Free Campbell's Select Harvest Soup Coupon (Need text message capabilities)


Campbell's soup is running a special promotion right now for a free coupon for Campbell's Select soup. You'll need a home phone number & text messaging capabilities to get yours. Here's the details:


To receive your coupon by mail, text "Select" to 467467 from your cell phone. Standard messaging rates apply. Promotion ends 1/15/09 and is limited to first 30,000 text messages received. Allow 2-4 weeks for delivery. Offer good only on Campbell's Select Harvest 18.6 oz cans. Offers will not be fulfilled outside of the U.S.

New $3/$15 CVS coupon x 1/9/09

There is a new CVS coupon for $3/$15. It expires 1/9/09. You can head right over to I heart CVS for the details in how to print it out!

Time to enjoy the family...

I am so excited about Christmas this year. It's my son's first. Hubby & I like to joke that it's also our last (meaning all the gifts get transferred to the child in Chrsitmases to come). We'll try our darndest not to let that happen. In the meantime, we are just enjoying our time with family. I hope that you are also. Merry Christmas!

Free 5x7 or 8x10 @ CVS thru Dec 24th


Looks like CVS is following Walgreens' lead by offering a free 5x7 or 8x10 just in time for the holidays. Use promo code ENLARGE by Dec 24th to get a free 5x7 or 8x10. Right on!

Here's what I'm stirring up- Deals for 12/21-12-27



CVS
Can you say 17 freebies at CVS this week! Oh my, it's as good as the day after Thanksgiving. Time to get your coupons organized...
    Sunday & Monday only Deals
  1. Arm & Hammer Essentials starter kit, $2.99. Use $1/1 A&H internet printable Spend $1.99 out-of-pocket (oop) and get $2.99 in extrabucks= free + $1 profit! (Limit 5)


  2. Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine nail Color, $5.99. Buy (2) and use $3/2 CVS coupon (Reinventing Beauty book) & (2) .50/1 (9/28 SS). Spend $7.98 oop & get $11.98 ECBs= free +$4 profit! (Limit 2)


  3. Listerine antiseptic 16.9oz, $2.99. Use $1/1 CVS coupon (Diabetes coupon book found near pharmacy or front counter). Spend $1.99 oop & get $2.99 ECBs= free +$1 profit! (Limit 5)


  4. L'Oreal HIP Metalic eye shadow duos, $6.99. Use $2/1 (10/5 RP). Spend $4.99 oop & get $6.99 ECBs= free +$2 profit! (Limit 2)


  5. ThermaCare neck to arm heatwrap 1ct, $2.49. Spend $2.49 oop & get $2.49 ECBs= free (Limit 3)

  6. Right Guard Professional solid 1.8oz or aerosol 6oz , on sale $6. Use $2/1 (found inside aerosol boxes) or $0.55/1 (peelie found on solids). Spend $4 oop & get $6 bucks back= free + $2 profit (Limit 5)

  7. Zipfizz energy 3ct, $5.99. Spend $5.99 oop & get $5.99 ECBs= free (Limit 1)

  8. Excedrin Express Gels 20ct , $3.99. Use $2/1 Excedrin internet printable. Spend $1.99 oop & get $3.99 ECBs= free + $2 profit plus file for a full $3.99 rebate (found in 10/16 SS inserts)(Limit 1)

  9. Alteril sleep aid 30ct, $9.99. Spend $9.99 oop & get $9.99 ECBs= free (Limit 1)

  10. Halls Naturals 25ct, $2.59. Buy (2) and use (1) buy one get one free (found on display units at many grocery stores) & .50/1 (12/7 SS). Spend $2.09 oop & get $2.59 ECBs= free + $0.50 profit (Limit 1)

  11. EAS AdvantEdge bar 2.11oz, $1.69. Spend $1.69 oop & get $1.69 ECBs= free (Limit 1)

  12. EAS AdvantEdge shake 4pk, $7.49. Spend $7.49 oop & get $7.49 ECBs= free (Limit 1)

  13. Zantac 150 8ct, $4.99. Use $1/1 (11/9 SS). Spend $3.99 oop & get $4.99 ECBs= free + $1 profit plus file for a full $4.99 rebate (form in 11/9 insert) (Limit 1)

  14. Benefiber drink mix 16ct, $7.29. Use $2/1 (10/19 or 11/16 SS). Spend $5.29 oop & get $7.29 ECBs= free + $2 profit (Limit 1)

  15. Iceland Health joint relief 60ct, $29.99. Spend $29.99 oop & get $29.99 ECBs= free (Limit 1)

  16. Slimquick 2pk 4oz, $4.99. Spend $4.99 oop & get $4.99 ECBs= free (Limit 1)

  17. Sleepinal 32ct, $8.49. Spend $8.49 oop & get $8.49 ECBs= free (Limit 1)

  18. Revlon cosmetics, on sale buy one get one free & starting at $3.49. Buy (2) items for $3.49 & use (2) $2/1 (8/24 or 9/14 SS). Spend $0 oop & potentially get the overage toward your other items.

Monthly Deals



  1. Bodiheat 3 count, $3.99. Use $1/1 (peelie coupons found on packages) Spend $2.99 oop & get $3 bucks back= free (limit 5)

*If you're new to CVS, check out my step-by-step guide in how to do a CVS shop- it's a must read!


Walgreens


These prices are good Dec 21-24

  1. Chex mix, on sale $0.99. Use .60/1 Chex internet printable or .50/1 (12/7 SS).= .39 or .49

  2. Del Met Turtle 3 oz, on sale $0.99. Use $1.50/1 (11/16 SS) = free + $0.51 overage

  3. Conair Gel Grips Hair Dryer, $10. Spend $10 oop & get $10 register rewards (RRs).

  4. Carmex Lip Care,, on sale $0.99. Buy (2) use $1/2 & Walgreens in-ad coupon. Spend $0.98 for two!


There are some other decent deals but this is what I'm looking at this week. What good deals do you see? List a comment or link to your blog with scenarios below.

Free 8x10 @ Walgreens thru Dec 20th

I LOVE all of my free 8x10s at Walgreens. There's yet another promo running right now only good through December 20th. Go now and get your free portrait. You won't be disappointed with the quality. If you have trouble with the link, go to Walgreens.com & use the code FREEGIFT.

Good news: Food Lion joined Upromise!


I have been loving all of my amazing Food Lion finds. I must admit, I was not an avid Food Lion shopper until just this year when I discovered that Food Lion internet printables could be combined with manufacturer's coupons to rack up the savings. I digress.

I'm even more excited to announce that Food Lion has finally joined Upromise (it's about time people). I love Upromise because you can save money for college for your children, yourself, or anyone else (my son is currently accepting kind benefactors just in case anyone could not find a worthy recipient). In fact, I joined Upromise before baby David was born. Yippie, I'm all about getting a jump start on things.

Be sure to add your Food Lion card to your Upromise account right away. If perhaps you have been in hiding and have not yet signed up for a free Upromise account, you can do so here: Upromise – The way to save for college . I entered all of my grocery store cards, CVS card, & my credit card so that a portion of each purchase I make saves for my kids' education. That's in addition to frequent flyer points and other incentives. Works for me!

To stockpile or no?

*This is not my stockpile but another bloggers :)


To those of you who read here regularly, you will notice that I often suggest that you collect multiple copies of the Sunday paper and purchase many items at a time to get the best deal. Although every week is different, the story is often the same.

One of the results of this kind of shopping is the accumulation of a number of toiletry items, medicine, and canned goods that you may not use for some time. The accumulation of these goods is often called a stockpile.

In coaching a friend in saving the way I do, I heard them say, "that's a good deal but I have enough of that item right now." I quickly thought how different we were in even approaching deals and shopping. My personal philosophy is that I shop & store stuff when an item is free or drastically reduced. This prevents me from running out of something an having to pay full price. For example, a grocery store in my town and triple coupons (up to $1) in the summer. I had fabulous coupons for turkey bacon. Since we try to eliminate pork completely but spend a small fortune on breakfast meats, I stocked up. I purchased like 20-30 packages of meat that were about 90% off the normal price. Only now are we dwindling down to our last packages of meat. I do the same with soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. When something is free or at a low price, I stock up. This works best for me for a few reasons:

  1. We have the space at home to store stuff. We have a large basement with storage, an extra refrigerator, and a large laundry area to store goods
  2. I build the extra money in our budget each month for things that are on sale. In the meat example, I was able to buy enough meat for the rest of the year & still stay in budget
  3. I have a flexible schedule where I can run around to nab sales. This is fun to me & doesn't cause stress

Stockpiling may not work so well if:

  1. you become excessive in getting and storing. Stockpiling works for me because when I feel like we are getting too much we donate it, use it for gifts, or sell it in our family yard sale.
  2. you have limited space. Not all items have to be stored at a certain temperature. Considering storing some items outside or in protective containers if space is an issue.
  3. you don't also plan to organize your goods. There's nothing worse than buying something only to realize that you had one tucked away in the back of a cabinet somewhere. I'm no queen of organization. It seems like I just don't have the time to ever get things the way I want it, but keeping your stockpile organized will save a lot of time and energy.
  4. money isn't a motivator for you. Perhaps time is more of a driving factor in your life right now. A stockpile system might not work for you.

I thought about writing this today because there are a number of layers to saving money. One is the art of spending at the right time, sometimes even before you need something. You'll have to test the one for yourself. To stockpile or no?

Free movie tonight? Redbox Code 12/15/08~ Good tonight only!


I've told you previously about how we rent nearly all of our movies now, Redbox kiosks. Each Monday, they publish a code for a free rental at one of their locations. This one is good until midnight tonight. Why not take some time to enjoy your free movie!


Free Code: 47J2L8

Top Things you Shouldn't buy new: Day Two

Last week I started writing on the Top Things You Shouldn't Buy New. You can read day one's post here. I was inspired after reading an online article on new and used items for the holidays. To be frank, for some items it is just really silly to buy used. As an entrepreneur and business owner, I am really shooting it straight here. This is just my list of things that I buy used for pure financial reasons. I'll be adding to this list over the next few weeks. These are the top two things this week (at least in my view) that you should never buy new:

#3 Furniture
In order to make my list of things to buy used I thought immediately of furniture. Did you know that furniture has the largest markup of any retail sales item? It's true. Sometimes furniture is marked up as much as 50% above the cost of production! We have always saved money on furniture by taking our time in making these purchases. For example, my living room set was purchased at a state drug seizure auction. In fact, we love to find furniture at auctions. If you don't mind waiting to find a good deal, this will work for you. You can check out this post on how to find auctions for more information. Of course, the newspaper is a great resource. You'll find lots of sellers in the classifieds in addition to yard sales (my favorite).

For clarification, second- hand doesn't have to mean mismatched or worn out. I like to think that our home furnishings are very modern and well put together. It just takes a little to scout a good deal before shelling out the cash. The only furniture item to which I recommend a new purchase is mattresses. Need I explain why?




#4 Car
We've all heard that cars loose most of their value the minute you drive it off the lot. I fight with this one because I have actually never owned a new car before and I would love to. That's not to say that I will not purchase a new car one day, but from a sheer dollars and cents perspective, it is wiser to purchase used over new when it comes to vehicles. Not to be redundant, but I also purchased my car at a government surplus auction. It was the best thing I ever did. I got a car with only 11,000 or so miles for about 1/4 the price of a lot. The downside is that auctions often have no financing available so you have to save up, but the savings are overwhelming. Since the car was a government vehicle, it was in perfect condition and serviced all the time. I'd recommend looking into the U.S. General Services Administration which sells cars at auction to the public.

Here's what I'm stirring up- Deals for 12/14-12-20


CVS

  1. Bayer Contour Meter, on sale 14.99. Use up to $30 off coupon (10/26 RP). Spend $0 out-of-pocket (oop) and get $5 in extrabucks= free + $5 profit!

  2. Nova Max Glucose Monitor,$9.99. Spend $9.99 oop & get $9.99 ECBs= free (Limit 1) (Good Sunday & Monday only)

  3. EARinse Seawater Rinse (1 oz.), $9.99. Spend $9.99 oop & get $9.99 ECBs= free (Limit 1) (Good Sunday & Monday only)

  4. Sleep MD (10 ct.),$7.99. Spend $7.99 oop & get $7.99 ECBs= free (Limit 1) (Good Sunday & Monday only)

  5. Colgate, on sale $2.99. Use $1.50/1 (recent insert and All You magazine). Spend $1.50 oop and get $2 extrabucks back= free + $0.50 profit!

  6. Pepsi 12 packs, on sale 4/$13. Buy (4) Pepsi One & use (4) $1/1 Pepsi internet printables. Spend $9 oop & get $3 bucks back= $6 for four 12 packs!

Monthly Deals

  1. Bodiheat 3 count, $3.99. Use $1/1 (peelie coupons found on packages) Spend $2.99 oop & get $3 bucks back= free (limit 5)

*If you're new to CVS, check out my step-by-step guide in how to do a CVS shop- it's a must read!

Walgreens


Not too many good deals this week at Walgreens. Here are some notable deals:

  1. Coffee Mate, on sale 2/$2.49. Use (2) $1/1 Coffe Mate Internet printables = $0.49 for two two
  2. Del Met Turtle 3 oz, on sale $0.99. Use $1.50/1 (recent insert) = free + $0.51 overage
  3. Oral B Stages toothpaste, manual toothbrushes (and Zooth toothbrushes, manual), on sale 2/$4. Use $1/2 (11/30 P&G). Spend $3 oop and get $2 register rewards = $1 for two!
  4. Listerine Vibrant Whitening Rinse (16oz) with free 8oz on pack , on sale 2/$11. Buy (2) use (2) $1.50/1 Listerine internet printables. Spend $8 oop and get $5 register rewards back= $3 for two after coupons and rewards

  5. Printer ink (black) is also $5 off this week with the in-ad coupon

There are some other decent deals but this is what I'm looking at this week. What good deals do you see? List a comment or link to your blog with scenarios below.

Entertainment Book '09 coupon $10 off + free shipping

Living in a small town has its benefits and its challenges. One of the bummers is that I am away from lots of restaurants and entertainment. I love a good night at the theater, dinner, I could go on...

One of the things I miss is getting my city's entertainment book each year. It is chucked full of coupons and more than pays for itself after the first few uses. Now the book has online savings too. Toward the end of each year there is typically a good coupon that surfaces. The best I see so far is this coupon for $10 off and free shipping. Enjoy!



Entertainment Book 2009

Talking to Your Kids During Tough Financial Times



When I hold my baby boy to my chest, I sense that he is keenly aware of how I am feeling. Just these past few weeks as I was completely stressed out because my entire house was sick and exhausted, I was just hoping that each time I set him down, he would sleep without interruption. When I am stressed, in a hurry, or in a playful mood, it's as though he senses what I am feeling.

I've been reading lately about the financial "crisis" ( I hate to call it that). One of the most intriguing parts of this time in our history is what impact this will have on our children. Only time will tell the real effects. I am no child psychology expert. I do not profess to know all of the best strategies for kids. One thing I do know is that tough financial times do warrant consideration on how we should communicate with our kids about money. Here are a few noteworthy things I read in the December issue of Parents magazine:
  • DO stay positive and optimistic. It's okay to share with your kids that you are experiencing tough times, just not okay to freak out. In the article, Dr. Kirkland offers this line, "We're having some money problems, but we're going to get through this as a family."


  • DON'T transfer pressure to your kids. I can remember going through financial challenges as a kid. Even as a teenager, I certainly felt the burden of not being expensive. Kids should not be responsible for grown up feelings.


  • DON'T be secretive. This is a hard one. Nearly everyone I speak with has trouble divulging money issues to a close friend or family member let alone their kids. I agree with the doctor here. Kids deserve a realistic picture of what's going on and a positive outlook on the future. Shielding money problems only perpetuates a cycle that problems need to be hidden.


  • DO find free ways to connect with your kids. I can't wait until my son is old enough to understand what I do & what we talk about here. I simply can't wait until he becomes a savvy shopper in his youth. Beyond shopping, there are lots of free things to do in the community. Schools, parks, and places of worship host lots of events open to the general public at no charge. It's really time to dig in and get creative with all of the available options. Let's not leave our children out this challenging financial time. What do you say?

Hot freebies: Free batteries


With this coupon from Rayovac (you will need Adobe PDF access), you can snag free batteries at most Walmart & Target stores. The four packs are around $1 at most Walmart stores and look in the bins near the front of the store at Target. Yippie!

How interesting...

I read an interesting article that was discussing the environment, waste, and money. How in the world do these relate together? Well, it turns out that some counties are considering having homeowners pay by how much waste they produce. Here's the idea:

  • the wealthiest of the US would pay for their proportion of waste
  • it would increase recycling/ composting since that would be free
  • it may affect the way consumer goods are packaged- you know what I mean here. Have you ever purchased a product wrapped in five layers of plastic, 20 boxes and two twist ties?

I'm all about the green efforts. I sport my reusable shopping bags and the whole nine but I'm not really sure how I would feel about being charged by how much waste I produce. I think it was a mighty interesting and creative discussion though. What do you think?

Free movie tonight? Redbox Code 12/8/08~ Good tonight only!


I've told you previously about how we rent nearly all of our movies now, Redbox kiosks. Each Monday, they publish a code for a free rental at one of their locations. This one is good until midnight tonight. Why not take some time to enjoy your free movie!


Free Code: 23MJT7

Here's what I'm stirring up- Deals for 12/7-12-13


CVS

  1. Powerade 32 oz. selected varieties, $1.49. Spend $1.49 out-of-pocket (oop) and get $1.49 in extrabucks= free!

  2. Theraflu packets,vapor patch 6 ct.,caplets 24 ct.,warming syrup 8.3 oz.,triaminic liquid 4 oz.,thin strips 14 ct.,or vapor refill 5 ct., $5.99. Buy (1) Theraflu and use $2/1 (10/19 SS). Spend $3.99 oop and get $2 extrabucks back + file for a full rebate using the 10/19 SS form= free + $2 profit!

  3. Huggies diapers or pull-ups, $10. Huggies wipes or wash $3.00. Buy $25 worth and get $5 extrabucks. *There are lots of coupons out there including this $2/2 Huggies printable

  4. Duracell batteries, on sale $2.99. Use $1/1 or 0.75/1 (10/26 RP or 11/16 RP) & $5/2 (CVS coupon found on tearpad near batteries)= $0.98 for two

*If you're new to CVS, check out my step-by-step guide in how to do a CVS shop- it's a must read!

Walgreens


Here are some notable deals at Walgreens


  1. Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil 20sq. ft., on sale $0.99. Use $1/1 (11/16 SS or one found in supermarket displays) and Walgreens in-ad coupon= free + $0.01 profit!
  2. Theraflu, on sale $3.99. Buy (3) and use $2/1 (10/19 SS or blinkie found in some stores). Spend $6 oop and get $5 in register rewards (RRs) back = $0.97 for three

  3. Schick Titanium razor, on sale $6.99. Use $4/1 (Dec All You magazine) & $3/1 December EasySaver coupon = free + $0.01 profit!

  4. Scotch tape, on sale 2/$2. Buy (2) 3 packs and use $1/6 (11/23) & file for a December EasySaver rebate= $1 profit after coupons and rebate

There are some other decent deals but this is what I'm looking at this week. What good deals do you see? List a comment or link to your blog with scenarios below.

Top Things you Shouldn't buy new: Day One

I was inspired today after reading an online article on new and used items for the holidays. I am quite particular when it comes to buying new and used items. For example, I never buy used shoes or undergarments. For one I am finicky about being comfortable and in terms of wearing someone else's undergarments well......



This strikes a chord in me though when I think about how many other things that are super silly to buy new. Over the next week or two I'll share some of the top things you should never buy new (at least in my view).



#1 Timeshares

A few months back hubby & I got a chance to sneak away to Myrtle Beach, SC. I was super surprised at all of the things to do, a big tourist area I tell ya. Well, since we moved here from Orlando (aka tourist capital USA) I know all about timeshare sales. Lo and behold we were hit up to take a 2 hour presentation for about $100 bucks. Most people that attend these presentations don't actually set out to buy a time share, but after two or three hours of high pressure sales, the vacation rentals look more and more attractive. But the reality is that unlike most other real estate, time shares loose an incredible amount of their value. Instead of buying new check the many resources that offer timeshares at a steep discount from owners wanting to unload their "investment."

#2 Books

Since I started my doctorate program in 2005 I can't exactly say that I've completed much pleasure reading recently. In fact, it's been a reaaaaly long time since I've gotten the chance to read a good book. I can't wait for this summer (my hopeful graduation date) when I bust loose and get the chance to read just for fun again. I digress. I add books to the things you shouldn't buy new list because there are so many alternatives. Have you ever heard of half.com or alibris.com? They sell used books that you can literally get at a fraction of the cost. The best part is that most sellers are really up front about any writings or markings that might be in the book. Unless you just have to have the latest release, you should always consider the low cost used alternative. It's definitely worth it.

Want free chocolate? Have a Food Lion?

Looks like Hersey's Special Dark Chocolate & the Hersey's Milk Chocolate bars are buy one get one free (BOGO) at Food Lion through January 20th. Well.... check your 11/9 SS newspaper for BOGO coupons that say "Buy one milk chocolate bar, milk chocolate with almonds bar or special dark chocolate bar and get one special dark chocolate bar free."= two bars of free chocolate for every coupon you have. If you can believe this, I actually don't care for chocolate much but I LOVE chocolate covered strawberries- whoot whoot!

New Printable Coupons



One of my favorite coupon sites has updated their printable coupons for the month of December- yippie! As you may have noticed in the past, these coupons seem to change regularly are almost always not available any longer once a certain number of people have printed them. Even if I don't know that I'll use the item, I usually print them. One of my grocery stores still triples coupons so it's worth it to print off the low amounts too. On more than one occasion I waited to print mine only to find them gone.

Each time you print coupons from this site or the toolbar on the right you support this site (go you!) & you get to do it for free. As always, each coupon can be printed twice from each computer you own. Simply print the coupons once, hit the back button, then refresh your screen.

Here's some good coupons I see:
  • Huggies $2/1- Usually these only come out for $1- $1.50
  • King's Hawaiian bread $1/1 - my favorite very fattening bread!
  • Success rice $1/1- These usually only run $1.50 or so at Walmart & my stores so $0.50 for rice works for me
  • Betty Crocker (BC) cookie mix $0.75/1- can you say triple coupons?
  • BC muffin mix $.45/1
  • Dove $1- This looks like a Target coupon so it can be combined with another manufacturer's coupon
  • Bisquick .75/1- great for triples
  • Chex mix- .60/1- I'm pretty sure these are buy-one-get-one-free at Publix & Food Lion this week
  • Pizza rolls $.35/1- my very favorite lunch snack
  • Progresso broth $.50/1- sooo many deals for this during the Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays

These are the best deals for my household but there are many more. I'll keep you posted on the next coupon site update!

Rewards Survey Sites: Zoom Panel & Swag Bucks

There have been a number of site lately that have been offering rewards programs for taking surveys, searching the internet, and checking emails. To be honest, I have been seriiously been trying to shave down my time online with excess stuff. It seems like between working on my dissertation, checking email, blogging here, and trying to stay up with the times, I can spend so much time online! I haven't tried these programs because I just haven't found the time, butI have heard good things about both of these programs.

With Zoom Panel, you take surveys and earn points. You cash in the points for gifts like lots of electronics & other items. With the SwagBucks program, you get earn money through searching the internet just like you normally would. You accumulate points for gift cards and a selection of other items. I'd like to hear about your experiences with these programs since I've not yet tried them myself. Is it worth the time? Can extra money be earned? Here are the links to the two programs below if you'd like to give them a try. Let me know what you think!


ZoomPanel

Here's what I'm stirring up- Deals for 11/30- 12/6


Whew, after any amazing 3 day sale do you still have it in you?
CVS

  1. Extreme Energy, $4.99. Spend $4.99 out-of-pocket (oop) and get $4.99 in extrabucks= free!


  2. Gillette Venus or Fusion razors or cartridges Spend $15 get $5 ECB. Buy (3) razors (deal says prices starting @ $5.99 but I'm not sure yet if the razors will be on sale for $5.99 or $9.99. This scenario assumes they are on sale for $5.99) and use (3) $4/1 (from Vocal Point mailer). Spend $5.97 oop and get $5 extra bucks back= $0.97 for three razors


  3. Benefiber, Gas-x or Maalox, Spend $20 get $10 ECBs. I don't have a specific scenario for this one but there are lots of these coupons out there to make this inexpensive if you need this.
  4. Febreeze products, Spend $10 get $5 ECBs. Buy (4) air effects ($2.50) and use (4) $1/1 (P&G). Spend $6 oop & get $5 extrabucks back= $1 for four

  5. Zantac 75, $8.99. Use $1.50/1 (9/8 SS). Spend $7.49 oop and get $2 extrabucks back plus file for a $5 mail-in rebate (11/9 SS)= $0.49 after coupons, bucks, & rebate

  6. Duracell batteries, on sale $5.99. Use $1/1 or 0.75/1 (10/26 RP or 11/16 RP) & $5/2 (CVS coupon found on tearpad near batteries)= $0.98 for two

*If you're new to CVS, check out my step-by-step guide in how to do a CVS shop- it's a must read!

Walgreens


Here are some notable deals at Walgreens


  1. Reach Ultra Clean Dental Care, on sale 2/$6. Buy (2) toothbrushes and (1) floss and use buy one get one free (BOGO) coupon (10/12 RP) and $1/1 (10/12 RP). Spend $5 oop and get $6 in register rewards back= free + $1 profit!
  2. Carmex Lip Care, on sale $0.99. Buy (2) and use $1/2 (11/9) & in-ad coupon = $0.98 for two

  3. Glade Wisp Flameless Candle, on sale $3.99. Use $3/1 (11/2 SS) = $0.99

  4. All Free & Clear 2x Detergent, on sale $1.79. Use $1/1 All internet printable & $1.79 in-ad coupon= $0.79

There are some other decent deals but this is what I'm looking at this week. What good deals do you see? List a comment or link to your blog with scenarios below.

Whew, Black Friday rest needed

Well, normally hubby & I save a little money during the year to hit a few stores on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Since we are not in the market for a new TV or computer & only a 8 month year old baby to get gifts for, we didn't have much to run out for this year (thankfully). I managed to sneak away on Thanksgiving day and get nearly every free item from CVS.

I brought my husband along for the adventure. I intended to show him the magic. Well, 42 items & 19 coupons later we managed to score all of the products for $0.93 out of pocket. Many of them I'll be using as gifts for Christmas and throughout the year. I used coupons (of course) my $5 off CVS coupon (emailed to me), and extrabucks. The best part is that I "gained" $18 extrabucks, meaning I put out $38 in bucks but got back $56.

How about you? Did you score any good deals today?

Black Friday Deals @ CVS

My favorite manager gave me the CVS 2-day sale flyer today. There are so many great deals happening. On your way out Thursday or Friday morning, don't forget to stop by CVS! Also, check your e-mails for a CVS coupon. I NEVER get these but lo and behold today I did. Good Thursday, Friday, & Saturday only- go me! These deals are awesome!

Colgate Total Toothpaste, $2.99. Use $1.50/1 Colgate printable or $1/1 (11/02 SS). Spend $1.49 oop and get $2.99 ECBs back! (Limit 2) =free + $1.50 profit.

Aussie Hair Care, $2.99. Use $1/1 (10/12 P&G). Spend $1.99 oop and get $2.99 ECBs back! (Limit 2)= free + $1 profit.

CoverGirl Smoothers pressed powder, $5.99. Use $1/1 (10/12 or 11/2 P&G). Spend $4.99 oop and get $5.99 ECBs back! (Limit 1)= free + $1 profit.

CoverGirl Smoothers liquid makeup, $7.99. Use $1/1 (10/12 or 11/2 P&G). Spend $6.99 oop and get $5.99 ECBs back! (Limit 1)= free + $1 profit.

L’Oreal Colour Juice sheer lipgloss, $6.99. Use $1/1 Loreal printable . Spend $5.99 oop and get $6.99 ECBs back (Limit 2)= free + $1 profit.

Sally Hansen maximum growth plus nourishing nail color, $3.79. Use $1/1 (CVS Beauty Book) Spend $2.79 oop and get $3.79 ECBs back (Limit 1)= free + $1 profit.

Johnson's Soft Lotion, $5.69. Use $1/1 Johnson's printable or $1/1 (11/2 RP). Spend $4.69 oop and get $5.69 ECBs back! (Limit 1) = free + $1 profit

Bic Soleil Single Razor with 2 Cartridges, $5.99. Use $3/1 (11/2 SS) Spend $2.99 oop and get $5.99 ECBs back! (Limit 2) = free + $3 profit

Garnier Nutrisse Cleansing Towelettes 25 ct., $5.99. Use $1/1 (11/9 RP) Spend $4.99 oop and get $5.99 ECBs back! (Limit 2) = free + $1 profit

Maybelline Mineral Power Liquid Foundation, $8.99. Use $3/1 (10/26 RP) or $2/1 (9/21 RP). Spend $5.99 oop and get $8.99 ECBs back! (Limit 2) = free + $3 profit *This is the same as the current weekly deal. If you've already purchased yours for the week then do not do it again as the bucks won't print again

Schick Quattro Razor or Trimmer, $7.99. Use $2/1 Schick internet printable or $4/1 (December All You magazine). Spend $5.99 oop and get $6 ECBs back= free or $2 profit (Limit 1)

Magnavox Universal Remote or Philips Headphones, $6.99. Spend $6.99 oop and get $6.99 ECBs back = free! (Limit 2)

Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons, $3.99. Use $1/1 (10/5 SS). Spend $2.99 oop and get $3 back= free! (Limit 1)

Gatorade 20oz., $1.49. Spend $1.49 oop and get $1.49 back= free (Limit 3)

Hershey's King Size Milk Chocolate Bar, $1. Spend $1 oop and get $1 back= free (Limit 1)

5-Hour Energy at $3.99. Spend $3.99 oop and get $3.99 back= free (Limit 1)

I'm sick!

So I was delighted to wake up this morning not feeling so hot. My son got shots at the latter part of the week. He was doing great until the weekend (go figure) when he started poopin all over the place. We assumed he was doing poorly because of the shots until this morning when the entire family woke up sick, yuck!

Forgive the lack of posts as we all recoup. Right before the holiday, there is so much to do. Needless to say, it will just have to wait!

In case you were looking for your movie code, the redbox code for tonight, 11/24 is: 2MNC92

Here's what I'm stirring up- Deals for 11/23- 11/29


I will post some deals that are available just for Black Friday a little later this week. For now, here are a few good snags & a few money making strategies:

CVS

  1. Maybelline Mineral Foundation, $8.99. Use $3/1 (10/26 RP) or $2/1 (9/21 RP). Spend $5.99 out-of-pocket (oop) and get $8.99 in extrabucks= free + $3 profit! (Limit 1)


  2. Complete Multi Purpose Solution, $8.99. Use $1/1 (10/26 RP) or $2/1 internet printable. Spend $6.99 oop and get $8.99 extra bucks back= free + $2 profit ! (Limit 1)


  3. Duracell Coppertop batteries, on sale $2.99. Buy (2) pack and use (2) $0.75/1 (10/26 RP or 11/16 RP) & (1) CVS coupon for $5/2 = $0.23 overage
  4. Right Guard deoderant, $7.99. Use $0.55/1 (found on product). Spend $7.44 oop & get $7 extrabucks back= $0.44 after coupon and extrabucks

  5. Crest Spin Brush, $5.99. Use $2/1 (Crest internet printable). Spend $3.99 oop and get $2 extrabucks back= $1.99 after coupons and bucks

  6. Bayer aspirin, on sale 1.99. Use $1/1 (10/26 RP)= $0.99

*If you're new to CVS, check out my step-by-step guide in how to do a CVS shop- it's a must read!

Walgreens


Here are some notable deals at Walgreens


  1. Altoids, buy one get one free (BOGO) @ $1.99. Use (2) $1/1 coupons found on products= free Spend $7 oop and get $7 register rewards (RR) back= free

  2. Excedrin express gels, BOGO @ $4.49. Buy (2) and use (2) $2/1 (Excedrin internet printables) = $0.49 for two bottles

  3. Sure deoderant, on sale $1.99. Use $1/1 (10/19 SS) & $1.50 Walgreens Easysaver coupon= $0.51 overage

  4. Venus razor, on sale $9.49. Use $4/1 Vocalpoint coupon= $5.49 oop & get $7 register rewards (RR) back= $0.51 overage

There are some other decent deals but this is what I'm looking at this week. What good deals do you see? List a comment or link to your blog with scenarios below.

A little perspective for the holidays

I was just reading on a fellow bloggers site yesterday that their family had an unexpected layoff Luckily, the savvy shopping woman of the house has collected holiday gifts throughout the year- you go girl! But, I got to thinking about our financial situation as a nation. Last night, Susie Orman was on Larry King live. One guest asked about either putting Christmas gifts on a credt card or using money from an emergency fund for a modest Chrsitmas.

It's important for us all to remember just how serious of a financial situation our nation is really facing at the moment. Inevitably each year, someone talks about the commercialization of the season. This year, let remember that talk is cheap. Truly, let's spend only what we can afford during this holiday season. I know that in the heat of the "shopping moment", we often feel the pressure to give gifts. But, you know, now more than ever we need to bring alittle perspective to the season. Christmas is about being with family and friends. Truly, let's try to keep the season in perspective.

Another $10 Coupon Booklet- Betty Crocker


Just this past Tuesday I posted about a $10 coupon booklet from Pillsbury when you sign up for their e-newsletter. Today, it seems as though the folks at betty Crocker are following suit. If you haven't already signed up for their email list that has recipes, coupons, and dinner ideas where have you been? No really, in this case, I guess it's better to have held out since they are offering new subscribers a $10 coupon book also.

More inexpensive veggies & more Target & Walmart

Last week I posted about potential free veggies at Walmart with the $1/1 Green Giant steamers coupon. Not only did another one come out in this past Sunday's paper, but also a coupon for $1/4 Delmonte canned veggies or fruit.

Well, Del Monte canned beans, corn, and peas are on sale at Target this week for $0.50 each. Buy (4), use the $1/4 coupon and you get for cans for a buck! Another notable mention this week at Target is Vaseline lotion. It's on sale for $2.50. Look for the recent $1.25 or $1.50 coupon to make this bottle of lotion only a dollar or so!

Free $10 Pillsbury Coupon Booklet


I just found out about this one:
Sign up for the Pillsbury e-newsletter and they'll send you a free booklet packed with $10 in coupon savings, helpful tips, meal ideas, and more. Coupon savings are always useful!

Free dinner for Military tonight @ Golden Corral!

Thank You!
Tonight is the 2008 Military Appreciation Monday dinner @ all Golden Corral restaurants from 5-9 pm.

The free “thank you” dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Monday dinner.

Free movie tonight? Redbox Code 11/17/08~ Good tonight only!


I've told you previously about how we rent nearly all of our movies now, Redbox kiosks. Each Monday, they publish a code for a free rental at one of their locations. This one is good until midnight tonight. Why not take some time to enjoy your free movie!


Free Code: 57DRW3

Here's what I'm stirring up- Deals for 11/16- 11/22



It's a great deal at CVS if you've kept up your coupons! Here are the deals I am stirring up this week in NC. Here are a few good snags & a few money making strategies:

CVS


By far, the best deal this week to stock up is batteries. Be sure to look for the $5/2 coupons somewhere near the battery displays. Good luck hunting!


  1. Zantrex 3 2pk, $4.99. Spend $4.99 out-of-pocket (oop) and get $4.99 in extrabucks= free (Limit 1)

  2. L’Oreal Age Perfect Pro Calcium Radiance Perfector sheer tint moisturizer , $15.99. Use $1/1 (10/19 SS).Spend $14.99 oop and get $15.99 extra bucks back= free + $1 profit !(Limit 1)

  3. Spend $20 on Duracell Batteries, get $15 ECBs. Buy (4) Duracell AAA or AA 8pks or C or D 4pks @ $5.99 ea= $23.96 total. Use (4) $0.75/1 (10/26 RP or 11/16 RP) & (1) CVS coupon for $5/2 . Spend $17.46 oop & get back $15 extrabucks= $2.46 for four packs of batteries * This deal can be even better if you buy (2) packs at a time and use the $5/2 each time. In that case, for every pack of (4), you spend $10.96 oop & get back $15= $4.04 profit! (Limit 3)

  4. Spend $10 on Select Glade Products , get $5 ECBs. Buy:(4) Glade Glass Scents @ $2.50 ea.= $10. Use (2) BOGO coupons (10/12 SS). Spend $5 oop & get $5 extrabucks back= free after coupons and extrabucks
  5. Soft & Dri or Dry Idea Deodorant , $2.99. Use $0.50/1 (10/5 SS). Spend $2.49 oop and get $2 extrabucks back= $0.49
  6. Windex, $2.50. Use $2/1 (Windex internet printable). Spend $0.50 oop= $0.50.
  7. Pledge Furniture Polish, $2.50. Use $2/1 (Pledge internet printable). Spend $0.50 oop= $0.50.
  8. Scrubbing Bubbles Cleaner, $2.50. Use $2/1 (SB internet printable). Spend $0.50 oop= $0.50.

  9. Fantastik Cleaner, $2.50. Use $1/1 (Fantastik internet printable). Spend $1 oop= $1


    *If you're new to CVS, check out my step-by-step guide in how to do a CVS shop- it's a must read!





Walgreens

Can't say that I'm too excited about Walgreens deals this week. But here are some notable deals:

  1. Just for Men Touch of Gray, $7. Spend $7 oop and get $7 register rewards (RR) back= free


  2. Bertolli frozen meals, on sale 2/$10. Buy (2) and use (2) $1.75/1 (10/19 or 10/26 SS) = Spend $6.50 oop and get $2 RRs back= $4.50 for two
  3. Skippy peanut butter, on sale 2/$3 w/in ad coupon. Buy (2) and use $1/2 (10/5 RP) & in-ad coupon= $2/2



There are some other decent deals but this is what I'm looking at this week. What good deals do you see? List a comment or link to your blog with scenarios below.

Side Note: Looking for Americans who work abroad

Hi,

I know this is a huge side note from what I'm normally writing about here. As you may know, I am finishing up my dissertation on the cultural identity in Americans who work abroad. As part of my research, I am looking for 400+ Americans who currently work abroad (often called expatriates) to take an online survey.

I'm targeting those folks who are working, serving, or pursuing educational or diplomatic endeavors abroad, preferably between 6 months and 5 years. Do you know any? If so, could you please forward this link: Online Survey for American Expatriates

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and those who finish it will be entered for a fun drawing.

Thanks for your help!

How much should housing be of your monthly budget?

This summer I wrote a series on budgeting. Now that you are (hopefully) operating beautifully on your system, you should know how to make adjustments when necessary. One of the most frequent questions I get and one of the areas where most people go wrong is in the area of one's budget allocated to living expenses.

Most budgets have determined that the affordable percentage of one's budget allocated for housing expenses is 38%. That means if you bring in $50,000 a year, you should be spending no more than $19,000 or about $1,500 a month in housing expenses. You can do the math. But think about it... there is more to housing expenses than simply owning a home. We also pay for electricity, water, cable, phone, etc. If you added these additional expenses, you will likely climb well beyond the 38% mark. The government determines 38% for the cost of your home alone, but savvy budgeters will strive for 38% of income allocated to all housing expenses.

Obviously, the closer you are to the 38% threshold, the better you fare. Take a glimpse at your budget. What percentage are you?

Free Green Giant veggies @ Walmart


A majority of Walmart locations has Green Giant steamer veggies on rollback for $1 right now. Use the $1/1 coupon from the October General Mills insert & these are free! Worked for me. I went shopping this week & came home with 13 bags of free frozen veggies!

Make money with your blog/ website!- Post 1

Make money with your blog/ website!- Post 1

I'm starting off a new sceries this week looking at the various ways to make money with your blog or website.

Running a website or blog certainly takes a bit of time. Not only do you want to deliver quality posts, but the design and maintenance in addition to forgin new relationships with other bloggers can be time consuming as well.

In hopes of helping out my fellow bloggers, web designers, and friends, I am personally testing out some ways to make money on your blog. I'll be checking in with you as time passes to let you know how successful things are. I'll be testing out many of the programs myself so I'll wait until I can get an accurate gauge on what the programs are like.
To begin this week, I am testing out an affiliate program called Logical Media. Affiliate programs are typically some group of advertisers who pay you when someone clicks or takes action on your blog.

Some companies do not let you choose which advertisements appear on your blog and others do. I'm testing Logical Media because they do let you choose the advertisements, and the ads are geared toward what my readers like anyway like freebies & samples. They also seem to be very upfront about how much you'll make with each "action." Some advertisers pay when someone simply clicks on an ad & others pay when someone makes a purchase, for example.
If you'd like to test this out with me, you can sign to be a Logical Media affiliate here. Otherwise, stay tuned and I'll let you know how things go.

Free movie tonight? Redbox Code 11/10/08~ Good tonight only!


I've told you previously about how we rent nearly all of our movies now, Redbox kiosks. Each Monday, they publish a code for a free rental at one of their locations. This one is good until midnight tonight. Why not take some time to enjoy your free movie!


Free Code: LK43CE

Money Saving Opportunity: Rebate Roundup (November '08)

Here are some of my favorite rebates running through the month of November (and corresponding coupons):

Arm & Hammer Essentials cleaners (up to $3.50). Offer expires 11/30/08.Use this A&H printable $1/1 coupon.

Resolve Dual Power Spot Carpet Cleaner (up to $6.19). Offer expires 11/15/08. Go here for submission instructions -thanks Lorelei @ Hooray for Freebates)

Jig-a-loo (up to $4.99). Offer expires 12/15/08.

Jig-a-patch (up to $7.99). Offer expires 12/15/08.

Kellogg's Smart Start Strawberry Oat Bites cereal or Kellogg's Frosted Mini-wheats Blueberry Muffin cereal. Offer expires 7/31/09. Use $1/1 coupon (August All You magazine).

Ensure 6-pack (up to $10). Offer expires 12/31/08.

Citrucel soft chews (up to $18). Offer expires 12/31/08. Go here for a $2/1 Citrucel internet printable coupon (This is a satisfaction guarantee offer)

Orajel Advanced Tooth Desensitizer (up to $5). Offer expires 12/31/08.

Sure with natural extracts (up to $2.99). Offer expires 12/31/08. Use 0.75/1 (10/19 SS) to cover the postage!

Sucrets (up to $2). Offer expires 1/31/09.

Gerber Nuk 5 or 10oz. bottle (up to $5). Offer expires 2/10/09.

Right Guard Professional Strength (up to $9.99). No expiration date stated. (This is a satisfaction guarantee offer)

Making Money: Take surveys

As a doctoral student, I know how important it is to have willing people to take surveys. I always try to take a survey when asked.

A few years back, I also signed up for a few product survey sites. I like it because I get to pick exactly which surveys I'd like to participate in & skip the others without penalty. Even better, I get to evaluate new products before they hit the market & some surveys pay cash for your opinions.

I'll let you kow about some reputable survey sites as I test them out myself. One that I've recently joined is SurveySpot . They have a number of available surveys each week paying a small amount for your opinions. There is also a continual sweepstakes program worth $25,000. Here's the information from the site:

"Join SurveySpot.com and participate in online research studies that match your interests and demographics. Join now. Click Here "

Let me know how you like it...

Freebie Alert: Free 8x10 picture at Walgreens x11/08/08


Perhaps you remember a while back when Walgreens offered free 8x10s. Well, it's back again thru tomorrow 11/08/08. Simply upload a picture using coupon code FREEPIC by tomorrow at midnight and pick up your free 8x10 at the nearest Walgreens. No additional purchase required!

Inexpensive veggies,free baby food, more @ Food Lion


Food Lion is like my new grocery best friend. News to me. I've spent nearly four years with it right in my backyard but have not shopped there. If you have a FL closeby, check out these great deals this week (11/5/08):
  • Steamfresh veggies, on sale $1 this week. Use 0.35/1= $0.65 each
  • Gerber baby food, most around $1. Use $1/1 Food Lion Printable Coupon= free
  • Food Lion 40 ct wipes, $1.50. Use $1.50/1 Food Lion Printable coupon= free!
  • Bic Solei razors & refill cartridges, on sale $2.99. Use $3/1 (11/2)= free! *get a raincheck if they're out- coupons good for a while

Plus, play the Food Lion brand matching game for a new coupon each Wednesday. This week get $1 off any purchase $5+ of Food Lion products

Free Target reusable tote!

It is being reported that the new People Magazine has a coupon for a free Target bag. The magazine has a postage paid mailer that you need to send in along with 5 regular plastic Target bags. You will then recieve a coupon for a free bag (worth $4.99 in the store).

But guess what? You don't even have to buy the magazine to get the tote! In this case, you'll just pay the postage.

Without the magazine, use any 8½ x 11" or larger envelope. Be sure to affix postage and include your return address.

Send your clean, used Target shopping bags to:
TerraCycle 121
New York Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08638

Life List Contest



I an across this Life List promotion today sponsored by Advil- how cute. You can create a list of things you'd like to do in life & even set a reminder email option. I love it. I set a goal & a date I want to be reminded of that goal.

Advil's offering a sweepstakes of sorts:

1 grand prize winner gets $25,000 to accomplish something on the life list or whatever you choose

10 First place winners get tickets to the Ellen DeGeneres Show

10,000 Second place winners win a free 20ct bottle of Advil

Works for me. Good Luck!

Yes, this happens to me too...

I was kicking myself the other day as I stood at the checkout line. Usually, I am pretty bold when it comes time to check out especially at the grocery store I go to that runs triple coupon sales. My boldness is because I often get someone who doesn't know what's going on, someone who scrutinizes the sales/ coupons I use, or one who plain old makes up a store policy.

Lately ( I think mostly attributed to work on my dissetation proposal) I've just been to tired to worry about the check out process. Over the past few weeks I have honestly not been sharp self & I see now that I've paid for it- literally. Looking over my receipts I have found one occassion where I completely forgot to give the cashier my coupon, twice where I was overcharged, one rebate period that expired, and two deal scenarios that I thought was going to produce a catalina coupon that did not- argh!

It happens to all of us right? I have found that it's just not enough to cut coupons and find great deals, you also have to be really alert the entire time. Guess it's time for me to get some much needed rest so I can continue savin' money.

Stocks likely to rise with election

I found an interesting article this morning on MSN Money (read it here) related to how stocks are projected to rise based on the outcome of the Presidential election. How interesting!

I guess new optimism would indeed affect both the US and international markets. As I told you in previous posts, we are playing around with a small amount of extra money we've saved. Looks like I'll be watching this closely over the next few days.

I'll be so happy when this election is over!

I can hardly wait until tomorrow night when this election is finally over. It seems like it has gone on forever! Hubby and I attempted to vote early this past Saturday but when we realized the line in our small town wrapped twice around the elections building, we decided to pass until Tuesday. Nevertheless, I am about up to my eyeballs in political junkmail and over the recorded telephone calls! But all is not lost. The right to vote means a lot to us & I am excited to see what happens. I'll be especially glad to not receive any more random recordings or watch the political ads.

Looking at Deal Saving Mom, I found some great incentives to vote that I wanted to share:

These stores are offering incentives to voters on Tuesday, November 4th:
Starbucks – Get a free tall 12-oz. cup of brewed coffee. Limit one per customer. If you live in an area that does not provide proof of voting, stores will operate on the honor system.

Krispy Kreme – Get a free star-shaped donut with red, white, and blue sprinkles when you show them your “I voted” sticker. Participating stores only, so you may want to call ahead.

Ben & Jerry’s – Get a free scoop of ice cream from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Limit one per customer.

Here's what I'm stirring up- Deals for 11/2-11/8

Here are the deals I am stirring up this week in NC. Here are a few good snags & a few money making strategies:

CVS
  1. Crest-pro health whitening toothpaste, $3.49. Use $1/1 (Oct P&G). Spend $2.49 out-of-pocket (oop) and get $3.49 in extrabucks= free plus $1 overage! (Limit 1)

  2. Icebreakers gum, $1. Buy (10) & use (5) $1/2 (9/7 SS). Spend $5 oop and get $5 extra bucks back= free after coupons (Limit 1)

  3. Dawn dish soap (assuming hand renewal is included in the deal), $0.99. Use $1/1 or 0.50/1 (from home mailer) = free or $0.50

  4. Nova Max blood glucose monitoring system, $9.99. Spend $9.99 oop and get $9.99 extrabucks back= free

  5. Oral B Pulsonic Rechargeable Brush, $59.99. Spend $59.99 oop and get $20 extrabucks back plus file for a $15 mail in rebate= $24.99 after bucks & rebate


*If you're new to CVS, check out my step-by-step guide in how to do a CVS shop- it's a must read!


Walgreens

  1. Schick Quattro Disposable Razor, $5.99. Buy (2) and use (1) $2/1 (10/5 SS) & (1) BOGO coupon (10/19 SS) & $3 Easysaver coupon (automatically comes off twice). Spend $0 oop & get $2.01 in overage to spend on other items! (some Walgreens might give you a hard time with the $1 coupon on the bottle you're getting for free. This depends on your store and how the BOGO rings up)

  2. Celestial Seasonings Tea, on sale 2/$3. Use (2) $1/1 coupons (10/5 SS) & then $1/2 Easysaver coupon = free

  3. Glade wisp candle, $5.99. Use $5/1 (peelie coupon found on some packages) . Spend $0.99 oop & file for a $2 Walgreens rebate= $1.01 overage after coupons and rebate!
  4. Almay One Coat Mascara, on sale BOGO and $6.99. Buy mascaa and another Almay item of equal or lesser value and use (2) $1/1 coupon (10/12 SS). Spend $4.99 oop & file for a $6.99 November Easysaver rebates (page 38) = free + $2 overage after coupons and rebate!
  5. Wrigleys gum, on sale BOGO. Use (1) BOGO coupon (10/5 SS) & BOGO (Walgreens in-ad coupon)= two for free (some Walgreens might give you a hard time with the $1 coupon on the bottle you're getting for free. This depends on your store and how the BOGO rings up)

There are some other decent deals but this is what I'm looking at this week. What good deals do you see? List a comment or link to your blog with scenarios below.

Deal Alert: More free Glade candles @ Target


Does your house not smell good enough yet with all the free Glade products?


In addition to the great scented oil warmer coupon sales running at Kroger and Food Lion right now, you can get free Glade scented oil candles (reportedly through 12/15) right now at Target.


Here's how:

Buy any (4) Holiday Glade oil candle starter kits (Apple Cinnamon, Cinnamon Gingerbread, and Glistening Snow) for $2.50 each.


Use (2) BOGO coupons (internet printable #1 & internet printable #2) *Remember you can print these twice by hitting the back button and refreshing your screen


Spend $5 out-of-pocket and get a $5 gift card back! Only costs you the tax!


Some people have reported that $2/1 coupons have been foud inside the package. In that case, buy two. Use (1) $2/1 coupon and (1) BOGO coupon. Spend $3 out-of-pocket and get $5- even better!

Great Glade Catalina deal for Food Lion/ Kroger shoppers

Many of the coupon savvy shoppers have known about this deal for a few weeks now but it's still a great deal and worth the post.


You may have received a buy one get one free (BOGO) coupon for the Glade scented oil warmers in a recent newspaper insert. Well, Food Lion sells these for about $4.50 (price varies by region). Buy two of these, use your BOGO coupon (of course). You'll pay $4.50 out of pocket but in return you'll get two coupons for $4 off your next order. That's right, you pay $4.50 and get $8. The coupons print automatically when you check out at the register in the coupon machine (called catalina). Best of all, you can buy more Glade and use your catalina coupons and get more coupons. Yippie!


Here are the products that will produce a catalina:


  • Glade scented oil warmers (do not get the kind that say +free warmer on them- they don't work)

  • Glade scented oil warmers with night light (at FL they are on sale for $4.99)

Rite Aid Deals Oct 26-Nov 1

I don't normally post Rite Aid deals (I have my reasons) but there are a bunch of good free after rebate items this week. Combine them with coupons and you can actually make a little money! Here's the scoop:

3- Day Only Rebates (10/26-10/28)

  1. Citre Shine Miracle, Serum or Aero Serum, $5.99. Use $1/1 coupon (8/17 SS). Spend $4.99 out-of-pocket (oop) and get back $5.99= free + $1 profit after coupon/ rebate
  2. Citre Shine Mist, Pomade, or Gloss Gelee, $3.99. Use $1/1 coupon (8/17 SS). Spend $2.99 oop and get back $3.99= free + $1 profit after coupon/ rebate
  3. Charles Worthington Dream Hair Shampoo/Conditioner or Stylers, $6.99. Spend $6.99 oop and get back $6.99= free

All Week (10/26-11/1)

  1. Adidas Mens Deoderant or Body Wash, $3.99. Use $1/1 coupon (9/7 RP). Spend $2.99 oop and get back $3= free after coupon/ rebate
  2. Kotex Maxi Pads/Tampons, $3. Use $1/1 coupon or internet printable . Spend $2 oop and get back $3= free + $1 profit after coupon/ rebate
  3. Loreal Age Perfect Radiance Perfector Tinted Moisturizer, $15.99. Use $1/1 (9/21 RP). Spend $14.99 oop and get back $15.99= free + $1 profit after coupon/ rebate
  4. Oral B Artica Toothbrush, $2.49. Use $0.75/1 coupon (9/28 P&G). Spend Get $1.74 oop and get back $2.49= free + $0.75 profit after coupon/ rebate
  5. Axe Shock Shower Gel or Shower Detailer Tool, $3.99. Spend $3.99 oop and get back $3.99= free
  6. Dentaburst, $1.99. Spend $1.99 oop and get back $1.99= free
  7. GE Power Source Power Strip, $5. Spend $5 oop and get back $5= free
  8. GE Indoor Extension Cord, $2. Spend $2 oop and get back $2= free

Happy Shopping

Free movie tonight? Redbox Code~ Good tonight only!


I've told you previously about how we rent nearly all of our movies now, Redbox kiosks. Each Monday, they publish a code for a free rental at one of their locations. This one is good until midnight tonight. Why not take some time to enjoy your free movie!


Free Code: 93NCA5

New Scottrade promo code- 7 free trades




I posted last week about how we'd made a choice to get involved in the stock market with some play money we've set aside. You can read all about the post here. We'll I'm happy to say that we've been decently successful. I won't disclose what stock we chose since I'm not authorized to give any advice of this sort. I looked for a stock of a compay that I use and one that fluctuated in a day. We've been buying and selling in the same day for smaller returns.


I also told you about Scottrade, the compay that we chose. I still love it. No fine lines, easy trades, etc. From now until Oct 31st, you can get 7 free trades (increased from 3 trades) if you'd like to give Scottrade a try. After October 31st, you'll still get 3 free trades- go you!


Scottrade promo code (new accounts only I believe): XPKG7495

Here's What I'm Stirring Up- CVS Deals 10/25/08-11/01

Can you believe that we are approaching November already? Times sure do fly when you're having fun!

Since I am still in FL this weekend, I am directing you to visit a site that I frequent for good deals, Sisterly Savings. Check out the good deals this upcoming week @ CVS here.

I'll be back & in action starting again on Monday. For now, I am focusing on doing some work on my dissertation. Wish me luck!

Hi ho hi ho off to Florida I go

I am excited to be going to sunny Florida this week. I am actually headed to a conference on higher education. It will give me just the motivation I need to get this doctoral dissertation completed.



Anyway, I've prepared the weekend "Here's what I'm stirring up" post but I'm not certain of what the internet situation will be like so you may not hear from me as much other than the normal posts. Just wanted to let you know. I'll be up and running again next week.

Making it count!

I had a wonderful conversation with my dear friend this weekend. We were talking about life, about the meaning of things. We both rested in the notion that we wanted our lives to mean something, to be of inflence. So many of us do not know the ins and outs of what the future holds, but most of us have some desire for great things.

I have been thinking about our discussion as it relates to everything in my life. I want to be influential, don't you? I sincerely want my life to mean something. I feel the same way about "speaking" to each of you. My desire is that this blog becomes more than finding a great deal. I want to make it count. I'm doing my job if you are changing your life by the way you think about money, spend money, and save. I'm doing my job if you share what you learn.

Perhaps I am having a moment (have lots of those). I just want to make my life count. How about you?

Free movie tonight? Redbox Code~ Good tonight only!


I've told you previously about how we rent nearly all of our movies now, Redbox kiosks. Each Monday, they publish a code for a free rental at one of their locations. This one is good until midnight tonight. Why not take some time to enjoy your free movie!


Free Code: PK66H8