Friday, February 27, 2009

Free Victoria's Secret and other free mall goodies!

Make sure to hit the mall this weekend for some great freebies! Today I got a free tote bag, free energizing lotion, and free lip gloss from Victoria's Secret. There are also other great coupons for freebies out there this weekend! Click on the items below for more details and to print coupons!

Victoria's Secret Tote Bag Thanks Deal Seeking Mom!

Victoria's Secret Lotion

Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss

Victoria's Secret $10 off and Free panty with any bra purchase

Free Panty from Express- valid this weekend only! Don't delay!

Enjoy your time at the mall! And if you get hungry on the way, don't forget you can get a free Roastburger from Arby's!

Lane Bryant Clearance $6.99

I picked up 2 blazers and a cute shell for $6.99 each. They had a ton of stuff! If you ever shop at Lane Bryant or if you need new clothes at thrift store prices, head over to Lane Bryant now and check out their clearance. You can also shop online!!! Mr. Rebates offers 5% cash-back for Lane Bryant purchases! Click here to join Mr. Rebates!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

My fun new shoes! (Discount code in this post!!!)

I have big feet! I wear a size 11 and it can be quite difficult to find shoes in my size. I recently joined JCP Rewards to get a $5 off $5 or more coupon! (If you sign up, use code 3008 so you can get this coupon too!) They ask you for your credit card info, but you can skip this section and still get your coupon. Today as I was surfing the net, I saw a coupon code valid for $10 off a $10 or more purchase and best of all these could be combined (This promo code is REWARD)! Thanks Beth!

I headed over to Mr. Rebates, armed with my $5 coupon from jcprewards. com and my REWARD promo code. I typed in JCPenney and Mr. Rebates patched me right through (and told me that I'd be getting 2% back). I scanned their clearance jewelry and then began scanning their clearance shoes! Lo and behold, the fun shoes picture above were on clearance for $16.99! I added them to my cart and checked out using both the promo code (REWARD) and the rewards certificate from JCPRewards. (Make sure you have the Rewards Program Code and Serial Number!) My total before shipping and tax was $1.99 and my total after was $8.50! You can't beat a great pair of shoes for $8.50 and I didn't even have to leave the comfort of my own home! Best of all, I saved time and money! I live in a small town and the closest city for shopping is 30 minutes away! I saved gas money (which is about $8 round trip) and an hour of my time!

I love shopping...and shopping loves me!

I haven't been blogging for long, but if you've read my blog much, you know that my husband and I are working diligently to get out of debt! (And we're planning on staying debt-free once we get there!) In order to do that, we've developed a budget (and in order for that to work, I, a card carrying shopaholic needs to stick to it!) We've been on our budget for 2 months and we've done a pretty darn good job of sticking to it. I have wondered how I can feed my shopaholic tendencies and I've come up with a few pretty good answers! These are all things you can do too!!!

Mr. Rebates

Mr. Rebates is a cash back site! You sign up with them and whenever you shop online, you simply go to the Mr. Rebates site, log-in, and choose which online shop you'd like to shop with. Not only do they give you cash back, but they also post coupon codes to use on those online sites! Will you get rich quickly? No! But if you use it for things you'd purchase anyway, you could make a hefty little sum. By the time Christmas rolls around, you could probably buy a few gifts with what you've made (or you could treat yourself to something special!) Click here to sign up!

Search & Win

Swagbucks is another great site! I have been using Swagbucks as my primary search engine for one month and have accumulated enough "Swag bucks" to purchase an gift card and a Starbucks gift card! All you need to do is click here to sign up with swagbucks and then start using them to search the web. They're powered by Google and Ask, so you'll get good info (and you could get some cool stuff!) Also, if you invite friends, you'll get 1 swagbuck for every swagbuck they earn (up to 100!) Considering that you only need 45 swag bucks for a $5 amazon gift card, this is a great way to come up with some extra shopping money! You could also save your swagbucks for something special. Right now you can buy $50 Southwest Airlines gift cards for 400 swag bucks!

Another great way to shop and save is to use coupons and look for coupon codes! When you combine coupon codes with Mr. Rebates, you are really making the most of your money! Most stores have coupon codes available and those codes can be combined with clearance items for really smoking deals!!!

Last, but not least, ask for gift cards! Gift cards make great gifts! And now that you've learned how to work the system, you may be able to get "more bang for your buck" then your gift-giving friends! I got a $100 Coach Gift Card for Christmas and bought the most beautiful purse with it! My OOP on the purse was less than 7 dollars! I only paid part of the tax! I'll try to post a picture later! You can get great deals like this too! It requires a little more effort at first, but the effort sure is worth it when you reap the rewards!!

Happy shopping!!!

1200 Free photos and Free photobooks!

I love free photos! And I really love Free photobooks! I just found out about a new online photo service (Thanks to Dawn at Deal Chaser!) called ArtsCow! By signing up here, you will get 1200 free prints and 3 8x8 Photo books! I just signed up for this site, so I'll let you know my thoughts as time goes on! Enjoy your prints and photo books! These would make great gifts!

More Free Food

Arby's wants you to try their new Roast Burger! Right now you can get a FREE Roast Burger with the purchase of a drink! Click here to get your coupon!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tonight's grocery store run

Isn't my monkey adorable???

Tonight's grocery store run wasn't my best ever, but I sure did get lots of food for cheap! The big boxes of Cap n Crunch were on sale for only 10 cents more than the little ones!!! I ended up with 10 boxes Cap N Crunch, 20 Valley Fresh Steamers, 18 eggs, 1 half gallon orange juice, 1 half gallon lemonade, and 1 so-ugly-it's-cute singing monkey puppet for $28.67. I saved $64.87!! I love looking at the bottom of my Kroger receipt where it tells me how much I save and the percentage...tonight I saved 69%. My big boxes of CapNCrunch (I'm experimenting with spelling it out) were $1.19 each after coupons and my little boxes were $1.08. The Valley Fresh Steamers were 50 cents each! My cute singing monkey that sings "Love Will Keep Us Together" was $2.00 and since today is our anniversary, I convinced my husband to buy it for me (Although I took the money out of the grocery budget since there was a little left!) Sometime in the next week, I'm going to do a post on how I use coupons to save money! Keep checking back!

A little help from my friends!

I love it when my friends clue me in on great deals, ways to save, and freebies. Here are a few I thought I'd pass on.

Free sub at Quiznos Click here!!- Thanks Megs and Kiki!

Free Sammie at Quiznos Click here!! -Thanks Megs!

How to get free shipping on large items! This is an excerpt from an email my sister sent me yesterday! Thanks Laura!

Yesterday I ordered ella’s new castle toddler bed. It’s huge and shipping was going to be $90-$150, yeah, crazy I know. But I ordered from walmart and did their site-to-store and it was free shipping. I saved myself big bucks.

Save money on food without couponing with Angel Food Ministries- This is an excerpt from an email my friend Alison sent me! Thanks Alison!

Check out if there is an Angel Food Ministries in your area. There are locations all across the USA, so many of your friends from all over could look into it. I'll attach a link because it's kind of hard to understand until you order for yourself the first time. Basically a church becomes a host site as an out reach to their community. You can choose a host site even if it is not your home church. Our church just joined AFM's about a year ago and it has been great not only for our family but lots of families in and outside of our church. Once a month people place a prepaid order for a 'box of food' at the church. Usually two weeks later you go to the church at a designated time and get your box of food (the church will have pick-uped the food early that morning from a drop-off/pick-up point). The box of food is different every month. It is supposed to make 5-7 meals for a family of 4 for just $30. It will have meat, veggies, eggs, etc. They say each $30 box contains $60-80 worth of groceries. The HUGE savings and quality comes with their monthly specials. If you buy a regular box you can order any of the specials. The specials usually are meat combos of some sort. Like you can get a 'grill box" for $20-22 . The box will have steaks, hamburgers, brats, pork chops,etc. The meats are all high quality food. We have not had one bad 'box' yet. You don't have to meet any income requirements at all BUT food stamps are welcome. Someone with food stamps would get twice as much food with AFM than if they took the stamps and used them at a regular store. So how does Alison make Angel Food Ministries work for a family of 7. I usually order 3 regular boxes and 2 specials at $134 or so. We pick up on a Saturday morning getting about $250 of food for just the $134. We bring it home and I look over everything. I mentally start to figure out what meals I'm going to make with this month's order. Then within a few days I go the the grocery and pick up the extra things I think I'll need. Like I said it's kind of complicated to understand until you do it your self a month or two...but AFM would be a great way to shave a $100 off of your monthly grocery bill.

I love it when my friends pass along great money saving tips! Feel free to send some tips my way or let me know if some of these tips have been helpful to you!

WFMW: Weekend getaways on a shoestring!

I love weekend getaways...getaways with my hubby, getaways with my family, getaways with my girlfriends! Getaways can be quite expensive when you factor in hotel rooms, food, etc. I have found a few things that make these weekends much easier on my budget.

- I like to use I used them in November and stayed at a 4 star hotel in Chicago for $89/night! I used them around Thanksgiving and stayed at a Hampton Inn in Indianapolis for $35/night. I used them last weekend and stayed at a Signature Inn for $35/night and I'm using them this weekend to stay at a Doubletree for $52.

Food- I try to plan out our eating in advance! This weekend when we go to Indy, I had to come up with something for dinner Saturday night and all three meals on Sunday. On Saturday night, we'll eat at a restaurant using a gift certificate. You can save 80% on certificates by using the code "DINE". We typically spend about $25 OOP for a family of 4 when we use one of these certificates and we eat quite well! I'm also planning on eating lunch and dinner on Sunday using coupons. I also try to bring snacks from home with me for when we all get the munchies in the hotel room. This is a whole lot cheaper than vending machines and room service!!!

Our weekend away including gas, meals, and hotels will probably cost us around $125...not too bad considering we're a family of 4 and a typical hotel room costs that much!

That's what "works for me!" Head on over to We Are THAT Family for Works for Me Wednesday!

Download "The Best of the Entrepreneurial Bootcamp" for FREE!

If you're like me, you use your iPod for more than just music. I love to listen to sermons, podcasts, and audiobooks! Today I downloaded "The Best of Entrepreneurial Bootcamp" courtesy of and If you have not checked out, it's full of ways to stretch your dollars and bless your family (It even has podcasts!!!). If you haven't checked out, it's got lots of high-quality, affordable downloads including music, sermons, and more! Both of these sites are great!!!

To download your free copy of "The Best of Entrepreneurial Bootcamp", click here!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Free Movie Monday from Redbox

Today is Monday and I have another code from Redbox for a free DVD rental. This is good until midnight tonight. CODE: S39XKT

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Time for Menu Plan Monday!!!

Menu planning is a great money saving tool! I don't know why I don't take advantage of it more often. The weeks (and months) when I plan my meals in advance, I save tons of time and money (not to mention headaches) and my family ends up with dinner on the table with a lot less whining! I'm going to try to be better about posting my menu plan weekly although I can't make any promises. Here are this week's dinners:

Monday- Italian chicken, broccoli, and pasta
Tuesday- Teriyaki chicken, green beans, and brown rice
Wednesday- Soft tacos
Thursday- Eggs and bacon (and maybe waffles)
Friday- Spaghetti and garlic bread
Saturday- We'll be in Indy so it looks like we're eating out (Maybe we'll eat at TGI Friday's and take advantage of this Buy One Entree, Get One Free coupon!
Sunday- We'll still be in Indy (I'll have to see what other great deals or coupons I can find!)

If you have started menu planning, I encourage you to post it somewhere (It makes you more accountable!) You can post it on your fridge (This works well at my house and keeps complaining to a minimum!) If you have a blog, you can blog about it and link over to Menu Plan Monday. If you don't want to post it on your fridge and you don't have a blog, (or if you just want me to know what's cooking at your house so I know what night to invite myself over), feel free to leave your menu plan in a comment! Happy eating!!!

Where did the weekend go?

Wow! This weekend went by way too fast! I can't believe Monday is almost here. I didn't do the normal grocery planning and coupon matchups that I would do over a weekend, but I guess I can catch up on it tomorrow! If you see any great deals or matchups out there, please leave me a comment or send an email, so I can let everyone know! Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Off to Indy for our anniversary!

My hubby and I are heading out of town for a night to celebrate our anniversary. Hopefully, I'll be back tomorrow with some of the great deals we'll be seeing this next week! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

FREE photos and other great deals at Shutterfly!!!

I love For those of you who have never heard of Shutterfly, it is an online photo service site. You can order prints, store photos, share photos, and create photo gifts. One of the things I love about Shutterfly is that they regularly offer great promotions! If you haven't joined yet, they currently have a great promotion! New Member's Offer - Get 25 FREE 4x6 Prints when you join Shutterfly! Limited Time Offer. For those of you who are already members, here are a few possibilities! Save up to 50% off on our site wide sale offers. Limited time offer. See site for details. Get 20% off prints. Use promotion code: AF75-SAVE. Expires 3-10-09. They also send regular offers to their members. Many members received an offer via email this week for a free 8x8 20 page photo book! If you're not a member already, don't wait to sign up! You can sign up via one of the links above or check out the banners on the left side of this blog!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Around the blogosphere!

As I've been reading through my favorite blogs today, I couldn't help but notice all the great deals and freebies out there! I thought I'd post a few of my faves with links back to the blogs they came from!

$1.38 Sterling Silver Bracelet posted by Hip 2 Save! (I love this blog!!!)

Free Sample of Goody Girls Barrettes Another great find from Hip 2 Save!

Free Victoria's Secret 1 oz Energizing Body Lotion posted by Jill at Frugal Plus! (I won a personalized Bible in her giveaway!!!)

Free easybakeware pan posted by Mommies with Cents

Free Sample of Starbucks VIA Ready Brew posted by Moms Need to Know

Free Card Creator posted by Kingdom Klipper

Free Suzie Orman Online Will and Trust Kit posted by Deal Chaser

I am so thankful for all these great bloggers who share their deals! There are plenty more where these came from. If I have a chance, I'll post more tomorrow!
I am thrilled that our church is hosting Financial Peace University classes starting tomorrow! Fred and I started reading Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover less than 2 months ago and it has radically impacted us! We're so excited to be able to go through this class and learn even more about how to make the most of what God has blessed us with. To learn more about FPU or to find a class in your area, click here!

Starting off the week with a bang!

Yesterday was a great day for me as far as freebies go! When I arrived at work, I had an email from HR that a representative from Chase bank would be in the breakroom from 10-12 and that as employees, if we opened a new checking account with a minimum of $100 and signed up for direct deposit, Chase would match our $100 deposit. I headed over to the breakroom and found out that I would still get my $100 even if I didn't have my whole paycheck deposited and that they would give me the $1oo after my first direct deposit. I signed up for a new account and signed up to have $20 direct deposited out of each paycheck. (I've been looking for one of these offers since I saw a post Carrie made over at Money Saving Methods.) When I returned to my office, I had an email from Jill over at Frugal Plus saying I had won a personalized Bible in this giveaway! For dinner last night, we had spaghetti with one of our $.34 loaves of Pepperidge Farm Garlic Bread. And to top it all off, I got a bunch of great deals at CVS!

Today's mail was quite pleasant! Now that we are following Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover, I'm not as intimidated by our mail. I know what bills should be coming in (and I have money set aside to pay for them) and since I have been trying to cut back on our spending, I have found lots of websites with Freebies. Today's mail contained a couple of bills, some freebies, and the coupons I bought on ebay last week. I was then able to take the coupons to Kroger and walk out with some steals. I bought 16 more loaves of Pepperidge Farm Garlic Bread (at $.34 after coupons you can't beat it!), 4 boxes of Cap' N Crunch ($1.08 each), 10 Banquet Frozen meals ($.70 each, not a great deal, but my kids like them for lunch), and some very expensive V-8 (It wasn't on sale and my husband only likes it in the cans...He was with me and since we had a coupon, he insisted we get the cans! $3.48 after the coupons) We also bought some mac and cheese and a few other small things! Our grand total was $23.48! That's less than what the garlic bread alone would have cost! The only snag in my night was when my coupons didn't triple at Kroger (they didn't even double!). Our Kroger triples coupons up to $.50 and everything over $.50 is redeemed at face value. For some reason, my coupons didn't triple tonight. I mentioned it to the cashier and he called a manager over. Neither of them could figure out why they didn't triple and I wasn't sure as I had used the same coupons last week and they all tripled! I was quite relieved when the manager told me it must be a glitch in the system and manually tripled my coupons. Without the triple coupons, my bill would have been $20 more!!!

I love weeks that start off on the right foot!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Great deals at CVS

There are a lot of great deals at CVS this week. Check out these coupon matchups over at Moms By Heart! Also head on over to iheartcvs for more great deals! I will try to get a post up tomorrow with everything I snagged tonight! Things have been a little on the crazy side around here lately and I put in over 60 hours at work last week which means I still have some catching up to do at home! I'll try to post more in the upcoming days!

Free Movie Monday.. (and Tuesday and Wednesday...)

I am still waiting for today's free Redbox code (I'll post it as soon as I get it), but Deal Seeking Mom has some codes listed on her site this week. These codes will work once per credit card.

*Only works for first-time Redbox customers.

Thanks Tara!!!

A Fun Little Story

At the CVS and Walgreens stores I regularly visit, the managers know me. Maybe it's because they're always writing rainchecks or ringing up my orders that come to under a dollar. Julie over at Kingdom Klipper tells of a story of CVS bigwigs who would like to know the secrets to our savings. Check out her post here!

Friday, February 13, 2009

FREE Decorating Class at Pottery Barn Kids

For those of you who are missing the decorating gene (like I am) or who are always looking for a new way to make their kids' rooms look great, don't miss the Decorating Series at Pottery Barn Kids. Those who attend also receive 10% off items featured in the class! I wish I lived closer to a PB Kids store. This would be a class I'd love to attend! For more info and to find your nearest Pottery Barn Kids, click here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The heart of the matter

I have to admit, I sometimes feel jealous when I look at some of the coupon matchups and great deals Becky has posted at Nickels-n-Dimes. The Kroger stores in her area double coupons up to $1.00 and increase coupons that are $0.51 to $0.99 to $1.00. Our Kroger triples coupons up to $0.50 and redeems anything over $0.50 at face value. This means that all those $0.55 cereal coupons are only good for $0.55. Becky got her cereal for $0.67 and I paid $1.12 for mine. I hate to admit it, but this bothered me. Sometimes I look at my shopping as a contest instead of a way of blessing my family. It doesn't matter if someone gets a better deal than me. My desire is to serve my family and be a good steward of what God has entrusted me with. My friend Kiki hit the nail on the head with this post entitled The Frugal Heart. Every Friday on her blog will be Frugal Friday. She also has regular giveaways and posts great freebies. Make sure to check out her blog!!!

A picture is worth a thousand words...

This picture is worth $11.47. technically the picture isn't worth that much. The items in the picture are worth $45.88 and I got them all for $11.47 for a savings of $34.41! Woohoo!

Items purchased:
3 Pepperidge Farm Garlic breads
6 cans Manwich sloppy joe sauce
6 4-packs of Cottonelle toilet paper
5 boxes of Trix
4 bottles of Gatorade Fruit punch
1 gallon of skim milk

Free or super cheap Glucerna Cereal

If you or someone you know has Diabetes (or even if you don't and are concerned about sugar), sign up to print a coupon for up to $5.oo off any Glucerna cereal. This is a bricks coupon and can be printed twice by hitting the back button after printing the first coupon.

Free Tide Total Care sample and coupons

Click here to sign up for your free sample of Tide Total Care as well as a $1 off Tide to Go coupon and a $1 off Downy Total Care. Hurry...before they run out!

Free Redbox DVD Rental Today at Walgreens

This code is good for a free DVD rental today, February 11th. This is only good for Redbox locations inside of Walgreens!

Enter promo code: WGREEN2 at kiosk checkout.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tonight's grocery store run

Tonight's grocery store run wasn't quite as exciting as I hoped it would be. Kroger was out of 4 packs of Cottonelle, so no free toilet paper for me tonight. I did get 4 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios, 2 boxes of Multigrain Cheerios, a box of Trix (which my kids were thrilled about) and 2 Olay Facial cleansers for $9.35. I guess I can't complain too much about that! If the toilet paper had been in-stock, I could have added 4 4packs of toilet paper to the list and still left with a total of $9.35. Oh well, I'll keep checking back! Also, I need to see if I have any more cereal coupons. I don't like to spend more than a $1.20/box and so I have to stock up while it's on sale! If only Fiber One's Frosted Shredded Wheat would go on sale, I would be a very happy girl! I'm already quite happy, but I'd be ecstatic if I could get that for a buck a box. I'd probably buy 25 or 30! I'm starting to ramble which means it's time to go to bed. If you're in need of Honey Nut Cheerios, Multigrain Cheerios, or Trix, head to Kroger and make sure to print coupons here. (I don't remember where I printed the other ones from...sorry!)

Monday, February 9, 2009

Great shopping day at CVS!

As I was posting this picture, I realized I forgot to photograph the greeting cards I bought. All of the above (and 3 American Greetings cards) was purchased for a total of $3.17 OOP! This is also missing the CVS Beauty magazine that I bought! I purchased these items in 4 transactions and rolled my ECBs. I ended up leaving with $13.99 in ECBs to use on future purchases. When I came into the store I had one ECB for $7.99 so I actually made money on this trip!!! The total amount saved on this trip was $67.76.

Here is the breakdown:

I started the day with $7.99 in ECBs to spend

Transaction #1

2 Colgate Total White ($2.79 each on sale BOGO)
3 American Greeting Cards ($.99 each)
1 Reinventing Beauty magazine ($.99)
2 Kids Throat Coolers ($4.99 each-had raincheck from last month)

Used 2 $1.50/1 Total toothpaste printable coupons
Used 1 BOGO Throat Coolers Coupon
Used $7.99 ECB

OOP $1.36
ECBs earned $13.00

Transaction #2

1 Gilette Venus Breeze Razor ($9.99 on sale for $7.99)
8 CVS Cotton Rounds 25 count ($.99 each)
2 CVS Remium Cotton Swabs 10 count travel pack ($.99 each)
1 Cookies and Creme candy bar

Used $2 Gilette Venus Breeze Razor coupon (2/8 P & G)
Used 1 $1 off purchase of CVS brand beauty product
Used 1 $2 off purchase of $10 of CVS brand beauty products
Used $13 ECBs

OOP $.56
ECBs earned $14

Transaction #3

1 Earrinse ($9.99 on sale for $7.99)
2 Johnson and Johnson bandages with Neosporin ($4.99 each)

Used 1 $3.00/2 Johnson and Johnson First aid products
Used $14 ECBs

OOP $1.25
ECBs earned $13.99

Transaction #4

1 Earrinse ($9.99 on sale for $7.99)

Used $7.99 ECB

ECBs earned $7.99

I'll be headed back to CVS later in the week to see if they have any of the Trial size heat packs of the Orange flavored childrens aspirin. I'll let you know if I come across any other great deals! Also, most of the CVS stores I've been to have a small machine in the front of the store that allows you to scan your Extra Care card and it will print off coupons. The coupon I got tonight was the $2 off a $10 CVS brand beauty purchase which I took advantage of tonight! Check out the CVS $5 Challenge at Keeping the Kingdom First for other great deals this week at CVS! Happy shopping!

Free Movie Monday

Every Monday, Redbox offers a free 1 day movie rental. I'm going to start posting these codes on Monday as soon as I get them, so check back weekly for the code and enjoy an evening of entertainment!

Today's code: 25CH63

This code is valid through midnight 2/9/09. Enjoy your movie!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

CVS Deals: Week of February 8th

Here are some of my favorite deals this week!

Colgate Toothpaste asst varieties and Wave or Children's Toothbrush B1G1 FREE

Use (2) $0.75 toothpaste coupon from 2/1 SS insert
Use $1.00/2 toothbrush coupon from 2/1 SS insert
Use (2) $0.75 coupon from December All You magazine
Final price varies

Revlon Cosmetics B1G1 FREE (Foundation, Powder, Blush, Concealer or Lip)
Use (2) $1.00 coupon from 10/12 (exp 2/12/09) and 12/7 SS inserts
Use (2) $2.00 coupon from 1/11 SS insert
Use $2.00 and $1.00 coupon from 2/8 SS insert
Final price varies- Be sure to check out the clearance could end up with some free makeup!

Maybelline Cosmetics B1G1 FREE
Use $1.00 and $2.00 coupon from 2/8 RP insert
Final price varies- Be sure to check out the clearance items, you could end up with some makeup for less than a dollar!

M&M's Cupid Mix 12.6 oz $3.00
Get $2.00 ECB when you buy 2
Final price: $2.00 each (I'll probably pass on these since the final price is not under a dollar!

Gillette Fusion Gamer, Venus Breeze Spa, Embrace Sister Razor $7.99
Get $4.00 ECB

Use $4.00 Fusion coupon from 2/8 PG insert
Use $2.00 Venus coupon from 2/8 PG insert
Final price: FREE
or $1.99 (Depends of product purchased)
(Limit 1)

February Deals

Colgate Total Advanced, 7.6-11.6 oz Toothpaste $3.49
Get $2.00 ECB
Use $1.50 printable coupon
Final price: FREE
(Limit 3)

CVS Brand Children's Chewable Aspirin, 36-ct $1.99

Get $1.99 ECB
Final price: FREE
(Limit 1)

EarRinse $7.99

Get $7.99 ECB
Final price: FREE
(Limit 2)

Extreme Energy 6-Hour Shot $4.99
Get $4.99 ECB
Final price: FREE
(Limit 1)

Gillette Shampoo or Conditioner, 11.5-12.2 oz $4.99
Get $3.00 ECB
Use $2.00 coupon from 1/18 PG insert
Final price: $0.01 OVERAGE (Also, I found a few Gillette shampoos on clearance a few weeks back. Check and see if your store has any, it will make this deal even sweeter!!!)
(Limit 5)

Johnson & Johnson First Aid Adhesive Pads Neosporin, 5 ct $4.99
Get $6.00 ECB
Use $3.00/2 printable coupon
Use $2.00 peelies on some packages
Final price: FREE or $0.98/2

Natural Dentist Healthy Gums or Fluoride Rinse, 16 oz $9.99
Get $4.00 ECB
Use $2.00 printable coupon
Final price: $3.99
Purchase 2 and send away for a $10 mail-in rebate to turn this deal into a money maker.
(Limit 5)

I'm planning on visiting CVS tomorrow, so I'll let you know what else I find while I'm there! I'll also try to post the deals I find for Walgreens and Kroger. If you see anything I missed, please leave a comment!!!

Lots of great coupons...lots of great deals this week!

If you haven't already picked up a few extra papers, run don't walk and get a few extra copies! Today's paper has lots of great coupons (and next week's paper isn't supposed to have many if they have any at all!) If you live near a Dollar Tree, they sell the Sunday paper for $1 (for those of you who live in Auburn, my husband bought the last 2 papers they had today, so you'll have to go somewhere other than Dollar Tree).

I'm going to try to start posting the best deals I see each week at CVS, Walgreens, and Kroger. If you see any great deals at these stores, please leave me a comment! I'd love to be able to post what you find!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Importance of Planning

I really enjoy being spontaneous, however, I'm finding that spontaneity is not always the best thing for saving money. I am leaving to go out of town tomorrow with the worship team from my church and did not plan out exactly what my family would eat while I was gone when I was doing my meal planning for this week. My hubby and I briefly discussed it tonight and headed to Wal-Mart to get some staples for meals he can make. Although I had coupons for some of my purchases, I spent way more than I wanted to. Our bill was $67 (although that included a new hairdryer since ours no longer works), which is over half of what I paid for groceries and toiletries for the whole month of January. I guess it's true that "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Take a little extra time this week to scan your grocery ad and match up coupons (or visit Becky over at Nickels-n-Dimes for ad matchups and a printable list. Her site it totally awesome and has been really helpful to me.) and plan your meals out accordingly. The little extra planning is worth the big amount of savings!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I heart Swagbucks!

So what is Swagbucks? Well, I'm glad you asked. Swagbucks is a search engine like Google. It's actually powered by Google and Ask. You save Swagbucks as your homepage and whenever you need to search for something, you just search through Swagbucks instead of Google or whoever you normally use.

Here's the cool part. When you search, you randomly get swag bucks that you can be redeemed for gift cards or other cool stuff. On average, you can make $5 or $6 a month in gift cards just for doing what you're already doing.

Here's the REALLY COOL part. If you refer friends, you get a swag buck every time they win, up to 100. If you refer lots of friends, you can get lots of swag bucks! (And lots of gift cards!!!)

So, don't delay, click here to sign up! And make sure you make Swagbucks your homepage!!!

Happy searching!

FREE Escape from Winter Gift Pack- First 10,000

If you're like me, you could use a break from winter! Right@Home is giving away a Glade PlugIns Scented Oil Warmer along with a Hawaiian Breeze refill to the first 10,000 to sign up. Click here to get your free gift pack!

If you’re one of the first 10,000 to respond, you’ll receive a free gift pack that includes:
  • One Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil warmer
  • One Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil refill in Hawaiian Breeze®
  • $1.00 coupon off two single Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil refills or one twin refill
Hurry!!! Don't miss out!!!

Free Spaghetti!!!

Join the Italian Revolution! Fazoli's has a special website with great Fazoli's coupons. Head on over to Each week, you will find a new coupon. This week's coupon was a free small spaghetti (with meat or marina sauce) with the purchase of a drink. Since Fazoli's includes free breadsticks, you can get quite a meal for a small amount. We ate there tonight with our coupons and we each paid $1.72 for a whole lot of food and a drink! Don't here to get your coupon!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Selling on eBay

I love eBay. I love that you can find great bargains, but I also really like being able to make some extra money. When my husband and I were trying to come up with money for adopting our daughters, we scoured our house for things we could do without and posted them on eBay. We were quite surprised at how much money we made. Now that we are getting serious about paying off debt and really living within our means, we are once again selling stuff on eBay. Not only does this allow us to have a little extra cash, but we also have less "stuff" to deal with!

Right now author Suzanne Wells if "paying it forward" by offering one copy of her book to you for FREE! Download a FREE (e-book) copy of The Stay at Home Mom's Guide to Successful eBay Selling here. This is a great way for anyone to come up with a little extra money!

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