Friday, October 30, 2009

Freebies And Samples To Request October 30th

I'm not one for scheduled posts on my blog. But, I'm really digging the freebies on Friday posts. I start looking forward to hunting down the fun freebies and on Wednesday, so I'll stick with the routine for the time being.

Health & Beauty

Free John Frieda Brilliant Brunette® Liquid Shine Illuminating Shampoo and Conditioner sample

Free Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Body Wash sample

Free PowerBar® Gel BlastsTM energy chews sample

Food & Bev.

Free Kellogg's Special K Cereal sample

Free Taco Bell Black Jack Taco on Halloween night, 6pm - midnight.

Free The Original Chai Tea Latte Mix sample

Free Rachael Ray Nutrish Premium Dog Food sample

Household Stuff

Free Clorox Disinfecting Wipes sample

Free Shop Towel sample

Free 3oz Bottle of Downy Wrinkle Release

Music Downloads

Holiday Music from Glade, use these UPC's:

Bayberry Spice 046500708633
Homemade Gingerbread 046500709715
Peppermint Crush 046500708466
Hollyberry Wreath 046500708657

22 Free Downloads from Sububurban Home Records

Free Motzart Downloads from Munchkin there's Musical Soup™ - Mozart Wombsong Collection and Musical Soup™ - Mozart for Toddlers.

Babies & Kids

Free Pampers® Extra Protection Diapers sample

Free Enfamil LIPIL® Formula sample

Free Where The Wild Things Are printable activity book

Not a bad list today, right? Please feel free to e-mail me with any cool freebies you find, and I'll add it to the list. Also, be sure to check out my freebies page, there might be a freebie/sample you have missed. Make it a great day!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

What's Going On With Wylie Mom

What's going on with me? Does anyone really wonder? Well, I'll tell you anyway.

Mainly, I'm trying to adjust to being a "school" mom. I was pretty lazy all summer, since it was my daughter's last summer before starting school. I mainly just blogged and played with the kids. But once fall got here, it truly was time to get my life in order.

Late in the summer I gave the Wylie Mom website a make-over. And I have been somewhat adjusting the content since then as well. I'm trying to post useful coupons, freebies and deals and also have been adding a lot more about selling eBay. Speaking of eBay, I am now a Power Seller and a Top Rated Seller!! I'm very excited about both, especially the Power Seller part. It's something I've been working very hard at for a couple of years. Anyway, I have been continuing to tweek to look of my website, so if you subscribe with a reader, check it out http://www.wyliemom.com/. I quit doing the weekly wrap-ups, they got boring for me. But I calculate that I make/save about $20K staying home. I really hope to increase that number in 2010. Also, I've been posting less pictures on my store deals. They too, got kinda boring, and I've been shopping less, and living off the stockpile I have made for myself.

My big adjustment lately has been making a new schedule. Mainly learning what tasks I can fit in where, around my kid's schedules. I'm running around so much with grade school, preschool, and activities for 2 kids, that as crazy as it sounds, I have to schedule my time to blog, eBay, clip coupons, drug/grocery shop, etc. And there's the housework, family time, etc.. Also one of my daughter's activities is private dance lessons. So, with that goes helping her practice in between classes (she LOVES the class, so it's totally worth it, I just never thought of myself as a "show mom"). I do manage to sleep very well, but my "me time" is lacking. Hmm...sounds like a new goal.

Anyway, it's seems strange but after almost 2 years as a SAHM/WAHM I'm still trying to adjust to it. It seems hard to convince myself I had a productive day when I didn't do anything to make money. I know that caring for my family is way more important and valuable (and I'm blessed the the chance to do it 24/7), but it's still a nagging feeling at the end many of my day's. Anyway, I'm grateful I've been given the opportunity to do what I love and I have best hubby in the world for help making it happen.

How about you, what have you been working on this fall?

Boo On Ballard In Wylie Texas Re-Scheduled For Friday

Due to the chance of rain today (Thursday), Boo On Ballard has been re-scheduled for tomorrow. It will now be on Friday, October 30th from 6-8 pm in downtown Wylie, Texas. It's a free event perfect for the whole family!

So, looks like we'll do our pumpkin carving tonight. First, I'll have to go grab some pumpkins. I went to Kroger a couple of days ago (awesome trip....spent $45 and saved $85 with lots of free food!) and forgot to grab them. Anyway, I'll have the kids pick a pumpkin carving stencil from the big list I posted. Last year, I carved Cinderella's castle and hubby did a cute Jack-o-Lantern face. We also have a "Mr. Potato Head" Halloween set that the kids worked on. Check out our cute Halloween 2008 handy work here. :)

Now that Halloween is almost here, what are you doing to make the holiday fun?

Halloween Crafts

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Super Quick CVS Trip Before My ECB Expired

I ran into CVS yesterday to grab a few things (for FREE) before the last $5 in ECB from a trip a month ago expired. They expired today, so I cut it pretty close. I have heard rumors of CVS's taking expired ECB and I have had an expired CVS coupon accepted once, but I don't want to push my luck!

2 Xtra Detergents $3.00
Mott's Applesauce $2.00

minus

$5 in ECB

Total = ZERO cash OOP paid!! I didn't get anything back, but I'll live. I was just happy to get to use the ECB on something we'll use. I really like that CVS gives you so long to use them.

To check out current or future CVS ads visit, I Heart CVS. Erica also does coupon match-ups! I'm hoping now that Halloween is almost over, the deals will improve a bit. Or at least not include so much candy!! :)

150 Free Points For The Disney Movie Rewards

Here's a list of Halloween themed codes for the Disney Movie Rewards program!! 150 FREE points is very nice considering most movies only contain 50-100 points each.

light - 10 points
tina - 20 points
gobloon - 30 points
graveyards - 40 points
heart - 50 points

Make it a great day!! :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Free Halloween Party Receipe & Craft Ideas

Just in case you're having a Halloween party, or feel like taking the holiday spirit up a notch, here's a couple of free resources for Halloween recipes (spooky drinks, cakes, cookies, etc.) and easy Halloween crafts ( 31 crafts are included!!). Great last minute ideas....

Halloween Crafts

15% Off Printable Coupon For The Children's Place

Yay!!! It's a 15% off The Children's Place coupon, you'll just need to click the banner below! It's just in time for holiday shopping. Either for gifts or holiday wear...

Children's Place

Free Sample Of Pampers Extra Protection Diapers

Request a FREE sample of Pampers® Extra Protection Diapers from Walmart. While supplies last!

Also, be sure to sign up with the Pampers rewards programs for a chance to win a year supply of diapers. Just click the banner below!!

Pampers

Monday, October 26, 2009

Boston Market Chicken Meal Deal For Only $1

Boston Market $1 Meal Deal Coupon, expires Nov 1, 2009.

Thanks to my friend Julie who sent an e-mail about the deal and a huge thanks to Lisa at Drugstore Divas for the link!! :)

Free Piece Of Kentucky Grilled Chicken Today!!

No coupon needed for this deal!!! Just stop into KFC today and get your FREE piece of grilled chicken. Piece will be selected by a manager, one per customer!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Free Costume And Craft Ideas For Halloween

Halloween Bloggers


FREE Halloween how-to e-book!! Decorating ideas and easy crafty costume ideas from Bloggers, just click here or click the banner above.

Spooky Halloween decorating ideas and costumes include Crochet Scarecrows (Page7), Gold Lace Crown (Page 24), Baby Pumpkin Beanie (Page 34) and much more. Create your own homemade Halloween decorations or costumes.

Thanks for reading and supporting my blog!!

It's Time For....Friday's Freebie Round-Up!!!

I've found lots of lots of new freebies to request this week. So please, read on!

Free Vintage Wine Poster from Redwood Creek. 11 styles to pick from, I've recieved one in the past and they are nice!

Free 2010 Baylor Health Calander

$35 in coupons from Home Made Simple

Free 11 Issue Subscription to Parenting Magazine

Free 1 yr. Subscription to Islands Magazine

Free Nescafe Taster's Choice Stick Pack sample with all 6 flavors included!

Free Roots of Nature Strengthening Oil Moisturizer and Reconstructing Deep Conditioner Treatment

Free Dipped Fruit Sampler Box (6 ct box) from Edible Arrangements.

Free Small Cookie and Kids Size Hot Chocolate at Barnes & Noble, printable coupon for October 24th.

Free $15 Credit at Kodak Gallery

Free Copy of "Retirement for Dummies"

Free 1 GB Flash Drive from Yahoo.

Free Halloween Coloring Pages from Land O'Lakes.

Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils a nice list complied by me. :)

Think you might have missed a freebie post in the past? Check right here. Have a cool freebie/sample? E-mail me and I'll spread the word. Have a great day!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

What To Sell On eBay - Sweet Pickles Books

A few weeks ago I posted an eBay success story about selling kids snow bibs. Something I am new at. Anyway, I asked for readers to share recent eBay success stories and Amy at Frugally Frugalicious left a great comment!!

She invested $2 in some books and sold them for $80. Holy cow!! I had to know more!!

Amy remembered reading some cute books she enjoyed as a kid and wanted to find them for her daughter. Recently while browsing in a thrift store she ran across about 20 of the books (Yay Amy!!). Check out this current Sweet Pickles books eBay auction to see what I'm talking about (not Amy's auction!). Anyway, they were priced at $.50 each but when she asks the salesperson, she tells her she will sell them to her for $.10 each! Amy kept a few for herself and sold the rest for $80. Way to go!!! That's an amazing price for vintage (1970's), used books. Not to mention she sold just a few random ones, and not the complete set of 40.

Here's the Wikipedia scoop: "Sweet Pickles is a series of 40 children's books by Ruth Lerner Perle, Jacquelyn Reinach, and Richard Hefter (who also created Stickybear and the Strawberry Library). The books are set in the fictional town of Sweet Pickles and are about anthropomorphic animals with different personalities and behavior. There are 26 animals—one for each letter of the alphabet. The books were published in 1977 and went out of print in the mid-1990s. The series' name is a pun; in each book, the main character gets into a "pickle" (a difficult situation) because of an all-too human personality trait. The front endpapers of the books portrayed the 26 characters, and the back endpapers portrayed a map of the town."

So, check out the current auction that I linked to. Remember what they look like and remember Sweet Pickles!!

Thanks so much Amy for writing me back and giving me all the scoop. I really appreciate it!! :)

Also, thanks to the Collectors Connection for the picture.

Wylie Mom Is Featured On AmericanTowns Website

This was fun, easy and free! I ran across a cool web site called AmericanTowns. It's a "virtual town square, plugging you in to the information and resources related to your city, town and neighborhood". Also, each community can post it's own local events, news and announcements, press releases, take donations, create a web site and more. All while being visually appealing and remaining informative!

Since Wylie is kind of small, I'm the only blogger currently featured. Check me out on Wylie's AmericanTowns here. Just scroll down a bit....blogs are at the bottom.

I'd advice checking out AmericanTowns for your area, and if you have a blog, be sure to submit it to be featured!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Family Fall Activites In Wylie, Texas - October 2009

Here's a few fun family activities that are coming up here in Wylie.

October 23rd, 2009 (this Friday) is the Dodd Elementary PTA Fall Carnival. It's from 6-9 pm and adults and kids 2 and under are FREE. Children 3 and over will need a wristband for face painting and to play games, but they are only $7 each OR $5 with 2 canned goods. There will also be "carnival" food, bounce houses, a dunking booth, a petting zoo, costume contests and a pie throw...awesome fall fun for the whole family. Be sure to check out the silent auctions in the library! And, there will also be a canned food drive. Dodd is located at 1500 Park Blvd. in Wylie.

**UPDATE** October 23rd and 24th, 2009 is the The Wylie Chamber of Commerce's 17th Annual Wylie Championship Rodeo has been CANCELED!!!!! Again, due to the rainy weather. It has been one wet fall in the DFW are, that's for sure!

October 29, 2009 is the annual Boo On Ballard . Yay, my favorite event!! This is a trick-or-treating event hosted by the Wylie Downtown Merchants Association. This is a FREE event, and perfect for the whole family. We've been for the past 4 or 5 years and always have a great time. There's also a costume contest, the fire department is usually there...good times!! It's from 6-8 and I'd advise getting there early, like right at 6. It gets crowded pretty quick but you'll score lots of candy, toothbrushes, pencils and magnets that are great for crafts!

Have anything for me to add? Send me an e-mail at wyliemom@live.com.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

One Year Subscription to Bridal Guide Magazine For Free

Yup, that's right!! Get 12 FREE issues of Bridal Guide magazine from ValueMags.Com.

Also available, 3 free issues of Field & Stream magazine.

I request all the free magazines I can get. Here's why: I can usually flip through one magazine a night. It's so fun to look at all the pretty glossy ads....! Anyway, I'm looking for articles to read (then or flag for later), coupons, interesting sweepstakes, etc.

Once I'm done, the magazine goes to the donate/sell pile. Sometimes I donate them to the library. Depending on your personal situation, this might be tax deductible. So, be sure to ask for a receipt just in case. Other times (most times, hehe) when I feel like getting a little cash for my wallet, I sell them to Half Price Books. Last month's pile was worth $10!! When selling them, it seems you get more $$ for more currents issues. Therefore, I'd advise going about once a month.

Want more freebies? Click here for my most recent freebie posts. Don't want to miss another free magazine (like Oprah, M.S. Living, Vogue, Marie Claire, Field & Stream, Car & Driver, Good Housekeeping, my list goes on and on and on...!) subscription? Subscribe to Wylie Mom via e-mail. I always post all the freebies I personally request.

Have a great day!

I Made A $.42 Profit Buying Milk & More At CVS

I finally made it into CVS this week!!

2 Boxes Cereal $5.00
Milk $2.49
Glade Candle $6.99

minus

$1.00 off Cheerios coupon from the sample I got here
$1.00 off Cin. Toast Crunch coupon
$3.00 Glade coupon (All You maybe?)
$8.00 ECB from this trip
$.50 ECB from Summer spending

Total OOP = $1.07 and I got back $9.99 in ECB.

I still had another $5 in ECB from last week, but didn't find anything to "roll" the bucks with so I settled for $1 out of pocket. I made a small Extra Care Buck profit of $1.49 ($9.99 made minus $8.50 used) combined with the $1.07 in cash spent and I "made" $.42 buying the milk I needed. On the other hand, I did not need any more cereal. But, I went ahead and got it since the Girls Scouts are "trick or treating" tonight for canned goods and toiletries. I have a huge bag of ready for them (cereal, pop-tarts, razors, deodorant, mac-n-cheese...). Plus ther was a profit that I couldn't pass up. :)

Now, I have $5 in ECB from last months trip that still need to be spent (ASAP), and the $9.99 from this trip.

*** DEAL ALERT!! Little Swimmers packs are on the clearance rack for $2.25. It's a great time to stock up for spring!!


Friday, October 16, 2009

Start The Weekend Off The Frugal Way, Request Free Samples!

It seems my free sample posts on Friday are being routine. Let's hope I can keep it that way. Here are my super cool freebies for this week.

Free Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Bar & pouch of new Granola Nut Clusters when you sign up with Eat Better America.

Free Birkdale Pet Mix sample, hurry it's the first 1,000 people only!

Free Hot Beverage from 7/11, this one must be "earned" by playing a lengthy game. :)

Free Carefree Liners sample from Walmart.

Free "Smoke Free" Sticker -A positive way to establish a smoke-free policy in your home or business.

Free Victoria's Secret Pink Panty plus $10 off any bra.

Printable coupon for a Free Happy Baby Product. Check your local Target...

Free Arm & Hammer Fresh-ins Vacuum fresh pack, send an email to armhammervac@speedymail.com or call 1-888-800-2302/

Free 1 yr. subscription to Baseball Digest

Free Mars/Earth Comparison Poster for teachers/educators.

Free Toby the Train Coloring Book

Free Petite Caesar Salade or Cup of Tomato Basil Soupe at la Madeleine or a pastry.

Free Sample of Dove Energy Glow Daily Moisturizer with Subtle Self-Tanners

Think you missed a freebie post? Check here. Don't want to miss another post? Subscribe to Wylie Mom here!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Join FreeFlys For Name Brand Product Samples

Join FreeFlys and get FREE samples of name brand products! Just click here, or the banner below.

Fall Is Here, Time To Get Out the Crock Pot!

Fall is by far my favorite season! I love the crisp air, the approaching holidays, and the fact that it's once again hot cocoa and sweater weather. It's also the perfect time to get out the crock pot and make cooking easy again. Since I hate to cook and love easy, I wanted to share these very easy slow cooker recipes.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast - 4 ingredients plus 8 hours in a slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast - 3 ingredients plus 8 hours in a slow cooker!

I have actually posted the turkey recipe before, it's what I made for Thanksgiving Dinner last year. It was SO easy and VERY moist...yummy!!

Both recipes & the picture are from All Recipes.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Top 10 Thrift Store / Garage Sale Items To Hunt For & Sell On eBay

I've always loved going to thrift stores and garage sales. For me, there's such a trill in the hunt. Come on, what's not exciting about finding a $400 Waterford Crystal figurine for 99 cents? Yes, that actually happened to me, I found it at Goodwill. But the thing is, it was a golf figurine and I don't golf or need more stuff in my tiny house even though it was Waterford and all. So, I turn to eBay and sell these fabulous finds and then enjoy the same exciting rush when I make money selling it.

Here's my top 10 list of things to keep an eye out for, in random order:

1. 1980's VINTAGE SHEETS - Look for cool cartoon or TV/movie characters from the 80's like Star Wars, Dukes of Hazzard, Smurfs, Cabbage Patch Kids, etc. I once sold a twin set of Dukes of Hazzard sheets for almost $90 and all the buyer wanted was the pillowcase!

2. NWT CLOTHES- Clothes that still have the mfg. and or store hang tags. Usually easy to spot. Good sellers are women's plus sizes, men's big & tall, kids/infant clothes. Ladies clothes are more difficult to sell on eBay, unless they are designer.

3. STARBUCKS MUGS- I love selling mugs in general, but I always get a little rush when I pick up a Starbucks mug. Most mugs sell for $10, but some Starbucks mugs can sometimes bring in $40 or so.

4. MENS TOMMY BAHAMA SHIRTS- We're talking the silk button up variety, excellent condition only. Big and tall sizes are a bonus!

5. HOLIDAY STUFF- New, boxed or excellent condition ornaments, candy dishes, figurines, mugs, china, tableware, outdoor flags, etc. Infant and kids dressy wear, Christmas sweaters. I usually start the Christmas selling season about January 10th, seriously!! People shop for nice Christmas items year round. I paid 45 cents for a new Lenox China Santa cup last October, and it sold for $15 two weeks after Christmas. But, don't overlook Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving & Easter stuff, etc.

6. HALLMARK ITEMS- Mugs, candy dishes, Keepsake ornaments, figurine, etc.

7. POTTERY BARN ITEMS- Any dishes, holiday stuff, excellent condition or new in package bedding, wall decor, toys, nursery decor, etc.

8. SPORTS WEAR/GEAR- Remember condition is VERY important! Some successful items for me have been; GK leotards, Under Armour pants (to be worn by a baseball player under their uniform..? I have no clue but they sold for $25!), Champion snow bibs, Nike cleats, etc.

9. SPORTS TEAM STUFF- College level or professional, both do well! Look for mugs, etched glasses and steins, jackets, wind pants, infant rompers and onesies, cheerleader costumes, etc.

10. EXPENSIVE STUFF- expensive stuff that's priced cheap. For example, I found a seriously ugly sweater (Coogi) with the Neimans (my clue to the expensive part) tag still on it for $3 and I sold it for $120. In this case, I actually knew about the Coogi brand, but you get the idea.

Just remember condition and price are very important. Get "new" and excellent condition items only. I normally don't pay more than $1 or $2 an item and also follow my $10 rule. I look for items that I can sell for at least $10 ($9.97 really) or that I can make at least $10 on it. Happy Selling!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Wylie Mom's Softsoap Nutri Serums Body Wash Giveaway

As a memebr of BzzAgent, I got a bunch of tiny Softsoap Nutri Serum body washes for my latest campaign. BzzAgent is something I do personally, meaning it's not affiliated with this blog, and I don't get paid. It's a word of mouth marketing company where you can sign up to try new products and then spread the "bzz" to your family and friends. Usually I receive a full size product to try and was a bit surprised when 7 tiny bottles came in the mail. So....I thought I'd share some of them with one lucky reader.

One winner will receive:

- Three 1.7 fl oz. Softsoft Nutri Serum Body Washes-2 Moisture Retaining with Omega 3 & 6 (purple bottle) and 1 Restoring with Vitamin E (green bottle)

- Three $1.00 off Softsoft Nutri Serum Body Wash coupons, expire November 23, 2009.

Here's how to enter!!

1. Just leave a comment!
2. Subscribe or Follow (Blogger, Networked Blogs, etc) my blog (or you already do).
3. Stalk me (I mean stay connected) on Facebook and/or Twitter (again, or you already to stalk me, haha).

For extra credit entries (once per day on these):

4. Post this giveaway on your blog
5. Tweet this giveaway

Be sure to leave a comment for each entry. Also, if you don't have a blogger profile or blog, please leave some way for me to get back with you in case you win!!

Open until Sunday October 18, 2009 at 9pm (CDT). GOOD LUCK!!

***Update*** I fianlly drew a winner, using Random.org. It was entry #1!!!! Yay!!!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Carve Cool Jack-O-Lanterns From My Free Pumpkin Stencil List

Want to have a really cool jack-o-lantern but not up to drawing it out freehand? You've come to the right spot! Here's a list of some FREE printable pumpkin carving templates and a few directions:

Disney Pumpkin Stencils (Aurora, Cinderella, Maleficent, etc)

Betty Crocker Cereal Pumpkin Stencils (Trix Rabbit, Count Chocula, etc)

12 Easy Pumpkin Carving Stencils

Pumpkin Carving Stencils & Directions

SpookMaster Pumpkin Carving Stencils, features a free stencil of the day.

Pumpkin Lady Stencils, scroll to the bottom for the freebies!

Pumpkin Carving 101

Better Homes & Gardens Pumpkin Carving Page

Extreme Pumpkins a favorite for the boys in your life. Thanks to Jeanne at Who Knew Home (featuring household tips, tricks and ways to save) for the tip.

You might also like to read my Halloween 2008 post! Do you have a cool pumpkin carving page I should add to the list? Please send me an e-mail and I'll give you credit/link back to you. Thank you!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Enjoy A Night At The Theather For Free

Freebies isn't all about toothpaste and shampoo. It seems no one can say no to the freebie bandwagon, and now the fine arts have jumped on board! Yay!

Theatre Communications Group, a national organization for America's not-for-profit professional theatres, is hosting the 5th "Free Night Of Theater". It kicks off nationally on October 15th, 2009. Over 120 cities are participating coast to coast. Plus, some cites are offering a free night at the theater all month. You could maybe go tonight!

"Whether you've never been to the theatre before, or just haven't been in a long time, our Free Night theatres have something for you!"

Check out the Free Night of Theater homepage for more details in your area. For the Dallas list, click here. Here in Dallas there are lots of very cool shows still available. For example, Junie B Jones, Harvey, Sleepy Hollow-The Musical, Rabbit Hole, Harvey (in Garland), etc...

This would be a wonderful opportunity to take your kids to the theater for the first time. That's sort of the idea behind the whole thing, to let someone who's never experienced the theater before, have a chance. Or, a great date night idea...no one has to know it was free!

Friday, October 9, 2009

A New eHow Article-How To Open An eBay Store

A few days ago I posted an eBay success story about selling kids snow bibs on eBay. I had a few comments (yay!!) and one was an anonoymous reader who asked, "How do you make an eBay store?". So, I answered that question over at eHow. I've also added the article to my selling advice and resource page.

How To Open An eBay Store

If you're wondering why as an eBay seller I have a store, you'll want to read Reasons To Consider An eBay Store.

Just remember, you can always access my eBay selling advice home page by going to http://www.wyliemom.com/ and selecting the "Selling On eBay" tab from the very top. Thanks for reading and thanks to the anonymous reader for the question!

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Popular Samples And Freebies This Fabulous Friday!

It seems like Fridays are a great day to share free samples and goodies.

Health & Beauty

Burt's Bees® Natural Acne Solutions™ free sample!

Loreal RevitaLift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair free sample!

Loreal EverPure free sample!

Herbal Essences Coupon Giveaway -giving away 75,000 total coupons (18,750 per day) from October 8, 2009 (11:30PM EDT) through October 12, 2009 (11:30PM EDT). None are left for today,. but check back after 11:30 pm EDT.....they will be reset for the day!

Prilosec OTC BBQ free sample from Walmart!

ZYRTEC sample from Walmart!

Enfamil LIPIL® Formulas. Free sample Click Here!!

Misc. Other Stuff

Feel Your Boobies free sticker! (it's for Breast Cancer Awareness people!!)

NESTLÉ® ABUELITA Granulado free sample plus a $.75 printable coupon.

Ebony Magazine free 1yr. subscription!

Stencil Ruler, yes, it's free!

Kingston 1GB SD card for freeeeeeeee!

I'd also like to give a big thanks to And Freebies For All, it's where I found the stencil ruler and 1GB card freebies.

Free Samples and Coupons at MySavings.com Click Here!

Click here for more of my latest FREEBIE posts! Run across a cool freebie? Let me know! :)


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Making Money on eBay Selling Kids Snow Bibs

If you follow me Twitter, you might have read this morning where I was getting an eBay purchase ready to ship and decided to blog about it. Kind of a "success story" if you will. :)

Last spring I purchased 3 kids snow bibs (overalls) at a thrift shop for $2 each. I placed them all in my eBay store at the time. Remember spring selling on eBay is all about Easter, not snow!

First up , a pair of Barbi snow bibs in excellent condition (looked like a Walmart brand & was missing the matching jacket) sold about 4 or 5 months ago for $13.97. I shipped those to Canada, so the timing of the purchase makes more sense.

Today, I sold and shipped a pair of Columbia snow bibs. They were navy blue, in excellent condition, and sold for $27.97. Plus, I still have a pair of kids Obermeyer's left in my store at $17.97. ***Update*** The Obermeyer pair sold on October 25th, just 3 weeks after this post. :)

Looking at all 3 pairs, once the 3rd pair sells, that will end up being about $60 in gross sales. With only spending $6 for the snow bibs, my inventory only cost me 10%. I only pay a little to PayPal and eBay after that, but once it's all said and done it's about 25-30% in inventory and fees and 70-75% profit. Impressive business model overall, I'd say! And $60 is certainly not bad off of a $6 investment. I have no knowledge of cold weather wear, I've never even been skiing. I took a small chance (as far as my experience on the items) and it is paying off. As usual, I think the key to success on eBay is listing items in a "store" and being very patient. Once you have a few hundred items listed, you should be selling something every day or so.

Have an eBay success story? I'd love to hear it! :)


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Get 50 Free Prints At The CVS Photo Center

I posted this to my sidebar yesterday...the CVS Photo Center offer is back! Sign up for CVS photo center, and you'll get up to 50 free prints. It's free to join and includes membership includes free photo storage and sharing. Click the banner below to get started.

Offer Limit Was Reached!! Sorry!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Free Can Of OUST From Right@Home

The first 10,000 (eligible registrants only) people to respond will receive one free retail-size can of Oust® Air Sanitizer II. That means, the first 10,000 people who have not received a gift pack from Right@Home™ in the last 180 days.

Just click here for the OUST offer and click the banner below if you need to sign up with Right@Home™.

Right@Home

Best Practices When Replying To Online Offers

I'm assuming that since you're reading this, you have replied to some sort of online offer at some point in your life. Requesting samples, printing coupons, online surveys, online shopping, gaming, etc. Do any of these sound like you? If so, here are a few suggestions to keeping your email box neat and tidy and keeping spam to a minimum in your personal email box.

First off, set up a new free email account. I would suggest a different domain than your current personal email account. Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo are a few ideas. Use your name and the email account purpose in the name. For example: suzysavesmoney @ domain.com or gamerbob@ domain.com. Keep it short and easy to remember.

Once your new account is set up, start a few file folders. For example a reader of this blog might want folders that say:

Coupons/Freebies
Shopping
Surveys
Panels
Emails to Read (for MyPoints, InboxDollars and RewardPort)

Keep it simple at first, you can always fine tune it later as the emails start coming in. Once emails come in, depending on how much time you have, respond or file for later. Here are some options for responding:

Move to spam
Unsubscribe & delete
Print offer & delete
Reply/Participate in offer & delete

Be sure to clean out your folders every month or so. For example, I might file all my BzzAgent e-mails, but delete them once the campaign is over. Once offers start hitting your personal email box, be sure to update your personal info with the sender. You'll want those offers to go to the new mail box. This method works really well for me. Once I have a few minutes (say at nap time), most of my make/save money offers are in one spot. It also keeps emails in my personal email box to a minimum so I'm not missing an important email from the school or accidentally deleting something from a friend.

I'd love to hear some ideas that work for you! Email me at wyliemom@live.com. Like this post? Subscribe here.


Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals Try Me Free Rebate

Be on the look out for the peelie (sticker on box) "Try Me Free!" rebate. It will be on Pepperidge Farms Baked Naturals crackers. Rebate offer is valid until November 30, 2009.

You'll need to submit the peelie rebate, UPC and register receipt. Maximum rebate is $3.99.

I found the peelie on the Baked Naturals Cheese Crisps at the Super Target here in Wylie last night. That's $3.49 coming back my way, yippee!

June from MA, just commented and said she found them at her local Market Basket store. Thanks June!

Becky from Tampa, Florida found the rebate at the Westchase Publix. Thanks Becky!

Have you found this rebate? Tell me where and I'll add it to the post and link back to you. :)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

$5 Mail In SC Johnson Rebate

Get $5 back by mail when you purchase ANY 3 SC Johnson Products, including:

• Ziploc®
• Glade®
• Windex®
• Scrubbing Bubbles®
• Pledge®
• Shout®
• Fantastik®
• Drano®
• Raid®
• Off®
• Saran™
• Nature’s Source™

Purchase any THREE SC Johnson products from the list above between 10/1/09 through 6/30/10. Twin-packs and multi-packs are considered as single product purchase.

Just CLICK HERE to print the rebate form. Although they should be mailed seperately, rebate can be done 3 times!!

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Free Travel Guides and Brochures

Free Travel Guides and Brochures - Browse destinations, pick travel guides that you'd like, receive guides free by mail or download, just click here or the banner below!

Wylie Mom's Super Fab Friday Freebie & Sample List

I just love long lists of cool samples and freebies to start the weekend! My samples are always free and non-scamy. :)

Health & Beauty

AVEENO® NOURISH+ Hair Care Collection sample from Kroger.

Dove Heat Defense or Intense Damage Therapy sample.

Nature Made TripleFlex sample from Costco.

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo & Conditioner from Walmart.

Burt's Bees Acne Solutions Spot Treatment from Start Sampling.

Kerasal Exfoliating Foot Ointment sample.

Baby Stuff

Huggies Pure & Natural sample from Huggies.

Parents Choice Formula sample, pick from 3 formulas!

Free Baby Stuff & Offers From Family Planning

Everything Else!!

Nutri-Dog™ Chews sample.

Head to Starbucks and try the new VIA today - October 2-5 to take the Starbucks VIA™ Taste Challenge. Let us know if you can taste the difference and receive a free tall brewed coffee for your time (good on your next visit with offer card).

4-Wheeler Magazine Subscription 1 yr. for free!

Golf Digest Magazine Subscription 1 yr for free!

Blockbuster Express how about 2 free rentals from the kiosk? Click the link to search for a location near you. Rentals are due back at 7pm the next day!!
Code GW99A5 expires October 5, 2009.
Code GE99A expires October 23, 2009.

Home Depot Kids Workshop is tomorrow (Saturday October 3rd) and FREE. Tomorrow's craft will be a firehouse bank, and if you're a local reader, the fire department will be there for sure!

Have a great weekend!!!!


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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Become A Member Of SC Johnson's Right@Home

Sign up with SC Johnson's Right@Home and get great offers, time-saving tips and recipes!!

Right@Home

Some current offers for members:

- Chance for a free Scrubbing Bubbles® Gift Pack, (first 10,000* to respond will receive a Scrubbing Bubbles® Fall Cleanup Gift Pack.)

- Save $3 on any two products from The Fragrance Collection by Glade®.

- Save $2.50 on one Windex™ Outdoor All-in-One Starter Kit.

- Save $0.55 on one Nature's Source™ Natural Laundry Stain Remover

Just click the banner above or click here to log into your Right@Home account, or start one!

Save $10 On Walt Disney's Snow White With A Printable Coupon

Walt Disney's is re-releasing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in a Diamond Edition on October 6th. Make this a really sweet deal, by saving $10 with a printable coupon. I'm so excited, we're still watching it on VHS! My daughter loves Snow White (of course) but my son likes the Dwarfs. It's the perfect family movie for our household.

Coupon details:

1. Log into Disney Rewards

2. Type in a UPC from an older DVD or VHS copy of Snow White. You'll type this in at "Enter Code", where you usually type in the rewards code.

3. Print the $10 coupon!!

Coupon available for printing until October 19th and the coupon will be only be vaild October 6th through October 20th. Be sure to look for sales and you'll score Snow White for under $10!!

I think I'll go to Best Buy since hubby received a $5 GC and $5 in Best Buy Rewards. I might score it for freeeeeeeee (imagine Adam Sandler asking for the Ferrai in Bedtime Stories).

Walmart has it priced at $19.96 as of this post (Target $24.99). That would only be $9.96 after the $10 coupon. If you see a great deal or price on Snow White, let me know! I'll add it to the post and give you credit. Thanks for reading!! :)

NEW ADDED BONUS!!!! Here's a $5 rebate to do as well.....purchase Snow White and selected Hefty products for another $5 back. Looks like Snow White will very frugal friendly!

Snow White / Hefty Rebate Form

ADDED BONUS #2!!!! There's another $5 rebate from Kernal Season's right here.

Also, Thanks Jeri for pointing out it's only the Blue-ray (or Blue-ray/DVD combo) version of Snow White that's out right now!!

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