Week of 11/27) - $1.78!!

CVS is offering a promotion where if you purchase $30.00 (before coupons) in select items, you receive a $10.00 gift card of your choice. Since you don't get Extrabucks for the items you purchase, I choose to get a CVS gift card to use like Extrabucks for the next time I shop.

This week I purchased everything in the photo for a whopping $1.78 (including tax).

Tide $5.94
Used $2.00/1 Facebook offer MQ (NLA)
Total $3.94

4 Glade Aerosols $3.96
Used 2 $2.00/2 Glade Products which I shared here (NLA)

Scott Toilet Paper $3.49

2 Dawn Dish Soaps - $1.98
Used 2 $0.25 MQ (Home Made Simple Booklets)

1 Oral B Toothbrush $4.99
Used $3.00/1 MQ from 11/27 P&G

3 Pantene Shampoo/Conditioner - $10.47
Used $3.00/2 MQ from 11/27 P&G
Used $1.00/1 MQ from P&G Home Mailer

Paid with 16.87 ECBS

$1.78 OOP!!

Received back $10.00 CVS gift card for shopping next week!

Stay Tuned for my Black Friday Haul!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Free NYC Nail Color at Target

Hurry to Target's Coupon Page to print a $1.00 off 1 NYC New York Color Cosmetic Item. This coupon includes the nail polishes which start at $0.99 making them Free!! I was able to print it twice!

While you are there print the $1.00 off 1 Sally Hansen Nail Care or nail color item and combine it with the $1.00 Sally Hansen Nail Color (expires 11/30) from the RP 9/25/11 to purchase it starting at $0.04! (Regular $2.04)!

Friday, November 25, 2011

CVS - Print Now $2.00/2 Glade Products

Hurry over to and print the $2.00 off 2 Glade Coupon. Next week (starting Sunday), the regular Glade aerosol sprays are on sale for $0.99, making 2 FREE after each coupon! I was able to print the coupon twice!

New 10 point code for Pampers Gifts To Grow

Have you joined Pampers Gifts To Grow yet? If not, you might want to check it out. Select packages of Pampers have codes on them you can enter for points and redeem for items, including Snapfish photo packages, Venus razors, books, stickers, coupons, etc.

Join today (it's free!) and start out with 100 points!

Plus enter this code:

FAC1124PPXD36XF for another 10 points to get you started!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Facebook Freebie - Seventh Generation Dish Soap Samples

"Like" Seventh Generation on Facebook and sign up for your Free Samples of Seventh Generation Dish Soap! I really like their products so I'm anxious to try the dish soap!

Facebook Freebie - Cafe Escapes K Cups

"Like" Cafe Escapes on Facebook and request your Free Sample of Cafe Escapes K Cups. Mmmmm!! (Page took a while to load, be patient!)

Also, remember to use a separate email account when signing up for freebies to keep your regular email clean from junk!

Why I Coupon, Sweep and Sign Up for Freebies

Three and a half 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 were 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 bought a newspaper, and just bought what we wanted and needed. Now with a toddler in tow who needed surgery and medical bills piling up, I knew we needed to find other ways to make or save money.

A friend and fellow adoptive mother introduced me to the world of couponing. I started reading other frugal blogs. I saw how some were playing the drugstores games (like working CVS Extra Care Bucks) 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 family/adoption 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've completely cut out our toiletries budget!

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 in the car!

The most valuable lesson I have learned is that coupons ARE 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!

Remember to start small (if you are new to the couponing world) and even keep it small (I still generally do one transaction deals and only shop a few stores). You don't have to buy multiple Sunday newspapers, travel a hundred miles to a store you don't have near you, or go out and get every single deal.

Do what you can, in the time you have and never let couponing take away from your family! Have fun and remeber you can share your deals with me or let me know of a good deal by leaving a comment or emailing me with the link on the right side of the screen.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Free Samples of Dove Nourishing Oil Care and Woolite Extra Dark Care Detergent

Target has two new free samples available on their page! Hurry and grab a Free Sample of Dover Nourishing Oil Care and a Free Sample of Woolite Extra Dark Care Detergent.