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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Couponing with Jordyn!

My baby girl, Jordyn, and I went to our favorite store tonight to take advantage of the Suave deal this week - she LOVES their shampoo - which also makes for great bath bubbles if you ask her :)

We also picked up some cold medicine on clearance - so be sure to check your store for great new clearance deals (with or without a coupon)
Here's our shopping trip...

4-Suave Smoothers Shampoo - sale $1.75 each
2-Suave Deodorant - sale $1.00 each
1-Suave Lotion - sale $3
3-Little Colds Medicine - clearance $1.62 each
Total = $16.82
Used 3-$1/1 Little Remedies MQ
Used 2-$0.50 Suave Deodorant MQ
Used 1-$1/1 Suave Lotion CVS coupon
Used 1-$0.25/1 Suave Lotion MQ
Used 1 $2/2 Body care CVS coupon
Used 2-$0.75/1 Suave MQ
Paid $8.92 after tax
Received $1 ECB for 4th green bag tag scan
Received $4 ECB for buying $12 in Suave
Will receive $5 ECB for reaching $50 in beauty
Which is like a profit of $1.08 - hooray!

Free School Supplies + More at Target

This week at Target you can score lots of freebies for back to school.

Just head over to www.redplum.com to print the $1/3 Rose Art coupon to use to grab a variety of items for free - this coupon is also in this past Sunday's paper. I previously bought 4 papers and have two computers and was able to print 4 more (two prints per computer) so lots of freebies for us...yaay!

Also there is a $1 off PaperMate printable directly from Target's Coupon Page to score free packs of Papermate Eagle pens which are on sale for $0.94....

Here's how my trip looked which putting all those coupons to use...

1-Suave Deodorant (not pictured) - $1.72
2-Reach Floss (not pictured) - $0.97 each
1-Carefree Liners (not pictured) - $0.94
3-RoseArt 10ct. Markers - $0.52 each
4-RoseArt 24ct Crayons - $0.25 each
6-RoseArt Washable School Glue - $0.34 each
5-RoseArt Washable Stick Glue - $0.25 each
4-RoseArt 12ct Colored Pencils - $0.52 each
3-PaperMate Eagle Ballpoint Pens - $0.94 each
Total = $15.35 plus tax
Used 8-$1/3 RoseArt MQ (www.redplum.com printable)
Used 3-$1/1 PaperMate (www.target.com printable)
Used 1-$1/1 Carefree TQ
Used 1-$0.50/1 Carefree MQ
Used 1-$0.50/1 Suave MQ
Used 1-$0.50/1 Suave TQ
Used 1-$1/2 Reach MQ
Used 1-$0.75 Reach TQ
Paid just $0.10 plus tax

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Savings

It's Sunday!

So that means it's time for my regular CVS trip...I truly can never relax until I head to CVS for my newspapers, of course, and to catch some of my must have deals before my store runs out...

Today I had two transactions....the first was to snag a few papers, which had over $200 worth of coupons between the four inserts that were included in each :)

Transaction #1
4-Sunday Papers - $2 each (not pictured)
1-CVS body wash - $3.39 (not pictured)
2-Dove Trial Size soap - $1.29 each (pictured below)
Total = $13.97
Used 1-$2/2 any soap CVS coupon
Used 1 -$2/1 CVS body wash CVS coupon
Used 20% off coupon (took off $1.67)
Used $1 ECB
Paid $7.76 after tax

Then it was time for business...I clipped some of the coupons I needed in the car and then went back in to put them to use right away....

Transaction #2
9-Boxes of Froot Loops - sale $2 each (cashier only rang up 8 after reviewing my receipt - $16)
4-Pantene Shampoos & Conditioners - sale 2/$6.97 ($13.94)
1-SanDisk Mobile SD Adapter - sale $9.99
2-AccuChek Nano Smartview - sale $9.99 each
15-Caliber School Supplies - sale $1 each
Total = $74.91 + tax
Used 4-$1/2 Kelloggs Cereal MQ
Used 2-$3/2 Pantene products MQ
Used 2-$9.99/1 AccuChek Nano MQ
Used 1-$9.99/1 AccuChek Nano CVS coupon
Used 1-$3/$15 Caliber purchase CVS coupon
Used 1-$2/3 Pantene products CVS coupon
Used 1-$3 off Pantene (other brands included) CVS coupon
Used $9.75 in ECBs
Paid $19.37 after tax
Received $5 ECB for Froot Loops purchase
Received $1 ECB for 4th Green Tag scan
Will receive another $5 ECB for reaching $50 in beauty
Which is like paying just $8.37 for this transaction

Now I can officially begin enjoying a lazy Sunday with my two loves :)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Saturday Steals

Despite having to work today, I had a great day picking up some freebies and a Fabulous & Frugal find at DSW :)

First I stopped in Vitamin Shoppe to pick up a Free Eat-Smart Bar by using a coupon I snagged over here that is still available and good thru 8/31/12

I paid just $0.06 for tax
Saved $2.50

After that, we headed over to Ulta to score our free mini bottle of ORYL nail lacquer by bringing in the print out of Seventeen.com which is available thru August 6th, while supplies last

Paid $0.00
Saved $3.68

Then we headed over to DSW to use a $5 off any purchase of $5 or more that I received in my email and had be ignoring since I never shop there really until I noticed it expired today so off we went and I am so glad we did...I found this adorable pink clutch which is exactly what I had on my wish list on clearance of all places :) Here's my purchase....

Poppie Pink Clutch $48.00
Sale price $29.94
40% off clearance
$5 off coupon

Paid $13.62
Saved $36.78

Afterwards, we headed over to my personal favorite, CVS and scored a bunch of freebies...

2-Stayfree pads - $2 each
8-MilkyWay bars - 2/$1 ($4)
10-M&M mini tubes - $2/1 ($5)
1-Nestle Pure Life 24 pack water (not pictured) - $2.99
Total = $15.99
Used 2-$2/1 Stayfree MQ
Used 2-$0.75/2 MilkyWay MQ
Used 9-$1/2 Mars candy singles CVS
Used 1-$0.50 Nestle Pure Life water CVS
Paid just $1.47 after tax
Saved $15.32

Lastly, we headed over to Cheesecake Heaven to pick up some cheesecake for our neighbor's birthday and scored a free slice of Snickers Cheesecake for myself (as if I didn't just buy enough sweets lol)

Paid $0.00
Saved $4.20

 So at the end of our shopping trip, we paid just $15.15 and saved $62.48 or 80%

Now that's what I call Fun, Fab, & Frugal

Friday, July 27, 2012

Act Fast: Free Shape Subscription

Act fast!!!

Rewards Gold is offering up a FREE 1 year subscription to Shape magazine! Just go on over here, take a survey and then fill out your mailing info.

I've started receiving my issues a few months ago and sometimes there are even coupon books inside :)

Thanks Colin at www.hip2save.com

Free Papa John's Pizza

Yum, Yum

Now thru August 2nd, you can score a free large one topping pizza for only 15 Papa Johns points out of your Papa John's Rewards account. If you haven't signed up yet, be sure to do so so you can start racking up points to earn free pizzas :)


Thanks www.hip2save.com

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I'M BACK!!!!

After nearly two weeks I am back online after catching a bad computer virus that crashed my laptop :(

Faced with the decision of what to do after trying everything I could to repair my system myself I decided to purchase a new one instead of investing any repair money to the old one which is three years old and missing some of the newest features that I have been desiring...and as a fabulously frugal shopper, I must say I am really pleased with the deal I got on my new laptop from Staples.com, which is currently running great deals, so if you are in the market, be sure to check them out!

Here's my deal...

HP Pavilion dv6 7010us - Retail price $699.99
Staples.com Sale price (-$49) = $650.99
Instant savings coupon (-51) = $599.99
VA Tax = $30
Shipping = Free One Day Delivery
Total purchase price = $629.99
HP purchase Rebate (-50)
Student Rebate (-100)
Cost after rebates = $479.99
ShopAtHome Cash Back Earned = $67.82 (includes sign up and toolbar bonuses)
Grand total = $412.17 a savings of $322.82 or 44%!

After searching and comparing laptops for hours and hours, when I finally found this one I knew immediately it was the one, some of the great features it includes are:

Beats Audio + Subwoofer
CD & DVD player/burner
HDMI port
6GB memory
750GB hard drive
10 key numeric keypad
Quad-core processor
Fingerprint Security Scanner
Microsoft Office Starter
Norton Security
Includes Windows 8 upgrade 

Needless to say, I'm so glad to be able to blog again! :)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

CVS: Mini Session

Here's another mini trip I made to take advantage of the BOGO Nature Made vitamin sale this week...when using both my CVS and manufacture coupons I had an overage so I found some things on clearance to score everything for almost nothing...here's how...

2-Nature Made Vitamin C - BOGO $6.89
2-Nature Made Potassium - BOGO $5.79
1-Munchkin 5pk Bowls - clearance $1.57
1-Kleenex 2 pk travel pouches - $1.29
1-Gold Emblem Peppermints - clearance $0.88
Total = $16.42
Used 4-$2/1 Nature Made MQ
Used 4-$2/1 Nature Made CVS coupon
Paid just $1.22 after tax 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

CVS: Mini Trip

Today I went to CVS on my lunch break for a mini-shopping trip and to take my mind off of work *sigh*

Couponing does wonders to lift my spirits I tell you :) I scored all of these products for a little more than $3 bucks...here's how...
1-Stayfree Pads - clearance $1.72
2-Nature Made Multi-Vitamins - BOGO $11.29
2-Starbursts - $2/1
2-Skittles - $2/1
4-Nivea Creme tins - $0.99 each
1-Physician's Formula Eye Cream - clearance $4.99
Total = $23.96
Used 1-$1/1 Stayfree MQ
Used 2-$0.50/2 Skittles or Starbursts MQ
Used 4-$1/1 Nivea product CVS coupon
Used 1-$3/1 Physcian's Formula product CVS coupon
Used 2-$2/1 Nature Made product CVS coupon
Used 2-$2/1 Nature Made product MQ
Used 1-$5/10 Nature Made vitamin purchase CVS coupon
Paid just $3.11 after tax

Monday, July 9, 2012

50 Free Photos from Target

Here's a great freebie you can score at Target this week to snag 50 free 4x6 photos which are currently on sale for just $0.10 each and when you pair that with their $5 off 50 4x6 photo prints you end up paying a whopping $0! Just head over to the Target Coupon Page and you will find this great coupon under Electronics.

I have 100s of digital photos I've been needing to get printed for my scrapbooks so this is just perfect!


Much thanks to www.southernsavers.com for the tip!

Another Free Slurpee Event

In celebration of 7-11 (July 11th) all 7-Eleven stores are offering free slurpees from 11am-7pm on July 11th.

Enjoy and Stay Cool! 

Thanks www.hip2save.com for the tip!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

CVS Savings

I ran out tonight to pick up some ingredients for dinner and couldn't resist crossing the street to CVS to pick up some deals that I would have missed out on as some of the promotions end tonight...I had two transactions and here's what I scored...

Transaction #1
2-NatureMade Multi-Vitamins - BOGO $11.49
1-HP Ink Cartridge - sale $14.99
1-Cortaid - $6.29
Total = $32.77
Used 1-$5/$30 CVS coupon
Used 1-Free Cortaid (took off $5.99)
Used 1-$1/1 Cortaid MQ printable (www.smartsource.com)
Used 1-$5/$10 Vitamin purchase CVS coupon
Used 2-$2/1 Any NatureMade vitamin purchase MQ
Used $11 ECB from prior purchases
Paid $1.42 after tax 

Transaction #2
1-Olay Regenerist Hydrating Cream - sale $18.99
1-Olay Regenerist Moisturizer - $18.99
2-Olay Beauty Bar - BOGO 50% - $6.88
Total = $44.86
Used 1-$5/$30 CVS coupon
Used 1-$3/$15 Beauty CVS coupon
Used 2-$3/1 Olay Moisturizer MQ
Used 2 -Free Olay beauty bar wyb Olay Moisturizer MQ (took off $3 each)
Used 1-$3/2 Olay beauty bar MQ
Used $16 ECB from previous transactions
Paid $7.15 after tax
Received $10 gas card
Will receive $5 ECB for spending $50 in Beauty
Will submit for $10 Olay Rebate
Which technically turns this into a $17.85 money maker!!!

#TeamCVS :)


A co-worker of mine is in the market for a new cell phone - when I learned of this, I immediately told her about one of my favorite companies and it hit me, I haven't blogged about this site yet! For shame! :)

Anywho, if you have had the pleasure of discovering WIREFLY then you know what great deals you can snag. If you haven't, then let me introduce you to the wonders that could be...

WIREFLY is an authorized retailer for the largest cell phone carriers in the United States and they are based in Virginia to boot :)

I have been a loyal customer ever since discovering them years ago and they have said me hundreds of dollars over the years.

I'll share my most recent experience with you to give you an idea of why I love them so much....

Last year I was eligible to upgrade my phone with Verizon's "New, Every Two" and I knew I would order again from Wirefly as I was so pleased with my prior experiences. I expected to get another great deal but this purchase would top them all!

I previously still had a "basic phone" and was toying with possibly joining the rest of the "smart phone" world but didn't want to spend a lot of money to do so. So I spent some time researching smart phones and what I really wanted and headed to the Verizon store for some advice. I looked at the phones there and was really turned off by the prices even though I knew I would never buy it direct but nonetheless, my visit helped me decide on the Droid Incredible 2 by HTC, which Verizon had priced at over $150 even after my upgrade discount (ouch!). So I headed home and immediately over to WIREFLY to see if they had my choice available and much to my surprise, they were literally giving it away for FREE for simply renewing my policy with Verizon for another 2 years. PLUS, at the time, they were doing a promotion where you could earn $100 for upgrading from a basic phone to a smart  phone! It was a no brainer, I was sold right then and there but it gets better, I remembered I had just so happen to have receive a Happy Birthday gift code for a free bluetooth that I was able to add to my purchase, like I've said before, be sure to subscribe to all your favorite sites to score specials and freebies like this that many companies send out for your B-Day :)

So after it was all said and done, I received the phone that I wanted for FREE (saving over $150), a free bluetooth ($20), free shipping, free activation, and a $100 gift card! I paid absolutely nothing and used the gift card to pay my bill for nearly two months!

So check them out and I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised :)

P.S. If you use any of the above links when you order you will receive a referral bonus of $25! Sweet!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Free Busch Gardens Pass for Preschoolers

Listen up moms! 

Here's a great summer freebie for kids ages 3-5.

Busch Gardens is currently offering free passes through October 28, 2012 for their Sesame Street Forest of Fun - How great is that!?!

Click the banner to grab yours now! Enjoy!


Here's a great tool and freebie that you can snag right now over at Square for any of us who have a need to accept mobile credit card payments. Simply sign up for an account and you will instantly earn a free Square Card Reader.

This will surely come in handy for me and I can't wait to receive mine - I will post a review of the reader and the system itself after a few uses - stay tuned!

CVS: Sunday Savings

As much as I planned not to leave the house today so that I could take care of some chores around the house, I just couldn't resist heading back out to CVS to take advantage of the gas card savings starting today.

Here's my transaction:

2-Liquid Tides - sale $5.97 each
2-Pantene products - sale 2/$6.50
2-Charmin Freshmates - sale 2/$5
2-Covergirl LinerBlasts - BOGO 50% - $15.73
1-ZzzQuil - sale $4.99
Total = $44.16
Used 2-$1/1 Tide product MQ
Used 1-$3/$8 Tide purchase CQ
Used 1-$3/$10 Tide purchase CQ
Used 1-$3/2 Covergirl products MQ
Used 1-$5/$15 Covergirl purchase CQ
Used 2-$3/$10 cosmetics purchase CQ
Used 2-$2/1 Shampoo, Conditioner, Styling Aid CQ
Used 1-$1/2 Pantene products MQ
Used 2-$1.50/1 Charmin Freshmates MQ
Used 1-$2/1 ZzzQuil product MQ
Used $10 ECB from prior purchases
Used $6.67 off of Money Card 
Paid $0.00 out of pocket
Received $1.00 ECB for 4th bag tag scan
Received $10 Shell gas card


Now off to do some chores....maybe ;)

CVS: Quarterly Rewards

Welcome to July and the end of the end of the 2nd quarter/beginning of the 3rd quater of the year, which means: Quarterly Extra Care bucks are here!!!

Be sure to log into your Extra Care card account online to print or send your rewards to your card OR scan your card at the Coupon Center to print your rewards at the store!

Here's how my daughter and I put some of our bucks to use:

1-Sunday Newspaper - $2
2-Dora the Explorer Munchkin Cups - clearance $1.87 each
Total = $5.74
Used 2 - $1/1 Munchkin cup - Printable MQ (coupons.com under zip code 62946)
Used $3.50 Quarterly Reward ECB
Paid just $0.35 after tax