Sunday, August 30, 2009

Pack A Kraft Smile Savings Booklet & Calender Offer

Click here to request your $55 savings booklet, containing two $20 rebates and $15 in Kraft coupons including Nabisco, Planters, Capri Sun, and Easy Cheese. Sounds good to me! :)

This Week's CVS Trip - Under $3 In Cash Spent!!

I haven't been to CVS in weeks, my last trip was here. I just really wasn't seeing anything I wanted, and I have quite the toothpaste and deodorant stock pile (haha). This week on the other hand I went in Sunday morning and found everything I wanted. Yay! This was also my 4th week in a row with under $3 spent.

2 Planters Nuts $6.00
Glade Soy Candle $6.99
Bounce Dryer Bar $3.99
Aquafresh Iso-Active Toothpaste $4.99

minus

$1.50/2 Planter's newspaper coupon
$2.00 Glade Soy Candle printable coupon
$2.50 Bounce Dryer Bar coupon from Vocalpoint
$1.00 Aquafresh Iso-Active printable coupon
$12.99 in ECB from my last trip

Total Cash OOP = $2.12

I got back $12.99 in ECB, exactly what I spent, so I broke even! I saved $26.47 on this trip. I gosh I love CVS!! :)

P.S. Have you checked out my Crcos B1G1 Free + Free Shipping + 25% off post? Style are going fast, so hurry if you're interested. Have a great night!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Printable Coupons For A Great Labor Day Cookout

I just had a reader e-mail these 3 great printable coupons from Coupons.com. Perfect if you're planning a Labor Day cookout! We are approaching the last days of summer, get outside and enjoy them!

- $.75 off Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing or KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce or Glad product
- $2.00 off Kingsford Charcoal
- FREE 18 oz. KC BBQ sauce with 13.5 lb. or more Kingsford Charcoal purchase

Click here to print!!

Thanks you so much Nikki!!!

Dress Your Kids in Designer Labels On The Cheap!

Be sure to check out my newest eHow article, How To Dress Your Kids Well On A Budget. Perfect food for thought for those of you who have been running around back to school shopping!

Have a great Saturday!! :)

Friday, August 28, 2009

A Super Trip To The Super Target in Wylie!

I am the worst grocery shopper! I hardley ever go these days unless we're low on milk, bread or fruit. I finally went to Super Target last night, I was about out of fun and healthy options for my daughter's lunch. I saved $55.85 and spent only $49.65 OOP (out of pocket).

Here's my noteworthy highlights:

Kashi Honey Sunshine $3.49 - free coupon from VocalPoint = FREE

Tide Stain Release $3.79 - $1.50 newspaper Target coupon - $1.50 coupon (came with a free sample from shopping at Gymboee) = $.79

Beef Delimex Toquitos $5.39 - $2.00 mailed Target coupon = $3.39

Strawberries $1.79 - $1.00 Target printable coupon = $.79/lb

Bananas $.49/pd - $.50/1 lb or more Target printable coupon = FREE

Frigo String Cheese $2.89 - $1.00 coupon from Curves = $1.89

I stacked my free Mars chocolate coupons with the B1G1 Target/Mars newspaper coupon for 6 FREE chocolate bars.

Velvetta Cups $.79 - B1G1 Free coupons = $.40 each

Ritz $2.49 & Ritz Crackerfuls $2.99 - $1.00 off Crackerfuls - Buy Ritz Get Crackerful coupon ($2.99) = $1.49 for both

If you have kids, be sure to visit the Dollar Spot. There are lots of fun educational workbooks, flash cards, cards, puzzles, etc, for....$1. Yay!

Printable Target coupons thanks to A Full Cup and thanks to Ginger at Attention Target Shoppers for all her hard work on Target deals, coupons match ups, etc.

What great deals did you score at Target this week?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

B1G1 Free Crocs Plus Free Shipping!!

Crocs Buy One Get One Free. Mix and Match From Over 30 Select Styles AND Get Free Ground Shipping. Applicable on selected discontinued styles & colors. While supplies last.

Also...use code slx8797 for an additional 25% off!!

This is an awesome deal!!!! Kids prices are as low as $14.99 (for 2 pairs shipped!!).

Goodnight!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Just Introduced- Gymboree Rewards!!

Gymboree just introduced a new rewards program called Gymboree Rewards. As a member you get:

- $5 rewards certificate for every 250 points earned
- Special members-only bonus point events
- Exclusive access to special savings and promotions
- Free class pass plus $20 off enrollment at Gymboree Play & Music (for new members only)

For a limited time, they are giving you 100 free bonus points, just for signing up!!

I love Gymboree clothes!! First off they are so cute! And they use thick, high quality fabrics so their clothes last forever if taken well care of. Gymboree is also a good seller on eBay.

If you're interested in reselling Gymboree items, you might like reading Laundry Tips For Clothing Resell and Storing and Sorting Clothes For Resell.

Fun Mail Day To Share, Plus Printable Coupons!

Today was an awesome day for mail! Here's what was in my box:

Kraft Food & Family Magazine - This is full of yummy seasonally appropriate meal ideas & recipes. It also has lots of coupons!! Best of all it's free.

Kashi Honey Sunshine sample, plus a coupon for a FREE box, plus five $1.50 off coupons to share from Vocalpoint. Vocalpoint is also free to join and they just send you stuff automatically. It's always a super fun surprise!

The Scope sample is no longer available, but was from Walmart's Free Sample Page. Where I just found this new Fancy Feast Appetizers For Cats sample. It's free of course!

Then the UPS guy brought my Nielsen’s Homescan Consumer Panel scanner.

"As a panel member, Homescan will provide you with a hand-held scanner. Every time you or members of your household shop, you’ll use the scanner to scan the barcodes on all of your purchases.Then, once a week, you'll send us your purchase information." You're rewarded with points, that are exchanged for prizes (gift cards, etc).

Sounds to me like it's a least worth a shot. I'll keep you posted!

A few printable coupons...

$1.50 Yoplait Delights Parfait printable coupon

$16.80 in Betty Crocker printable coupons

Have a great night!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Great Day For Fun Freebies & Samples

So many freebies, so little time! At least that's how I feel lately, which is great! I did find the time to request some of the following free samples.

DentaBurst Disposable Teeth Cleaner Sample

Free One Year Subscription to Car & Driver

Free Promo Bag from Loly Florals (close any pop ups after you submit it)

Bath & Body Works Free Signature Collection Travel Sized Item - printable coupon

Do you use Twitter? Follow The Body Shop and if they have 3500 followers by tomorrow, August 26th, they will tweet a special code for a FREE mini body butter.

Free Hallmark Card from Walmart

Walmart's Sample Page also has free samples of NoDoz, Nicorette and GoodNites Sleep Pants. Be sure to check back with Walmart, and refresh your screen when you're there. Some samples come and go quickly.

Here's another free Hallmark card via printable coupon (thanks My Savings).

Also, check out my freebies post from last Thursday, many things are still available. Have a great afternoon!

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Be Sure To Check Out My Guest Post!

Yay! I was asked to do another guest post! I was surprised and flattered when my friend, Keith, from college asked me to do a guest post for his blog. He's a stay-at-home-dad with two boys and writes a great parenting blog, Mekeliki.

Here it is, The Big Money Saving Article!!

Have a great afternoon. :)

Join Chick-Fil-A's Chicken Wave For A FREE Sandwich

There are still FREE Chik-Fil-A sandwich's available. The deal is, the first 250,000 people to sign up with Chick-Fil-A's new site Chicken Wave will be mailed a coupon for a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich. Yummy!

Also, don't forget to wear your favorite sports team logo to Chick-Fil-A on Labor Day, September 7th from 10:30 am until close for a FREE Chick-Fil-A sandwich. Click here for more info.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

An Update On Last Week's Thrift Store Post

Last week I posted (here) about a trip to the thrift store, where I listed everything on eBay. Well, the auctions have ended and I thought I'd give an update.

I had 4 out of the 11 listings sell at auction.

Ralph Lauren Bermuda's $16.06 (I paid $3.99, kind of steep, but it paid off)
4 Egg Nog Mugs $9.99 ($.59 each)
Dumbo ornament $9.99 ($.99)
Keebler mug $9.99 ($.59, plus this customer bought 2 more mugs from my store)

So, I grossed $46.03 off my $14.57 cash investment. I say grossed since that's not including my eBay or PayPal fees. I feel that if I at least make my investment and initial listing fees back with the auctions, it's a good day (it was a good day). I moved the remaining 7 items to my store for a total of $82.79. They each cost $.03 a month to list, once in the store format. Physically I took the items from my "auction" bin and put them in the appropriate, labeled, clear plastic tubs.

Halloween and Christmas have been hot sellers this week, so get them listed as soon as possible. Have a great week!


Lightning over haunted house animated on Goodwill Too's Halloween banner.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Printable B1G1 Free Coupon!!

The Venom Energy Drink, B1G1 free printable coupon is still available!! Just click below. :)

Venom Energy Drink

Thursday, August 20, 2009

I'm In The Mood For Freebies!

Only a few more days of summer vacation left around here. It's definitely the calm before the storm!! We've been trying to relax and enjoy a bit of family time before the crazy fall season is upon us. But, with fall and school will come lots more time to eBay and blog for me. Yay! :)

Free O magazine (as in Oprah, I hope this really comes!!!)

Free Marie Claire magazine (remember read, donate & sell)

Free Kotex Ultra Overnight Sample

Free Burt's Bee Natural Acne Solutions Sample

Free 1 oz. Victoria's Secret PINK Body Lotion (printable coupon)

Interested in becoming a Purex Insider? The application is here!!

Have a Chase Debit Card??? How about a FREE $10 gift card? Enroll in Chase Extras FREE debit reward program. If you don't have a Chase account, read about the $125 bonus for opening an account.

Free NoDoz Sample from Walmart!


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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Day In The Life Of Wylie Mom

Yesterday was somewhat of a "typical day" for me. Here's what I did:

After lunch we ran to Kroger. I haven't been to poor Kroger since Target opened, but I needed to get my 2 free packs of Fruit 2 Day. I'm trying it out and spreading the word for BzzAgent. BzzAgent is FREE to join. I also wanted to use my coupon for FREE Fiber One bars that Kroger mailed me. I got bread, milk, etc. I spent $20.75 and saved $21.81. Oh, and no, I didn't go to Kroger on Saturday. Hubby had to work and I knew it would be a mad house. It's hard to watch the register with kids in tow. :)

I also picked up some Activia yogurt at Kroger yesterday. It was $1.88 minus a $1.00 newspaper coupon so I paid $.88. Now, I'll mail in the Activia UPC & Kroger receipt in and will get a coupon for a FREE YoPlus yogurt back. The Yoplait YoPlus rebate form is here.

**Tip** Do rebates right away before the necessary pieces get lost, thrown away or you forget.

As a treat on the way home we went to Sonic. No, not very frugal, but I did wait until 1/2 Price Happy Hour between 2-4. Since I spent $2.13, that means I saved $2.13. But, since I've made that much watching ads at YouData the past couple of weeks, it all evens out (I have an odd way of seeing thing, I know!).

When we got home the mail had arrived and I received:

One $2.50 and three $1.50 Bounce Bar coupons from VocalPoint. It's FREE to join.

$5/$50 Home Depot coupon from the Home Depot Garden Club. Also FREE to join.

Remedy health magazine, FREE to request.

Speaking of magazines, I requested the following magazines for FREE yesterday. Remember magazines are great for reading, donating or selling.

Free 1 year subscription to Forbes Magazine or Muscle & Fitness.

Free 1 Year subscription to Viva Magazine.

For more free magazine deals (lots and lots), check out My Savings. I requested a free Vibe subscription thanks to them last week.

Don't forget to request samples, print coupons and check your survey e-mail box for surveys (I've already made $4 this morning with a 15 minute survey). I do these things when I have a few minutes here and there to "play" on the computer. As far as saving money, it's all the little (and fun) things you do everyday, day after day, that make the biggest impact!

Have a great day!!

Search & Win

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Quick Trip To A Thrift Store With eBay In Mind

I had an hour to run into my favorite thrift store (Goodwill) last week! I thought it would be fun to show everyone what I got, and what I had in mind for it as far as eBay was concerned.

Limited Too jeans (with mfg. tags) $3.99 - 50% coupon = $1.99
Lauren Jeans Co. Bermuda shorts (with mfg. tags) $3.99
11 pieces of misc glassware $.59 each
Hallmark ornament (new in box) $.99

Total OOP spent with tax = $14.57

I've listed everything auction style first. Everything was listed as an individual item except for the small Egg Nog mugs. I listed all 4 of those together as a set. The starting price for all 11 auctions is $9.99.

Now, lets say something does not sells at auction. I will move it to my eBay store. Some things will remain at about $10. The tagged clothing items will get priced between $15-20, the Noritake creamer will get priced at around $15. The same goes for the set of 4 Egg Nog glasses and maybe even the Hallmark Keepsake Dumbo Ornament. These items are all slightly "unique" and are no longer manufactured.

I like to buy items with collectors in mind, or people looking for a replacement. But at the same time, I'll need to give the right person a little time to find my items on eBay. The chances of someone needing a replacement Noritake "Zest" Creamer and them looking for one on eBay during my 7 day auction is pretty slim. But, if I move it to an eBay store and give it up to 2 years to be found, it will most likely sell. eBay takes some patience!

I figure between the auctions and the store, if everything eventually sells, I should make between $110-140 BEFORE eBay and PayPal fees. Still a great profit for $14.57 and an hour of my time to photograph and list. I don't count the shopping as "work" since I love the hunt! eBay allows me to get a "bargain shopping high" without becoming a pack rat. I'd rather make money than collect stuff anyway. It's a win-win for me! :)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Texas & Louisiana Kroger Stores Will Double Coupons Up To $1 On Saturday August 15th

Okay local readers, please don't forget that tomorrow, Saturday, August 15th, Kroger will be doubling coupons up to $1.00. Here's the scoop:

"Kroger will Double Manufacturer's "Cents Off" Coupons valued between 40¢ and $1.00. Kroger will continue to Triple Manufacturer's "Cents Off" Coupons valued up to 39¢."

And the fine print:

"1 DAY ONLY Sat, Aug 15th Coupons greater than $1.00 will be redeemed at face value. Valid with Plus Card. Limit 1 like item per transaction. No cash back. Manufacturer's coupons issued in store do not apply. See store for details. Valid August 15th, 2009 only."

Have fun and save a lot!!

More Free eBay Advice With Another eHow Article

Slowly but surely, I'm adding articles to my "new" eBay seller's resource page. The newest article is about storing kids clothes and sorting them pre-season for resell. Selling my kids outgrown clothes is how I got my eBay start! As far as the new articles, some I will feature right here on my blog and others I might write up on eHow. Either way, I will always link it up to the rest of my eBay stuff.

Storing & Sorting Children's Clothes For Resell

Wylie Mom's eHow Articles

Wylie Mom's eBay Selling Resource Page - more of my fabulous free eBay advice! :)

Any questions???? E-mail me!!

Wylie Mom Recieved A Blog Award!

Yay, a blog award!! I'm always so surprised and flattered when someone thinks of passing a blog award on to me. It's a nice validation that at least someone out there enjoys my writing.

This award was given to me by Brandy at $aving Cents With Brandy's Big Bargains!. Thanks so much Brandy!

So, here are the rules that come with accepting the award:

- This award is bestowed on to blogs that are exceedingly charming.
- These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends.
- They are not interested in self-aggrandizement.
- Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated.
- Please give more attention to these writers.
- Deliver this award to six bloggers who must choose six more and include this cleverly written text into the body of their award.
- I will pass this award to some of my bloggy friends that I find exceedingly charming.

So....I'm passing the award along to:

AdlibCorner Blog School - This is another one of Ginger's (Attention Target Shoppers) blogs!!!
Practical Manifestations - positive thinking site!!
Heather Mama
The Thrifty Mommy
Jus' Frugal Living
eBay Selling Coach



Have a great day everyone!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Great Online Resource For Breastfeeding Moms

I was made aware of a great website for nursing moms today! It's part of the "Breastmilk. Every Ounce Counts." campaign here in Texas by the Department of Health Services. The website is "an informative and interactive site that educates new and expecting moms on preparing for the hospital, baby’s first days home, returning to work and much more". It's a great site, please check it out!

Breast Milk Counts.com

Here's some fun breastfeeding benefits to consider:

For Mom:
• Saves money in formula and health care costs
• Provides a special bond between mom and baby
• Burns up to 600 calories a day
• Makes diapers less stinky
• Protects mom against cancer and diabetes

For Baby:
• Reduces babies’ risk of infections and stomach problems
• Reduces babies’ risk of allergic reactions and asthma
• Reduces babies’ risk of SIDS
• Reduces babies’ risk of childhood leukemia
• Provides baby with the most easily digested food
• Promotes babies’ healthy growth and development
• Reduces babies’ risk of obesity and diabetes
• May give baby a higher IQ—especially preemies
• Transmits mother’s immunities to baby

Wylie Mom Has Free Samples To Share!

I get a free sample almost everyday. How about you? Request these freebies, and you'll be on your way to a full and happy mailbox!

Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions FREE sample - look for the "free sample" button on the top right of page.

Brilliant Brunette® Liquid Shine Illuminating Shampoo and Brilliant Brunette® Liquid Shine Illuminating Conditioner FREE sample

American Flag Decals for FREE, but you'll need to send in a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Free Nestle Back-to-School Calender with $20 in coupons from Walmart.

bodycology Bath and Body Free Lotion Sample from Walmart, just Raspberries & Cream is left. Yummy!

Free Nature Valley Trail Mix Bar and Granola Nut Clusters when you sign up for the Eat Better America newsletter.

10 Free Shipping Label Sheets, must have eBay feedback of 25 or more. Not an eBayer? Try here for a free sample.

Free Sample of Kotex Ultra Thin Overnight Pads with Wings

Did you request any freebies from my list last week? Thanks to Free Grabber and And Freebies For All for some of my leads. Have you found a great free sample? E-mail me!!

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Another Profitable Trip To CVS This Week!

I made another small profit at CVS this week. This is my second week in a row with a profit and my third in a row with under $3 spent out of pocket.

Bic Soleil Razor $7.99
Revlon Mineral Make-Up $9.99
Glide Floss $3.99
CVS Batteries $3.79
Wyler's Light packets $.27

minus

$5/$25 CVS printable CVS coupon
$3 off Bic Soleil newspaper coupon
$1.00 Revlon newspaper coupon
$3.79 off CVS batteries (free item coupon from CVS, August promo)
$9.99 in ECB from last week's CVS trip

Total cash OOP $2.44. I got back $12.99 in ECB and saved 30.49. I made an Extra Care Buck (ECB) profit of $3.00 and with the $2.44 in cash I spent, I had an overall "profit" of $.56. Woot!

The clearance Wyler's Light packets made the perfect filler at 9 cents a piece!! I had planned on getting the Sharpie highlighters (free with a coupon) but they were out and I was a $.24 shy of $25. Remember the $25 total needed does not include tax, so it's best to have a plan "B" or "C" in mind if you're trying to use a $5/$25 coupon. Sometimes (usually) something is out of stock.

Also.....I wanted to mention the Revlon make-up. I was lucky that they were hidden in my store and I found my shade. If not, I would have still bought some and sold it on eBay. It runs, $14.99 regular price and was on sale for $9.99. I actually "made" $1 on it since I used a coupon and it was free with ECB. It's a super tiny bottle, and it might cost about $1.50 to ship. So, if I were to sell it, I would maybe sell it for $9.99 with free shipping. Just an idea! :)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Take The ReadyFill Quiz At CVS For A $5/25 Coupon

ReadyFill can help make it easier to refill your prescriptions. Take this quiz and you'll be rewarded with a $5 off of $25 CVS coupon. I just printed mine....it's good through August 23rd.

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Have You Checked Out RewardPort Yet?

So what is RewardPort??? Here's the scoop!

"RewardPort is an online loyalty program where members are rewarded with points for completing actions such as visiting websites, sampling products, playing trivia, completing market research surveys and making online purchases."

Plus, you'll get 500 points for just signing up!! And, if you use Twitter, you can enter to win $10,000 from RewardPort this month!! Here's the scoop on that from the RewardPort blog. I'm a bit sad that my Twitter has been down for about 3 days now. I really want to win $10,000!

Basically, just tweet "I just entered the @RewardPort MEGA GIVEAWAY #contest. I can win $10K CASH! http://bit.ly/2OnNTJ" Be sure to use the #RewardPort tag on each tweet you make.

RewardPort pays out in points, which you cash out for gift cards....perfect for "free" holiday gifts.

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

eBay Coach Grocery Coupon Giveaway - 20 Coupon Inserts

Need extra coupons? Suzanne, The eBay Selling Coach is having a huge giveaway!!

eBay Coach Grocery Coupon Giveaway - 20 Coupon Inserts

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Saving At Target With The "New Store Specials" & Kellogg's Rebate

I just can't help myself. Target is so close, so I ran in last night for some groceries. I also decided to shop for the Kellogg's $10 rebate while I was there. It was in the paper last week. You need to purchase 10 Kellogg's or Sunshine products in one transaction.

Kellogg's details:

4 Pop Tarts (new store special) $1.52 each - $.75 Target Printable - $1.00/2 newspaper coupon = $.27 each

2 Eggos $1.79 each - $1.00/2 newspaper coupon = $1.29 each

2 Fruit Snacks $1.75 each - $1.00/2 newspaper coupon = $1.25 each

1 Whole Grain Cheez-It $2.99 - $.75 Whole Grain Cheez-It printable coupon = $2.24

Cocoa Krispies $3.29 - Free Rice Krispies coupon from Vocalpoint (it's FREE to join!) = FREE

I spent $8.40 for the Kellogg's stuff and will get $10.00 back for the rebate. That's a $1.60 profit. Yay! Overall I spent $37.98 cash OOP, or $27.98 after rebate and I saved 42.50 with my coupons (52.50 if you want to count the rebate).

Other "New Store Specials" I liked:

Bagel Bites new store special $3.49 - $2.00 mailed Target coupon = $1.49
Market Pantry Cheese $1.49
Market Pantry Granola Bars(chocolate chip only) $1.25 - $1.00/2 register coupon = $.74 each
Baby Carrots $.79 (something for all the ranch dressing we have)
Tostitos $1.75 - $1.00/2 mailed Target coupon = $1.25 each
Milk $1.99 (I hope it stays this low!!)

The past two trips I have received a $1.00/2 Market Pantry coupon, but nothing came out for me this trip. Then, on the way out my daughter found a $1.00 off Archer Farms coupon on the ground. Coupon karma must be looking out for me. I'm lovin' the new Wylie Super Target!

P.S. Be sure to check out Ginger at Attention Target Shoppers!

Attention Target Shoppers

Friday, August 7, 2009

Freebies And Fun Things For Friday!!

In order to get a great start on the weekend, I'm sharing some fun freebies/samples and fun deals!!

FREEBIES

Free Scope Outlast sample from Walmart

Free copy of Dog's Life Magazine from Walmart, click here to visit Walmart's sample page.

Free "Vintage" Redwood Creek Moose Poster, must be 21. This would be awesome for your "man cave" or what not.

Free Honey Nut Cheerios sample and $1 coupon from General Mills.

Free Notepad Holder from Leader House, look at the bottom right of their home page.

Free picture frame from Style Art & Frame. A huge thanks to Saving Cents With Brandy's Big Bargains for the notepad and frame heads up.

And here's my freebie list from last week, some offers are still available!

OTHER FUN THINGS

Old Navy has a $10 kids denim sale starting today!!

Today through Sunday, shop Kohl's online and save 20% with code SPECIAL20 and get free shipping with code SAVENSHIP75.

Texas residents, mark your calenders for Tax Free Weekend, August 21-23, 2009. This year school supplies are included. Although since tax free weekend is the weekend before school starts, I'm not sure how many people will be comfortable waiting until the last minute just to save the 8% sales tax.

Have you seen the trailer for the newest Disney Princess movie, The Princess and the Frog? It looks so good!!

Lastly, have you checked out Nielsen Homescan yet?

Here's the scoop- "As a panel member, Homescan will provide you with a hand-held scanner. Every time you or members of your household shop, you’ll use the scanner to scan the barcodes on all of your purchases.Then, once a week, you'll send us your purchase information." You're rewarded with points, that are exchanged for prizes (gift cards, etc).

Well, I applied about 6 weeks ago and was approved, but I've been on a scanner waiting list ever since. Yesterday the call came, my scanner is now on the way!!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Quick Run Into Walmart For Wipes & Free Chocolate

I had an eye appointment this morning and ran into the store while I was there. Yes, I see the guy inside Walmart. It's actually the best eye care I've had in ages and I've been wearing glasses 18 years now. Anyway, I also got free chocolate and super cheap Huggies wipes!

10 Packs Pull-Ups wipes $17.20
8 Mars candy bars $4.00

minus

(5) $3.00/2 Huggies Pull-Ups wipes coupon
(4) $1.00/2 Mars candy bars coupon

Total OOP = $2.38

The wipes were $.22 each (plus sales tax), the Mars chocolate was FREE and I saved $19.00 with the coupons. I'll admit, I got the trip idea last week from The Thrifty Mommy. I went ahead and got the trip ready (list made, coupons paper clipped to list) and kept it in my purse. I figured I'd be in the neighborhood sometime soon.

Even if you don't have little kids, wipes are a great thing for everyone to keep in the car. You can use them cleaning up spills (coffee, soda) or for cleaning your hands before and after meals "on the go". Keeping the pack inside a plastic zipper bag will keep them moist in the pack longer. A good tip in the Texas summer heat.

Thanks to my mom and step-mom for their extra coupons! I would never have an overstock of freebies without you!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wylie Mom's Free eBay Selling Advice & Resources

I started selling on eBay a few years ago as a hobby. Well, let's just say selling unused items from around the house for extra cash was addicting!! At the time I was working full time and only had one child, but my dream was to be home with my child(ren) and sell on more of a "part-time" basis. Well, flash forward 3 years and....tah dah! Here we are, I'm a stay at home mom with an eBay store. In the past few months, I've been getting a few e-mails asking me for some eBay pointers and advice. Even though I consider myself still a student of eBay, I'd love to share my knowledge with you!

-Wylie Mom eBay Articles-

Getting Started on eBay, Supplies Needed

Reasons To Consider An eBay Store

How To Open An eBay Store

Wylie Mom's eBay Guide To Free Shipping Boxes and Packing Materials

Free eBay First Class Shipping Boxes

Free Packing For Your eBay Mailings

Storage and Organization of Your eBay Store Inventory

Storing & Sorting Kid's Clothes For Resell

Sell Happy Meal Toys For A "Free" Lunch

Top 10 Thrift Store Finds To Sell On eBay

-Free Advice From eBay Sellers I Admire-

Lynn Dralle, The Queen of Auctions (check out her free e-zine)

Suzanne Wells, The eBay Selling Coach

Debbie Ybarra, eBay Mommy

-Want To Take A Peek At My eBay Store?-

Wylie Mom's Attic

In the coming weeks, I'll be writing more eBay articles and adding them to this page. So, keep checking back! Just visit the Wylie Mom homepage and click "Selling On eBay" at the very top, or bookmark this post.

I'm also proud to say that in October of 2009 I became an eBay Power Seller. It's just the bronze level, but I'm still very excited! I'm also proud to say that in the same month I was ranked as a Top Rated Seller, meaning I "Consistently receives highest buyers' ratings, Ships items quickly, Has earned a track record of excellent service". My hard work has paid off with two cute labels that will increase buyer confidence and hopefully increase my sales. Plus, I get a discount now too!

eBay will still be work, but giving yourself goals and making it fun will make all the difference in sticking with it. Have any eBay success stories? I'd love for you to share it with me. I'd also love to hear you eBay questions as well!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The FREE Kraftmaid Kitchen Idea Book Offer Is Back!



If this offer interests you, be sure to hurry. The Kraftmaid offers usually only last a few hours, maybe a day at most! Basically, they go very quickly. Just click the above banner to request your free idea book. I got one a month or so ago and even my daughter likes to look through it and dream.

Have a great afternoon! :)

I Gave CVS My Two Cents & Made A Profit!

Great trip to CVS this week!!

2 Visine Wipes (make-up remover!!) $7.98
Visine Original $3.99
SoftSoap Nutri Serums $4.69
Book Cover $.99
Carmel $.33

minus

(2) $3.00 Visine Wipe newspaper coupons
$2.00 Visine newspaper coupon from Sunday
$2.00 SoftSoap printable coupon (hint: use zip code 45435)
$7.96 in ECB from last week

Total cash out of pocket (OOP) spent = $.02

I got back $9.99 in Extra Care Bucks and saved $25.56. Since I started with $7.96 in ECB, got back $9.99 and spent $.02 in cash, I had an overall "profit" on this trip of $2.01.
Plus, I received a coupon for a FREE 4 pk of AA batteries. Be sure to make at least a small purchase this month at CVS to get your free item coupon. It WILL NOT spit out of the magic coupon machine, I tried!

I REALLY wanted the $3 profit from the Blink eye drops (with coupon from Sunday) and the Electrasol, but again I missed out since I didn't head to CVS first thing Sunday morning. I guess it wasn't meant to be for me.

What did you score this week at CVS? What free item coupon did you get?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

I Have A New Address!

You can now also find my blog at www.wyliemom.com. Yay!!!!

The Wylie Mom Blog Design Phase Is Complete!

It all started a few weeks ago while I was working on my guest post for Attention Target Shoppers. I got to "talking" with Ginger about re-doing my blog a bit. Nothing huge, just an updated template, a unique banner and a button. Ginger also has another great blog called AdlibCorner Blog School. Wow, what a life saver, both Ginger and her blog!

First, she lead to me Our Blog Templates where I started with "The Professional Template". After that, I just tweaked it's colors.

To keep my blog design unique and "original", I did the banner and button myself. It seemed like a great idea since I have somewhat of an art background and could picture what I wanted in my head. I used watercolor pencils and a blender pen, that's it! Then, I just scanned in the design, changed it from inches to pixels, and voila! Sounds real easy, right? In all, it took me a couple of days to get my design right and figure out all the coding. But, let me mention that since I did it all myself, is was free!

One of the most important things Ginger mentioned to me is, do the blog design for yourself. I did and personally, I love it! Be sure to click here to check out my handy work. Enjoy you Sunday afternoon!

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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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