Friday, February 27, 2009

A Couple Of Great Sales I Need To Mention!

First up is Dillard's. They have reduced permanent markdowns an additional 40% for the weekend. This is huge!!!!! This is where I get the kids clothes for next year and look for some eBay deals as well. Here's an example:

Infant Levi's onesie = $14.00

Clearance 75% off = $3.50

Additional 40% off = $2.52

Basically, you'll pay $15 for every $100 worth of stuff. :)

I do believe this sale is for all Dillard's stores since I got an e-mail from Dillard's "corporate office". Just, to be sure if you're not in the Dallas area, give your store a call first. Or shop online at Dillard's.Com.

Next up is Goodwill, yes Goodwill. My absolute favorite store for treasure hunting. I find tons of designer labels here (Janie & Jack, Ralph Lauren, Coogi, Burberry, Wedgewood, Pottery Barn, etc...), but you have to enjoy the hunt. These items don't just jump into my cart. Anyway, Saturday the 28th of February, they are having a 50% sale on clothes, shoes, & belts. I will warn you though....try to not take kids & people who don't like to shop. The store will be crowded and carts will be scarce. As far as I know, this is for the Dallas area Goodwill stores only. It's a winter clearance sale, so call you local store and see if they are participating tomorrow.

Happy bargin hunting!!

My Weekly Trip To Kroger-Feb 26

After getting 2 more booklets of Kroger coupons on Wednesday, I figured I needed to make a Kroger trip. I hope you received coupons in the mail as well!! Pictured is what I purchased and I'll cover some highlights.

3 Bags of Kroger Chips, on sale $1.00 each - $1.00/3 Kroger coupon = $.67 each

Kroger 8 oz. Cheese 3/$5

Milk $1.99

Sour Cream 16 oz., on sale $1.00 each - $.45/2 Kroger coupon = $.77 each

Fiber One Yogurt, on sale 2/$4 - (2) $1.00 Peelies found on yogurt - $1.00 Shortcuts eCoupon - $1.00 off any yogurt 4 pack Kroger store coupon = both were FREE

Kroger Brand Creamer, larger size (it's actually really good!) $2.29 - .55 Kroger creamer cpn = $1.74

Also, Kroger peanut butter is $1.29 everyday and is also really good! I got some last week and we love it. Peter Pan was on sale this week, but I have no coupon. :(

I used the last of my $.50/1 Cottonelle coupons last week. All I have now are $.50/2. Cottonelle is $1.19 each, after doubling the coupon and taking off the $.25 Cellfire eCoupon = $.56 each. Okay, so they weren't dirt cheap like usual, but I'll take it!

Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls, on sale $1.00 - $.30 newspaper cpn tripled = $.10 each

My store was out of the $1.00 Pillsbury Crescent rolls. What a bummer since I have 10 coupons. I'll try again when I'm close to Kroger. Total OOP for the trip was $22.05 and I saved $ 20.73.

Have a great day! :)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

$.19 Profit At Walgreens-February 25th

Yesterday I staged this trip to Walgreens around the need for Q-Tips and the desire for some peanuts. I'll break this one down a bit differently than I usually do, so you can see how each item impacts the total.

Reynolds Wraps $1.69 each - $.89 Wags coupon - $1.00 Reynolds newspaper coupon = $.11 overage each

Reeses Whips $.89 each & on sale B1G1 Free - $1.00/2 Whips newspaper coupon = $.11 overage on 2

Q-Tips $2.79 - $1.99 Wags coupon - $.30 newspaper coupon = $1.69 each

Peanuts $1.99

Zucol $7.99 - $2.00 Zucol printable coupon = $5.99 each

Walgreens Nutrition drink $4.00

No Rub Contact Solution $1.99

Total paid to Walgreens gift card = $15.18, zero cash OOP

I've submitted the Walgreens Easy Saver rebate for the Walgreens drink $4.00, Zucol $7.99 and Wags contact solution $1.99 which comes to $13.98 plus the 10% bonus (by having it loaded to gift card and not taking a rebate check) and that comes to a $15.37 rebate. $15.37 back - $15.18 spent = $.19 profit on the trip.

Let's all give a shout for that $.19 profit!!! :) I also saved $16.39 on this trip.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fun Goodies In The Mail Today

Today was a good mail day! I received 3 goodies and no bills (haha). Now, I can't control the bills but I can help you request fun goodies. Here's what my mailbox was holding for me today:

1. My $10 Eat Better America coupons arrived!! All coupons are for $1 off and the following are included: Muir Glen, Fiber One Cereal, Total Cereal, Fiber One Yogurt, 8 Yoplait Cups, Green Giant Bagged Veggies, Cascadian Farm, MultiGrain Cherrios, 3 Boxed Green Giants Veggies, and 2 Pop-Secret Popcorns. Also 6 healthy recipes were included. If you haven't done so already, be sure to request this one! Just click the cute banner below.

2. Quaker True Delights Chewy Granola Sample-Dark Chocolate Raspberry -go ahead and try to tell me this doesn't sound yummy! Included a $1.00 coupon.

3. Total Cereal sample- included a $.75 coupon.

Monday, February 23, 2009

A Few Printable Coupons For Free Fast Food

I found a few spots to print some coupons for a free lunch (or snack or dinner....)!

1. Jack In The Box-2 Free Tacos- this one is valid February 24th only!!!!!

2. Quizzno's-Free Sub- the first 1 Million people've got time! Coupon will be e-mailed to you.

3. Arby's-Free Roast Burger with any drink purchase- okay, so this one you need to buy a drink, sorry! :)


Free Short Stack At IHOP On Tuesday Feb. 24th

"Known also as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, National Pancake Day dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products…hence the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday."

Celebrate tomorrow, February 24th with a free short stack of pancakes at IHOP! Click here for more info or to find an IHOP near you. :)

Redbox Free Rental Code For Monday Feb 23rd


Promo code is good until midnight, rental is due back tomorrow by 9pm. Happy Renting!

Dining Out For Practically Free

I'll have to give HeatherMama credit for this one!! Restaurants.Com is having another sale. This one lasts until February 28th. Here's how it works: Normally at Restaurants.Com you can go in and purchase a $25 Gift Card for $10, but right now they are having an 80% off sale, and I mean to say that is 80% off the $10 price! Enter in the promo code DINE at checkout and you'll pay only $2. So a $50 dining out gift card will cost you $4 or a $100 meal will only cost $8....WOW!

This would make the perfect gift!! Stock up now while they are on sale since the gift cards are good for a year. Be sure to read each restaurants policy as far as tip and alcohol regarding the gift card. Just click the banner below and type in your zip code to see what restaurants are participating in your area.

Remember, the code is "DINE". Enjoy!!

Dallas - $25 Gift Certificates for $10

Wylie Mom's Weekly Recap-Week 8

Eeek! I'm late with my weekly recap! Yesterday was hubby's birthday and we went to the zoo (for free since we're zoo members). Here's how week 8 turned out.

Savings, detailed below - $123.95

- CVS & Krogers $82.95
- Redbox $1.00
- I cut hubby's & both kids hair at home $40.00 (rough estimate)

eBay Sales - $138.24

Misc. Income, detailed below - $61.93

- $10.00 for a CVS survey last month, I was paid with ECB here.
- $3.24 was deposited into PayPal from BigCrumbs.
- $25.00 Target gift card was received from MyPoints. Send me an e-mail at if you'd like 250 bonus points for signing up!!
- $20.00 check received from a confidential panel that hubby and I are on.
- $3.69 check from Kellogg's Smart Start rebate.

Weekly Impact - $324.12
Year To Date - $1,916.32

The weekly amount grossed up is $432.16. Divided by 40 hours a week and I "made" $10.80 an hour. You can read about my "grossing up" and my 2009 goals here. The YTD amount grossed up is $2,555.09.

To keep the ball rolling, I listed 22 new eBay items, requested samples, took a few surveys and continued to clip and organize my coupons. I also made a few calls and made some adjustments to our monthly bills. I'm not going to track in on my "weekly tracking", but I'm saving us $60 a month. That's $720 a year! Overall, I would say last week was a good week.

Have a great (money making /saving) week!!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Just A Reminder.....

The free shipping offer at Puritan's Pride ends tomorrow, Sunday the 22nd. Not only do they have a B1G1 Free sale, but they are also running B2G3 Free sale, plus FREE shipping.

For example, the Pre-Vites (100 count) pictured here are $7.29. So, if you buy one at $7.29 you'll get a total 2 bottles plus FREE shipping. Buy 2 at $14.58 and you'll get a total of 5 bottles and FREE shipping! $14.58 for 500 multi-vitamins breaks down to $2.91 a bottle or $.02 a vitamin....What a deal!!

Click the link below to check out Puritans' Pride for yourself! :)

Puritan's Pride Offer Banner

P.S. Here's how I look at free shipping: I save gas and get a free eBay box!

A Few Small Changes (And Adding Netflix) Saves Us $60 A Month

Often times, when monthly accounts are set up, we tend to forget about them. Please don't!! There is money waiting to be saved right now with your monthly bills! Here's what I did yesterday to save us $60 a month ($720 a year):

1. I called our paper and changed our subscription. We were receiving the paper Thursday through Sunday, but I began to notice that the only one that was really getting read was the Sunday edition. Not to mention all the fabulous coupons and circulars, haha. So, I called and changed our delivery service to Sunday only. That will be $9.50 a month, saving me $11.00 a month.

2. I called our quarterly pest service and canceled. Hmmm..... We'll see how this one goes long term, but for now I'm saving $36 a month. When we moved in, it was a new build (read: lots of spiders) but that was 6 years ago. Wish me luck on this one, I HATE spiders!

3. I called Verizon to cancel HBO and Cinemax. This one is a longer story. About 6 months ago I called to cancel the HBO. Yada, yada, yada, I "updated" our phone/TV/Internet package (saved about $40) and added Cinemax for free. About 2 months ago I start seeing a charge for $21.99 for the movie package. I guess they were both free for only 3 months. Hubby does love movies and we really liked that HBO and Cinemax had on demand movies, but $21.99 is crazy!

We decided to cancel both and get Netflix. I read about Netflix in the February Consumer Reports. They are rated #1 for video rental methods. Redbox was #2 (yay!). Now, we love Redbox don't get me wrong, but the selection is small and it's $1 day. Even if we jump on the free Monday rental, that's a lot of pressure to watch one free movie a week. And, sometimes hubby's schedule doesn't even allow him to enjoy it with us.

A bit about Netflix, they have several levels of membership to choose from:

$4.99-One movie at a time, maximum 2 per month and 2 hours of online movie watching.

$8.99-One movie at a time, as many as you want per month, unlimited online movie watching.

$13.99-Up to two movies at a time, as many as you want per month, unlimited online movie watching.

$16.99-Up to three movies at a time, as many per month as you want, unlimited online movie watching.

We choose the $8.99 package. It seems like the biggest bang for the buck. After considering the $21.99 I'm saving but the $8.99 I'm now spending, this move will save me another $13 a month. After talking to my mom who also has Netflix, this really seems to be a great decision. She said since the distribution center is so close to us (Coppell for you DFW folks), you can almost average 2 movies a week. Netflix has no late fees and postage is "free" or included in your pricing I should say.

So, yesterday I spent about 30 minutes messing around with all of this and we will now save $60 a month ($11 paper, $36 pest, $13 HBO/Cinemax). Be sure to review your monthly bills and decide if you are really getting your money's worth from services. Ask yourself, "Is this adding value to our lives?", and start making adjustments!

Click below to check out Netflix, I think $8.99 is a great value! Movies are a great stress relief for hubby. We never actually go to the theater (it's such a waste of money!!), so the only way we see new movies is through rentals. Netflix has over 100,000 titles.....think you can find one you like?

Netflix, Inc.

Have any money saving ideas???? Please share!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Have You Requested Some Samples This Week?

There seems to be a lot of fun samples this week!! Samples are very fun. You can try a new product, "save" some money (that's one day of "free" shampoo let's say) and they usually include a generous coupon.

Selsun Blue®-pick from Itchy Dry Scalp or Naturals Itchy Dry Scalp. Thanks Walmart!

Maybelline Dream Liquid™ Mousse-from Walmart. I've blogged this's just still available to those who might have missed it.

Gain Detergent and Gain Fabric Softener coupon-from Walmart again!

HUGGIES® Baby Wipes sample...yup Walmart!

Viva Paper Towels sample-another awesome sample from Walmart!! Walmart has a few more samples, visit their sample page here.

Quaker Oats Mini Delights or Quakes sample-comes with a coupon!

Quaker True Delights sample -yummy!

You requested your Starbucks VIA sample from here...right?

You can check out new samples daily at Shop4Freebies. Click the banner below to check them out. They have a very "clean" site (I mean it's nice to look at, not a lot of blinky banners or personal chit chat), be sure to look at the tabs on the side and not just the main page for samples.

If you haven't done so already, be sure to subscribe to my blog. It's over on the left. You can receive updates in your e-mail box or in your favorite reader. I use Google reader. You can also "follow me" and see my latest posts when you sign into Blogger.

And....don't forget to use Swagbucks for those Google searches!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sign Up for eBay's Daily Deals Newsletter And Get A $2 Off Coupon

This is a great deal since eBay coupons are pretty rare! The first 50,000 people to sign up for eBay's Daily Deals Newsletter will receive a $2.00 off coupon.

Hurry and sign up here for your eBay $2 off coupon and spend it here in my store. :)

Thanks to SwagGrabber for the heads up post.

Twelve Days Since I've Grocery Shopped And I Only Spent $41.63!!

It had been 12 days since I grocery shopped!! I never got my circulars last week, and well, what can I say I'm a bit lazy. I was in desperate of need of a few odds and ends, not to mention I had a $3.50 catalina expiring today. Here's what all I got for $41.63...

Some highlights:

I saved $2.25 using eCoupons from Shortcuts and Cellfire.

For example: Toaster Strudel $2.00 - $.35 newspaper coupon tripled - $.50 eCoupon = $.45 each

I purchase 8 pouches of StarKist Tuna (on sale $1.00 each) and received a $1.00 Catalina that doesn't expire until May 14, 2009!! I used (8) $1.00 coupons from the paper and VocalPoint so the Tuna was FREE.

Ocean Spray $2.00 - $1.00 newspaper coupon = $1.00

Planters Peanuts $2.00, hubby eats peanuts like crazy!

I even went a little crazy and paid for a gallon of sweet tea ($1.19) and picked up more popcorn since it was on sale for $1.00 and I had a $.50/2 coupon that doubled. Popcorn is a great snack and we even use it as a lunch "side" instead of chips.

I only got a small amount fruit since I'm going to try to make it to Sprout's tomorrow or Saturday. On this trip to Kroger, I saved $52.24 and earned $73 in Kroger Fuel Rewards. After the surprise $1 catalina that spit out, the trip was $40.63 "total" OOP.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Free Starbucks VIA Sample

Instant coffee, the Starbucks way!!!

Click here to request a free Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew sample, thanks to the Starbucks Store for the heads up via e-mail!!

Need Vitamins?? How About B1G1 Free & Free Shipping??

Puritan's Pride is having a vitamin sale. It's B1G1 now through the 22nd (Sunday) they are also offering FREE shipping as well. No code to enter, just click the link below to check it out. My mom (and Grandma and Aunt...) has been ordering from Puritan's Pride for as long as I can remember and really likes their vitamins and supplements.

Puritan's Pride Offer Banner

Monday, February 16, 2009

Free Redbox Movie Rental Code-Monday Feb 16


Good until midnight, February 16th. Happy Renting!

A Profitable President's Day Trip To CVS

I really needed to jump back into the CVS/Extra Care Buck game and had 2 transactions all planned out for this morning. They revolved around my need for Pull-Ups that are on sale today for $8.99 a pack. Anyway, once we walked in the kids were jumping around yelling to use the magic coupon machine. What popped out???? My $10 in ECB for the survey I did last month and a $5/$30 CVS coupon. I ran back out to the car to re-work my deal (with my loud kids!!). I'm quite impressed with myself:

2 Suave Kids Shampoos $4.00
Suave Hairspray $2.00
Huggies Pull-Ups $8.99
Colgate Total $2.99
Herbal Essences Shampoo $2.99
Herbal Essences Conditioner $2.99
Powerade $1.69
Revlon Emory Boards $3.29
Trident Gum (I forgot it in my purse for the picture, sorry!) $1.29


$5/$30 CVS coupon from magic machine
Free Suave item coupon (from here)
$1.00/2 Suave newspaper coupon
$2.00 Pull-Ups newspaper coupon
$1.00 Colgate Total newspaper coupon
$3.00/2 Herbal Essences P&G coupon
Free Powerade coupon from My Coke Rewards
$1.00 Revlon Beauty Tool newspaper coupon
$2.00 CVS/Revlon Beauty Tool coupon from "magic coupon machine" a few weeks back
$.75 Trident newspaper coupon

I paid with my $10 ECB "earnings" but she had to adjust it down to $9.79, leaving me some tax to pay.

Total OOP = $.58

I'll get a $.75 rebate from The Caregivers Marketplace for the Huggies Pull-Ups, so my cash profit is $.17 (wow!). I received $6.99 in ECB, so my overall "profit" on this trip is $7.16. Three cheers for the coupon binder!! :)

I'm so happy to have ECB to carry over!!!! Yippee!!!

Wylie Mom's Weekly Recap-Week 7

Here's last week's wrap up (finally!). It was a slow week...yuck!

Savings, detailed below - $77.09

- $30.71 at Walgreens
- $1.00 for free Monday rental at Redbox
- $7.99 at VistaPrint
- $39 at Old Navy, I went to 2 Old Navy's on Saturday and used a total of four $5 Valentine's coupons (2 kids x 2 stores = 4 coupons/transactions) and I only spent $14 total on two new outfits.

eBay Sales-$118.46, darn economy!!

Misc. Income - $5 Starbucks Card from Swagbucks

Weekly Impact - $200.55 ($267.40 grossed up)
Year To Date - $1,592.20 ($2,122.93 grossed up)

I listed 18 new items on eBay.

Wishing you (and me!!) a great week!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

How About Some Freebies For A Beautiful Friday?

It's seems like it's been ages since I've featured some freebies, but since I got lots of samples in the mail this week, I need to keep the ball rolling!

Maybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse sample from Walmart.

Also from Walmart, Benefiber® Flavored Stick Packs, Always INFINITY pantyliner sample, and Metamucil®. Walmart really rocks the free samples!

2009 V-Rod Muscle calendar featuring Marisa Miller, it's a Harley Davidson calender with a "hot chick".

Free sample of Aquafresh Extreme Clean from Aquafresh. Have your printer ready, you'll have to print a coupon for a free trial size. Yippee for immediate gratification. :)

Don't forget to print your Pert Plus For Men rebate. It's for up to $3.99 and doesn't expire until 12/31/09.

Last, but not least, I signed up for Kraft First. It's a word of mouth marketing campaign. A lot like, VocalPoint from P&G, Pssst from General Mills and SheSpeaks. Basically, you'll be the first to know about and try some new products, give your opinions, free samples and coupons. Yay!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Cheap And Easy Valentine's Day Craft

This is a cheap and easy craft that could be customized for any holiday or occasion! Here's what the kids and I did:

1. Gather some "marketing" magnets. You know the ones, they are on phone books and handed out at fairs, etc.

2. Paint the magnets with acrylic paint. Two or three coats will be needed, depending on the paint color and the design you are covering up.

3. Print of some cute photos or pictures. I just printed some pictures of the kids on regular paper in a wallet size. Then I cut out pictures with pinking shears.

4. Glue pictures onto magnets.

5. Add cute foam Valentine's hearts around pictures.

6. Ta-da!!!!!

I ended up with 5 large magnets and some small ones that the kids have been playing with. We kept one large one for us and mailed the other 4 off to grandparents.

I spent a total of $5.27 at Hobby Lobby. I got one new shade of pink (I didn't really NEED it, since I had paint here) and 2 bags of foam hearts. I still have enough hearts for the kids to play with today. I thought we could cut out some hearts and make more valentines. Anyway, one bag of hearts was on sale and on the other I used a Hobby Lobby coupon.

Isn't this a cute "card", that won't be thrown away? This could be done for all kinds of occassions: birthdays, reunions, Halloween, baby showers, okay you get the idea. It's cheap, easy and oh-so cute! :)

Profitable Trip To Walgreens-February 12th

I had a few coupons not work (so I put those things back!) and here's how I did:

Transaction #1

2 Windex Wipes $5.00
Venus Embrace Razor $8.99


(2) $1.50 Windex Wipes printable cpn
$2.00 P&G coupon from Sunday's insert

Total paid to Wags gift card- $9.69 (zero cash OOP)
$6.00 in Register Rewards received back for razor

Transaction #2

Bounty Basic PT $1.59
Colgate $.99
Ensure $6.99
Fructis Wonder Waves $3.99
3 Progresso Soups $7.77


Wags Basic cpn (- $.70)
$.25 P&G Bounty cpn from Sunday (only one cpn would work, so I put the rest back)
$1.00 Colgate cpn (you need the one that says ANY Colgate, there are also $.75 cpns out there)
$3.00 Ensure printable cpn
Wags Progresso cpn (- $4.02)
(3) $1.10 Progresso Soup cpns
$1.00 Fructis styling product coupon from newspaper (ages ago)
$6.00 in Register Rewards from transaction #1

Total paid to Wags gift card- $2.24 (zero cash OOP)

I saved $30.10 over both transactions. Also, just so you know, I usually do my transactions at different stores. I used a total of $11.93 of my gift card balance and I submitted the Windex and Fructis Wonder Waves Easy Saver Rebates. That will give me $6.59 back on my Walgreens card, and that amount includes the 10% bonus for having it loaded back to the card. So, overall on my card I have "spent/lost" $5.34. But wait!!!!! You know there is more! I also have submitted the Ensure mfg. rebate for another $6.99 (cash) trip profit = $1.65.

Thanks to From Wags To Riches for the Ensure info and links!! :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

InBox Dollars + VistaPrint = $.33 Profit & A FREE Gift

Wondering how this one works, right?

Vista Print frequently has lots of fun things for "free". Click here to take a peek. Now the product is free, but there is still shipping to pay (read : where they make their money).

Here's what I did. I got an e-mail from InBox Dollars saying if I ordered some free stuff from VistaPrint, I'd get a $5 bonus. So, I got the cute notepad pictured and personalized it for my daughter. I paid $4.67 for shipping. But, I'll get $5 back from InBox Dollars. That's an overall profit of $.33.

Here's the deal. I can't find the deal on the InBox Dollars offers page, but they e-mailed it to me 4 days ago and again yesterday. Plus, the link I put in above, takes you to the InBox Dollars/VistaPrint sale page.

Bottom pays to read what most people see as junk mail. I made $.33 (okay that's not huge) and have a FREE personalized birthday gift on the way for my daughter. Yay!

VistaPrint USA Inc.

P.S. Update (2-14-09)-I just checked my InBox Dollars account and the $5 is there, so it's official. I got a free personalized note pad and made a tiny cash profit.

B1G1 Free Entree At T.G.I. Friday's Coupon

I just got this one in my inbox, thanks to MyPoints. Just remember to print and toss this in your coupon book. I keep this kind of coupon in a photo "brag book" in my purse. Not valid on Valentine's Day, but it doesn't expire until March 1st.

T.G.I. Friday's B1G1 Free Entree Coupon

Don't forget to sign up for the Friday's Recognition Program while you're visiting their website (and printing the coupon), you'll get a free appitizer and a "skip to the front of the line" pass for signing up.

Interested in MyPoints? Send me an e-mail at and I'll send you a referral link for 250 bonus points!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Need Valentine's Day Menu Help?

There are a few pages of offers to look through from before you can print the menu. But, there is a skip button on each page. Offers include things like Betty Crocker newsletters, InBox Dollars, etc. So, take a quick peek. I've just printed the menu off....sounds yummy! Not having to plan a Valentine's menu is an added bonus! :)

My Starbucks Card From Swagbucks Arrived

Yes, Swagbucks is for real! Here's my first reward. I chose a $5 Starbucks gift card. It took me roughly 2 weeks to earn it. I'm already half way to another, but I'm saving for a "bigger" prize this time.

I earned this simply by doing my "Google" searches through Swagbucks. Easy!! Click the banner to check it out, while I enjoy a free coffee....

Search & Win

Monday, February 9, 2009

Redbox Free Rental Code Monday Feb. 9th


Happy Renting!!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Wylie Mom's Weekly Recap-Week 6

Each week I am summarizing how my week went as far as making money (eBay, rebates, surveys, panels, etc) and saving money (coupons & sales). I then "gross up" that number with my own personal Wylie Mom Math, just to see how it looks compared to working outside of the home. You can read about my grossing up and my 2009 goals here. So, here are the results for week 6.

Grocery Savings - $100.23 (Kroger, Albertsons and Target)

Misc. Savings - $8.19

eBay Sales - $ 284.15 (Yay!) but I relisted $ 15.24 worth of sales due to 2 non-paying bidders. So, I will say $268.91 in sales for the week.

Misc. Income, detailed below - $30.00

- Hubby brought me a $20 Target GC that he earned somehow at work. :)
- $8.00 Orajel rebate
- $2.00 from Dollar Surveys was deposited into my PayPal account. I've recieved $5 so far and have only invested about 30-45 minutes of so over the past 2 weeks, so I'll say so far thumbs up for Dollar Surveys. Click the tiny banner to check it out.

Weekly Impact - $407.33
Yearly Impact - $1,391.65

My weekly amount "grossed up" is $543.10. That breaks out to $13.57 over 40 hours if I was working outside the home. And day care costs either! Since I have never paid them (family watched my kiddos when I did work outside the home), I have never added it to any of my figures. But, it may have a huge impact on your numbers if you are thinking of staying home or going back to work. Just something to think about! :)

Moving forward, I listed 22 new items on eBay, earned points reading e-mails from MyPoints and Inbox Dollars, Walgreens loaded $29.67 to my gift card (Yay!) and I received and requested FREE samples. I found a new sample site this here to check it out.

Have a great week!!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Wait....Before You Shop Online!!

One of my readers, Stephanie, at Hopping With Joy had a great tip last time I blogged about rebate programs for online shopping. I usually use BigCrumbs and eBates. Well, Stephaine told me about an awesome site called ev'reward.

Instead of visiting each rebate site, you can check with ev'reward to see who pays the highest % back. They even list out credit card rewards!

This morning, thanks to the great underwear tip from The Thrifty Mommy, I was ready to make a small online purchase at Kohl's.

I visited ev'reward and typed in Kohl's and quickly learned that BigCrumbs was paying the highest % back. So, I saved $8.19 on my purchase, and got FREE shipping (saved time and money/gas), and I'll get a small rebate from BigCrumbs as well. All in about 5 minutes. I takes me longer than that to load the kids in the car!

Thanks ladies!!

Wrapped Up The Grocery Shopping At Albertsons

A trip to Albertsons finished up my grocery shopping for the week. I'll even break it down for you. :)

3 Schepps 1/2 gallon milks $3.00 - $1.00/3 Schepps cpn = $.67 each

7 Totinos Pizza Rolls - $.35 cpn tripled (up to purchase price) = FREE

2 Ragus - (2) $.25 cpn tripled = $.25 each

C & H Sugar $1.50

2 Pop-Tarts $3.34 - (2) $.55 Pop Tart cpn (thanks to The Thrifty Mommy!!) = $1.12 each

Albertsons bread $1.00

2 Albertsons butters (1/2 pound) = $2.00/pound

3 Bird's Eye Veggies $3.00 - .35 Bird's Eye newspaper cpn tripled = FREE

2 Progresso Soups $2.00 - (2) $1.10 Progresso cpn = FREE, no overage given

Grapes $2.26

3 Betty Crocker Mashed Pots $2.97 - (3) .25 newspaper cpn tripled = $.24 each

2 Toaster Strudels $4.00 - (2) $.35 newspaper cpn tripled = $.95 each

Bar-S hot dogs $1.00

Total OOP = $18.07 and I saved 47.80. Combine that with the $10.12 cash OOP I spent at Kroger the day before and I only spent $28.19 on groceries this week. How did you do?

My Catalina Earning Kroger Trip!

I saved $42.43 on this trip to Kroger. I spent $10.12 OOP and got back a $3.50 catalina or "oyno". Read my Kroger catalina post here. So, using my "Wylie Mom Math", that makes this a $6.62 trip to the store. :)

I got the Clorox, Kid Essentials, and Fiber One Bars for FREE!!! The Dial should have been free, but the coupon didn't multiple at all. Darn it, if I didn't have to pay $.54 for hand soap! Haha.

Remember to print your $.50 Cottenelle coupon, when doubled you have $.19 TP!!

I also went to Target and spent $11 on a gift card and saved $10.00.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Thrift Store Sales In The North Dallas Area

Live in the North Dallas area and love cruising thrift stores for treasures??? You're in luck! There are 3 stores having a 50% off sale. The sale includes "most" of the stock...about 75% of the store is included in the sale.

Stores that are included:

The Thrift Store
1806 Ave K
Plano, Texas (my personal favorite....I was there yesterday!)

Plaza Thrift
901 N. McDonald
McKinney, Texas (only been here once & I wasn't impressed)

Denton Thrift
708 W. University
Denton, Texas (never been to this one, but I've driven past it. Does that count?)

The 50% sale lasts until Sunday February the 8th. Happy treasure hunting!!

P.S. If you do go, ask about signing up for their mailing list. They usually do the 50% off sale twice a year and I got a postcard on Tuesday. Yay!

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Here are a few details:

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I've had my savings account at ING Direct for about 6 years now and love it! It's so convenient and the rate really is good! We made lots of money in interest when we were doing our own escrow account. :)

There in no minimum balance to maintain....BUT you do need to open it with $250 for the $25 bonus.

Sign up HERE and use Reference Code-CK929/hfbvgzdfg to receive your $25 bonus.

P.S. $25 Bonus will be available for withdrawal 30 days after it's deposited (it earns interest right away!!). Offer valid until April 30, 2009. Hurry!

Click here to start saving with ING DIRECT!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Cottonelle On The Cheap And More

Be sure to visit for the newest coupons. The $.50 Cottonelle coupon is back! Take it to a Kroger that doubles coupons and you have yourself a $.19 pack of TP.

Some of my other favorites are the $1.00 off Fiber One (cereal, bars, yougurt, muffin mix, etc), $.50 off Betty Crocker Cookie mix (sometimes = free cookie mix if you catch it on sale!) and the $.35 Toaster Strudel coupon (looking to triple this coupon with a sale).

Anyway, check out the new coupons!!

Print FREE Grocery Coupons at Home

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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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