I started this blog because it is my goal to be able to stay home with my kids and live on one income. My contribution to my family is my ability to use coupons, research deals, and get stuff for free. I have 29 followers right now and it is my goal to reach more people this year. I want to know what you all want. If something I post is especially helpful, tell me! If you hear about a deal that you want me to share, tell me! If you are looking for deals or information on something in particular, just ask and I'll see what I can find for you. If you have information or inside knowledge that would be helpful to others and would like to be a guest blogger, I can make that happen. I enjoy saving money and I want to know that this information is helping your family as well. Thanks so much for all your support!!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
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Saturday, February 27, 2010
- Buy (3) Ziploc Zip'n Steam bags $2.39ea
- Use (3) $1.50/1 Yellow Advantage Buy Flyer
- Use (3) $.55/1 Zip'n Steam SS 1/10
- Pay $1.02 + $5 rebate check = $3.98 MONEYMAKER!
Publix Deal Idea:
- Buy (3) Ziploc Zip'n Steam bags $2.39ea
- Use (3) $1.50/1 Yellow Advantage Buy Flyer
- Use (3) $1/1 Ziploc "Party Playbook" Publix coupon booklet
- $.33 overage + $5 rebate check = $5.33 MONEYMAKER!
Posted by Vanessa at 1:19 PM
"Did you know that 80% of the wealthy in this country are first generation rich. That means they had nothing when they started, and built wealth over time. They didn't inherit it or win the lottery. Most didn't have elite incomes either, they were quite humble actually." ~ quote from Finding Forward
Friday, February 26, 2010
Mail-in rebates have changed since your mom would send off for $2.00 back from the 10 boxes Hamburger Helper you ate in a month. I was pretty skeptical about spending the time getting everything together, using my stamps, and maybe getting a few dollars back in a month. My only experience with mail-in rebates was from a computer my husband (boyfriend at the time) bought. It took time to get it all together and he didn't get the money back (he admitted years later that he didn't read the instructions.) In the last month, I have decided to try it for myself.
Here is what I have done so far:
- $5 SC Johnson Rebate - I have submitted two of the three allowed rebates. I got them back quickly and they even emailed me to tell me the checks were in the mail. After I got the money back, I made $1.37 (49¢ after stamps but still profit, nonetheless) buying Scrubbing Bubbles products. (I did have to mail these out separately.)
- Free (up to $5) Jennie-O product - I just put this one in the mailbox and I did have to submit the UPC with the rebate form and receipt but the UPC was on the cardboard outer wrapping so I didn't have to open the package.
- P&G rebate ($100 in coupons) - I mailed this one out today, too.
- Diapers.com/Parenting Magazine - This one went out on Monday.
What is your experience or thoughts on rebating?
Posted by Vanessa at 10:53 PM
Head over to Free Sample Freak for a great list of 7 freebies at Saks Fifth Avenue, Estee Lauder, Victoria's Secret, Sephora, and more! If you get through the list, that would make for a great weekend!!!
You will not get accepted for every party you apply to host but you will get some of them. Since November, I have applied for thirteen House Parties, have been accepted to host two, was invited to five (attended three), and am still an "active applicant" for three parties (they have not chosen the hosts for those last three parties.) Those are pretty good odds and as a host or a guest, you get to have fun with friends and go home with great coupons and goodies!
Posted by Vanessa at 6:57 PM
You do not have to buy it all in one trip. The list of P&G brands can be found here. Most of us buy this stuff all the time so we might as well get something for it!
Posted by Vanessa at 6:16 PM
This is an awesome deal, especially if you have more than one kid. In honor of the new Sesame Street Safari of Fun, Busch Gardens Tampa is giving away 1-year passes for all kids ages 5 and under. Fill out the form on the left side of this link that says "Free Preschool Pass." You will have to bring the child's birth certificate to prove their age the first time you go.
The Florida resident cost of an annual pass for kid's is $89.95 so this is a GREAT freebie!!!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I love Jennie-O turkey because the one brand of ground turkey that my husband will eat. He says it just tastes better than any other kind.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Sign up with Beech Nut and get a free baby or toddler starter kit. The baby kit includes a newsletter, a box of cereal, and two jars of baby food (you will get coupons for them.) The toddler kit includes a newsletter, a bag of snacks, and two meals. Even if you don't normally use this brand, it can be shared with a new mom or use them free stuff as baby shower gift fillers. I believe this deal is ongoing so share it with friends!
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Monday, February 22, 2010
- Seventh Generation Diapers: 4 jumbo packs for $39.99 (120 diapers in size 4)
- Sign up for Amazon's Subscribe and Save to get 15% off making the 4-pack $33.99.
- You also get free shipping and can cancel the Subscribe and Save as soon as your place the order.
- Final price = 28¢ per diaper
Posted by Vanessa at 2:00 PM
Coupons.com has some coupons for Hasbro games. This could turn out to be a great deal!
Thanks, southernsavers.com for this fun info!
Posted by Vanessa at 1:11 PM
There are many great diaper deals available this week. If you have extra money, now is the time to stock up! I am that crazy lady who does the math to find the price per diaper, trash bag, and paper towel. I know I can get Luvs at BJs with coupons for 16¢ a diaper so I refuse to spend more than that. I have zero brand loyalty which helps me save money. I am listing all the sales I found because I know some of you have medical or personal reasons you use one brand. I hope this helps!
My son wears size 4 so my math is based on how many I know come in the size 4 pack. The price per diaper will change slightly based on size. Also, the price will change based on what coupons you may have.
- Up & Up brand (Target store brand): Box for $13.69
- 16¢ per diaper
- Huggies: Box for $29.99
- 23¢ per diaper
- Pampers: Buy 2 boxes for $35.99 each, get a $10 gift card.
- $2 off coupons were in Sunday's paper (I got 2 papers this week) making them $33.99 a box
- Spend $67.98 -$10 GC = $57.98
- Size 1 and 2 = 17¢ per diaper, sizes 3-6 = 20-31¢ per diaper
- Buy 6 jumbo packs of Luvs at $7.99 each (size 4 = 31 diapers)
- Add something small to your cart to bring the total to $50 (I got Earth's Best cookies, which brought the total to $50.53) for free 2-day shipping.
- At checkout, use code HAPPYBUM for $10 off.
- All new orders qualify for a free subscription to Parenting Early Years OR you can go here and print out a rebate for $14.97 if you do not want that magazine. They will mail the check in 6-8 weeks.
- After the $10 off and $14.97 rebate, I will end up paying $25.46 for 6 packs of diapers and the cookies.
- This makes them 13¢ per diaper!!! That is the cheapest I've ever found them! If I take out the cost of the cookies, it would make them 12¢ per diaper. Amazing!
- Thanks, Friend Family Fun for this great information!!
Posted by Vanessa at 12:09 PM
Friday, February 19, 2010
Jenny at southernsavers.com has complied an EXCELLENT list of freebies parents of multiples (twins, triplets) can request. I almost (almost) wish I had twins because you can get some great stuff!! If you know anyone who recently had twins (or more) or is pregnant with more than one, give them this info! It will save them hundreds or more! Freebies for Parents of Multiples
Posted by Vanessa at 5:18 PM
Sorry, no picture this week. I didn't have to go to the grocery at all last week (I go by the Publix ad so my week is Wednesday to Wednesday) which makes my last few trips totals even better. I was able to use up some of my stockpile and save even more!
Also, go here to enter Publix's Italian Days sweepstakes. Prizes include $10,000 worth of groceries and multiple $100 Publix gift cards. You can also get coupons for Progresso, Pillsbury, Muir Glen, and Green Giant products.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Head over to couponcravings.com for a bunch of great freebies including Axe shower gel (which The Big One calls his "man soap" and uses all the time!), Burt's Bees Toothpaste, and Purex 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets. I love getting good stuff in the mail!!
Go here to get a coupon for a free DiGiorno 200 Calorie Pizza. They are usually around $3 so it's a decent coupon. They will mail it to you in 6-8 weeks!
Posted by Vanessa at 9:04 AM
Monday, February 8, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
My wonderful hubby let me go shopping this morning by myself. Here is the result.
Sale Price: $16.99
Total I Paid: $8.10
Total Saved: $20.64
Total I Paid: $15.46
Total Saved: $29.31
Total I Paid: $5.80
Total Savings: $14.49
Extra Care Bucks Earned Today: $17.98
They Paid ME: $12.18
Posted by Vanessa at 3:42 PM
Friday, February 5, 2010
Go to Crofter's Organic Facebook page and post your prediction on who will win the Super Bowl. Everyone who picks the winning team will get a free jar of one of their jams or spreads. You can also Tweet your prediction. I'm rooting for the Saints because I want my free hot sauce!
Posted by Vanessa at 3:20 PM
All through the month of February, Florida Blood Centers are giving everyone who donates blood a $10 gift card for Darden restaurants,which can be used at any Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, and Bahama Breeze. I gave blood in October, on a bus, with my 4 year old in tow. If I can do it, you can, too!!
There is currently an urgent need for type A- blood. All types are welcome, however, because they are shipping blood to Haiti.
Become a fan of Louisiana Hot Sauce on Facebook before Sunday, register your address (under the "Free Gold" tab), and they will give all of their fans a bottle of Louisiana Gold if the New Orleans Saints win the Super Bowl.
I don't usually watch the Super Bowl but now I have two reasons. I can get free pants and free hot sauce!
Good luck, Saints!!!
Posted by Vanessa at 2:21 PM
Thanks to Oprah, from February 5-18, Walgreens is offering Diabetes Wellness Events with free blood glucose testing. Go to walgreens.com/diabetes to find out when the event will be in your area. You can also call 1-800-Walgreens because you may be able to get the testing done at your convenience through the Take Care Clinic found in most Walgreens stores. This is such a simple and quick way to check for something that can be prevented or controlled with proper diet and exercise. I will be going because diabetes (along with heart conditions and obesity, which don't help the issue) is highly prevalent in my family. Diabetes is not discerning and regardless of how young you feel, you should still get tested. I am going to ask my dad and husband to come with me because they are both at risk due to genetics. It's worth the few minutes to possibly save a life (yours or someone you love.)
Click below to see how.
Title: B1G1 Free Eggs on Facebook at 10am ET
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
At Publix, pick up the green coupon book of health and beauty discounts. Inside, there is a $1 off coupon for any KY product. KY Yours + Mine, Intense, and Intrigue are 20% off right now. Combine the sale and Publix coupon with the $5 off KY Yours + Mine, Intense, or Intrigue that was in the 1/31 Smart Source insert and you can get a $20 product for around $7. If you've seen the commercials and wanted to try it, now is the time!
Vista Print has reduced the price of 100 Mommy Cards for $1.99. They are super cute and great for those days at the park when you meet a mommy you would really like to arrange a playdate with but no one has a pen. Shipping at Vista Print is usually around $4. Get these today because it looks like they won't offer this price for long!
Posted by Vanessa at 11:06 AM
This is a weird but funny freebie to me. Mom By Heart found this one.
Here's what you do. As you are watching the Super Bowl this Sunday, watch for the Men Without Pants commercial. When you see it, go here to register for your free soft khakis. You can go to that link now to watch the commercial so you know what you're looking for this weekend. The first 2010 people will win.
Posted by Vanessa at 10:53 AM
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Free Sample Freak found a way to get 7 games and toys for .24¢ - $6.96. These are great deals for last minute birthday parties or boring weekend days. I will be going in the next few days to pick up a few of these. Also, coupons.com has coupons for more games, like The Game of Things, which I have wanted since before Christmas. It's $25 at Target but with the coupon, I can almost justify buying it.
Also, couponcravings.com, listed a few other games you can get at Target with these same coupons. Remember, you can print each coupon twice.
I got some info from my Toys R Us insider that The Game of Things is $17 at Toys R US right now. So, with the $5 coupon and the $5 egift card they will email you for becoming a fan on Facebook, this $25 game becomes $7!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!
Posted by Vanessa at 4:15 PM
Amazon.com has the Alvin and the Chipmunks "How We Roll" music video for free to watch as many times as your (or your child's) heart desires. We are on viewing #4. Watch it here. You don't have to download anything because it plays directly from the website. It is 3 minutes long and The Big One (even with 6 stitches in his head from his run in with the coffee table last night) has danced the entire 9 minutes we've watched it. The Little One danced about 5 of those minutes.
Posted by Vanessa at 4:08 PM
Read this article published by CNN Money on the biggest ripoffs we see (and pay for) every day. I only buy name brand over the counter medicines if I have great coupons for them because I knew just what the article says. Generics are moderated by the FDA, just like name brand.
The one we can seem to avoid, though, is the movie theater popcorn. We don't eat popcorn at home when we watch a movie. So, WHY do we do it at the theater???
Posted by Vanessa at 1:27 PM