Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
$.75/1 from the 11/29 PG insert
$2.13 after coupon and get back $2 ECBs
Oral-B Single Manual Toothbrush $2.99 Earn 2 ECBs Limit 1
Nivea Body Wash $5.99 Earn 5 ECBs Limit 1
$2/1 printable here
$3.99 and and receive $5 ECBs
We walked in with $8.97 in ECB's. Our total purchase was $11.86. We had $2.75 in coupons leaving us with a subtotal of $9.11. Take off the $8.97 in ECBs and we paid $0.19!!! And we walked out with another $9 in ECB's.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Women's Nivea Body Wash $5.99
Monday, December 14, 2009
Hunts Tomato Sauce 3 for $1.00
Print $1 off 3 coupon here
Free after coupon
General Mills Cereal $1.99
You can print $1 off 1 coupon here to get these for $0.99 each.
The Walgreens we went to did not have the General Mills cereals specified on that printable coupon so we used one from the paper that was $1 off of 2. Not quite as good of a deal but still got 2 boxes of cereal for $3
Gillette Fusion Razor for $8.99 get $4 RR
$4 off 1 coupon from 11/29 PG insert
Combined with the $5 RR that i had to make it free
So we got 3 cans of tomato sauce, 2 boxes of cereal and the razor for $2.97 and received $4 RR back
Advil PM 4 ct for $0.99 get $0.99 ECB's
Free after ECB's
Bic Disposable Comfort 3 Advance 4ct $4.99 get $4 ECB's
$0.99 after ECB's
Merry Brite gift tissue paper $1.99 get $1.99 ECB's
Free after ECB's
We combined these deals with the $6.50 in ECB's that we had to pay a total of $3.72 and then we received $9 in ECB's back. Also, the Bic razor's that I found were actually a "bonus" pack so it was 4 + 2. Even better!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
There is a $1/1 printable coupon here for Muir Glen organic products (make sure to hit the back button and print this twice). If you use this at United you can get tomato paste for $.07 or tomato sauce for $.25.
Who says you can't get good deals on organic foods!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
FREE $5 TARGET GIFTCARD™ with purchase of 5 selected Glade air care items!
By selected they are referring to the Holiday Collection. So here is what we did.
Buy 1 Scented Oil Candle Tin, Get 1 FREE Refill Pack from 12/6 SS
$2.00/2 Scented Oil Candle Refills from 12/6 SS
$1.50/2 Jar Candles from 11/1 or 12/6 SS
So we got 1 Scented Oil Candle Tin, 3 refills and 2 Jar Candles.
We bought 6 things instead of 5 since we didn't already have the tin to place the refills in and it coordinated well with the coupons we had. The tin was $2.64 and the rest was on sale for $2.50 each for a total of $15.14. After coupons it was $9.64 and then we received a $5 gift card.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
My coworker told me that I certainly don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to freebies because I didn't know that Chick-fil-a has buy one get one free breakfasts from now thru December 24th. You will want to ask, because it may be limited to certain items. Seeing how I love the chicken minis, I may have to check in on this deal!
O Come All Ye Faithful – Amy Grant
The First Noel – David Archuleta
Silent Night – Sarah McLachlan
Carol of the Bells/Jingle Bells – Barry Manilow
It Snowed – Meaghan Smith
Above the Northern Lights – Manheim Steamroller
Baby It’s Cold Outside – Lady Antebellum
We Three Kings – Toby Keith
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Rascal Flatts
Silent Night – Wynonna
12 Days of Christmas – Mexicani Marimba Band
We Wish You a Merry Christmas – Weezer
A Snowflake Fell (and It Felt Like a Kiss) – Glasvegas
Another Christmas Song – Stephen Colbert
Greensleeves – Vince Guaraldi
Dream a Dream – Charlotte Church
The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Act 2: Character Dances – Kirov Orchestra & Valery Gergiev
Angels We Have Heard on High – Aretha Franklin
O Holy Night – Musiq Soulchild
Auld Lang Syne – The Lonesome Travelers
Go here to get it, and click on Free Download. You will need to have iTunes installed on your computer.
Thanks to Common Sense With Money!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
First off, you can check out any survey sites you come across at www.surveypolice.com . This site ranks all survey sites and allows users to file complaints so it’s a great place to find out if a survey site is worth your time or if it’s a scam.
Here are the sites I’m trying out:
This is actually an invitation only site and I received the invitation from being on American Eagle’s email list. I’m not sure how else to get an invitation but this is definitely my favorite survey site so far. They send me several surveys per week and even if I do not qualify for the survey (this actually happens a lot with all of the survey sites because they are looking for a particular demographic) e-rewards still gives me some kind of credit for trying. Each completed survey puts $1 to $3 of credit into my account that can be redeemed for frequent flyer miles, Borders Rewards, American Eagle Gift cards, Magazine subscriptions and a few other things. I’ve only been completing surveys for a couple of months and I’ve already been able to redeem a $15 Borders Reward (which combined with two Borders coupons and free shipping got me $25 worth of merchandise for FREE!). I’ve already got enough credit in my account to redeem for another Borders Reward, however you can only redeem for that reward once per calendar year so I am waiting until January to redeem this credit.
Toluna is taking a bit longer to earn credit because I do not qualify for as many of the surveys and I do not get credit for trying a survey that I don’t qualify for. But, I nearly have enough for either a $20 Amazon gift card or a $20 check.
I am also doing surveys for Valued Opinions and Opinion Outpost. No real results from either one yet but I think I’ll like Opinion Outpost because you can redeem your points for $5 Amazon gift cards as soon as you have enough points. I’m only giving summaries of these so I would recommend reading the information on the sites and on survey police so you know what you are getting into and how it works. Also, be sure and add the survey site email address to your contacts because I’ve had trouble with the surveys going to my spam folder. This does take some time but I’ve found that if I just take a few minutes and do the surveys as they come in that I don’t really notice the time it takes and I’m really enjoying the free stuff I’ve gotten so far!
Monday, December 7, 2009
If you follow our blog for very long you will figure out very soon that we are big time advocates of taking control of your finances. Debt places such a heavy burden on the borrower. As Proverbs 22:7 says, the borrower is slave to the lender. And yet, even in the mess the economy is in today we are encouraged to run out and spend, spend, spend because spending is what will save the economy and lead to recovery. I want to encourage you to take a look at your personal "economy". Let's get our own finances in shape before we worry about others finances. Then you have total control. You can spend some money because you have become debt free and actually have some. You can save. You can give to support your church, a local non-profit, missons or even just bless a friend with a gift. We hope that you find this site helpful whether you are really depending on finding a great deal to be able to brush your teeth or whether you want to use the deals you find to donate to others. One of our main goals through all of this is to be able to use what we find to bless those in need around us and to be able to save money so we can support our missionary friends.
Buy 2 Crest Toothpaste at $2.25 each, Get $2.50 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1.00/2 coupon
With the coupon it was 2/$3.50. I used my ECB's to make it free and get $2.50 back in ECB's.
Oh, and Blue Bell ice cream for $3 is a steal even when its 20 degrees outside!!!
All of this cost about $5.50.
Here's my CVS & Walgreens shopping lists for the week, thanks to Money Saving Mom and Common Sense with Money (check out their sites for links to the printable coupons):
Chinet Plates, on sale Buy One Get One Free (2 for $2.99)
Buy 2 and use 2 $1/1 printable coupons
$.49 each after coupons
Kellogs Cereal - $1.00
Use $5/4 printable coupon on Target website (this is actually a manufacturer's coupon so Target will take it)
Pay $2.96 for 4 boxes
Blue Bell Ice Cream - 2/$8
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Pay $3 each after coupons
Finesses Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styler - $1.99
Use $1/1 coupon from 10/25 Red Plum Insert
Pay $.99 after coupon
(I used $8.50 in Register Rewards leftover from the Thanksgiving sale.)
Buy 1 Essence of Beauty Bath & Body at $4.99, get $4 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 2)
$.99 after Extra Care Bucks
Gillette Fusion, Mach 3, Series or Satin Care Shave Gel - $1.99
Use $1/1 from the 11/29 Proctor & Gamble insert
Stack with $1/1 CVS coupon from the $100 Flu Booklet (Ask for this from the pharmacy)
FREE after Coupons
(I used $4.00 in Extra Care Bucks.)
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Andy and I actually bought our mattress this way several years ago and it's an amazing mattress.
some of the deals we find are for products we don't really use. for instance i don't have a need for diapers at this point in time, but the bargain at target was too good to pass up. although i am learning how not to be brand loyal, there are still some things i'm not willing to sacrifice. however, a deal is a deal whether i choose to use the product or not. as our supply cabinet began to fill, the perfect opportunity arose for us to share those extra products with people who don't have the luxury of basic toiletries. family promise is a local organization that provides for the homeless and needy in lubbock. they are always in need of various household items that they supply to the families they assist. our small group has been collecting stuff on their wish list for the past few weeks. check out all of the stuff we were able to give to those who don't have!!!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
If you're looking for a way to stretch your holiday budget, this is a good one. Coinstar is offering a deal right now where if you cash in $40 worth of coins, you can mail in a rebate receipt to get an additional $10 in e-certificates. If you choose to change your coins for an e-certificate, the coin cashing is free. There are several companies you can get e-certificates for, including Amazon - which is practically a goldmine in our house!!! Since we were already planning on making a Christmas purchase at Amazon, this worked out wonderfully for us.
So, here's what I did: Got $40 in quarters from my bank account at the bank. Went to the First United Bank at 4th & Frankford (it's the only Coinstar in town where you can get e-certificates & cash coins for free). Chose to change my coins for a $40 Amazon e-certificate. Wallah!
Now all I have to do is submit my Coinstar receipt, and they will mail me an additional $10 e-certificate in 4-6 weeks.
If you want to do this deal you had better act quick, the offer expires on 12/6/2009 (this Saturday), and First United Bank is open from 9am-3pm (I'm not sure what their Saturday hours are). If you want to read the Coinstar deals, check them out here.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Here are the deals that we took advantage of at CVS this week. They are limited due to the great deals they had over the holiday weekend.
Buy 1 Accu-Check Aviva Monitor at $14.99, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 2)
Use $10 coupon
Buy 1 Oral B Manual Toothbrush at $2.49, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
$1.00 coupon for the Oral B Zooth
Total purchase was $4.99 plus $1.49. We used $6 in ECB's making my total purchase only $0.52 after tax and we received $7 in ECB's.
You may wonder why someone that does not need to check their blood sugar would care to buy an Accu-Check monitor. We have started helping a non-profit in town that benefits the homeless and working poor. A lot of the items we get through these CVS deals are donated to them. We dont have children either so the Zooth will also go to them.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Please join in and participate! We'd love your comments, tips, ideas, and deals you might see around town.
- Start here for an overview.
- Go here for a lesson on how to get a nice stash of coupons.
- Definitely check out "CVS 101" and "CVS: Making it Work for You'! And plan to stick with this for a month. It will pay off, I promise.
- Once you've mastered these concepts and if you have time, check out "Walgreens 101".
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