Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The Huggies diaper sample I requested here came. I ordered the newborn size and they are perfect for my daughter's dolls! Also included was a plastic Huggies "zipper" bag and a $3.00 coupon.
The Juicy Juice sports bottle also came, I requested it here and gave it to my son for soccer class. He was so excited!! So, it looks like each kiddo got a present today...and they were FREE!
Today's redplum with all the "junk" flyers had a few good coupons you may want to look for.
-$3.00 off Venus Spa Breeze
-B1G1 Free Satin Care Shave Gel
-$3.00 off Gillette Fusion
-B1G1 Free Gillette Series Shave Gel
-$1.50 off Excedrin 100 ct. Back & Body
Dillard's sent me 4 coupons for FREE shipping, 4 coupons for FREE gift wrapping and a very small almost to be missed card for a free magazine subscription. I can pick from Glamour, Vogue, GQ, Teen Vogue or Lucky. Remember last week I made $.50 a magazine selling them at Half Price Books. So it's like Dillard's sent me $6 in the mail, or at least that's the way I see it. :)
Lastly, I received two $5/$50 coupons from The Home Depot Garden Club.
Did you get anything fun? Let me know!
Save $.40 when you buy ONE BOX any flavor/variety Nature Valley® Granola Bars.
Save $.75 when you buy any flavor/variety Total ® cereal.
Save $.50 when you buy ONE TUB any flavor/variety Betty Crocker® Frosting.
Save $.40 when you buy any flavor 17.5 OZ. OR LARGER Betty Crocker® Cookie Mix.
Save $.75 when you buy TWO any flavor Betty Crocker® Box Supreme Brownie Mixes.
Save $.55 when you buy MultiGrain Cheerios® cereal.
Save $.55 when you buy any flavor 32 OZ. Yoplait® Yogurt.
Save $.50 when you buy Nature Valley® Cranberry and Pomegranate Bars OR Nature Valley® Dark Chocolate & Nut Bars.
Save $.80 when you buy TWO any flavor Yoplait® products listed: Yoplait® Go-GURT® Yogurt Yoplait® Trix® Multipack Yogurt .
Save $.50 when you buy SIX any variety Yoplait® Yogurt cups OR any flavor Yoplait® Original OR Light Smoothie.
Save $.50 when you buy ONE any flavor Betty Crocker® Warm Delights® Bowls OR Betty Crocker® Warm Delights® Minis Bowls.
Save $1.00 when you buy any flavor Yoplait® Fiber One® Yogurt Multipacks.
Save $.50 when you buy any flavor/variety Fiber One (tm) Box Muffin Mix.
Save $.60 when you buy ONE BOX any flavor Chex Mix® Bars.
P.S. Safeway stores were just added to the list, that's in addition to Kroger stores and Tom Thumb!! To load eCoupons or just check out Cellfire, click HERE.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Savings - $55.52
- saved $12.68 at Walmart (didn't blog...it was boring)
- saved $2.89 at Sonic (free Wacky Pack printable coupon from Sonic Birthday Club)
- saved $24.95 at Albertsons
- saved $10 at Party City ($10/30 Party City coupon)
- saved $5.00 with Papa Murphy coupon (I got 2 family sized "take and bake" pizzas & some cheese bread for my son's birthday party...it feed 14 people for $21)
eBay Sales - $122.45
Misc. Income - $16.99
-$2.00 cash at Half Price Books (I took in 8 magaiznes, that I got for free)
-$5.00 from Synovate Research (surveys and product trials...e-mail me for a referal)
-$9.99 rebate from Centrum
Weekly Impact - $194.96
Yearly Impact - $9,284.26
I'm happy (and thankful) about the eBay sales. A total of $122.45 in sales and only $9.99 was made at auction (one item!!) and $112.46 was from my store (9 items!!).
My favorite item that sold was this cool Pottery Barn plate. I found 4 of them at a garage sale a few weeks back and paid $1 a piece. I listed 2 of them auction style first, starting at $9.99 and they went unsold after 7 days. So I moved all 4 of them to my store and priced them at $13.97. They all four sold, 12 days later ($55.88)!! I paid $7.44 to eBay ($.70 original auction listing fees, $.03 store listing fee and $6.71 final value fee) and $2.27 to PayPal. So, $55.88 minus $4 for the plates minus $9.71 in fees equals $41.91 profit. I cleared $10.47 per plate, and my goal is $10 per item. I paid 7% in cost of goods sold and 18% in expenses and made 75% in profit. Very nice!
Have a great week!!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Here's the official scoop:
"What is Real Chocolate Relief? Times are tough and we at Mars want to help. How, you ask? Every Friday through September, Mars will give away FREE* real chocolate to 250,000 people. That means you can enjoy your favorite Mars candy brands—M&M'S®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, 3 MUSKETEERS®, MILKY WAY® and DOVE®— for free*!"
I'll admit, I've forgotten this one almost every Friday morning. But, I did remember 2 weeks ago and my coupon arrived yesterday!
Mars Real Chocolate Relief Act
Offer valid from 9:00 am (eastern time) to 11:59:59 pm, on Friday's ONLY of each week beginning 5/8/09 and ending 9/25/09. You can only win one coupon per week and you can only win 4 times during the offer period. Looks like I've got 2 down and 2 to go. :)
The Glidden National Paint Giveaway
This came at the perfect time for me! My son is turning 3 and it's time to paint over the Classic Pooh mural in his room. It was the same room my daughter used when she was little so it's had lots of love, but it's very sad to think about painting over it! Anyway, I have been thinking of painting my son's room blue. So, I picked out Rich Navy as my free sample. And, I cheated a bit and my mom is having a sample of Steel Blue sent to her house.
What painting projects are you thinking about? What color sample did you request?
Thanks Dad for the link!! :)
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Saturday - June 27th, 2009
"Join us for this GIANT clearance event! Save more by the hour on ALL Redline Items!"
10:00am - 1:00pm - Save 50%
1:00pm - 4:00pm - Save 60%
4:00pm - 6:00pm - Save 70%
Overall, I like shopping here. I would say their prices are a bit high, but that's where the sale comes in. Not to mention the frequent shopper discount card (it takes me a few years to fill!). Anyway, they price on a scale. So, Target shorts would be about $3 or $4 but Ralph Lauren ones $8 or $9. Which is why, overall, I favor thrift stores for name brand finds ($1-2).
On the flip side I would also recommend selling here. They take toys, equipment and clothes regardless of the season. For instance, some places will only take fall stuff in the fall. I will point out this is not a 50/50 consignment deal. They are buying the items outright, and you will get about 30% of the selling price point. I sometimes take things here that didn't sell at consignment (The Mulberry Bush) and are not "eBay worthy".
Sometimes after the Moonlight Madness sale they run a $.99 sale if there is a lot of merchandise left....keep an eye out for that. And, I have bought used name brand clothes here for my kids, they have worn them, and then I resold them on eBay for a profit! Be sure to only purchase items in excellent condition. Sometimes, I get lucky and will find something new with tags!
All good reasons to find a Once Upon A Child near you and check it out!
I spent $29.39 and saved $23.45.
This week at Albertsons Kraft Cheese is 5/$10 ($2 each). Now this wasn't tagged of course, but here's there catalina deal:
Buy 3 (6 oz or larger) Kraft Cheeses and get $2.00 off your next order (oyno, or a catalina)
Buy 4 get a $3.00 catalina
Buy 5 or more get a $4.00 catalina
I was bummed this wasn't tagged in the store since I bought 2 Kraft Cheeses. I would have got at least one more, darn it! This deal runs 6/19 until 7/12.
I also saw catalina tags on Jello Pudding 6 packs, buy 2 get a $1.00.
Another deal, I used my 2 Kool-Aid/Sugar coupons from a few weeks back. Kool-Aid is priced at Albertsons 8/$1.00 ($.12 each). So I purchased 20 packets and 2 C&H sugars at $2.19 each. That's $6.78 for Kool-Aid and sugar. But I used the 2 $2.00 off sugar coupons plus 2 $.35 off C&H sugar coupons that were tripled...calculator sounds......okay, that $.68 total for 20 packets of Kool-Aid and two 4 pound bags of C&H. But wait, there's more!! I'll list the Kool-Aid on eBay (to sell internationally most likely) and make about $10 back. So, free sugar plus a small profit! :)
For example, here's an eBay listing that has ended, 50 Kool-Aid packets sold for $24.95! Which is amout right, $.50 a packet on eBay.
Be sure to visit the Albertsons website, there's a Coke/Disney matching game you can play for a chance to win a Disney Resort vacation. Good luck!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I've contacted everyone but, #10 (SallyAnn). Please leave me a comment with your e-mail!!!
Thanks for entering everyone!! I hope to do another giveaway soon. :)
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Free SCOTT® Extra Soft Toilet Tissue Double Roll and a 10ct travel pack of SCOTT® Moist Wipes sample from Walmart.
Walmart's sample page - Walmart is very generous with the samples, be sure you haven't missed one.
Free Steaz Energy Shot Sample
Free Emergen-C Samples
Corzo Tequila anyone...? If so, then request your free engraved metal label for your bottle.
Free Vaseline Aloe Fresh Sample from Costco - you'll need your Costco number (or um, any 12 digit number).
BFMXQ HPBXB BGPGB (1 pt)
BFMRK PDQZK KPPGB (1 pt)
BBLPG NZFFN QLPGB (1 pt)
BBKFF JNGDJ GFPGB (1 pt)
BBNQM WWKTG MBPGB (1 pt)
BDKRH BZDCL DSPGB (1 pt)
25 Free Songs at emusic
Free Diabetic Meal Planner from Quality Health.
Be sure to check my sample post from last week. Some offers are still available. Also, thanks to Free Grabber and Freebies 4 Mom for some of my leads!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Savings - $215.97
- $41.27 on a cool Spidey costume at at Amazon.Com (son's birthday is almost here)
- $106.00 at Kohl's (Father's Day shopping)
- $1.79 at Sonic (coupon on receipt for free Rt.44)
- $21.40 at CVS and $8.91 at Walgreens
- $7.63 at the Home Depot (10% off coupon mailed from Home Depot Garden Club)
- $3.24 on Sun Burst Detergent (my giveaway ends Wednesday!!)
- $2.00 Papa Murphy's coupon
- $20.00 cut hubby's hair
eBay Sales - $85.46
Misc. Income - $22.50 (confidential panel)
Weekly Impact - $320.20
Yearly Impact - $9,089.30
Nothing really exciting to report this week. Honestly, I've been put playing with the kids so much, and have been a terrible blogger! But, we're having "fun in the sun" this summer! We've been playing out under our shady arbor/pergola and have been playing in the baby pool and sprinkler. Fun on the cheap! :)
Have a great week!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Some frugal highlights:
Banana Chips $1.69/pound
Yogurt Covered Pretzels $2.49/pound
Braeburn Apples $.99/pound
The small bag has dried plums for the kids....they are so funny! They stood in the store jumping up and down begging for dried plums!! My opinion is yuck, but they don't know that.
It's hard to figure savings at Sprouts but I left the store with a smile...surely that's something!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Please leave an additional comment for each "extra credit" entry. Giveaway open until 8 am (central time) on Wednesday morning, June 24th. Thanks and good luck!!
A big thanks to MomSelect for my free bottle and the coupons for the giveaway!
*****Update!!!!***** June 24th, 2009. I finally sat down (after a fun & busy day) and selected the winners!! I used www.random.org. The winners are......drum roll please.......4...6...1...10. Congrats!! Thanks for entering everyone!!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Free pack of Sundiwear stickers -Cute stickers to let you know when to reapply sunscreen.
Great Value Strawberry Cereal Bar FREE sample - only has 90 calories, from Walmart.
Sample of AVEENO® NOURISH+ Hair Care Collection - also from Walmart's sample page.
Coromega Omega3 FREE sample - they say it's "the first delicious Omega3". Hmmm, I guess we'll see, won't we?
FREE White Castle Slider - printable coupon -expires July 12th.
FREE 12oz. Seattle's Best Coffee at Border's - printable coupon - Hurry, expires June 18th!
Be sure to check out my freebie post from last week, some offers are still available! :)
Monday, June 15, 2009
2 Raisin Brans $3.76
(2) Raisin Bran newspaper coupons
Total OOP $3.74 and I got back $2.00 in Extra Care Bucks for the Crest. I saved $21.40. No luck on the razor deal, but I'll check again later in the week.
Next stop, Walgreens:
Sun Dish Detergent $1.99
(2) $1.00 off Right Guard newspaper coupons
I spent the last $2.73 of my Walgreens gift card (sniff, sniff) and paid $.85 cash OOP. I got back $3.00 in Register Rewards for the St. Ives, so I made a "profit" of $2.15, and saved $8.91. Yippee!!
Saved - $329.73
- $3.75 at Shutterfly (25 free prints when you sign up)
- $10.00 at Party City ($10 coupon here)
- $10 at Toys R Us (sign up for coupons here)
- $225.22 at Kohl's (sales & a 30% off coupon!!)
- $75.26 at Kroger, CVS and Albertsons
Friday, June 12, 2009
First stop, CVS:
Swiffer Dusters $7.00
2 Dawns $4.00
2 Listerines $7.98
$2.00 off Swiffer coupons from inside of a Swiffer box
$1.00 Febreeze coupons from mailed P&G book
(2) $.50 off Dawn coupons from mailed P&G book
(2) 2.00 off Listerine Total Care printable coupon
$9.00 in Extra Care Bucks
Total OOP = $2.98 and I got back $6.00 in Extra Care Bucks. I would have done better, but I gave hubby some ECB yesterday and it's unblogged. Yikes! :)
Next stop, Kroger:
I did the Dinner Deal this week. I paid $8.99 for a Kroger Take and Bake Pizza and got Pudding Cups, Salad Mix, Soda and a French Baguette for FREE.
I also picked up 2 of the Velvetta Easy Mac cups. I stacked a $.55/1 coupon with a B1G1 FREE printable from Kraft First Taste = $.32 each
Strawberries are $.99 a pound and bananas are $.33 a pound!
I spent $29.88 (darn chicken breasts and pizza!) and saved $24.36. I didn't use any this trip, but remember to load your eCoupons before you shop at Kroger.
I loaded the cold stuff into a cooler and headed to our last stop, Albertsons:
Swiss Sweet Tea $.99 with Albertsons coupon - $1.00 newspaper coupon = FREE
Pop Tarts $.99 with Albertsons coupon - $.55 newspaper coupon from last Sunday = $.44 each
Milk = FREE with coupon from last week's Kellogg's deal
OJ $.99 with Alberstons coupon
Total OOP = $14.51 and I saved $27.44.
So overall, this morning, I spent $47.37 and saved $75.26. I'd say that was a good use of my time. :)
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Plus, if you have never used CVS for digital photo prints, you can also get 50 FREE 4x6 prints just for signing up.
So that's 50 FREE prints and a FREE 8x10....WOW!! Sounds like plenty of (free) prints to frame and share with all the special men in your life!
P.S. If you're already a CVS customer, CVS is also offering 60 4x6 prints for the price of 40, use promo code 60FOR40. This offer is good through July 25th.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Savings - $148.28
- $43.54 at Target and $55.27 at Albertson's
- $20.00 cut hubby's hair at home
- $29.47 (my last 2 Bzz kits, Neutrogena and Off)
eBay Sales - $318.51
Misc. Income - $9.00 from Survey Spot (read my survey post here)
Weekly Impact - $475.79
Yearly Impact - $8,323.12
Now that I'm looking at the numbers.....it was a great week! Woot woot! If I "gross up" my weekly figure to account for gas, taxes, etc. (to pretend I worked outside of the home for this $$) I would have had to made $634.38 or $15.85 an hour at 40 hours a week. Not bad for staying home with my kiddos, is it?
My favorite item from last week is still pending, but in it's place I have my SUPER FAVORITE eBay item of all time to share! McDonald's Happy Meal toys. Yup, you read that right, Happy Meal toys! I list them straight to the store for $4.97, new in package. That means they are unopened/still in the sealed plastic. I've been selling a few every month for a while now, but this weekend, I sold 19 toys to one person!! That was almost $95!! I only have a few left, and sold another last night. Here's what I figure, after paying for the Happy Meal (prices vary per market and Happy Meal type), eBay fees and PayPal fees I break even (a few cents to no profit). But, I did feed my kids (and usually myself) and let them play with some kiddos. So, basically I use McDonald's for a "FREE" lunch and entertainment in rainy weather.
Yes.....I'm crazy! Have a great week! :)
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Ultra Protection panty liners sample
FREE "No Bad Science" T-Shirt
FREE sample of Red Man Silver Blend Chew-My grandfather used to chew Red Man so I couldn't resist posting this one! Click on "chew" and then "try it for free" and you'll get a coupon in the mail.
FREE Enfamil LIPIL® Formulas-you'll get a certificate for a free can of formula!
FREE Enfamil Breastfeeding Support Kit
3 FREE Huggies® Pure & Natural Diapers, includes a valuable coupon on your next purchase!
Do you collect diaper points?
1 Pamper's Point - HAPPYFATHERSDAY
5 Huggies Points - CPXHJ FLTLH MWPGB
5 Huggies Points - MQKJF FLZCH HSPGB
Have a great Sunday!! :)
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Tyson bacon ($5.99) B1G2 Free = $2.00 each
Blue Bell qts $1.00
Dr Pepper 2 liter $1.00 each - $1.00/2 mailed mfg. coupon (from Kroger) = $.50 each
Community Coffee $4.99 - $1.00 Albertsons coupon from circular - $1.00 coupon on bag = $2.99
I saved a total of $55.27 on this trip and left with 3 coupons for FREE milk. Yay!
P.S. They stagger the expiration dates for the milk coupons clear into mid July.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tomorrow morning, June 5th, is the kick-off party for the Texas Summer Reading Club. This year's theme is Libraries: Deep in the Heart of Texas! The kick off party will be from 9am to 12pm.
"There will be a balloon artist, a bounce house, a Texas Size Petting Zoo and the City of Wylie's police and fire department. These events are FREE and fun for the whole family. If you plan on participating in all of the activities, be sure to arrive early."
The early part is the truth! They usually stop the line for the face painter at 11 or so, so get there closer to 9am than to 12pm.
You can pick up your reading logs anytime. Yesterday was the first day they were available so I went to get ours. I'm such a nerd! Click here for more info on the summer reading programs and the kick off tomorrow.
Saturday, the 6th, is the Wylie Farmer's Market from 8am to 1pm. I got some yummy starwberries last time. It's on Ballard St. across from the park.
Also on Saturday, the Home Depot is having their Kids Workshop from 9am to 12pm. This month you'll build a hardware sorter. Sounds pretty handy. The kids workshop is FREE. :)
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Check out Verizon.Com for more info.
Sonic is offering FREE Root Beer Floats tonight!! Here's the scoop!
Here's what new:
Lucky Charms® cereal Save $.55
Chex Mix® Bars Save $.60
Chex Mix® Save $.50
Romanos Mac Grill Save $1
Fiber One® Bars Save $.40
Knorr® Sides Save $.75 on 2
Fruit Snacks Save $.50 on 2
Fiber One® cereal Save $.55
Vaseline® Lotions Save $1
Yo-plus® Save $1
Betty Crocker® Warm Delight Save $.50
Yoplait® Save $.50
Betty Crocker ® Supreme Brownie Save $.75 on 2
Betty Crocker Frosting Save $.50
Hamburger Helper® Save $.75 on 3
Interested in loading some Cellfire eCoupons??? CLICK HERE.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Clearance Deals I Found:
Arm & Hammer Essentials 2 pk $3.79 - 50% off = $1.88 - $1.00 newspaper coupon = $.88 each
Reynold's Wrap Recycled Aluminum Foil $2.99 - 50% off = $1.48 - $.50 mailed Target coupon - $.55 newspaper coupon = $.43
Ziploc Evolve Storage Bags $3.79 - 50% off = $1.34 - $1.00/2 Ziploc coupon = $.84 for these, and $1.22 for the sandwich bags I had to get (in order to use the coupon).
Other Good Deals I Planned On:
Hefty Bags $5.99 - $1.00 Target/Hefty printable coupon (thanks to A Full Cup) - $1.00 newspaper coupon = $3.99
Strawberries $2.49 - $1.00 Target mailed coupon = $1.49
Market Pantry Buns $1.09 - $.50 mailed Target coupon = $.59
Skintimate $2.24 - $.75 newspaper coupon - $1.00 Target/Skintimate printable coupon = .49 each
Kashi Waffles (on sale) $1.79 - $1.50 mailed coupon from VocalPoint = $.29 each (5 boxes at that price! Yay!)
I had a coupon for everything except the milk, bananas, kitty litter, kitty food (crazy huh!) and the contact solution. So, I got Target brand for all of these items. I also used my $5/50 Target "grocery" coupon. After using the last of my Target gift card from MyPoints ($6.08 was left), I paid $32.41 cash out of pocket and saved $43.54. Icing on the cake was that I had a super nice cashier!! :)
P.S. I had intended to get the razor deal ($10 gc back), but they were all out! Oh well, I was planning on selling it on eBay anyway. :)
P.P.S. Check out more Target deals and steals at Attention Target Shoppers!!
Monday, June 1, 2009
- $21.83 at Walgreens
- $33.86 at CVS