Saturday, May 30, 2009

Free Treats Today And This Coming Week

Here's a few places to get some free treats!

Today (May 30th) from 11 am - 4 pm Walmart will be serving free ice cream.

Your choices are: 1.57 fl oz. Dibs Snack Bag, 2.4 fl oz. Blue Bunny Aspen Frozen Yogurt Granola Bar or 4 oz. Ben & Jerry's Flipped Out Cup. Click here to visit to Walmart info page or look for a Walmart near you.

June 3rd-From 8pm until close it's FREE Float Night at Sonic. Yay!! Click here to search for a local Sonic.

June 3rd- Don't forget it's Wednesday FREEbies at Arby's. This week it's a free FruiTea with a sandwich purchase.

June 5th- It's National Donut Day....celebrate with Krispy Kreme! Each customer will receive one free donut of their preference. Click here to find a Krispy Kreme near you!


Friday, May 29, 2009

Spending My $40 (From Swagbucks) At Target.Com

Over the past few months, I've been using Swagbucks for my Google searches. I've been signed up for about 5 months now and have earned a $5 Starbucks card and two $20 Target e-giftcards. So, that's breaks down to about $9 a month by doing nothing more than clicking "Swagbucks" to do an internet search instead of clicking "Google".

Last night, I first checked with ev'reward to see which online rebate program paid the highest % back for shopping at Target.Com. It is BigCrumbs, they pay back 6.3%. After you select an online shopping rebate site, be sure to go to their web page first and "click through" to the store. In this example, I logged into BigCrumbs and then searched for Target.Com under "Shop".

So, my son's birthday is in about a month and I spent my Target e-giftcards on a 2 presents for him. After using my $40 in FREE Target money from Swagbucks, I paid another $18.80 out of pocket. I got him a Fisher Price Geotrax Zoo toy (pictured) and a pair of Superman pj's complete with cape! I figured overall, I only "wasted" the $8 in shipping. But I saved myself time, gas, and will get free eBay packing and boxes. Overall a great value!

I'll get back about $3.70 back from BigCrumbs and $.18 from PayPal (I used my PayPal MasterCard to pay, ie: eBay profits), so that's $3.88 in cash back. After considering that, I only spent $14.92 on the 2 gifts. Yay! :)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Banana Boat At Walgreens!

After reading this post at The Thrifty Mommy I ran into Walgreens yesterday. Thanks!!

2 Banana Boats $18.98
Popcorn $.39


(2) $2.00 Banana Boat printable coupon
$1.50 in RR

Total OOP = $4.71 and $14.99 saved.

Awesome deal!! I picked up the popcorn to be a 3rd item to match my 3rd coupon, since the Register Rewards counts as a coupon. Finally, I'm learning the Walgreens system, thank to my readers!

I really wanted spray sunscreen or an SPF 50, but it seemed this transaction really pushed my Walgreens staff over the edge. None of the Banana Boats were ringing up B1G1 Free, so I had to get the only one that was tagged on the shelf for being on sale. Next, I had to wait 5 minutes for a manager (who was like 19 years old) to come over and approve the cashier modifying the price to match the ad in her hand. Gesh! This was Wednesday, surely I'm not the only person in Wylie getting Banana Boat sunscreen. Oh well, all's well that ends well!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Request Samples - You Can't Lose!

Have you jumped on the free sample band wagon yet? Gosh, I sure hope so! They put a smile on your face when they arrive, not to mention they include fun coupons for added savings on your coupon crazy shopping trips (maybe that's just me).

Here's what I got for you today:

Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra-Lift Pro Deep Wrinkle Cream sample from Walmart, it's been reset since the weekned when I tried.

Hawaiian Tropic Sun Care sample, also from Walmart and also reset since the weekend. You can choose After Sun Body Butter or Sheer Touch Lotion SPF 15.

Free sample of bodycology® from Walmart as well! Choose from Uplifting Coconut Lime or Cozy Brown Sugar Vanilla.

More samples from Walmart, Sun Crystals, Kotex Ultra Thin Overnight with Wings, Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal, GoodNites, Pull-Ups, AVEENO® NOURISH+ Hair Care,
Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons and Prilosec OTC Heartburn Blocker. That's 11 samples. Thanks Walmart!!

Nexcare™ "give" Bandage from Nexcare.

Head to Kroger's sample page for another Prilosec OTC sample, a Mighty Leaf® Tea sample and another AVEENO® NOURISH+ Hair Care sample.

Free Blue Moon Beer Bottle Opener from Blue Moon Brewery.

Gillette Clinical Strength Anti-Perspirant Deodorant sample and a chance to win a B&W Baseball print.

And, the my personal favorite!!! Log in after 9am (EST) for a FREE tube of Burt's Bee's Lip Balm. At 9:10 am this morning, they were already gone. So hurry tomorrow! They will give away 1000 tubes a day for 25 days, so keep trying.

Have a great day! :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Nothing Beats A Holiday Trip To CVS!

I had a great trip to CVS this week! I went during the Sunday/Monday sale, it seemed to make up for the fact there were no coupon inserts this last Sunday (usual for a holiday).

Cottenelle 12 pack $5.49
Revlon Nail Color $3.99
Gain Detergent $5.99
Colgate $2.99
Band-Aids $2.99
Clearasil $3.99
CVS Pretzels $.79
CVS Cashews $.99
4 SoBe Waters (on sale B1G1 Free) $3.16


$1.00 Cottenelle coupon that came with a sample
$1.00 Revlon newspaper coupon
$1.00 Gain coupon from a sample
$1.00 newspaper Colgate coupon
$1.00 Band-Aid newspaper coupon
$1.00/2 CVS nuts & chips coupon from magic machine (when I walked in)
(2) SoBe B1G1 FREE printable coupon
$5/$30 CVS coupon from magic machine last week
$4.00 in ECB

$4.33 paid from my CVS gift card (from MyPoints) and $7.00 paid from MasterCard GC (from Olay, I forgot it still had a balance!)...Total OOP due $.01. But, the cashier paid it from the "take a penny-leave a penny" jar. How sweet, huh?

ZERO cash OOP spent and I got back $12.99 in ECB ($8 Extra Care Buck profit)!!!!!!!!! I saved $33.86.

I also made a trip to Walgreens. It looked way better on paper. I spent $2.92 and got back $1.50 in RR. $6.84 was saved. I got sandwich bags, Colgate and lots more gum....what can I say? My son loves gum!

At Alberstons, I spent $40.26. But, $7.46 was for my Memorial Day dessert (which was really yummy and easy!!), so that's $32.80 for groceries, sounds good! I saved $17.47. I guess I should have taken a picture of Albertsons.....sorry!

Here's to a great week!! :)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Wylie Mom's Weekly Recap- Week 21

Happy Memorial Day! Here's how my last week added up:

Saved - $121.05

-$36.85 at the Dallas Zoo using our family pass (plus we also packed a lunch)
- $15.34 at Walgreens and $32.78 at Albertsons
- $19.58 at CVS
- $16.50 at Goodwill

eBay Sales - $76.83

Misc. Income - $44.81

- $6.00 from Half Price Books
- $22.00 from confidential panel with hubby
- $16.81 from Ebates

Weekly Impact - $242.69
Yearly Impact - $7,519.02

What another sad week! But I know this week will be GREAT!!! :)

P.S. I forgot to mention this, but I dropped off a huge envelope of coupons on Saturday at The Mullberry Bush in case you'd like them. I'm trying to keep the good coupon karma flowing!

Search & Win

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

I hope the weekend is shaping up great for you! It is for me. :)

Yesterday, I packed up the kids, picked up my mom and headed to the Wylie Farmer's Market. Since is rained last Saturday, it was rescheduled for yesterday. I purchased some great strawberries from a family farm out of Farmersville. They are huge and sweet...and so yummy!

After that, we went garage saleing. That didn't turn out super successful, but I ended up with 5 auctions and spent only $2 out of pocket (plus gas). The up side is, 3 of the 5 auctions have watchers already (I listed while the kids napped). Once the kids woke up we headed to Goodwill for their 50% clothing sale. I saved $16.50 and ended up with 10 things for auction and 2 new with tag (NWT) items for my daughter. A pair of jeans for school and a denim Gap dress for now/school. I also purchased a paperback for me and my daughter found a wooden doll high chair in excellent condition for $2. She loves it!

Today, we heading to Kroger to pick up a few things (fun stuff on sale) and the ingredients for Strawberries 'N Cream Shortcake Squares. It's for tomorrow's cookout. First, I thumbed through all of my Food & Family's (from Kraft Foods) but ended up just using the online recipe search to find it. I wanted something easy and something that the kids could help with. This has a 15 min. prep time, then chills for 3 hours. Plus it only has 4 ingredients. Yay!

Remember that the Food & Family magazine is (FREE) full of recipes and usually contains coupons. Plus, Kraft Foods has printables as well! Have a great and safe weekend!!

Click Here

Thursday, May 21, 2009

CVS + Centrum Rebate = Cash Coming My Way

The rebates are piling up on me in my envelope, so I made a trip to CVS to purchase the Centrum Cardio before the end of the month. May 31st is the last day to purchase the Centrum if you still have this rebate!

2 Dry Idea $5.00
Centrum Cardio $9.99


(2) $2.00 off Dry Idea printable, from coupon bar of the left
$2.00 off Centrum newspaper coupon
$8.00 in ECB

Total paid (to CVS GC) = $.99

No cash OOP, and I got back $2.00 in ECB for the Dry Idea. Overall I lost $6.00 in ECB, but I won't worry about that. I'm submitting the Centrum Cardio rebate for $9.99 back. With the rebate coming and the ECB lost, this was a $3 profit transaction, not too bad. I still have $4 in ECB left ($2 were from last week) and I had a $5/30 CVS coupon spit out of the magic coupon machine yesterday. It looks like I have a good start for next week's CVS deals! :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Join the Quiznos Q Club and get Quiznos offers and coupons via e-mail. Did someone say coupons?? Click here to sign up. Get a free Sammie with sign up and a cookie on your birthday as well. Yay!!


All Kinds Off Goodies In The Mail

Here's the FREE fun mail I received yesterday and today.

Woman's Day Magazine

Kraft's Food & Family (sign up here), included coupons and lettuce seeds.

3 Shampoo and Conditioner samples, the Aveeno included a $1 coupon.

A check for $16.81 from Ebates. You get a $5 bonus for signing up. I totally forgot this check was coming, yay free money!

Free magazines a fun for several reasons. You can read them, donate them, and/or sell them. I took another stack of magazines and a book to Half Price Books on Monday and made $6.

On another topic, I've had some great coupon karma lately. It started with Suzanne, The eBay Selling Coach, sending me an e-mail asking me if I wanted a bunch of coupons. How sweet is that? They came this week and I used them to save at Albertsons last night. Thank you Suzanne!! On Sunday we went to the zoo (used a family pass and packed a lunch=free) and out of the blue a lady walks up and hands me $6 in zoo cash that she wasn't going to use. What was crazy is that is could have been used on the carousel, on food, in the gift shop, pretty much anywhere. Wow! So the kids each rode the carousel and then I passed on the last $2 to a lady in line to get carousel tickets for her 3 kids. Now, I feel like I should pass on more coupons. :)

A Trip To Wags & Albertsons

I popped into Walgreens real quick yesterday to avoid any Register Rewards expiring and get some dishwasher soap.

2 Suavitel fabric softeners (B1G1) $2.79
4 Kraft Mac & Cheeses $6.00
Sun Dish Detergent $1.99
Bic Grill Lighter $2.99


B3G1 Free Kraft Mac & Cheese printable coupon (saved $1.30...?)
Wags/Mac & Cheese cpn (saved $3.24)
$1.00 Bic coupon
$4.00 in RR

Total Paid to Wags GC = $4.46, zero cash OOP. I got back $1.00 in RR for the lighter. I saved $15.34 at Walgreens.

On a side note, I also went to Albertsons (since there was not a lot on sale at Kroger last week). It was the last night of the sale (ads run Wed-Tues), so I didn't feel like taking a picture and doing a recap. But, I did only spend $27.94 and I saved $32.78. It had been 8 days since I shopped so I did good!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New Pre-School Program In Murphy, Texas

Here's a deal I can't help but share with the local readers! The City of Murphy (my neighbor to the west) is starting a pre-school program. Here's the info:

"Lil' Einstein's is a preschool based class. We will be teaching early preschool concepts such as, numbers, letters, shapes, colors, basic Spanish, etc. Along with brain development each class will have 20 minutes of physical education. Every month we will hold a special activity day to coordinate with that month's theme. Space is limited register before May 30."

Ages: 3-5 yrs
Fee: $70/month with a registration start up fee of $25
Location: Old City Hall Building, 205 N. Murphy Rd., Murphy, TX
Days: Monday and Wednesday
Times: 8:30-11:00 am – Morning Class or 11:45-2:15 pm – Afternoon Class

Ongoing monthly program starting August 31, 2009, and it runs through May 31, 2010.

Only $70 a month, what a DEAL!! This is the perfect (on the cheap) way to get your pre-schooler ready for school and make some friends. Not to mention they will have fun, and it will give you and a break for a few hours!

For more info call Kim Livsey at 903-244-5715 or via e-mail at or click here.

New eCoupons From Cellfire & Tom Thumb Added To Stores

New eCoupons were issued today at Cellfire. Yay!

Here's what you'll find:

Lucky Charms® Cereal Save $.55
Chex Mix® or Snack Save $.60
Knorr® Sides Save $.75 on 2
Best Foods® Save $.60
Betty Crocker ® Supreme Brownie Save $.75
Nature Valley® Bars Save $.55
Banana Nut Cheerios® Save $.75
Yoplait® Save $.50
Betty Crocker® Salad Save $.35
Hellmann's® Save $.60
Hamburger Helper® Save $.50
Pillsbury® Tstr Strdl Save $.50
Yoplait® Kids Save $.80
Vaseline® Lotions Save $1

Big News for Texas readers!!!!! Cellfire has added Tom Thumb to their list of grocery stores, so be sure to check it out. To load Cellfire coupons, just click the Cellfire banner on my blog's front page. It's on the left, just scroll down a little.

Thanks for reading! :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Wylie Mom's Weekly Recap- Week 20

What a sad little goes!

Saved - $106.43

- $22.48 at CVS
- $11.30 at Walgreens
- $42.65 at Kroger
- saved $30 cutting hubby and son's hair

eBay sales - $69.91

Misc. Income - $36.00

- $20 Target e-gift card from Swagbucks
- $16.00 I spent this much of my credit at The Mulberry Bush (consignment store), I could have taken the rest home in cash but will check back in a few weeks.

Weekly Impact- $212.34
Yearly Impact - $7,276.33

I was surprised by my slow sales, but that's eBay. You can't always predict when things will sell. I listed 30 new items during week 19 and 22 items week 20. Which brought me to over 500 items, yay!

My fun item that sold last week was a remote control. It seems every time we clean out an old box or a drawer we find an old remote (TV, stereo, DVD players, etc.). So, I've been listing them on eBay. This one sold for about $15 from my store. I've also sold them at auction in the past for between $10 and $18. Good luck!

Search & Win

P.S. Once you start earning Swagbucks, have your friends or family give it a try. If you refer them, you will earn bucks when they earn bucks. I use Swagbucks for my Google searches!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Arm & Hammer Toothpaste Sample!

Click here to request a FREE sample of Arm & Hammer Advance White toothpaste!

Have a great Sunday!

Friday, May 15, 2009

What's Going On In Wylie, Texas This Weekened?

I have just a few fun things to share for this weekend!

#1- Tonight is Ladies Night Out/Customer Appreciation at The Mulberry Bush. The Mulberry Bush is a children & maternity consignment store here in town. Tonight the owner, Ann, is having wine and cheese plus 20-30% off everything.

I have a huge stack of $2 off Dove Visibly Smooth Deodorant coupons that I'm dropping off for Ann to share. The coupons were a gift from Dove with a new pack of deodorant, to share with readers. Yay blogging!

The Mulberry Bush, 800 Park Blvd Suite B, Wylie, Texas 75098, 972-941-8107

#2- Clean Up-Green Up is happening right now!!! Today the hours are 1-6pm 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 8-12 ONLY).

Please no household hazardous waste (paint, oil, batteries, light bulbs, antifreeze, etc...). Identification will be required (water bill or Drivers Licence). For more information, contact the city of Wylie Parks Department at 972-442-8195 or e-mail parks@wylie, or click here.

#3- Wylie Farmers Market!!!! I noticed a sign for this last night as we were strolling down Ballard Street. The Farmers Market will be held the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, starting in May through the summer.

Hours are 7am - 1pm and it will feature fresh fruit, vegetables, bedding plants & flowers, handmade crafts, Texas food, etc. Look for it downtown, in the empty lot between Quick Response Computers and the Farmers Insurance building.

For more info (including participating) call Contact Ellie Hughes at 972-429-1437 or click here.

Have something fun to share , please let me know!! :)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Donate A Box Of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (Plus Print Coupons!)

Here's a win-win!

Visit Kraft's Share A Little Comfort page, you can click a button and Kraft will donate a box of Macaroni & Cheese to Feeding America for free! You can visit once a day and donate a box.

Plus, you can print a B3G1 Free Mac & Cheese coupon and a $1.50/2 Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese or Velveeta Shells & Cheese.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Shopping On The Cheap At Walgreens

I went to Walgreens primarily use some Register Rewards and get toilet paper. I didn't find anything I "needed" this week that offered RR back. Since all my RR expire on the 18th, I figured I should get shopping!

I had planned on getting the Angel Soft that's on sale but changed my mind once I got there, since the Charmin Basic 9 pack is on sale.

Charmin Basic $4
3 Tuf paper towels $2.67
Box of Cranberries $1.00
Windex Antibacterial $4.29


$1.00 off Charmin coupon from the P&G book
$.59 Wags/Tuf coupon (saved $.90)
$.40 off Windex newspaper coupon
$9.00 in RR

Total cash paid OOP, $.63. I could have used my Walgreens gift card, but chose to use my debit since I could get $10 cash back. I only needed $10 and figured it was worth the saved trip to the bank and waiting in the drive thru. I wish ATM's still offered $10 bills!!!! Anyway, I saved $11.30 on this trip. I still have $4 in RR that I can hopefully roll next week and not blow like I did today.

The good news is, I'll submit the Windex Antibacterial trigger rebate from last Sunday's paper and get back $4.29. Yay!

Have a good Walgreens trip? Leave me a comment. :)

My CVS Trip This Week, No Real Money Spent!

Nothing too exciting about this week's trip. I was in the need of a new razor (or cheap blades for my current model) and some fabric softener. The CVS brand fabric softener has always been good to me, and I hang dry most of our stuff. Anyway, back to the trip, keep reading.....there's NO cash OOP. :)

2 Schick Quattros $17.98
CVS Fabric Softener $2.50
Bayer Quick Release $2.00


(2) $4.00 off Schick Quattro newspaper coupons
$10 in ECB from last week

Paid to CVS gift card from MyPoints, $4.68, no cash out of pocket and I got back $10 in Extra Care Buck ($4 for each razor and $2 Bayer). I saved $22.48.

Razors are another item I've sold on eBay. I'd group at least 2 together or maybe a razor and pack of blades. Another way to look at it, group items together where you think it will be a good $9.99 auction or store item. Just some ideas!

Happy shopping (and selling)!

Awesome New Fiber One Printable!

Here's a great new Fiber One printable coupon that I received this morning from Pssst (General Mills).

The coupon will only be available until May 21st, so hurry and get it printed. Then keep your eye for a sale! :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Free Roastburger At Arby's On Wednesday May 13th

Tomorrow is Wednesday FREEbies at Arby's. Arby's will be offering different freebies on Wednesday's throughout the summer. Here's the scoop for tomorrow:

"This Wednesday (May 13) Arby’s is giving away a Free Roastburger with the purchase of any drink! No coupon is needed – just come in on Wednesday and ask for it. Choose from the All American, Bacon ‘n Cheddar or Bacon ‘n Bleu."

No coupon needed? Very nice! Here's the schedule for the next few weeks:

May 13th - Free Roastburger with any Soft Drink purchase
May 20th - Free Chocolate Malt Swirl Shake with any Sandwich purchase
May 27th - Free regular Roast Beef with any Soft Drink purchase
June 3rd - Free Iced FruiTea with any sandwich purchase
June 10th - Free Roast Chicken Club sandwich with any Soft Drink purchase

To sign up for e-mail scoop from Arby's, click here.

Kroger Groceries, eCoupons, And Samples...Oh My!

I finally made it to Kroger yesterday (it had been well over two weeks). Running out of milk was what finally triggered the trip. I like to go on Thursday or Friday and if I don't make it one of those days, I can't ever squeeze it in. Until now! My daughter is out of pre-school and twirling is over for the summer as well. Ahh...a free schedule, for a few months at least! Anyway, back to groceries. I spent $52.44 total yesterday.

I'd hate to cover any good deals, since a new circular start tomorrow.

I will point out the FREE Fiber One Bars. That coupon was a Kroger coupon mailed in a "thank you" pack about a week ago. Thank you Kroger!

I saved a total of $42.65 this trip and earned 71 Fuel Saver points.

When Kroger shopping remember to load the eCoupons before you go. Here's the 3 that I check:

P&G eSaver

Shortcuts eCoupons

Cellfire eCoupons

Last but not least, here are two fun samples from Kroger's sample page.

Mighty Leaf Tea sample

AVEENO® NOURISH+ Shampoo and Conditioner sample

I guess that's 3 cheers for Kroger shopping!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Looking For Printables? How About $50 In Savings From Kraft?

Since I'm signed up with KraftFoods.Com I got an e-mail today about their new printable coupons that were just loaded. Some are pretty cool! Here are my favorites:

$1.00 off Velveeta
$1.00 off Wheat Thins (there's also a Ritz and a Triscuits)
$1.00/2 Easy Mac Cups
$1/00/2 Velveeta Shells & Cheese Cups
$1.00 Planters Nuts
$1.00 off Kraft BBQ Sauce

And many more....Click the banner below to sign up and start saving, just head to coupons at the top!

How About Free Stuff To Make Your Monday Happy?

I'll tell you, it has been mostly overcast (sometimes rainy) here for about 2 weeks. Maybe some freebies will bring out the sun...? At least your mailbox will smile!

Pull Ups sample from Walmart - I am happy to report I did not get this one! We are done potty training here, yippee!! Getting ready to do the same? Request a Huggies Potty Training Success DVD from Huggies.

Also, here's a Dora Printable Potty Chart from Pampers. While at Pampers, be sure to enter this free Gifts To Grow code for one point, "HAPPYMOTHERSDAY".

Cottonelle Ultra Toilet Paper sample from Walmart.

Parent’s Choice Infant Formula also from Walmart.

Check out all of the Walmart samples on Walmart's Free Samples & Trials page.

Nature Made TripleFlex Joint Health from Sam's. Leave the member number blank if you're not a Sam's member.

Nescafe Taster’s Choice Stick Pack Sample

Don't forget about the FREE Häagen-Dazs tomorrow!!!!!!

Have you thought about Father's Day yet????? How about making FREE a personalized shirt for Dad? You can add photos, you own text, etc. Shipping charges do apply. Thank you VistaPrint!!

Have the 411 on more freebies? Please leave me a comment or drop me an e-mail at Thank you!

Wylie Mom's Weekly Recap- Week 19

It seems being a lazy eBayer week 17 and 18 caught up with me!

Saved - $100.52

- $2.99 at Sonic (free Wacky Pack cpn)
- $1.00 at Redbox--NOTE, Today is the last day for the free Movie Mondays. Starting in June they will text one free rental code a month for the summer. Another good thing coming to an end.
- $55.76 at CVS and $40.77 at Walgreens

eBay Sales - $77.78

Misc. Income - $45.99

- $10.99 Walgreens rebate loaded (last one!
- $10.00 CVS gift card, cashed in some of my MyPoints.
- $25.00 for doing an eBay interactive survey

Weekly Impact - $224.29
Yearly Impact - $7,063.99

I haven't done this in a while, but let's gross the numbers up. You can read about the grossing up here, basically I factor in the impact of taxes and minimal work expenses such as gas and clothing, not child care!! That being the case, I would have made $229.05 for the week and $9,418.65 for the year. For the year, that breaks down to $12.39 an hour, or about $25K a year with no child care costs. Nice! :)

My eBay sales consisted of 8 items, 7 of them being from the store. The one and only auction item is my item of the week, 4 Boxes of Visine that I got for FREE ($.48 profit really) at CVS. I have found that grouping 2-6 like items together works best for most drug store items, when selling them on eBay.

Have a great week!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!!

Happy Mother's Day to all my mommy readers!

Everyone, be sure to call mom today!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Great Ideas Are Waiting For You At Kraft's Recipe Page

Did you know I don't like to cook? It's true! For those folks who love to cook, I know this will be hard to imagine. I don't care what we eat, I don't usually plan a meal more than 12-24 hours ahead of time, I don't sit around thinking of yummy things to make, etc. So all that said, here's one of my secrets, Kraft's recipe page. You can pick what meal or dish you're looking for, select which type of meat (if you were looking at say dinner) and you can even organize the recipe list by # of ingredients. That's my favorite part! I'm a 5 or less ingredient kinda gal. The Baked Ziti recipe is my favorite. It's yummy and easy! Be sure to add your favorite recipes to your virtual recipe box, so your favorite recipes will be quick to pull up.

Check out Kraft below...

Click Here

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

New Coupon Toolbar To Check Out!

I was impressed with this one! For instance when you click on "Coupon Codes" it takes you to Retail Me Not (one of my favorites), it has weather, news, SlickDeals, eBay, etc. It's all totally customizable! To check it out, click below.

Rockin' The Register Reward Deals At Wags

The last of my Walgreens rebate was loaded to my gift sad! But, I am getting the hang of the RR deals. Unlike CVS, when you roll Register Rewards you need to be very careful that you don't use bucks from the same mfg. that you are trying to get bucks for. For example you can can't pay for a Colgate item with Colgate RR and expect to get get more Colgate RR back. It's a little confusing, but you can do it!

Here's what I got this week:

Transaction #1

2 Bounty's $3.00
Niagara Spray Starch $1.99
Colgate $4.49
Right Guard $2.99
Charmin $3.29
Brownie $.99


(2) $1.00 Bounty coupons from mailed P&G book
$1.00 Charmin coupon from mailed P&G book
FREE Right Guard printable coupon
$.75 Colgate newspaper coupon
$.99 Wags/Niagara coupon (saved $1.00)
$6 in RR
$2 in RR

Total OOP = ZERO, $.80 paid to Wags GC and I got back $2.00 in RR for the Right Guard and $4.50 for the Colgate.

I had this closer to zero, but the register would not allow me to use a third $1.00 Bounty coupon, so we took off a 3rd Bounty and added the brownie. If I didn't have the kids and a line behind me I could have found a better filler!! Like more starch...? Duh!

Transaction #2

2 Listerine Advanced $9.00
Right Guard $2.99


$1.00 Listerine newspaper coupon (it wouldn't take the second coupon and again, kids were in tow and a line behind me so I didn't feel like fighting for a $1. It was WAY TOO close to lunch and nap time!)
FREE Right Guard printable coupon
$5 in RR

Total OOP = ZERO, $3.00 paid on Wags GC and I got back $4.50 in RR for the Listerine and $2.00 for the Right Guard.

Transaction #3

2 Pert for Men $5.00


(2) $1.50 Pert newspaper coupons (from last Sunday)
$2.00 in RR

Total OOP = ZERO and I got back $2.00 in Register Rewards!

Overall, I spent ZERO cash out of pocket (OOP) but paid $3.80 from my Walgreens gift card. I ended the week with $13.00 in RR, that's the same as I started with. Total savings $40.77.

Don't forget your FREE 8x10 at Walgreens today only (Wednesday)!!! Use the promo code MOTHER during online checkout. Yay!

Free Häagen-Dazs On May 12th, Mark Your Calenders!

Häagen -Dazs is giving away FREE ice cream next Tuesday, May 12th, be sure to mark your calenders!!

"Häagen-Dazs wants to help the honey bees by promoting awareness of what honey bees do for natural foods such as fruit, nuts and honey. So, Häagen-Dazs is giving away a free scoop of any of their Bee-built ice cream flavors on May 12 between 4pm and 8pm at any participating Häagen-Dazs locations."

Click here to find a shop near you! Yummy!!!!!!!

New Cellfire eCoupons Are Out!

New Cellfire eCoupons were issued May 4th. Have you checked them out yet??

Click here to take a peek. I also have a Cellfire banner over on the left if you scroll down a bit.

Here's what looks fun to me:

$3.00 off Huggies
$1.50 off Axe Hair products
$.75/2 Knorr Sides
$.75 off Speed Stick 24/7

There are LOTS more, take a look and load up your grocery store savings card!!

And here are a few common Cellfire Q&A's:

Q: Do Cellfire Coupons double?
A: No, Cellfire coupons do NOT double.

Q: Can I use a paper coupon with a Cellfire coupon?
A: Though it may be possible, we don’t encourage the use of a paper coupon with a Cellfire coupon.

Q: Can I use another electronic coupon (Shortcuts, P&G E-Saver, etc.) with a Cellfire coupon?
A: No, only one electronic coupon is allowed per item

Thanks for reading!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Great Deal If You Like To Brew Fun Coffee At Home

They have a lot of great coffees! Here's the fine print:

"When you purchase our promotional offer, it is with the understanding that you will continue to receive the same quantity of Boca Java coffee currently included in your promotional offer every four to eight weeks, depending on your specific promotion's shipping frequency. After your initial promotional purchase, the products in your recurring shipments will be charged at our regular retail price.

As a member you will have the ability to go online or call 1-888-BOCA-JAVA to change your product selections, frequency and the timing of your deliveries. You have no obligation to remain a member of our delivery program after receiving your introductory shipment and there are no additional purchase requirements if you accept this offer. You may cancel by logging into your account at or by calling 1-888-BOCA JAVA."

Groceries On The Cheap At CVS - $4.77 Total Cash Spent

I had lots of fun shopping the CVS deals this check. Check it out!

Transaction #1

6 Vitamin Waters $7.50
Sprite 2-Liter $1.34
3 12-Packs (2 Coke & 1 Sprite) $12.00


(5) $1.00 off Vitamin Water newspaper coupons
$2.00/3 12-Pack Coke coupon, it was a mfg. coupon mailed from Kroger and about to expire. A better deal is the $1.00 off Coke 12-Pack printable from CokeRewards. It costs only 35 points.
$10.00 in ECB from last week

Total OOP = $4.16 and I got back $10.00 in ECB

Transaction #2

2 Frosted Mini Wheats $6.67
Special K $3.33
Adidas Deodorant $3.99
Colgate MaxFresh $2.99
Lindor candy (filler) $1.12
M&M's (filler) $.89


B1G1 free Frosted Mini Wheat coupon from VocalPoint
$1.00 Frosted Mini Wheat printable coupon, from my coupon bar
$1.00 Special K printable coupon, from my coupon bar
$1.00 Adidas newspaper coupon
$1.00 Colgate MaxFresh newspaper coupon
$10.00 in ECB from Transaction #1

Total OOP = .61 and I got back $10 in ECB ($5 cereal, $2 Colgate, $3 Adidas)

I had this transaction worked out to zero OOP, but the manager was too busy interrogating me about my Coupons.Com coupons and telling me he will no longer take them since "it looks like you photocopied them", that he took off $4.39 for the B1G1 free coupon. Nope, he didn't take off the $3.34 sale price and no, not even the $3.15 maximum stated on the coupon! So anyway, I ended up with a huge overage and did a poor job picking out filler candy while my two kids were yapping behind me and I was being accused of being a coupon thief. Argh! I guess I'll live with the $.61.

Transaction #3

Adidas Deodorant $3.99
Colgate MaxFresh $2.99


$1.00 Adidas coupon
$1.00 Colgate MaxFresh coupon
$2.00 in ECB from Transaction #2
$3.00 in ECB from transaction #2

Total OOP = ZERO and I got back $5 in ECB ($3 Adidas and $2 Colgate)

Overall, I spent $4.77 total cash OOP and I ended up with $10 in Extra Care Bucks (same as I started the week with). I saved $55.76. Pretty good week, right? :)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Wylie Mom's Weekly Recap-Week 18

Not a bad week! Sorry for the late recap, we had my daughter's birthday party and hubby was also off for 4 days, so I took more "vacation time". :)

Savings - $305.32

-$43.78 at Kroger and $12.49 at Walgreens
-$1.00 at Redbox on Monday
-$40.89 at CVS
-$150.90 at Kohl's
-$53.27 at Party City the $10/30 Party City coupon
-$2.99 at Sonic, kids get a FREE Wacky Pack coupon if you sign up for the Sonic Birthday Club

eBay Sales - $126.77

Misc. Income - $74.15

-$25 Target card from MyPoints
- $20.00 Target card from Swagbucks (this is an e-gift card that you use online)
- $24.37 check picked up from local consignment store, The Mulberry Bush. I love this place!!
- $4.78 was given back to me from PayPal during April (for using my PayPal debit card)

Weekly Impact $506.24
Yearly Impact $6839.70

I don't even want to mention my eBay listings last week. It was only 6, but I'm ever so thankful for my store sales. 8 out of the 10 things I sold last week was from my ebay store. And remember, my store is stocked with items that did not sell at auction. I'll try to be a good work-at-home mom this week and list at least 30 items.

This week's item to watch for is girls Strasburg Dresses. The auction linked is one I sold before Easter for $51.99. I only paid $3 for it at a thrift store and I found 2 more last night also priced at $3 each!!

Have a great money making and money saving week!

Search & Win

Friday, May 1, 2009

Looking For Fun Freebies and Coupons? Read Me!

Happy May 1st!! Here's some fun things I found out in cyber space.

$1.50 Yo-Plus printable coupon

Sonic CroisSonic Breakfast Sandwich printable coupon- you must purchase a large drink (so it's not totally free, I guess I lied!).

Walmart's Sample page....nothing new, but take a peek!

Free Kids Workshop at the Home Depot - This is tomorrow May 2nd from 9-12 at your local Home Depot. This month you'll be making a mini wheel barrow. Speaking of Home Depot. Be sure to sign up for the Garden Club. I received a $5/$50 coupon in the mail this week. And lastly, they have a FREE gardening workshop coming up May 14th, to help plan your yard's landscaping.

How about some free eBay advice???? I noticed today that Suzanne is offering her SAHM's Guide To eBay Selling for FREE on her blog. It's the linked post, just scroll down past her "samples".

Advil Pursue Your Passions Sweepstakes - Enter daily for a chance to win $25,000. Pick me, pick me!!! Also, you can print some $1 and $2 Advil coupons once you're entered.

Hellmann's Light Mayo Sample -click "English" on the top right!! Be sure to also snag the Caress, Degree and Ponds FREE samples on the same page from ViveMejor.

Last up- Please don't forget to use Swagbucks for your Internet searches!! I'm almost up to another FREE $20 Target card. Once you get the hang of Swagbucks be sure to tell your family and friends to sign up under you. You'll earn the points they earn and get to your rewards much faster.

Search & Win

Anything fun and random to share? Leave a comment! :)

I Finally Broke Down

I finally broke down and bought "new" ink for my printer. The last Walgreens refill lasted a very short time and the one before that I got for free since the Wags guy couldn't even get it to print in the store. So, I thought it was time to get a new refilled cartridge and recycle a couple of the older ones. Boring story so far right? Here comes the fun part!!

I usually shop for printer ink at Carrot Ink. I think they have great prices and standard shipping is really quick since they are based in Addison, TX (super close to me). So here's what I did:

1. Visited ev'reward and checked who has Carrot Ink as an affiliate and who pays the highest cash back bonus for shopping at Carrot Ink.

2. I picked !!! They have a $7.50 sign-up bonus and pay back 12%. Fat Wallet was a little higher, but doesn't have the huge sign-up bonus.

3. Clicked through to Carrot Ink from Mr. Rebates and earned $$$ buying ink.

My ink took just 2 days to get here. Yay! Because I have eBay to ship and hate lugging hubby's printer in here. My order was $22.95 and I will get back $2.75.

I really like that Mr.Rebates e-mails you the next day, telling you they got the click through info from your order, how much you'll earn, etc. Very nice!

Here's the really cool part. Mr. Rebates will let you cash out at $10. So, I received $7.50 to sign up and once the $2.75 is posted (it's currently pending, to be sure my order is legit and not returned), I'll have $10.25. That's enough to request a check or PayPal payment. Almost making that ink half price...

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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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