Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Walgreens Robitussin Deal - Hurry!

You definitely need to check out this deal at Wags before the end of the day tomorrow!

Currently, Wags has certain types of Robitussin and Dimetappon sale for $4. Because of some confusion, Merecedes @ Common Sense with Money called the Catalina company and found out that there are three Catalina deals that go with these products. They are the following:

1) Get $5 in RRs when you buy three Wyeth products. (Valid through 12/31/08)
2) Get $5 in RRs when you buy $10 of select products. (Valid through 1/31/09)
3) Get $10 in RRs when you buy $20 of select products. (Valid through 1/31/09)

So, buy 5 for $ 20 (5 x $4 = $20), and get back $20 in RRs to be used on future purchases.

BUT - Guess what?! There are $2/1 coupons for these products!

Go here - Robitussin - and here - Dimetapp and print a $2/1 for each. I was able to print one using my name and one using my husband's name.

Using 4 coupons, you'll pay $12 and receive $20 in RRs back. (That's a profit of $8!)

Monday, December 29, 2008

Great Sale on Christian Books!

Thanks to Monica at AFC, I found out about Christianbook.com's awesome before-and-after Chrsitmas sale. They had quality books as low as $0.49!! I did not make it to the site in time to enjoy those prices, but I did manage to score some great deals on books I've been wanting to read. I'm most excited about these finds:

Legacy of the King's Pirates Series, Volumes 1--3
- $9.99 - A student recommended these to me last year, and I've been looking for a good price ever since! Each book is normally $10!

Guess How Much I Love You, Tenth Anniversary Slipcased Edition, Hardcover
- $4.99 - This edition comes with a CD containing a reading of the book and music, games, etc.

The Tale Of Despereaux, Hardcover
- $4.99 - I've always thought this book looked boring, but the movie's commercials has made me rethink my position. I can't wait to read this with my son!

If your purchase is over $50, you can get free shipping using the code 275405 (valid through 12/31/08).

I don't know how long these prices will be valid, so hurry if you're interested!

My Kroger Deals - 12/28

I haven't posted a breakdown of my purchases in a while, but I really wanted to share my Kroger run with you. Here's a pic of the items on which I got a great deal:

(Imagine that there are 3 other Pillsbury Grands in the picture.
I didn't pull the rest out of the freezer!)



I purchased the following:

Goody's Ouchless elastics - $1.49 x 3 = $4.47
Pantene 12.5 shampoo - $3.59
Pantene 12. 5 conditioner - $3.59
Pantene Styler - $4.53
Huggies Jumbo pack - $9.99 x 2 = $19.98
Pillsbury frozen Grand biscuits/rolls = $1.99 x 4 = $7.96
Cottenelle - $0.99 x 2 = $1.98

Total = $46.10

I used the following coupons:

Loaded on Card
-$1/1 Goody's Ouchless product (
Shortcuts.com)
-$4.53 - Buy 1 Pantene shampoo or conditioner, get 1 styler free (
P & G Esaver)
- $1/1 Huggies jumbo (Cellfire -- Now available in the Jackson, MS area!)
-$1.50/1 Huggies Natural Fit jumbo (Cellfire)
-$0.50/1 Cottonelle (Cellfire)

Manufacturer's
- .50/1 Pillsbury Frozen Biscuits/Rolls x 2 (IP from Smart Source)
- .40/1
Pillsbury Frozen Biscuits/Rolls x 2 (previous Sunday insert)
- $1.50 Huggies jumbo x 2 (Huggies mailer)
- $1/2 Pantene products (previous P&G insert)
- $2/1 Goody's Ouchless product x 2 (IP)
- .50/1 Cottonelle (IP)
- .50/1 (Cottonelle (IP - choose seasonal)

Misc.
-$5 off $75 purchase (Jackson Entertainment Book - Check here for an awesome deal - still going at 3:30 a.m. CST!)

Kroger "Bonus" (doubled coupons)
- .50 x 2 - Pillsbury
- .40 x2 - Pillsbury
-.50 x 2 - Cottonelle

Total after Coupons: $19.97

I will also send in the receipt to Caregiver's Marketplace and receive $1 back for each package of Huggies, bringing my total down to $17.97. Those of you with babies know that two Huggies jumbos would cost me about $22 at regular price, so you can look at it as though I bought two packs of diapers and got the diapers on sale and the other 12 products for free!

Note about the Goody's products: Because the $2/1 coupon is more than the product price, the coupon beeped. Instead of adjusting the coupon down to $1.49, the manager allowed only two of my coupons. This made me "owe" them $0.47. I did not mind, especially because the shortcuts.com coupon covered the $0.47 and still took off $0.53 more.


Thanks to Southern Savers for the the Cottonelle links.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Hurry! Ebates $10 Sign-up Bonus Ends Soon!

Sign up for Ebates and make a $10 purchase by 12/31, and you'll receive $10 bonus cash.

Ebates gives you money back for online purchases made through merchants found on their site. Each merchant offers a certain percentage back, and right now many of those percentages are doubled. Ebates sends out checks or pays via PayPal every three months to members to who have over $5.01 in their account. Anything less than $5.01 is kept in the account until the next check is due.

Sign up now to start earning cash back on your online after-Christmas sale purchases!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Free or Nearly Free Entertainment Book!

A few weeks ago, Heather @ Freebies4Mom posted about Cashbaq, a site that gives you money back for online purchases, and explained how to get a 2009 Entertainment Book, which is packed with tons of coupons, for free or almost free. The books normally cost between $51 and $25 depending on the area, but I was able to get 3 of the $25 Jackson, MS, books for only $10!! How?

1) I signed up for Cashbaq and received a $5 credit.
2) I clicked on "Buy Now" under "Deal of the Day." The Deal is $10 cash back + $10 off + free shipping.
3) I put in my zip code to find the book for a location near me.
4) After viewing some of the discounts found in the book, I clicked "Buy the Book."

Here's how the price breaks down:

Original Price: $25
Discount: $10
Cash back: $10
Sign-up Cash back: $5

$25-$10-$10-$5 = $0


I also added two other books to my order, so I paid $5 for each after the $10 discount and the $10 cash back. The $5 sign-up and the $10 cash back for my first book showed up immediately, but it took about a week to two weeks for the $20 for the other two books to show up.

Not familiar with the Entertainment book? It's packed with coupons specifically for certain cities. The Jackson book contains coupons for free admission to the Zoo and the Natural Science Museum, as well as free food or discounts at restaurants like Sal & Mookie's, Bravo!, and various fast food places. My personal favorite are the Kroger coupons! The book more than pays for itself when it's purchased at the regular price. $0-$5 is an AWESOME deal.

Cashbaq sends out a check or pays through PayPal every month as long as you have $10 in your account. If you have less than $10, your money will be held until the next pay period.

(Cashbaq is similar to Ebates, which I've posted about here and here. I signed up for both, and I check both sites before I make an online purchase to see which will give me the best deal.)

Friday, December 26, 2008

After Christmas Sales

Planning to take advantage of the after-Christmas sales? Here's a list of some of the stores offering great deals:


Target - All holiday lights, artificial trees, and holiday decor are 50% off. Select clothing is 30%. Check out Target.com for the ad. Don't forget to use the $3/$15 partyware coupon to stock up on supplies for next year's Christmas parties!

Border's - Get up to 75% off on selected items. Kids' holiday books, calendars, and games are 50% off, and select dvds are $5.99 and $12.99.

Kohl's - Get 60-80% off Christmas and other clearance. Use code JOY15 for 15% off your purchase at Kohls.com.

JC Penney - Find 60% storewide clearance plus 75% off holiday trim and decor. Use a $10/$50 and $15/75 for even more savings. Check out the ad for specifics. (You will have to change locations if you don't plan to shop in Jackson, MS.)

Walgreens - Select Christmas items are 50%. Use code CELEBRATE to get $5 off a $25 online order.

Bath and Body Works - Select items are on sale up to 50% off. Online, find $3 Signature Body Cremes, 3 select Signature Collection items for $15, and much more.

Children's Place - The Monster Sale has items $9.99. $5 flat rate shipping.

Amazon - Up to 70% on tons of items. Check out the Year-End Sales. Don't forget to check out my Amazon store!

Best Buy - 3-day online sale

Toys 'R' Us - Up to 60% off in-store and online.

Old Navy - Online Only - Up to 75% off

Gap - Up to 50% off, plus get an additional 25% off with code SALE


If you're buying online, don't forget to use Ebates or Cashbaq!


Know of some other good places to shop? Leave a comment with the info!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

2 Great Deals at Kroger - Pillsbury and Goody's Ouchless

Check out these two great deals that I found at my Kroger tonight!

Frozen Pillsbury Dinner Rolls and Biscuits are $1.99. Print a $0.50/1 coupon from Smart Source, and after the Kroger "bonus coupon" (aka your coupon doubled), you'll get the rolls/biscuits for only $0.99. Don't forget that you can print the Smart Source coupon twice!

Many of the Goody's Ouchless accessories are on sale for $1.49. Shortcuts has a $1/1 Goody's Ouchless product, and you can use it with the $2/1 Ouchless product IP. The IP is no longer on the website, but you can access it here at HCW if you are a member. (It's free to join!) Using the two coupons together will give you overage of a $1.51!


Here's a breakdown of how these two deals worked for me:

2 Pillsbury Dinner Rolls @ $1.99 each = $3.98
2 Goody's Ouchless elastics @1.49 each = $2.98
Total = $6.96
- .50/1 Pillsbury x 2
- .50 Kroger "bonus coupon" x 2
- $2/1 Goody's IP
- $2/1 Goody's IP
-$1/1 Goody's from shortcuts.com
Total after Coupons = -$0.04

As you can see, the overage from the Goody's products paid for the amount left on the Pillsbury. I bought other items with these, so the $0.04 went straight toward the total of my whole purchase.

These prices may be regional (I am in the Delta region), so be sure to check with your local Kroger. Also, not all Kroger's give "bonus coupons," but $1.50 for these rolls is still awesome.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Movies

Check out my Amazon store for your favorite Christmas movies! You'll find some great prices on the classics! I'm especially excited about $23.99 for The Original Christmas Classics, which includes Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town. In two years, I have not seen it below $29.99!

(Btw, I left four movies from my Halloween edition in the store because they are four of my favorite all-time movies.)

Toy Deals at Amazon

I just added some of the best toy deals to my Amazon store. Here are some examples of what you'll find:



Elmo and his Piano Building Set

$11.31 (regularly $21.99)






Melissa and Doug Deluxe Standing Easel

$25.99 (regularly $59.99)





Melissa and Doug Multi-Level Solid Wood Dollhouse
$47.99 (regularly $159.99)



Don't forget that many of the items at Amazon qualify for free shipping!

Visit my store for even more great toy deals!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Best Teacher's Gift

If your child is in school, you are undoubtedly pondering what to get his/her teacher(s) for Christmas. The traditional bath sets, candles, lotions, candy, ornaments, etc. are all nice gifts, and often you can find them at great prices. But what if you could give your child's teacher a gift that costs nothing more than (a little) time, paper, and ink; yet, it would probably be the most meaningful and useful present she/he receives all year?

I'm talking about a heart-felt thank you note. Candles and lotions are great, but there's nothing like a gift that lets a teacher know that her hard work is truly appreciated. Thank-you notes from children and parents also serve practical purposes for teachers. Teachers can use these notes in their portfolios for job reviews/applications and for National Boards, and the notes would be a great "pick-me-up" on rough days.

Here are a few tips to help parents write a great thank-you note that is also useful:

1) Write the note by hand. If you must type your note, use a script font so that it looks more personal.

2) Use non-holiday stationary. A note card is fine, but a larger sheet of paper is easier to put in a portfolio. Non-holiday stationary makes the note look more official.

3) Be specific. Instead of saying "Thanks for all you do," say thank you for the specific things the teacher has done to help your child. For example, "I really appreciate the extra time you have spent helping Ben understand long division." or "Thank you for listening to Brynn when she was coping with her friend's moving. Your compassion helped her to get through that tough time."

A few tips for thank-you notes from a child:

1) Allow him/her to actually write the note - misspellings and all. A perfectly written note with complex sentences would not be genuine coming from a first grader.

2) Encourage your child to be specific. He might want to tell Mrs. D. that she is his favorite teacher, but help him to come with a reason or two that she is his favorite.


Another great idea is to send a copy of the thank-you note(s) to the principal. Administration usually only gets complaints about teachers, so hearing good things about a teacher would be greatly appreciated by the principal. (And of course, it would help the teacher too!)


If you still feel like you have to spend money on the teacher, I recommend making a donation to a local children's charity or to a cause that the teacher supports. My son and I are making a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in honor of his teachers. The money that we are able to spend on a gift will go much further at St. Jude than it would in a store.


(BTW: I have been teaching for 9 years, and I frequently get out the thank-you notes that parents and students have written to me over the years.)

Kohls: 25 Deals, 25 Days

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