Friday, January 30, 2009

Free Woman's Day Magazine

Free Woman's Day Magazine from Mercury Magazines! Awesome!

Rememer, magazines are fun to read, sometimes have coupons, and can be donated (to a library) or recycled when you are done.


It's Time For Clean Up Green Up In Wylie, Texas

It's that time of year again, folks! Clean Up Green Up!

It will be held February 4-7, 2009. Wednesday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm and Saturday 8am-4pm. It will be behind City Hall on Centennial Drive (near Walmart on Highway 78).

Please bring your: Trash, Brush, Appliances, Electronics, Cardboard, Scrap Metal, and Tires. Document Shredding will be available Saturday only (from 9-12 ONLY). Please no household hazardous waste (paint, oil, batteries, light bulbs, antifreeze, etc...).

Identification will be required, no pick-ups available for this event.

For more information, contact the city of Wylie Parks Department at 972-442-8195 or e-mail parks@wylie Also, click here for the Wylie News article.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Is Your Mailbox Hungry? Request Some Samples!

Not a whole lot of samples this week, but it's better than nothing!!

Nature's Bounty Fish Oil Sample

Free Diet Dr. Pepper coupon, you can pick 20 oz. bottle or a 2 liter and the coupon will be mailed. No ink or paper required!

Try Pink Lemonade and Berry Burst! Metamucil®

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Almond True Delights Sample from Quaker.

Chocolate Turtle Chex Mix Sample

Enjoy your full and happy mailbox!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Huggies Deal At CVS This Week-Jan 26

Remember the $4/$20 CVS coupons I found with my Sunday paper? Well I am pleased to report they have been spent!

Transaction #1

Pull-Ups $10
2 Huggies Wipes $6
2 Huggies Body Washes $6


$2.00 Pull-Ups cpn
(2) $1.00 Huggies wash cpn
(2) $.50 Huggies wipes cpn, all from the paper 2 or 3 weeks ago
$4/$20 from Sunday's paper (delivered to my door)

Total OOP $14.08, $5 in ECB received for Huggies

Transaction #2

2 Pantene Expressions $9.98
Listerine Whitening Pre-Rinse $6.79
Clorox 2 $4.99


$3/2 Pantene P&G coupon...I keep my P&G coupons unclipped for easy access.
$1.50 Listerine Printable Coupon
Free Clorox 2 coupon, from Clorox Mom Wire.
$4/$20 CVS coupon
$5 ECB from transaction #1

Total OOP $3.54, $6.00 in ECB for Pantene and $4 ECB for Listerine received

Transaction #3

2 Olay Definity Face wash (2 different kids) $21.98


(2) $3.00 Olay Definity P&G cpns
$4/$20 CVS coupon
$10 in ECB from transaction #2

Total OOP $2.14.

Overall, I saved $55.04 and spent $19.76. Yikes, right? You know me, I found a way to get something back. I sent off for a $15 Gift Card rebate from Olay Definity (expires Jan 28th) and the Pull-Ups receipt and UPC will get me $.75 back from The Caregivers Marketplace. That takes these trips down to $4.01. I'm pretty pleased, although I still ended the week with no ECB to rollover.

The third receipt will go towards the P&G $120 Coupon Offer. You need $50 in receipts showing P&G purchases. My problem so far is that all of those receipts have been sent off for other cash rebate offers. After the Pantene, I'm about $15 shy of the $50 needed. We need TP and paper towels, so I'll just go "splurge" on $15 worth and be done with it. I have until the 31st.

P.S. Another frugal bonus, I needed the wipes for my daughter's pre-school. Most people probably ran out for a box of wipes and spent $3.

Monday, January 26, 2009

One More Walgreens Easy Saver Purchase-Jan 26

I ran into Walgreens for ink, but I'll get to that later. Here's what I came home with:

AutoExpressions Vent Fresh Elite Auto Air Freshner $4.99

Total OOP $5.40.

I submited my Walgreens Easy Saver rebate (rebate #2) for the $4.99 and will get a $.50 bonus for adding it to my Walgreens gift card. Plus, I submitted the Vent Fresh Mnfg. Rebate. So, I'll get another $4.99 back. Overall, I had a cash "loss" of $.41, but with the Walgreens rebate a profit of $5.07. Yay!

Back to the ink. Black ink is on sale at Walgreens this week for $5 and it's also a Easy Saver rebate item for January (#15 up to $5). The gentleman was very nice and tried twice to refill my cartridge, but it wouldn't print at the store. He gave it back to me full, for no charge and told me to work on it at home. I cleaned the cartidge a few times at home with a wet paper towel and voila! I got it to print. Double yay!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Just A Few Places For Extra Bucks

I have a new online "rebate" site for you. As you might know, I'm a big fan of Big Crumbs. I received $5.68 back last week from some Christmas shopping.

I also like Ebates . In fact, I earned (not paid out yet) $6.81 last week at Ebates. Hubby ordered some printer ink for work, so it cost us nothing. Ebates also pays a $5 bonus for signing up!

Well today, I ran across Shop At Home:

ShopAtHome Banner

Shop At Home also pays out $5 to sign up!! You can't beat free money. I ran across Shop At Home while I was looking a today's offer from Dollar Surveys.

I'm giving Dollar Surverys a trial run. It's a bit different, as you can't log into your account to see how much money you have pending, but it says it pays out weekly to your PayPal account. I figure not much time will be wasted giving this survey place a shot. Anyone, else tried Dollar Surveys?

Back to the cash back rebate programs. I was ordering some (free) note cards from Shutterfly this afternoon, and it honestly took only 45-60 seconds to check all 3 sites (Big Crumbs, Ebates and Shop At Home) to see who paid the highest percentage back. In this case it was Ebates. If you need to do some online shopping, be sure you're getting cash back to shop!

P.S. Here's an older post about online shopping and cash back rebates.

Wylie Mom's Weekly Recap-Week 4

And I thought last week was bad! It was a slow week, mostly due to the fact I didn't shop (read: save) much and had very slow eBay sales.

Grocery Savings - $41.78

eBay Sales - $44.17

Misc. Income, detailed below - $32.68

-$20.00 from Revolution Money Exchange, I made money with the refer a friend program last summer/fall, but just now cashed the last of it out of my account. Revolution Money Exchange is like PayPal, but with no fees!
- $5.68 from BigCrumbs, from some Christmas shopping. I still have more pending.
- $7.00 cash rebate from The Caregivers Marketplace (this one I got $1 per Huggies pack, but they are now only paying $.75 a pack)

Weekly Impact - $118.63
YTD Impact - $648.26

My weekly amount grossed up is $158.17 and usually makes me feel better. Ugh! Not this week. My eBay sales were low, since during week 3 I only listed 12 new items. No new listings = low sales. This week, I listed 29 new items. So, I should see better sales for week 5.

Lastly, have you tried SwagBucks yet? I use it for my Google searches, no extra clicking or signing in. I just go to SwagBucks instead of Google to search. You can even add a toolbar. Anyway, I'm up to 30 SwagBucks in a little over a week. I only need 50 Bucks for a $5 Starbucks GC. Free stuff is waiting for you...are you going to let it pass you by?

Wishing you a money making and saving week!!!

$4/$20 CVS Coupon Alert!!!

Look what was in my paper this morning!! They expire 1/31/09....but I'm sure I can make use of them! :)

I'm so excited!! Last week I had a $10/$50 from the magic coupon machine, but just couldn't bring myself to spend so much out of pocket. Yay!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Just a Quick Trip Into Kroger-Jan 24

Here's my Kroger trip for the week. 28 items for only $20.98...that's an average of $.74 an item. They are doing the Mega Event sale again. Purchase 10 participating items and get $5 off at checkout, up to 3 per transaction.

Check out this week's Kroger Ad here

After you're done planning your trip and pulling your coupons don't forget to load the eCoupons, they are in 3 spots!


P&G eSaver


For this trip, I also took at peek at My Penny Pile, since Maryanne does a great job on the Kroger deals. There are lots more grocery store deal posts at Be CentsAble, just click on Grocery Gathering and scroll down to the store of your choice.

And finally a reminder, be sure to watch the register when you ring up (hard with kids, I know) or look over your receipt in the car before you take off. This trip, one of the $5 Mega Event credits didn't come off...until I hit the customer service desk, that is. :)

Total saved this trip $41.78.

P.S. No CVS or Walgreens trip this week.....can you believe it?????

Friday, January 23, 2009

Random Sweeps For A Friday-Jan 23

Here's a list of sweeps that I jotted down over a week ago and just ran across. I'm feeling lucky! How about you?

Kimberly-Clark Room-A-Day Giveaway, it's a daily sweeps with a $25,000 grand prize (with 16 grand prize winners!!)

Walk The Runway Sweeps from Nexcare, grand prize is a trip to the Mall of America. I hope that's a spring or summer trip. :)

Hungry Jack Fuel Your Family Sweeps, grand prize is $25,000 for groceries, gas and family fun!!

Halls Get Help Now Sweeps, win $4000 for a maid, chef or handy man!

Glamour Magazine Sweeps Page

Good Housekeeping Sweeps Page, lots and lots of sweeps!!

Woman's Day Sweeps Page, lots to enter here too.

If you're looking for even more sweeps, the Freebies 4 Mom sweeps page, also has lots of good ones! Heather only posts sweeps with lots of winners (usually over 1000).

Have you found any good sweeps? Send me an e-mail and I'll add it to the list and give you credit. Have you won a sweeps? Let me know about that, too. I'll post your luck and you'll encourage others to keep trying!

Thanks!! :)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

New Chex Mix Free Sample Offer & More!

Just click the banner...!

Also, while we're talking free stuff. Visit the Walmart Sample page for a Crest Whitestrips sample. Better hurry on the Crest one.

Or, visit the Starbucks site to learn how to earn a free Tall brewed Starbucks coffee. Make a pledge to volunteer and enjoy your coffee now through Sunday.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Free Haircut From Herbal Essences!

Visit the Herbal Essences Haircut Offer page for all the scoop.

Awesome deal!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Free Cosmetics At Macy's TODAY!!

Be sure to read this post at The Thrifty Mommy for all the scoop.

Today only and while supplies last!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Free Swag Code On Tuesday The 20th

Once you sign up with Swag Bucks (you use it to do your Google searches and win free "bucks"), click on "Sign Up For Newsletter". It's that easy! Tomorrow (Tuesday) the newsletter will come out and it will include a Swag Code for a free Swag Buck.

Just click the banner below to check out Swag Bucks...

Search & Win

To give you an idea of how Swag Bucks works, I've been earning a couple of "bucks" a day, so I could earn say 60 a month. It's only 50 Swag Bucks to purchase a $5 Starbucks card. Easy!

Monday's Redbox Free Rental Code-Jan 19


Good until midnight tonight. Happy Renting!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Wylie Mom's Weekly Recap-Week 3

I was a bit surprised (not in a good way) about my numbers this week.

Grocery and Drug Savings - $94.94

eBay Sales - $123.85

Misc. Income, detailed below - $23.99

-$20.00 from a confidential panel hubby and I are on
-$3.99 back from Excedrin rebate (I'm not counting the savings/earnings from rebates until they are received)

Weekly Impact - $242.78
YTD Impact - $529.63

Grossed up that is $323.70 for the week or $8.09 an hour (at 40 hours a week).

I really need to get my eBay numbers up! I only listed 12 new items this week. So, this recap is actually turning out to be a good thing. It is the perfect tool to let me know where I stand today and where I need to be going tomorrow.

Also this week, I earned $10 in ECB for doing a quick 10 minute survey. This was not tracked yet, I'll do that when I actually receive the ECB which will be next month. I also earned some random points, etc. at MyPoints, Inbox Dollars, Swagbucks, etc. Look at those surveys and point programs daily!! I have mine all set up to go to one e-mail box. That way, when I have a few minutes, I have a "one stop" survey shop ready to go.

And, I went to Goodwill this week. I spent $22.16 and got 5 things for the kids (clothes) and 9 things for eBay. There is really no good way to track those savings, but when you buy name brand clothes (my son got yet another Janie and Jack sweater from Goodwill) for your kids at $.99 to $1.99 do the math. Savings $75-125......? But again, I won't plug those numbers in. Just something for you to think about.

Have a great week and remember to think of the financial impact of all you do!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Lots Of New Samples To Request

Wow, I've been a slacker when it comes to free samples this week. Here's what I've just requested to get caught up.

Cream of Wheat sample with 4 flavors to pick from. Yummy!

Quaker Oats rice and multigrain sample, pick from Chocolately Drizzle or Cheddar Cheese.

Head and Shoulders sample from P&G brand Sampler.

BOOST® Kid Essentials Nutritionally Complete Drink sample, a coupon will be mailed.

Hansen's Organic Junior Water 4 pack for free, again a coupon will be mailed.

Free sample of Nutrish Premium Dog Food by Rachael Ray.

On another note, I also went grocery shopping this afternoon. I spent $16.81 at Albertsons and saved $35.40!!! At Kroger I spent $29.58 (eek!) and saved $19.58. I also got to add $12.12 towards my P&G coupon offer, I'm still $24 shy of my $50 since I've sent so many receipts off with rebates. :)

I'll have my weekly wrap-up in the morning! Good night!

$5.99 Pull-Ups At Kroger With Coupons

Check out this great deal!!

Pull-Ups are on sale at Kroger for $9.99. Use a $2.00 coupon from last week's paper and load the $2.00 eCoupon from Shortcuts to your Kroger OOP will be $5.99 (plus tax).

Don't forget to mail the receipt and UPC to The Caregivers Marketplace. They are only giving back $.75 these days...but that still adds up!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Have A Seattle's Best Coffee Close By?

Check out the fun coupon I just got. Buy one coffee and get either a pastry or a second coffee for free!

Seattle's Best B1G1 Coupon


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Free Donut Or Coffee...Look In Your "Mailbox" Redplum

Today in my Redplum, you know the one that comes in the mail with all the grocery store inserts and various other pieces of "junk mail"? Anyway, on the back page there is a coupon for a free donut at Dunkin' Donuts, no purchase necessary. Don't like donuts? There is also a coupon for a free 14 oz. cup of coffee.

Keep an eye out!! :)

$10 Eat Better America Coupon Book

The Windex Rebate Was Burning A Whole...

I guess the Windex rebate from Sunday's paper was just dying to be "spent". Here's how I did at Walgreens:

2 Bounty Basic PTs $3.18
2 Windex, on sale B1G1 free $3.79
2 Halls $5.00

$.89 Wags/Basic coupon (saved $1.40)
$1.00/2 P&G Bounty PT newspaper coupon
$.99 Wags/Halls coupon (saved $3.02)
(2) $.50 Halls newspaper coupons
(2) $.40 Windex newspaper coupons

Total OOP = $5.04 and I saved $11.41.

I've sent off my Windex rebate for the $3.79, making this trip total $1.25. After, I exchanged one of the bottles that is!! :) It's the yellow antibacterial one you need.

I also stopped by Albertson's while I was out (this was yesterday). I couldn't pass up the $1.00 Schepps 1/2 gallon milk. I paid $8.18 OOP for three 1/2 gallons of milk, 4 cans of Wolf Chili and some laundry detergent. I saved $13.73. Yay coupons!

Coupon For A Free Bottle Of Suave-Today ONLY!

Today only, Suave is giving away a coupon for a free bottle of Suave. It's a coupon that will be mailed, so no need to hook up to the printer for this one. :)

Head over to Suave to request yours....hurry! This offer ends tonight at midnight (Eastern Time).

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Get A $25 Restaurant Gift Card For $4

Have you been to Restaurants.Com yet? Be sure to check it out for featured restaurants in your area. If you do find one you like or that you want to try, you're in luck. Normally what you can do is purchase a $25 GC for only $10. Well, now there is a sale!!!! You can now save 60% off the $10 and only pay $4 for a $25 Gift Card.

This makes a great gift idea.....on the cheap too!

Use the coupon code "EXCLUSIVE" at checkout. It can be used on both the most popular products, Dinner of the Month Club and the $25 Gift Certificates. This offer is valid January 13th through January 19th! Better hurry....just click the banner below. :)

Food For A Fraction Of The Cost

Monday, January 12, 2009

Sign Petiton To Keep Second Hand Clothes Legal

"Our letters are making a difference! On Jan. 8th the CPSC revised its position to exclude thrift and consignment stores. Keep the heat on Congress as the CPSC rulemaking is still underway".

Visit the Make Second Hand Kids' Clothes Legal site for more info. This is so important! Not only do so many American families depend on second hand baby/kids items to clothe their children and provide them with toys, but think of the impact on the planet if this law is left untranslated or unmodified. All outgrown clothes and toys will be thrown away, as in the trash that's headed for a landfill.......?? That's totally unacceptable!!

Thanks!! :)

I Bought Toothpaste Just For The Overage

Since nothing looked "good" this week at CVS, I ran in just for some training pants (Pull-Ups). In this case they happen to be the CVS brand. I had no ECB, so a toothpaste overage was the best I could do.

Training Pants $6.50
Aquafresh $2.50


$2.00 CVS/Aquafresh coupon from a register receipt
$.75 Aquafresh newspaper coupon

Total OOP - $6.62 and I saved $7.93.

Thanks to The Thrifty Mommy's diaper deal post I'm going to give the CVS brand training pants a try. I was excited to see the have "velcro" sides like Huggies and the price was right!! :)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Wylie Mom's First Weekly Recap

Here's my first weekly recap of how I did saving and or making money for the week. Week one was really short, so this will be for Jan 1 through Jan 10.

Grocery & Drug Savings - $124.05 (CVS, Walgreens and Albertsons)

Misc. Savings, detailed below - $5.70

-Wacky Pack coupon for son's 1/2 Birthday (balance was paid to GC from Christmas), sign up for the Sonic Birthday Club here, saved $1.00
-Free Redbox rental with Monday's free rental code, saved $1.00
-Starbucks "tell us how we did" receipt coupon (balance paid to GC earned from Pamper's Gifts to Grow points), saved $3.70

Gross eBay sales - $157.10

Weekly Impact: $286.85
Yearly Impact: $286.85

Just to give you an idea of how I look at that number, $286.85 "grossed up" for working outside the home would be $382.46, divided by 40 hours a week and I made $9.56 an hour. See more about my "grossing up" in this post. Not bad....but I have lots of room to improve! And of course you know I "work" more than 40 hours a week, haha! But, that will be my yard stick for comparing my numbers. Also remember, this was all done from the comfort of my own home or with my kids tagging job, huh???

I also (finally) listed 21 more items on eBay.....I need to get those numbers up, up, up!!!! So, lots of room to improve there. :)

How did you do last week?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

A Few Deals At Albertsons This Week

It's been ages since this as happened, but I did all my weekly shopping at Albertsons. No picture, sorry!! It had been about a week and half since I shopped. I spent $ 36.03 total OOP and saved $34.94.

Some sale highlights:

Albertsons Butter (2 stick pack) $.79, this is a 3 day sale that ends Sunday

Schepps Milk or Good Day OJ 1/2 gallon $.99

Grands Biscuits $1.00
use $.25/1 (tripled) or $.50/2 coupon (doubled) = $.25 or $.50 a can

Softsoap hand soap $1.00
use $.35 coupon (tripled) for a $.05 overage

Crest Glide Floss $2.00
minus $1.00 P&G coupon = $1.00 each

I also went to Sprouts for bulk peanuts, bananas, apples, strawberries and grabbed 2 potatoes for $6.75. The organic Braeburn apples are $.77 a pound this week....and are so delicious!! The strawberries are $2.50 a 1 lb pack and are also yummy. I saved ?? there. I'd guess a buck a two, but I won't track that amount.

Overall, my total for groceries was $41.69. It was 10 days since I'd shopped, so that breaks down to $4.17 a day which i a good deal lower than my $5 a day goal. Yay!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Looks Like Thrift Stores Will Be Expempt From New Lead Testing Law


Here's an LA Times article from today breaking the good news!

Thanks to the eBay Mommy for spreading the word. :)

Great Trip To Walgreens-Jan 6

Here's how my Walgreens trip for the week turned out (I made $$!!):

Transaction #1
2 Flintstones Vitamins $10.00
One-A Day $7.00
Philips Milk of Magnesia $3.00


(2) $1.00 Flintsones newspaper coupons
$1.00 One-A-Day coupon
$8.08 paid to Wags GC

Total OOP = $8.92 ($11.46 saved) and I got $10.00 in Register Rewards back.

Transaction #2

2 Reynolds Foil $3.38
Niagara Spray Starch $1.79
Garnier Conditioner, on sale $2.99
Electrasol 20ct, on sale $3.49
2 Glade Candles, on sale $5.00
-They didn't have the car air freshener for $4.99 (this month's free with rebate item). So I added the following to fill in the $5.00
Hershey's chocolate, on sale $.12
Disney Stickers, on sale $.74
Fiber One toaster things $2.99
Cranberries $1.00
2 Act II popcorns, on sale $1.98


$.99 Wags Reynolds Foil cpn (saved $1.40)
$1.00 Reynold's cpn-they only let me use one....mgr wouldn't let me have a zero OOP transaction. Bummer!
$.99 Wags Niagara Starch cpn (saved $.80)
(2) $.40 Act II cpns
$2.50 Electrasol cpn
(2) $1.00 Glade Candle cpns
$2.00 Wags/Garnier cpn
$1.00 Garnier cpn
$1.00 Fiber One cpn
$10.00 Register Rewards from Transaction #1

Total OOP = $.72 ($33.70 saved).

As far as cash OOP, I spent a total of $9.64 on both transactions, but will get $10.00 back with the manufactures rebate from last week's paper. It's for 1/2 back by rebate, with a maximum of $10. So, that's a cash profit of $.36. My total trip savings was $45.16 and that is not counting the rebates.

I'll submit the Walgreens rebate for the two Glade Candles ($1.00 back each) and the Electrasol ($1.50). With the 10% bonus for having it loaded to my Walgreens GC, I'll get $3.85 back.

As far as the Walgreens GC goes, I lost money on this transaction. But, I started the month with $24.18 loaded on the card. With the $3.50 I'll get back from this trip, combine it with my other trip from this rebate period and I'll get $24.17 back this month. Only a $.01 loss on the GC this month! :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Some Sweeps To Play

Found a few sweeps while I was flipping through some magazines looking for coupons this evening. Good luck!!

Fuel Up The Family daily sweeps from Freschetta, Red Baron and Tony's pizza. Prizes include a Toyota Prius, gas for a year and pizza for a year.

Woman's Day Instant Cash Giveaway Sweepstakes

More Womans' Day sweeps here.

Win a trip to Pixar Animation Studios from Eureka and Disney .

Lastly, be sure to check out this month's giveaway from All You .

Huggies On Sale This Week At CVS

I had a Pull-Up "emergency" yesterday. Huggies are on sale this week at CVS, $9.49 for a Jumbo pack. Limit is 3.

Pull-Ups $9.49


$2.00 Huggies Pull-Ups printable coupon
$4.00 in ECB from earlier this week

total OOP= $3.49
total saved= $9.50

I'll submit the receipt and UPC to The Caregivers Marketplace for a $1.00 rebate, bringing my total to $2.49 for a Jumbo pack of Huggies. But, I have no ECB left. :(

Monday, January 5, 2009

Free KraftMaid Kitchen Idea Book

This one has already ended!! That was fast. :)

$4000 Hallmark Sweeps Is Back!!

In case you missed it the first go around, the $4000 Hallmark Perfect Start Sweepstakes is back. Hurry!! It went pretty fast last week.

Today's Redbox Code-Jan 5

Redbox issues (via text message) a free rental promo code every Monday. Sign up here at Redbox.

Here is today's code:


Sunday, January 4, 2009

2 Quick Sweeps

These are the only two sweeps I noticed today with the coupon inserts. To tell you the truth, I was clipping and filing so fast I wasn't even looking for them. Shame on me! But, there were just so many coupons!! :)

1. Head over to Smart Source for not only lots of great printable coupons, but you can enter to win a spa trip for 2 to Florida. Ahhh....! You can enter once a day.

2. Go to GE Lighting, you can enter to win $2000 (cash) to put towards your energy bill. You can enter once a day.

Please tell me if I missed some, while I was speed clipping. Have a great week!

I Just Love When CVS Goes As Planned-Jan 4

This week's trip went just as I planned! :)

Transaction #1

2 Speedsticks $6.00
Crest Weekly Care $3.99
Garnier Shampoo $2.99
Johnson's Baby Lotion $2.99


B1G1 Free Speedstick cpn from today's paper
$1.00 Johnson's cpn from today's paper
$1.00 Garnier Shampoo coupon from paper
Free Crest Weekly Care cpn mailed to me from Vocalpoint
$3/$15 CVS cpn like I used here (I printed extras that day, I think the ad has been pulled)
$4.00 in ECB from last week's CVS trip

Total OOP=ZERO and $5.00 in ECB were received. I also got $2.00 in ECB for my Fall Spending.

Transaction #2

Excedrin Special Pack $8.99
Visine Tears $5.49
2 Crackers as a filler $.60


$2.00 Excedrin newspaper coupon
$2.00 Visine Tears newspaper coupon
$3/$15 CVS coupon
$7.00 in ECB from Transaction #1 and Fall Spending

Total OOP for this trip and the day=$1.08 and $4.00 in ECB were recieved (same as I started with). Also, I saved a total of $34.45 today!! :)

Since I had no other rebates to send off, I tucked the receipt for the Crest Weekly Care in with my P&G $150 coupon offer stash (rebate envelope).

Also, if your CVS store has a price check/magic coupon machine, you can just go in and scan your CVS card for your Fall Spending ECB's. Be sure to try this before you make your purchase, it might help your OOP. :)

Friday, January 2, 2009

My Goals For 2009

I've been a SAHM now for almost a year and have been blogging for about 9 months. What fun the blogging has been! I've been thinking for a few weeks about where I'd like my blog to go. I've also had a bit of inspiration from Carrie over at Money Saving Methods and have decided to add a weekly "money saving/making" review. I'll begin, next week, on Sunday since this week is short.

Once I got into the groove of staying home and saving so much money, I've been really curious about the true financial impact it's been having on our family. I think better tracking on my part and sharing the results with you will be beneficial to us both.

I've had another inspiration for this as well. The last year I've been home, I've been thinking about where all my money went when I was working. Now, I'm not talking about convenience items like meals out and buying full price things at Target. I have just been thinking about work in general. Let's say I make $40K a year. About $5-6K goes to taxes (SS, Fed Withholding, etc.) right off the bat. Then we'll say another $2-3K for gas just to get there and clothes just to stand there properly clothed. So, lets make this really easy and say that the average worker only sees about 75% of what they make. So, I made $40K, but only saw about $30K that was "mine" to spend. So here's my new thought......every time I save $10 at CVS, I would have needed to earn $13.33 outside of the home to "cover" that. Make sense???? The savings are more than you think!!

Of course, my other main goal this year is to continue growing my eBay store. It has been a blessing this holiday season. With the holidays and traveling, I haven't listed in almost 2 months but have still seen sales of about $250/mo from the store items for the past 2 months! That's even with the store closed for over 2 weeks while I was in Mexico and Florida. Yay, eBay!!!

What are your goals for 2009?

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Visit Chick-Fil-A TODAY For a Free Chicken Biscuit Coupon

Make any purchase on January 1 (10:30 am to 6:00 pm) and get a free chicken biscuit on your next visit.

Visit Chick-Fil-A for all the juicy details! :)

Happy New Year!!

You have the power to make this the best year do it! :)

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I'm a married, stay-at-home mom to two kiddos in grade school. I love to save money as much as I like to make it! Coupons, thrift stores? Lead the way! But wait....there's more! I have a BBA from University of Oklahoma and I was a banker and an accountant before I became a domestic goddess!


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