Thursday, September 25, 2008

Reason for Lack of Updates This Week

My daddy passed away this week. I apologize for the lack of updates, but I know you understand. I hope that things will get back to "normal" in a few days. Thanks.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Free Magazine Subscription and Sample Preview

Maxim One-Year Subscription

Deal Seeking Mom shares a sneak peek of two samples that Walmart will be offering soon.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Money-Making Monday - SwagBucks.com

As a registered member of swagbucks.com, you can win "digital dollars" (swagbucks) when you search the internet. Swagbucks come in amounts of $1, $2, $2, $3, and $5 dollars and can be redeemed for prizes, such as gift cards, books, movies, and gaming systems. You'll receive 5 swagbucks when you register. Even better, whenever you win swagbucks, you're entered into a drawing for a Wii! Another way to win swagbucks is to invite others to join. I signed up under Christina at Northern Cheapskate, and now she wins a buck every time I win! (Edit: Kimberly at My Good Cents did not win her Wii from Swagbucks, but she has been able to get some great prizes, like a Nitendo DS!)

Search results are from Google and Ask.com. Every time I've searched, I've received "real" results that are exactly what I need. You won't win bucks every time you search, though. Swagbucks is somehow set up so that only people who are searching "naturally" will win. This keeps people from racking up points by searching for hours at a time. One member found that searching about five times in the morning and five times at night will get you the best results.
I joined last week, and I am already up to 20 swagbucks. I haven't paid attention to when I win, but I do win at least a buck each day. I'm currently working for a $5 Amazon gift card, which cost 45 swagbucks.

Ready to try it out?! Click on the banner below to sign up! Let me know if you sign up so I can thank you!

Search & Win

Last Day of the BFF Sale at Old Navy!

Old Navy has marked some clearance items down even more! Most of the clearance prices online are NOT found in the stores. Everything I bought online Friday night was still full price in the store yesterday!

Read my first post about the sale for all the info!


In-store, I did find two pairs of pants for me for less than $7 each. I was very excited about that!

Shopping Lists - 9/21

CVS


(more on the way)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sales Starting 9/21

A Full Cup is my favorite source for finding information about upcoming sales. The following links to AFC will give you the list of items on sale and coupons to use:

CVS

Walgreens


Depending on your area's Target ad, you may get a $5 GC for buying 4 boxes of Cheerio's. I've seen or heard of three different versions of the ad, and I'm hoping htat I'll get the $5 GC at mine. I still have my coupon for the free box of Cheerios from the Cheerio Challenge! See a scenerio to get Cheerios for .50 a piece here.

See coupon and ad match-ups at Attention Target Shoppers.


I'm working my shopping list so I can put it up first thing in the morning!

$5/$25 at BRU - 9/19 - 9/21

I love when BRU puts out these coupons because everyone I know either has a baby (or two!) on the way or just had a baby.

Coupon

Old Navy - 20% off In-store & Online And FREE Ship!

Thanks to Angie at BC, I found out about Old Navy's BFF Sale. To get the discount in store, tell the cashier that you would like the BFF discount. Online, use the promo code "BFF" to get 20% off and FREE shipping! (I LOVE free shipping!)

Look in the clearance section for items $4.99 and under (kids & baby) and $9.99 and under (adults).

What could your savings looks like? I just bought the following:

2 men's polo shirts ($10.00 each)
2 baby girl pjs - short sleeve/long pants ($4.99 each)
1 baby girl dress ($4.99)
1 baby girl shirt ($3.99)

Total after BFF code = $33.35

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fantastic Freebies!

I found loads of new freebies tonight!

Pets
Ceasar Canine Cuisine
3.5 lb bag of 9 Lives (first 50,000)

Personal Care
Always Infinity
Tampax Gentle Glide (Choose from 3 types)
Playtex Sport

Beauty
Lancaster Elixir
John Frieda Luxurious Volume
Sunsilk (Can request each type individually)

Fragrance
Stetson
Tons of samples at "Deal"icious Mom

Magazines
Boating Life
Spa Magazine
Elle Decor
Working Mother
Blender
TV Guide
Vibe

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New Samples at Start Sampling!

Baby Phat Fabulosity

Lancaster

Stetson Fresh

Free Books Update!

Thanks to the September issue of ShopSmart, I discovered a new website for sampling books. Join a book club at Dearreader.com, and each week, you'll receive 2-3 chapters of a different book. The chapters are divided into 5-minute portions that are sent each day. Reading samples might also qualify you for a drawing for books or other items.


I've added this site to the orginal "free books" post. Please check it out if you haven't already!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Money-Making Monday: MyPoints

Until a few months ago, I never realized how easy it would be to make extra money through the Internet. Being a really cautious (aka paranoid) person, making money via the Internet seemed to scream "scam!" Once I started reading others' blogs, I realized that I might be wrong. So, after much research, I have joined several money-making sites. Every Monday, I'm going to highlight one of the sites I use so that you can see why it is on my "not a scam!" list.



MyPoints


Overview

MyPoints is probably my favorite because it's so simple. I can earn points by reading emails, buying items online at my favorite stores, taking surveys, and using coupons.


Points

Emails: Reading emails usually earns you 5 points, but you can sometimes earn more points by signing up for the newsletter/website/product that the email is advertising.

Shopping: Each affliated store offers different points. At Barnes and Noble, you earn 10 points for each dollar you spend, while you only earn 2 points for each dollar you spend at ebay. To receive the points you have to log in your MyPoints account and go to the site through MyPoints.

Joining Clubs: By joining clubs like NetFlix, QPB, and Columbia House, you can earn a large amount of points. I earned 1,000 by joinning QPB.

Surveys: Occassionally, you'll be asked to participate in a survey that will earn you 10-50 points.
Credit Card: Apply for and use the MyPoints credit card and earn points for the purchases you put on your card.

Coupons: Print coupons from Coupons.com from your MyPoints account. You'll get points each month for redeeming them.


Rewards

You can use your points to purchase gift cards to stores, such as CVS, Target, Au Bon Pain, and many, many more. The amount of points needed to "buy" a gift card varies, but most $25 cards need between 3,000-4,000 points. Some stores offer $10 gift cards that cost somewhere in the 1,000 pt range.


My Experience

I have been a member of MyPoints for 3 months, and I already have 4,000 points in my account. I earned most of them from reading emails and making purchases that would have made without being a member. I have more points that I'm waiting to be reported to mypoints. I'm going to "cash out" the points for gift cards closer to Christmas. I'll either give the gift cards as gifts or use them to buy gifts.


Join

Joining is easy! Just email me (my email is at the top of the sidebar), and I'll send you a referral. Did I mention that you can earn 250 points by referring people? This month, you can earn double points (that's 500 points) for refferals.

Freebies and Rebates

Magazines

Valuemags.com - Parents, Traditional Home, Bridal Guide (1 issue), WaterSki, and others
AdPerk - Field and Stream and Ode
RewardsGold - Blender, TV Guide, and Working Mother
StartSampling - Parents
One Step Ahead - Cookie, Family Fun, or WonderTime


Groceries
Duncan Hines Carrot Cake Rebate (Click "Guarantee.") (Click Coupon to get coupons for both cake and frosting.)
Kashi Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Cookie Sample

Baby Items
Huggies Supreme Diaper and Lotion

Face Care
Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra-Lift Daily Targeted Deep Wrinkle Treatment (Click through coupons to find)


Credit: Some freebies were found at Freebies4mom and Wylie Mom.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Shopping Lists for 9/14-9/20

CVS

- List

- Printables Coupons:
$2/1 Just for Men and $8 Rebate for Just for Men- Touch of Gray
$1/1 Aleve D
$3/1 Osteo Bi-flex (Click on "by Coupons.com" on the box in the sidebar)

Walgreens

- List

- Printable Coupons:
$2/1 Kashi Product


**Remember, printable brick coupons can be printed twice by hitting your back button!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Another opportunity for 2-Years of Parents Free!

Click here!

Friday, September 12, 2008

New Scrubbing Bubbles Coupons - Scenerio for Only $0.26 OPP (Sat. ONLY)

From Wags to Riches just posted about these great coupons.

Scenerio Using the Coupons:

5 Scrubbing Bubbles Flushable Wipes - $12.45
1 Fresh Brush Max Kit - $3.79
1 Fresh Brush Refills - $4.50 (approx. max allowed for q)
1 Action Scrubber Start Kit - $3.79

Total = $24.53

- B1G1 Flushable Wipes x 2 (printable)
- $1/1 Flushable Wipes (insert)
- Buy Max Kit, Get Free Refills (printable)
- $1/1 Action Starter Kit (q inside SB product)

Total after Coupons = $13.05

RR = $10

Mail-in Rebate for Action Scrubber Kit = $2.79 (insert)

Total OOP = $0.26

(Don't forget the $10/$40. Use this SB deal with the FAR items and the Kraft deal!)

**Make the deal even better if you have access to more than one computer! Buy 8 wipes, use 4 B1G1 coupons, and end up making $0.04!***

Free Cookie, Wondertime, or Family Fun

Free Cookie, Wondertime, or Family Fun from One Step Ahead:

1. Create an account and set up a registry (shower, holiday, birthday, or wishlist).
2. Use the shipping address where you want the magazine to go.
3. Put something in your registry. A pop up will ask you what magazine you want.
4. Once you chose you magazine, you'll get a confirmation page.


Baby Cheapskate posted another deal for Wondertime here.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Children's Place Sale

Children's Place is having a fall sale with select items $9.99 and under. Shipping is $5 flat fee. I have always been pleased with the speed of the shipping.



From the baby girl section:







This dress is $8.99. Sizes 6-9 months through 4T.
(My daugther has this dress. It super cute!!)












I love the ruffle at the bottom! ONLY $4.99. Select baby girl sizes available. Other style jeans available at $4.99 also.









A Few Freebies

Huggies Diaper and Huggies Lotion

Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra-Lift Daily Targeted Deep Wrinkle Treatment (Click through coupons to find)



( Sources: Freebies4mom and Dealicious Mom)

Great Deals at Walgreens

I found these deals at other blogs:

South Beach Bars Money-Maker

Colgate and Dove Chocolate Bars


I can not remember where I saw this deal, and I can't find it in my search. If you know, let me know and I'll give credit.

Nestle Candy

2 bags of Nestle Fun Size Candy - 2/$4
- $1/2 ES q
- $1/1 printable coupon x 2
= $1.00

$10/$40 Walgreens Coupon - Friday and Saturday Only

Walgreens Coupon $10/$40


Caution: Your total must be $40 after all coupons are used. There are some places that will allow the total to be after just manufacturer's coupons, but others want the total to be $40 after all coupons. Your best bet is to ask when you go in the store or plan to spend $40 anyway.

I like to use these coupons when I buy rebate items.

Deal Seeking Mom has a a scenerio using this coupon. Check it out.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Attention Mississippians!! Coupons for Local Businesses!

I am so excited to share this information with you! You can find coupons and discounts to Jackson-area businesses at MyJacksonRewards.com. Hattiesburg/Laurel-area coupons can be found at PinebeltRewards.com.

Here are some of the coupons you will find at MyJacksonRewards:
$5/$25 at Pleasant Surprises Consignment and Boutique
10% off a classic party at Pump It Up
Free ice cream at Marble Slab Creamery (Great place to stop after hitting the sales at Target!)

After you visit MyJacksonRewards and/or PinebeltRewards, let me know what other businesses you'd like to see provide coupons! I'll pass the "wishlist" on to the owners!

(Btw, I added a link to MyJacksonRewards under "Important Websites.")

Lots of Free Mags

Go to Dealicious Mom and check out the freebies. My faves are the two-year subscription to Parents and the one-year subscription to Blender.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Updated Free Books Post

I totally forgot two great ways to get free books, so I added them to the original post. I also put the post in my Tips section. I love books so much, and I want others to have access to them!

Win Free Shoes at Shoebuy.com

Register at Shoebuy.com and you'll be entered into a weekly giveaway for a $100 gift certificate. You'll also receive 10% off your first purchase. Already a member? You're already entered into the giveaway!

Speaking of Shoebuy.com, BabyCheapskate posted about the $20 off of a $50 purchase made through paypal.

I have bought several pairs of shoes for the kids from Shoebuy, and I've been very pleased with the service!

Free/Almost Free Kashi Cereal

I love Kashi GoLean! I actually thought I wouldn't like it, but I really do! Money Saving Mom has a post about how to get free/almost free at Target. Read it here.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sunday's Shopping List

Instead of a report after I've done my shopping, I'm going to give you a look at my shopping lists before I use them. I think the shopping lists will be much more helpful! Feel free to use my list as yours!

Walgreens Shopping List

CVS Shopping List

For a list of deals at both stores, check out this post.

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Free Books

I have always loved to read, so I guess there's no surprise that I grew up to become an English teacher. The problem with loving to read is that you either put out tons of money on books, some of which you end up wishing you hadn't bought, or you exhaust your free book supply. I have recently started a quest to find places to get free books, and I'm sharing my finds with you!

Local:

The Library - Of course, the library is a great place to find all types of books. My local library is connected to a system of 20 libraries in 3 counties, allowing me access to all the books in those libraries. I frequently request books to be sent to my library for pick up.

"Swap" Shops - We have a local shop that allows you to swap your paperbacks for new-to-you paperbacks. I haven't visited this shop yet, but I have friends who love it. There are a few rules regarding the condition of the books you bring in, so be sure to ask your local shop before you load up your books. To find one in your area, go to the Yellow Pages and search for "used books.

Swap Parties - Do you have several friends with whom you share books? Why not make a party out of it? You and your friends can set the rules - for example, each person brings 5 hardback fiction books - and the supplies needed (margaritas? coffee?). Maybe each party can have a theme - mystery, historical, etc.

Swap Parties, Part 2 - Why keep the party just for adults? If your kids are like mine, they have tons of books that they never read anymore. Have a kid-themed party and let the kids bring books to swap!


On-line:

BookMooch and PaperBackSwap - Similar to a swap shop, but you do have to pay for shipping the books. (Thanks to Jenn for telling me about PaperBackSwap!)

Harlequin - Free book offers from Harlequin, Silhouette and other series

Daily Lit - Receive installments of books via email or RSS feed. Some books are free, and others range from $3.95 to $6.95. You can also receive short stories.

Project Gutenberg - This is the largest collection of free eBooks.


First Look - Each month, Harper Collins offers advanced reader copies of select books. Choose the book(s) you'd like to read and you'll be entered into drawings for the opportunity to read and review the book(s). Register and they will email you when books that match your interests are available

Read it Forward - Request advance copies of select books. In the current issue, the first 200 to request a book will receive it. After you read it, pass it on to another book lover.

Read it First - St. Martin will send you the first few chapters of a new release so that you can decide if you'd like to buy it. You may also get the opportunity to win free books.

Browse Inside - At Harper Collins, you can read excerpts and even entire books online. Here's the list of over 15000 books available.

Dearreader.com - Join a book club, and each week, you'll receive 2-3 chapters of a different book. The chapters are divided into 5-minute portions that are sent each day. Reading samples might also qualify you for a drawing for books or other items.

Giveaways - How could I have left this off the list? I recently won two books from Penguin on Freebies4mom! Here's a link to the book giveaway list on Prizey.

Promotions - Companies sometimes have promotions in which you can get a free book by sending in UPCs or tokens from their products. Kellogg's is currently running such a promotion.


Not Free, but Great Deals:

Amazon - I buy most of my books from Amazon because the prices are always the cheapest, especially on new releases.

Quality Paperback Books - We were members of this club years ago, and I just rejoined through MyPoints. I have discovered some really great books through the club, and they really are great quality. When I rejoined, I received 8 books for about $35. You earn points by buying books, and you can redeem the points for cheaper book prices.


Do you know of any other places to find free or cheap books?

CVS, and Walgreens Deals Starting 9/7

Coupon Inserts in Sunday Paper - 3 SS and 1 RP (List)

Walgreens

Buy 2, get $2...Buy 4, get $5....Buy 7, get $10 (All products $2.49)


  • Scrubbing Bubbles
  • Shout
  • Shout Wipes
  • Windex
  • Fantastic
- Various man q's from previous inserts

Buy 2, get $5...Buy 3, get $10


  • Advil Pain Relievers ($6.99)
  • Robitussin ($3.99)
  • Centrum ($6.99)

- $3/1 Robitussin IP

- $2/1 Advil PM IP

- $1/1 Advil IP or $2/1 man q from insert


Crest Pro-Health Mouth Wash - $4.99, get $4.99 RR

Oust or Glade Air and Fabric Odor Eliminator - $1.99

- $1/1 ES

- $1.50/1 or $1/1 for Glade (man q from insert/IP)

- $1/1 or B1G1 Free for Oust (man q from insert)



CVS

ECBs

Revlon Nail Enamel - $3.99, get $3 ECB (Limit 3) (SUNDAY AND MONDAY ONLY!)
- Various Revlon q's from inserts

L'Oreal Age Perfect, Revitalift or Skin Genesis- $5.99, get $5.99 ECB (Limit 1)
- $1/1 Skin Genesis product
- Various L'Oreal man q's from inserts

Buy $15 of Nivea Body, Lipcare or Eucerin get $5 ECB Limit 5

Right Guard Sort, Xtreme, Soft & Dri or Dry Idea $2.99 get $2 ECB Limit 5
- Various man q's from inserts


B1G1 Frees

Sally Hansen Nail Treatments (Limit 6) (SUNDAY AND MONDAY ONLY!)
L'Oreal Lipcolor (Limit 6)
Colgate (Limit 4)
Edy's Ice Cream, 48 oz (Limit 4)
Schick Quattro disposable razor for men or for women, 3 ct
Nestle fun size crunch, 100 grand, baby ruth, butterfinger or raisinets (Limit 4)
-$1/2 crunch, baby ruth or butterfingers
Altoids mints, sours, smalls or gum
Lifesavers, cremesavers or gummisavers
Progresso soup (Limit 8)
Mennen deodorant (Limit 4)

Other

Chex Mix - $1
- $1/1 IP
- $1/1 IP
- .60/1 IP

American Greeting Cards - B3G1 Free
- B1G1 Free




Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sweepstakes

Yesterday I posted about Roboform, so I thought that today I would post about the sweepstakes and giveaways that I have been entering. I have only been entering faithfully for a few weeks, and I've already won a $25 Old Navy gift card from Coinstar! Btw, I found some of the sweeps through Heather's Sweeps 4 Moms Saturday feature.



Instant Win Daily Entries:

Colgate

Wendy's

Coinstar

Dole

Better Homes and Gardens

Disney's If You Can Dream It, You Can Win It

Disney's Little Mermaid, Hannah Montana, and National Treasure II (seperate sweeps)

Herbal Essence




Daily Giveaways or Contests Entries:

Allure

Glamour 30 Days of Beauty (September - 879 prizes - See rules for list of prizes.)

Pilgrim's Pride Family Vacation

Good Housekeeping's Financial Freedom


Weekly Entries:

Make Your Mark With Bic

Meow Mix Think Like a Cat

Hanes Wedgie Free Wednesday


One-time Entries:

Cosmo's BOLD LOOKS, PHENOMENAL STYLE SWEEPSTAKES

Good Housekeeping - Garmin GPS and Various Sweeps

Tips:

1) Get Roboform! I can't tell you how much easier my life got once I started using Roboform to fill in my forms.

2) Some of the contests have very slim odds of winning, but someone has to win, and it could very well be YOU!

3) Get an email address just for your sweepstakes entries or use an address that you don't mind getting a little spam. I have one address that I use for newsletters, sweepstakes, etc. that is separate from my website email and my friends/family email.

More tips at Walk with Me


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I love Roboform!!

Lately I've been entering a lot of sweeps and giveaways, and I got so tired of typing in my information over and over and over and over. and over. I finally downloaded Roboform, and I am LOVIN' it!! One click fills in my name, address, email address, etc. I highly recommend it if you enter sweeps daily! You can download it here.

More Freebies + Freebies I've Received this Week

Freebies4mom just posted two new freebies - a Pledge Duster Kit and a Quaker Simple Harvest bar.

Deal Seeking Mom shared how to get a free subscription to Working Mother magazine.



I've had a great Freebie week! This week I've received

- a coupon for a free box of Cheerios (via the Cheerios Challenge)
- two young adult fiction books from Penguin (via a giveaway at Freebies4mom)
- a Febreeze Pet Pack with portable water bowl and food closer/scoop
- a Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer (offer ended)
- Pantene Highlight Expressions (via Pantene)
- $25 Old Navy gift card (via Coinstar Instant Giveaway)

I also recently won 10,000 points (equal to $100) from MySurvey. (Click on the icon in the sidebar to join MySurvey. I highly recommend them!)

Have you received any freebies lately?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

New Freebies

John Friedda Full Splendor Shampoo

14-Day Supply of NatureMade Vitamins (Pick from Calcium, Multi Complete, Multi for Her, Super B Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin D)

Pledge Multi-Surface Wipes

Free Pop-Tarts at Target

Right now at Target, if you buy Pop-Tarts for 4/$9, you'll get a $5 gift card.


If you use 2 of the $1/2 coupons from the Kellogg's coupon insert (8/3/08) and 4 of the .50/1 Target IPs found here, you'll spend $5 and get the $5 gift card. Free Pop-tarts!!


Combine this deal with the free book deal below! Just be sure to buy the Pop-Tarts that match the free book promo!



(Info from Coupon Cravings)

Free Book from Kellogg's

Send in 2 official United Through Reading tokens from specially marked Kellogg's products found at Target and military commissaries, and get a free Simon & Schuster children's book.



Participating Products:


Chips Deluxe Rainbow Chocolate Chip cookies

Sandies Pecan Shortbread cookies
Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal
Froot Loops cereal

Frosted Mini-Wheats
Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars Apple Cinnamon
Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars Blueberry
Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars Strawberry
Pop-Tarts Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon toaster pastries
Pop-Tarts Frosted S'Mores toaster pastries
Pop-Tarts Frosted Strawberry toaster pastries
Special K Bliss Bar Raspberry
Raisin Bran Crunch cereal


Choice of Books:

Little Boy by Alison McGhee; Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? Written and Illustrated by Karen Katz
Marsupial Sue by John Lithgow; Illustrated by Jack E. Davis
By My Brother’s Side by Tiki and Ronde Barber; Illustrated by Barry Root
The Report Card by Andrew Clements
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer


More Information

Order Form

(Thanks, Coupon Cravings!)

Monday, September 1, 2008

New Coupons on Coupons.com!

Check out the new coupons on the widget, including ones from Kotex, Pilsbury, and Betty Crocker. I love the $1/1 Kotex pads, $1/1 Kotex overnights, and .75/1 Kotex liners because you can usually find freebies or moneymakers for Kotex at CVS, Walgreens, or Rite Aid. I've heard that you can sometimes find small packages of Kotex at Walmart for $1.

I also love the .55/1 Country Crock Omega and .60/1 Fiber One Bars. Use them at Kroger to get $1 off each product!

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