Wednesday, August 31, 2011

FREE Origins Night-a-mins

Hurry over to Origins Facebook page to request your free sample of Night-A-Mins! Use code: XF2T7B237C

FREE Healthy Family Meals cookbook

The National Heart and Lung Institute is giving away free copies of Keep the Beat: Deliciously Healthy Family Meals. You can print it out or order a hard copy while supplies last!
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FREE Lorax Activity book

Go to Energy Star to get your free activity book, you may get up to 10 books and can download them or get them sent to you. There is also a different activity book in Spanish if you prefer!
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Shari's Berries Living Social Deal

Have you ever heard Shari's Berries? They make delicious chocolate covered strawberries and other amazing treats, like chocolate covered cookies, cherries, brownie pops, cake! Your mouth will water just looking at their treats! Right now there is a Living Social deal: spend $15 for $30 worth of treats! You can use this deal & then when you go to the website to order your treats, make sure you use Shop At Home and it will take 10% off your total. Also, as always with Living Social if 3 of your friends sign up for the deal also, you pay nothing! These yummy treats are going to be a belated anniversary present to myself!

Check out Shari's offerings here.
Then make sure you get the Living Social deal before they are gone!
If you haven't already, sign up for Shop At Home to get the extra discount!

Check out what I'm getting:
 Cheesecake Trio & 6 Gourmet Dipped Swizzled Berries

FREE Ba'Noodle bag sealer

Head over and listen to instructions how to get your Ba' Noodle! (Like them on FB and Twitter and fill out form)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

FREE sample of Woolite Dry Clean at Home

Get a free sample of Woolite Dry Clean at Home & print a coupon as well!

FREE sample of Plackers Kids Flossers

Head here to get your free sample!

FREE Kashi Granola Bar sample

Head over to Kashi to get a sample of their Peanutty Dark Chocolate granola bar!

Stockpiling or 'How many tubes of toothpaste do I really need?'

When I think of stockpiling I always think of toothpaste first, I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because every Extreme Couponing I've seen they always show all the toothpaste or maybe because since I've started couponing I've noticed that toothpaste is one of the easiest things to stockpile because every week you can find an amazing deal for some kind of toothpaste, so it's easy to get it free or crazy cheap.

So how much do you need? Right now I have 7 tubes of unopened toothpaste (for 2 adults). Ok, so even that is probably way too much to hold on to. (Now let me preface this by saying stockpiling is great if you are giving to charity or other friends and family in need, but I am specifically talking about if you are on a tight income with not much space to stockpile and you are just doing this for your family)

For those of us with not much room to stockpile have to be careful not to be 'carried away' by the deal so to speak. I love a good deal but even I have to remember just because there is an amazing deal this week, I don't have to get every amazing deal, maybe that's why I really started blogging, because even if I don't have the space to pick up this deal I can at least tell you about it! Sometimes those coupons are burning a hole in my pocket - it's a $5 coupon I have to use it! You need to be reasonable in your own circumstances! Everything will be on sale again. This is when it is helpful to watch the circulars to notice how often your favorite items go on sale. If you know Chicken Breasts go on sale every 2 months, then try to stock up so you have enough to last you until they go on sale again.

I do think a stockpile is essential - first because most of the amazing deals, you have to buy more than 1 to get the good deal and second, because if you come across a month where you are really financially tight you don't have to buy much of anything and still not be in need.

Just remember - There WILL be another sale on toothpaste next week!

FREE Baby Calendar & $1 off Hylands Teething Gel

Go to Hyland's to order a free baby calendar and while you're there, print off a coupon on the left hand side for $1 off the teething gel. Hyland's is all Homeopathic so they are very safe for your child. When my girl was small we went through the Hyland's products like crazy and they worked wonders.

Monday, August 29, 2011

FREE Purex Complete Full Size Product!

Purex is giving away 400 full size Purex Complete with Zout products Wednesday, September 7th at 12pm CST. 400 isn't many so log on early!

Grab Bag

I am starting a new revolving giveaway! Introducing my Grab Bag. The Grab Bag is where I am putting everything free in it! Free things I've received from the mail, free things I've gotten at the store. Living in an apartment I simply do not have the space to keep it all for myself so I am sharing with all of you. Think of it as a second chance to get those freebies you missed out on the first time! The winner of each Grab Bag contest will receive 4 misc. items from the Grab Bag.
Keep checking in under the Giveaway tab on my Facebook page, the first Grab Bag giveaway is going on now through Wednesday, August 31st!

Mailbox Freebies 8-29

I'm really excited about my mailbox findings today! The Newcastle glasses were free in some states, other states you had to submit 6 Newcastle bottle caps. I tried to see if this deal is still live and it appears it isn't.
I also got a Degree sample with coupon.

FREE Target Beauty Bag sample

Hurry and head over to Target and request your Beauty bag sample before they run out!

FREE Chick-Fil-A Breakfast

In case you haven't already done so, make sure you go and reserve your free breakfast from Chick-Fil-A! All you need to do is go here, pick your location, breakfast item & time, then you will be sent an email with your invitation you will need to bring with you to receive your free breakfast.

FREE Splenda Essentials sample

Walmart is giving away free samples of the new Splenda Essentials. Sign up here to get yours.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

New Kashi coupons

Check out the new coupons for some great Kashi snacks. (Use 72113 if you cannot find)
$1.50/2 Kashi TLC bars
$1.00/1 Kashi TLC Snack Crackers
$1.00/3 Kashi Golean Bars (single serve or multi-pack)

$2.00 Tazo Tea coupon

Print your Tazo coupon while they last!

Friday, August 26, 2011

FREE Beauty sample by Calvin Klein

Get a free sample of the scent Beauty by Calvin Klein here.

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products & coupon

I have found recently that I get sick when using some chemicals, so when I can find a more natural product that works (and I can find a coupon for) I get excited! I love these Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products. Don't take my word for it, go read their story and find out what is in their products at their website. Then go get this coupon for their products!

FREE John Frieda Root Awakening sample

This sample is available again through Walmart, just answer a quick questionnaire and you are on your way to a great hair care sample!

FREE Memo Cube from Sandy Paper

Sandy Paper is giving away free paper memo cubes. I love to put these at my desk! Head to their website to snag yours!

FREE Huggies Snug & Dry sample

Walmart is giving Huggies sample now, these are currently just in size 4 & 5! Hurry!

$1.00 off Dove Visible Care printable has this coupon for $1.00 off on one product! Put in zip code 12345 if needed.

50% off Method products!

Head to Method online & put in code: MethodFB at the checkout to receive 50% your order! Make sure you 'like' them on Facebook as well, since this offer is to celebrate 50,000 fans!

FREE Fruit of the Loom socks

Today Fruit of the Loom is giving away socks (no time given). Make sure you 'like' them on Facebook and fill out the Fruit Fanatics page!

$2.00 off Biz laundry detergent coupon!

Head over to print one from Smart Source!

FREE Bejeweled 2 + Blitz for Iphone

All weekend, starting today you can download these for free, either by going directly to the App Store on your phone or to the Facebook page to scan the QR code! Enjoy!

Today Only: Frogger for Droids FREE

Head over to Amazon now to get yours!

FREE Eucerin sample

Head over to the Eucerin Facebook page under Pledge to receive a free sample!

Folgers FREE sample

Today at 11am CST Folgers will be giving away a FREE sample!

TGIFridays coupon

Head here to get a coupon for Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off to T.G.I.Fridays!

FREE Poise Hourglass Shape Pads sample

Walmart is offering a FREE sample of these pads, along with a coupon! Go check it out!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Restaurant.Com $2 for $25 gift certificate

This is the time when I stock up on these gift certificates. You can go online & see what restaurants in your area use these. If you you have never used before it is quite easy, you pick out which restaurant you want to get the certificate for and then at the checkout you will enter your code to pay only $2 for it. Most restaurants will require you spend a certain dollar amount to use the certificate (most I have seen is $35) and you can only use the certificate for a each restaurant once a month. This is a great deal!
Make sure you enter code: TASTY at the checkout for this deal.

FREE 5 Hour Energy sample

As I was just sitting here trying to wake up I was just thinking of my favorite energy pick me up & I see this! I love this stuff, especially for a long drive in the car! Head here to get a free sample!

FREE Carolina Herrera perfume sample

Head over to the CH website and click on Try CH, you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire and then will receive your sample within a week!

FREE Purina Cat Food sample

'Like' Purina on Facebook and get a free 3 oz can of Purina Pro Plan cat food.
Free Purina Cat Food Sample

FREE sample of Post It Super Sticky notes

Head over here to request yours!

Pantene Freebie Friday

Tomorrow Pantene will be giving away 10,000 Keratin Protective Cremes at 11:00 CST on their Facebook page. Make sure you log on right away Friday to snag yours!

FREE Full Size HerbaShine haircolor giveaway

Garnier has been giving away thousands of boxes of haircolor & today is their last giveaway! No word on what time this will start so be sure to go 'like' them now to see any updates!

FREE Oil of Olay Pro X sample

Hurry over here to get your free sample, these will go fast!

$1.00 of Wheat Thin stix

Wheat Thins FB page has a $1.00 off Wheat Thin stix. Also if you Share the deal with others you can get a second coupon!

$.50 coupon for new Kraft Parmesan Seasoning Blends

Walmart has a coupon for these new Seasoning blends, head over and print one for yourself.

Lanacane FREE sample

Just head over to the Lanacane website to fill out a brief survey for your sample!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Garnier $1.00 off coupon

Head over to the Garnier website to print off 2 $1.00 coupons, one for a Perfector style product and one for Hairspray.

No More Rack

Check out No More Rack! They have special deals that are different everyday, that are seriously discounted! Better yet, refer your friends & get free credit!
Check out today's deals that caught my eye..

Dora sets - Refer 10 friends today & this is FREE!

These sexy Emily Platform Peep Toes are just $22.
These deals will be up until tomorrow at 12 EST, then new items will be available.

100 Fans!!!

Woo Hoo! In under a week we made it to 100 fans! Thanks so much to all! I hope you are all enjoying what you see here! As promised to celebrate I am giving out $100 in coupons - for 2 lucky fans!!! Make sure you sign up under Giveaway to enter for this. You'll be able to sign up through Friday, I will pull the winner Saturday morning & send out the prizes then! Good luck to all!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

$1.50 off 1 Newman's Own Complete Skillet Meal

Grab your coupon while you can, enter zip code 12345: Newman's Own printable

Dentek floss picks 2 pkgs/$1.79

Scenario: Buy 2 of the 90 count packs of DenTeck floss picks for the sale price of 2/$2.79 (it is buy one get one free) and use $1.00 off coupon from 8/14 SS = 2 packages for $1.79

How to Start Saving

This post is for the newbies, the ones just trying to figure out how to save money (and wondering, can I really save that much money?) I want to cover a few helpful hints that I use, or have used to, hopefully, help you out.

  • Buy a Sunday paper. The Sunday paper is still one of the best places to find coupons, so you need to have one, also if you know of friends that don't coupon but get the paper, ask for their coupons!
  • Regularly check This is the other place to find alot of coupons. You can enter your zip code or any other zip code to find coupons, and there is new ones on there regularly.
  • Learn to watch the circulars. Keep an eye out for your favorite products - they go on sale in a steady rotation! This is especially important when you don't have alot of room to stock pile. If you know that your favorite toilet paper goes on sale every month you know it's okay if you don't buy 5 packages now.
  • Start a spreadsheet. This one may sound daunting but I'll tell you it is so helpful to me because I am not a numbers person, I don't remember numbers well. If you just remember what all your favorite products cost then more power to ya! I split my grocery shopping between Kroger and Walmart and what I do is bring a notebook with me when I shop and write down product size and price of that store. I only write down what I am already shopping for that visit, so I'm not in there for hours. 
    • For example if I am going to buy Special K cereal at Kroger I write in my notebook every size that store has along with it's price. If I am willing to eat the generic of it, I write down that also, then next time I'm at Walmart I make sure to write down those prices. I have my spreadsheet automatically figure out price per ounce or unit, so I know which one the best deal is - thus knowing where I need to purchase that product. 
  • Price per unit. If you decide not to do a spreadsheet then make sure every time you shop you always look at the price per unit or per ounce. This is the easiest way to save a little money every time you shop whether you have coupons or not. The stores have this info right on the price tag under the product usually small print in the top right or left corner. I was amazed when I started really looking at this info and realized that sometimes the "Value pack" was less of a value than a smaller pack.
  • Facebook. Facebook is booming with amazing freebies and deals, you just have to know where to look! First of all 'like' all the brands you normally buy (Tide, Downey, Freschetta, etc.), they have coupons & free product giveaways just for being a fan. Follow the savings blogs, like this one ;) they will guide you who is giving away what items where and then they also will have giveaways with great prizes for their fans!
  • Know the lingo. Ok, there was a time, not long ago, when I was reading the blogs and couldn't figure out what they were saying, but didn't want to ask - I mean everyone else knew so what was my problem. So here's a few I can think of right now - if there is more, please ask!
    • Circular - the store ads with the weekly sales in your paper (i.e. Target, Walmart, Office Depot, etc)
    • Loyalty card - Many grocery stores have a free loyalty card that you scan every visit for extra savings (see e-coupons)
    • Catalina coupons - these are the coupons that print at the register to use on your next visit.
    • Blinkies - these are coupons you find in the store that you pull out of a box attached to the shelf with a blinking light on it.
    • Peelies - these are the coupons you will find on a product that you peel off, and can usually use immediately.
    • Tearpads - you will usually find these right by a product in the store that can be taken and used immediately
    • Manufacturer/Store coupons - Manufacturer coupons are the majority of coupons you will use. Whether you get them from the paper or print them from the internet, and they will say this on your coupon. Store coupons are coupons you can use only at a particular store. Many stores will allow you to use one store coupon and one manufacturer coupon per item.
    • E-Coupons - You can go to sites like Cellfire, and P&G to put electronic coupons right on your grocery store loyalty card. Also check the website where you have the card from (i.e. Kroger), they also have e coupons to load. Be careful though, some stores use your e coupon as your one manufacturer coupon, so if you have a better paper coupon give that to the clerk first, Before they scan your loyalty card. 
    • 7/31SS - things like this represent when the coupon was in the paper - so this particular code would translate that it was in the paper 7/31, in the Smart Source coupons. There is also PG (Proctor & Gamble) & RP (Red Plum). If you have a binder you won't really need this information since you will have all your coupons cut out and sorted, but it's good to know what it means since you will see this alot. 
  • Make/Buy a binder. Whether you have a room to stock pile or not I think a binder is THE tool for success. The reason I say this is because there is only so many deals in the circular. I don't know how many times I have gone to the store and seen a product on sale or even clearance and think I know I have a coupon for that, but can't find it in my little coupons stash I have. If you have a binder you can easily flip to your Pharmacy coupons to see, and 10 seconds later, yes you have the coupon, you can get that item!
I hope this helps some!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Smarty Had A Party GIVEAWAY!

As soon as I posted on my great experience with them, here they post another giveaway!

Keep an eye on their Facebook page this Wednesday at 10am Ctrl. They will be posting a link to fill out to enter, 100 winners will randomly be picked to win the Wavetrends White Disposable Coffee mug and saucer sets as pictured above.

Mail Call 8-22

I got alot of great coupons in the mail today, a mailer from Vocalpoint with 4 Bounce coupons, 2 of the free Freschetta by the slice coupons from their free Facebook giveaway a few weeks back, Gordman's & JC Penney coupons & a sample of Quaker Oatmeal Squares. I also received a charm from Charm It, but it appears my daughter may have found where I stashed it & took it!

I just had free lunch, you could too!

If you have a Zaxby's close by you, go online and join the Zaxby's club. They will sent you a postcard for a free meal deal! I had a grilled chicken sandwich, fries & a drink, all completely free! They will also send you a free nibler on your birthday.

Still got Scrubbing Bubbles buy 1 Toilet Gel get 1 Fresh Brush product free?

I don't know about you, but anything that makes cleaning the toilet easier makes me very happy!

If you still do have some of those great coupons here is another prime time to use them. (Coupon was 7/31 SS) Walgreen scenario: Buy 2 of the 6 pack Toilet Gels (on sale 2/$7 - with a $1 Register Reward), then get 2 Fresh Brush products = all 4 items for $6 ($1.50 each)