Wednesday, September 30, 2009
$3.99 Chicken Nugget Happy Meal (price varies per market and Happy Meal type/size)
$0.50 PayPal fee
$0.09 eBay Listing fee ($.03/mo for a 3 mo. average)
$0.60 eBay Final Value fee
Total "cost" = $6.93
$4.97 Amount collect for a (new in package) McDonald's Happy Meal Toy on eBay
$2.00 Shipping & Handling fees collected
Gross profit = $6.97
Net profit = $.04 (woot woot, haha!!)
So what I do is, I head to McDonald's now and then and "treat" the kids to lunch. Depending on how cool the kids think the current Happy Meal campaign is, I might let them keep one toy per campaign and I sell the rest. For example, Star Wars, Matchbox cars, Barbi and My Little Pony are keepers. Any trips after that, I keep the toys to sell. Who needs that many tiny toys anyway?
I keep them new in the plastic and sell them on eBay. Who buys these McDonald's toys? I've seen adult collectors purchase them and moms who had a little one lose their favorite one. As far as eBay is concerned, you just never know what people sre searching for! I also recently sold 19 Happy Meal toys to someone in Japan, that was about $95 in cash deposit into my PayPal. Not to mention he bought a few outfits from my store as as well. I could, think of them as profit making ($.04) advertising. :)
My point is, find little things you can do but keep it fun. I'd say it takes me about 10 minutes to sell each toy. That's from start (taking pictures & listing) to finish (pulling from storage & shipping). I don't list them until I have 5 or 6 to list, and use "list similar" to make listing faster. So 10 minutes of my time in invested for each $4 Happy Meal I buy. That's $24 an hour, but when I add in my Wylie Mom math, I'd need to earn $32 an hour outside of the home to have the same lunch experience. I personally find that reading a book while the kids play at McDonald's for a treat, and then spending a few minutes on the computer is a great use of my time.
McDonald's indoor playgrounds are a great idea for running off energy on rainy days or on days when you're running lots of errands. Please be sure to wash up or sanitize before and after play time!!
Figure what your time is worth and combine it with what you enjoy doing, to save or make money. Obviously, I can't make a living or survive with this plan, but it combined with all the other little things I do make a huge impact. You've just got to think outside of the box!
I'd love to hear some of your ideas!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Vaseline Sheer Infusion $7.99
Xtra Detergent $1.99
Gillette Fusion $9.99
4 Packs of Wigley's $4.00
2 8-packs of Reece's $1.76
$1.50 off Vaseline Sheer Infusion printable coupon
$4.00 P&G coupon from Sunday's insert
(2) B1G1 Free Wigley's newspaper coupon (saved $2)
(2) $.55 Reese's newspaper coupon
$4/20 CVS coupon that was mailed to me
$10 in ECB from 2 weeks ago
I got back $13 in ECB ($7 lotion, $5 razor, $1 gum) so that's a $3 Extra Care Buck "profit" (I spent $10 in ECB). Overall, that's $.39 for the trip and I saved $25.60.
I think I'll sell the razor. It was a tool to use my $20 coupon and if make anything more than $.39 on it, that's a profit for the trip. I actually think I'll just list it to my store for $7 or $8 with free shipping. The Reese's are perfect for Halloween or a donation to a fall festival (ditto for the gum), hopefully I don't eat them first, if they were Reese's Piece they wouldn't have even made it home! :)
Free Starbuck's Frappuccino for a friend, nominate of friend who deserves a FREE Starbuck's Frappucccio. Maybe they'll return the favor!!
I shared this with the Wylie Mom Facebook Group last night. Please be sure to check it out!
Free Smucker's Uncrustables - I posted this already this morning, but just in case you might miss it, here it is again! UPDATE - This offer is already closed! They only offered 20,000 coupons and they went FAST!
And how about some FREE magazines??? Yes, folks these are legit!! I get a TON of free magazines that we read, recycle and sell.
Free 1 yr. subscription to Forbes magazine, I also posted this on Facebook. :)
Free 1 yr. subscription to Metropolitan Home magazine. Thanks to Deal Seeking Mom!!
Have a great morning, and be sure to think positive!!
The first 20,000 people to respond will receive a coupon for a FREE 4-pack of Smucker's Uncrustables. They now even come on wheat bread! You'll need to submit in 50 words or less an after-school organizational tip.
Not something I serve everyday, but perfect for a quick snack or those lazy mornings when I don't feel like packing a lunch. Man, I wish I had some today! :)
FREE Uncrustables Coupon!!
Friday, September 25, 2009
1. Murphy Maize Days starts tonight (September 25th), it's "good old-fashioned fun for the whole family". It's located at the Murphy Municipal Complex. Admission is FREE!
Saturday 10am-8:30pm (fireworks start at 8:15)
2. L!VE on the Green at Watters Creek in Allen - September 25th
Tonight, Don't Tell Mama is performing from 6:30-9pm. They play music from the "past 4 decades, including Funk and Soul, R&B, Motown, some One-Hit Wonders from the 60’s, Disco and Dance music from the 70’s, Party and Dance music from the 80’s, and a few surprises from the 90’s and newer, throw in a little Latin and a little Jazz and you’ve got the Horn Band that keeps you rockin".
Admission is FREE, and be sure to take a blanket! Follow Watters Creek on Twitter.
3. Museum Day - September 26th. FREE admission to many local (and national) museums. You'll need to print off a free ticket, so be sure to read the linked post.
4. The State Fair of Texas starts today, September 25th, and runs through October 18th.
Be sure to CLICK HERE for a huge list of 2009 fair discounts, thanks Pegasas News. For instance today, you'll get $4 admission with a full 20 oz. Coke.
Another state fair tip, eat lunch or dinner at home and splurge on the desserts, like the fried butter!! Fried butter.....are they serious? This, I have to see!
Have a great (and frugal) weekend!!
P.S. You also might like to read this post about an awesome preschool program in Murphy. Classes are held at the Murphy Municipal Complex, and it's Wylie Mom "frugal approved". :)
This year, I lucked out with my son. He wants to be Spiderman and he has a really nice Spidey costume he got for his birthday this summer. He sometimes mentions being Batman, and we're about 80% covered already there. My kids love to dress up!! My daughter wants to be Ariel, and frankly after all the time (hours & hours) and money ($50) I spent last year doing a handmade Tinker Bell costume, I blew some cold hard cash on hers this year. I hit up the Disney Store a few days ago and it was the last day of the Princess 25% off sale, I was so excited. I scored her costume and accessories for under $50 and I'm done. Plus, she now has an Ariel costume for the dress up box.
A few years ago, I choose a cute pirate costume from Old Navy for my son, and it was sold out a month before Halloween. I had to go to eBay to get it, thank goodness for eBay. But selling out that far ahead of time is crazy, I think!
So, the moral of my story is: As far as Halloween is concerned, plan ahead and shop early!
Here are two cute Walmart costumes that you can have shipped for only $.97. That beats driving to Walmart for sure!
What are your kids thinking of dressing up as this year? Are you dressing up? Have you started getting ready?
$30 off of a $75 purchase - use code 2734
$50 off of a $125 purchase - use link below or code 3735
FREE Leggings ($9.95 Value) With Purchase Of A Tunic AND $30 Off $75+ With Code 3729 OR $50 Off $125
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I found these cute crop pants in the Juniors section of the JC Penny outlet online. I picked out black and figured I can wear them to sleep or workout in. They are sale for $12.99. Minus the $10 coupon code and I paid only $2.99!
Here's the only small catch, you'll need to pay shipping ($5.95) and a little sales tax. So, I paid a total of $9.68 out of pocket and saved $27.00.
But, I'll also get back 1% from my PayPal card and 3% from Ebates. Not free, but a great deal overall. Also, always consider the time and misc. savings from shopping online (like no mileage/gas was spent). This could be an especially great deal if you use it for holiday shopping...just an idea!
Here are a few rebate programs to consider if you use the "ENJOY10" promo coupon code:
Ebates- 3% back, $5 sign-up bonus.
Mr. Rebates- 2% back, $7.50 sign-up bonus.
Free AquaFresh Extreme Clean sample from Aquafresh.
Free The New Yorker Calender Poster, offer expires October 31st & supplies are limited.
Free 2009 Christmas Seals® from The American Lung Association.
Free Carnation Holiday Receipe Guide from Nestle.
Free Palmolive® Pure + Clear Detergent sample from EnjoyTheSamples.com.
Free Emergen-C Multi Vitamin sample from Walmart's sample page.
Free Samples, coupons, and access to hundreds of savings, discounts and offers when you become a member of SavingsAndCoupons.com. It's free, just Click Here.
And, click here for more of my recent freebie posts. Have a great afternoon!
If you go to AutoZone on the web, you can locate a store near you. Autozone also has a benefits program called My Zone. Here's the scoop: "Registered users have unlimited access to thousands of pages of repair instructions through our free Vehicle Repair Guides. These Guides have vehicle-specific printable repair instructions covering a large number of models from 1950-2007. Registered users can also keep track of their vehicle's service history as well as sign up to receive e-mailed information about their vehicle, including, Technical Service Bulletin titles, recall notices and service reminders." All for FREE!
Thanks Bill (Practical Manifestations) for the comment (AutoZone tip) this morning. I really appreciate it! :)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Just be sure I have a way to get back to you, and I'll e-mail you the promo code. Yay! :)
"Enjoy free general admission for you and a guest to hundreds of museums and cultural venues nationwide." You'll need to download and print the FREE admission card that is HERE.
Here's a list of who is participating in the DFW area:
Amon Carter Museum-Fort Worth
Frontiers of Flight Museum -Dallas
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary -McKinney
International Museum of Cultures -Dallas
Irving Arts Center -Irving
Log Cabin Village -Fort Worth
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth -Fort Worth
Nasher Sculpture Center -Dallas
National Cowgirl Museum And Hall of Fame -Fort Worth
National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum -Fort Worth
North Texas History Center -McKinney
Sid Richardson Museum -Fort Worth
Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park -Dallas
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza -Dallas
The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future -Dallas
Friday, September 18, 2009
It's from 8am until 1pm on the 100 block of S. Ballard, or click here for all the info.
Also, tomorrow in Wylie, it's the St. Anthony's Fall Fest. There will be food, games, and entertainment (like Calico Kids, Inc. Dance Studio). St. Anthony's is located on the corner of Ballard St. and Brown St. The 5K run starts at 8am, and the entertainment will begin about 9:45.
And just an FYI, the Wylie Chamber of Commerce Rodeo has been rescheduled (due to all the rain!!) for the October 23rd and 24th.
What are your weekend plans? I hope it's a great one!
FREE Subscription (6 issues) to AMERICAN BABY A lively mix of practical advice, medical information and child-rearing tips, written especially for new and expectant parents! I enjoyed this when both of my kiddos were infants. Plus, some super fab coupons were inside in the past!
Food & Wine Magazine -1 year subscription
Skiing Magazine -2 Free issues
Sport Fishing -2 Free issues
Gardening How-To - Get free Gardening How To magazine, featuring in-depth articles and step-by-step instructions to help you create the garden you’ve always wanted. You can also qualify to be a product tester.
Health & Beauty-
Free Ensure® Shake -coupon can be printed or mailed!
Don't Disturb Me! - free sleep aid sample
Food & Beverages
October 1st - Free cookie at Mrs. Field's -11am -1 pm, participating location only.
$10 Off any order from Schwan's -No purchase necessary. Offer ends 9/30/09 and limited to the first 500,000 new residential/household customers.
Free Medium Coca-Cola Zero -when you sign up with Chick-fil-A's Chicken Wave.
Science Diet® Simple Essentials™ Treats (dog treats)
Enfamil LIPIL® Formulas. Free sample Click Here!!!
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Thursday, September 17, 2009
Woot woot! Remember to donate or sell your old magazines. :)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
First up, is an offer for 24 points at My Coke Rewards. 24 points will get you a FREE 20oz. soda, a Powerade, or 20 oz. Minute Maid product (it's a mailed coupon if you're looking to cash out right away).
Log into your My Coke Rewards account. On the left hand side of the top toolbar, click on "Pick Up Points" and complete the TGI Friday's Give Me More Strips rewards program enrollment.
You'll be e-mailed the Coke code right away! Also, for joining Give Me More Stripes, you receive another e-mail with a coupon for a "One Time Jump The Line Pass" and a coupon for a FREE appetizer or dessert (up to $8).
Next up, is a Facebook/TGI Friday's deal. If Woody (TGI Friday's) gets 500,000 Facebook fans by September 30th, fans will receive a coupon for a FREE burger. Certainly worth a shot if you are on Facebook. ***UPDATE the first 1,000,000 people will get a burger!! Via e-mailed coupon.
So, that's a FREE 20 oz. Coke, a FREE cut in line at TGI Friday's, a FREE appitizer or dessert and a possible FREE burger. Not bad for a few minutes of your time...have a great afternoon!!
2 Jack Link's Nuggets (B1G1 Free) $5.99
3 Listerines $11.97
B1G1 Free Jack Link's coupon from All You magazine ($5.99 off)
$.35 Purex newspaper coupon
(2) $2.00 off Listerine Total Care newspaper coupons
$1.00 off Listerine printable coupon
$1.00 Colgate Total newspaper coupon
$12.99 in ECB from 2 weeks ago
Total cash out of pocket (OOP) = $1.73
I got back $10.00 in Extra Care Bucks (ECB), $1.00 for the milk, $1.00 for the Purex, $6.00 for the 3 Listerines, and $2.00 for the Colgate Total. I "lost" $2.99 in ECB but this was my 5th consecutive trip with less than $3.00 in cash spent. And, I saved a total of $38.92, woot woot!
On a side note, I also ran to Super Target last night. I just wasn't feeling the Target picture. Anyone really want to see them??? Anyway, I scoped out the weekly deals at Attention Target Shoppers before I left and saved $48.17 and only spent $30.73 cash out of pocket. Some super cool highlights: I got 4 more boxes of FREE Pop-tarts and 3 FREE Soy Glade candles and $1.89 cat food and $.79 Tide Stain Release (which is AWESOME!!!!!).
Find a great deal this week? Leave me a comment and share it!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Well, Saturday's FREE edition includes the coupon inserts for the following Sunday. Woot woot!
More info on "briefing" here.
Kashi® sample - pick from Honey Sunshine, Heart to Heart or Go Lean Crunch.
Total® Blueberry Pomegranate sample
Honey Nut Cheerios® sample
Have a great morning!
Friday, September 11, 2009
It's Mars Real Chocolate Relief Act Friday, hurry and request your FREE chocolate bar coupon by 12pm EST.
Free Beech-Nut Next Steps Kit
Free Curél® Itch Defense™ Moisture Lotion sample
Free Paul Mitchell .85oz. Round Trip sample
Free Kotex Sample Kit from Walmart. This sample pack is huge!!
Walmart's Sample page
Free Stayfree Sample
Free Carmex Sample-Note, only 50 winners a week! But you won't win if you don't try. :)
Free Palmolive® Pure + Clear Detergent sample from Enjoy The Samples.
Free 3 year subscription to Town & Country Magazine
Free Orient Watch Keychain
Free Slim-Fast® 100 Calorie Snack Bar (Peanut Butter Crunchtime) sample from All You magazine.
MySavings.com: Free Samples and Coupons Click Here!
Has it been a few days since you visited me? Check out my other recent freebie posts HERE. Find a "hot" freebie? Please send me an e-mail!!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Yay, Ginger!! I owe her one, since I would have probably not logged in and noticed. :)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
First off, The Thrift Store in Plano is having it's 50% off sale. This is the same thrift store from this eBay success story.
The sale runs September 8th - September 13th. And the store is located at 1806 Ave. K. This store typically runs a bit pricey, but the 50% sale is the time to visit!! Be sure to check what color tags are included in the sale, and sign up for their mailing list while you're there. They only mail out twice a year, for the 50% off sale.
They are having the same sale at Plaza Thrift on McDonald in McKinney and Denton Thrift on University in Denton.
Second, have you checked out the new "briefing" edition of The Dallas Morning News? It's delivered 4 days a week, Wednesday - Saturday and it totally FREE thanks to Kroger and Kroger.com. It's basically a "readers digest" of the regular newspaper. It's usually 10-12 pages long and hits all the news highlights. Which is totally perfect, who has time to read the whole paper everyday? It totally fills in the gap from canceling our daily paper (long ago).
Check out the FREE "briefing" from the Dallas Morning News here.
Have a great day!! :)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
It's called "What I Really Think" and it will contain posts about what I really think. Clever name, huh? Haha. The address is http://www.whatangiethinks.blogspot.com/ or just click click here.
I wanted to start a blog where I could throw out my opinions about everything and anything, but knew that Wylie Mom was not the platform for my personal opinions. Today's first post (on the new blog) was about President Obama speaking to school kids today, but future posts might include: products I love or hate, store and restaurant reviews, general rants and raves, stories about things I think are just plain awesome, etc. Basically it will be "what I really think".
I don't expect for us to always agree, but I'd love for you to visit What I Really Think and leave a comment!
P.S. I turn 34 today!! :)
Monday, September 7, 2009
I bought this Linda Allard for Ellen Tracy wool blazer for $3 at a thrift store. I really like thrift stores because they have carts (good for containing my children) and A/C and heat. Anyway, I found the jacket during a 50% off sale back in the the spring. I put it in my store right away since it was not in season at the time. This jacket was only $.05 a month to list. I calculated that it was in there for 6 months so that's $.30 in listing fees.
Some benefits of the store listing was, in this case it ended up being cheaper to sit in the store rather than list it at auction once. I got to list it right away, name a price $39.97 in this case, and forget about it until the right buyer came along. Every great item has a potential buyer! You just never know when that will be. Sometimes a few days, and other times it takes a lot more patience and you wait over a year.
So...yay me!! I made about $36 in gross profit on this jacket. But that's not my point.
Instead of jotting down this all down in your eBay "hot sellers" notebook, here's something else to know. I used to work at Dillard's. In fact I was a manager in the women's department. So, when I saw this jacket, I knew right away that it was probably worth about $400 full retail price. I quickly figured 90% off that would be $40, and I could most likely sell it for that on eBay. If you know that brand and the quality, you'd agree. But here's what I'm getting at.....sell what YOU know!!!
When on the hunt for new eBay stock (in your attic, at a garage/estate sale, a thrift store, etc.) look around for things that you have some knowledge in and/or are passionate about. Kids clothes because you have kids, Lego blocks since your boys were obsessed, golf clubs because you're an avid golfer, Mont Blanc pens because you're a pen snob, DVD's because you work at Blockbuster at night, whatever it is...there's a market for it on eBay and a niche for you.
Finding, cleaning and listing items you have a knowledge in will be a faster and more successful process overall.
P.S. You can see the wool blazer listing here and read more about what I have to say about selling on eBay here.
A huge thanks to Brandy's Big Bargains
They have really good coffee and now they also offer tea as well!! I was a member years ago, and really enjoyed their coffee. Membership was a bit different back then and I couldn't drink it fast enough and had to cancel. But these days, you have more control over your shipments. You actually get to set them up! Since fall is approaching, I think it's the perfect time for us to try Gevalia again. The free travel mug will be great in the a.m. when I'm running the kids to school. :)
After the initial offer (3 boxes for $3 & FREE travel mug), there is no minimum purchase and no obligation to continue as a member. Enjoy!!
- FREE Gevalia Travel Mug
- Coffee delivered direct to your door on a schedule you set
- NO obligation. Keep the gift even if you don't continue to enjoy our direct delivery program
- Our "love your coffee or it's free" guarantee
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
"The Home Depot's Kids Workshops offer useful projects including the creation of toolboxes, fire trucks and mail organizers, as well as more educational projects, such as a window birdhouse, bug house or Declaration of Independence frame kit.The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment.
Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children.In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates' aprons, and an achievement pin."
Plus it's FREE, FREE, FREE! Tomorrow's project is a Bean Bag Toss. :)
They also have many more free workshops for adults such as Interior Painting, Tiling Floors & Walls, Insulation, and Fall Planting. If you sign up for the Home Improver Club you'll receive workshop schedules & registration via e-mail.
Plus they also have the Do-It-Herself workshops. This month's workshop is "Kitchen Updates". If you're interested, check out the link below.
Anyone planning on going to the Kids Workshop tomorrow in Wylie???? We are, see you there! :)
Thursday, September 3, 2009
- 9 mugs @ $.59 each (I love selling mugs!!!)
- Precious Moments baby booty bank $.79
Good price points for things to resell on eBay at around $10.
- Mikasa Anniversary plate $1.99
- Girls inflatable Speedo suit $1.99
- Girls Ralph Lauren swimsuit $1.99 (I sold this same style, in gently used condition, last year on eBay for $25 eBay at auction)
- Infant Hanna Andersson dress $1.99
- Pitcher $2.99
- Pampered Chef Round Stone in box $2.99
These items were a bit "pricey", but I feel confident that I can get $12-20 for these treasures.
On this trip I also picked up some things for us. I already had everything put away before the picture, sorry! For us I got:
12" Globe (new in box!!) $8
Gap swim trunks for next year (son) $1.99
Old Navy, lined khaki pants for this year (son) $1.99
Dress for me, still had Nordstom tag, $3.99
Tennis ball $.39
So, in one hour of treasure hunting, I saved goodness knows how much ($100???) and I should eventally make about $150-180 off the rest.
Read more about eBay selling on my eBay selling advice & resource page. And, no promises on when I'll get this all listed, hubby is on a 2 week vacation. But, it's fun having him around! :)